Arts & Culture

Lyle Lovett
American Routes

Each week, American Routes Shortcuts gives you a sneak peak into the upcoming American Routes episode. This week, host Nick Spitzer sits down with country star Lyle Lovett. They talk about his life growing up on the farm in East Texas and how his family stories became his songs. To hear more from Lyle Lovett and the full episode, tune into WWNO Saturday at 7 or Sunday at 6, or listen at

Doc Hawley first started working on riverboats in 1957 and stayed on board until his retirement a few years ago.
Historic New Orleans Collection / Historic New Orleans Collection

Every day in the French Quarter people are drawn – almost magnetically - to the riverboat calliope. There is an undeniable nostalgic sound to it and it may even remind you of childhood. But romance aside, this icon of Americana has its own history, which Captain Doc Hawley shared with the Historic New Orleans Collection and Nola Life Stories.

Photo Courtesy: Southern Rep Theatre

This week on Inside the Arts, Southern Rep Theater presents the regional premiere of Lisa D'Amour's Tony Award winning play, Airline Highway.

 Then, an acclaimed painter who calls New Orleans home answers the call of the wild.  Alex Beard takes us on A Brush With Nature. And, the legends of a quintessential 'ladies man' opens the season for the New Orleans Opera Association with Mozart's Don Giovanni.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler, whose new novel is "Perfume River." We'll also hear from Michael Allen Zell, whose new novel in the New Orleans-set Bobby Delery  series is "Law & Desire."

Chris Smither
American Routes

Each week, American Routes Shortcuts offers a sneak peak into the upcoming American Routes episode. This week, New Orleans Bluesman Chris Smither plays a live show in his current home- Western Massachusetts.

Photo Credit: Alan Karchmer

This week on Inside the Arts, two celebrations of African American History. The long awaited Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture opened over the weekend  in Washington D. C.  We caught up with two New Orleanians who were among a select group invited for a sneak peek before the celebrated opening.

This week on The Reading Life:  Whitney Stewart talks about tracking her family's history through World War II for "Feldpost: The War Letters of Reiner Niemann." We’ll also hear from Raymond Boudreau, who’s the guest coordinator of Contraflow VI, the fantasy and science fiction convention coming up this weekend with featured guest Ben Bova. And Susan reviews Colson Whitehead's "The Underground Railroad."

GrandSLAMS Coast to Coast

Sep 26, 2016

Fred Johnson is a soldier who won’t admit that he has PTSD.

Vivienne Anderson is a trans teen.

Pam Burrell is a college student who volunteers at a prison.

Steve Zimmer gets into a highstakes eBay bidding war.

Tony Cyprien spends 26 years in prison.

Pam Colby connects with her family in the midwest.

Charles Neville
American Routes

American Routes Shortcuts gives you a sneak peak into the upcoming American Routes episode and this week, it’s all about the saxophone. Host Nick Spitzer spoke with Charles Neville of the Neville brothers about spirituality, his neighborhood and his role models growing up in New Orleans.  For more from Charles Neville and other cosmic saxophones, tune into American Routes right here on WWNO, Saturday at 7 and Sunday at 6.

Coming up on Inside the Arts, Funny Bones Improv Theater helps children heal with the gift of laughter.

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