New Orleans, LA – Community IMPACT Series: Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools, Dec. 22, 2009
With so many components of New Orleans public schools in flux these days, a group of students is bringing one more issue to the table: their own voices. These young people are part of the nonprofit group Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools, and they're adding the perspectives, concerns and innovative ideas of actual students to the ongoing effort to recast a long-troubled school system. Their message is different, and so are these messengers.
New Orleans, LA – Community IMPACT Series: Lead Lab, Dec. 15, 2009
You can't see lead contamination in urban soils, but its impact on individuals and a community is indelible.
Dr. Howard Mielke is a research professor at the Tulane University and president of the nonprofit Lead Lab. He's been studying the issue for more than 30 years, and his early research on childhood lead poisoning in inner cities helped highlight the need to remove lead from gasoline. Here's Dr. Miekle:
New Orleans – Writer Walter Isaacson is a New Orleans native whose career has included a lengthy and prominent tenure at Time Magazine - and acclaimed biographies of Henry Kissinger, Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein. Walter Isaacson's latest book is "American Sketches: Great Leaders, Creative Thinkers, and the Heroes of a Hurricane." Walter Isaacson recently sat down with WWNO's Fred Kasten to talk about "American Sketches" - and his own path into a writing life...
New Orleans,La. – Public television producer Peggy Scott Laborde and John Magill, curator with The Historic New Orleans Collection, celebrate New Orleans' holiday traditions in their new book, Christmas in New Orleans, just out from Pelican Publishing Company. The authors will sign copies of their book on Sunday, December 20, 2009 ... 1pm, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia Street.
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has announced budget cuts he says are to the "bare bones." He said next year's budget approved by the City Council gave him no choice but to slash spending.
Mayor Nagin said City Hall and other offices will be closed on Fridays. Police will have to make do with the amount of fuel it used at levels set last year. City workers will be paying more money for reduced health care.
New Orleans – Here's audio from the New Orleans Mayoral candidates' debate recorded live, at Xavier University, Tuesday evening, 12/15/2009. The debate was presented by WDSU-TV6 in collaboration with a group of New Orleans community non-profit groups and WWNO-FM, and was moderated by WDSU's Norman Robinson.
New Orleans – Wall Street Journal theater critic Terry Teachout's new biography "Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong" - is drawing rave reviews from critics, Armstrong scholars and jazz historians all over the country. WWNO's Fred Kasten recently had the chance to talk with Terry Teachout about "Pops"...