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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Love NOLA
5:00 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Love NOLA: You Can Take Her With You

Credit Jason Kruppa

If New York City is a state of mind, then New Orleans is a way of life. On his final Love NOLA, Brett Will Taylor begins to pack up the parts of the way of life that will stay with him always.

Two weeks ago, I was standing in one of my favorite places in the world: New York’s Penn Station.  Like the other half-million people who churn through there every day, I was trying to get somewhere.

Boston’s Back Bay Station, to be precise.

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Education
10:12 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Akili Academy Finds A New Home In An Historic, Renovated Building

For its first 5 years, Akili was housed in modular trailers in Gentilly.
Akili Academy

Eve Abrams has been chronicling Akili Academy, an open enrollment charter school now in its sixth year. This week, she reports on Akili Academy’s new-to-them building, and the issue of school real estate city-wide. 

Akili Academy has always been a school of trailers, sitting in Gentilly. Until this year. The K-8th grade charter school has opened its doors in a permanent building.

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Features
11:45 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Historic New Orleans Collection Exhibit Examines Occupation Of City During Civil War

Commodore Farragut’s Squadron and Captain Porter’s Mortar Fleet Entering the Mississippi from Harper’s Weekly; May 17, 1862; print; The Historic New Orleans Collection, 1978.205
The Historic New Orleans Collection

New Orleans, the largest and most prosperous city in the antebellum Deep South, spent the Civil War in fetters, occupied by Union troops in late April 1862.

The Historic New Orleans Collection's latest exhibit, "Occupy New Orleans! Voices from the Civil War", taps the experiences of ordinary men and women — Northerners and Southerners alike — during that time. WWNO's Paul Maassen talked with Mark Cave, The Historic New Orleans Collection's Senior Curator and Oral Historian, and asked him about this unique exhibit.

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Environment
5:00 am
Thu October 31, 2013

2013 Anba Dlo Water Symposium Initiates Public Dialogue

At the Anba Dlo conference, the complex issues of water supervision and management were discussed with the public. In the event of rising tides, wetlands would deteriorate.
Credit Army Corps of Engineers digital library

Many states suffer from a shortage of water, but not Louisiana — we’ve got a surplus. Problem is, we don’t know what to do with it. And as our coastline diminishes each year, the urgency to make a decision is pivotal.

Experts have been brainstorming about Louisiana’s relationship with water, and they recently congregated at the second annual Anba Dlo symposium to share their thoughts with the public. 

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Latest News
7:00 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Legal Non-Profit Helps Clear Red Tape Blocking Free School Meals

Louisiana Appleseed helps school districts statewide with free meals funding.

More Louisiana schools that serve low-income families can soon offer free meals for all students. It’s because of a policy change initiated by a legal non-profit.

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NolaVie
10:17 am
Mon October 28, 2013

The Legacy Of Herman Wallace, And The Movement To End Long-Term Solitary Confinement

Herman Wallace's funeral.
Ann Harkness

The Angola 3 refers to three men convicted of murdering a prison guard at the Louisiana State Penitentiary more than 40 years ago, in 1972. Robert King, Herman Wallace, and Albert Woodfox were accused of the crime, and then held mostly in solitary confinement for decades.

King’s conviction was overturned in 2001, and this month a federal judge released Herman Wallace, saying he did not receive a fair trial. Wallace died three days later in New Orleans from liver cancer.

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Bring Your Own
4:11 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Bring Your Own Presents: 'The Great Sheep Fire Of 2011'

This is not Matt Sargeant, but it is a sheep costume.
Credit Costume Pop

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme.

This story was told on October 21st, 2012,  at Jackie Sumell’s house in the 7th Ward. The theme of the evening was “Are You Afraid of the Dark”, and Matt "Smoothie" Sargeant told this winning story providing life advice on Halloween Eve.

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Cornerstone Bus Project
10:26 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Cornerstone Bus Project Keeps Families Connected To Angola Inmates

Cornerstone Bus Project director Leo Jackson.
Nina Feldman WWNO

This weekend, over 30 cyclists from the New Orleans area will embark on a three-day bike ride to the Louisiana State Penitentiary. The third annual “NOLA to Angola” ride raises money for the Cornerstone Bus Project, a faith-based initiative that offers free transportation for families visiting their loved ones in prison.

To find out more about the cause that this bike trip supports, WWNO’s Nina Feldman rode along on the most recent bus trip to Angola.

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Bring Your Own
6:00 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Bring Your Own Presents: One Sweet Day (When I Fall in Love)

Sheet Music for Nat King Cole's 'When I Fall in Love'
Credit realbooksite.com

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme.

This story was told at the Old Ironworks on August 1, 2013 and later produced by Zach Young. The theme of the evening was “In Hot Water”, and Zach Carpenter kicked off the event looking back on a talent show from his past, that you’ll now never forget.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Wed October 16, 2013

WWII Museum's $320 Million Expansion Expected To Complete In 2016

Located at the intersection of Andrew Higgins Dr. and Magazine St., the World War II Museum opened on June 6, 2000.
Credit Infrogmation / Creative Commons

Click here to listen to this week's Notes.

Years before there were any cranes in the sky on Tulane Avenue, they could be seen in the CBD constructing a fairly modest building called the D-Day Museum.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with Dr. Gordon Mueller about how that grew into a three-block long institution, officially designated in 2003 by the Congress of the United States as America's National World War II Museum.

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