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Voices on Violence
6:59 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Love NOLA: When It Comes To Violence, Are We Listening?

Brett Will Taylor

A recent study found that the average American hears 100,000 words per day. That's a lot of Tweets! With so much information swirling around us, is it any wonder that Americans may have forgotten the fine art of actually listening to what we hear? Here is a case for listening — to the voices surrounding one of our city's most pressing issues.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the difference between hearing someone and listening to them.

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WRKF
5:28 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Keeping Track Of Refinery Emissions

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 8:56 am

In its "Poisoned Places" series, NPR reports that industry here in Louisiana is emitting more smog-producing chemicals than it should and regulators aren't doing enough to curtail the pollution.

Elizabeth Shogren honed in on Exxon's Baton Rouge refinery and the smoke Almena Poray sees from the front porch of her house, a block from the refinery's south gate.

"That's something you see every day," Poray told the NPR reporter. "Sometimes it's a darker gray, sometimes it's a black smoke coming out."

Ed Overton, professor emeritus of environmental science at LSU, and Robert Berg, state regulatory advisor for Exxon talk more about what Poray is seeing and breathing from her front porch.


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Community
4:41 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Housing Authority Of New Orleans Stays In Feds' Hands For Now

David Gilmore will continue to oversee HANO for at least a few more months, instead of handing the agency back to local control.
HANO

This week, The Lens, New Orleans’ investigative newsroom, has the latest on developments at HANO, the Housing Authority of New Orleans. The state-chartered agency runs publicly subsidized housing in the city, and serves up to 17,000 New Orleans families. It has been under control of the federal department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, for abut 17 years.

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Poisoned Places: Toxic Air, Neglected Communities
3:33 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Baton Rouge's Corroded, Overpolluting Neighbor: Exxon Mobil

An evening view of the Exxon Mobil oil refinery complex in Baton Rouge, La.
John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 8:50 am

If you stand in front of Almena and Sidney Poray's house in Baton Rouge, La., and look straight down the street, past the other houses and the shade trees, you see more than a dozen plumes of exhaust in various hues of gray and white.

"That's something you see every day, the same thing if not more," says Almena Poray. "Sometimes it's a darker gray; sometimes it's a black smoke coming out."

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Media
3:39 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Two Newspapers Battle It Out For The New Orleans Market

Free introductory copies of the Baton Rouge Advocate's new New Orleans edition are seen next to copies of The Times-Picayune at Lakeside News in the New Orleans suburb of Metairie in September. The Baton Rouge newspaper started its own daily edition to try to fill the void left when The Times-Picayune scaled back its print edition to three days a week.
Gerald Herbert AP

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 1:26 pm

Last year when New Orleans' main paper, The Times-Picayune, laid off dozens of newspaper employees and cut its circulation to three times a week, residents were shocked.

Sharron Morrow and her friends had bonded over the morning paper at a local coffee shop for the past 20 years.

"I've stopped my subscription, and I mourn the paper almost every day," she says.

Shifting Media Players

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Red River Radio
9:55 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Renowned Shreveport Physician Still Writing The Book On Genetic Disorders

A Shreveport pediatrician who wrote the reference book on genetic disorders will turn 80 this summer. Dr. Harold Chen can barely carry his 2,200-page "Atlas of Genetic Diagnosis and Counseling." The second edition was published last year, divided into three volumes. Chen drops it on a desk with a thud.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Skilled Musicians Share Their Expertise At Traditional Jazz Camp

Banu Gibson
Credit Rick Olivier / banugibson.com

Click here to listen to this week's Notes.

Banu Gibson is a much-in-demand jazz singer. She has performed all over the world from the Netherlands to Norway, Austria to Australia specializing in songs from the 1920s, 30s and 40s.

While Banu and her band spend a large part of every year on the road, this summer she is staying home. Sharon Litwin talks with Banu about her new gig.

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WWNO
11:01 am
Tue May 28, 2013

WWNO’s SpeakEasy: 'The Guardians Of New Orleans Culture'

Renee Peck, Brett Will Taylor, Sharon Litwin and Vernel Bagneris at WWNO's SpeakEasy on May 23.
Credit Janet Wilson / WWNO

The third SpeakEasy on May 23 broke new ground and covered familiar territory with its panel of New Orleanians (recent and native) who offered some real talk about the changing face of our beloved Crescent City.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Rollin' On The River: The Mississippi Remains The Heart Of The New Orleans Economy

Doug Downing, Gary LaGrange and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Even with New Orleans' roaring tourist biz, oil and gas industry, and the new business renaissance, the Mississippi River remains the heart of the city's economy. President and CEO of the Port of New Orleans Gary LaGrange and CFO and Treasurer of Canal Barge Doug Downing take us behind the floodwall and onto the water.

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The Louisiana Coast: Last Call
7:45 am
Mon May 27, 2013

The Louisiana Coast: Last Call — Budgeting The River

The Mississippi River basin with major tributaries and state boundaries. The width of a river indicates its mean water discharge.
USGS

Let’s imagine it is the Spring of 2025, and Louisiana is preparing to open three diversions on the lower Mississippi so fresh water and sediment can reach wetlands struggling to stay ahead of sea level rise.

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