Diane Mack

Announcer & Producer

"This is NPR's Morning Edition, at 89.9 WWNO. Good Morning, I'm Diane Mack."

Many of you awake to that greeting each morning as Diane brings you the day's news as WWNO's host for NPR's Morning Edition. Diane is a native New Orleanian with a background in television broadcast journalism. She is a graduate of Loyola University of New Orleans, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications.

Diane has worked in various markets around the state. She started at KATC-TV in Lafayette as reporter and morning news anchor. Diane moved back home to New Orleans in 1982 where she joined the news staff of WDSU-TV as a general assignment reporter. In 1993, Diane joined WWNO's staff, hosting news programs, a classical music show, and the "Friends of Music" concert series. She is also an award-winning producer for the station's cultural arts radio feature Inside the Arts.

Ways To Connect

This week on Inside the Arts, Grammy award-winning trumpeter Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra celebrate a new permanent home with the grand opening of the Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market in Central City.

Then, on the heels of the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, new works continue to honor the iconic playwright. The Second Star Performance Collective presents Two for Tennessee, original one act southern works inspired by the legacy of Tennessee Williams.

This week on Inside the Arts, the 29th Annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival gets underway in the French Quarter. We explore a rich cache of theatrical offerings.

This week on Inside the Arts we explore relationships and the subject of divorce as Donald Margulies' Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Dinner with Friends opens at Le Petit Theatre. 

Then, Double Edge Theatre makes its New Orleans debut with The Grand Parade. This journey through the 20th Century uses aerial flight, puppetry and music inspired by the art of Marc Chagall. 

And we round out with a seductive evening of Tango as the French-Argentinean ensemble Union Tanguera presents Nuit Blanche [Sleepless Night]. 

Jack Niven

This week on Inside the Arts, India Fest 2015 kicks off this weekend at the New Orleans Museum of Art. The bi-annual family festival presented by the Indian Arts Circle of New Orleans celebrates the art and culture of south Asia. 

Then, the Anthony Bean Community Theater celebrates its 15th anniversary. The city's only ongoing African American theater producing company is staging its first Shakespearean play — Measure for Measure. 

Tom Caravaglia

This week on Inside the Arts, Singers Of United Lands, known as S.O.U.L., are in town for an encore performance. The vocal quartet shares cultural experiences from around the globe through the gift of song.

Then, Southern Rep Theater continues its 2015 season in the newly opened Ashé Power House with Suddenly Last Summer by Tennessee Williams.

And, the world renowned Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company returns to the Marginy Opera House with two programs of modern dance.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.

Duncan Cole

This week on Inside the Arts, you'll hear how a pilot program is bringing comfort to the aching feet of school marching bands, many of which racked up miles in Carnival parades. 

Then, the Ashé Culture Arts Center is expanding its Central City campus with a multi-million dollar state-of-the art performance center and visual art gallery. We talk with executive director Carole Bebelle about plans for the new Ashé Power House.

And, New Zealand's premier contemporary dance company Black Grace makes its New Orleans debut.

This week on Inside the Arts, the greatest free show on earth, Mardi Gras 2015 is here. We celebrate with a Carnival revue!

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.

This week on Inside the Arts, the countdown to Carnival is on! The Dixie Cups will lead the Mystic Krewe of Nyx. We talk with parade spokeswoman Lydia Glapion.

Then we round out with a special a cappella treat as The Whiffenpoofs of Yale University make an appearance Uptown.

And, the riverfront will be ground zero for Lundi Gras festivities.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. 

Loyola University

This week on Inside the Arts, Loyola University hosts Mardi Gras Forum: The Women of Carnival. The popular forum will explore women's contributions and importance to Mardi Gras. It will feature leaders from several female Carnival krewes. We talk with Jim Gabour, Loyola professor of Video Technology.

Mardi Gras Forum: The Women of Carnival takes place on Monday, February 9 at Loyola University's Nunemaker Auditorium, 3rd floor of Monroe Hall at 4:45 p.m.  It is free and open to the public.

This week on Inside the Arts, family histories and mysteries come to light as the PBS series Genealogy Roadshow focuses on stories from New Orleans.

Then, we talk with Sean Chen. The piano prodigy will open UNO's award winning Musical Excursions concert series.

And, we round out with a look at an architectural gem on the lakefront where historic aviation-themed murals are in need of a little TLC.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.

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