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American Routes Shortcuts: Gershwin's "Summertime"

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George Gershwin
American Routes

This week on American Routes Shortcuts, we bask in the summer heat and listen to our favorite versions of the George Gershwin classic, “Summertime,” from the 1934 opera Porgy and Bess.

Nick Spitzer: It is one of the most covered tunes in the American Songbook, with over 30,000 renditions. “Summertime” was composed by George Gershwin and novelist DuBose Heyword in 1934, for the opera Porgy and Bess. To flesh out the scenes and sounds of the DuBose Heyword novel, the composer went into the field. Jeffrey Melnick.

Scott Billington, Irma Thomas, and Dr. John
Scott Billington, Irma Thomas, and Dr. John

There’s a good chance that the name “Scott Billington” is on the back of your favorite album. Make that “albums.” As a long-time music producer for Rounder Records, Billington has tended the most fertile ground of American music. Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Charlie Rich, Solomon Burke, Irma Thomas, Johnny Adams, James Booker, Dr. John, Buckwheat Zydeco, Duane Allman, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and the Soul Rebels make up only a partial list of the artists with whom Billington has worked.

This week on Inside the Arts, actor Val Kilmer is heading to the Crescent City for the film screening of his one man play, Citizen Twain. Event producer, Jonathan Mares stops by for a chat.

Will Brown

According to a new report, more than 40,000 Louisiana homes and 99,00 Louisiana residents are at risk of chronic flooding due to rising seas in the next 30 years. In total, 311,000 homes may be at risk across the United States.

 

The report was published by the Union of Concerned Scientists, a climate change advocacy group. Researchers made the calculation by combining sea level rise predictions with data from Zillow, an online real estate company.

Harry Shearer
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This week on Le Show Harry Shearer brings us News from Outside the Bubble, It’s A Smart World After All, News of the Olympic Movement, News of Microplastics, News of the Warm, News of the Godly, The Apologies of the Week, plus another episode of The Appresidentice and original music satirizing this week’s headlines.

This week on The Reading Life: Wayne Wiegand, co-author with Shirley Wiegand, of “The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South: Civil Rights and Local Activism.” We’ll also hear from novelist Silas House, whose new book is “Southernmost.”

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This week on Continuum you'll hear the music that was used in the 1972 movie, "Henry VIII And His Six Wives", performed by the Early Music Consort of London under the direction of the legendary David Munrow. Included in the performers is Christopher Hogwood on harpsichord and regal, a Renaissance reed organ. Henry VIII was also a prolific musician and composer. His most famous composition was the song, “Pastime With Good Company”, heard on this program. This is the movie sound track originally issued on an LP in the early 1970s but re-mastered for CD.

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This week on the Coastal News Roudup: the blessing of the fleet.

The Juror Project Aims To Rebalance The Scales Of Justice

Jun 15, 2018
The Juror Project

As the state prepares to vote on several key laws in November, many voters are turning their attention to the split verdict issue in Louisiana. 48 states in the US require unanimous verdicts in felony trials, but Louisiana is not one of them. NolaVie's David Benedetto speaks with William Snowden, a federal trial attorney and founder of The Juror Project. The group aims to increase diversity on juries and challenge perspectives on jury duty.

American Routes Shortcuts: Masakowski Family

Jun 15, 2018
Masakowski Family
American Routes

Steve Masakowski has worked with Allen Toussaint, Mose Allison, Dianne Reeves, and many others. He’s a Blue Note recording artist, member of the fusion group Astral Project, inventor of the keytar, and professor of Jazz Studies at the University of New Orleans. Steve is also father to professional musicians Sasha and Martin Masakowski. We spoke to all three about their home life, solo careers, and performing together as the Masakowski Family.

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