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Inside The Arts: New Orleans Film Fest, Taco Truck Film, Preservation Hall Legacy Awards | WWNO
WWNO | December 16, 2018
This week on Inside the Arts, we're gearing up for a red carpet walk as the opening of the 29th Annual New Orleans Film Festival nears. Fallon Young, executive director of the New Orleans Film Society joins us. Then, local multi-disciplinary artist and activist José Torres-Tama is the subject of a ...
CONTINUUM: A Medieval Christmas | WWNO
WWNO | December 16, 2018
This week, Continuum presents a program of medieval Christmas music, most of which is unknown to modern day listeners. Beginning with Aquitanian selections of the 12th century, the program progresses through the Italian, Spanish and German repertoire, ending with a selection of 15th century English ...
Tulane Makes Learning About Race An Undergraduate Requirement | WWNO
WWNO | December 16, 2018
College campuses are more diverse than ever. But many students of color who attend historically white colleges and universities say their schools have a lot of catching up to do to make them feel welcome. Not just on campus, but in the curriculum. Tulane University has become one of the first histor...
OPSB Touts Smooth Unification, Braces For Drop In Test Scores | WWNO
WWNO | December 16, 2018
The Orleans Parish School Board is touting a smooth transition to a new unified school district, but also seems to be bracing for new challenges as the state moves to a tougher school grading system.
CONTINUUM: MA is for Machaut | WWNO
WWNO | December 16, 2018
Continuum presents music by the 14th century French composer Guillaume de Machaut, known as the last great poet who was also a composer. His music for the Mass of Notre Dame represents the first known medieval Mass by a known composer. Machaut also composed in a wide range of styles and forms. He is...
The Reading Life with Vanessa Schmid and Sally Asher | WWNO
WWNO | December 16, 2018
This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with New Orleans Museum of Art curator Vanessa Schmid, about the new catalogue, “The Orleans Collection,” accompanying the exhibit currently on view at NOMA until January 27. We’ll also hear from Sally Asher about her very charming book, “The Mermai...
Le Show For The Week Of December 16, 2018 | WWNO
WWNO | December 16, 2018
This week on Le Show Harry Shearer brings us the second part of his 2018 Year in Rebuke. We’ll look back at the year that was with The Appresidentice , The Law Firm of Cohen & Cohen , Karzai Talk , Keeping Up With the Murdocks, an apology from Facebook, recordings from Omarosa Manigault’s stint ...
The Reading Life with Ken Foster and Alison Pelegrin | WWNO
WWNO | December 16, 2018
This week on The Reading Life: Ken Foster talks about “City of Dogs: New York Dogs, Their Neighborhoods, and The People Who Love Them.” It's a great way to look at a city! Poet Alison Pelegrin reads from and discusses her most recent chapbook, “Our Lady of the Flood.” Here’s what’s on ta...
Le Show For The Week Of October 7, 2018 | WWNO
WWNO | December 16, 2018
This week on Le Show Harry Shearer brings us News of 15,000 Princes, News of Inspector’s General, News of the Atom, News of the Warm, The Appresidentice, Apologies of the Week, and a tribute to Geoff Emerick, The Beatles’ audio engineer.
NOVA Chorale Warms Up For The Holiday Concert Season | WWNO
WWNO | December 15, 2018
The month of December usually brings a selection of holiday choral concerts to New Orleans, and this year is no exception. The New Orleans Vocal Arts Chorale is getting ready to kick off their holiday season with a repertoire of winter music. NolaVie’s David Benedetto invited the choir’s Artisti...
Inside The Arts: Handel’s Messiah,  Mandatory Merriment, A Christmas Carol | WWNO
WWNO | December 15, 2018
This week on Inside the Arts, Handel's Messiah is back. The Symphony Chorus of New Orleans teams up with the Chalmette High School Voices Chorale for two performances of the popular baroque oratorio. We talk with Symphony Chorus music director Steven Edwards and soprano Annelise Cassar. Then, a new ...
Inside The Arts: Garden District Homes Dressed Up For The Holidays | WWNO
WWNO | December 15, 2018
‘Tis the season when some of the festively decorated private homes in the city’s Garden District are open to the public. The Preservation Resource Center is hosting its 43rd annual Holiday Home Tour. We talk with PRC executive director Danielle Del Sol.
