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WWNO/WRKF Investigates
12:21 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Ridesharing: A Tale of Two Cities

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 10:12 am

The ridesharing company Uber has gotten a mixed reception in Louisiana. WWNO's Malorie Marshall has been following the company’s foray into New Orleans, where politicians and members of the taxi industry have been resistant.

Meanwhile, Baton Rouge has seized on the opportunity, quickly passing an ordinance that allowed Uber to get rolling in the capitol city in July. A couple weeks later, I opened up Uber’s app on my smartphone to see if I could catch a ride.


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Listening Post NOLA
7:00 am
Thu August 14, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: What's Your Experience With Violence In New Orleans?

Family members and neighbors of the victims have put up a memorial in front of the house where the shooting took place.
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, once again, violence in New Orleans.

On August 10, 2014, two people were killed and five were injured in a drive-by shooting in the Lower 9th Ward. Two children were severely wounded in the incident

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Pop Culture Podcast
10:49 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Please, No More Mason Jars: Judy Walker And Brett Anderson On 'Southern Food'

Relax, it's almost lunchtime.
Credit Times-Picayune Archive

What makes Southern food what it is? Why is it becoming such a national restaurant trend? Why do they serve all the cocktails in Mason jars?

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Coastal Desk
4:21 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Follow Along With The Coastal Desk's 'Vanishing Coast' Tour Of Chauvin

The Vanishing Points Map
Credit Vanishing Points / Wetlands Discovery Center

WWNO’s Coastal Desk is heading to Chauvin, Louisiana to visit some sites that are in danger of being washed out by coastal erosion and sea level rise. After visiting the working coast camp in Houma last month, Laine Kaplan-Levenson learned of the Wetlands Discovery Center’s Vanishing Points project. This online mapping tool identifies and tells the stories of various locations that are at risk of disappearing.

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Features
9:47 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Richard Campanella Cityscapes: Anniversary Of An Epidemic

Workers display rat-trapping equipment in New Orleans, circa 1914.
U.S. Public Health Service National Library of Medicine

At a time when the Ebola virus is causing panic throughout the world, and has prompted dire warnings from international public health officials, we're revisiting a plague of old: The Plague.

For this month's "Cityscapes" piece on Nola.com, Tulane University's Richard Campanella focused on one of New Orleans's own epidemics. This month marks the 100th anniversary of the bubonic plague outbreak in New Orleans.

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Business
10:53 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

B&B Vs. Airbnb: Competition And Common Ground Between Traditional Inns And The New Sharing Economy

The common living Area at H and H Whitney House, a traditional bed and breakfast on Esplanade Avenue.
Credit Nina Feldman / WWNO

The New Orleans City Council voted in July to rewrite the law regarding short-term rentals. But a lot remains to be decided about what that law should look like.

One of the biggest arguments against unlicensed vacation rentals typified by Airbnb is that they pose an unfair advantage because they’re not subject to the same permitting and taxation requirements as traditional bed and breakfasts.

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Food
4:36 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Getting To The Point, For Dinner With A Side Of History

Longer hours for ferry service between Canal Street and Algiers Point expands opportunities to experience the river and a historic neighborhood..
Ian McNulty

We follow a family story that leads across the Mississippi River to Algiers Point, and the tight-knit circuit of restaurants that make the neighborhood so inviting for short excursions. 

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
2:02 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Jim McCormick: A Poet Finds A Voice As A Songwriter

Jim McCormick.
Credit Scott Saltzman

The poetics of pickup trucks and cutoffs are not lost on Jim McCormick. Nor are the subtleties of Trans Ams and the beverage choices of the young and hay-baling set. And that’s how it should be for a poet-turned-Nashville songwriter.

A New Orleans native (and still occasional resident), McCormick penned two of 2012′s number one songs on the country charts. But all that success — and it is considerable — hasn’t gone to his head. He’s stayed humble. And funny. And grateful for the collaborations and to the mentors through the years.

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Education
10:01 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Encore Academy Values The Arts Alongside Academics

A class of pre-kindergarteners learn tap dancing.
Eve Abrams WWNO

Encore Academy is a charter school, but it looks and feels more like the kind of public school many adults remember attending when they were kids. In today’s New Orleans, where the charter school landscape seems designed to combat lackluster academic achievement — and little else — it’s rare to see a school that values the arts as much as academics. So how does Encore Academy, a stand-alone charter school, manage to stand out?

The first thing you notice when you walk into Encore Academy’s cafeteria at lunch or breakfast is the sound of kids talking.

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Environment
7:24 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Local Photographer Captures Changing Louisiana Coast From A New Perspective

Marsh Degradation
Credit Michel Varisco

New Orleans native and local fine arts photographer Michel Varisco developed a curiosity about the Gulf Coast region at a young age. With a mother who is a former biochemist, and engineer dad, she started learning on family road trips. Her dad would explain the Bonnet Carré Spillway, or point out dead trees while driving down LA1 to Grande Isle. 

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