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Voices From The Classroom
5:07 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Voices From The Classroom: The Great Debate

Martin Behrman Charter School teacher Philip Razem's classroom.
Philip Razem

Voices from the Classroom, a series presented by NolaVie and WWNO, explores local education through conversations with those on the front lines: the teachers.

While superintendents, experts, parents, politicians and pundits have weighed in extensively on what's right and wrong with the educational system in Louisiana, it's the people behind the desks who must deal, day in and day out, with students, evaluations, testing, behavior, curriculum and, ultimately, what works and what does not.

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Music Interviews
1:17 pm
Sun September 22, 2013

?uestlove And Elvis Costello On Writing Together

?uestlove and The Roots play backing band to Elvis Costello on the new collaborative album Wise Up Ghost.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 8:34 am

Since NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon launched in 2009, Elvis Costello has been a frequent guest. There, Costello got to work with the show's in-house band, The Roots, and he struck up a professional relationship with the its leader, Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson.

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Home And Away
4:59 pm
Sat September 21, 2013

Home And Away: Reginelli's Pizzeria

Patrick Richmond tosses dough in preparation for the rush of delivery orders before the Sept. 15 away game in Tampa Bay.
Jason Saul WWNO

Getting together to watch the New Orleans Saints play is a special ritual for New Orleanians — but for half the season our beloved boys in black and gold are on the road, so we cram together in barrooms and living rooms to cheer them on, rather than fill up the Superdome.

We’re chronicling those other places that mean so much to us, from corner bars to TV studios to living rooms.

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The Salt
4:35 am
Sat September 21, 2013

No Schmear Job: A Brief History Of Bagels And Lox

A marriage made in New York, though both partners came with plenty of baggage.
Jerry Deutsch iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 4:35 pm

There's a certain kind of joy in breaking the overnight fast by biting into a bagel: crackling crust, chewy center, smooth and silky cream cheese, sharp smoked salmon. For some, capers and onions join the ritual.

But just who invented this breakfast staple, which has become as American as apple pie?

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Out To Lunch: Lower Your Taxes

Peter Ricchiuti and Peter Loop.
Credit Robert Morton

La. state tax credits aren't just for Hollywood producers any more. This week on Out to Lunch, Peter Loop introduces eTax Credit Exchange where YOU can buy a credit and lower your taxes. Orleans Parish Assessor Eroll Williams will also lower your taxes, if you can convince him. Plus, want everyone in NOLA to send you money? Click here: FundDat.

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Storyville
9:13 am
Thu September 19, 2013

UNO’s Creative Writing Workshop And WWNO Launch ‘Storyville’

The Creative Writing Workshop at the University of New Orleans and WWNO are launching a new collaboration called Storyville, which will bring true stories about New Orleans to listeners of public radio.

Select nonfiction stories, written and read by UNO students pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing, will be broadcast on WWNO and available for listening through podcasts archived on our website. Full scripts of the stories and author biographies will also be posted online.

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The Lens
8:30 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Boom And Blight In Mid-City

The more modern house on the left remains a blight on the neighborhood. Becnel hopes the city will demolish it.
Credit Karen Gadbois

The problem of blight in New Orleans has hardly disappeared with the uptick in the city’s housing market. And on one quiet block in Mid-City, a very hot piece of real estate and a blighted home are existing side by side.

Local contractor Pete Becnel sold his renovated D’Hemecourt Street house in 24 hours. Just next door sits a house abandoned since Katrina. The crudely fashioned escape hatch from the roof is still visible.

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Arts & Culture
10:42 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Ray Dolby, Who Pioneered Recorded Sound, Dies

Ray Dolby arriving for the 85th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles.
Ian West PA Photos /Landov

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 7:35 am

Ray Dolby, who invented some of the technologies that revolutionized film and sound recording, died at age 80 today in San Francisco.

Even if Ray Dolby doesn't ring a bell, you have undoubtably come upon his name in the movie theater or along the edge of a cassette tape. You've also heard his work: He pioneered a noise reduction format called Dolby SR and his company was instrumental in developing surround sound technology.

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Love NOLA
1:02 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Love NOLA: In Praise Of New Orleans Resourcefulness

Brett Will Taylor
Jason Kruppa

Virtually everyone who has lived in New Orleans for any length of time has at least one hurricane story. About staying or evacuating. About lights going out or rain coming down. This is a hurricane story of the formal kind — a story about how a proper British lady rode out Hurricane Isaac.

Brett Will Taylor remembers a woman named Beatrice, who handled Hurricane Isaac in her own way.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
6:58 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Strong Man Holler: The Legendary Taj Mahal

The legendary Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal has guts. What else would explain the song title, "You Ain't No Streetwalker Mama, Honey, But I Do Like the Way You Strut Your Stuff?"

In the history of the blues, there's never been anyone as bold, funny, carnal and canny.

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