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This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with legendary actress and singer Audra McDonald.  The record breaking, six time Tony Award winner is in town this week for a special performance at NOCCA.

This week on The Reading Life: John Barry, who’s celebrating the 20th anniversary of his book, Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood  of 1927 and How It Changed America. We’ll also hear from Candice Proctor, who writes as CS Harris, about her new Regency mystery, Where the Dead Lie.

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We have been receiving numerous inquiries from listeners regarding the FY 2018 Federal Budget Blueprint released on March 16, proposing to end funding for public broadcasting, specifically eliminating funding for the Corporation For Public Broadcasting.

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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 WarmRead the Trades, News of the Olympic Movement, The Apologies of the Week, and more!

This week Continnum presents music from the first music publication of the Italian printer, Ottaviano dei Petrucci (1466-1530), who was the first to publish in 1501 a collection of music of the period  printed using movable type. Included in the selections are chansons, frottole, popular Italian dances & sacred music from that printed collection. Recordings used are: Petrucci - The First Printer of Music (N.Y. Pro Musica) - Copy of LP Decca DL 79435 and Praetorious / Susato (N.Y. Pro Musica) - Universal UMD80565.

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Behind every cocktail bar and liquor cabinet is a wealth of history and elaborate effort. On this week’s show, we take a look at some hidden elements of the cocktail industry.

Gus Bennett Jr.

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. 

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In coming days, President Donald Trump is set to make an executive order to reverse much of President Obama’s climate change policy. The details are still unclear. But here in Louisiana, state officials and environmentalists are already grappling with the new administration’s actions on the environment – like proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency.

WWNO’s Tegan Wendland talked with Steve Cochran, of the Environmental Defense Fund, about the implications for the state.

Johnny Allan
American Routes

Each Week, American Routes bring you Shortcuts, a sneak peak at our upcoming show. Johnnie Allan is a Swamp Pop legend, born John Allen Guillot, a sharecropper’s son. His mother and grandfather were musicians who played with family member Joe Falcon, on the first Cajun record in 1928. At 13, Johnnie Allan formed a Cajun Band. Later, he joined accordionist Lawrence Walker’s band on steel guitar.

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As extreme weather brings more natural disasters, like flooding and wildfires, more Americans are experiencing them in their own backyard or seeing them play out on TV. As a result, preparing for disasters might be more mainstream than in the past. National Geographic’s Doomsday Preppers show is hugely popular. Families used to build bomb shelters; now people are packing emergency bags for the next big weather event. It’s become big business.

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