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Throughout the county, many schools have scaled back physical education classes and cut down on recess time. But kids need a chance to release their energy and express themselves through movement. That's what Chanice Holmes believes. She's a dance instructor at ARISE Academy and teaches elementary school students to communicate and channel stress through dance.

Chanice Holmes was placed at ARISE Academy tbrough Up2Us Sports, a national sports-based youth development program, and the local nonprofit Dancing Grounds.

Nadra Eniz, aka Captain Black, founder of The Captain Black Street Patrol.
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Earlier this year Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced a $40 million investment in public safety. That money’s being spent on things like surveillance cameras, brighter LED fixtures in the French Quarter, and 300 squad cars for the NOPD. 

This got the crew of The Listening Post thinking about how effective those investments are and whether people feel safe in their city. We asked: 

1. How safe are you feeling as you move around New Orleans these days? Where do you feel safe in the city? What places do you try to avoid or tell others to avoid?

Travis Lux / WWNO

The state has a coastal master plan to stave off land loss and each parish has it’s own plans for the coast.

 

In Terrebonne Parish, officials are looking for public buy-in. Earlier this week they invited people to the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center for Coastal Day -- a science fair of sorts displaying all the coastal projects in their backyard.

 

This week on Inside the Arts, a spiritual healing as a ceremony honors African ancestors who perished during the Middle Passage. The Ashé Cultural Arts Center presents the 17th annual MAAFA commemoration in Congo Square.

Then, legendary singer Diana Ross gets the 'party with a purpose' started as ESSENCE Festival kicks off this weekend.

And, school may be out for summer, but adults are filling the classrooms. They are being lured by the call of the arts at the NOCCA Institute's Summer Studio.

This week on The Reading Life: We'll be talking about the Vietnamese community in Louisiana in fact and in fiction. Mark VanLandingham talks about his scholarly study, Weathering Katrina: Culture and Recovery Among Vietnamese Americans. And Joanne O’Sullivan, author of the young adult novel, Between Two Skies, a story of a a Cajun girl who falls in love with a budding Vietnamese bluesman in her home town of Bayou Perdu.

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Louisiana spends hundreds of millions of dollars every year to restore and protect the coastline with big earth-moving projects, like building marshes and barrier islands.

 

The state hires professional contractors to bring in their backhoes, dozers, dredges and workboats to do the job. It’s big business. But a new report says not enough of that money is staying in the state. And with billions of dollars coming from the BP settlement, some see that as a problem.

 

Harry Shearer
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This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer interviews Naked Capitalism's Editor-in-chief, Yves Smith, about private equity and public employee pension funds. Also, News of AFPAC, News of the Olympic Movement, The Apologies of the Week, and more!

Two of the most famous Renaissance composers of dance music were Michael Praetorius (1571-1521) and Tielman Susato (c.1510-1570). This Continuum presents a wide selection of this highly spirited music. Performing are the famous New York Pro Musica and the New London Consort. The music by the New York Pro Musica is from a 1950s sound track of an early video of this most famous early music ensemble. CDs used are: Praetorius/Susato (New York Pro Musica) L’Oiseau-Lyre 436 132-2, and Tielman Susato: Dansereye (New London Consort) Universal UMD 80565.

Miriam Horn's book "Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman."
Image courtesy of Miriam Horn

On this week’s show, we take an in-depth look at the unlikely conservationists who work along the Mississippi River watershed.

We begin with author Miriam Horn, whose book Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman profiles five people who sustain production while preserving their environment. Miriam joins us to talk about her discovery — that there’s much more that unites Americans than divides us.

This week on All Things New Orleans we'll discuss a new report revealing the high cost of living in the city with Cashuana Hill, Executive Director of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center. Then we'll share another story from Bring Your Own, our live story-telling series. 

And Marvel Live will take over the Smoothie King Center this weekend; we'll chat with one of their strongest superheroes! 

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