CAPITOL ACCESS

Louisiana Minimum Wage Remains Stagnant, While Neighboring States Vote For Increases

Louisiana is one of five states in the nation that doesn’t have a minimum wage law of its own. Instead, it sets the same rate as the federal government, $7.25 an hour. That rate hasn’t changed since 2009. And while democratic Governor John Bel Edwards has urged the Republican-controlled Legislature to set and raise the minimum wage in Louisiana, all efforts have failed.

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INSIDE THE ARTS

Inside The Arts: Improvisation Across The Arts, Latin Music Allstars, Green Project Gala

This week on Inside the Arts, as the city's tricentennial year winds down, a 3-day conference explores improvisation and its influence across the arts. It's called Improvisation: New Orleans Gift to the Modern World. Conference organizer, author and philanthropist Randy Fertel joins us. Then, a big win for multi-disciplinary artist José Torres Tama. His Taco Truck Theater project is the subject of a documentary by Rodrigo Dorfman that won Best Louisiana Feature at this year's New Orleans Film...

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Pelosi's Democratic Opponents Go Public, But Still Lack Challenger

Updated at 5:27 p.m. ET The Democrats organizing an effort to block Nancy Pelosi from retaking the House speaker's gavel have finally gone public. Eleven House Democrats and five incoming freshmen have signed a letter promising to vote against Pelosi in Democrats' internal caucus leadership vote as well as on the House floor in January. It's a smaller number of signatures than the letter's organizers had indicated. The letter was initially supposed to be released last week. "That number is...

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Lusher Charter School is among the top performing schools in New Orleans, but they're not easy to get into.
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Enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year opened this week in New Orleans public schools. Parents apply for most schools through the One App, a website where they list their preferred schools. One App uses an algorithm to try to match them with their top choice. Sounds simple, but there are a lot things to consider when making your selections.

Ileana Ortiz helps parents through the enrollment process at the non-profit Ed Navigator. She sat down with WWNO’s Jess Clark to share some do's and don'ts of One App.

Below are some suggestions based on their conversation. 

This week on Inside the Arts, as the city's tricentennial year winds down, a 3-day conference explores improvisation and its influence across the arts. It's called Improvisation: New Orleans Gift to the Modern World. Conference organizer, author and philanthropist Randy Fertel joins us.

  •   The Strange History of the American Quadroon: Free Women of Color in the Revolutionary Atlantic World, by Emily Clark
  • End of an Era, New Orleans, 1850-1861by Robert Reinders
  • The Many Panics of 1837: People, Politics, and the Creation of a Transatlantic Financial Crisisby Jessica Lepler
  • The Merchants’ Capital: New Orleans and the Political Economy of the 19th Century Southby Scott Marler
  •  Notorious Woman: The Celebrated Case of Myra Clark Gainesby Elizabeth Alexander
  • Judah P. Benjaminby Eli Evans
  • Cities of the Deadby Joseph Roach
  • American Indians in Early New Orleansby Daniel Usner
  • Slavery and Freedom, War and Reconstruction
  • Slavery’s Metropolis: Unfree Labor in New Orleans During the Age of Revolutionsby Rashauna Johnson
  • Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market, by Walter Johnson
  • Beyond Freedom’s Reach: A Kidnapping in the Twilight of Slavery, by Adam Rothman
  • New Orleans After the Civil War: Race Politics and a New Birth of Freedom, by Justin Nystrom
  • Uncivil Wars: Five New Orleans Street Battles and the Fall of Radical Reconstructionby James Hogue
  • An Absolute Massacre: The New Orleans Race Riot of July 30, 1866, by James Hollandsworth

 

Is Harney A Bad Apple? Or A Symptom Of Bigger Issues In New Orleans Schools?
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Financial mismanagement, ethics violations, problems serving students with disabilities - these are the reasons the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) says it’s going to close Edgar P. Harney Spirit of Excellence Academy at the end of this school year.  The Lens reports Orleans Parish superintendent Henderson Lewis told parents he's "never seen anything like it." But Nahliah Webber is taking issue with the narrative that Harney is such an anomaly. 

Harry Shearer
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This week on Le Show Harry Shearer brings us We’re Not #1, News of the Atom, News of NiceCorps, News of Microplastics, It’s a Smart World After All, News of the Olympic Movement, News of the Godly, The Apologies of the Week, a peek into Melania Trump’s Voice Mail, original music and more. 

This week on The Reading Life:  Patricia Austin Becker, author of “Cane River Bohemia: Cammie Henry and Her Circle at Melrose Plantation.” And Randy Fertel previews the upcoming conference, “Improvisation: New Orleans Gift to the Modern World.”

Here’s what’s on tap in the literary life this week:

Continuum presents a program of the harpsichord music of Johann Sebastian Bach, played by the legendary harpsichordist Wanda Landowska. The major woks to be heard are the Chromatic Fantasia, and the Italian Concerto. The music was recorded at the famous Landowska Concert Hall, Le Temple de la Musique Ancienne in Saint-Leu-la Foret, France. The one recording used is: Johann Sebastian Bach (Wanda Landowska) - Paradizo PA0009.

On this week’s show, we indulge our sweet tooth with the help of some influential dessert makers. 

We visit the Swiss Confectionery, a family-run bakeshop that’s been in business in New Orleans for almost a century. Their custom-made delicacies are fixtures at New Orleans weddings, birthdays, and other celebrations.

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)

This week on the Coastal News Roundup: the state gets a big chunk of money for coastal restoration, but not as much as it hoped for. Plus, details on an upcoming project restoration project on the Lake Pontchartrain levee in Jefferson Parish.

WWNO’s Travis Lux talks about the week in coastal news with Mark Schleifstein, environmental reporter at Nola.com/The Times-Picayune.

TriPod: New Orleans at 300 shares the first episode of WWNO's new series, Sticky Wicket

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LE SHOW

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Le Show For The Week Of November 18, 2018

This week on Le Show Harry Shearer brings us We’re Not #1, News of the Atom, News of NiceCorps, News of Microplastics, It’s a Smart World After All, News of the Olympic Movement, News of the Godly, The Apologies of the Week, a peek into Melania Trump’s Voice Mail, original music and more.

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THE READING LIFE

The Reading Life with Patricia Austin Becker and Randy Fertel

This week on The Reading Life: Patricia Austin Becker, author of “Cane River Bohemia: Cammie Henry and Her Circle at Melrose Plantation.” And Randy Fertel previews the upcoming conference, “ Improvisation: New Orleans Gift to the Modern World .” Here’s what’s on tap in the literary life this week: Barbara Trevigne will discuss “The Creoles of Color” at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 19, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie. This event is part of the regularly scheduled meeting...

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Sticky Wicket is a new mini series out of WWNO and WRKF that takes on four historic clashes between Louisiana politicians and the media, one at a time.

FOOD & DINING

Louisiana Eats: Confection Affection

On this week’s show, we indulge our sweet tooth with the help of some influential dessert makers. We visit the Swiss Confectionery , a family-run bakeshop that’s been in business in New Orleans for almost a century. Their custom-made delicacies are fixtures at New Orleans weddings, birthdays, and other celebrations.

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Susan Larson, host of The Reading Life, talks with local authors and readers about their favorite books from three hundred years of New Orleans literature.