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2 minutes | Jan 12, 2012
Tulane Doctor Performs in Band for Cancer Benefits
A band made up of six physicians will be performing in New Orleans tomorrow night. Eileen Fleming spoke with a band member who's a surgeon at Tulane University School of Medicine and one of his patients who provides inspiration.
5 minutes | Dec 28, 2011
American Graduate 2 - Incarceration and Education
Louisiana incarcerates more people per capita than any other state. Ironically, schools contribute directly to this dubious distinction. The phrase, "school-to-prison pipeline," describes how schools convey students directly into the criminal justice system through "zero-tolerance" policies that criminalize mundane school infractions, which are called status offenses.
4 minutes | Dec 27, 2011
American Graduate 3 - Linkages
Louisiana and New Orleans' historic high incarceration and expulsion rates have created a desperate need for linkages between non-traditional educational providers and criminal justice systems. This report is part of American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen, a public media initiative made possible with suport from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
4 minutes | Dec 26, 2011
American Garaduate 1 - Pushouts
WWNO's first in a three part series of feature reports in conjunction with "American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen"; a public media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcastingto help local communities find solutions to address the dropout crisis.
8 minutes | Dec 7, 2011
New Noise Ordinance Drafted
City Councilwoman Kristen Gisleson-Palmer is floating a new noise ordinance draft for the city of New Orleans. And, while the final draft is not expected to come up for a vote until sometime early next year, the draft version already has debate among some French Quarter residents and purveyors of the city's musical culture. WWNO's Angela Taylor reports.
8 minutes | Nov 30, 2011
NOMA's Director Celebrates First Anniversary
As the New Orleans Museum of Art celebrates its 100th anniversary its new director, Susan Taylor, celebrates her one year anniversary at the helm following long-time director, John Bullard. WWNO's Paul Maassen recently spoke with Taylor about her first year at NOMA and her plans for the future.
5 minutes | Nov 30, 2011
Unique Food Options Pop Up in Unlikely Places
What do an uptown butcher shop, a downtown catering kitchen, Bayou St. John's Magnolia Bridge, and a mid-city living room have in common? Hint: the answer is yummy, ephemeral, and part of a nation-wide eating trend where talented cooks bypass hiring a wait staff or holding regular hours. Pop-up restaurants do exactly what the name suggests: they pop-up in places a regular restaurant probably wouldn't otherwise exist. Eve Abrams set out to discover what's popping up, sizzling, and baking in New
0 minutes | Nov 24, 2011
Great Gift Idea For The New Orleans Music Lover On Your Holiday Gift List
If you've got a New Orleans music lover on your gift list this holiday season - we may have just the gift idea for you - the widely praised, highly recommended new 10 cd boxed set of the music of Louis Armstrong - from Universall Music. It's titled "Satchmo: Louis Armstrong - Ambassador of Jazz" - and includes scores of classics from all eras of Louis Armstrong's nearly 50 year recording career...
0 minutes | Nov 13, 2011
Project Home Again Builds 101 Homes in Gentilly
If you owned a home in the middle-class Gentilly neighborhood when the London Avenue and Industrial Canals' floodwalls failed following Hurricane Katrina, chances are your house was badly damaged. Many Gentilly homeowners couldn't afford to rebuild, and it was for them that Barnes and Noble chairman Len Riggio and his wife Louise, started Project Home Again.
0 minutes | Nov 2, 2011
Marigny Parade Opens Prospect 2
Lines of trombones, clarinets and snare drums on a sunny, Saturday afternoon generally mean it's time for a second line or a football game. But when four separate marching bands, all playing the same song, converge in one place? The Marigny Parade - a one time performance, future video art piece, and original musical composition -- also kicked-off Prospect 2, New Orleans' second, city-wide visual arts bienniale. Eve Abrams followed the Parade and discovered the story behind it.
0 minutes | Oct 26, 2011
New Orleans Food Coop Opens Grocery Store
What does it take to open a grocery store? In the case of the New Orleans Food Cooperative, nine years, 1800 members, innumerable volunteer hours, and a visionary renovation. For healthy food shoppers all over New Orleans, and especially residents living east of the French Quarter, the New Orleans Food Coop's recent opening was an emotional, celebratory event. Eve Abrams talked with folks making groceries on the corner of St. Roch and St. Claude Avenues, inside the New Orleans Healing Center.
0 minutes | Oct 23, 2011
Ambassadors Hosted in New Orleans for Economic, Cultural Exchange
New Orleans business and community leaders are hoping the visit of a small but influential group of foreign diplomats will pay off in major international deals. Eileen Fleming reports the State Department arranged the trip to propel the region into worldwide markets.
0 minutes | Oct 19, 2011
Friends of Music Embark On 57th Season
A New Orleans cultural organization will begin another season of performances on October 20th, 2011 at Tulane University Dixon Hall. WWNO's Paul Maassen spoke with Ranney Mize, the President of the New Orleans' Friends of Music, about the upcoming season.
0 minutes | Sep 22, 2011
Wetlands Planting Project Set in Houma
Hundreds of volunteers are working this weekend in Terrebonne Parish to plant new wetlands in areas most threatened by coastal erosion. Eileen Fleming reports the effort is also aimed at saving Native American communities.
0 minutes | Sep 21, 2011
The 18th Star: Treasures from 200 Years of Louisiana Statehood
Louisiana will celebrate 200 years of statehood in April of 2012. WWNO's Paul Maassen recently spoke with John Lawrence, the director of museum programs at The Historic New Orleans Collection, to discuss an exhibit of artifacts on display at the gallery.
0 minutes | Sep 19, 2011
Local Policing and Immigration: What Makes New Orleans Safe?
Across the country, some state and local governments are choosing to opt out of immigration enforcement; still others are allowing immigration enforcement to spill over into regular policing. In New Orleans, where the sheriff's office and police department have been under close scrutiny of the federal government, some say this spillover may be eroding the very safety our laws are intended to promote.
0 minutes | Sep 13, 2011
UL President Dr Randy Moffett Speaks to WWNO about UNO President Search
The search for a new president of the University of New Orleans continues as UNO moves from LSU's system of higher education to the University of Louisiana's, the largest in the state. Dr. Randy Moffett, President of the University of Louisiana System, joined WWNO's Paul Maassen to discuss UNO's move to the UL system and the public meetings taking place on UNO's campus tomorrow as part of the search for a new president.
0 minutes | Sep 11, 2011
Remembering Wardel Quezerge, the Creole Beethoven
Arranger, composer, bandleader, and producer Wardell Quezergue died this past Tuesday. Quezergue left his mark on countless Rhythm and Blues hits. Quezergue grew up in the 7th Ward, playing music with his family, and he started gigging professionally when he was 12 years old. In his last few years, Quezergue was legally blind, yet he worked up until his death, at 81 years old. Eve Abrams brings us this tribute.
0 minutes | Sep 11, 2011
September 11 Memorial At WWII Museum Honors First Responders
The National World War Two Museum is marking the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks with recognition for first responders. Eileen Fleming reports a military-style ceremony also tied the past with future challenges.
0 minutes | Sep 3, 2011
Remembering Two Men Who Changed New Orlean's Public Transit Workforce
Here in New Orleans, as in much of the country, one big change we've witnessed is the role of a worker's race in determining what type of job he or she does. Half a century ago, Freddie Sawyer integrated public transit's higher echelons when he became New Orleans' first black bus driver, and ten years later, Ronald Lewis drastically improved the conditions of the track workers upon whose labor our system of street cars depend. Eve Abrams bring us this story.
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