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The Aftermath of Tropical Storm Lee

Monday, September 05, 2011

It’s now six years since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and caused one of the worst natural disasters in the nation’s history. And over the weekend the people of New Orleans and Louisiana braced yet again for another onslaught. Tropical Storm Lee caused torrential downpours across the region and flooding in some low lying communities, such as the town of Jean Lafitte, where mandatory evacuations were in place and the waters rose high.

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Transportation Nation

TN Moving Stories: NJ Transit Taking Corporate Naming Bids, Metro Detroit Must Integrate Transit -- Or Else, and Rahm Emanuel: Power Bicyclist

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

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NJ Transit is taking corporate bids for naming its stations, terminals, and trains -- and one bidder is crying foul. (The Star-Ledger)

If regional Detroit can't agree on an integrated rail and bus system, they risk losing millions in federal dollars -- and what may be "our last, best opportunity." (Detroit Free Press)

Mayor Bloomberg floated a new plan to expand taxi service in the outer boroughs by setting up hundreds of stands where livery cabs could legally pick up passengers on the street. (Wall Street Journal)

US DOT head Ray LaHood went to New Orleans for the groundbreaking of their streetcar expansion project. (Fast Lane)

Is texting while driving as dangerous as we think -- and is a ban the right way to prevent it? (The Takeaway)

Delta is scrambling to do damage control after charging a group of U.S. soldiers returning home from deployment in Afghanistan $200 each for extra bags. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

It took two years to plan for parking at the upcoming US Open in Bethesda. (WAMU)

Chicago will get protected bike lanes, and Rahm Emanuel bikes 25 miles on weekends. (Chicago Sun-Times)

97 degrees in Minneapolis = Twin Cities highway damage. (Boing Boing)

A dancing traffic cop has become a sensation in Manila. (BBC News video)

Owning a Harley-Davidson in China is a status symbol for a small slice of the aspirational Chinese consumer. (Marketplace)

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The Promised Land

Voices From the Gulf Coast: Reimagining a Way of Life

Saturday, April 30, 2011

New Orleans East is home to the most-dense ethnically Vietnamese population outside of Vietnam. In the Gulf region, about 80 percent of Vietnamese Americans were connected to the fishing industry, and the BP oil spill hit the community hard. Vietnamese fisherfolk are trying to rebuild their lives - opening sustainable farms, gas stations, nail salons, and aquaponic projects - while also dealing with the mental anguish that surfaces when a lifetime on the water suddenly disappears. 

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Studio 360

When Art Just Isn't the Best Agent for Social Change

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Back in 2007, Kirsha Kaechele decided to take the New Orleans neighborhood St. Roch, with its decaying shotgun shacks, and renew it by building an arts community.  But four years later, the area is once again in ruins leaving neighbors to ask: what went wrong?

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Features

Celebrating Mardi Gras with King's Cake and Good Luck

Monday, March 07, 2011

For the Mardi Gras lover with a sweet tooth, a slice of King's Cake might be the best way to celebrate.

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Studio 360

New Orleans's Prospect in 2010: Making Do

Friday, November 05, 2010

Prospect.1 New Orleans, which called itself the premiere biennial of international and contemporary art in the US, was a giant success when it launched two years ago.  Between November 2008 and January 2009, it featured an international line-up of 81 artists who exhibited in small venues and open spaces around the city -- including vacant lots and abandoned homes in the Lower Ninth Ward.

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Studio 360

The Strange Boys Shake Up A Classic Sound

Monday, September 20, 2010

In 1966, when Britain's The Troggs hit it big with their classic tune 'Wild Thing,' the members of the Austin-based garage rock bandThe Strange Boys had yet to be born. Thanks to the lasting power of records and a strong Texas scene, the group is now poised to inherit garage rock's musical legacy.

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Studio 360

New Orleans Five Years Later

Friday, August 27, 2010

How do you rebuild a city? Five years after Hurricane Katrina hit, New Orleans is still answering that question. Robert Olshansky and Laurie Johnson are urban planners and co-authors of the book Clear as Mud: Planning for the Rebuilding of New Orleans. They tell ...

