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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is preparing to deliver the State of the City Address later this morning. Here's what to expect.

The State of the City Address is traditionally a chance for the mayor to release a report card.

University of New Orleans political science professor Ed Chervenak says he expects to hear updates on several subjects.

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Rowan Shafer is a third grade teacher at Morris Jeff Community School. She's committed to teaching a social justice curriculum... which she knows can sound abstract.

"Yeah, those are easy words to say that mean a lot of things," she says.

In this month's Voices of Educators segment, Shafer describes one of her favorite social justice units and explains why, after years of teaching fourth grade, she switched to third.

Do you know a great teacher to include in our series? Send us an email: comments@wwno.org

Bring Your Own Presents: 'Myrtle & Malpa'

May 27, 2015
Aubrey Edwards

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have eight minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its Atlantic hurricane outlook during a news conference at City Hall on Wednesday. The report predicted a below-normal storm season. The 2015 forecast looks mild, but Mayor Mitch Landrieu reminded the crowd it only takes one major hurricane. And even though NOAA is generally on par with their predictions, "nobody can guarantee you what’s gonna happen," the mayor says.

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Fusion writer Cara Rose DeFabio has earned the unofficial title of "emoji scholar." That's because DeFabio pays very close attention to the details of how people use emojis to express emotion in text messages and to represent their unique identities online.

This week on Inside the Arts, chamber music and opera fuse as Lyrica Baroque presents Baroque and Beyond. We talk with nationally acclaimed soprano Sarah Jane McMahon and LPO cellist Daniel Lelchuk.

Then, Komenka Ethnic Dance and Music Ensemble will take us around the world as it celebrates its 35th Anniversary with a spring concert.

And, we round out with a spiritual uplift as the Indian Arts Circle of New Orleans presents renowned singer, Sanjeev Abhyankar, in an evening of Hindustani classical music.

A Tulane University researcher recently back from Sierra Leone in West Africa says health care workers treating patients with Lassa Fever are taking precautions similar to those used in the Ebola outbreak. But the risk of a Lassa epidemic is much less than the dangers posed by Ebola cases in that region.

This week on The Reading Life:  Bestselling author Jodi Picoult, whose new book, written with her daughter Samantha van Leer, is Off the Page, is making her first visit to New Orleans May 28.

Symphony Book Fair chair Heidi Charters and volunteer Linda Ferguson preview this year's anticipated book sale, which will feature the private collection of the late Joseph Cohen, former Tulane professor and a great New Orleans book man. And Candice Huber of Tubby and Coo's Mid-City Book Shop talks about the League of Extraordinary Readers, her debut summer reading program.

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When a school shuts down, families have to figure out where to go next.

Anthony Parker faced that decision this year. His son AJ was a kindergartner at Lagniappe Academies, which closed on May 8.

Parker spoke with WWNO Education Reporter Mallory Falk about finding a new school for AJ and shared his advice for other families.

Support for education reporting comes from Bapist Community Ministries and Entergy Corporation

Propeller

Since 2009, Propeller tackles the tough challenges in New Orleans by launching socially-minded ventures.

Propeller helps start up companies that have environmental and social missions. Their accelerator program helps entrepreneurs with solutions in primary sectors including health care, education and water. They’re trying to create a critical mass of entrepreneurs tackling these issues form multiple angles in order to move the needle forward on tough topics like obesity, childhood education, and getting more people in Louisiana insured.

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