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New Orleans’ Living School closes its doors; Shakespeare Festival kicks off at Tulane

The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged), cast members from left to right, Ian Hoch, Lauren Malara and Keith Claverie
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The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged), cast members from left to right, Ian Hoch, Lauren Malara and Keith Claverie

At least two charter schools in New Orleans held their final graduations this past spring. One of them - the Living School in New Orleans East - was known for its unique approach to education. Instead of focusing on test scores, it promoted equity, community and project-based learning. But state assessments recently gave the school an “F” ranking on standardized tests.

Still, leaders and parents of students have fought to keep it open. Reporter Nate Ha covered that fight - and joins us for more about the school.

The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane is presenting “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged.” This show is a comical journey through all 37 of the bard’s plays in just 90 minutes. Actors Keith Claverie, Ian Hoch and Lauren Malara join us today for more.

Between fast currents and submerged trees, there’s no shortage of dangers on the Mississippi River. But for more than two decades, a canoe company in the Gulf South has been working to teach kids not to fear the country's primary waterway.

The Gulf States Newsroom’s Danny McArthur takes us on a ride down the river with a group of kids learning both about outdoor adventure and efforts to help protect the Mighty Mississippi.


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Alana Schreiber is the creator and executive producer of Road to Rickwood. She’s a lifelong baseball fan who’s been fascinated by the Negro Leagues ever since she did her fourth grade history project on Buck O’Neil. As an NPR reporter and producer, she’s sought out stories about the Negro Leagues all across the country – they’re never hard to find.