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
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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Coastal Desk
3:52 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Governor's Advisory Commission Talks Social And Economic Impacts Of Land Loss

Shows the land loss of Louisiana since the 1930s. Also shows some predicted land loss and gain. Red is land loss from 1932-2000, and light green is land gain from 1932-2000. Yellow is predicted land loss from 2000-2050. Dark green is predicted land gain from 2000-2050.
Credit Stephen Luna / Wikimedia Commons

The University of New Orleans hosted the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration and Conservation on Wednesday. They met to discuss the RESTORE Act and receive an update about an LSU study on how land loss will impact the economy of Louisiana’s coast.

King Milling is chairman of the Governor’s Advisory Commission. He posed the question that everyone is thinking about, but no one wants to ask:

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Coastal Desk
5:31 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Coastal Rundown: The Landscape Architect

City Park, New Orleans. Scene showing "lagoon" (remainder of the mostly filled-in Bayou Metairie) crossed stone arch pedestrian bridge. Ducks swim in the water. Above are Live Oak trees draped with Spanish moss.
Credit Infrogmation / Wikimedia Commons

WHAT: The Landscape Architect

A landscape architect is trained to design everything outside of a building — where pedestrians flow, where plants grow, seating, parks, playgrounds, sports fields, etc. Everything outside of the building is "landscape." This work includes the manipulation of spaces like grading and terrain modeling. The idea is to create outdoor spaces for people to use.

HOW it relates to green stormwater management and infrastructure:

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Coastal Desk
3:02 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Levee Board's Lead Attorney Explains Why He Took On Oil And Gas Lawsuit

The Lens' Steve Beatty introduces environmental reporter Bob Marshall (left) and Gladstone Jones (right) for a live interview and Q&A held at Basin Street Station on Tuesday, November 17.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

On Tuesday, November 18, environmental reporter Bob Marshall of The Lens sat down with Gladstone Jones, the lead attorney in the lawsuit against oil and gas companies for coastal damages.

Gladstone Jones signed his contract with the levee board based on a sliding scale. The 16 lawyers on the levee board’s legal team will be paid between 22-32 percent, depending on the amount recovered.

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The Salt
8:51 am
Mon November 17, 2014

In The Big Easy, Food Vendors Create A Little Honduras

Taqueria La Delicia is a lonchera, or food truck, that parks near a Lowe's Home Improvement store in New Orleans. The owner is Honduran, and so are many of the day laborers who eat there.
Laine Kaplan-Levenson WWNO

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 4:31 pm

Thanks to a quirk of history — and a love of bananas — New Orleans has had a Honduran population for more than a century. But that population exploded after Hurricane Katrina, when the jobs needed to rebuild the city drew waves of Honduran immigrants. Many of them stayed, and nearly a decade later, they've established a thriving — if somewhat underground — culinary community.

Signs of that community abound, if you know where to look.

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