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The Listening Room
12:17 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Weathering the Storm

From Backstory with the American History Guys: in 1815, a volcanic eruption in Indonesia sent enough ash into the sky to disrupt the world’s weather for the next year. In New England, 1816 became known as “The Year Without a Summer.” Snow fell in June and July. Crops and animals died. Tens of thousands of people picked up and left; their search for greener pastures became an early chapter in a larger story of westward expansion.

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WWNO Special
12:11 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

The War of 1812: Which One Was That??

Captain James Lawrence, credited with the command: "Don't give up the ship", who died in action aboard the USS Chesapeake

From: Backstory with the American History Guys. marking June 18th, the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

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The Listening Room
10:56 am
Thu June 14, 2012

America Abroad: The Global Water Challenge

As global population grows, so does the demand for water. Yet less than one percent of the planet's supply is potable, and estimates suggest that 40% of humanity will not have access to clean water by 2025.

Explore the complex issues surrounding this precious resource in this edition of America Abroad.

Go here for more information on this series.

Airing Sunday, June 17th. You can hear The Listening Room Sunday nights at 9:00 p.m., on WWNO, 89.9 FM.

Music Interviews
4:04 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Ice-T Gives A Hip-Hop History Lesson In 'The Art Of Rap'

Ice-T (left) with Chuck D in a still from his documentary From Something to Nothing: The Art of Rap.
Courtesy of Indomina

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 2:18 pm

Ice-T, the rapper and actor, wants people to think about the craft of making rap music. He has directed and starred in a documentary called Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap that takes viewers from Harlem into the South Bronx, to Detroit and South Central Los Angeles. In the film, Ice-T talks to musicians like Doug E.

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The Record
10:17 am
Wed June 13, 2012

A Night Out In New Orleans' New Bohemia

Quintron (at left, in suit and shorts) conducts while Lady Tambourine plays at The Music Box on Saturday night.
Zack Smith

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:40 pm

I'm spending June in New Orleans, digging into the soft wet earth of American music. A week in, I feel like I've barely begun to explore. The minute I try to say what draws me to New Orleans music, I realize that the core of it is always changing. It's not just the variety, though I love that in the first few days here, I caught classic blues on Frenchmen Street, a wild bounce night downtown, my longtime favorite Susan Cowsill singing Dusty Springfield covers in the Garden District, and a brass band on the corner in the French Quarter.

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The Times-Picayune
12:44 am
Wed June 13, 2012

City news organizations respond to Times-Picayune layoffs

News of the widespread layoffs at The Times-Picayune, the city’s only daily newspaper and a mainstay of morning routine for generations of New Orleanians, continued to reverberate throughout the city’s media establishment late Tuesday.

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Summer Science
4:08 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Summer Science: The Perfectly Toasted Marshmallow

Joe Palca's perfectly toasted marshmallow.
Maggie Starbard NPR

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 7:18 am

It's the epic quest of campers everywhere: How do you get the perfectly toasted marshmallow? In our inaugural installment of NPR's Summer Science series, we gave some guidance on the first key ingredient: how to build the campfire. (Later this summer, we'll attempt to answer the vexing question of how to stave off brain freeze.)

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U.S.
4:27 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Program Teaches Vets How To Survive The Classroom

Jay Blake (left), who served in the Marines, rides the elevator with his fellow students at Sierra Community College in Rocklin, Calif.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 9:55 pm

Most American troops have left Iraq, and many have left Afghanistan. Now more than half a million of them have left the service — and they're going to college. Some vets say the transition is like landing on another planet, but they aren't the only ones struggling: The college staffs are, too.

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Louisiana Prison Policy
2:07 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Loyola panel to examine Louisiana's exploding prison population

Loyola University's Institute for Quality and Equity in Education, in conjunction with the Foundation for Louisiana, will host “Louisiana Incarcerated: An Evening with Cindy Chang,” a panel discussion convened to examine the multifaceted issue of the business of incarceration in Louisiana.

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The Diamond Jubilee
8:24 pm
Sat June 9, 2012

Tabasco gift spices up queen's jubilee

NEW IBERIA — The McIlhenny Co. got in on the pomp and circumstance of Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee by sending the monarch a sterling silver Tabasco sauce holder.

The Daily Iberian reports company chairman and CEO Paul McIlhenny said it's rare the company sends such gifts to royalty, but he thought the Queen's 60 years on the British throne deserved a present.

Elizabeth came to the throne on Feb. 6, 1952 on the death of her father King George VI. Her coronation took place in June 1953.

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