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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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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Community
8:24 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Listening Post: Voices From A Central City Porch

A Central City resident speaks her mind at the Listening Post
Eve Troeh

This month WWNO launches a new project called The Listening Post. With the help of local artist Jacques Duffourc, we’ve made three portable recording stations that can move around the city. We’ll host occasional events where anyone can sit down to talk.

And we’ll… well… listen.

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Food
12:14 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Where Y’Eat: Lakefront Restaurant Renewal

Dining on the deck at Brisbi's.
Ian McNulty

The ritual of seafood dinners by Lake Pontchartrain is getting a second wind as new restaurants find ways to open along the New Orleans waterfront. 


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WRKF
5:03 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Lawmakers Poke Holes in Flood Protection Board Lawsuit

Taxpayers may be on the line for hundreds of thousands of dollars if the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority - East has to withdraw its lawsuit against oil and gas companies.

SLFPA-E met opposition from the legislature’s Joint Transportation Committee Wednesday, as the committee gathered information from the authority on the suit, also hearing opposing testimony from Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority head Garret Graves.

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Music Interviews
10:37 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Big Band Music To Make A Comeback In The Crescent City

The Sonoran Serenade Big Band.
Sonoran Serenade Big Band

Big band music is about to make a comeback in New Orleans thanks to Elvin Monteleone, a native who decided it was time to come home and bring his unique vision back with him.

Big bands were big business through the 1950s, but fell out of favor due to changing tastes in music and the expense of maintaining a large roster of musicians. Monteleone, who fell in love with Glenn Miller's music while playing Alto Sax in high school at De La Salle, says he woke up one morning in Scottsdale, AZ and decided it was time he started a 20-piece big band.

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Development
5:20 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Tulane Avenue Progress Too Slow For Some Businesses, Residents

Sun sets on Tulane Avenue, where new business and the promise of redevelopment mix with longstanding crime and poverty.
Ted Jackson Nola.com

City officials and developers have big plans for Tulane Avenue. The rough patch of old Airline Highway will hold two new hospitals, and a planned biomedical corridor. It’s slated to have fewer lanes of traffic and new landscaping, too. But, change is slow. Some residents and business owners who have invested in the neighborhood feel let down by the seedy motels and high crime that persist on Tulane Avenue.

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