interviews

Host Poppy Tooker and Ryan Chetiyawardana, better known as Mr. Lyan. He has received multiple awards for his innovations behind the bar, including being named International Bartender of the Year in 2015 at Tales of the Cocktail.
Joe Shriner

On this week's show, we're traveling to three continents for a fresh look at business innovation.

We begin here in the U.S. with Cheryl Bachelder, President and CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and author of Dare To Serve: How to Drive Superior Results by Serving Others. Cheryl's vision of servant leadership helped to create an amazing turnaround in the company’s success.

Forever young.
Music Inside Out

In case you’re wondering — yes, this is a Best of Music Inside Out program. But the topic is universal. The songs we hear as children — even the ones we don’t like — help shape our feelings about the music we love as adults.

Michael Murphy

When it comes to traveling, nobody wants to be seen as a tourist anymore. “Authenticity” is valued above all other experiences and because of that, author Michael Murphy has written several books that explain New Orleans’ iconographic culture to outsiders and locals alike. 

Mallory Falk / WWNO

This school year there's been a lot of talk about how to fund special education, as the Recovery School District and Orleans Parish School Board move toward a unified funding formula. But what actually happens inside a special education classroom?

Erica Falls.
Music Inside Out

She may have started 20 feet from stardom, but she’s gained a lot of ground in the meantime. Growing up in New Orleans’ 9th Ward, Erica Falls absorbed the sounds of everyone from Billy Eckstine and Ella Fitzgerald to the Sugar Hill Gang and the Ohio Players, to Roberta Flack and Steel Pulse.

One of The Remedy Room's mobile clinics stationed on a street in New Orleans.
Poppy Tooker

It's really true what they say: You are what you eat — and drink! On this week's show, we call in the experts to learn about the effects of our eating and drinking habits on the human mind, body and spirit.

Irma Thomas.
Rick Diamond / Music Inside Out

More than six billion people live on the planet, and yet relatively few human voices are recognizable to the naked ear.

Irma Thomas has one of those voices.

For more than 50 years, Thomas has written, recorded and lent her voice to some of the most precious songs that Louisiana has ever produced. Now music lovers all over the world know the contralto that she calls, “Irma’s sound.” This week, Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins makes way for the Queen of New Orleans Soul.

Keep it down, y’all. Miss Irma is speaking.

Each year on most mornings of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Sync Up conference brings together leaders in music, film and digital media for educational and networking events to help independent artists navigate the changing landscape of new media.

WWNO's Paul Maassen spoke with Scot Aiges, ‎Director of Programs, Marketing & Communications at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, about this free gathering, now in it's 9th year.

The Zion Harmonizers.
Zack Smith / Music Inside Out

They are rooted in the quartet singing tradition and a capella harmonies from the turn of the last century. For more than 40 years, The Zion Harmonizers enjoyed an unparalleled platform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, anchoring and curating the Gospel Tent.

In the church of New Orleans jazz, they’ve had the keys to the church of church.

Thank goodness. It’s wonderful.

Quartetto di Cremona has been performing Beethoven’s string quartet repertoire regularly since 2014, when they performed the complete Beethoven quartet cycle in Milan. Riding the heels of that concert success, they went into the studio to record all of Beethoven’s quartets.

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