The Nola Files

Doing Good - Featuring the great organizations we have had the pleasure to work with, those of us helping New Orleans tackle it's many issues / Curious Tourist - Some common questions about the city we hear from visitors / Interviews - Our chance to talk to interesting follks in hte community / The Index - This is a rolling A-Z of topics that have shaped the city / The Dirt - Our own ramblings, experiences and opinions

The Dirt


Behold the noble Crawfish. Or, as it is variously known: Mudbug, Freshwater Lobster, Official State Crustacean.                               Crawfish are eaten with such fervor in New Orleans, th...

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Ten Things That Haven’t Changed Since Katrina

So much has changed in ten years. Or has it? An essay by our friend Maurice Carlos Ruffin.

The Debris Ep. 9: Mental Health

This week on The Debris, we take a look at how disasters impact mental health in communities.

The Debris Ep. 8: "Education"

Of all the changes New Orleans has seen in the ten years since Katrina, the restructuring of the city's public school system is perhaps the most drastic. 

Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition Contest

Submit your slogan ideas for our restore the coast contest. The 3 best ideas will be chosen in 2 weeks.

The Debris Ep. 7: "Nueva Orleans"

According to a study by the Data Center, the Hispanic population of the New Orleans metro area has nearly doubled since the year 2000.

The Debris Ep. 6: "Houston"

Nearly a quarter of a million people evacuated to Houston from New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, and in 2006 there were still about 150,000 Katrina evacuees in the Bayou City.

The Debris Ep. 5: "On The Road" Feat. David Byrne

You don't realize how much you appreciate traffic lights until you have to drive around a city without any. 

The Debris Ep. 4: "Generations"

Episode four of our ongoing podcast series with This episode focuses on the storm's impact across the generations of New Orleanians that weathered the years together - young and old.

The Debris Ep. 3: "Ingredients"

Katrina: The Debris, Ep. 3 "Ingredients" explores bringing back New Orleans dining and service industry after the flood.

The Journal

Here we share things we find interesting about New Orleans and the Gulf South, organizations and people that deserve more attention and answer some questions about the area.

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