Ron Curtis

Operations Director

Ron has held the position of WWNO Operations Director since 1989. He joined the station as a weekend announcer in the Fall of 1982 and has worked as an announcer, producer and news host. Ron has been in broadcasting since 1968 and served as announcer, producer, reporter, news director and editorial writer at stations in Washington State. A native New Orleanian, Ron grew up in Gentilly. He served in the Air Force in the mid-1960s and resided in the Pacific Northwest for 14 years until he returned to New Orleans in 1982. His avocations include backpacking, environmental preservation, music and reading.

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The Listening Room
10:56 am
Thu June 14, 2012

America Abroad: The Global Water Challenge

As global population grows, so does the demand for water. Yet less than one percent of the planet's supply is potable, and estimates suggest that 40% of humanity will not have access to clean water by 2025.

Explore the complex issues surrounding this precious resource in this edition of America Abroad.

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Airing Sunday, June 17th. You can hear The Listening Room Sunday nights at 9:00 p.m., on WWNO, 89.9 FM.

The Listening Room
4:38 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Intelligence Squared Debate Series: College Football

Corruption and a growing concern for head injury have put college football in the spotlight. Are football program's millions in profits exploitation? Or are they still a celebration of amateur sport?

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The Listening Room
4:39 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

"America Abroad": The Future of NATO

It's been called the most successful alliance in world history. President Obama and fellow leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO, are meeting at an important summit in Chicago this month to discuss the future of the alliance.

NATO troops have now spent a decade in Afghanistan, and more recently, NATO airpower helped to overthrow Moammar Ghaddafi in Libya. But in the face of economic stress, and war-weary publics in the United States and Europe, how will the alliance move forward?

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The Listening Room
12:38 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

"America Abroad": Iran And The Bomb

Will sanctions and diplomacy be enough to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons? Or is a military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities inevitable?

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The Listening Room
11:16 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Intelligence Squared Debate Series

Does the internet poison politics? It's been argued that the rise of 'personalization,' the use of algorithms to filter what you see online, and easy access to the like-minded, have served to reinforce our pre-conceptions.

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The Listening Room
10:47 am
Mon April 16, 2012

The Hunt for Oil: Risks and Rewards

From the series: Burn: An Energy Journal. Host Alex Chadwick tackles one of the most important energy questions facing America: Are we running out of oil? This hour long broadcast is pegged to the second anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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The Listening Room
2:46 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Rosanne Cash: Live from Zone C

Rosanne Cash.

Rosanne Cash and her husband, John Leventhal, invite you into their NYC home (aka "Zone C") for an hour of live music built by audience engagement through social media.

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The Listening Room
10:12 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Swimming Upstream: The Great Lakes

The Great Lakes hold a massive amount of water. They contain one fifth of the world’s fresh surface water.

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The Listening Room
2:16 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Wynton Marsalis: Swinging Into The 21st!

Jazz is dead! Well, it's not true — but in the history of the music, that statement is heard very often. Wynton Marsalis has found that the best way to combat that idea is simple — keep creating.

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The Listening Room
1:15 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Intelligence Squared Debate Series

Orville Schell, left, and Peter Schiff, part of the debate
Courtesy: Intelligence Squared U.S.

Who does capitalism better? For all appearances, China has emerged unscathed from the global economic crisis, in stark contrast to its biggest debtor, America. China's admirers point to its ability to mobilize state resources, quick decision-making and business-friendly environment as reasons for its economic ascendency.

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