MUSIC

Gus Bennett Jr.

All Things New Orleans: Tank and The Bangas

This week on All Things New Orleans we had a chat with NPR's Tiny Desk Contest winner, Tank and The Bangas. The New Orleans band is known for their culmination of R&B and Funk with Rock, atop the vocals and poetic power of lead singer, Tarriona "Tank" Ball. Here at WWNO, we don't have a "Tiny Desk" but our studio is equipped with a digital piano. Before recording the interview, Tank and keyboard Banga, Merell Burkett played around for a minute and here's what it sounds like. Follow Tank...

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FOOD & DINING

The fried seafood boat at Morton's Seafood in Madisonville.
Ian McNulty

Where Y'Eat: The Seafood Boat Sails On At Old Fashioned New Orleans Eateries

The seafood boat is not a po-boy , and it’s different from a seafood platter. It belongs to its own niche. It flies brazenly in the face of modern low-carb diets, but survives at a handful of eateries. It can kindle cravings in those with a nostalgic bent, and maybe event those who enjoy a little spectacle with their supper.

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Amy Scott

Colleges try to reassure international students

Indiana State University in Terre Haute is typically pretty deserted during spring break. But on a cold afternoon earlier this month, several dozen international students gathered for lunch in the student union. “I feel for you, and the fact that you’re here at Indiana State University and not in a warmer climate,” Chris McGrew told the students as they dined on Thai noodle salad and apricot glazed turkey breast. McGrew directs the Center for Global Engagement, which oversees the university’s...

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Chris Thile

Mar 2, 2017
“Great Music is More Alike Than Un-Alike”
Music Inside Out

For the first ever live recording of Music Inside Out, Gwen caught up with the prodigious and prolific Chris Thile at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center. He’s barely 36 years-old, but already boasts a lifetime’s worth of achievements. He started learning mandolin as a kindergartener. Three years later, he co-founded the platinum-selling Nickel Creek with his friends Sara and Sean Watkins. The band would become a groundbreaking force in acoustic music.

Louisiana soft shell crabs are a prized find at local markets.
Ian McNulty

People in Louisiana are accustomed to finding delicious local crab everywhere – from fine dining restaurants to neighborhood joints to family affair seafood boils. But right now, Louisiana is finding its crab somewhere unexpected – and that’s off limits.

The state is in the midst of a first-of-its-kind closure of its blue crab fishery. It started just before Mardi Gras and continues through late March.

Infrogmation of New Orleans

New Orleans after dark skews toward the spiritual, and it always has. This year the Hermann-Grima House has teamed up with the Tennessee Williams Festival to look into this fascinating aspect of New Orleans lore. As part of their investigation, they have invited local spiritual medium Juliet Pazera to lead a Victorian-style séance at this historic home in the French Quarter.

The Science Fiction Writers of Valence Street

Mar 2, 2017
The Historic New Orleans Collection

A scientist and a poet might seem like an unlikely pair to write movies, but when Joyce Corrington and her late husband Bill began to collaborate, their stories took on three dimensions. Joyce and Bill’s screenwriting career transported them from New Orleans to LA and back again, into post-apocalyptic worlds on page and screen. In this edition of NOLA Life Stories, Joyce’s narrative begins during her time as an engineering student at Rice University in the 1950s.

Tegan Wendland / WWNO

Mardi Gras means a lot of different things for a lot of different people. Some devote hours to costume making, while neighbors get together at house parties along the parade route.

But for many families it’s grueling. High school band members and dancers spend all year practicing, and then spend hours on the streets as they march in the parades. WWNO All Things Considered Host, Janae Pierre, is part of such a family. She sent this report, produced by WWNO’s Tegan Wendland, from the Krewe of Nyx parade.

 

Photo Credit: Skip Bolen

This week on Inside the Arts, it’s Carnival time!  We take a look at New Orleans’s complicated history with the Mardi Gras flambeaux through the eyes of writer Rien Fertel. His essay, The Keepers of the Light is featured in the spring issue of Oxford American magazine. http://www.oxfordamerican.org/magazine/item/1103-the-keepers-of-the-light

This week on The Reading Life: Novelist Meg Wolitzer, who’s the Zale Kimmerling Writer in Residence at Tulane University next week; her most recent book is The Interestings. We’ll also hear from Louisiana native Martin Hyatt, whose new novel is Beautiful Gravity. And I’ll have a review of Brian Altobello’s Carnival in Louisiana: Celebrating Mardi Gras from the French Quarter to the Red River.

Harry Shearer
Harry Shearer / Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer celebrates Mardi Gras with song, plus News of Smart HousesRead the Trades, The Apologies of the Week, News of the Olympic Movement, We're Not #1, News of Secrets, What the Frack, News of the Warm, and more!

Three important subjects on this Continuum: Love, Song & Carnival. All three are definitely related for the Mardi Gras celebration. They really fit the saying, “You can’t have one without the others!” The music is from five excellent CDs. The CDs used are: A Florentine Carnival (London Pro Musica) - IMP PCD 825, The Second Circle (Anonymous 4) - Harmonia Mundi HMU 907269, Alfonso V el Magnanim (Capella Reial de Catalunya) - Aliavox AV 9816, D’Amor Cantando (Micrologus) - Opus 111 OPS 2033, and Canti Carnascialeschi (Josquin Ensemble - Wien) - Christophorus CD 74538

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux
American Routes

Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek at our upcoming show. This week for Carnival Season, we bring you a bit of the action from the streets. We’ll catch up with Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and his followers on Mardi Gras Day.

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CLASSICAL MUSIC

Classical 104.9 FM

Beautiful classical music, from traditional to contemporary, on Classical 104.9

Tell Us Why You Love WWNO!

I Love WWNO! Once Upon a Time there was a listener (you) who lovingly and regularly tuned into their dearest public radio station (us), and it was an immediate “happily ever after” situation from then onward. This Valentine’s Day, New Orleans Public Radio is launching its first ever “I Love WWNO” campaign to help raise awareness about the importance of public radio, and to promote the value it has in our community.

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LE SHOW

Harry Shearer
Harry Shearer / Harry Shearer

Le Show For The Week Of March 26, 2017

This week on Le Show with Harry Shearer: The Appresidentice: Winning Looks Like Losing , News of Bad Banks , News from Outside the Bubble , We're Not #1 , News of the Warm , Read the Trades , News of the Olympic Movement , The Apologies of the Week , and more!

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