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4:07 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Listening Post South Of The Border

Protesters in Mexico City demanding government answers concerning the deaths of 43 college students.
Credit EPA

Last week I had the opportunity to leave one country deep in protest, the US, for a country in an even bigger state of unrest, Mexico.

Organizers for the 10th annual Encuentro Internacional de Periodistas, part of The FIL a massive international book fair (focused on Latin American authors) held every year in Guadalajara,  invited me to give a talk about the Listening Post project.

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Commentary
10:41 am
Mon December 1, 2014

School Kids To New Orleans Bureaucrats: Show Us The Money

Commentator Andre Perry.

School buildings in the Crescent City will become monuments to our differences instead of the beacons of learning they are supposed to be if New Orleanians reject a preservation program for educational facilities in the voting booth on Dec. 6.

It’s a funding conflict that mirrors power disputes around the country over whether the states, or local, elected boards should control schools.

Anything but a vote to pass the measure ignores what New Orleans children went through before and immediately after Hurricane Katrina.

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NolaVie
6:02 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Horsepower: Anatomy Of Two Kinds Of Racing

Ryan Hunter-Raey's winning wheels.
Credit Nic Redhead

 

Horse racing enthusiasts are looking forward to Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, when California Chrome has the potential to become the 12th Triple Crown winner in racing history. Car racing enthusiasts are still celebrating last week’s Indianapolis 500, when Ryan Hunter-Reay won a photo finish with a series of daredevil moves.

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NolaVie
5:38 am
Mon May 5, 2014

A Jazz Fest Post-Mortem

Jazz Fest 2014.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

 

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is looking fat and happy. Yep, as it turns 45, it’s definitely getting that middle-age spread.

But is it aging well? As usual, Jazz Fest fans are wondering if the event is getting too big? Too expensive? Too crowded? Does it even have enough jazz?

And, most importantly, is it for us or for them?

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NolaVie
4:19 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Pondering The Purpose Of Small Plates

Do you love or hate small plates?
atelier-robuchon-saint-germain.com

With the arrival of Lent, we’re all scaling down our appetites. No more sloth, lust or gluttony. After all, less is more. And good things, they say, come in small packages.

But when it comes to food? In New Orleans? I’m not so sure.

The small-plate trend seems to be, well, mushrooming. Baru, Booty's, Dominica, Salu, Three Muses — the list goes on and on. Even the owners of Finn McCool's, that Irish bastion of barbecue and beer, are jumping on the tasting bandwagon with the new Trèo on Tulane Avenue.

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Education
8:15 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Out Of The Mouths Of Babes And Trumpeters: 'Gritty City' Triumphs With Child-Centered Perspective

A scene from The Whole Gritty City, a new documentary on New Orleans school marching bands.
CBS

A new documentary called The Whole Gritty City zeroes in on New Orleans’ youngest musicians, many of whom haven’t yet lost all of their baby teeth. The film follows three school marching bands as they prepare to perform during Mardi Gras.

In this commentary, education writer Sarah Carr argues that The Whole Gritty City offers us a different kind of look at New Orleans schoolchildren.

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NolaVie
4:37 am
Mon January 20, 2014

New Orleans: What's Hot And What's Not For 2014

The Civic Theater.
Credit The Civic Theater

Welcome to 2014. While you’ve been making and breaking resolutions, I’ve been scouring the in and out lists to find out what’s hot and what’s not in New Orleans for the new year. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be caught wearing a mini instead of a midi, or high-top boots instead of wedgy sneakers. So 2013.

So let me share with you a few trending topics in areas important to New Orleanians. Like, well, drinking.

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Arts & Culture
9:55 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Remembering JFK 50 Years After Dallas

Graffiti on the fence along the grassy knoll adjacent to JFK's motorcade route.
Eileen Fleming WWNO

As 2013 comes to a close, we’re looking back at some memorable moments. Eileen Fleming shares a visit she made to Dallas for a milestone historic memorial.

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NolaVie
9:49 am
Mon November 18, 2013

All Clear: An NFL Purse Review

A new list of prohibited items posted at the bottom of the Superdome's Gate A ramp.
Jason Saul WWNO

We’re more than mid-way through the football season, which begs a review of one of the more controversial new NFL rules. We’re talking, of course, about the NFL’s decision to allow only see-through purses into NFL stadiums nationwide. Here’s a field study of stadium bag theory.

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Love NOLA
5:00 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Love NOLA: You Can Take Her With You

Credit Jason Kruppa

If New York City is a state of mind, then New Orleans is a way of life. On his final Love NOLA, Brett Will Taylor begins to pack up the parts of the way of life that will stay with him always.

Two weeks ago, I was standing in one of my favorite places in the world: New York’s Penn Station.  Like the other half-million people who churn through there every day, I was trying to get somewhere.

Boston’s Back Bay Station, to be precise.

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