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Mardi Gras 2015
6:14 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

The Pelicans' King Cake Baby: Born Of Storied Carnival Traditions... And Pretty Creepy

The King Cake Baby, spotted in an Uptown Smoothie King during a promotional appearance for the New Orleans Pelicans. But who is he, REALLY?
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

There are a lot of amazing things that happen on the court at a New Orleans Pelicans game.

Like pretty much anything All-Star power forward Anthony Davis does. Halfway through the season Davis is a clear candidate for NBA MVP, a man who seems more suited to a video game than a real-life basketball team.

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Listening Post NOLA
1:56 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

The Listening Post Asks: What Do You Think Of The School Choice System?

The cover of the eighth edition of the New Orleans Parents’ Guide to Public Schools.
Credit New Orleans Parents Guide / NewOrleansParentsGuide.org

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 the Listening Post explores School Choice and the school application process. 

Applications to New Orleans public and charter schools are due this month. Under the school choice model kids aren’t assigned to the school in their neighborhood. They apply to schools across the city,  and a computer system places them.

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Coastal Desk
7:16 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Delta Blues Part 3: Better Together

Boat on the river in Can Tho, the largest city in the Mekong Delta.
Credit Jesse Hardman / WWNO

Louisiana faces the highest relative rates of sea level rise in the world. As policy and funding debates rage over how to best restore and protect our coastal communities, local leaders also look for allies elsewhere.

On the other side of the globe, Louisiana has found sympathetic ears in Vietnam. That nation also has a below-sea-level region at the mouth of a great river. Increased conversation and meetings aim to find out how shared geography might lead to shared solutions. 

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Northshore Focus
9:36 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Unique Counselors On The Northshore Helping Peers With Mental Illness

Peer support specialist with NAMI-St. Tammany, Roxanne Skal, leads support groups for people with mental illnesses and substance addictions.
Credit Tegan Wendland / WWNO

The National Alliance on Mental Illness in St. Tammany Parish is trying something a little new: training people who have mental illnesses to help people with similar problems.

Roxanne Skal is a Peer Support Specialist. She works with a variety of people, both in community support groups and at the Northlake Behavioral Health Center in Mandeville. A couple times a week, she drives from her office on one side of Northlake’s campus to a little brown brick house on the other side, where she leads a group for recovering alcoholics.

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Arts & Culture
7:27 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Baby Dolls Assert Their Place By Parading In The Streets

Antoinette K-Doe, left, resurrected a Baby Dolls club in 2003.
Andy Levin

Carnival is the season for flipping life on its head — a time when it’s natural to see people wearing wigs, boas, wings and beads. On Mardi Gras day, men dressed in suits made of feathers? Totally normal. And women dressed like little girls — in bloomers, short satin skirts and bonnets? Totally normal too, and part of a long, subversive tradition.

Eve Abrams shares this history of the Baby Dolls, who break race and gender barriers, all on a Mardi Gras day.

Kim Vaz is a dean at Xavier University. She literally wrote the book on Baby Dolls.

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NOPD
6:30 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Short On Cops, New Orleans Searching For New Ways To Protect The French Quarter

Emergency vehicles on Bourbon Street. The city is struggling to deal with a rash of crime in the French Quarter, but plans are in the works for a new protective force to debut soon.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

New Orleans is a city of desperate violence, but those neighborhoods most plagued by a wanton disregard for life — parts of Central City, say, or New Orleans East — seem a world away from the neon and wrought iron of the French Quarter.

However, a near-daily litany of burglaries, batteries and robberies filling the police blotter now has many French Quarter locals scared, and they are sharing that fear with visitors.

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Food
4:35 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Where Y'Eat: Fed Up With Football? TV-Free Havens From Super Bowl Hype

Cure on Freret Street is among the local spots that have traded high-def for high-style, providing TV-free atmosphere for casual outings.
Ian McNulty

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

David Egan: Unabashedly Experienced

Credit Denny Culbert via John Sellards Design

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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Coastal Desk
10:19 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Delta Blues Part 2: When Life Gives You Saltwater, Make Shrimp Ponds

Farmers in Vietnam's Mekong delta adapt to climate change as saltwater creeps onto their land.
Jesse Hardman WWNO

Louisiana faces the highest relative rates of sea level rise in the world. As policy and funding debates rage over how to best restore and protect our coastal communities, local leaders also look for allies elsewhere.

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Bring Your Own
5:43 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Bring Your Own Presents: 'Too Much, Too Little, Too Late'

Taiwanese beef noodle soup.
Credit Jpatokal / Wikimedia Commons

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 eight 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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