Jesse Hardman

Coastal Reporter

As the new Coastal Reporter, Jesse Hardman will draw on 15 years of worldwide experience in radio, video and print journalism. As a radio reporter he has reported for NPR, BBC, and CBC, and for such familiar programs as MarketplaceThis American LifeLatino USA, and Living on Earth. He served as a daily news reporter and news magazine producer for WBEZ in Chicago. He has worked extensively in Asia, Africa and Latin America, and has reported on New Orleans for Time. At WWNO Jesse has been the creator and producer of The Listening Post, the station’s civic engagement project. He holds degrees from Kenyon College, Ohio, and Harvard University, Massachusetts.

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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.

Memorial for musician Prince.
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Since it's Jazz Fest season, our Listening Post Questions of the Week are focusing on music and heritage in New Orleans. We asked: what music was playing in your home growing up? And...if you could pick one song to represent you, what would it be?

The Listening Post is back collecting thoughts and experiences from communities around New Orleans on a new series of issues. The past month we’ve been collaborating with Independent radio producer Eve Abrams and her Unprisoned project. 

An inmate in the new Orleans Parish Prison.
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The Listening Post is teaming up with the Unprisoned project, a new media initiative by award winning independent radio producer Eve Abrams. We want to understand better how jails and prisons impact society here in Louisiana, where 1 in 75 residents are incarcerated, the highest rate in the world.

Happy Holidays.
Jesse Hardman

A recent Pew Research Center report highlighted the fact that the United States is no longer a majority middle income country. We here at the Listening Post thought dropping this report during the holiday season made for some interesting questions.

So, we’re asking folks around New Orleans both how they’re feeling about their place on the economic scale, and how that impacts their gift buying this December.

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Each month we talk with Richard Campanella about his

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Tomorrow marks the anniversary of Hurricane Rita's landfall in Texas and Louisiana. Cameron Parish got hit the hardest by the category 3 storm. Luckily, two days before Rita hit, almost the entire population of Cameron Parish, around 9,500 people, evacuated. Most of the homes and businesses were destroyed or heavily damaged by storm surge and high winds. A third of the population still hasn’t returned.

Jesse Hardman

New Orleans is not on Pope Francis’s itinerary this week when he makes his first official trip to the United States. But the 266th pontiff has excited a lot of New Orleanians with his brand of social justice, and some are even making the trip out East to see him.

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Over the last decade more than $14 billion was spent to upgrade New Orleans’s storm protection system. But ask around, and you’ll get a variety of responses as to how safe the city actually is now when it comes to storms and flooding.

Mark Schleifstein is the Environment reporter for Nola.com | The Times-Picayune. He’s been covering all facets of New Orleans’s attempts to shore up it’s natural and man-made defense systems.

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On Saturday New Orleanians will mark ten years since Hurricane Katrina in a variety of ways.

Chris Hannah is the head bartender at Arnaud’s French 75 in the French Quarter. He’s been behind the bar there all of his 11 years in the city.

Every August 29th Hannah says he makes sure he reunites with roommates and friends from 2005, for dinner and reflection.

Hannah spoke with WWNO's Jesse Hardman about his Katrina anniversary routine.

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