Laine Kaplan-Levenson

Producer

Laine Kaplan-Levenson is a multi-media producer living in New Orleans. She began her career in New Orleans as an Assistant Design Producer for the production company Rehage Entertainment, and went on to work with the local online news and culture publication NOLADefender, where she served as Assistant Publisher for two years. Then, from June 2012 to October 2013, she worked as a producer for the interactive documentary project LandofOpportunity.

Laine is now a station producer at WWNO, the managing editor of Nolavie.com, producer of the Moth Storyslam, and runs her own live storytelling event called Bring Your Own.

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Music Features
11:09 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Already Missing French Quarter Fest? Here's A Mid-Week Playlist

Irvin Mayfield at French Quarter Fest this past Saturday.
Credit Ian Cook

The 2014 French Quarter Festival took place on a beautiful weekend... But it's been all rain and cold and work and traffic ever since.

Maybe you missed Gal Holiday belt out "That's How I Ride" because you were waiting in line for crawfish bread. Maybe you didn't catch Little Freddie King bang out "Cleo's Back" because you lost track of the time on the river, or ran to Gene's to get a daiquiri. Maybe you missed Dr. John because there were too many people! Or maybe you caught every act you intended to see, and now are twitching from FQF withdrawals (or shivering in the chill).

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Community
10:58 am
Mon April 7, 2014

April 9th Is NOLA Bike To Work Day

Bike Lanes on St. Claude Ave. in the Bywater neighborhood.
Credit Paula Burch-Celentano / flickr.com

Wednesday, April 9th is NOLA Bike to Work Day, a citywide initiative that aims to highlight the benefits of biking and new developments to improve safety and conditions for cyclists. Now in its third year, Entergy and community organization Bike Easy have teamed up to offer "bike trains", giveaways and meet ups throughout the day.

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NolaVie
4:50 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Managing Menhaden: A New Plan For 'The Most Important Fish In The Sea'

A school of Menhaden fish.
Crabby Taxonomist flickr.com

They’re called bunker up north, and Pogies here in the South, and are sometimes referred to as “The Most Important Fish In the Sea”. These are the Menhaden.

Since it’s not a fish you eat, you’ve probably never heard of it. But the annual Menhaden Advisory Committee meeting was a big deal this year due to a new Menhaden management plan.

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History
9:42 am
Wed March 19, 2014

'In Good Conscience': Shizue Seigel And A New Exhibit At The World War II Museum

Tom Kobayashi, Landscape, Manzanar Relocation Center, California
Credit Ansel Adams / WWII Museum

Producer Laine Kaplan-Levenson speaks with author Shizue Seigel about her book In Good Conscience: Supporting Japanese Americans During the Internment and “From Barbed Wire to Battlefields: Japanese American Experiences in WWII” — a new exhibit at The National WWII Museum.

Laine Kaplan-Levenson: Your book is specifically about people who helped the Japanese-Americans who were incarcerated in the United States during World War II. Can you catch listeners up who aren’t as familiar with that history?

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NolaVie
4:19 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Cascade Stables And The Horses Of Mardi Gras

A horse at Cascade Stables, in its stall for the night.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

When you’re watching a Mardi Gras parade, what gets you most excited? The floats? The throws? The marching bands? One New Orleans native has loved Carnival since she was a little girl, but not for any of these reasons. She loves it for the horses. 

Over at Cascade Stables horses are busy getting "shoed" by their blacksmiths, a brief, yet apparently uncomfortable process. It is one of a few necessary steps the staff goes through in preparing their horses for Mardi Gras season. Assistant trainer Scooter Sherrik explains.

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NolaVie
4:44 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Voices From The French Market

Horse-drawn wagons line the narrow street in front of New Orleans' French Market, Jan. 1915.
Credit National Archives

The French Market may seem like one big urban flea market — with everything from tee-shirts to Mardi Gras masks, alligator heads to shot glasses. And tourists… lots of tourists. But upon closer inspection, you discover that this outdoor shopping plaza is full of individuals who couldn’t be more different from one another.

NolaVie's Laine Kaplan-Levenson and Renée Peck met some of these local vendors who make the French Market another unique corner of the city.

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Community
5:04 am
Mon January 27, 2014

With New Focus, Episcopal Church Of Louisiana Addressing A History Of Racism

Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori is the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson

The Episcopal Church of Louisiana spent the past year making plans for a new ministry, aiming to address its history of racism, as well as other forms of racism in society.

Last week, the Washington, D.C.-based leader of the Episcopal Church came to New Orleans for a special service. At Christ Church Cathedral, the oldest Episcopal congregation in New Orleans, worshippers committed to racial healing and racial justice. 

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Community
5:07 am
Mon January 6, 2014

7th Ward Residents Await The Return Of The Circle Food Store

The iconic outside of the Circle Food Store.
Laine Kaplan-Levenson

More than eight years after it flooded and closed due to Hurricane Katrina, the Circle Food Store on the corner of Claiborne and St. Bernard Avenues is about to reopen its doors. The historic landmark served the 7th Ward from 1938 up until the storm, and it’s said to have been the first New Orleans grocery owned and operated by African-Americans. Long time residents and customers voice their reactions to the long-awaited return of this neighborhood staple.

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NolaVie
4:30 am
Mon November 25, 2013

BYOB Square Dancing, And Change, At First Presbyterian Church

Square dancing in the Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian Church on Claiborne Ave.
Laine Kaplan-Levenson

The 195 year-old First Presbyterian Church in Broadmoor is growing. It's in no small part thanks to a new pastor, who is reaching out to new communities and luring more people with special events. Like a square dance. With red beans... and beer... in a church? 

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Arts & Culture
4:05 am
Tue November 19, 2013

'Cry You One': A Play About The Wetlands, In The Wetlands

Two 'lagoon bugs' on the set of Cry You One
Svetlana Volic

Local theater companies Mondo Bizarro and Artspot Productions have collaborated for the third time with Cry You One. A three-hour experience that takes place completely outdoors, Cry You One focuses on the people and cultures of South Louisiana.

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