John Adams at 70

The influential American composer John Adams turned 70 earlier this year. As a student, I had the pleasure of meeting Adams when he was teaching at Harvard in the 1980s; I was also lucky enough to get to see his opera "Nixon in China" staged twice -- once in Houston, and once at Indiana University. Beginning in the 1970s, Adams' music began to spin away from the strict metronomic Minimalism of Philip Glass and Steve Reich. He had a warmer, more Romantic sensibility in his music, even though...

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All Things New Orleans: July 20, 2017

On this edition of All Things New Orleans we chat with Amber Harper, Run 4 All Women Ambassador. Then, Jessica Rosgaard returns with Richard Campanella to discuss his Cityscapes column for Times Picayune . We'll also discuss the Kellogg Foundation's Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation initiative with Flozell Daniels Jr, President/CEO of the Foundation for Louisiana. And political analyst, Dr. Silas Lee talks about the city's mayoral race and the candidates on the ballot.

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Does It Matter If Trump Jr., Manafort Are Under Oath When They Talk To Congress?

President Trump's son and former campaign chairman are both expected to meet with the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, but in a move that's irritated some Democrats, they will reportedly not be put under oath to answer the panel's questions. Likewise, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner was not expected to take an oath during his Monday meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee, The Washington Post reported . Legally speaking, taking an oath is closer to a symbolic...

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This week on Inside the Arts, the Tony award winning musical, Hairspray opens as Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane continues its 50th Anniversary season. Then, artist James Michalopoulos stops by for a chat. His exhibit, Waltzing the Muse is in final days at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. And, Second Star New Orleans presents Lee Blessing's 1988 drama, Two Rooms.

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Donald Trump Jr. tweeted images of emails regarding his 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer on Tuesday. An intermediary said he could connect Trump Jr. with people who had information "that would incriminate Hillary [Clinton]... and would be very useful to your father." Trump Jr. agreed to the meeting, which former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner also attended in June 2016.

This week on The Reading Life: Benjamin Moser, author of  "Why This World? A Biography of Clarice Lispector," talks about his longstanding affection for the Brazilian writer and his stewardship of her literary legacy. And Susan has a review of Roxane Gay’s "Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body."

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Louisiana isn’t the only place in the world trying to fight back the ocean. Much of the Netherlands is below sea level, and the Dutch are well-known for their water management expertise.


State officials in Louisiana are signing a formal agreement to tap into that knowledge.


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This week on Le Show: The Easy Deasy, The Miracle of Coal, News of the Godly, The Apologies of the Week, Mitchell & Jesson, News of the Atom, Read the Trades, News of Microplastics, News of the Warm, and more!

Continuum presents excerpts from the Feast of Fools, a post-European Christmas event dating from the Middle Ages. Occurring between Christmas and Epiphany, this celebration was marked by much license and buffoonery. The clergy and the laity traded places for a day and interesting things happened, particularly in The Mass of the Ass. You'll hear it from these CDs: The Feast of Fools (The New London Consort) L’Oiseaus-Lyre 433 194-2, and La Fete de L'Ane (Clemencic Consort) Harmonia Mundi HMT 7901036.

This week on All Things New Orleans, coastal reporter Tegan Wendland sat down with Julia Kumari Drapkin, founder and CEO of to talk about their online community weather and climate journal. Then, Deputy Mayor Judy Reese Morse joins us to explain the city's first-ever equity strategy, which seeks to address inequities due to economic or racial disparities. 

And Jessica Rosgaard discusses the documentary film, Five Awake, and domestic violence issues with former Senator Mary Landrieu.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu used his final State of the City address Thursday night to highlight achievements, ongoing problems and what the city should do next.

American Routes Shortcuts: Judy Collins

Jul 7, 2017
Judy Collins
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Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek at our upcoming show. This week, we speak with folk singer Judy Collins, who recorded songs by contemporaries in Greenwich Village like Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell in the 1960s. She gained an appreciation for traditional Irish folk music from her father who was blind and hosted a radio show.

An assortment of boudin from Bourree at Bourcherie, a New Orleans butcher shop for the Cajun classic.
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It’s summertime, which means it’s time for road trips and that means, of course, it’s time for boudin. It’s simple math, right? Well, if you’re in my head it is, and I think that makes sense to lots of other people in Louisiana. When we hit the road, a lot of the spots along the way turn out to be prime territory for these links of pork and rice sausage that seem so humble on the surface but inspire such desire.

Well, these days, if you’re in and around New Orleans in particular, good sources of this ultimate Louisiana road trip road food are a lot closer to home. That’s new, and for boudin fans that’s very good news.



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The Appalachians range from Northern Alabama to Canada, yet when we speak of the people of Appalachia and their food and culture, we're talking about the South.
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Louisiana Eats: Victuals And Spider Legs

On this week’s show, we take a sonic journey through Appalachia to explore the history and legacy of its unique foodways. We begin with Troy Ball , whose hobby as a moonshiner became a means of helping her family survive financial ruin. Troy’s memoir, Pure Heart, tells a very personal story of raising two special needs sons while becoming the first legal female moonshiner in Southern history.

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WWNO's Travel Krewe Is Going To Bella Italia

Join WWNO New Orleans Public Radio, and a like-minded group of curious travelers for a journey rich in the art, architecture, food, wine, and music of la bella Italia.


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Le Show For The Week Of July 23, 2017

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer has a new The Appresidentice , The Week in Trumpland , News of the Atom , What the Frack? , News of the Godly , The Apologies of the Week , and more!

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