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8:37 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Host Of TV Show 'Hoarders' Holds Workshop In Metairie

Photo by andidigress via Flickr Creative Commons

As the US population ages, a disorder known as "hoarding" is becoming more of a problem. Up to 15 million Americans deal with a person in their lives who can't stop gathering stuff, and the house fills with what seems like tons of useless junk.

Matt Paxton is host of the television show "Hoarders," and he holds workshops on the subject, including one on Tuesday in New Orleans.

Paxton helps clean the extremely cluttered and dirty homes of hoarders. He says careful communication is needed to help those afflicted with the disease.

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Animal Life: New Orleans Is Man's Best Friend's Best Friend

Faye the Dog, enjoying a roast beef puppy snoball in celebration of her second birthday.
Credit Sarah Baird

A recent study ranked Louisiana as the #5 best state for dog owners. So what is it that makes our state a perfect place for man's best friend? 

For starters, southeast Louisiana has more festivals in one month than most places have in a year. And a lot of them are dog friendly.

And when was the last time you went to a coffee shop or bar and didn't see a dog? Pet friendly businesses are everywhere. Not to mention the numerous dog parks and mild winters that allow us to enjoy them year-round. 

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Community
7:39 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Cityscapes: A 1941 Pop-Up Factory On Polymnia Street

Higgins Industries
Courtesy World War II Museum

Every month, we hear from Richard Campanella about his Cityscapes column for Nola.com and The Times-Picayune.

This month Campanella explores Andrew Higgins' makeshift, pop-up factory to make a new kind of vessel for the Navy in 1941, in the 1600 block of Polymnia Street — then (as now) a residential area. In just two weeks, hundreds of workers produced and delivered 50 vessels, based on a prototype tested in Lake Pontchartrain.

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Animal Life: Why Are There So Many Stray Animals In Louisiana?

Credit Jess Kraft / Shutterstock.com

When was the last time you saw a stray animal? Odds are it was within the last few days.

Southeast Louisiana is the perfect habitat for stray animals due to a combination of factors. Long summers make for long breeding seasons. Abandoned and raised houses make for great shelter. And the Mississippi River and Port of New Orleans make for a continuous food source.

So what can we do to reduce the number of stray animals in our region?

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Community
8:46 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Child Migrants Settle Uneasily In The Big Easy

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 8:05 am

Last June, 13-year-old Yashua Cantillano and his 11-year-old brother, Alinhoel, left their uncle's home in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, with a change of clothes in plastic bags, some snacks, water and their mother's phone number scribbled on a piece of paper.

Their guide and protector? Seventeen-year-old Sulmi Cantillano, their step-sister.

With the help of a smuggler, or coyote, Sulmi says, they got to the Mexican border city of Reynosa about 11 miles south of McAllen, Texas. They crossed the Rio Grande and turned themselves in to the U.S. Border Patrol.

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Animal Life Adoption Story: Mariana And Crispin

Mariana Coudrain with her new kitten, Crispin, at the Louisiana SPCA.
Kate Richardson

On this week's Animal Life we listen in as local cat lover Mariana Coudrain adopts a kitten at the Louisiana SPCA.

Click here for a list of shelters and rescue groups in Southeast Louisiana where you can adopt your next pet.

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Bring Your Own
11:43 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Bring Your Own Presents: 'We Love You'

Annie's grandparents, in all their glory.
Credit Annie Freitas

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org.  

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Community
11:29 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Katrina/Sandy Website Offers Comparisons In Resilience

The Sandy/Katrina Platform Compares Experiences and Context of Disaster and Recovery
Lusia Dantas www.landofopportunityinteractive.com

Luisa Dantas created a Hurricane Katrina-related website called Land of Opportunity, which accompanies a documentary film of the same name. It chronicles ongoing challenges of disaster recovery and resilience.

The newest feature is a timeline that compares and contrasts stories of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy. 

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Animal Life: How Often Should Your Pet Go To The Veterinarian?

Credit Alexander Raths / Shutterstock.com

What’s on your yearly checklist? The dentist? Taxes? What about taking your pet to the veterinarian?

That’s right: your pets need a medical check up every year.

An annual visit to the vet is the best way to ensure that your pet has a long, healthy life. Regular check ups also keep your pet up-to-date on important vaccinations like rabies and kennel cough.

Diseases that affect animals can be airborne or spread through contact with a parasite or virus that’s brought inside on your shoes. So the yearly checkup is important for both outdoor and indoor pets.

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Listening Post NOLA
7:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: How Should We Commemorate Hurricane Katrina?

Local advocacy group Levees.org has been working to install official historical plaques at places where the levees failed during Hurricane Katrina.
Kate Richardson

WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week's topic is the 9th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. 

Like a lot of New Orleanians, Wayne Benjamin understands that after 9 years, some people are ready to stop talking about the storm.

"But for others, it’ll never be something that goes away, and I guess it depends on where you’re at as a person and what you’ve lost" he says.

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