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The Lens
6:00 am
Wed January 8, 2014

When Failing Schools Close, Results Are Mixed

After Recovery School District officials closed Henderson for poor academic performance in May, most Henderson students wound up at better schools. But students leaving two other closed failing schools didn't fare as well.
Janaya Williams The Lens

Last year, the Recovery School District closed four elementary schools in New Orleans because of poor performance, affecting about one thousand students, who had to find another school this year.

Now, state officials have released grades for many of the new schools those students are enrolled in. The question is whether those students who were forced to change schools ended up at better schools than the ones they left.

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Community Impact
7:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

The New Orleans Youth Sound Experience Finds A New Home On St. Claude

Matthew Shilling, of the New Orleans Youth Sound Experience, explaining to students how speakers work.
NOYSE

Matthew Shilling teaches creative and at-risk youth about sound engineering and music production at the New Orleans Youth Sound Experience.

Matthew Shilling gathers his students around a sound board talking about volume and distortion.

“So tell me again what does a fader do?” he asks.  

“It takes away sound,” a student calls out.

“It fades the sound,” offers another.

“We’re not taking away sound, right?” asks Shilling. “We’re dealing with electricity still, right?”

“We’re taking away electricity,” a student guesses.

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Le Show
1:34 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Le Show For Jan. 5, 2014

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer rings in the new year on Le Show with News of the Godly and Spain's demon problem, Karzai Talk, News of the Warm, News of Nice Corp, News of the Inspector General, and the Apologies of the Week.

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Food
4:31 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Where Y'Eat: A New Day For The Beignet

The new twists for a classic New Orleans food include chocolate beignets.
Ian McNulty

The beignet, long an emblem of New Orleans food culture, is experiencing a revival across town, from classic renditions to modern interpretations.

It's easy to imagine how someone could walk into the Morning Call Coffee Stand in City Park for the first time and see the place as an act of historic preservation.

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Music
9:36 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

Louis Armstong's Queens Home Celebrates 10 Years As A Living Memorial

Originally published on Wed December 25, 2013 1:41 pm

The Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens, New York is all decked out for the holidays.

The museum is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year.

At this time of year, visitors can see what the house looked like when the Armstrongs were alive, including a view of all of Lucille Armstrong’s ornaments hanging on the tree.

As you walk through the home, you can hear the gravelly voice of Louis Armstrong echoing throughout the house in homemade recordings.

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Le Show
1:29 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

Le Show For Dec. 29, 2013

Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show, Harry looks forward and back with News of AfPak, Apologies of the week, and his conclusion of The Year in Rebuke, with The Ballad of Carlos Danger, Clintonsomething, B-Rock's Afghan Closeout Blowout, It's Not My Red Line, You Can Keep It, and more.

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Louisiana Eats!
12:00 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

2013: Louisiana Eats! Year In Review

Credit Wikipedia/Agricultural Research Service

As 2013 comes to an end we're looking back at some of our favorite interviews from the past year on Louisiana Eats!. We spoke with the team from Bayou Teche Brewing during Carnival season to find out what they'd been brewing for the holiday and how they celebrate Mardi Gras Day in Acadiana. And as the festival season continued, we hung out with Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes to find out what fuels them in the studio and on the road. 

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Food
4:37 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Where Y'Eat: Act Two For Tujague's

In business since 1856, Tujague's retains a historic feel on Decatur Street.
Ian McNulty

Back from the brink, a Creole culinary landmark in the French Quarter has been revived and retooled by the next generation.

During a recent lunch at Tujague’s, a man asked his waiter if he was familiar enough with the seafood gumbo to recommend it. “Of course,” the waiter declared. “I’ve been working here for 30 years; it’s always been good.”

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Tiny Desk Concerts
7:43 pm
Wed December 25, 2013

Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Tiny Desk Concert

Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs at the Tiny Desk on Dec. 3, 2013.
John W. Poole John W. Poole

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 4:14 pm

Our goal for this special holiday Tiny Desk Concert is simple: to bring you joy. Preservation Hall Jazz Band is a hot and historic outfit from New Orleans, and its members brought us a tuba-wielding Santa and some original holiday cheer and praise — what they call a Cajun Christmas from the French Quarter.

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Jazz New Orleans
2:37 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Jazz New Orleans Christmas Party

trumpeter Wynton Marsalis

This week on Jazz New Orleans with Fred Kasten, two hours of great jazz versions of Christmas favorites — featuring Louis Armstrong, Wynton Marsalis, Billie Holiday, Charles Brown, Johnny Adams, Katie Webster, Mel Torme, Jimmy Smith and more...

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