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Listening Post NOLA
2:44 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Voices From The WWNO Listening Post: Charity Hospital

The Charity Hospital building has been vacant since Hurricane Katrina.
Steve Myers

The 1939 Charity Hospital building served the healthcare needs of generations of the city’s poor. However, its basement flooded during hurricane Katrina, and for the past eight years the building has remained vacant.

WWNO’s Listening Post collected audio from its two regular recording locations — at Norman Mayer Library in Gentilly and HeadQuarters Barbershop on Broad Street — to hear what people had to say about the redevelopment of Charity Hospital and the surrounding area. The Listening Post asked people these questions:

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Latest News
7:00 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Health Care Insurance Help Available With Pen And Paper

Problems with the website set up for the Affordable Care Act doesn’t mean people can’t sign up for health insurance. Applications can still be made on paper.

Health care insurance applications don't require computer access.

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Community Impact
7:40 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Crescent City Community Land Trust Helps Mid-City Create Affordable Rental Units

A rendering of 2739 Palmyra, Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative's future affordable rental units.

In Mid-City, land trusts are expanding the range of affordable housing options.

“We’re walking up Jane Place, which is this two-block street, walking toward JPNSI Community Garden.”

JPNSI stands for Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative, and leading me up the street is Shana Griffin, one of JPNSI’s cofounders.

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Community Impact
3:56 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Schweitzer Fellows Make Underserved Communities Healthier

Medical students use colored blocks to try and teach young students about the proteins, carbohydrates and fats on their lunch plates.
Kate Howe

It’s lunchtime at the Renew Cultural Arts Academy, and that means a group of medical students from Louisiana State University are sitting down with kindergarden, first and second graders to talk about the food that’s on their plates.

“So what do you use your protein for?”

“Makes you strong!” 

“Makes you strong. Got to have big muscles, huh? Can you show me your muscle? All right, there you go.”

About a dozen medical students are equipped with colored building blocks: red for protein, green for carbohydrates, and yellow for fat.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Legal Non-Profit Helps Clear Red Tape Blocking Free School Meals

Louisiana Appleseed helps school districts statewide with free meals funding.

More Louisiana schools that serve low-income families can soon offer free meals for all students. It’s because of a policy change initiated by a legal non-profit.

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Latest News
11:02 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Railroad Could Be Rerouted From Old Metairie To Hollygrove

Railroad freight traffic could be shifted of tracks that run through one of Louisiana's most affluent neighborhoods if planners get their way.

But it could take $700 million to make the shift.

State transportation officials are studying whether to reroute freight trains from a track that bisects one of the most affluent parts of Metairie to a combination of tracks that would parallel Earhart Expressway and pass through the Hollygrove neighborhood on New Orleans' western edge.

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Hola Hubig!
1:00 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Out To Lunch: Hola Hubig!

L-R Drew Ramsey and Rod Olsen
Grant Morris

Drew Ramsey, the high priest of Hubig's, is facing his century-old company's challenge of rebuilding after a devastating fire destroyed Hubig's factory. Rod Olsen, the titan of tortillas, jumped ship from Zapp's to launch Hola Nola Foods, Louisiana's first and only tortilla maker.

In Pay it Forward, ShopLocalStyle brings Magazine Street to the world.

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Cornerstone Bus Project
10:26 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Cornerstone Bus Project Keeps Families Connected To Angola Inmates

Cornerstone Bus Project director Leo Jackson.
Nina Feldman WWNO

This weekend, over 30 cyclists from the New Orleans area will embark on a three-day bike ride to the Louisiana State Penitentiary. The third annual “NOLA to Angola” ride raises money for the Cornerstone Bus Project, a faith-based initiative that offers free transportation for families visiting their loved ones in prison.

To find out more about the cause that this bike trip supports, WWNO’s Nina Feldman rode along on the most recent bus trip to Angola.

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Community
8:30 am
Thu October 17, 2013

James Storehouse Helping Foster Kids On The Northshore

There is a term in foster care called “aging out.” That is when a child becomes to old to be part of the foster care system any longer and, ready or not, must become self-sufficient. A new non-profit group on the Northshore aims to help those kids in that transition.

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Community Impact
12:03 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Community Impact: Chartwell Center Teaches Children With Autism

Hayden reads a book.
Chartwell Center

Just a few blocks from the intersection of Napolean and Magazine Streets is an unassuming yellow shotgun house. From the street there is no way to know this is a school — a very special school.

Inside and down the hall is the elementary school of the Chartwell Center, a nonprofit dedicated to serving children with autism spectrum disorders. In one of the two classrooms, Hayden and Matt — ages 8 and 9 — go over a recipe for a drink called Sunset Juice with their two teachers.

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