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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Community Impact
7:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

The New Orleans Youth Sound Experience Finds A New Home On St. Claude

Matthew Shilling, of the New Orleans Youth Sound Experience, explaining to students how speakers work.
NOYSE

Matthew Shilling teaches creative and at-risk youth about sound engineering and music production at the New Orleans Youth Sound Experience.

Matthew Shilling gathers his students around a sound board talking about volume and distortion.

“So tell me again what does a fader do?” he asks.  

“It takes away sound,” a student calls out.

“It fades the sound,” offers another.

“We’re not taking away sound, right?” asks Shilling. “We’re dealing with electricity still, right?”

“We’re taking away electricity,” a student guesses.

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Community
5:07 am
Mon January 6, 2014

7th Ward Residents Await The Return Of The Circle Food Store

The iconic outside of the Circle Food Store.
Laine Kaplan-Levenson

More than eight years after it flooded and closed due to Hurricane Katrina, the Circle Food Store on the corner of Claiborne and St. Bernard Avenues is about to reopen its doors. The historic landmark served the 7th Ward from 1938 up until the storm, and it’s said to have been the first New Orleans grocery owned and operated by African-Americans. Long time residents and customers voice their reactions to the long-awaited return of this neighborhood staple.

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New Orleans Saints
4:40 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

What's Black And White And Gold All Over? Kohl The Penguin, Of Course

Kohl the Penguin, on his way to paint a tribute to the New Orleans Saints, in this screen capture.
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

Eagles? What eagles?

Fans of the Black and Gold don't just come in the human variety — Kohl the Penguin, star of the Audubon Aquarium's penguin exhibit, produced his own paean to his favorite football team in advance of the New Orleans Saints' wildcard game Saturday evening against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Saints and the Eagles face off Saturday evening at 7:10 p.m. on WDSU.

Watch Kohl paint his masterpiece here:

Food
4:31 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Where Y'Eat: A New Day For The Beignet

The new twists for a classic New Orleans food include chocolate beignets.
Ian McNulty

The beignet, long an emblem of New Orleans food culture, is experiencing a revival across town, from classic renditions to modern interpretations.

It's easy to imagine how someone could walk into the Morning Call Coffee Stand in City Park for the first time and see the place as an act of historic preservation.

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Arts & Culture
9:55 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Remembering JFK 50 Years After Dallas

Graffiti on the fence along the grassy knoll adjacent to JFK's motorcade route.
Eileen Fleming WWNO

As 2013 comes to a close, we’re looking back at some memorable moments. Eileen Fleming shares a visit she made to Dallas for a milestone historic memorial.

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Music
9:36 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

Louis Armstong's Queens Home Celebrates 10 Years As A Living Memorial

Originally published on Wed December 25, 2013 1:41 pm

The Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens, New York is all decked out for the holidays.

The museum is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year.

At this time of year, visitors can see what the house looked like when the Armstrongs were alive, including a view of all of Lucille Armstrong’s ornaments hanging on the tree.

As you walk through the home, you can hear the gravelly voice of Louis Armstrong echoing throughout the house in homemade recordings.

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Education
7:08 am
Fri December 27, 2013

What's The Role Of The Recovery School District After Schools Recover?

All schools eligibe to leave the RSD this year decided to stay, instead of returning to city school board control.
mahlness Creative Commons

The state-run Recovery School District took over nearly all New Orleans public schools after Hurricane Katrina. Soon, it won't run any. It will, however, oversee dozens of charter schools, including 17 local schools which recently decided they wanted to stay in the state system instead of returning to the local school board.

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Food
4:37 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Where Y'Eat: Act Two For Tujague's

In business since 1856, Tujague's retains a historic feel on Decatur Street.
Ian McNulty

Back from the brink, a Creole culinary landmark in the French Quarter has been revived and retooled by the next generation.

During a recent lunch at Tujague’s, a man asked his waiter if he was familiar enough with the seafood gumbo to recommend it. “Of course,” the waiter declared. “I’ve been working here for 30 years; it’s always been good.”

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Tiny Desk Concerts
7:43 pm
Wed December 25, 2013

Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Tiny Desk Concert

Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs at the Tiny Desk on Dec. 3, 2013.
John W. Poole John W. Poole

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 4:14 pm

Our goal for this special holiday Tiny Desk Concert is simple: to bring you joy. Preservation Hall Jazz Band is a hot and historic outfit from New Orleans, and its members brought us a tuba-wielding Santa and some original holiday cheer and praise — what they call a Cajun Christmas from the French Quarter.

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New Orleans Bowl
8:29 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

New Orleans Bowl Appearance Just The Latest Success For Resurgent Tulane Football Program

The Tulane University football program has undergone a dramatic resurgence in the past two years, spurred by the hiring of former Saints receivers coach Curtis Johnson, the rapid construction of a new on-campus football stadium, and a commitment from a university administration involved in the intricacies of college football management on a national level.

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