All Things New Orleans

Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

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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Dalai Lama
10:49 am
Thu May 16, 2013

As With Dalai Lama Today, Pope's Visit To New Orleans 25 Years Ago Came Amid Violence

The Dalai Lama.

On Friday, the Dalai Lama will be giving the first of two public talks at the New Orleans theatre in the Convention Center. For many, the Dalai Lama’s visit is reminiscent of the last major religious leader to pass through New Orleans 25 years ago.

When Pope John Paul II visited New Orleans in 1987 it was described as the Super Bowl of all Super Bowls.

25 years later, Archbishop Gregory Aymond remembers it well.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Tibetan Monks Constructing A Mandala

By the time it is finished on Friday morning, the mandala will fill up the entire table. Shortly thereafter, it will be swept away and ceremonially deposited into the Mississippi River.
Credit Thomas Walsh / WWNO

One part of the Dalai Lama’s visit to New Orleans is the creation of a sand sculpture by Tibetan monks. The meticulous process is open to public view outside Hall G at the Convention Center.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Meet the Man Who's Bringing The Dalai Lama To Town

Ronald Marks' involvement with the Louisiana Himalaya Association and Tulane University has established a strong connection with leaders in the Tibetan community.
Credit Tulane University

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Most New Orleanians have probably heard that the Dalai Lama is in town this week. But perhaps you do not know of the work it took to bring the spiritual leader of 6 million Tibetan Buddhists to this city.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with Ronald Marks, the Tulane scholar who organized the visit.

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Arts & Culture
1:30 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Just What Are These Tibetan Monks Building?

Just outside Hall G of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Tibetan Monks are busy at work on a ritualistic spiritual exercise.
Thomas Walsh WWNO

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is visiting New Orleans this weekend for a series of pubic speaking events. This past week a group of Tibetan monks gathered at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to construct a mandala, which will be completed on Friday morning and then ceremonially deposited into the Mississippi River that afternoon.

Features
10:04 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Equest Farm: Country Mouse In The City

Leslie Kramer, owner of Equest Farm, with her horse Charlie.
Credit Maureen McMurray / WWNO

In his State of the City Address last week, Mayor Mitch Landrieu praised the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission for the growth of this year’s summer youth programs, which include 33 youth camps, seven teen camps and an expanded summer jobs program. For parents and guardians seeking something a bit more rural, it’s also possible — and right within New Orleans city limits.

Located in the northernmost reaches of City Park, Equest Farm is straight out of a Laura Ingalls Wilder novel. 

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Code Switch
2:56 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

After A Mass Shooting, New Orleanians Rally Around A Local Tradition

Kenneth Terry with the Treme Brass Band plays the trumpet Monday during a community response to a shooting during a Mother's Day parade in New Orleans.
Sean Gardner Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 8:01 am

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Arts & Culture
9:35 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Jed Horne On 'Unnatural Violence,' Street Culture And Deb Cotton

This image from a surveillance video shows people scattering as a man shoots into the crowd at a second-line parade Sunday.
NOPD

Among those hit by bullets in Sunday's shootings at the Mother's Day second line was journalist Deb Cotton.

 She writes for The Gambit, and covers the city's street culture. She remains alive, reportedly in stable condition, but badly injured by the incident.  New Orleans author and journalist Jed Horne has worked with Cotton. He writes in The Lens this week about her perspectives on violence in the city.

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All Things New Orleans
5:12 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Bring Your Own Presents: 'Virginia'

Aubrey and Virginia.
Akasha Rabut

Aubrey Edwards tells her story of finding Virginia at Bring Your Own on July 10, 2012. Produced by Jesse Chanin.

This is a story told by a New Orleans resident at a local event called Bring Your Own. It is a live storytelling pop-up 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 with live, unscripted, true stories. 

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All Things New Orleans
4:39 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Three Stories Of Renewal In New Orleans

Photographer Aubrey Edwards and House Sparrow Virginia on this week's All Things New Orleans. And much more!
Credit Akasha Rabut

With spring time comes a spirit of creative energy, renewal, and transition. Thus, the latest edition of All Things New Orleans is apropos for the season: we’ll hear about new programs at UNO, new leaders in the community, and new stories from the Bring Your Own series.

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NolaVie
12:59 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Club Whatever Puts The Party On Wheels

Club Whatever, the long view.
Nina Feldman

A ride on Club Whatever, and an interview with the DJ/Driver behind the wheel.

You may have seen it before: a behemoth of a vehicle, rolling at a snail’s pass up Canal Street blasting speaker smashing beats. Its violet exterior shields its partiers from the outside world — all that can be seen of them are their arms, flailing wildly from every open window. And then there is the noise: a penetrating boom that reverberates off the surrounding buildings, shakes the bus and compels riders and bystanders alike to bounce up and down.

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