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From left to right: Dr. Linda Shiue, Poppy Tooker, Natasha MacAller, and Dr. Geeta Maker-Clark
Joe Shriner / Louisiana Eats

On this week's show, we meet some individuals who are doing their part to make the world a better place through food. 

 

We begin with the remarkable story of JoAnn Clevenger of the Upperline Restaurant. While she is known first and foremost for her beloved restaurant, JoAnn has taken on many different endeavors over the years, all with the unifying purpose of bringing people together.

Sunny and the Sunliners
American Routes

Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peak at our upcoming show. This week, we hung out with members of San Antonio’s Sunny and the Sunliners. Keyboard player and singer Little Henry Lee Parrilla tells us about the band’s R&B and blues- influenced sound. 

Buffalo oysters are topped with blue cheese at Felix's in the French Quarter.
Ian McNulty

The longer this summer stretches on, the more I find I have oysters on my mind. Someday fall will arrive, peak oyster season will be close behind and this hot, rainy summer will be in the history books.

But I can't wait that long. This summer has been a rough one already, and I'm ready for a taste of one of the real blessings of living in Louisiana: the prodigious oyster harvest.

The City of New Orleans has issued a heat advisory for Thursday. City health officials are warning residents to stay in air-conditioned areas and avoid unnecessary sun exposure. The advisory runs until 9 p.m. Officials say the heat and humidity in the greater New Orleans area could push the heat index up to 110 degrees.

City officials say people needing shelter overnight will be accepted at the following locations, under the following conditions:

Ron, Moon And The White Alligators Of Audubon Zoo

Aug 17, 2017
The Historic New Orleans Collection

Today, the Audubon Zoo is treasured by residents and visitors alike. But it wasn’t always that way. When the mayor assigned Ron Forman to remake the Zoo, it presented a formidable challenge. In this edition of NOLA Life Stories, Ron takes listeners through the evolution of the Zoo, and describes the arrival of a certain white alligator 40 years ago.

Illinois State University

Givonna Joseph and her New Orleans-based troupe, OperaCréole, tackle some of opera's most challenging works with gusto, including early compositions written by free people of color in the United States and Europe. So, in addition to Bizet and Puccini and Verdi and Gershwin, OperaCréole gives full attention to composers Andre Ernest Gretry, Edmond Dede, Lucien Lambert and Samuel Snaer, among others.

In doing so, OperaCréole is continuing one of the nation's longest running opera traditions. New Orleans was home to North America's first opera house.

Madams and Professors: The Soundtrack of Storyville

Aug 17, 2017
The William Russell Jazz Collection at The Historic New Orleans Collection

Now through December, The Historic New Orleans Collection is hosting an exhibit called Storyville: Madams and Music. Brian Friedman speaks with curator Eric Seiferth about the soundtrack of this era.  

Della Hasselle

Traumatic experiences like major floods can have psychological ramifications. Since Hurricane Katrina, FEMA has sent money to Louisiana to provide counseling for survivors struggling with poor mental health every time a disaster hits the state.

A program called Louisiana Spirit has been providing that service to victims near Baton Rouge since the floods last August. But as the one-year anniversary approaches, the program is winding down — leaving some victims in the lurch.

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Since rainfall blanketed southeast Louisiana in August 2016, residents have wondered how the state can protect its people from future floods. Answering that question begins with understanding the geography we live in.

This week on Inside the Arts, we catch up with visual artist Blake Boyd. His documentary portrait exhibit, Louisiana Cereal, captures the resilience of the people of New Orleans and Louisiana post-Katrina.

Then, WWNO's Eileen Fleming visits NOMA for a look at the exhibit, Pride of Place, which showcases works donated by New Orleans art collector and gallerist Arthur Roger.

And, vocalist Debbie Davis and pianist Josh Paxton talk about their new CD, Vices and Virtues.

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