Louisiana Prepares For Distribution And Storage Challenges As Coronavirus Vaccines Near FDA Approval

On the heels of the United Kingdom approving the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, the United States is anticipating doing the same — and Louisiana officials are preparing for distribution.

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Marching To A COVID Drum: New Orleans Music Education Struggles To Get Back In Step

In the weeks after this year’s Mardi Gras celebrations, New Orleans experienced one of the most explosive COVID-19 outbreaks in the country. Since then, music has largely been missing from a city that depends on it.

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Hosted by Lauren Malara and Travis Lux, Life Raft explores your questions about living with climate change.
Laura Sanders

So You've Got Climate Anxiety. Here's What You Can Do With It.

No matter where you fall on the eco-anxiety spectrum, on a scale from low-key stressed to lying up at night in a dread spiral, you could probably use some advice on doing something about it. Climate change can be scary, after all.

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Introducing Life Raft

Your survival guide for a changing planet.


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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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Quarantined Health Workers Compound Staffing Shortages At California Hospitals

The number of coronavirus cases in California has topped 1.2 million, leaving the state's hospitals near a breaking point. There are projections that the state could run out of intensive care beds before Christmas . And Gov. Gavin Newsom says he's considering another statewide stay-at-home order to stop the surge. Central California's San Joaquin Valley is under particular strain. With a spike in COVID-19 infections, the region's hospitals are suffering from a staffing shortage. It's only...

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Award winning multi-disciplinary artist José Torres-Tama is back with a new solo performance arts piece.  It’s called Immigrant Dreams & Alien Nightmares. It’s a bilingual performance in two parts and  two nights.  The work is inspired by Torres-Tama's  poetry collection of the same title. It’s a deep dive into the underbelly of the “American Dream”.  José Torres-Tama’s solo performance piece, Immigrant Dreams & Alien Nightmares will be streamed Via Zoom and FaceBook Live on Friday & Saturday, Dec.

Little Voices, Big Ideas: The Giving Tree

Dec 2, 2020

Episode 2 of “Little Voices, Big Ideas,” makes the case for discussing the big ideas found in the book that everyone loves to love--or loves to hate--Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree.

Criticized for its seeming endorsement of feminine/maternal stereotypes, the book, argues our panel, nonetheless presents parents and children with a unique opportunity to hone critical thinking skills, and to discuss sustainability.

New Orleans Opera

For New Orleans-based singer Ivan Griffin, who has been singing opera for 30 years, the abrupt end to the 2019-20 opera season was “traumatic, to say the least.”



Grape Expectations

Nov 28, 2020

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.