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When the Saints are playing, New Orleans is eating.
Ian McNulty

For players and coaches, a football game starts long before kickoff. The same holds true for the food-minded Saints fan. For such fans, it starts with choosing what to cook and devoting the hands-on work to ensure a victorious feast.

It's really no wonder. Take the enthusiasm of the Who Dat Nation, add south Louisiana's endemic passion for food and the results are predictably over the top.

Derby Boys: Rolling with the New Orleans Brass

May 25, 2017
Mr. McWheely

The Big Easy Roller Girls now have male counterparts to contend with. The New Orleans Brass are one of the latest additions to the area’s men’s roller derby league. In this week’s edition of Notes from New Orleans, we checked in with one of their players, who was getting ready for the team’s next bout.

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A camerman captures a Louisiana high school basketball tournament (New Orleans girls beat Baton Rouge!). His is one of many thousands of jobs created by the NBA All-Star Game.
Jason Saul / WWNO

WWNO’s Jason Saul spoke with Jay Cicero, President and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, about the impact of the NBA All-Star Game on our region. And what is a sports foundation, anyway?

An enormous image of Pelicans star Anthony Davis and the word "equality" faces the Superdome and the Smoothie King Center in advance of this weekend's NBA All-Star Game.
Jason Saul / WWNO

The NBA All-Star Game is this weekend in New Orleans. The NBA moved the game to New Orleans from Charlotte after North Carolina passed House Bill 2, a controversial piece of legislation aimed at limiting transgendered people’s public bathroom choices.

New Orleans Public Radio's Jason Saul spoke with WDSU sportscaster Fletcher Mackel about what we should expect this weekend.

Peter Ricchiuti and guests on this week's Out to Lunch.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

One of the topics in the national debate these days is trade. Meaning imports and exports. On Out to lunch, Peter and his guests take a look at two of the most obscure imports into the United States, and New Orleans. One from Britain, the other from Italy.

Bobby Grier speaks with representatives from the Sugar Bowl in 1956.
The University of Pittsburgh / The University of Pittsburgh

Bobby Grier was the first African-American to play in the Sugar Bowl. As a member of the Pittsburgh Panthers, Grier played against Georgia Tech on January 2, 1956 — only months after Emmett Till was lynched in Mississippi and weeks after Rosa Parks was arrested in Alabama.

Perhaps as expected, his participation was met with opposition: the governor of Georgia insisted that Georgia Tech boycott the Sugar Bowl that year. But the game was played, Grier was its leading rusher, and the Civil Rights Movement continued to gain momentum.

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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When I woke up and checked the news, I could hardly believe what I was hearing. I stared at my screen in disbelief. This was really happening. This was the new reality. And there was nothing that I could do about it. I had to muster every ounce of inner strength I had just to say the words, to make them real, to accept that this was the truth.

“The New Orleans Zephyrs are now...the New Orleans Baby Cakes.”

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Sean Kennedy has been known as the Irishman and patron of Finn McCool’s, and he’s now known as the Irishman and new owner of Finn McCool’s. After years of working tirelessly and building a tight community in their Mid-City pub, Stephen and Pauline Patterson have passed the torch on to Sean, who’s more than up to the challenge. Especially if there’s soccer involved.

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NEW ORLEANS -- Noted New Orleans sportswriter Peter Finney has died.

He passed away Saturday at his home. Finney was 88.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that Finney’s career spanned seven decades. He began with the New Orleans States Item in the summer of 1945, covering American Legion baseball shortly after graduating from Jesuit High School.

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