Susan Larson talks with Eric Jay Dolin, whose new book is “A Furious Sky: The Five-Hundred-Year History of America's Hurricanes.” We’ll also hear from Sandy Rosenthal, founder of the group, Levees.org, whose new book is “Words Whispered in Water: Why the Levees Broke in Hurricane Katrina.”


Tulane University

"Katrina: A History, 1915–2015" details the long story leading up to the storm — the development plans, federal assistance programs, politics, and environmental racism — to show that what happened during Hurricane Katrina shouldn't have been shocking at all.

Library of Congress 

New Orleans inherited its red beans and rice, Creole cottages and Caribbean drum rhythms from the people of San Domingue, the French colony now known as Haiti.

The Holocaust memorial in Berlin.
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There are a lot of subjects that are tough to teach, but one of the most difficult is the Holocaust. It’s an important historical event, but one that can be scary for students to hear about, and hard to understand. With a recent rise in hate crimes, activists say now especially, the history of the Holocaust and antisemitism is important for students to learn.

Echoes and Reflections creates middle and high school curriculum on the Holocaust. WWNO's education reporter Jess Clark attended their recent training at the National World War II Museum. Here are five ways to improve instruction.

Music Inside Out

The Wonderful World of Ricky Riccardi

Perhaps one of the most awe-inspiring facts about Ricky Riccardi, who directs research collections at the Louis Armstrong House Museum Collection in Queens, is that he never argued with his parents. Not once. “Why would I fight with these people?” he reportedly told his wife, Margaret, on their first date.