The University of New Orleans has released polling results ahead of the November 8th election. A front-runner has appeared in the crowded U-S Senate race.

Ivy Billiot
American Routes

Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek at the upcoming program. This week, we travel down the bayou to talk to Houma Indian wood carver Ivy Billiot. Host Nick Spitzer spoke with him about his connection to both the natural, and supernatural worlds. To hear the full show, listen on WWNO Saturdays at 7 or at at American

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In New Orleans, there’s long been a natural order when it comes to enjoying a bit of natural beauty with your dinner and drinks. It was the courtyards of old French Quarter restaurants or a seat by the flaming fountain at Pat O’Brien’s. Watching streetcars rattle past from the porch at the Columns Hotel always qualified, and any balcony was fair game. 

But now the game has changed, and here’s the latest twist: more restaurants and bars are going the full monty, devoting most of their space and much of their business model to the al fresco appeal.

Words and music, this week on Out to Lunch with Peter Ricchiuti.
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You might have noticed in some grocery stores or coffee shops that when you go to check out there are a handful of CDs for sale. That impulse purchase spot is one of the few places you can buy CDs these days, now that most of us buy or steal music online.

That might just seem like inevitable technological evolution to you. But what happens when the world changes and you own a record label?

Dan Storper is the founder of Putumayo World Music, a phenomenally successful specialty label that has sold over 30 million CDs.

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Note: this piece is a work of satire.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you’re probably aware that it’s once again election season in America. And if you do happen to live under a rock, I’m kind of envious, because, again, it’s election season in America. Choosing new leaders for our great nation tends to bring out the crazy in just about everyone every four years. 

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It’s Halloween, and there’s no place better in the world to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve than in the the ghost laden state of Louisiana!

To get you in the spirit, on this week’s show, we tour the cities of the dead, learning tombside all about our dearly departed culinary legends from Sally Asher, author of Stories From the Saint Louis Cemetaries of New Orleans.

Diorama of Lunch Counter Sit-Down Protests - National Civil Rights Museum - Downtown Memphis, Tennessee.
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In this edition of TriPod Xtras, Laine Kaplan-Levenson speaks with Rafat Ali, founder and CEO of Skift, a media company that looks at travel trends.  The two discuss a report his company published about civil rights Tourism in the Deep South.

A new study shows Louisiana ranks in the middle of states reviewed for the gender and racial diversity of its judges. One of the co-authors says there’s still room for improvement.

Bring Your Own Presents: "My VHS Hustle"

Oct 26, 2016
Wall of VHS tapes
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Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in unconventional spaces within the New Orleans community. 

This story was told on April 21st, 2016 at the Jazz and Heritage Center, and later produced by Natalie Yahr. The theme of the evening was "(Not) For the Money". Here, Michael Arcos tells of his brief bootlegging career.  

Jesse Hardman

Back in August, just after the historic floods, Louisiana officials expressed concern that proposed federal and state disaster recovery funds might not be enough. With deadlines for flood assistance programs passed, or looming, affected residents are learning the math of getting back on their feet.