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Peru’s Decades Long Battle with Fake News

When reporters arrived at the home of former Peruvian President Alan García on Wednesday, they thought they were witnessing a van taking him to jail on corruption charges. But that vehicle was actually headed to…

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Stories from a gentrifying Boyle Heights

Over the last six months, reporters at the Boyle Heights Beat have been looking at gentrification in their neighborhood. They’ve produced several audio stories about how gentrification is changing the neighborhood – from the local…


The World: US Embassy Design

Security is a top concern these days at US embassies. It’s most pronounced at the embassy complex under construction in Baghdad. The compound is designed to be so self-contained that embassy personnel need never venture…


Asylum Caravan

The trip across Mexico is notoriously dangerous for Central American migrants seeking asylum. Extortion, violence, immigration raids are common. If they make it to the U.S. border, they can spend weeks, months and even years…

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Preacher’s Kid

Radio producer Jesse Hardman has a tenuous connection with William Graham, a man who once lived as a fugitive from federal authorities for over 20 years. They both are preacher’s kids, sons of episcopal priests….

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Cajun Mardi Gras

ACADIANA, La. — It is just after dawn on Mardi Gras, but I’m not at some Bourbon Street bar, facedown on the floor trying to rally for some morning parades. No, I’m off a country…


This American Life – Act Three, Lost in Translation

he story of a not-very-tall, not-very-athletic man—Colin Pine—who becomes a minor celebrity in the NBA, as the translator for one of the most famous rookies in basketball history: The first Chinese player ever to go number one in the draft, Yao Ming. Reporter Jesse Hardman tells his story. (17 minutes)

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Red Hook after the storm

Twenty-five housing complexes in Red Hook, Brooklyn sit a few blocks from the ocean. Three days after Hurricane Sandy, most still don’t have power or running water

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A New Orleans Day

Early last November, in New Orleans’s Upper 9th Ward, a woman in her 50s wandered through the morning sunshine in an oversized t-shirt and pyjama bottoms. She stumbled across Bunny Friend Park, past an empty…

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The Battle To Keep Ho Chi Minh City Above Water

Vietnam has one of the fastest rates of urbanization of any country in the world. Almost half of its nearly 90 million residents are expected to be living in cities by 2030. Many internal migrants…

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Young, Married, and Incarcerated

It’s called “ceiling time” at Eastern Correctional facility in New York’s Hudson Valley—those minutes between heading back to one’s cell and falling asleep. “Ceiling time is when you lay down and you’re reflecting on things,…

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Both Sides Of The Gun

Two prominent local athletes discuss what it feels like to know both slain NFL star Will Smith and his alleged killer, Cardell Hayes. Full article


Financial Strain of Flood Recovery

Back in August, just after the historic floods, Louisiana officials expressed concern that proposed federal and state disaster recovery funds might not be enough. With deadlines for flood assistance programs passed, or looming, affected residents…

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Listening is a Revolutionary Act: Part 2

The media landscape is such a competitive, often over-saturated space, and connecting with an audience means competing with everything from CNN to Candy Crush, Facebook to the New York Times. It’s hard to know how…

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A Lower Ninth Ward Story

John Taylor started his walks a few months after the storm, when he first came back to the Lower Ninth Ward. In the beginning, it was just to see what happened to his neighbors. Who…


After the Storm

Anniversaries of disasters, like Hurricane Sandy, are important, because they help gauge what’s been learned and what progress has been made. They allow people an opportunity to grieve. But just as often, anniversary coverage overlooks…

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Louisiana Falls Off The Map

BAYOU PETIT CAILLOU, La.—Just before sunset on a humid weekday, Vic and Bebe McElroy, a couple in their 60s, are cruising through one of the bayous south of New Orleans in their skiff, Fish Dancer….


Elevating Homes To Survive Coastal Erosion

In the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina ravaged Louisiana’s shoreline, residents who live near waterways have a new mantra – high and dry. Many are embracing home elevation. Jesse Hardman, of member station WWNO, reports….


Escaping from Burma but Falling into Slavery

Based on Thai government statistics, there are an estimated 2 to 3 million Burmese working in Thailand. Many of the original wave of migrants came during political turmoil in the late 1980s, but the vast…


Spain Makes a Comeback in NYC

When Jose Manuel “Manolo” Gomara arrived in New York City for the first time in 2010, he had been away from his home country of Spain for a year, working at a restaurant in Cancun,…

New Orleans Red Beans & Rice Tradition

Red Beans & Ricely Yours

Around 11 p.m. on a Monday night at B.J.’s Lounge, an old wooden shack of a dive bar in New Orleans’ Bywater neighborhood, 40-year-old musician Jimmy Horn warms up his vocal cords. “We got beans…


A Tale Of Two Coastal Towns Part 1: Staten Island

Low-lying coastal areas are the front lines for sea level rise, and increasingly frequent and destructive storms at sea. Hurricane Sandy proved it’s not just the South or the Gulf Coast at risk. Staten Island, one…


Vanishing Points In Terrebonne Parish Louisiana

The best way to understand Louisiana’s rapidly changing coastal map may be to look from above. That’s how you see the small highways headed South, slim like bony fingers, disappearing into a blue backdrop. What…


River Diversions And The Fate Of Louisiana’s Coast

A big part of Louisiana’s coastal Master Plan centers around something called “diversions.” Fresh water from the Mississippi River is diverted so that the water, and the silt it carries, can rebuild the sinking coast….


Louisiana Coastal Restoration Drives An Industry Boom

This spring a state committee approved $477 million for coastal protection and restoration. When you throw in federal dollars, and private funding as well, fixing Louisiana’s coast is becoming big business. Listen Here ->


Become Apart of Local News in New Orleans

If you came across a microphone just planted in the middle of your neighborhood, what would you say into it? What if the microphone was tucked into a hanging cardboard tree and had a series…

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Where I’m From

Where I’m From mixes entertainment, journalism, and commentary in a big-hearted mash-up that reflects the talents, experiences, and contributions of diaspora populations in the US. “CLICK” to listen to the show


A Green Scene Is Brewing On Milwaukee’s Fresh Coast

WWNO’s Coastal Desk has been on tour, looking at water management in other cities. Austin and Philadelphia were the first stops. Now we’ll hear about the final city: Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A delegation of New Orleans city…

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Faces of Brooklyn’s Public Housing Residents After Sandy

Ulyses Bermudez just had his first bath in a week and a half. “It was so fantastic, it took me two hours and 22 minutes to warm up that water. But when I went in there, I was at heaven, I was at peace. I mean, I scrubbed myself down, I felt so fresh, I felt like I was born again. It felt so good.”


Ethiopia: development yes, dissent no

A booming African city, in a police state, with remnants of its brush with colonial Europe. But a place where democracy threatens to emerge says reporter Jesse Hardman in his View From Here. Listen below:

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Marketing Egypt’s Revolution

As Egyptians look ahead to what’s next, vendors, marketers, and advertisers are trying to capture the lightning in a bottle that was the Tahrir revolution.