The Listening Post

The Listening Post is a community media project that aims to start a conversation about local news in New Orleans. Every week on our radio segment we talk about issues ranging from healthcare to WhoDat, tattoos to transportation.

Listeners can both contribute thoughts and commentary about important issues in their neighborhoods, and also receive important local news and information.

How does it work?

There are two ways to participate in the Listening Post project.

1. We have three Listening Post recording devices where you can answer our questions of the week. One is at Normal Mayer Library in Gentilly,  another at Keller library in Broadmoor, and the third at HeadQuarters barbershop on Broad street. Questions solicit opinions about jobs, housing, health care, safety, development and other essential topics. We listen to the recorded answers every week, and share some of the best answers on the radio.

2. We have created a text messaging service that also seeks to connect with local voices by asking questions and sharing information on a weekly basis. Every week we send out a text message survey about a local news issue, and then share the results on the radio. If you would like to participate in our surveys and receive important local news bulletins, text the word "hello" to the Listening Post phone number: (504) 224-5314.

News and information is an essential resource, just like food, housing, and water. The Listening Post is a project that seeks to meet people in person, in their own neighborhoods, and invite them to both consume and contribute information about important issues happening in New Orleans. Our goal is to listen to people and help them get informed about things that matter most in the city.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

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7:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: How Should We Commemorate Hurricane Katrina?

Local advocacy group Levees.org has been working to install official historical plaques at places where the levees failed during Hurricane Katrina.
Kate Richardson

WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week's topic is the 9th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. 

Like a lot of New Orleanians, Wayne Benjamin understands that after 9 years, some people are ready to stop talking about the storm.

"But for others, it’ll never be something that goes away, and I guess it depends on where you’re at as a person and what you’ve lost" he says.

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Listening Post NOLA
7:00 am
Thu August 14, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: What's Your Experience With Violence In New Orleans?

Family members and neighbors of the victims have put up a memorial in front of the house where the shooting took place.
Jesse Hardman

Every week WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week's topic is, once again, violence in New Orleans.

On August 10, 2014, two people were killed and five were injured in a drive-by shooting in the Lower 9th Ward. Two children were severely wounded in the incident

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Listening Post NOLA
7:00 am
Thu June 26, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: Have You Been Tested For HIV?

June 27th is National HIV Testing Day

Every week WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week's topic is the high rate of HIV infection in Louisiana.

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Listening Post NOLA
6:45 am
Thu June 19, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: What Did You Eat Yesterday?

Mark Richardson

Every week WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week's topic is food and nutrition.

Louisiana has one of the highest rates of obesity in the U.S. Around 34% of adults in the state are overweight.

Healthy food options are increasing around New Orleans, but many residents still struggle to access them.

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Listening Post NOLA
7:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Listening Post Asks: Are You Ready For Hurricane Season?

Are you ready for hurricane season?
Jesse Hardman

Every week WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week's topic is hurricane season.

Click here to listen to this week's Listening Post segment about hurricane season.

Hear that? That ominous music playing on the evening news? It can only mean one thing: hurricane season is here and it's time to get ready.

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Listening Post NOLA
7:00 am
Thu May 29, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: Is Housing Affordable In New Orleans?

Housing costs in New Orleans have risen steadily over the past few years.

Every week WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week's topic is the rising cost of housing.

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Listening Post NOLA
7:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: How Has Gun Violence Impacted New Orleans?

The Original Big 7 Social Aid and Pleasure club celebrated Mother's Day this year with its usual second line parade, despite last year's shooting.
Jesse Hardman

Every week WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week's topic is gun violence in the city.

The Original Big 7 Social Aid and Pleasure Club's annual Mother's day parade spilled out from a bright green and orange house on Elysian Fields.

A year ago this same parade was the scene of a mass shooting. 

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Listening Post NOLA
2:42 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: What's The Best Advice Your Mom Has Ever Given You?

Credit CGissemann / Shutterstock

Every week WWNO's Listening Post project sends out news and questions via text message, then reports back on the answers. 

To celebrate Mother's Day we asked: 

  • What's the best advice your mom has ever given you?

Here's what you told us:

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Listening Post NOLA
7:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: Is Tourism The Best Bet For New Orleans?

Every year the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival attracts thousands of tourists.
Jesse Hardman

Every week WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week's topic is the tourism industry.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu says he wants to reframe the city's relationship with its longstanding tourism and hospitality industry.

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Listening Post NOLA
7:00 am
Thu May 1, 2014

The Listening Post Takes Your Questions To City Hall

This week we took YOUR quesitons to City Hall to get some answers.
Jesse Hardman

Every week WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response.

This week we asked Listening Posters to share some of the problems they see around the city — and a few solutions, too. The most commonly mentioned problems were:

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