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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Animal Life: What's In A (Pet) Name?

Is that Rudy? Or maybe it's Bridget.
Credit Kate Richardson

Adopting a new pet is easy. But naming it can be a real challenge.

You'll be using the name several times a day to socialize and train your pet, so there are a couple of things to keep in mind. Studies have found that our pets respond better to one or two syllable names. So it's safe to say that Ditto Dippin' Dots may not work.

Avoid names like Joe, for example, which sound very close to "no." The same goes for Sid, which has the same sound as "sit."

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
9:49 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Rebirth Brass Band: Feel Like Funkin' It Up

Rebirth Brass Band at Underground Arts 1.11.14
Credit Wendy McCardle / wendymccardle.com

This is not John Philip Sousa's band music.

Don't get us wrong, Sousa is in the pantheon of them-who-haul-brass-through-the-streets, but we suspect the maestro might be surprised by the music today. Which, if you think about it, is good.

Otherwise, there would only be the old-timey brass band idiom and the genre would have lost touch with the people. Which is precisely where this music has always lived. With military bands and civic orchestras and parades and funerals and weddings, brass band music has always been popular music.

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WRKF
5:42 am
Mon March 24, 2014

First Bell: It Took a Hurricane to Get this Student Reading

Chris Vasser

Originally published on Sun March 30, 2014 8:25 pm

The First Bell series is a growing collection of stories from students, parents, and educators about pivotal experiences in education. To tell your story, email amy@wrkf.org with "My First Bell" in the subject line or tweet with the hashtag #MyFirstBell.

__________

Vasser was not a good student in 2005.

When Hurricane Katrina forced him to move out of New Orleans and transfer to Catholic High in Baton Rouge, he had to turn it around.


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Environment
4:07 am
Mon March 24, 2014

25 Years After Spill, Alaska Town Struggles Back From 'Dead Zone'

Orca Inlet, Cordova's fishing harbor, on a blustery day this month. Commercial fishing is the small Alaskan town's primary industry.
Marisa Peñaloza NPR

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 11:25 am

On March 24, 1989, the tanker Exxon Valdez struck a reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into the pristine water. At the time, it was the single biggest spill in U.S. history. In a series of stories, NPR is examining the lasting social and economic impacts of the disaster, as well as the policy, regulation and scientific research that came out of it.

It's a blustery, snowy March day when Michelle Hahn O'Leary offers a tour of Cordova, Alaska, situated on the eastern shore of Prince William Sound.

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education
7:36 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Morris Jeff Community School Teachers Unionize

Tiana Nobile and Rowan Shafer are co-presidents of the Morris Jeff Association of Educators.
Eve Abrams WWNO

One idea behind charter schools is that they operate with few outside restrictions. They can play around with curriculum, the structure of the school day and staffing. Teachers unions tend to create restrictions on things like hours and duties in order to protect the people who work in schools.

Morris Jeff Community School is the first charter school in Louisiana to form a teachers union that’s recognized by the school’s board. In fact, at Morris Jeff the very term teachers union has a whole new meaning.

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Animal Life: The Benefits Of Ear-Tipped Feral Cats

Ear-tipped cats have been sterilized and released to help stabilize wild cat populations.
Credit Robert Lowe / Flickr

When I step out my front door, the first thing I usually see is a feral cat soaking up the sun. Some may view community cats as a nuisance, but these unique felines actually play an important role in the city.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
5:49 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Music Inside Out: The Zion Harmonizers

Credit Zack Smith

      

They are rooted in the quartet singing tradition and a capella harmonies from the turn of the last century. For nearly the half a century, the Zion Harmonizers have enjoyed an unparalleled platform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, anchoring and curating the Gospel Tent.

In the church of New Orleans jazz, they’ve had the keys to the church of church.

Thank God. It’s wonderful.

 

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Bring Your Own
9:47 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Bring Your Own Presents: 'A Question of Faith'

Ash Wednesday, watercolor, 1881.
Credit Julian Fałat

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org.

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Environment
3:48 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Environmental Groups Sue Plaquemines Coal Terminal For Violating Clean Water Act

Coal and petroleum waste leak into the Mississippi River from the United Bulk Terminal facility in Plaquemines Parish on Feb. 18. A consortium of environmental groups sued the facility Tuesday morning.
Credit Scott Eustis / Healthygulf.org and SouthWings.org

A lawsuit filed Tuesday morning by a coalition of environmental groups says the United Bulk Terminal, a coal export plant in Plaquemines Parish, is polluting the Mississippi River and threatening communities, and wetlands, nearby.

With a number of new coal plants scheduled to come online in the next few years, the lawsuit seeks to bring the plant into compliance with the law, and up to the standards of other states.

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NolaVie
4:19 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Pondering The Purpose Of Small Plates

Do you love or hate small plates?
atelier-robuchon-saint-germain.com

With the arrival of Lent, we’re all scaling down our appetites. No more sloth, lust or gluttony. After all, less is more. And good things, they say, come in small packages.

But when it comes to food? In New Orleans? I’m not so sure.

The small-plate trend seems to be, well, mushrooming. Baru, Booty's, Dominica, Salu, Three Muses — the list goes on and on. Even the owners of Finn McCool's, that Irish bastion of barbecue and beer, are jumping on the tasting bandwagon with the new Trèo on Tulane Avenue.

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