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A podcast highlighting news from New Orleans, a city that punches above its weight.

Neutral Ground: Reporting from New Orleans The New Orleans Advocate

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A podcast highlighting news from New Orleans, a city that punches above its weight.

    'The Neutral Ground," Ep. 30: The long view continues to diminish Gov. Bobby Jindal's legacy

    'The Neutral Ground," Ep. 30: The long view continues to diminish Gov. Bobby Jindal's legacy

    Advocate political columnist Stephanie Grace and investigative reporter Andrea Gallo discuss a pair of recent investigations, on Louisiana's ethics reforms and on private school vouchers. The two programs were cornerstones of Gov. Bobby Jindal's eight-year tenure. Both were controversial at…

    • 19 min
    'The Neutral Ground,' Ep. 29: LaToya Cantrell's first year as mayor of New Orleans

    'The Neutral Ground,' Ep. 29: LaToya Cantrell's first year as mayor of New Orleans

    The Advocate's City Hall tandem of reporters, Jeff Adelson and Jessica Williams, take listeners through the ups and downs of Mayor LaToya Cantrell's first year as New Orleans' first female chief executive. Hosted by Gordon Russell.

    • 21 min
    'The Neutral Ground,' Ep. 28: Jefferson Parish's Chris Roberts resigns amid spiraling probe

    'The Neutral Ground,' Ep. 28: Jefferson Parish's Chris Roberts resigns amid spiraling probe

    Storm clouds had been following Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts for a while: The FBI began an investigation of his finances at least two years ago. Still, his abrupt resignation Monday took colleagues and political observers by surprise. Host Gordon…

    • 16 min
    'The Neutral Ground,' Ep. 27: Cantrell defends decision to keep drivers in the dark on cameras

    'The Neutral Ground,' Ep. 27: Cantrell defends decision to keep drivers in the dark on cameras

    More than 40,000 speeding tickets went to New Orleans motorists who thought they were following the rules. City Hall reporter Jeff Adelson and host Gordon Russell discuss Mayor LaToya Cantrell's defense of her decision not to announce the rule changes.

    • 16 min
    'The Neutral Ground,' Ep. 26: Legislature, governor look to play small ball ahead of elections

    'The Neutral Ground,' Ep. 26: Legislature, governor look to play small ball ahead of elections

    Political columnist Stephanie Grace sits down with host Gordon Russell to talk about what's on tap for the Legislature, which opened its regular session this week. The short answer? They're probably playing it safe in an election year. The same…

    • 18 min
    'The Neutral Ground,' Ep. 25: With Mick Jagger sidelined, the Rolling Stones bail on Jazzfest

    'The Neutral Ground,' Ep. 25: With Mick Jagger sidelined, the Rolling Stones bail on Jazzfest

    Music writer Keith Spera and host Gordon Russell discuss the bombshell news that the "World's Greatest Rock'n'Roll Band," which was set to make its first-ever Jazzfest appearance, had to cancel a month before their planned May 2 set. Now, festival…

    • 15 min

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