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“In newsrooms across the city and, yes, the nation and presumably the world, journalists are staring down blank whiteboards with the headline: Ten-Year Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina,” WWNO News Director Eve Troeh says in the New Yorker. “We are figuring out how often and in which contexts to gracefully add the phrase ‘and the federal levee failures’ without upsetting sentence structure, or whether to simply call everything ‘the flood.’”

Dirty Coast

As the 10th hurricane season begins since the landfall of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, 89.9 WWNO — New Orleans Public Radio is launching a new weekly podcast and radio feature: Katrina: The Debris, stories about what was left behind by the storm and the floods that followed.

Combining archival material with new interviews and long-format feature stories, Katrina: The Debris aims to pick up some of the narrative threads of the storm, and follow them into the present and future.

You can choose to attend the 7 p.m. closing performance on June 28 of BROTHERS FROM THE BOTTOM and attend an after-party with Wendell Pierce with your $375 donation to WWNO's Flash Drive!

You heard them meet and fall in love leading up to Prairie Home Companion’s visit in 2013.  They are back!

Tune in all week and follow the couple as they explore just what it is that makes baby Veronica happy. Their new addition is the topic all week long during Morning Edition. Will baby Veronica ever meet her idol? Find out the answer to that question on Friday!


Please Support WWNO On GiveNOLA Day

Apr 27, 2015

WWNO’s news team has ambitious plans for reporting about New Orleans in this 10th year since Katrina. Your support on May 5 to GiveNOLA goes directly to this kind of coverage. The national audience will be listening — together, let’s make sure they hear our stories!


What is GiveNOLA Day?

Pat Sullivan / AP

What if you had to start your school system over almost from scratch? What if most of the buildings were unusable, and most of the teachers had left or been fired? Is that a nightmare, or your dream come true?

In New Orleans, that was the reality after the flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina. That set off a chain reaction that transformed the city's schools forever, first by a state takeover and then by the most extensive charter school system in the country.

Anyone can tell a story at The Moth. Including... you?
Jason Saul / WWNO

The Moth is back for April, with a monthly StorySLAM at Café Istanbul, featuring stories by… maybe you? If you want to tell a story at The Moth, or know someone who'd be perfect, see all the details below. Throw your name in the hat or just come to listen!

Come join us for "Delusions" on Tuesday, April 14

Café Istanbul

2372 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans
7:00 p.m. Doors Open / 7:30 p.m. Stories Begin 


Five years after the BP spill, a look at the state of our local seafood industry from those who catch, study, sell and serve it.

Where: Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans, Louisiana

When: Monday, April 13th, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Arrive early to tour the museum before the discussion.)

Jason Saul

Hear that?

It’s a pop, the sound of air rushing in. A thick, heady smell. Like when you open a vacuum-sealed pack of coffee and chicory.

Did you wince? So did we. But the seal has been broken on New Orleans clichés — in newsrooms across the city and, yes, the nation and presumably the world, journalists are staring down blank whiteboards with the headline: Ten-Year Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.