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Bring Your Own Presents: The Dress

Oct 26, 2017

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in unconventional spaces within the community. Each month, eight storytellers have seven minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org.

People march in a previous second line to commemorate Hurricane Katrina. Tropical Storm Harvey forced event organizers to postpone this year's event.
Courtesy of 12th Annual Katrina Second Line Rally

Tuesday marks 12 years since Hurricane Katrina smashed into New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, bringing destruction and taking more than 1,500 lives in Louisiana alone. Communities in the Ninth Ward had planned to mark the day with a second line Tuesday morning, but rain from Tropical Storm Harvey forced them to postpone the event.

In 2016 there were more drug related deaths than murders in New Orleans. Mostly due to opioids. Mayor Mitch Landrieu says he has a plan to deal with the growing national opioid epidemic. The Listening Post turned it's attention to opioids and asked:

1) What evidence of the opioid epidemic have you seen? How has it impacted you?

2) What would you do if someone you knew was addicted to opioids, like heroin or oxycodone? 

3) What strategies would help communities better deal with drug epidemics?

The St. Claude Street Bridge raises as a barge passes beneath it.
Thomas Walsh / WWNO

Southeastern Louisiana relies on federal funds to keep it a viable place to live. That means constant construction; roads, levees, and the latest project, a $951 million dollar plan to widen the Industrial Canal. The Army Corps of Engineers has reached out to the surrounding communities for input and the proposal is wildly unpopular. The Listening Post wanted to hear both sides of the debate. 

The Listening Post asked:

1) What kind of input should communities have on federal projects like these?

Illustration by Brian Stauffer

This week on All Things New Orleans, we'll examine the costs and consequences of charging for justice in the city with Jon Wool, Director of the Vera Institue of Justice.  Then, WWNO's education desk teams up with the Listening Post to ask students about dealing with trauma in their classrooms. 

And Flozell Daniels Jr., President & CEO of the Foundation for Louisiana joins us as we take a look at Louisiana's Justice Reinvestment Task Force and their recommendations during this legislative session. 

Islam 101
Nina Feldman

These days, it can be hard to find trustworthy information on the internet - especially about sensitive topics, like Islam. That’s why for the past 3 years, one Muslim couple in Jefferson Parish has led a class at their mosque to teach the basics of Islam. The class started as a primer for new Muslims , but over the past year, the hosts have noticed more non-Muslims signing up.

 

Claire Bangser

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in unconventional spaces within the community. Each month, eight storytellers have eight minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org.

Infrogmation / Wikimedia Commons

This is another edition of TriPod Xtras. We’ve cut together some highlights from a really interesting panel we went to a little while back, put on by the Broadmoor Improvement Association and held at Propeller. This event was right up our alley, because it was like a mashup of oral history and community engagement, and gave space for elders to share their experiences alongside folks that are doing work today.

Claire Bangser

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in unconventional spaces within the community. Each month, eight storytellers have eight minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org.

Jesse Hardman / Jesse Hardman

The Trump administration is denying refugees and immigrants from certain Muslim-majority countries entry to the United States. Trump’s also calling for local law enforcement to help detain undocumented immigrants for deportation. Mayor Landrieu has stated the “NOPD will not be coerced into joining Trump’s deportation army.”

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