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Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

Many of our greatest artists liked cocktails. Degas, Van Gogh, Manet, and many others spoke glowingly of the effect of alcohol on their work, and painted bottles, glasses, and folks drinking.

Peter entertains two of New Orleans' most innovative creative entrepreneurs on this Out to Lunch from Commander's Palace.

The Saints take to the Dome for a big game on Monday night. But not all the action is generated by the players on the field. Fans are pumping up to express the indefinable spirit that is Saints culture -- everything from dance moves by the 610 Stompers to chants of "Who Dat!" NolaVie's Renee Peck talks to the Saints' Director of Game Day Entertainment, Jared Sampson, to find out about the elaborate planning that goes into entertainment at the Superdome.  

Agostino Brunias / ArtDaily.org

There is a common myth told about 19th-century New Orleans. It goes something like this: Imagine you’re in an elegant dance hall in New Orleans in the early 1800s. Looking around, you see a large group of white men and free women of color, who were at the time called quadroons, meaning they supposedly had ¼ African ancestry. The mothers play matchmakers, and introduce their daughters to these white men, who then ask their hand in a dance.

Photo Credit: Jason Kruppa

This week on Inside the Arts, a celebration of the life and work of acclaimed New Orleans artist and photographer George Dureau.  The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is hosting a panel discussion timed with the release of the Aperture Foundation's book George Dureau, The Photographs.  We talk with the Ogden Museum's Curator of the Collection, Bradley Sumrall.

This week on The Reading Life: Roulhac Toledano and Scott Veazey, authors of the gorgeous new art book,  Martha Wright Ambrose (1914-2000): The Rediscovery of a Southern Regional Artist. We’ll also hear from Ethan Brown, author of the sure-to-be-controversial Murder in the Bayou: Who Killed the Women Known as the Jeff Davis 8?

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Auto industry groups are advising consumers to be extra cautious when buying cars in Louisiana. The state estimates at least 100,000 vehicles flooded last month.

Tegan Wendland / WWNO

Louisiana’s governor, John Bel Edwards, was in Washington DC last week lobbying Congress to approve a disaster aid package of nearly $3 billion to help with flood relief. Part of that would go to help small businesses recover. In addition to more than 140,000 homes, nearly 7,000 businesses were flooded-out.

Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer brings a new Dick Cheney Confidential: Dick Hunts Down Colin Powell, We're Not #1, News of Inspectors General, Our Freedom-Loving Friends, News About Dominion, News from Outside the Bubble, News of NewsCorps, The Apologies of the Week, and more!

This Continuum presents a program of early music related to a number of important Kings of the past, including King Rene, Henry VIII, Richard the Lion-Hearted and a few more. Performers include a number of well-known early music music ensembles. Recordings used are: At the Court of King Rene (Ensemble Perceval) - Arion ARN 68104, Henry VIII and His Six Wives (Early Music Consort of London) - Testament SBT 1250, Music for the Lion-Hearted King (Gothic Voices) - Hyperion CDAA66336, and The King’s Musick (Ricercare für Alte Musik, Zurich) - EMI 724382648826.

Buddy Mils
American Routes

Each week, American Routes Shortcuts gives you a sneak peak into the upcoming American Routes episodes. This week, it's Horsepower, a look at the life of the modern cowboy. Host Nick Spitzer introduces us to two Florida Cowboys.

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