MUSIC INSIDE OUT
As noggins in New Orleans go, there is no noggin like that of singer-songwriter Alex McMurray. He’s got more original characters in his head than a Hollywood film library. Why else would McMurray write a song about the man who shot the man who shot Liberty Valance? (Spoiler Alert: John Wayne is in the crosshairs).
ARTS & CULTURE
A new exhibit at the New Orleans Museum of Art comes from the personal collection of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. And he bought only the best.
The Amorphophallus titanum is a striking plant even before you get close enough to smell it. Its scientific name means giant, misshapen phallus and it is not hard to see why. A giant column called a spadix rises 7 feet into the air from the center of a pleated funnel.When the plant blooms (every decade or so) that spadix actually heats up to about 90 degrees. The stench that inspires its common name — the corpse flower — comes from the putrid blend of chemicals the bloom sends into the air....
On this week’s show, we’re taking a tour of the iconic restaurants that have made a transformative impact on American cuisine. We begin with acclaimed Yale history professor Paul Freedman, who explores two centuries of historical and cultural changes in his book Ten Restaurants That Changed America. Paul's list weaves together culinary and social history, from the innovators of roadside dining to the vanguards of haute cuisine.