Latest News
4:48 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Arts Council Of New Orleans Receives NEA Grant for Youth Design Program

In the Arts Council Of New Orleans' Youth Solutions design program, artists teach design skills to local teens, who then work on improving the neighborhood. They can design anything – from bike racks to benches to rain gardens.
Jennifer Rensel Flickr

The National Endowment for the Arts awards 5 million dollars of “Our Town” grants each year to organizations across 38 states that drive community development with the arts.

This year’s local recipient of $150,000 is the The Arts Council of New Orleans, to support the Youth Solutions design program.  Artists and designers teach design skills to local teenagers, who then work on improving their neighborhoods. They can design anything – from bike racks to benches to rain gardens.

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Latest News
4:27 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

National WWII Museum Welcomes 4 Millionth Visitor

Visitation at The National WWII Museum for fiscal year 2014 exceeded 483,000.
Janaya Williams WWNO

The National WWII Museum has capped a record-breaking fiscal year with another milestone: welcoming its four-millionth visitor since its founding in 2000.

Officials say visitation for fiscal year 2014 had exceeded 483,000, beating its previous best attendance year, fiscal year 2013, by more than 85,000 visitors.

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Latest News
4:18 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

United Houma Nation Gets Support For Federal Recognition

The Terrebonne Parish Council has passed a resolution in support of the United Houma Nation receiving federal recognition.
Jonathan McIntosh / Rainforest Action Network Flickr

The Terrebonne Parish Council has passed a resolution in support of the United Houma Nation receiving federal recognition.

The Courier reports the council also asked the administrations of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw and the Pointe-au-Chien tribes to submit necessary documents to receive similar council measures of support.

Potential policy shifts in the federal Department of the Interior may open the door for area Native American tribes to achieve federal recognition.

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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

The Reading Life With Josh Weil And Sean Wilsey

This week on The Reading Life: Josh Weil, whose splendid new novel is The Great Glass Sea, and essayist Sean Wilsey, author of More Curious.

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The Moth
12:39 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Photos From The Moth's July StorySLAM

Charles Lin regales the crowd with a take of love found, and lost again, at the July Moth StorySLAM.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

The Moth was back for July, with a monthly StorySLAM at Café Istanbul. The theme for this evening was "Pride".

StorySlams are an opportunity for anyone to submit their name, tell a story, and receive feedback from the audience in a non-confrontational environment. The Moth is storytelling, not standup, and participants are of of all ages and backgrounds, says producer Mallory Falk (who is also a freelance producer and reporter for WWNO).

  

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WWNO
3:42 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

WWNO Sweeps Press Club Of New Orleans Radio Awards

WWNO — New Orleans Public Radio swept the radio category at this year's New Orleans Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards Gala.
Credit Eve Troeh / WWNO

WWNO — New Orleans Public Radio took home eight awards this past weekend at the Press Club of New Orleans’ 56th Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards Gala, sweeping the radio category.

Winning entries ran the gamut from in-depth radio features to arts and culture réportage and an innovative promotional campaign, showcasing the extraordinary range and depth of WWNO’s commitment to telling the stories of New Orleanians and all the people of Southeast Louisiana.

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Animal Life
9:13 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Animal Life: Raising Awareness Of Endangered Species

Newly-hatched Loggerhead Sea Turtles making their way to the ocean.
Credit foryouinf / Shutterstock.com

Did you know that Louisiana is home to a variety of rare animals? There are about 1,300 endangered species in the United States. More than 30 of them are native to Louisiana. Animals such as the Red Wolf and the Loggerhead Sea Turtle thrive in Louisiana’s subtropical climate.

Unfortunately, some of these species are almost extinct. The Louisiana Black Bear and the Gulf Sturgeon, for example, are now struggling to survive because humans have disrupted their habitats.

Raising awareness about native endangered species is the first step to ensuring their survival.

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Education
7:30 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Voices Of Educators: Glenda McQueen

Glenda McQueen.
Credit Mallory Falk / WWNO

Summer is in full swing, but that doesn't mean New Orleans schools are not on the minds of many people. As the city continues to reform and reshape public education, WWNO seeks to highlight teachers who bring unique talents and perspectives to their work. We'll feature one such educator each month.

Glenda McQueen teaches AP language at New Orleans Charter Science & Mathematics High School. She strives for true intellectual growth in her students.

Voices of Educators is supported by Entergy.

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Latest News
7:06 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Drive To Ban Smoking Kicks Off In New Orleans

A drive kicks off this week to ban smoking in New Orleans bars.

Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell is backing the idea. She says the change would benefit local businesses.

“This has been going on across the country for over a decade now," she said. "And so we have real facts that it is not a negative impact on our businesses. Actually revenues increase. And it’s cheaper to maintain a bar or lounge that is smoke free than one that is not.”  

Cantrell says the effort will begin at various venues this week that are now voluntarily smoke-free. 

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Latest News
6:04 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Jazz Musician Lionel Ferbos Dies At 103

Lionel Ferbos, performing at the Satchmo Summerfest in 2010.
Credit Infrogmation / Flickr

New Orleans has lost one of its oldest jazz musicians. Lionel Ferbos passed away Saturday — two days after he turned 103 years old.

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