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Education
8:48 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Broadmoor Creates Education Hub For Entire City

Graziella Deayerdi quizzes Vy Tran during a citizenship class at an education hub that's taken root in the heart of Broadmoor.
Credit Eve Abrams / WWNO

In 2006, shortly after the floods that followed Katrina, one city plan advised turning the neighborhood of Broadmoor into a drainage park. Residents of the low-lying area had other ideas, and prevailed.

Today Broadmoor is not only thriving as a neighborhood, it wants to be an educational hub for the city. The neighborhood's vast array of programs expand the very idea of what education means.

The buzz of café sound greets you as soon as you step through the sleek, rectangular building at the intersection of Broad, Fountainbleu and Napoleon.

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NolaVie
4:19 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Cascade Stables And The Horses Of Mardi Gras

A horse at Cascade Stables, in its stall for the night.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

When you’re watching a Mardi Gras parade, what gets you most excited? The floats? The throws? The marching bands? One New Orleans native has loved Carnival since she was a little girl, but not for any of these reasons. She loves it for the horses. 

Over at Cascade Stables horses are busy getting "shoed" by their blacksmiths, a brief, yet apparently uncomfortable process. It is one of a few necessary steps the staff goes through in preparing their horses for Mardi Gras season. Assistant trainer Scooter Sherrik explains.

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Education
11:50 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Testing Drives Classroom Computer And Keyboarding Skills

Leonardo Augusto Matsuda Creative Commons

The Louisiana state education department recently found that one-third of school districts are falling short when it comes to computers. The state suggests one computer for every seven students.

Three districts — Cameron, St. Helena and St. James parishes — have reached a one-to-one ratio of students to computers. Most New Orleans schools, because they’re charters, were not included in the report. But technology in the classroom getting attention because of upcoming changes to testing.

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Animal Life: Dogs Get Into Mardi Gras Spirit At The Barkus Parade

Mark Gstohl Flickr

For years, Mardi Gras was a human-only event. But in 1992 New Orleans dog lovers formed the Krewe of Barkus, and every year since they've held the city's only dog-centric Mardi Gras parade.

Each year's parade has a theme. Past favorites include "Jurassic Bark" and "Titanic: Dogs and Children First." Owners dress their dogs accordingly and construct miniature floats to haul the canine royalty around the French Quarter parade route. 

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
4:21 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Professor Longhair's Legacy

Credit Shanna Riley

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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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Dan Davis The Wine Guy Wins Grand Award For Commander's Palace

Commander's Palace — killin' it since 1880.
Credit Infrogmation / Wikipedia

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Ella Brennan, owner of Commander’s Palace and doyenne of the New Orleans restaurant community, had wanted to win the Grand Award from Wine Spectator magazine for a very long time. When that happened in 2013, she gave full credit to the restaurant’s wine director, Dan Davis. On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with Davis about how a Mississippi boy got into the world of wine.

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Bring Your Own
4:46 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Bring Your Own Presents: 'The Velcro Shoe Rebellion'

The Velcro Shoe Rebellion.
Credit Josh Ente

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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The Lens
4:45 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Residents Raise Questions About Uptown Streets Marked 'Private'

Richmond Place is one of three Uptown streets that are posted as private, but haven't been taxed. Assessor Erroll Williams is investigating whether the streets are indeed private.
Charles Maldonado The Lens

 

There has been a battle brewing over the fence on Newcomb Boulevard, which residents installed to block traffic from Freret Street. A group of residents and community associations responded with a lawsuit objecting to the gated closure of a public street.

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NolaVie
4:44 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Voices From The French Market

Horse-drawn wagons line the narrow street in front of New Orleans' French Market, Jan. 1915.
Credit National Archives

The French Market may seem like one big urban flea market — with everything from tee-shirts to Mardi Gras masks, alligator heads to shot glasses. And tourists… lots of tourists. But upon closer inspection, you discover that this outdoor shopping plaza is full of individuals who couldn’t be more different from one another.

NolaVie's Laine Kaplan-Levenson and Renée Peck met some of these local vendors who make the French Market another unique corner of the city.

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Music
9:38 am
Sat February 15, 2014

Singing To The Strength Of New Orleans

Alynda Lee Segarra is the lead singer and songwriter of the New Orleans folk ensemble Hurray for the Riff Raff.
Debbie Elliott NPR

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 7:00 pm

Beneath the benevolent gaze of a statue of Saint Roch, the patron saint of dogs, invalids and bachelors, Alynda Lee Segarra sings: "People are dying. No one understands."

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