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Cameroonian Immigrants Say They Were Beaten, Pepper-sprayed, Forced To Sign Deportation Documents

This story has been updated throughout to include a statement from CoreCivic. Cameroonian immigrants held at detention centers under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) New Orleans Field Office say officers and facility staff members pepper-sprayed, beat, forcefully restrained, and humiliated them to make them sign travel documents related to their deportation.

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Here's What New Orleans' Library Budget-Slashing Tax Proposal Means For Early Education

The future of New Orleans’ publicly-funded childcare program is now tied to a controversial tax proposal that slashes the library’s budget by 40 percent.

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Louisiana Shifts Back Into Phase 2, But This Time It's Different

Louisiana is moving back to Phase 2 of reopening as the state grapples with a third surge of coronavirus cases.

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'What We Don’t Have Is Enough Nurses': Health Professionals Urge Caution As COVID-19 Cases Surge

Louisiana reported 2,229 new cases of COVID-19 on Nov. 19. Daily case numbers have begun to match those from July and August, when the state was experiencing its second outbreak, sparking concern from the medical and public health communities.

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President-Elect Joe Biden Hits 80 Million Votes In Year Of Record Turnout

More votes were cast in the 2020 presidential election than in any other U.S. election in history, and the turnout rate was the highest in more than a century. President-elect Joe Biden has now earned 80 million votes, and ballots are still being counted. That is by far the most votes cast for any presidential candidate in U.S. history. President Trump holds the distinction, however, of earning the second-most votes all time. About 74 million Americans voted for him. Biden's total shatters...

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The Reading Life: Douglas Baz and Charles Traub

Nov 27, 2020

Susan Larson talks with photographers Douglas Baz and Charles H. Traub, creators of “Cajun Document: Acadiana, 1973-74.”

American Routes Shortcuts: Suni Paz

Nov 27, 2020
Suni Paz
American Routes

Since the 1960s, singer and guitarist Suni Paz has been one of the best-known purveyors of “nueva canción” or “new song,” a Latin American movement that employed folk music to push for social change. After emigrating from her native Argentina to California and completing her graduate studies, Suni began to perform in schools, at United Farm Workers’ rallies, and was soon recording with Folkways Records. She is a 2020 NEA National Heritage Fellow. Suni told us about her beginnings in music and song.

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Conversation with New Orleans Opera General Director Clare Burovac.



Grape Expectations

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The holidays may look different this year, but one thing is certain: a little wine is sure to make them just a little brighter. On this week’s show, we dig deep into the proverbial wine cellar for some gems that will inform, advise, and get you ready to pop those corks.