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Sense Of Place: Spotlight On 'Treme'

In this edition of Sense of Place's New Orleans edition, it's all about Treme. The HBO series sets in stark relief the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as it follows the stories of a group of individuals, many of whom were inspired by real Crescent City residents, or are played by local actors.

Listen as World Cafe host David Dye talks to the creative minds behind the show, including David Simon — creator of Treme and The Wire — along with other integral members of the Treme family. These include music supervisor Blake Leyh, singer John Boutté (responsible for the show's earworm of a theme song) and David Rogan, a local musician and radio DJ who became the basis for the character of Davis McAlary.

Rogan lives and breathes New Orleans culture. In fact, the first floor of his house in the Tremé was once the headquarters for many Crescent City brass bands. Here, he invites listeners in for a tour of the storied building — just one of many places in which music and life intersect in New Orleans.

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Comic-Con Fans Continue The Epic Battle Between Science And Fiction

Fans of science fiction have long wrestled with the question of just how much science should be in their fiction. Advocates of different approaches met at San Diego's Comic-Con.
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Scraped, Splattered — But Silent No More. Finally, The Dinner Plate Gets Its Say

Instagram is the Internet's semi-obsessive, borderline-creepy love letter to food. But behind every great meal is a plate doing a pretty-OK job. So a comedian made an Instagram to celebrate plates.
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Leaked Democratic Party Emails Show Members Tried To Undercut Sanders

Just days before the Democratic National Committee convention gets underway, WikiLeaks releases almost 20,000 emails among DNC staff, revealing discussions of topics from Bernie Sanders to the media.
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Making The Cloud Green: Tech Firms Push For Renewable Energy Sources

Few people can demand what kind of electricity they get. But Microsoft and Facebook, which operate huge, power-hungry data centers, are trying to green up the electricity grid with their buying power.

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