All Things New Orleans

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WWNO’s radio magazine: a weekly half-hour of timely news, cultural features, and commentary from all corners of our city. Hosted by Jack Hopke.

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DerpyCon South
6:15 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

These 'Little Ponies' Draw Out The Bronies

Laura Ducros as a glowing, rainbow sword-bearing armored cartoon pony at this year's DerpyCon South, a "brony" convention held in New Orleans.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

Bronies — members of an unexpectedly vibrant culture celebrating the animated series “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” — will tell you that New Orleans got 20 percent cooler this weekend thanks to DerpyCon South.

Why 20 percent? Because that’s how Rainbow Dash, a character in the Hasbro toy company’s animated series, would describe it. The show has spawned an Internet phenomenon.

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Classical Music
1:59 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Inside The LPO's Season-Opener: '2014: A Strauss Odyssey'

LPO Associate Concertmaster Ben Hart and bassist and Concert Committee Chair Matt Abramo.
Credit Farrar Hudkins / WWNO

The LPO's season-opening concert this past Friday is called "2014: A Strauss Odyssey." Farrar Hudkins has more from inside the orchestra.  

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Coastal Desk
8:38 am
Fri September 19, 2014

New Orleans Delegation Looks At The Limits Of Austin's Water Management System

Austin's Watershed Protection Department educates residents on why retention systems for storm water are important to local water management systems.
Credit Jesse Hardman

Last week a delegation from the Crescent City traveled to Austin, Texas. The idea: to check out how Austin manages its water. Drought-stricken Texas has too little water; New Orleans often has too much. But they have a surprising amount to learn from each other.

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NOLA Life Stories
5:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

John Mecom Jr., Original Owner Of The Saints, Says Professional Football Is No Place For A Romantic

John Mecom Jr. was actively involved in the sports industry. Apart from the Saints he owned Mecom Racing Team, which managed several Formula One racing teams and drivers.
Credit Historic New Orleans Collection

When New Orleans was awarded its NFL franchise in 1966, the first person to own the team was John Mecom Jr. – a 26-year-old Houstonian whose father made a fortune in the oil industry. An avid sports fan, John helped shape the team’s identity: he picked out their colors and logos, and even helped move them to the Superdome.

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Education, charter, teachers
5:30 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Urban Schools Change Their Vocabulary

The Albert Wicker School is now Success Preparatory Academy.
Credit Eve Abrams / WWNO

It used to be that most kids went to places called schools to get their education, and in those schools, kids were called students. But in recent years, the vocabulary around schooling — especially in urban areas, and especially when it comes to charter schools — is changing. In New Orleans, where all schools receiving public funding are now charters, we investigate what’s behind this new school language.

I started off with a little experiment. I asked a bunch of adults: where did you go to school?

“I went to Newton Elementary School, Newton High School.”

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WRKF
3:02 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Edwin Edwards' Encore

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 11:57 am

50 years after he first won a congressional seat, Edwin Edwards is asking voters to send him back to Washington.

The four-time former governor is a Louisiana legend, but – as Sue Lincoln reports – it won’t be an easy sell.

The 87-year-old carries the baggage of a felony conviction, and he’s trying to mount a political comeback in district that’s become starkly conservative.


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Science & Health
10:00 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Federal Appeals Court In New Orleans Considering Review Of Restrictive Texas Abortion Laws

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is considering an appeal of Texas laws restricting access to abortions.

Covering the story for Houston Public Radio is health and science reporter Carrie Feibel.

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Coastal Desk
8:47 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Coastal Desk Visits Austin To Learn From Their Water Management Strategy

A sign in a bathroom at Mueller, the new sustainable, transit-oriented community in Austin, Texas.
Credit Jesse Hardman / WWNO

This week our coastal team is visiting the city of Austin, Texas with a group of New Orleans city officials, including City Council members Susan Guidry and LaToya Cantrell, and representatives from the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority and the Sewerage and Water Board.

The goal is to learn about how Austin manages its water system, and see if there’s some takeaways as the city of New Orleans tries to create a new water strategy that integrates old and new design.

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Community
7:39 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Cityscapes: A 1941 Pop-Up Factory On Polymnia Street

Higgins Industries
Courtesy World War II Museum

Every month, we hear from Richard Campanella about his Cityscapes column for Nola.com and The Times-Picayune.

This month Campanella explores Andrew Higgins' makeshift, pop-up factory to make a new kind of vessel for the Navy in 1941, in the 1600 block of Polymnia Street — then (as now) a residential area. In just two weeks, hundreds of workers produced and delivered 50 vessels, based on a prototype tested in Lake Pontchartrain.

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Food
4:35 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Reframing Restaurant References At Meauxbar And Carrollton Market

Oysters Goodenough, a namesake dish of chef Jason Goodenough, at Carrollton Market.
Ian McNulty

A pair of familiar New Orleans restaurant spaces have been remade by creative new chefs.

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