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12:57 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

A Once-Guarded Tradition Spills Open In New Orleans' Streets

Big Chief Tugga Cloud, 17, leads the Red Flame Hunters, a newer Mardi Gras Indian tribe that is also a youth outreach organization.
Eve Troeh WWNO

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 6:06 am

On a sunny Sunday in New Orleans, barbecue stands and ice-filled coolers line a closed-off street. Central City is not a tourist zone, but people pack in — many with cameras and long lenses. A mass of color begins to move.

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Features
4:59 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Staying Local With Big Freedia At BUKU Fest

WWNO's Laine Kaplan-Levenson talks to Big Freedia at the 2015 BUKU Music + Art Project
Emily Kaplan-Levenson WWNO

Last weekend, Spring Break vibes descended upon the riverfront in the form of neon, midriffs and pounding bass. The BUKU Music and Art Project swarmed Mardi Gras World with big names like STS9, TV On the Radio, and A$AP Rocky, and more underground acts like Run the Jewels and Odesza, for a mostly collegiate (and younger) crowd to rejoice in. 

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Features
4:38 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Cityscapes: The Origins of New Orleans' Chinatown (And A Tennessee Williams Connection)

Chinese-Americans who had operated small shops in New Orleans' Chinatown for many decades learned on Aug. 20, 1937 that their small enclave was doomed to make way for a parking lot. Pictured in this 1937 photo in front of one of the shops on Tulane Avenue
Nola.com The Times-Picayune Archive

Every month WWNO talks to Richard Campanella about his Cityscapes column for Nola.com. In this edition the Professor of Geography at the Tulane School of Architecture delves into the former Chinatown, and the history of Chinese-Americans in the city.

Chinese immigrants were first brought to Louisiana in hopes that they would work as inexpensive labor for sugar plantations after the Civil War. When that didn't work out, they began to move to the city.

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Coastal Desk
11:57 am
Thu March 12, 2015

FYI, The Front Yard Initiative For Better Water Management

Professor John Renne of UNO Planning and Urban Studies has more on the Front Yard Initiative, a pilot program to help homeowners turn concrete into green space. The idea, he says, has social, environmental and property value impact.

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Northshore Focus
7:18 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Northshore Shelter Provides Safety For Victims Of Human Trafficking

Beth Salcedo, cofounder of the Free Indeed Home for underage victims of human trafficking, sits in one of the rooms she decorated.
Credit Tegan Wendland / WWNO

Rafael and Beth Salcedo have a mission — to help underage victims of human trafficking. Their newly-licensed shelter is intended to help young girls across the south.

 

Rafael Salcedo used to work as a counselor for the Department of Family and Children’s services. A few years ago he started to see young clients who had been victims of sex trafficking. It was disturbing to him and his wife Beth.

 

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Features
7:36 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

A Playground For Innovators At The New Orleans Mini Maker Faire

VIP badges at the Maker Faire contained a full Arduino, essentially making it a tiny programmable computer.
Janaya Williams WWNO

Tulane University hosted the second annual New Orleans Mini Maker Faire on Saturday.

Maker Faires are growing in popularity around the country. They’re described as part science fair, part county fair, and “the greatest show and tell on earth.”

While they mainly showcase do-it-yourselfers exploring new technologies, the faires also also draw people experimenting in science, engineering, art, and performance.

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World Cafe
5:32 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

World Cafe Next: Feufollet

Feufollet.
Allison Bohl Dehart Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 1:20 pm

The Lafayette, La., band Feufollet is this week's World Cafe: Next artist. The title of its new album, Two Universes, contains multiple references: the French and English language and culture of Southwest Louisiana, the band's two songwriters (Chris Stafford and Kelli Jones-Savoy), and Feufollet's willingness to straddle the worlds of pop and traditional Cajun music. Hear and download two of its songs on this page.

Coastal Desk
1:39 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Coastal Rundown: The Listening Coast

A photo sent into the Listening Coast by one Houma resident of a favorite place on the bayou.
Credit Listening Coast / WWNO

WWNO’s Listening Post community media project has mostly covered issues related to New Orleans. But WWNO’s signal reaches far beyond the city, and we want to explore what people along the Louisiana coast are thinking.

Naturally, our expansion is called the Listening Coast, and it has its own number: Text "hello" to 985-200-2433 (or call and leave a voicemail!) to get in touch.

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Code Switch
10:58 am
Fri March 6, 2015

The Fascinating Story Of New Orleans' Two Lost Chinatowns

Chinese who operated small shops in New Orleans' Chinatown for many decades learned in 1937 that their small city-within-a-city was doomed to make way for a parking lot. Shown in front of one of the shops on Tulane Avenue between Elk Place and Rampart Street are Big Gee, seated, and Lee Sing, standing.
The Times-Picayune/Landov

New Orleans is known for its enormous Vietnamese population, one of the largest in the country. But we recently came across a story about a now-lost Chinatown in New Orleans — two of them, in fact — and how they came to be. To understand how these hubs came about, and why they disappeared, we have to rewind the clock 150 years, to the end of the Civil War.

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Music Inside Out
6:40 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

The Zion Harmonizers Are The Elder Statesmen Of New Orleans Gospel

The Zion Harmonizers
Credit Zack Smith

They are rooted in the quartet singing tradition and a capella harmonies from the turn of the last century. For more than 40 years, The Zion Harmonizers enjoyed an unparalleled platform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, anchoring and curating the Gospel Tent.

In the church of New Orleans jazz, they’ve had the keys to the church of church.

Thank goodness. It’s wonderful.

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