New Orleans if a fusion of cultures, a little bit French, a little bit Spanish, a little bit Caribbean and a little bit Cajun. Perhaps nothing embodies that more than gumbo, which is literally a fusion of foods and flavors. But even the word gumbo is a bit of a fusion.
Gumbo, that quintessential New Orleans dish, reveals much about the city's heritage: a little bit of Bantu, a little bit of French, and a whole lot more thrown in. Marco Werman takes us on a linguistic tour of New Orleans' food.
Germany's southern region of Bavaria is known more for its oompah bands than for dance music. But one local brass band is finding the funk in their old-style Bavarian roots. Reporter Valerie Hamilton introduces us to LaBrassBanda.
A senior rabbi in Los Angeles has announced that same-sex weddings will be performed at his synagogue. Sinai Temple is the oldest and largest Conservative Jewish congregation in LA and Rabbi Wolpe's announcement has angered some members.
Over the summer, university students will pour into the US. And the number of Chinese students flocking here is growing. Yet many of these students can lack know-how of life in America; some colleges are aggressively trying to help them integrate.
Three years after the Gulf oil disaster, many cleanup workers in the region are experiencing health impacts. A report in Newsweek alleges that BP hid from workers the toxic effects of the dispersant. Marco Werman speaks with journalist Mark Hertsgaard.
As the Gulf Coast braces for another hurricane season, an army of scientists, engineers and storm forecasters are racing to fix the levees that failed Louisiana. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently took responsibility for the largest civil engineeri