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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Environment
7:24 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Local Photographer Captures Changing Louisiana Coast From A New Perspective

Marsh Degradation
Credit Michel Varisco

New Orleans native and local fine arts photographer Michel Varisco developed a curiosity about the Gulf Coast region at a young age. With a biochemist for a mom, and engineer dad, she started learning on family road trips. Her dad would explain the Bonnet Carré Spillway, or point out dead trees while driving down LA1 to Grande Isle. 

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Food
4:35 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Exploring Authentic Chinese Flavors In Metairie

Shanghai wonton soup with bitter greens at Soho Asian Cuisine in Metairie.
Ian McNulty

Two restaurants with deep menus of traditional Chinese flavors seem to be hiding in plain sight directly across from each other along one of the area's busiest boulevards.

The sound of broiled oysters sizzling in their shells is a familiar one in southeast Louisiana, and it will always turn heads. But it wasn't just the sound effects or wafting smell of garlic that captured our attention as a waitress crossed the dining room with one particular order.

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Arts & Culture
1:51 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Cinematic Culture In August: Henry Griffin On New Orleans' Film Scene

State Theatre Traverse City Creative Commons

Head into the cool, dark spaces so nice in the summertime: movie theaters. Henry Griffin, our regular guest, joins Eve Troeh in the WWNO studios to give a few cinematic happenings for the month of August.

Satchmo Summer Fest includes screenings of Louis Armstrong film and TV clips, called "Cinematic Satch," playing August 1-3 at the US Mint. More on that and the full festival schedule right here.

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Latest News
8:45 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Will All New Orleans Bars Soon Be Smoke-Free?

Carrollton Station owner Mike Miller, speaking about how his bar went non-smoking at Smoke-Free Week's town hall meeting.
Credit Malorie Marshall / WWNO

Smoking in bars might become a thing of the past in New Orleans. City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and other organizations recently brought a smoke-free week to the city. That’s meant to raise support for a ban on smoking in bars.

New Orleans is known as a place where people like to unwind. Go-cups, ice-cold daiquiris, rich food, music and good times.

One aspect of this experience might be about to change.

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Criminal Justice
8:19 pm
Sat July 26, 2014

Business And Community Leaders Working To Reduce Louisiana's Record Incarceration Rate

Credit spirit of america / Shutterstock.com

On a per-capita basis, Louisiana leads the nation in the number of people behind bars. A diverse group of business and religious leaders have come together to support laws that could lower the state’s incarceration rates.

In this latest installment of the continuing WWNO and WYES series on criminal justice reform, Marcia Kavanaugh looks into how the Louisiana Smart on Crime initiative fared in this past legislative session.

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Coastal Desk
5:17 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Working Coast Camp In Houma Teaches Children About Big Industry

The Working Coast campers set out fishing on their last day.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

South Louisiana’s Terrebonne Parish has low unemployment — there are lots of jobs in offshore services. So many that there could be a shortage of locals with the skills needed. The Working Coast summer camp in Houma teaches kids about the big industries in their area, and aims to get them excited about those career paths.

About 30 kids hang their fishing poles over a small bridge outside the Water Life Museum in Houma, Louisiana. They’re enjoying their last day at the Working Coast Camp.

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Coastal Desk
5:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Coastal Rundown: Austin Badon, Marsh Buggies And Golden Meadow

Austin Badon overlooking the wetlands on Paris Road in New Orleans East
Credit Jesse Hardman / WWNO

Welcome to the Coastal Rundown, a new series exploring the people, places, gear, facts and suggested resources across the Gulf Coast.

 

Meet: Austin Badon

City Council Representative, District 100

State Rep. (D), Chairman of the House Education Committee

Motto: “Don’t wait for your ship to come in, swim out to it.”

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Notes from New Orleans
12:00 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Checking In With Revitalization In The Lower 9th Ward

The Backyard Gardeners Network in the Lower 9th Ward helps turn vacant lots into community gardens.
Hanna Rasanen

If you’ve ever driven through the Lower 9th Ward, you know that there is lots of land out there.

On this week’s Notes from New Orleans Sharon Litwin catches up with Lower Nine gardener Jenga Mwendo of the Backyard Gardeners Network about putting vacant lots to use and what’s been happening in her neighborhood since the last time the two of them talked.  

To read more about the Backyard Gardeners Network, visit NolaVie.com.

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Education
7:30 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Voices Of Educators: Glenda McQueen

Glenda McQueen.
Credit Mallory Falk / WWNO

Summer is in full swing, but that doesn't mean New Orleans schools are not on the minds of many people. As the city continues to reform and reshape public education, WWNO seeks to highlight teachers who bring unique talents and perspectives to their work. We'll feature one such educator each month.

Glenda McQueen teaches AP language at New Orleans Charter Science & Mathematics High School. She strives for true intellectual growth in her students.

Voices of Educators is supported by Entergy.

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Education
4:32 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

The Politics Of The Common Core

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announces his plan to remove Louisiana from tests associated with the Common Core.
Melinda Deslatte AP

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 10:08 am

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Wednesday that he wants to cut ties with the Common Core State Standards, the benchmarks in reading and math that he helped bring to the state four years ago, and replace them with new, Louisiana-specific standards.

"We won't let the federal government take over Louisiana's education standards," Jindal said in a statement. "We're very alarmed about choice and local control over curriculum being taken away from parents and educators."

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