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Eat Local Challenge

In the weeks ahead, you may start seeing a different side of local food, one that might include the innovative, the overlooked or underutilized, and even the invasive.

Marin Tockman, Kelly Claverie and Peter Ricchiuti.
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Here in the United States we like to think of ourselves as world leaders. But we’re not ahead of everybody in everything. England, Germany, India, Israel, Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand have all elected women presidents and prime ministers.

In business in the U.S. we’re still fighting for equal pay and figuring out what equality means - from bathrooms to board rooms.

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A few months ago a housing notice went up on the local Craigslist page with the provocative headline: "3 bedroom, 900 square feet, God Damn, Someone Get Me Out Of New Orleans."  The author went on to write: "Once the city was built for people like me, times change, now it's built for you." 

This sentiment, that New Orleans is no longer affordable to longtime residents, has been getting louder lately.

Molly Mitchell

  TriPod: New Orleans at 300 returns with part two in a series on links between history and tourism.

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Governor John Bel Edwards toured the new University Medical Center in New Orleans on Wednesday before launching the start of enrollment in the Medicaid expansion. Officials expect as many as 375,0000 more people will qualify for health care, with about one-third coming from the New Orleans region.

Rafael Saddy
Rafael Saddy / Nicaraguan Association of Louisiana

 The 6th annual Kenner Hispanic Fest is June 11th and 12th.  “You’re going to find Hondurans, you’re going to find folks from the Caribbean, you’re going to find folks from Central America, and from the U.S.” said Rafael Saddy, event coordinator of the Nicaraguan Association of Louisiana (ANDELA).  “This festival’s purpose was to integrate not only the Hispanic community as one community but also share with the entire community to come in for a day of family fun, music, and food.”

Oystermen at work on Lake Borgne in 1973.
John Messina / Environmental Protection Agency

Despite what your parents may have told you about eating oysters in the summer, it’s perfectly fine to do that. That’s from the lips of Alfred Sunseri, whose family has run the P&J Oyster Company since 1876. He knows a thing or two about the business and shares his family's triumphs and their frustrations in this interview with The Historic New Orleans Collection's oral historian, Mark Cave. 

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A new documentary feature film, "Presenting Princess Shaw," follows the life of Samantha Montgomery, a New Orleans singer and elder care nursing assistant, as she goes from her own obscure YouTube channel to starring in a video by international music mashup artist Kutiman.

This week on Inside the Arts, this week on Inside the Arts, the New Orleans Museum of Art partners with the Google Cultural Institute for a unique online art and cultural experience. We check out the details.

Then, college football, modern dance and a live drumline come to the stage in Southern Rep's upcoming premiere of Colossal by Andrew Hinderaker.

And, we round out with a treasure hunt as the 63rd annual Symphony Book Fair kicks off this weekend.

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This week on The Reading Life:  Susan Tucker, author of City of Remembering: A History of Genealogy in New Orleans, and Margo Orlando Littell, author of Each Vagabond by Name, along with her publisher, Abram Himelstein, of the University of New Orleans Press.

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