American Routes Shortcuts: Jerry Douglas | WWNO
WWNO | December 15, 2018
Dobro master Jerry Douglas has taken his resophonic slide guitar on a journey far beyond its bluegrass and country origins. As a solo artist, band member, session player or producer, Douglas has left his distinctive sound on thousands of recordings during nearly 40 years. Jerry grew up in Warren, Oh...
LUNA Fête 2018 | WWNO
WWNO | December 15, 2018
The Arts Council of New Orleans presents its annual Light Up NOLA Arts salute through Sunday evening, December 9. The longest-running large-scale projection mapping festival in the United States features international, national and local artists in a Tricentennial salute to the city.
Judge Says Company Trespassed, But Work On Bayou Bridge Pipeline Can Continue | WWNO
WWNO | December 15, 2018
Landowners opposed to the construction of the Bayou Bridge pipeline have lost yet another legal fight. The crude oil pipeline is currently under construction between Lake Charles, Louisiana and St. James Parish. It’s majority owner is Energy Transfer Partners. Earlier this summer, Energy Transfer ...
City Digs Deep To Prepare For The Future | WWNO
WWNO | December 15, 2018
Much of greater New Orleans has been naturally sinking for generations. But scientists don’t know a lot about why, where, or how fast it’s happening. So now, they’re looking below the streets for clues -- at the layers of dirt, sand, and mud. The city hopes it’ll help us prepare for the futu...
Coastal News Roundup: Burning The Marsh To Strengthen The Coast | WWNO
WWNO | December 15, 2018
This week on the Coastal News Roundup: marshes are usually pretty wet, so you might not think they'd burn -- but near Avery Island, land managers are lighting them on fire . Plus, we discuss conflict of interest accusations around one of the state’s big coastal restoration projects. WWNO’s Travi...
Tricentennial Reading List with Larry Powell (Part 4) | WWNO
WWNO | December 15, 2018
Slavery and Freedom, War and Reconstruction Slavery’s Metropolis: Unfree Labor in New Orleans During the Age of Revolutions , by Rashauna Johnson Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market, by Walter Johnson Beyond Freedom’s Reach: A Kidnapping in the Twilight of Slavery, by Adam Roth...
Do you want your groceries delivered to you? | NOLA River
NOLA River | December 15, 2018
Companies like Instacart and FreshDirect are changing the way the world does grocery shopping. Companies like Instacart and FreshDirect are changing the way the world does grocery shopping. Rather than spend hours scanning the aisles, your weekly groceries can b...
Jazzmyne Jay does Southern Decadence | GoNOLA
GoNOLA | December 15, 2018
For Southern Decadence 2018, Visit New Orleans invited – Jazzmyne Jay – to experience the city’s magic first hand. Jazzmyne rose to national fame in 2016 when she participated as a model for NY fashion week, and has been a influential figure ever since. She continues to break stereoty...
Where Y’Eat: Creole Seafood Feasts, and a side of Donuts, in Central City | WWNO
WWNO | December 14, 2018
One reason I love pursuing New Orleans food is that you never can tell where you’ll find the next experience to turn your head, upend your expectations and get you talking about it to your friends. Well friends, I’m here to tell you about the latest such place for me. PeeWee CrabCakes on the Go ...
Music Inside Out: Quiana Lynell | WWNO
WWNO | December 14, 2018
Singer Quiana Lynell is a natural educator, and from the time the tape started rolling at Esplanade Studios , class was in session. Lesson one: Intro to Scat Singing. Good scat is based on the art of improvising in counter-melody – taking an established melody and vocalising a different melodic li...
Commentary: 'Tis The Season Means Something Different In New Orleans | WWNO
WWNO | December 14, 2018
New Orleans has a way of making any holiday its own, so it’s no surprise that our Christmas season has a singular kind of sparkle. NolaVie’s Renée Peck illuminates Christmas in the Crescent City in this special holiday edition of Notes from New Orleans. If you live in New Orleans, or you’re v...
American Routes Shortcuts: Eric Andersen | WWNO
WWNO | December 14, 2018
Songwriter Eric Andersen developed his literary chops hanging out in San Francisco with Beat poets, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsberg. He moved to Greenwich Village during the early ‘60s folk revival, and wrote songs that Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, and Johnny Cash would cover. Andersen appear...