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Studio 360

Connie Britton

Friday, August 27, 2010

Emmy-nominated actress Connie Britton stars in one of the most realistic television portraits of family life ever. Fans and critics laud her pitch-perfect performance as Tami Taylor in "Friday Night Lights." So it's hard to believe she's ad-libbing most of the time. She tells Kurt that ...

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Studio 360

Rebuilding It Right

Friday, August 27, 2010

In the Lower Ninth Ward, Melba Leggett lives in what she calls "the #4 Brad Pitt house." In Gentilly, Ommeed Sathe says the community is hoping a strip mall will help bring back residents. And trumpeter Troy Sawyer describes how he ended up in the Habitat ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Investigating in New Orleans: Five Years after Katrina

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

We’ll take a look at New Orleans five years after Hurricane Katrina. Frontline correspondent and Pro-Publica reporter A.C. Thompson discusses the documentary “Law & Disorder:” a special report on a number of incidents in which police shot civilians in the hurricane’s aftermath. Also, Pro-Publica contributor Dr. Sheri Fink, who won a Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for her story, “The Deadly Choices at Memorial,” a joint effort between the New York Times Magazine and Pro-Publica, discusses hospital abuses in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. “Law and Disorder” airs Wednesday, August 25, at 9 pm ET on PBS.

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Studio 360

360 Pick: Rotary Downs Plays On

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Hurricanes and oil spills won't stop this New Orleans band. They embrace city's gumbo-like spirit layering each tune with a jillion textures and the odd horn riff. Through it all, they never lose their rock n'roll cred. Take 'Montrez-Vous:' it's got a seriously danceable hard-driving percussion but also includes xylophone, cowbell, maracas, bongos, organ, and a chorus in French. The final track 'Indian Summer' makes time for trumpets, gorgeous vocal harmonies, whimsical lyrics, and messy jam-bandy moments. Worth putting on repeat in any season.

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WQXR News

Federal Judge Strikes Down Drilling Ban

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A federal judge in Louisiana has ruled against the federal government's moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Studio 360

Get Shorty

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Troy Andrews earned his nickname at a jazz funeral.  Only four years old at the time, Andrews was parading with a trombone almost twice his size – his older brother spotted him and shouted "Trombone Shorty!"

A couple feet taller and twenty years older, Shorty still hasn't outgrown ...

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Studio 360

Treme, Sea Level, Iranian Rock

Friday, April 16, 2010

David Simon and Eric Overmyer on their new HBO show, "Treme." It's about people getting their lives back together in post-Katrina New Orleans. In the face of rising sea levels, urban designers imagine radical plans for coastal cities. And two young Iranian musicians talk about the joys and risks of the underground music scene in Tehran.

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Studio 360

Treme

Friday, April 16, 2010

Following his acclaimed series, "The Wire," TV writer David Simon returns to HBO with "Treme," a show about New Orleanians rebuilding their lives after Hurricane Katrina. Simon and his co-creator Eric Overmyer tell Kurt that even with their close attention to ...

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Studio 360

More for New Orleans to Celebrate

Friday, February 12, 2010

New Orleans is in the midst of a week-long party.  Between last weekend's Super Bowl win for the Saints and next week's Mardi Gras festivities, the city has a lot to celebrate.  But revelers, make sure to save some energy for a live performance by local singer Theresa ...

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Studio 360

I'll See Your Lorrain and Raise You a Turner

Friday, February 05, 2010

The directors of the New Orleans and the Indianapolis art museums have a lot more riding on this weekend's Super Bowl than a couple of bucks in the office pool. After an arts blogger posed a challenge, they've each put up a treasured painting from their ...

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Studio 360

In Praise of Good Men

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

On December 3, the United Nations named Stevie Wonder a Messenger of Peace.   'We all know Stevie Wonder is a musical genius whose songs have given pleasure and hope to millions of people around the world,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated. “He is also a great humanitarian who has campaigned against apartheid, for children in need and for persons with disabilities.'

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Studio 360

Theresa Andersson

Friday, April 10, 2009

She built her sound in New Orleans and recorded her record, Hummingbird, Go! in her kitchen there, but she was born and raised in rural Sweden. Andersson is DIY to the extreme, looping guitar, drums, fiddle, vocals, and vinyl record samples. She tells Kurt how she does it ...

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