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6:30 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Short On Cops, New Orleans Searching For New Ways To Protect The French Quarter

Emergency vehicles on Bourbon Street. The city is struggling to deal with a rash of crime in the French Quarter, but plans are in the works for a new protective force to debut soon.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

New Orleans is a city of desperate violence, but those neighborhoods most plagued by a wanton disregard for life — parts of Central City, say, or New Orleans East — seem a world away from the neon and wrought iron of the French Quarter.

However, a near-daily litany of burglaries, batteries and robberies filling the police blotter now has many French Quarter locals scared, and they are sharing that fear with visitors.

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Bring Your Own
5:43 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Bring Your Own Presents: 'Too Much, Too Little, Too Late'

Taiwanese beef noodle soup.
Credit Jpatokal / Wikimedia Commons

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 eight 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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Features
5:56 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Moth GrandSLAM Host David Crabb Loves Telling Stories And Imitating His Dad

David Crabb on his 'Bad Kid' goth poster
Credit David Crabb / davidcrabb.net

The Moth StorySLAM takes place each month at Café Istanbul, where ten brave souls volunteer themselves to tell a true story in front on a live audience.

On Thursday, January 29 at the Joy Theatre, the winners of those StorySLAMs are going head-to-head at the Moth GrandSLAM. Comedian David Crabb is the special guest host of the evening, and WWNO’s Laine Kaplan-Levenson sat down to find out why he loves telling stories and hosting Moth events.

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Features
5:22 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Homeless Center In Slidell Reaches Out To Men

Mark McVille stands in front of his cubicle at the Miramon Men's Center in Slidell.
Credit Tegan Wendland / WWNO

Homelessness is a big issue in the New Orleans region, one that extends to the Northshore. Winter is particularly hard — shelters fill up, it is cold, and there is often nowhere to go. It can be especially hard for single men, and one organization is Slidell is trying to help.

Mark McVille has been homeless for two years. He has worked as a tugboat captain and construction worker, and was in the army for a while. He always had a pretty good job and had no problem supporting his kids.

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Features
6:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Event Connects Kids And Cops With Dump Trucks

Rodney Keys of Madisonville demonstrates how his dump truck works at the annual Touch A Truck event.
Credit Tegan Wendland / WWNO

An organization in Covington is doing what it can to help families of children with disabilities.

Northshore Families Helping Families is a family-driven resource center that provides information and referrals for families along the Northshore. One of their key events is called “Touch a Truck.” It’s a fundraiser for the organization, but also an opportunity for kids to interact with law enforcement and have fun.

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Features
4:12 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Tulane Researchers Looking For Environmental Clues In Mockingbirds' Songs

Researchers at Tulane University are experimenting with a new way to test for lead exposure — by listening to mockingbird songs to find out what they can tell us about heavy metals in the environment.
Madhusudan Katti Flickr

Elevated lead levels in the environment can cause a number of health problems for children and adults, and parts of New Orleans have consistently tested high for lead pollution.

Researchers at Tulane University are experimenting with a new way to test for lead exposure — by listening to bird songs to find out what they can tell us about heavy metals in the environment. 

Tulane researcher Renata Ribeiro spends a lot of time out in the field, recording the songs of Northern Mockingbirds.

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Features
3:53 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Boxing Gym Helps At-Risk Youth In Slidell

Dupre and Shedee Strickland offer programs for at-risk youth at their boxing gym in Slidell.
Credit Tegan Wendland / WWNO

Anointed Hands Boxing Gym on Pontchartrain Drive in Slidell is a modest facility, filled with loud music and kids. It is kind of like a community center — the coach taught a group of kids how to hit the boxing bags while others played on gym equipment and parents joked at the front desk.
 

 It is not necessarily what you would expect at a boxing gym. That could be because the owners, Dupre and Shedee Strickland, aim to do more than offer training for aspiring boxers — they want to help.

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Bring Your Own
4:24 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Bring Your Own Presents: 'A First For Vegas'

Proof that the night Riot recounts in this story DOES exist.
Credit Riot Mueller

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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Features
7:05 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Cuba Policy Change Draws Praise And Anger In New Orleans

Changes proposed by President Obama to ease the Cuba trade embargo sparked strong reaction in New Orleans. Views came in favor — and strongly opposed — to resuming diplomatic relations.

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Tête-à-Tête
5:41 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Tête-à-Tête: Elizabeth Steeby On Protesting In New Orleans

June 17, 2006 - A New Orleans Public Housing Protest. Stephanie, a public housing resident speaks on the unequal protections affecting lower-income residents of New Orleans public housing, insisting that if her neighborhood is being demolished and rebuilt as mixed-income housing, then so should the neighborhoods of the affluent and upper-middle class.
Credit Craig Morse / flickr.com

Tête-à-Tête is a new series that uncovers extended versions of interviews conducted by WWNO journalists. Broadcasting means time limits, and often conversations that range from thirty to forty minutes in length get thirty to forty seconds on air. Tête-à-Tête brings these "private" discussions to light, and goes deeper into the issue at hand.

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