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WRKF
6:37 am
Tue May 20, 2014

The Crawfish Festival: Sights, Sounds and History

Claws up!
Ann Marie Awad WRKF News

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 5:51 pm

Festival season is winding down but crawfish season is still going strong. A few weeks ago, I decided to take a trip to Breaux Bridge for the world famous Breaux Bridge crawfish festival. And who better to show a Yankee girl around than Sam Irwin, a freelance writer who just put out a book all about crawfish. It’s called Louisiana Crawfish: A Succulent History of the Cajun Crustacean.


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Notes from New Orleans
8:40 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Tulane Goes Down To The River To Study

Matthew Chatfield is Project Coordinator for Tulane's new riverfront campus.

It wasn’t that long ago that the idea surfaced to use the power of the Mississippi River as a source for energy. But it turns out that turbines placed near New Orleans weren’t going to be that effective after all. So some smart folks at Tulane University have come up with other ideas.

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Community
12:41 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Photos Of The 2014 Mother's Day Second Line

Dancing on Elysian Fields, Original Big 7 Social Aid and Pleasure Club Mother's Day second line.
Credit Jesse Hardman / Internews
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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
11:45 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

David Egan: Unabashedly Experienced

Credit Denny Culbert / John Sellards Design via MusicInsideOut.org

Songwriters talk about a song being “honest.” And according to David Egan, that’s all about telling the truth about our battles and our triumphs — our loves and losses.

“We write music for grownup people,” he says. “Grownup music for grown-ass people.”

They’re the people you might see at the gas station, or in the grocery store. Or in the mirror.

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Food
4:41 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Where Y'Eat: When Suppertime Meets Showtime

Music and food are twin draws at the Three Muses on Frenchmen Street.
Ian McNulty

New Orleans is obsessed with food and music, but how often do they share equal billing under the same roof here? We've scouted some new and old favorite options, from barbecue with blues to contemporary jazz with Creole flavors.

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Community
4:23 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

All Things New Orleans: Public Safety And The 2013 Mother's Day Shooting

The Original Big Seven Social Aid and Pleasure Club was determined to overcome the violence of last year's shooting. It drew a peaceful, dancing crowd, even with rain.
Jesse Hardman

A year ago this week, the City of New Orleans was reeling — at a second line, on Mother’s Day, shots were fired into the crowd, striking 19 people. Another was trampled in the chaos.

Today on All Things New Orleans, we explore some issues brought about by the Mother’s Day shooting. We hear from one person shot at the second line, and his thoughts on any type of justice that might come from such an event.

New Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro explains a new approach to prosecuting violent crime.

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Listening Post NOLA
7:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: How Has Gun Violence Impacted New Orleans?

The Original Big 7 Social Aid and Pleasure club celebrated Mother's Day this year with its usual second line parade, despite last year's shooting.
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 gun violence in the city.

The Original Big 7 Social Aid and Pleasure Club's annual Mother's day parade spilled out from a bright green and orange house on Elysian Fields.

A year ago this same parade was the scene of a mass shooting. 

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Community Impact
7:06 am
Tue May 13, 2014

The New Orleans Fatherhood Consortium: Helping Men Stay Engaged In Their Children's Lives

Stephen Lee, a senior studying philosophy at Loyola, gives a tour to students from Andrew Wilson School
Eve Abrams

The mission of New Orleans Fatherhood Consortium is to develop comprehensive social supports, programs, public awareness, and policies that will assist fathers in reaching their fullest potential. It is a collaborative group of organizations and individuals who identify opportunities and support that enable fathers to be present, engaged and active in the lives of their families.

 

“It’s pretty common knowledge that children are born to two parents,” says Gregory Rattler, Jr., the director of New Orleans Fatherhood Consortium, which is based at Loyola University. 

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Education
1:18 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Behind The Test: Training Teachers To Give High-Stakes Tests

Reducing administrative errors means instructing teachers on how to administer high-stakes tests.
Blue Square Thing Flickr

School is winding up for the year, and students have the state LEAP test behind them. That’s the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program, the standardized test used to measure students’ skills — and, increasingly, to size up teachers and schools as a whole.

This week, as schools await their results, WWNO explores the world of LEAP beyond the test itself, in our "Behind The Test" series. We look behind-the-scenes at test security, emotions around testing, and the growing influence of tests.

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Listening Post NOLA
7:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: Is Tourism The Best Bet For New Orleans?

Every year the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival attracts thousands of tourists.
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 the tourism industry.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu says he wants to reframe the city's relationship with its longstanding tourism and hospitality industry.

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