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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NolaVie
12:22 am
Mon August 26, 2013

How Do You Become Louisiana Coach Of The Year? Just Add Salt

Pre-Season practice at EJHS
Laine Kaplan-Levenson

Every summer the NFL Foundation and USA Football Youth Summit choose 50 high school coaches of the year, one to represent each state, and they meet to talk about best practices for young players. The 2013 Louisiana coach of the year is Dominic Saltaformaggio, of the East Jefferson Warriors. He’s been with the team for five seasons, but has yet to win a state championship.

Laine Kaplan-Levenson joined the Warriors in pre-season practice to find out why a man waiting for a trophy is still number one. 

Laine Kaplan-Levenson spent a day on the field during pre-season practice with the East Jefferson Warriors.

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Food
4:25 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Where Y’Eat: Going Whole Hog For Whole Fish

Whole hog snapper at Pêche Seafood Grill.
Ian McNulty

Whole fish is showing up a whole lot more across New Orleans menus, and the new trend harkens back to a very old style and a deep vein of flavor.

Where Y’Eat: Going Whole Hog For Whole Fish

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Music
3:25 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

New Wave Of New Orleans Artists Blend Jazz, Hip Hop, Rock

Christian Scott is one of the jazz musicians coming out of New Orleans who combines rock and hip hop influences. (christianscott.tv)

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 4:10 pm

New Orleans is often called the birthplace of jazz, famous for musicians from Louis Armstrong to Jelly Roll Morton.

The Big Easy is still central to the jazz music scene, and Sondra Bibb, host of “Jazz from the French Market with Sandra Bibb” on WWOZ, says that a number of new young artists are blending the hip hop and rock rhythms they grew with into their jazz.

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Environment
1:11 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Purple Martins And Their Causeway Summer Roost

The last of the purple martins swarming near the Causeway bridge before roosting for the night. Most of the birds have already headed to South America.
frankrelle.com

The end of summer means back to school, back to the grindstone, back from vacation. And for millions of birds, it means time to fly south for the winter.

One particular type of bird — the purple martin — has spent the summer preparing for that journey under the Causeway bridge. Right where the south shore connects to the Causeway, tens of thousands of the birds have maintained a roost, with a second roost further along the bridge. They sleep under it, flying in right at sunset. The last summer stragglers are now getting ready for their flight south.

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Health Care
2:06 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Uninsured Struggle To Access Healthcare Before Full Launch Of Affordable Care Act

The CARE free clinic earlier this summer. The clinics provide checkups and other services to uninsured Louisiana residents.
Caroline Lewis WWNO

Louisiana politicians, including Governor Bobby Jindal, continue to resist all programs associated with the Affordable Care Act, which is scheduled to go into full effect in 2014.

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WRKF
10:22 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Republican Realignment: Why Politicians Switch Parties

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 1:45 pm

State Sen. Rick Ward is dropping out of the race for Louisiana's Sixth Congressional District. According to The Times-Picayune, Ward's changed his mind because the position would require too much time away from his children. This decision comes three weeks after announcing his candidacy, and a month after switching to the Republican party in mid-July.

Many accused Ward of switching parties because he wanted to run for the higher seat. Ward said he switched because the "R" behind his name would better represent his views.

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Science & Health
7:00 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Louisiana Obesity Problem Has More Roots Than Local Rich Food

Adult obesity rates in Louisiana over time, and compared to the rest of the country.
Credit Trust for America's Health

Local fitness expert and study author discuss reasons Louisiana rates first in the nation for obesity.

A national study shows Louisiana is the most obese state in the country. Findings show the cause is more complicated than simply blaming the rich cooking.

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Love NOLA
8:43 pm
Sun August 18, 2013

Love NOLA: Coming Home From Katrina

Brett Will Taylor
Jason Kruppa

You know, sometimes I think we're only here, in this crazy love affair we call "life," to find our way home.

Not just that place we go to bed each night. But that space where we belong. Where we can be ourselves. Where we can live our truth. 

It’s not always an easy journey. Just ask Miles.

He’s a man I met early one June morning at a corner store in Tremé. Both of us were hungry — he for pancakes, me for a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich. As we waited for the cook to work his magic, we did what you do in New Orleans. We started talking.

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Notes from New Orleans
11:43 am
Sat August 17, 2013

Gary Solomon Jr. On Bringing Business And Creative Know-How To Local Event Productions

The Solomon Group currently designs the exterior lighting for the Superdome.

When Gary Solomon Jr. graduated from the New Orleans Center from the Creative Arts, his plan was to go to New York University, become a lighting designer and never come back. Katrina changed all that.

On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with Gary about the successful entertainment technology and design business he has built here.

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New Orleans Saints
7:15 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Legendary Saints Game Announcer Jerry Romig Reflects On His Career

Jerry Romig at his home, holding his Saints Hall of Fame trophy and a copy of the Aug. 16 Baton Rouge Advocate editorial celebrating his career.
Credit Eve Troeh / WWNO

Friday night's pre-season Saints game against the Oakland Raiders was a landmark event.

Not for the players on the field, so much as for the man in the announcing booth.

Jerry Romig has called more than 440 Saints games, in his 44-year history with the team, and this one was his last. Now, his son Mark Romig will take over the job.

Romig is a veteran broadcaster beyond football, having played key roles at WDSU and in the co-founding of New Orleans public television station WLAE.

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