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Community
7:39 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Cityscapes: A 1941 Pop-Up Factory On Polymnia Street

Higgins Industries
Courtesy World War II Museum

Every month, we hear from Richard Campanella about his Cityscapes column for Nola.com and The Times-Picayune.

This month Campanella explores Andrew Higgins' makeshift, pop-up factory to make a new kind of vessel for the Navy in 1941, in the 1600 block of Polymnia Street — then (as now) a residential area. In just two weeks, hundreds of workers produced and delivered 50 vessels, based on a prototype tested in Lake Pontchartrain.

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Coastal Desk
11:09 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Coastal Rundown: The 2014 Society Of Environmental Journalists Conference

A sketch of a 9th Ward house by Francesca Lyman, Seattle journalist, sketch artist and Society of Environmental Journalists Conference attendee.
Credit Francesca Lyman

The 24th Annual Society of Environmental Journalists conference took place in New Orleans last week, bringing to town a few hundred environmental reporters, advocates, scientists, engineers, politicians and more.

Participants got out of the conference rooms to see the levees, bayous, marshes, sinkholes, refineries and rivers that all contribute to the complex region that is Louisiana’s Gulf coast.

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Community
8:46 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Child Migrants Settle Uneasily In The Big Easy

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 8:05 am

Last June, 13-year-old Yashua Cantillano and his 11-year-old brother, Alinhoel, left their uncle's home in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, with a change of clothes in plastic bags, some snacks, water and their mother's phone number scribbled on a piece of paper.

Their guide and protector? Seventeen-year-old Sulmi Cantillano, their step-sister.

With the help of a smuggler, or coyote, Sulmi says, they got to the Mexican border city of Reynosa about 11 miles south of McAllen, Texas. They crossed the Rio Grande and turned themselves in to the U.S. Border Patrol.

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Features
4:22 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

City Holds 'Bootcamp' Training For Jobs In Film And TV Production

Bootcamp participants wire themselves for walkie-talkie training.
Kate Richardson WWNO

Since 2002 Louisiana has provided incentives for the film and TV industry. Under the program, the state reimburses 30 percent of production expenses in the form of tax credits.

The city of New Orleans and surrounding parishes run workforce training sessions called Production Assistant Bootcamps. These help ensure that locals get jobs in the entertainment industry. This year's bootcamp took place at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center. 

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Environment
11:44 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Old And New Strategies Needed To Manage Water In New Orleans

New Orleans, 1913 map, showing system of drainage culverts, canals and pumping stations.
Credit Times Picayune archives

When it comes annual rainfall, New Orleans is the third wettest city in the country, next to Pensacola, Florida, and Mobile, Alabama. Historically, this city below sea level has dealt with large amounts of rain by trying to keep as much water out as possible. Now, urban planners, land conservationists and city officials are trying out new strategies to manage water. Keeping more water in, rather than trying to pump it out, may be better for the city than we thought.

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Environment
6:58 am
Thu September 4, 2014

'Losing Ground' Maps Show Louisiana's Coast Disappear

Ryan Lambert of Cajun Fishing Adventures puts a personal face on the mapping project "Losing Ground."
Ellis Lucia for The Lens/ProPublica

Bob Marshall has covered Louisiana’s disappearing coast for decades, including his recent series with Fred Kasten, “Last Call” on WWNO. Now he has a new project, Losing Ground, a collaboration between nonprofit newsroom the Lens, where Marshall is Environment Reporter, and the news nonprofit ProPublica.

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Features
7:02 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Let Me Clear My Goat: Munching Through An Algiers Park

Author Michael Patrick Welch chases his herd in Brechtel Park. The herd is helping clear the park, which had fallen into disrepair in the years after Hurricane Katrina.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

Many ideas have been suggested for how to handle New Orleans’s pervasive blight problem. Reporter Michael Patrick Welch and his wife Morgana believe the answer is goats.

This is the story of how my wife Morgana King entered into a business agreement… with a bunch of goats.

It all began with just one goat, our pet, Chauncey Gardner:

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Nola Life Stories
5:00 am
Tue September 2, 2014

A First-Hand Account Of Integration: Leona Tate Looks Back At McDonogh 19

As a young child without reference, the crowds of protesters awaiting Leona Tate at McDonogh 19 in the Lower 9th Ward sounded like a boisterous Mardi Gras parade.
Credit Historic New Orleans Collection

When the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that separate black and white schools were unconstitutional in Brown v. Board of Education, it seemed desegregation was close at hand. But it took six years before the New Orleans school system was integrated. In the fall of 1960, Leona Tate — then only 6 years old — was one of four young black girls escorted through a crowd of protestors.

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Community
11:29 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Katrina/Sandy Website Offers Comparisons In Resilience

The Sandy/Katrina Platform Compares Experiences and Context of Disaster and Recovery
Lusia Dantas www.landofopportunityinteractive.com

Luisa Dantas created a Hurricane Katrina-related website called Land of Opportunity, which accompanies a documentary film of the same name. It chronicles ongoing challenges of disaster recovery and resilience.

The newest feature is a timeline that compares and contrasts stories of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy. 

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
5:00 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Music Inside Out: Lights! Camera! Music!

Bob Mondello, Benh Zeitlin and Terence Blanchard.

The Art & Craft Of Marrying Film And Music

From the earliest days of motion pictures, music has played a crucial role in setting the mood for movies. Just take a look at the clip (above) of the final moments of Charlie Chaplin’s 1936 film “Modern Times.”

It’s hard to imagine that scene without the song “Smile.”

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