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Red River Radio
10:46 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Gary Borders: College football powerhouses should bankroll their athletes

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 7:37 am

Commentator Gary Borders presents his case as to why it's time for college football players to get on the payroll at their universities. He says college football powerhouses rake in major dividends from their performance on the gridiron, and the players on the field deserve a cut.


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Red River Radio
7:44 am
Tue August 27, 2013

History Matters: Hurricanes have a complex history

Eight years after Hurricane Katrina decimated New Orleans, commentator Gary Joiner offers this perspective on the toll of hurricanes through history.


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Love NOLA
8:43 pm
Sun August 18, 2013

Love NOLA: Coming Home From Katrina

Brett Will Taylor
Jason Kruppa

You know, sometimes I think we're only here, in this crazy love affair we call "life," to find our way home.

Not just that place we go to bed each night. But that space where we belong. Where we can be ourselves. Where we can live our truth. 

It’s not always an easy journey. Just ask Miles.

He’s a man I met early one June morning at a corner store in Tremé. Both of us were hungry — he for pancakes, me for a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich. As we waited for the cook to work his magic, we did what you do in New Orleans. We started talking.

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Red River Radio
11:11 am
Mon July 15, 2013

History Matters: Islands have unique histories worth exploring

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 8:42 am

Islands are not just about vacation paradise and escape. As commentator Gary Joiner points out, their discovery and sometimes mere existence have deep historical significance.


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Love NOLA
6:02 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Love NOLA: Is New Orleans The World’s Nicest City?

Brett Will Taylor

NolaVie's Brett Will Taylor delivers his biweekly commentary on the various meanings of 'being nice' in New Orleans.

“When did you become so nice?” 

That’s what a Boston friend asked me last week while in New Orleans for a visit. We were driving down North Robertson when the car in front of us came to a stop smack dab in the middle of the street. The man driving the car had stopped in order to have a conversation with a woman who was sitting on her stoop. It was quite clear this conversation was going to occur without the woman leaving her stoop. Or the man leaving his car. Which was now not stopped, but parked, in front of mine.

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Red River Radio
1:33 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

History Matters: El Camino Real is a complex journey of pushing frontiers

The El Camino Real: From its starting point in Louisiana, this royal road spans the broad expanse of Texas. Commentator Gary Joiner explores its history.


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The Louisiana Coast: Last Call
9:00 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Commentary: Sediment Diversions Not The Way To Rebuild Louisiana’s Coast

River sediment flowing into the Gulf of Mexico.
NASA

Without a doubt, the coast of Louisiana is disappearing at an alarming rate. Something has to be done — and quickly — to stop our shorelines from sinking into the Gulf. But are diversions the answer? More and more scientists are now looking at the Mississippi River not as a solution, but as part of the problem.

Why are some of the highest erosion rates occurring where the river has the most influence on the marsh?

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Red River Radio
7:36 am
Tue July 2, 2013

History Matters: Louisiana Should Treasure Poverty Point

About 100 golfers converged last week in Delhi, La., to play in a charity tournament raining money for a new nonprofit organization that aims to promote Poverty Point State Historic Site. Poverty Point, near Epps, is in the running to become a World Heritage site. Commentator Gary Joiner profiles its historic mounds.


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Love NOLA
1:48 pm
Sun June 30, 2013

How We Go Forward From DOMA

NolaVie Commentator Brett Will Taylor

Brett Will Taylor reflects on the recent Supreme Court decisions regarding gay marriage in America.

The Supreme Court’s decision to strike down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA as it is commonly called, was both celebrated — and mourned — across America.

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Andre Perry Commentary
4:49 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

How To Leave New Orleans

Andre Perry, recording his last WWNO commentary.
Credit Janet Wilson / WWNO

Most of my academic life I’ve questioned how schools impact settlers’ integration into communities: How do people become members of society?  How do recalcitrant gatekeepers become welcoming neighbors? These questions have moved me literally and figuratively around the world. Nine years ago, those questions carried me to New Orleans and helped transform me into a New Orleanian. Until recently, I haven’t spent much time considering what full-fledged community members go through when they voluntarily leave their homes. That is until I decided to take a job in another state.

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