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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The school year is winding down, and for three New Orleans charters, the last day will bring dramatic changes. Two of those schools are closing for good. The third – kindergarten through 8th grade school Andrew H. Wilson Charter – is getting a new operator.

The story of Wilson's future is the first in WWNO's series Closing Costs.

Wilson's contract was up for review this year. The school had to earn a D to get renewed. It missed the grade by less than one point.

Louisiana Research Collection

A century before New Orleans was dubbed “Hollywood South,” the Crescent City was poised to become a major center for silent film studios. Producer Eve Abrams spoke with Tulane professor of communications Vicki Mayer about her Summer 2015 article for Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine, “Film Follies,” and about how the movie industry, culture, and the political economy intersect in Louisiana.

Lately, schools have been adding arts integration and experiential learning to their curriculum, but these are things that the Waldorf educational system has been doing for nearly a century. A local branch was started 15 years ago and gets more popular each year.

For NolaVie, Renée Peck brings us this report.

Ian McNulty

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As part of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts 40th anniversary celebration, the school was invited to the Jazz Fest Cultural Exchange Pavilion, a stage that hosts cultural institutions that have shaped Louisiana.

After being hired in the spring of 1975, Angela Hill was quickly promoted to co-anchor of the news at local television station WWL.

For over 38 years, Angela Hill served as anchor for the most popular news channel in New Orleans, WWL-TV. She got her start, however, in smaller market stations in Texas in the early 1970's. At that time, having the news delivered by a solitary male anchor was still the industry model, but that was about to change.

For immersive music and sound experiences, New Orleans offers any number of clubs and festivals. There’s also The Music Box. It’s a collection of eccentric little houses, each one a sort of musical instrument.

This roving village will be at its City Park installation through Sunday, May 10 (this Mother's Day weekend) with performances conducted by Arto Lindsay the evenings of May 8 and 9. It’s the creation of art collective New Orleans Airlift.

Eve Troeh / WWNO

16 years ago New Orleans resident Hunter Higgins created a triathlon with some friends that revolved around Jazz Fest. This "unsanctioned" event has a small footprint — think blocks of strenuous exercise, not miles. But it's been a way for a growing local group of participants to show their New Orleans pride.

Scott Aiges

New Orleans is right in the middle of Jazz Fest, which features plenty of live music.

But there is also an associated event called the Sync Up Conference, now in its eighth year, designed for independent artists to learn more about the business of music.

WWNO’s Paul Maassen spoke with Scott Aiges, Programs Director for the Jazz and Heritage Foundation, about the conference.

Eve Abrams

The YMCA of Greater New Orleans is taking steps to reduce the burden of diabetes by offering a Diabetes Prevention Program, so that people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes don’t.

When you think YMCA, what comes to mind?

Volleyball, helping kids, swimming, gymnastics, the gym, the song.