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Notes From New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Is French Quarter Fest Still For The Locals?

Crowds swell at Woldenberg Park for French Quarter Fest. Many estimate that 250,000 tourists arrive for the annual event.
Credit Vincent & Bella Productions\flickr

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Over the course of 31 years, New Orleans' French Quarter Festival has grown from a small event to the largest free music festival in the United States. Along with Jazz Fest and Mardi Gras, it's become one of the crown jewels in Louisiana's cultural economy.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin speaks with executive director Marci Schramm about the festival's growth and its plans for the future. 

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In Memoriam
9:13 am
Tue April 8, 2014

New Orleans Artist George Dureau Dead At 83

Artist George Dureau

George Dureau is widely acclaimed as one of New Orleans' most significant artists in the latter part of the 20th century and early 21st. He died Monday after a several-year struggle with Alzheimer's Disease.

Dureau was 83, and internationally recognized for his classically-inspired, mythology-infused paintings — and his humane photographs of some often very odd (think dwarfs and multiple amputees) male figures.

Dureau spoke with artist Jacqueline Bishop in 2005 for her WWNO series "Louisiana Artist".

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The Lens
8:35 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Battle Brewing In Holy Cross Over Proposed Highrises

Vanessa Gueringer and Kim Ford of the Holy Cross neighborhood association discuss the proposed high-rise development in Holy Cross.
Karen Gadbois The Lens

The Holy Cross neighborhood is tucked against the levee in the Lower 9th Ward. It takes its name from the historic Holy Cross School, which flooded after Katrina and re-opened in Gentilly, leaving behind a 13-acre campus of rolling fields reaching to the levees, and a vacant administration building with graceful, wrought-iron balconies.

There aren’t a lot of parks in the Lower 9. So the levee is used for exercise, picnicking and relaxing.

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French Quarter Festival
5:21 am
Mon April 7, 2014

A Small-Town Mayor Takes The French Quarter Festival Back Home

DeRidder Mayor Ron Roberts.
Credit Ron Roberts

More than half a million people are expected at the 31st annual French Quarter Festival this weekend. They come from far and wide — and a few of them come not only to enjoy the music, but also to take it back home. 

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NOLA Life Stories
9:00 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Communing Through Eternal Sound: Bach Around The Clock Celebrates 17 Years

Albinas Prizgintas, who started the Bach Around the Clock festival, began working at the Trinity Episcopal Church in 1988.
Credit Eric Laws

As part of a new collaboration with The Historic New Orleans Collection, WWNO brings you NOLA Life Stories: an oral history project documenting the people, places and things that shape New Orleans. This week historian Mark Cave interviews Albinas and Manon Prizgintas, a married couple that produces Bach Around the Clock — an annual musical event held at Trinity Episcopal Church.

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Politics
8:20 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Reshaping A Greater New Orleans: Criminal Justice

WYES

WWNO — New Orleans Public Radio and public television station WYES are collaborating on coverage of reforms to the Orleans Parish criminal justice system.

WYES Special Projects Producer Marcia Kavanaugh has completed the hour-long special "Reshaping a Greater New Orleans: Criminal Justice". In this first story for WWNO based on her reporting, Kavanaugh includes the voices of lawmakers, judges and watchdogs.

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NolaVie
4:50 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Managing Menhaden: A New Plan For 'The Most Important Fish In The Sea'

A school of Menhaden fish.
Crabby Taxonomist flickr.com

They’re called bunker up north, and Pogies here in the South, and are sometimes referred to as “The Most Important Fish In the Sea”. These are the Menhaden.

Since it’s not a fish you eat, you’ve probably never heard of it. But the annual Menhaden Advisory Committee meeting was a big deal this year due to a new Menhaden management plan.

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Louisiana News
3:03 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Affordable Care Act's Open Enrollment Deadline Is March 31

Affordable Care Act Enrollment Deadline Looms

The window is fast closing on the open enrollment period to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The deadline to purchase insurance through the federal Healthcare Marketplace is Monday, March 31.

WWNO's Diane Mack spoke with Doug Wilkinson, state coordinator with the Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition, LHEC, about the approaching deadline.

Federal site to sign up and purchase healthcare coverage — www.healthcare.gov

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Music Interviews
12:49 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Emerging Musicians: Clarinetist Gregory Agid

Clarinetist Gregory Agid.

WWNO, in partnership with NOLA Art House Music and NolaVie, presents the first in a series of interviews hosted by trumpeter Dr. Edward Anderson, focused on some of the best emerging musicians in the New Orleans arts community.

In the first installment, Dr. Anderson talks with clarinetist Gregory Agid.

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Food
4:36 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Smoking Hogs, Blowing Off Steam

New Orleans chefs including Aaron Burgau, Nathaniel Zimet, Dan Esses and Bart Bell celebrate a win in last year's Hogs for the Cause competition.

Hogs for the Cause, a charitable cook-off and festival, has quickly established a niche in New Orleans restaurant subculture.

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