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Love NOLA
1:48 pm
Sun June 30, 2013

How We Go Forward From DOMA

NolaVie Commentator Brett Will Taylor

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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Red River Radio
9:13 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Gary Borders: Defending The Homefront Takes Vigilance

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 7:36 am

Commentator Gary Borders recounts a home invasion and it's not the usual suspects -- fire ants, termites, roaches. Finding the culprit takes a bit of detective work and biology smarts.


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Red River Radio
8:31 am
Tue June 25, 2013

History Matters: On The Impressive Cover Of Pvt. Lyons Wakeman

Commentator Gary Joiner recounts the remarkable life of a Civil War soldier in Louisiana who kept her gender a secret to the end.


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Red River Radio
7:37 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Commentary: Remembering Summer Days In The Projection Booth

Commentator Gary Borders recalls a summer job from a bygone era: the movie projectionist. He was one at the Main Theater in Nacogdoches during the 1970s.


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Red River Radio
2:25 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

History Matters: Why 'sacred soil' matters

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 8:44 am

Commentator Gary Joiner takes a "soil test" of sorts. He explores why Civil War soldiers took up arms on one side or the other in the bloodiest war in America's history.

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Code Switch
11:48 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Who Becomes The Face Of A Horrific Attack?

A possible shooting suspect in a white shirt (bottom center) shoots into a crowd of people on Mother's Day 2013 in New Orleans.
New Orleans Police Department AP

The spate of headlines that drew them to our attention has died down. Yet I still find myself thinking about the faces of a certain 19-year-old man and his elder brother, accused by police of bringing about a tragic end to what should have been a day of joy and celebration.

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Red River Radio
1:45 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Commentary: 'Duck Dynasty' Redneck Adventures Satisfy And Resonate

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 7:37 am

Commentator Gary Borders and his family take time out to watch "Duck Dynasty" together, along with about 8.4 million other viewers of the hugely popular A&E network reality show. He even feels akin to the backwoods adventures at times.


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Andre Perry Commentary
4:45 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Professional Identity Crises

Andre Perry, Ph.D.

Parents have always held visions of what professional uniforms their sons or daughters should wear. These visions are becoming fetishes in a world in which professional titles provide license to a reframed American Dream. Christina Freeland describes it as a “winner-take-all economy” in which “education is the trump card.” Consequently, parents over time have increased their investments in education to ensure that their children are not second-class citizens in a high skilled economy.

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Red River Radio
7:36 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Commentary: Notes On A Rainstorm

It's one of life's pleasures: watching a rainstorm from a warm, comfortable room at home -- and not feeling any looming deadlines. Commentator Gary Borders experienced one of those days recently, perched in his Longview study.

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