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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Summer Camp
8:30 am
Thu May 23, 2013

'Camp Upward' Provides Northshore Families Affordable Summer Camp Options

For many kids in St. Tammany Parish, summer is a time for long days spent playing outdoors, easy weekends at the baseball park, and — especially for kids with parents who both work — it means summer camp.

But the expense of camp leaves many families who are struggling financially with no option but to leave their kids unattended. Chassidy Groover of Covington knows what waited for her without an affordable summer camp option.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Old German Church In Marigny Transformed Into Performance Space

The Marigny Opera House's restoration began with basic electric and plumbing overhauls. Hurlbert says cosmetics will come in time.
Credit Rusty Blazenhoff / Flickr

Click here to listen to this week's Notes From New Orleans.

What happens when a classically trained pianist meets a closed-up church in the Marigny? Why he turns it into an opera house. This week on Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with Dave Hurlbert, the man behind that mission.

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Education
7:00 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Can Playtime Help Classtime? One Program Gets High Marks

Jazmyn Simmons, left, with fellow junior coaches Matthew Scott, center, and Gabriell Jackson at Arthur Ashe Charter School.
Playworks

Researchers at Stanford University say Playworks recess programs help children with classwork.

A new study from Stanford University shows a program being used during recess at six New Orleans elementary schools is enhancing the children’s education. About 2,200 students are now in the local Playworks project.

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Code Switch
11:48 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Who Becomes The Face Of A Horrific Attack?

A possible shooting suspect in a white shirt (bottom center) shoots into a crowd of people on Mother's Day 2013 in New Orleans.
New Orleans Police Department AP

The spate of headlines that drew them to our attention has died down. Yet I still find myself thinking about the faces of a certain 19-year-old man and his elder brother, accused by police of bringing about a tragic end to what should have been a day of joy and celebration.

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Community
8:24 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Community Impact: Orleans Place Matters Using Data For Neighborhood Advocacy

From crime and jobs to education and local history, a new program is analyzing how factors in our neighborhoods and closest to home impact life in New Orleans, and it's giving residents the data they need to petition for positive change.

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Music
4:20 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Professional Street Musicians Undaunted By Second-Line Shooting

The TBC Brass Band performing during a second-line parade this past weekend.
Maureen McMurray WWNO

The Mother’s Day shootings, which injured 20, rattled residents of New Orleans and led some to question the security around second-line parades. For many, the prevailing tradition brought them out to yesterday’s Divine Ladies Parade, but for the professional musicians who participate in the parades it was also a matter of their livelihood.

“This is how I eat. This is how I feed my family. Without this, I have to go look for another job. I never worked a day in my life. I play music all the time,” says Chris Terro, a percussionist with the TBC Brass Band.

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Community
11:13 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Second-Line Parades Continue In Defiance Of Last Week's Violence

The Divine Ladies Social Aid & Pleasure Club hit the streets of Central City for their annual parade on Sunday.
Maureen McMurray WWNO

As the New Orleans Police Department continues to investigate the motives behind last week’s Mother’s Day parade shooting, the city’s Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs are sticking to their second-line schedules.

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Faith
7:00 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Dalai Lama Brings Timely Message To New Orleans

The Dalai Lama, at a press conference in New Orleans last week.
Credit Thomas Walsh / WWNO

The Dalai Lama reflects on the world's problems.

The Dalai Lama has wrapped up his first visit to New Orleans. He brought a message of peace and compassion.

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Love NOLA
4:26 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Love NOLA: One Step Forward In Mental Illness

NolaVie Commentator Brett Will Taylor

My, how we love our characters in New Orleans. Which is a good thing. 

Locals still talk about Ruthie the Duck Girl, even though she died in 2008. In my neighborhood of Tremé, we have a tall man with a scraggly beard who pushes a grocery cart around, having random conversations with a street corner. Or an empty can. 

We celebrate these characters. We tenderly laugh with them. But we don’t always see that, underneath the eccentricity that makes for a funny story, is often a mental illness that is anything but funny.

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NolaVie
10:12 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Sixty Second Weekend: Birdfoot, Boogaloo And Clybourne Park

The regional premier of Bruce Norris' Clybourne Park.
Graphic Design: Ian Hoch

This weekend, Bayou St. John gets one more hit before it’s slower summer/fall/winter season with the B-o-o-g-a-l-o-o. Go to that, but go to these things, too:

FRIDAY, 5/17

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