CAPITOL ACCESS

Louisiana House Reaches Tax Deal, Sending Bill To The Senate

Lawmakers in Louisiana’s House reached a bipartisan compromise Friday, ending a months-long stalemate over taxes. The House narrowly approved setting the state sales tax rate at 4.45% starting July 1. That rate would stay in place for 7 years - until 2025.

Read More

CULTURE

Black Girl Giggles Collective

Event Preview: Black Girl Giggles Comedy Festival

As the city welcomes locals and visitors to Essence Festival in July, the Black Girl Giggles Comedy Festival will kick off its second year. Here's David Benedetto with more on the festival, which begins on July 4.

Read More

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST FROM NPR NEWS

Former U.S. Diplomat Warns China Is Emulating Russian Political Interference

A former senior U.S. official from the Obama administration is warning that Russian efforts to influence U.S. politics have been so successful that other U.S. adversaries like China are beginning to emulate them. Victoria Nuland told the Senate intelligence committee on Wednesday, "Other countries and malign actors are now adapting and improving on Russia's methodology, notably including China which now runs disinformation campaigns and influence operations in Taiwan, Australia and other...

Read More

Lawmakers in Louisiana’s House reached a bipartisan compromise Friday, ending a months-long stalemate over taxes. The House narrowly approved setting the state sales tax rate at 4.45% starting July 1. That rate would stay in place for 7 years - until 2025.

 

Susan Larson sit down with Judy Walker to discuss cookbooks, part one of four.

Two classics from the newspaper:

  • Cooking Up a Storm: Recipes Lost and Found from The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, edited by Marcelle Bienvenu and Judy Walker
  • The Times-Picayune Creole Cookbook is a classic.

The United States Supreme Court handed down a ruling Thursday that threw a curveball into tax negotiations inside the Louisiana Capitol. 

Ian McNulty

The tomato sandwich is simple, it's cheap and, because it's at its best in the summer, it has special powers, at least here in New Orleans.

The Shotgun House, Reimagined: Portrait Of The Artist Robert Tannen

15 hours ago
The Historic New Orleans Collection

Decades ago, the New Orleans artist Robert Tannen recognized something emblematic in one of the city's most common forms: the shotgun house. Since then, he's created artistic renderings of the shotgun for galleries and public spaces throughout New Orleans. In this edition of NOLA Life Stories, Mr. Tannen tells historian Mark Cave about the origin of this body of work. 

Event Preview: Black Girl Giggles Comedy Festival

16 hours ago
Black Girl Giggles Collective

As the city welcomes locals and visitors to Essence Festival in July, the Black Girl Giggles Comedy Festival will kick off its second year. Here's David Benedetto with more on the festival, which begins on July 4.

American Routes Shortcuts: Gershwin's "Summertime"

17 hours ago
George Gershwin
American Routes

This week on American Routes Shortcuts, we bask in the summer heat and listen to our favorite versions of the George Gershwin classic, “Summertime,” from the 1934 opera Porgy and Bess.

Nick Spitzer: It is one of the most covered tunes in the American Songbook, with over 30,000 renditions. “Summertime” was composed by George Gershwin and novelist DuBose Heyword in 1934, for the opera Porgy and Bess. To flesh out the scenes and sounds of the DuBose Heyword novel, the composer went into the field. Jeffrey Melnick.

Scott Billington, Irma Thomas, and Dr. John
Scott Billington, Irma Thomas, and Dr. John

There’s a good chance that the name “Scott Billington” is on the back of your favorite album. Make that “albums.” As a long-time music producer for Rounder Records, Billington has tended the most fertile ground of American music. Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Charlie Rich, Solomon Burke, Irma Thomas, Johnny Adams, James Booker, Dr. John, Buckwheat Zydeco, Duane Allman, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and the Soul Rebels make up only a partial list of the artists with whom Billington has worked.

Lawmakers continue to debate how many tenths of a penny should remain as part of the state's sales-tax rate. On Wednesday, a House committee advanced three options. 

The House Appropriations committee spent the second day of a 10-day special session rehashing old budget debates. 

Pages

Classical 104.9 FM

New Orleans’ source for 24-hour classical music.

LE SHOW

Harry Shearer
Harry Shearer / Harry Shearer

Le Show For The Week Of June 17, 2018

This week on Le Show Harry Shearer brings us News from Outside the Bubble, It’s A Smart World After All, News of the Olympic Movement, News of Microplastics, News of the Warm, News of the Godly, The Apologies of the Week, plus another episode of The Appresidentice and original music satirizing this week’s headlines.

Read More

*NEW* TRICENTENNIAL READING LIST

Tricentennial Reading List (Cookbooks): Two Classics from the Newspaper

Susan Larson sit down with Judy Walker to discuss cookbooks, part one of four. Two classics from the newspaper: Cooking Up a Storm: Recipes Lost and Found from The Times-Picayune of New Orleans , edited by Marcelle Bienvenu and Judy Walker The Times-Picayune Creole Cookbook is a classic.

Read More

FOOD & DINING

Ian McNulty

Where Y’Eat: Behold the Special Power of the Summertime Tomato Sandwich

The tomato sandwich is simple, it's cheap and, because it's at its best in the summer, it has special powers, at least here in New Orleans.

Read More