Business & Technology

Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Rockin' Guns 'N Money

Brent McCrossen, Mignon Faget and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

On this week's Out to Lunch, digi-rocker Brent McCrossen and jewelry icon Mignon Faget discuss Mignon’s controversial Stop The Violence gun pin, and Brent’s part in the digital music revolution with his company Audiosocket.

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Business & Technology
12:21 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Advocate Newspaper Changes Hands

Ownership of Baton Rouge’s newspaper, The Advocate, transferred on Wednesday from the Manship family, Baton Rouge natives, to John Georges, a New Orleans business mogul.

Along with taking over ownership of the paper, Georges is bringing on two top staffers from The Times-Picayune.

Last year, after The Picayune knocked back publication to three days a week, The Advocate began daily circulation in the New Orleans area.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

New Orleans, The Birthplace Of Smoothie Jazz

Scott Aiges, of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.
Scott Aiges

Jazz Fest — our annual overdose of music and food — is synonymous with New Orleans. Smoothie King — a healthy juice and food alternative — is the antithesis of the city. Both businesses were NOLA-born in the 1970's and are now international brands.

On this edition of Out to Lunch Peter Ricchiuti dines with Smoothie King's Tom O'Keefe and the Jazz & Heritage Foundation's Scott Aiges.

All Tech Considered
5:09 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Google Execs Say 'The Power Of Information Is Underrated'

Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google (third from left), and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (second from right) watch as a North Korean student surfs the Internet. Schmidt and Richardson visited this computer lab during a tour of Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang, North Korea, in January.
David Guttenfelder AP

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 7:04 pm

Google executives Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen — coauthors of a new book, The New Digital Age — recently returned from a highly publicized trip to North Korea. In the second part of their conversation with NPR's Audie Cornish, they discuss the role of the Internet in more repressive countries.

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Development
4:55 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

The Lens Reporting: Riverfront Development Proposals

A presentation by the Convention Center depicts a giant sculpture on the site of the World Trade Center. It appears to be what Mayor Mitch Landrieu referred to when he told The Lens that one possibility for the site would be to create a monumental attraction, on par with the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.
Credit Ernest N. Morial Convention Center via The Lens

This week state lawmakers and New Orleans city officials got a look at some proposals for riverfront development.

Tyler Bridges over at The Lens has been following the issue, which involves decisions about what to do with the World Trade Center, at the foot of Canal Street.

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Port of New Orleans
7:00 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Port of New Orleans Expects Normal Operations During High Water Levels

The Port of New Orleans.
Erin Krall WWNO

Port President Gary LaGrange says high water levels aren't expected to hit flood stage.

Communities to the north are dealing with flooding from the swollen Mississippi River. But the Port of New Orleans is not expecting any interruption of shipping traffic.

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Out To Lunch
2:18 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

From Coasts To Coats — Righteous Nutria On Out To Lunch

Peter Ricchiuti, Cree McCree and an unnamed nutria pelt.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

A beaver with Cajun accent makes a fashion statement this week on Out to Lunch! Cree McCree takes the nutria, the rodent that is eating the Louisiana wetlands, and turns the nasty-looking pests into fab-looking fur fashion.

Cree talks to Peter Ricchiuti about feeling good about wearing fur again in her Righteous Fur.

Economy
7:00 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Report: Southeast Louisiana Needs United Drive For Economic Growth

Allison Plyer of the Community Data Center explains what's needed for economic growth.

A study from the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center is warning that the post-Katrina money which has protected southeast Louisiana from the worst of the national recession will start winding down. Experts are advising a regional approach to economic growth.

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Out To Lunch
1:48 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Out To Lunch: World Trade & Home Health

Peter Ricchiuti, Amedisys' Bill Borne, and the WTC's Dominik Knoll.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

The World Trade Center reaches out and Amedisys brings it home on this week’s Out to Lunch with Peter Ricchiuti.

Dominik Knoll's World Trade Center presides over $60 billion worth of trade annually through New Orleans. Bill Borne's Baton Rouge based Amedisys is one of the biggest players in US healthcare. Dominik and Bill paint a fascinating portrait of New Orleans and Louisiana in the big picture, present and future.

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Higher Education
11:16 am
Tue April 9, 2013

UNO Names Williams Dean of College of Business Administration

John Williams, the new dean of the University of New Orleans' College of Business Administration.
The University of New Orleans

The University of New Orleans has named John Williams as the new dean of the College of Business Administration.

Williams has served as the college's interim dean since August of 2010, and was one of three finalists selected from a nationwide search, the university said today in a press release.

“I am confident that Dean Williams will provide the leadership required to enhance the College’s internal operations and continued engagement with the greater New Orleans community,” said UNO Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs James E. Payne.

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