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Leon Trice, photographer / Historic New Orleans Collection

On January 1, 1935 Americans were dealing with some big issues: the Great Depression had crippled the economy and the Dust Bowl had scoured the land. But down in New Orleans the mood was celebratory: football players getting ready to meet each other at the inaugural Sugar Bowl.

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.

Imagine a room full of boys and girls enthralled in playing a game that’s not on video. It’s not even electronic. The game began about a thousand years ago – give or take a century.

1. Pelicans preview with Jason Saul and Fletcher Mackel.

2. Jack interviews local breast cancer researcher and physicians.

3.  Jack interviews Henry Griffin about N. O. Film Festival.

New Orleans Saints: Malady In Black & Gold

Oct 18, 2015
Saints Affective Disorder can affect people of all ages.
Bridget Collins / Flickr

Writer Scott Gold has been worried lately. Every autumn he sees his loved ones overtaken by something beyond his control. It doesn’t last but a day or so, but friends and family will isolate themselves, bite their fingernails, and wrap themselves in crocheted blankets to feel comfort in the face of danger. Luckily, there’s a cure. 

Katrina kid: Growing up after the flood

Aug 14, 2015
David Brancaccio and Katie Long

It's been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina and the flood-of-floods struck New Orleans. In the following decade, the city has transformed it public schools, housing, and business community. Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio traveled to the city to explore what these vast changes mean for New Orleans and the country. 

 

Teams from across Louisiana participate in the State Horseshoe Pitching Doubles Tournament this weekend in Monroe.

Ouachita Horseshoe Pitchers Club member Buddy Townsend says Chennault Park is set to host the series of matches today and Saturday.  "We have a dozen pits ready for the competition.  Shelter 4 is the main location for the tournament.  Class divisions are set for men, women, and youth," said Townsend.

Eve Troeh / WWNO

16 years ago New Orleans resident Hunter Higgins created a triathlon with some friends that revolved around Jazz Fest. This "unsanctioned" event has a small footprint — think blocks of strenuous exercise, not miles. But it's been a way for a growing local group of participants to show their New Orleans pride.

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