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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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Community Impact
6:49 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Broadmoor Development Corporation, Building Back The Neighborhood

This renovated duplex has two units for rent.
Eve Abrams

The Broadmoor Development Corporation was created in 2006 by the Broadmoor Improvement Association to implement programs in response to the growing demand for housing advocacy and rehabilitation in the aftermath of the 2005 storms. Their mission is to enhance the economic wellbeing of the Broadmoor neighborhood.

 

Standing in Broadmoor, with a view of the Superdome in the distance and the Andrew Wilson Charter School across the street, is a newly renovated home ready to be rented.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
2:00 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Terence Blanchard: A Voice For His Trumpet

Credit Bob Travis / Flickr

Listen to Gwen & Terence Blanchard

When the microphone switches on, some people freeze. They can’t think of a thing to say. But Terence Blanchard relaxes. 

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Jazz Fest 2014
9:52 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Jazz Fest Cultural Pavilion Explories Ties Between Brazil And New Orleans

Sergio Cesar makes miniature versions of Brazilian favela communities from cardboard and recycled materials — with a keen architectural approach.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

There’s a new cultural element in this year’s Jazz Fest — organizers concentrated on showing off ties between New Orleans and Brazil.

Jazz Fest Cultural Exchange Pavilion Coordinator Valerie Guillet says the two regions have much in common.

“These are really manifested in music and parades, in carnival and a lot of different ways,” she says. “It’s like cousins, very far apart geographically but amazingly similar culturally.”

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Community Impact
12:48 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Family Service Of Greater New Orleans Teaches Dads How To Parent

NOLA Dads students answer questions in a workbook to get conversation going.
Eve Abrams

Since 1896, Family Service of Greater New Orleans has offered an array of mental health counseling, psycho-educational and social service programs in the community, clients’ homes, and schools. It recently added a class called NOLA Dads to its long roster of services.

Lawrence is a father. A new father. He’s 22 years old, and his daughter, La’Naya, is one year old. He likes to tell her things.

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Arts & Culture
8:18 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Photos From The 28th Annual Festival International

The Festival International main stage, featuring Cajun musician Michael Doucet and his group BeauSoleil.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

Festival International de Louisiane, the annual exploration and celebration of world music in the heart of Acadiana, transformed the city of Lafayette into a five-day entertainment showcase this past week.

The free festival featured six music stages, street musicians, arts and crafts, workshops, food, drinks and much more.

"What do I like about Festival?" wondered local resident Karl Schott. "It's open. You can pop your head into a local establishment for a little A/C or a different drink. And you run into everyone you know."

We sure did.

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Jazz Fest 2014
10:14 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Photos From The Fairgrounds: Jazz Fest, Day 2

Sarah Jayde and The Share Croppers on the Jazz Fest Fais Do Do Stage, Saturday, April 26.
Credit Nina Feldman / WWNO

Photos from the second day of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, presented by Shell. Saturday, April 26, 2014.

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Animal Life
10:50 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Animal Life: Caring For Pets With Special Needs

Credit Annette Shaff / Shutterstock

My friend Shelly has a blind cat named Stevie. You might think that Stevie has a it bad, but in fact, he's just as active as any other cat.

The important thing to remember about disabled pets is that they adapt well to their limitations. They learn to rely on other senses and usually go on to lead normal lives. 

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