Ahead Of Weekend Vote, State Senator Says Sewerage And Water Board Should Be Changed | WWNO
WWNO | December 14, 2018
The Sewerage and Water Board oversees most of the water and drainage in the city. It’s faced lots of problems in recent years, including the floods in the summer of 2017, which revealed that many of the pumps and generators that remove water from the city were broken -- and that the Sewerage and W...
Should we get rid of the U.S. Postal Service? | NOLA River
NOLA River | December 14, 2018
Some argue the U.S. Postal Service has no future, citing bankruptcy and the obvious environmental consequences as reasons to do away with the paper-based postal system. Think about the last time you went to the post office. For many, it's not within memory. For...
He helped design the Superdome -- and that's just for starters | NOLA River
NOLA River | December 14, 2018
Part of a New Orleans tricentennial series on the people and events that connect and inspire us. The Times-Picayune is marking the tricentennial of New Orleans with its ongoing 300 for 300 project, running through 2018 and highlighting 300 people who have made N...
New Orleans Data News Weekly | December 14, 2018
Edwin Buggage A Day in the Life of Mayor LaToya Cantrell As the citizens of New Orleans are living in historical times; its first woman Mayor LaToya Cantrell, is rolling up her sleeves and pushing [...]
New Orleans Data News Weekly | December 14, 2018
David D. Ellis, a 27-year veteran providing global reliability and clean energy technology solutions, has been named to lead Entergy New Orleans, LLC, as its president and CEO, Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) announced today. Ellis [...]
Lessons From The Past For Improving New Orleans Public Schools | WWNO
WWNO | December 13, 2018
As the city approaches the end of its tricentennial year, professors at the University of New Orleans and the University of Holy Cross are looking back on the city's history of public education. In a new report from The Data Center, they argue New Orleans public schools have failed to realize their ...
Where Y’Eat: In Old Cookbooks, a Recipe for Memorable Gifts | WWNO
WWNO | December 13, 2018
When it comes to Christmas gift giving, a cookbook is often an easy call. The subjects are palatable, and usually noncontroversial. Getting a cookbook, or even giving one, at least conjures the fantasy of having enough time to actually use it. But how to pick one from the blizzard of releases that f...
Amazon in advanced discussions about making D.C. suburb in Va. its 2nd home, sources say | NOLA River
NOLA River | December 13, 2018
The discussions were more detailed than those the company has had regarding other locations in northern Virginia and some other cities nationally, adding to speculation that the site in Arlington County is a front-runner to land the online retail giant's second North American headquarte...
Where to Catch Open Mic Nights in NOLA | GoNOLA
GoNOLA | December 13, 2018
New Orleans is full of artists, writers, comedians, and all manner of talented folk. Ever wonder how some of them got their start? Many likely tried their hand, or voice, at an open mic night or two. Open mic nights abound in the city, ranging in theme from poetry to storytelling to comedy, and some...
New Orleans Charter School Closing Mid School Year | WWNO
WWNO | December 12, 2018
This story has been updated. The board of New Orleans charter school Crescent Leadership Academy is turning in its charter, effectively shutting down in the middle of the school year, according to a letter from Orleans Parish School Board superintendent Henderson Lewis. "This decision is unacceptabl...
Where Y’Eat, Oct. 11, 2018: As New Orleans Dining Expands, Keeping New Orleans in the Equation | WWNO
WWNO | December 12, 2018
With fall in the air, the New Orleans tourism season is revving up after its long summer lull. It’s the happy time for the hospitality sector here. It's also a good time to acknowledge that while the tourists bring their wallets, they also carry double-edged swords. Simply put: the more New Orlean...
American Routes Shortcuts: Los Lobos | WWNO
WWNO | December 12, 2018
Los Lobos are truly a Mexican and American band. A sonic feast of Mexican acoustic music traditions blended later with large helpings of R&B, rock, and soul. Los Lobos have been writing and performing together for over three decades, a partnership that began back at Garfield High, in East L.A. I spo...
New Bill Requires Army Corps To Consider Green Infrastructure | WWNO
WWNO | December 12, 2018
On Wednesday, congress passed America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 , which could encourage the Army Corps of Engineers to build more green infrastructure. Infrastructure bills are fairly routine. Generally passed every couple years, they often approve lists of projects for things like river dr...
