Sharon Litwin

It’s coming up on eight years since Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath changed so much about this city. And while the population has grown back to almost 80 percent of its 2005 numbers, according to Greater New Orleans Community Data Center, there are still large areas of the city that continue to struggle with recovery.

On this week's Notes From New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with one young college graduate who’s returning home to try to change that.

This week on Inside the Arts we'll find out how two Brazilian night club owners are promoting New Orleans throughout their home country. We'll look at the connection between the BP oil spill and a major arts center. Is there a silver lining? And, we'll take a walk on the wild side as we trek into the woods for a magical celebration of art and nature.

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New Orleans chef John Besh's new cooking series premieres this week on PBS affiliates around the country. Besh is not only the owner of nine acclaimed restaurants and author of two award-winning cookbooks, but also a devoted husband and father of four young sons.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with John about how he manages to control all of his life's moving parts.

Gentrification: a welcome concept to some; a fighting word to others. And because one of New Orleans' neighborhoods, the Bywater,  is undergoing this change, it should come as no surprise that the cultural shift received some attention in an article posted on New Geography.com.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin asks the author, Tulane professsor Richard Campanella, for a definition of that most controversial word.

Whether you remember the original movie presentation of The Music Man from 1962, or the made-for-television version from 2003, you no doubt carry with you the images of Marian the Librarian.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin reports that Marian wouldn't recognize today's libraries.

If you've ever watched any late-night television, you probably know that Jay Leno's program broadcasts from Los Angeles and that David Letterman records his show from the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York. And while those empires of late-night are indeed thousands of miles away, the opportunity to attend a talk show is closer than you might expect.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin speaks with the ukele-playing musical host and producer of the Crescent City's own Goodnight Show.

Although the practice of traditional Chinese acupuncture dates back thousands of years, it's adaptation in Western culture is relatively new. And while your mom and them may have received treatment in the past, you'll have to second guess who's likely to get it in the future.

Sharon Litwin brings us this profile on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

This week on Inside the Arts, Diane talks with Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West as the nation prepares to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. Also, Civil Rights pioneer Ruby Bridges shares her story.

This coming August the National Poetry Slam will take place in Boston. But locally, preparations are already being made. On Saturday, both aspiring and professional poets are encouraged to compete for a spot on Team Slam New Orleans. So on this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin is getting schooled in the stanza.

  

  

This week, on Inside the Arts, we’ll explore Something Old, Something New an exhibit of recent acquisitions at the Historic New Orleans Collection. We'll talk YAT with Chris Champagne and explore a cultural center that’s bringing a Hindu system of philosophy to the 9th Ward. Then, we'll spin a yarn with an English textile artist.

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