Laine Kaplan-Levenson


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, producer of the Moth Storyslam, and runs her own live storytelling event called Bring Your Own.


3:49 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

UNO President Addresses Impact Of Budget Cuts On Higher Education

UNO President Peter Fos addressed the Governor’s executive budget Friday afternoon on campus.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

Governor Jindal announced his proposal this afternoon to close a 1.6 billion dollar shortfall for the budget year that begins July first. The University of New Orleans was originally expecting a 17 million dollar budget cut. 

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Coastal Desk
5:36 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Louisiana Oil Refinery Workers Join Nationwide Strike

St. Bernard Parish oil refinery that was severely damaged during Hurricane Katrina.
Credit Jacinta Quesada/FEMA / Wikimedia Commons

This weekend, Louisiana workers joined the largest national oil refinery strike in over 30 years. 1,350 employees from the Motiva refineries in Convent and Norco, Louisiana, joined fellow members of the United Steelworkers union in asking the industry to change the current safety requirements. 

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Coastal Desk
8:30 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

WWNO's Coastal Glossary

Aerial view of wetlands
Credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services / Wikimedia Commons

As we explore the Gulf Coast more comprehensively than ever before, trying to understand better the complex relationships inherent in the restoration process, there's a lot to learn and keep track of.

In order to both understand and talk about coastal erosion, an expanded vocabulary is needed — one filled with brand-new terms whose definitions are integral to absorbing the problems and solutions Louisiana faces around water and land loss.

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Listening Post NOLA
1:56 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

The Listening Post Asks: What Do You Think Of The School Choice System?

The cover of the eighth edition of the New Orleans Parents’ Guide to Public Schools.
Credit New Orleans Parents Guide /

WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week the Listening Post explores School Choice and the school application process. 

Applications to New Orleans public and charter schools are due this month. Under the school choice model kids aren’t assigned to the school in their neighborhood. They apply to schools across the city,  and a computer system places them.

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5:56 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Moth GrandSLAM Host David Crabb Loves Telling Stories And Imitating His Dad

David Crabb on his 'Bad Kid' goth poster
Credit David Crabb /

The Moth StorySLAM takes place each month at Café Istanbul, where ten brave souls volunteer themselves to tell a true story in front on a live audience.

On Thursday, January 29 at the Joy Theatre, the winners of those StorySLAMs are going head-to-head at the Moth GrandSLAM. Comedian David Crabb is the special guest host of the evening, and WWNO’s Laine Kaplan-Levenson sat down to find out why he loves telling stories and hosting Moth events.

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Coastal Desk
8:25 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

'Blue Carbon Credits' May Be New Way To Fund Coastal Restoration

Sarah Mack of Tierra Resources addresses a crowd at a panel on Coastal Wetland Restoration and Entrepreneurship in Louisiana, held at Propeller on January 27, 2015.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

A New Orleans organization is trying to help fund coastal restoration by quantifying Louisiana wetlands, using hard numbers as a way to offset global carbon emissions.

Companies that send lots of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere — such as power plants and oil refineries — need to offset some of that pollution. So they invest in green carbon projects by spending money on things like protecting forests. One Louisiana company wants to expand that tactic to the Gulf Coast.

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Coastal Desk
5:03 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Rally In Uptown New Orleans Urges Obama To Veto Keystone XL Pipeline

Keystone 30-inch pipeline (phase 1) near Swanton, Nebraska (2009)
Credit shannonpatrick17 / Wikimedia Commons

Activists are gathering on Freret Street Tuesday night as part of a national day of action against the creation of the Keystone XL pipeline. 350 Louisiana, the Sierra Club, the Louisiana Bucket Brigade and other groups are coming together to ask President Obama to keep his promise to veto the pipeline.

The event is called a "projector action." Organizers will project images of Keystone and its consequences against the sides of buildings on Freret and Cadiz streets starting at 7:30 p.m.

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Coastal Desk
4:15 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Coastal Rundown: Year In Review

Yes, a Coastal selfie...Laine and Jesse take on Barton Springs in Austin, Texas.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

Jesse Hardman is the Coastal Reporter and Laine Kaplan-Levenson is the Coastal Producer for WWNO’s Coastal Desk. The desk launched in June, and with the end of 2014 the team curated a recap of coverage thus far.

Listen to the Coastal Team talk with WWNO News Director Eve Troeh:

Starting Out:

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Coastal Desk
2:47 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Testing The Environment, One DIY Tool At A Time

The public lab's DIY oil testing spectrometer kit, on display at their 2015 kickoff party.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

The non-profit Public Lab is an environmental organization for the DIY community. They help people monitor the health of their natural spaces with low cost kits and materials. The organization launched after the 2010 BP oil spill with the goal of  making information available to the public about that disaster. 

As the 5th anniversary of the spill approaches, Public Lab is unveiling some new techniques for getting communities to document environmental issues.

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Coastal Desk
11:49 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Report Says Private Investment Can Restore Coast

Coastal experts met on Louisiana’s Avery Island yesterday to discuss the potential of private investment money to help restore and sustain the Gulf Coast. 

The meeting included representatives of federal and state agencies, universities, investment banking institutions, and non-profits.

The focus was a new report from America's WETLAND Foundation.

That organization is advocating the creation of an ecological marketplace for private investors looking to finance environmental projects.

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