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Education
3:40 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Critics Say Millage Vote Is About Power, Not School Maintenance

Signs and banners about the school building millage started appearing around New Orleans last month.
Credit Mallory Falk / WWNO

This weekend New Orleans voters decide whether to extend and redirect a property tax to fund school maintenance. The measure seems simple: set aside money so schools don't fall into disrepair. But the millage vote reflects a power struggle in New Orleans schools.

Last month, a banner started appearing outside schools. It features a racially diverse group of kids, with crisp jeans and wide smiles. Each gives a big thumbs up. The accompanying text: Our children, our schools. Not a tax increase. Vote December 6.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:50 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Professor Longhair’s Legacy

Professor Longhair.
Credit Music Inside Out

The name that our musical guests have most consistently mentioned is Professor Longhair. It began, well, at the beginning. Longhair, whose friends call him Fess, figured into the very first answer from the very first guest on the very first Music Inside Out.

Since then, others have conjured his name when describing the best of New Orleans music. As it turns out, Longhair — who died in 1980 — remains a guiding spirit to musicians and music lovers everywhere. So as a matter of duty and privilege, we’re spreading the joy.

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Northshore Focus
4:00 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Covington Food Bank Reaches Out Through Dental Clinic

The Covington Food Bank's dental clinic served about 900 people in 2014.
Credit Tegan Wendland / WWNO

When you are down on your luck in Louisiana, dental care can be hard to come by. Medicare doesn’t cover it for adults, so many low-income people have to rely on volunteer dentists and special clinics that often have long waitlists. In Covington, the Food Bank has made helping these people a priority.

The Food Bank provides food for those in need, but they also have a thrift store, an emergency assistance center and a dental clinic. They call these their “core ministries,” and hope the services target the community’s primary needs.

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Community
7:26 am
Tue December 2, 2014

VEGGI Farmer's Cooperative Creates Jobs By Growing Healthy Food

Thanh Nguyen is one of the farmer's at VEGGI Farmer's Cooperative
Eve Abrams

VEGGI is a community member owned and operated farmer’s cooperative based out of New Orleans East, Louisiana. VEGGI Farmer's Cooperative is dedicated to empowering growers in the Greater New Orleans area, starting in New Orleans East, in order to create sustainable, high quality jobs that enhance the quality of life of communities through increasing local food access and promotion of sustainable agriculture. 


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Arts & Culture
10:59 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Jane Chu, Chair Of The National Endowment For The Arts, Visits New Orleans

Jane Chu, NEA Chairman.
Credit Kauffman Center for the Arts

Jane Chu became the chair of the National Endowment for the Arts in June. She spent a few days in New Orleans recently to discuss the NEA, how it's working in New Orleans and what the city can teach the country about cultivating culture.

We spoke with Chu at the Lyons Recreation Center.

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Coastal Desk
6:01 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Reporter's Notebook: Exploring The Mekong Delta

A canal in the Mekong delta.
Credit Eve Troeh / WWNO

Riding southwest from Saigon, the visible landscape of the Mekong delta appears immediately similar to the Mississippi delta. Green plants are everywhere, cut through with muddy water. Of course the tropical climate of Vietnam means there are coconut palms and other exotic plant life.

A major challenge of the working delta is controlling the mix of freshwater and saltwater, both on a wide scale and on an individual farm scale. The canals serve as dividing lines, as do a series of sluice gates.

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Community Impact
7:23 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Providence Community Housing Helps New Orleanians Find Homes

Diane Muse says Providence were angels sent from God.
Eve Abrams

Providence Community Housing fosters healthy, diverse and vibrant communities by developing, operating and advocating for affordable, mixed-income housing, supportive services and employment opportunities for individuals, families, seniors and people with special needs.

Diane Muses’s new house on Iberville Street is about half a dozen blocks outside the French Quarter. I asked if she could give me a tour, and she happily led the way.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
2:04 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Luke Winslow-King's Music Is So Good You’ll Want To Slap The Guitar Player

Luke Winslow-King.
Credit Matt Robinson / Elephant Quilt Productions

What do you get when you combine modern jazz, the music of Woody Guthrie, Delta blues, and Antonín Dvořák’s “American” String Quartet?

You get Luke Winslow-King.

Born and raised in Michigan, a crime landed him in New Orleans. But, ever the optimist, Winslow-King decided to stay. And yet, the road has been more of a home in recent years. While he’s back home now, Winslow-King spent the final months of 2013 on a European tour.

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Listening Post NOLA
7:05 am
Thu November 20, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: What's Your Side Hustle?

A listener texted us this picture of a classic side hustle: bartending.
GroundSource

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 the Listening Post asks: what's your side hustle? What do you do to make extra cash? 

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Education
10:47 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Voices From The Classroom: Young Audiences Charter School

Young Audience school leader Folwell Dunbar teaches core subjects using the arts.
Credit Young Audiences Charter School

Editor's note: With Voices from the Classroom: The Arts in Education Reform, NolaVie and cultural partner WWNO — New Orleans Public Radio are teaming up to take a look at how the arts are being used creatively in schools around the city.

Why are the arts an important component for school curricula? And how are we integrating arts into local classrooms? Today, Renee Peck interviews Folwell Dunbar, head of a new kind of school in Jefferson Parish.

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