Nina Feldman is an independent producer based in New Orleans. She contributes regularly to local NPR affiliate WWNO and focuses on stories about community development, city politics and education. If she could have any superpower it would be to speak every language in the world fluently. She is also the founder of New Orleans Ladies Arm Wrestling.
A new law in Louisiana that adds new requirements to process marriage licenses is being challenged for discrimination against refugees and immigrants.
Most of the phosphorus used for crop fertilizer currently comes from phosphate rock on land, but those supplies are dwindling. An plan in Mexico for the world’s first underwater phosphate mine dredges up questions about priorities.
Here’s a sobering statistic for you. When you’re looking at the highest incarceration rate in the world, it's not China or Iran; it’s Louisiana.
In New Orleans, people have been constructing elaborate altars in honor of St. Joseph since the Sicilians brought the tradition to the city in the 19th century. But it’s not just the Sicilians in New Orleans who celebrate now.
Here in the US, we have our own immigration issues with waves of migrants seeking a better life here. Ilda Sarmiento is one of them. She has three young kids but they don't all live in the same country. Her youngest two live with her in New Orleans. They've never met their big brother, Johan, who was born in Honduras and still lives there with his grandmother. This is the kind of divided family that President Obama's executive order on immigration might have helped. He signed it last year, but it's in legal limbo.