Summer break is over. This month, kids across New Orleans are trading swimsuits and morning cartoons for fresh notebooks and unsharpened pencils. For nine schools that used to be in the state's Recovery School District, going back to the classroom also means going back to the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB). By next year, all Recovery schools will be back under parish control.
THE READING LIFE
This week on The Reading Life: New Orleans essayist and New Orleans Center for Creative Arts teacher Anne Gisleson talks about her powerful new memoir, "The Futilitarians: Our Year of Thinking, Drinking, Grieving, and Reading. " After you turn the last page, you'll be ready to form your own Existential Crisis Reading Group!
At 46, Ben Jaffe is almost exactly the same age as Jazz Fest. Like a lot of New Orleans natives, he has memories of the annual event stretching back to childhood, though his experience is a little more rarefied than most. "That's where I got to sit on Fats Domino 's lap and then hear him play," he says. It's where I heard Allen Toussaint play for the first time as a child. It was the first time I heard live hip-hop — I think it was like 1981 or '82, and it was Grandmaster Flash and the...
FOOD & DINING
On this week's show, we meet some individuals who are doing their part to make the world a better place through food. We begin with the remarkable story of JoAnn Clevenger of the Upperline Restaurant . While she is known first and foremost for her beloved restaurant, JoAnn has taken on many different endeavors over the years, all with the unifying purpose of bringing people together.