Laine Kaplan-Levenson

Producer

Laine Kaplan-Levenson is a multimedia producer living in New Orleans. She was the transmedia producer for the interactive documentary project LandofOpportunity, and later the managing editor for Nolavie.com Laine is now a station producer at WWNO, producer for the Listening Post, the Moth Storyslam, and runs her own live storytelling event, Bring Your Own.

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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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Coastal Desk
7:27 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Coastal Report Examines Role Of Private Funds For Restoration

Avery Island in Louisiana, where the America's WETLAND Foundation met back in October to discuss the role of private investment in coastal restoration.
Credit Serge Ottaviani / Wikimedia Commons

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

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Coastal Desk
9:49 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Coastal Rundown: Louisiana RESTORE Project Proposals

Louisiana Cypress trees
Credit glynn424 / pixabay.com

The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, the state agency charged with implementing and maintaining Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan, is applying for funding for five major restoration projects. The projects include creation of marshes adjacent to the Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans East, Lake Maurepas and Biloxi, and money for consolidated management of the Mississippi River.

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Tête-à-Tête
5:06 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Tête-à-Tête: Margaret Brown On The Factory Under The Gulf Of Mexico

A scene from THE GREAT INVISIBLE.
Credit RADiUS-TWC

Tête-à-Tête is a new series that uncovers extended versions of interviews conducted by WWNO journalists. Broadcasting means time limits, and often conversations that range from thirty to forty minutes in length get thirty to forty seconds on air. Tête-à-Tête brings these deeper discussions to light.

Margaret Brown directed and  co-produced "The Great Invisible" — a new documentary about the 2010 BP Oil Spill that won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2014 South by Southwest film festival. 

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Tête-à-Tête
5:41 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Tête-à-Tête: Elizabeth Steeby On Protesting In New Orleans

June 17, 2006 - A New Orleans Public Housing Protest. Stephanie, a public housing resident speaks on the unequal protections affecting lower-income residents of New Orleans public housing, insisting that if her neighborhood is being demolished and rebuilt as mixed-income housing, then so should the neighborhoods of the affluent and upper-middle class.
Credit Craig Morse / flickr.com

Tête-à-Tête is a new series that uncovers extended versions of interviews conducted by WWNO journalists. Broadcasting means time limits, and often conversations that range from thirty to forty minutes in length get thirty to forty seconds on air. Tête-à-Tête brings these "private" discussions to light, and goes deeper into the issue at hand.

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Coastal Desk
4:04 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

'The Great Invisible' Returns To The Prytania

Latham Smith in THE GREAT INVISIBLE.
Credit RADiUS-TWC

"The Great Invisible" is a new documentary about the 2010 BP Oil Spill opening on December 12 at the Prytania Theater. Margaret Brown, the movie's director, grew up on the Alabama coast and saw the impact the spill had on her family and neighbors.

But, as Brown continued to pay attention, she realized this was not just a story about the victims, and that the oil executives were not the only enemies.

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Coastal Desk
2:08 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Ecotourism: A New Catch For Commercial Fishermen?

A fisherman sorts the day's catch on Tony Goutierrez's dock on Hopedale Highway in Hopedale, Louisiana.
Laine Kaplan-Levenson WWNO

There’s a new push to get tourists in New Orleans off Bourbon Street and into nature. Eco-tourism is the new way to explore Louisiana, according to a new statewide campaign. And as commercial fishermen are seeing numbers drop in catch and profit, they’re considering the tourism industry as a way to make a living.  

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Coastal Desk
5:12 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Governor's Office Gives Update on RESTORE Act

Workers contracted by BP clean up oil on a beach in Port Fourchon, La., May 23, 2010.
Credit PO3 Patrick Kelley / US DOD

The Governor’s Advisory Commission met Wednesday to receive an update on the RESTORE Act from Chris Barnes, a legal advisor from the governor’s office.

Barnes reminded the group that of the three pots of money going to the five gulf coast states, only one is tied to impact from the oil spill.

Those funds will be distributed to the gulf coast states based on a formula established by the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council.

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