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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
6:02 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Louisiana's Minority District Makes For a Congressman On The Move

Congressman Cedric Richmond walks in Southern University's homecoming parade.

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 11:13 am

Louisiana’s 2nd congressional district, which encompasses North Baton Rouge and a large part of New Orleans, is what’s called a majority minority district. In this case, it’s predominantly black. Districts like this are required by federal law to protect minority representation, but ironically, it may be doing the opposite.

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Coastal Desk
6:40 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

New Orleans Hosts 2014 Greenbuild Conference And Expo

A shot of the floor from the 2010 Greenbuild conference in Chicago.
Credit Timothy Dahl / Charlesandhudson.com

Here are two buzzwords you probably hear a lot these days: "sustainability" and "resilience." These words will be heard a lot over the next few days at the Greenbuild Conference and Expo, as visitors from around the world will share ideas on how to plan for the future using green technology. 

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Coastal Desk
6:01 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Working On Water Symposium Encourages Fishermen To Supplement Income With EcoTourism

An airboat in the wetlands.
Credit USGS South Florida Information Access

A coalition of foundations, non-profits government departments, and higher education institutions are looking to help Coastal Louisianans invest in some new industries. The Working on the Water symposium took place Tuesday, October 21 in St. Bernard Parish. 

It would have been a beautiful day to be out on the water. But around 45 local fisherman left their boats docked, and drove to the town of Violet instead.

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Community
10:25 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Water Symposium Offers Free Public Forum For Coastal Issues

The Water Symposium, October 18 at New Orleans Healing Center, explores future river navigation, among other water management topics for New Orleans and the region.
USDA

Saturday, October 18, the New Orleans Healing Center hosts its third annual Water Symposium, a daytime addition to the evening's Anba Dlo Halloween music, costume and arts festival.

The Water Symposium includes three panel discussions, from 12-4 p.m. at Café Istanbul. Topics include the future of Louisiana's coast, a look at the state's Master Plan and other large coastal engineering proposals, and a discussion of how to fund large coastal initiatives of any kind. The event is free and open to the public.

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Coastal Desk
9:29 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

A Tale Of Two Coastal Towns Part 2: Plaquemines Parish

Braithwaite, Louisiana, a town on the East Bank of Plaquemines Parish
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

For the first 50 years of his life Donald Stokes lived happily in Braithwaite, a town of a few hundred residents in Plaquemines Parish. In 2006 he and his wife decided to leave.

Stokes says it was such a painful departure that it took him two years to actually complete the move. “Slowly but surely I put stuff on a trailer, came back, put stuff on a trailer, came back. It wasn't easy. It felt like I was uprooting my life.”

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Coastal Desk
9:01 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

A Tale Of Two Coastal Towns Part 1: Staten Island

A Hurricane Sandy damaged house in Staten Island scheduled for demolition.
Credit Elizabeth Rush

Low-lying coastal areas are the front lines for sea level rise, and increasingly frequent and destructive storms at sea. Hurricane Sandy proved it’s not just the South or the Gulf Coast at risk. Staten Island, one of New York City’s five boroughs, saw heavy flooding after Hurricane Sandy, which hit two years ago this month.

The way Eddie Perez tells it, the night of October 29, 2012 played out like one of those movies about the apocalypse. "About 7:55 I was watching the news and they said at 8 o’clock it was coming"

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Arts & Culture
4:40 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

NPR's Michele Norris And Director Kenny Leon Discuss World Premiere of 'Water±' On October 25

Courtesy NPR

NPR's Michele Norris says Hurricane Katrina was a line of demarcation for her. Reporting from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast after the storm and floods, she found herself compelled to work with emotion in her journalism in a new way.

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Food
4:24 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Where Y'Eat: When Food Trucks Serve More Than Quick Meals

The Crepes a la Cart food truck is among the vendors taking part in the new St. Claude Food Truck Park.
Ian McNulty

A new food truck park offering an offbeat supper option and a glimpse of what’s in store for St. Claude Avenue.

It’s easy to portray food trucks as the renegades of the culinary world. Modern, highly mobile and very much in vogue, they play by different rules than brick-and-mortar restaurants. But around New Orleans lately, these food trucks are increasingly enlisted to serve a number of community causes alongside their street food.

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Food
5:46 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

New Farmers Market Brings Fresh Produce Back to Historic French Market

Visitors shop for fresh produce at the French Market's new weekly Wednesday farmers' market.
Nina Feldman WWNO

On Wednesday afternoon, the Crescent City Farmers’ Market opened in the historic French Market. This is the fourth weekly market that Crescent City Farmers Market operates citywide — but the French Quarter location makes this one different than the rest.

The French Market in New Orleans has been running since 1791. For a couple of centuries, it provided the French Quarter and local community with fresh meats and produce.

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Education
7:30 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Voices Of Educators: Pablo Garcia

Credit Mallory Falk / WWNO

As New Orleans continues to reshape public education, WWNO seeks to highlight teachers who bring unique talents and perspectives to their work. We feature one such educator each month.

Pablo Garcia teaches standard first grade concepts: addition, subtraction, the water cycle. But he does everything in Spanish. Garcia is an immersion instructor at the International School of Louisiana.

Support for Voices of Educators and education news on WWNO comes from Entergy Corporation.

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