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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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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Animal Life: Microchipping Your Pet

A cat being implanted with a microchip.
Credit Ivonne Wierink / Shutterstock.com

Here's a question we get all the time at the shelter: "If I microchip my pet, does that mean I can track him using GPS if he gets lost?"

That would be pretty handy, but unfortunately the answer is no. A microchip is not a form of GPS or tracking. It's more like an electronic ID tag. A microchip can range in cost from about $30-$100. It contains a series of numbers linked to the pet owner's contact information. It's the size of a grain of rice and only takes seconds to insert.

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Listening Post NOLA
7:00 am
Thu August 14, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: What's Your Experience With Violence In New Orleans?

Family members and neighbors of the victims have put up a memorial in front of the house where the shooting took place.
Jesse Hardman

Every week 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, once again, violence in New Orleans.

On August 10, 2014, two people were killed and five were injured in a drive-by shooting in the Lower 9th Ward. Two children were severely wounded in the incident

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Bring Your Own
6:00 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Bring Your Own Presents: 'Something Fishy'

Laine on the eve before her surgery.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

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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Animal Life
8:47 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Animal Life: Putting A Stop To Animal Abuse

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Animal cruelty is tragic, and often goes unreported.

Recently, a LA/SPCA Humane Officer rescued a 10-month-old puppy named Wes, who was abandoned on the interstate. She was huddled against a guardrail on I-10 during rush hour traffic. Wes had a fractured pelvis; she needed at least eight weeks of rest and pain medicine while she healed.

Two months after being rescued, Wes is doing much better, and is available for adoption.

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Bring Your Own
4:13 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Bring Your Own Presents: 'Lessons From A Glass House'

Jess's parents looking out from the glass house windows.
Credit Jess Placzek

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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Animal Life
3:07 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Animal Life: Protecting Your Pet From Rabies

Credit Genevieve Dietrich / Shutterstock.com

Rabies is a viral disease often transmitted through an animal bite. Most reported rabies cases occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks and foxes. 

The good news is that rabies is preventable by getting your pet vaccinated. In 2013, over 36,000 pets were vaccinated for the rabies virus in Orleans Parish alone. 

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Animal Life
9:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Cat Trap Fever: LA/SPCA Program Seeks To Reduce Feral Cat Population

Heather Rigney from the Louisiana SPCA sets a feral cat trap in a back yard.
Credit Kate Richardson / WWNO

With its warm climate and raised houses, New Orleans is the perfect environment for feral cats. Europeans brought the first domestic cats to North America several centuries ago, and they've been an invasive species ever since.

In order to control the population, the Louisiana SPCA offers a low cost service to trap, neuter and return feral cats to their neighborhoods.

Helen Southard keeps feral cats.

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Community Impact
2:18 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Louisiana Children's Museum Helps Kids Develop Emotional Literacy Through 'Play Power' Program

Christen plays the Lorax.
Eve Abrams

The Louisiana Children’s Museum is more than just a place to visit. One of the Museum’s traveling outreach programs is Play Power, which visits schools and NORD camps in areas of New Orleans deeply impacted by Hurricane Katrina. Play Power encourages children to enjoy learning through emphasis on free expression and laughter. The Louisiana Children’s Museum believes a focus on early education instills in children the skills vital to success not just in school, but in a lifelong journey of learning.

 

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Listening Post NOLA
7:00 am
Thu June 26, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: Have You Been Tested For HIV?

June 27th is National HIV Testing Day

Every week 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 high rate of HIV infection in Louisiana.

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