COASTAL DESK

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New Orleans: Ready Or Not? Taking Matters Into Our Own Hands

New Orleans is a city that floods. Even a small storm can leave streets impassable. City officials say they’re working on solutions, but they’re also asking citizens to help out. All this week we’ve aired stories about how prepared the city is for the threats that climate change will bring — heavier rains, bigger storms, extreme temperatures — and there are some serious doubts. That’s why some people are taking matters into their own hands.

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CULTURE

PJ Morton
Chris Granger

Music Inside Out: PJ Morton

The most heavily traveled road in American music begins in black church congregations, (i.e., Baptist, AME, and Pentecostal, among others), and leads to any and all forms of secular music. That’s the road PJ Morton took, and it has led him on a remarkable professional journey. Morton’s skill set is rooted in gospel music — he grew up the son of two preachers. But as an award-winning songwriter, singer, and producer, as well as the keyboardist in the platinum-selling group Maroon 5, and head...

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Trump Says He Sees The European Union As A 'Foe' Of U.S.

President Trump has said he has "low expectations" ahead of a summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin, and added that he sees the European Union as a "foe" of the U.S. He made the comments in an interview with CBS that aired on Face the Nation , during a visit to Europe that has tested relations with some of the U.S.'s most important allies. "I go in with very low expectations. I think that getting along with Russia is a good thing," Trump told the program. "But it's possible we won't." The...

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The music of Hildegard of Bingen, the 12th century Sibyl of the Rhine, philosopher, abbess, architect, polymath and composer will be featured on this week's Continuum. Selections from the historically important 1981 recording, A Feather on the Breath of God, performed by the Gothic Voices will be heard as well as a contemporary electronic arrangement of her music. The recordings used will be: A Feather on the Breath of God (Gothic Voices) - Hyperion GAW21039, Celestial Stairs (Ensemble Für Frühe Musik Augsburg) - Christophorus CHR 77205, and Diadema (Vox) - Erdenklang 90343.

The World Cup
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  Every four years, World Cup fans join together in the spirit of international competition. On this week's show, we raise a glass to intercontinental camaraderie by tasting five exotic spirits produced across the globe. 

Touring New Orleans’s Historic Portage Route

Jul 6, 2018
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In New Orleans, water touches our daily lives in many ways: the impacts of coastal land loss, buying flood insurance and just keeping cars dry when it rains. Water has shaped the city since its beginning.

As the city celebrates its 300th birthday, the Historic New Orleans Collection is giving bike tours along the old  “portage” route that was once a narrow strip of dry land between the river and lake.

Project Lazarus

Since 1985, Project Lazarus has provided housing for individuals in New Orleans living with HIV and AIDS. When asked to describe the organization in one word, community members have responded with words like, "compassionate," "loving," and "sanctuary. " For more on the group's vision, NolaVie's David Benedetto invited Director of Programs Jessica Kinnison into the studio.

American Routes Shortcuts: Jimmy Carter

Jul 6, 2018
Jimmy Carter and the Blind Boys of Alabama
American Routes

When you hear the name Jimmy Carter, you may think of the former president. But our guest Jimmy Carter has been making a joyful noise with the Blind Boys of Alabama since their start at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in 1939.  Over their long career, the Blind Boys have performed at neighborhood churches and nightclubs, large music halls and the White House. Jimmy Carter is the only surviving member of the original Blind Boys. He is reflective but has no plans of stopping just yet.

Margie Perez grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC on a diet of classic rock and Cuban rhythms. As the child of immigrants from Havana, she knew Johnny Pacheco and Celia Cruz recordings just as intimately as she did every Beatles album. And what goes in, eventually comes out. 

A portrait of the late Al Copeland hangs in a Copeland's of New Orleans restaurant.
Ian McNulty

New Orleans food legends never die. Now, the legend of Al Copeland is helping people live.

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When the Mississippi River flooded this spring, tons of water gushed through the Bonnet Carré Spillway, and into Lake Pontchartrain. The spillway is a big swath of open land, and it relieves the swollen river.

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Today, 51 people from 24 countries stood under wings of warcraft at the National World War 2 Museum. There they took the pledge of allegiance to the United States of America as its newest citizens. 

This week on Inside the Arts, a Central City mainstay, the Ashé Cultural Arts Center celebrates its 20th Anniversary. We talk with co-founder Carole Bebelle.

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LE SHOW

Harry Shearer
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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.