American Routes Shortcuts: Remembering Johnny Cash | WWNO
WWNO | December 12, 2018
Johnny Cash was born in the tiny town of Kingsland, Arkansas in 1932. By the age of four, his parents Ray and Carrie Cash had moved the family to Dyess, Arkansas, not far from Memphis, along the Mississippi River. Dyess was built as a government resettlement program for troubled farmers during the d...
Music Inside Out: Rickie Lee Jones | WWNO
WWNO | December 12, 2018
Rickie Lee Jones says she moved to New Orleans, in part, because she wanted to be around people. In Los Angeles, she was mostly around cars. So far, so good. People from New Orleans — either real or imagined — are all over her latest effort, “The Other Side of Desire.” And one of Jones’ ne...
New Orleans's Second Sandwich Get Its Due Respect At Muffuletta Fest | WWNO
WWNO | December 12, 2018
Conversations about New Orleans sandwiches usually center around the po-boy, even though New Orleans is also the birthplace of another classic sandwich, the muffuletta. These days, we even have a festival dedicated to the muffuletta, which returns for its second year this Sunday.
Music Inside Out: David Torkanowsky | WWNO
WWNO | December 12, 2018
As a piano player and band leader, David Torkanowsky is equally comfortable pushing the edges of jazz, funk, blues and rhythm and blues. Aside from his solo projects, Torkanowsky has collaborated with so many musical legends — Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, Danny Barker, Earl Turbington, Tony DaGra...
New Orleans High School Students Dance For Change | WWNO
WWNO | December 12, 2018
For many, the teenage years are a time when you start to realize the world isn’t fair, and life can be tough. Facing issues like income inequality, racism, and violence, can be overwhelming. One unique program in New Orleans is helping students engage with tough social issues through dance.
Louisiana Eats:  Giving
WWNO | December 12, 2018
On this week’s show, we’re sharing untold stories of lives spent in service. We begin with a tour of the Kemper-Williams Residence at the Historic New Orleans Collection with decorative arts curator Lydia Blackmore, who conducted exhaustive research on the individuals who worked for the Williams...
Coastal News Roundup: New SWB Director Envisions Major Overhaul | WWNO
WWNO | December 12, 2018
The New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board has been been in turmoil since major flooding across the city last summer. After several changes in leadership, the utility finally has a new, permanant executive director: Ghassan Korban. This week on the Coastal News Roundup, Korban sits down with WWNO's Tr...
New Grant Provides Funding For Green Infrastructure Projects | WWNO
WWNO | December 12, 2018
Several green infrastructure projects will be coming to New Orleans' most flood-prone neighborhoods thanks to an $86-thousand grant from the Institute for Sustainable Communities. Healthy Community Services, a local nonprofit, will use the grant money to build green infrastructure projects designed ...
New Orleans At The Movies: 2018 Film Festival Emphasizes Diverse, Local Voices | WWNO
WWNO | December 12, 2018
October 17th marks the beginning of the 29th annual New Orleans Film Festival, which brings feature films and shorts to venues across the city. NolaVie’s David Benedetto invited the Film Society’s Executive Director, Fallon Young, into the studio for a preview of the festival. Visit ViaNolaVie f...
Desire, Louisiana | WWNO
WWNO | December 12, 2018
Tripod: New Orleans at 300 returns with a look at the Desire community, then and now. If you've from New Orleans, or you’ve lived here for a minute, you know how often locals identify themselves by their neighborhood. Before Katrina, for thousands of New Orleans residents, these neighborhoods were...
TriPod Xtras: Kiese Laymon | WWNO
WWNO | December 12, 2018
Kiese Laymon is a Mississippi based writer, who’s just released a new book titled "Heavy: An American Memoir." In it, he writes about his struggles with eating disorders and addiction, abuse, and his relationship with his mother. TriPod’s Laine Kaplan-Levenson sat down with Laymon to talk about ...
Should the national minimum wage be raised? | NOLA River
NOLA River | December 12, 2018
Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia now have minimum wages above the $7.20 federal minimum. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has raised the minimum wage for all Amazon employees to $15 an hour. Across the country, cities are enacting higher minimum wages f...
Trump ditches 144-year-old pact that allows China to mail packages to US at big discount | NOLA River
NOLA River | December 12, 2018
Trump's notice to exit from the Universal Postal Union (UPU) treaty comes as the White House cranks up the pressure on Beijing to drop what it calls predatory commercial practices. President Donald Trump moved Wednesday to withdraw from a 144-year-old inte...