CAPITOL ACCESS

Wallis Watkins

Ballot Set to Determine Louisiana's Secretary of State and US Representatives in November Election

Friday was the last day for candidates in Louisiana to get their name on the ballot for fall elections. The only statewide race in November will have nine candidates vying for the job of Secretary of State, responsible for overseeing elections throughout Louisiana. State Representative Rick Edmonds (R-Baton Rouge) qualified for the race Friday, saying he’s ready to build transparency and integrity into the office. “But also, it’s time to build a wall,” said Edmonds. “That’s right - it’s time...

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COASTAL DESK

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Coastal News Roundup: Pirogue Races Return, Barrier Islands Are Rebuilt

This week on the Coastal News Roundup, we take a look at barrier islands — what they do, and why the state is creating them artificially . Plus, we explore what less sediment in the Mississippi River could mean for coastal restoration and the return of a Jean Lafitte tradition: pirogue races .

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Week In The News: Helsinki Summit, Trump Walkbacks, Suspected Russian Spy Jailed

With  Jane Clayson The Summit crisis. President Trump in his own words.  Suspected Russian spy jailed in the U.S. The roundtable dives in. Guests Ishaan Tharoor , foreign affairs reporter for The Washington Post. ( @ishaantharoor ) Alexis Simendinger , national political correspondent for The Hill. ( @ASimendinger ) Jack Beatty , On Point news analyst. ( @JackBeattyNPR ) From The Reading List BBC : Trump Putin: Incredulity as Russian leader is invited to visit US President Donald Trump has...

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A Shot of History Mixed With Inspiration at Tales

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It's July in New Orleans, which means two things: scorching temperatures and the hottest event in the spirits world — Tales of the Cocktail! On this week's show, we look at the annual summertime conference that brings the international cocktail scene to the Crescent City.

Wallis Watkins

Friday was the last day for candidates in Louisiana to get their name on the ballot for fall elections. The only statewide race in November will have nine candidates vying for the job of Secretary of State, responsible for overseeing elections throughout Louisiana.

State Representative Rick Edmonds (R-Baton Rouge) qualified for the race Friday, saying he’s ready to build transparency and integrity into the office.

“But also, it’s time to build a wall,” said Edmonds. “That’s right - it’s time to build a wall around our voting process and all of our data.”

Lafayette Academy parent Tuere Jones expressed frustration with the school's handling of the asbestos problem.
Jess Clark / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

New Orleans charter school Lafayette Academy is scrambling to find accommodations for next school year after a state inspection revealed the building and yard may be contaminated with asbestos.

Tristan Baurick / Nola.com | The Times-Picayune

This week on the Coastal News Roundup, we take a look at barrier islands — what they do, and why the state is creating them artificially. Plus, we explore what less sediment in the Mississippi River could mean for coastal restoration and the return of a Jean Lafitte tradition: pirogue races.

The Orleans Parish School Board held its first meeting as head of the new unified school district Thursday night. Nearly all public schools in the parish are under its control for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. But while the district is unified, public opinion is not. 

On Camera With The Carrs: An Oral History

Jul 20, 2018
The Historic New Orleans Collection

New Orleans had its very own golden age of television in the 1960s, and celebrity couple Bob and Jan Carr were at the center of it. Bob and Jan graced the airwaves of WWL and broadcasted a TV show for WDSU from the rooftop of the Royal Orleans Hotel, only blocks from their Bourbon Street home. Bob and Jan tell their tale from the very beginning in this edition of NOLA Life Stories.

Creole Connections

We use the word Creole a lot in New Orleans, to define everything from gumbo to architecture. But the Creole culture has roots not only here, but also around the world. To learn more, NolaVie's Renée Peck invites Dr. Edward Anderson, jazz trumpeter and educator, and Barbara Trevigne, Creole historian and artist, into the studio to describe a new project called Creole Connections that will trace our ties to Brazil.  

American Routes Shortcuts: Dan Auerbach

Jul 20, 2018
Dan Auerbach
American Routes

Dan Auerbach first recorded his own duo, the Black Keys in a basement with a four-track tape machine. He has since released ten albums with the band and two solo records. These days, Auerbach is more focused on working the mixing board than the crowd. He puts in long hours recording other artists at his Nashville studio and label, Easy Eye Sound. We spoke to Dan about his journey in music, beginning at home in Akron, Ohio.

The 2018 edition of Tales of the Cocktail began with a presentation of community grants supporting projects in the hospitality field.
Ian McNulty

For cocktail connoisseurs, New Orleans has always had a place on the map. Tales of the Cocktail gave this connection a spot on the calendar too, right when it’s needed most.

George Porter Jr.
Music Inside Out

When George Porter, Jr. was a child, he wanted to become a Catholic priest. But an uncomfortably silent church retreat and an encounter with neighborhood blues musicians helped Porter find his musical calling.

He turned to funk and never looked back.

As the bass player for The Meters, Porter helped create a body of music in the 1960s and 70s that still resonates as some of the funkiest grooves ever recorded.

So what’s the secret to funk?

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LE SHOW

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Le Show For The Week Of July 15, 2018

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer brings us We're Not #1, News of the Godly, World of Microplastics, News of the Warm, “Inside Extra Access Tonight: Sag Man” Radio Skit, Let Me Tell You About the Bees, News of the Atom, Apologies of the Week, original music selections by Harry, and more.

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How prepared is New Orleans for the challenges that climate change will bring in coming years? WWNO and The Lens explore this question with a special series.

THE READING LIFE

The Reading Life with Louis Maistros and Melinda Palacio

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Louis Maistros, author of “The Sound of Building Coffins,” who has just published a revised, expanded version of this book. Poet Melinda Palacio talks about what went into her most recent collection, “Bird Forgiveness.” Audio extra: Melinda Palacio read's poem, How to Wash a Duck from “Bird Forgiveness” July 15 calendar Here’s what’s on tap in the literary life this week: Lexi Ostrow signs “ A Heavenly Kind of Love ,” Sunday, July 15, at 2 at...

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FOOD & DINING

Ian McNulty

Where Y’Eat: Digging Into Restaurant Diversity, In More Ways Than One

When we talk about diversity in New Orleans restaurants, it usually means minority representation, or to put it plainly, with black-owned restaurants.

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TRICENTENNIAL READING LIST

Susan Larson, host of The Reading Life, talks with local authors and readers about their favorite books from three hundred years of New Orleans literature.