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Contractors dressed in flak jackets and helmets took down one of New Orleans’ Confederate monuments early Monday morning. 

It was removed with no notice in the middle of the night, partly because the process has been so controversial. Protestors and supporters of the Liberty Place monument yelled as it was removed. The obelisk was put up in the 1800's by a white supremacy group.

Tucked on a back street near the Aquarium, it was the first of four the city plans to remove.

Moonbot Studios William Joyce announces the return of the Academy Award-winning company in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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This week on All Things New Orleans, NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison shares details about the city's new false alarm ordinance which goes into effect on May 1, 2017.

Then, we look back seven years ago to the damage caused by the BP Oil Disaster and share a story from coastal scientist Estelle Robichaux.

Richard Marksbury talks in response to the decision by the city of New Orleans to perform an unannounced removal of the controversial Battle of Liberty Place obleisk early Monday morning. Marksbury advocates against the removal of Confederate monuments from public spaces in New Orleans.


BBC Crowd Science Earth Day Special

Apr 24, 2017

Airs Thursday, April 27, 2017, at 12 noon. Could trees be better at reducing air pollution? This question from listener Ciao in Brazil prompted presenter Marnie Chesterton to scale the branches of tree science to discover the answers. Then, how many people can Earth support? In just over 200 years, the global population has exploded from 1 billion to almost 7.5 billion – and the best estimates suggest continued growth. But just how far can it go? When will we reach 'peak human'? 

Michael Henderson, Director of the LSU Public Policy Research Lab, talks about his survey showing a great divide in Baton Rouge and statewide about perceptions and opinions of policing and racial equality. He also speaks with us about last summer's protests in Baton Rouge.


Air Friday, April 28, 2017, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll open with two by Maggie Koerner and we'll hear from First aid Kit, Red Bird, Eric Underwood, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ali Farke Toure, Ry Cooder, Chitravina N. Ravikiran, Charlie Musselwhite, J. Edwards, and AJ & The Two Tone Blues Band.

Lawsuits Allege Interstate 12 Exacerbated August Floods

Apr 24, 2017

In August, residents of southeast Louisiana were left stunned when water destroyed towns during a so-called 1,000 year rain. The National Weather Service said the flooding was triggered by a slow-moving, low-pressure weather system that dumped as much as two feet of rain over a matter of days. But as Della Hasselle reports, others say some of the damage could have been prevented, and that one highway in particular is to blame.

Airs Thursday, April 27, 2017, at 7 p.m. As the Trump presidency approaches its 100th day, NPR News is launching a new round of the collaborative project A Nation Engaged, to help foster conversation on the topic of Power & the Presidency with this framing question:

How powerful should any American president be?"

Workers in New Orleans have removed the first of four prominent Confederate monuments this morning.

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