Tegan Wendland / WWNO

Louisiana is investing millions of dollars to protect what wetlands are left along the coast. Also building diversions and barrier islands to protect people’s homes and livelihoods. But the truth is, ever since Katrina, many coastal towns have been shrinking faster, on their own.

This week on The Reading Life: John DeSantis, author,  and James Loiselle, photographer, talk about The Thibodaux Massacre, Racial Violence and the 1887 Sugar Cane Strike. And novelist Chris Tusa, talks about his post-Katrina tale, City of Falling Stars.

Bring Your Own Presents: Don't Piss In The Wind

Nov 21, 2016
Alejandro Salazar doing recovery work in Baton Rouge after the flooding of summer, 2016.
Alejandro Salazar

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in unconventional spaces within the New Orleans community. Each month, eight storytellers have eight minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on More at

Mallory Falk / WWNO

On Sunday, the local youth group BreakOUT! held a day of action in Armstrong Park. It was part of an international day to honor all transgender people who died by violence in the past year.

Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer premieres The Appresidentice, plus News of the Warm, News of the Godly, News of the Olympic Movement, News of Inspectors General, The Apologies of the Week, and more!

Two well-known composers are featured on this Continuum - one old and one new. Beginning with the English 17th century Henry Purcell, you’ll hear selections from his opera, “Dido and Aeneas”. The relatively new composer, believe it or not, is our own George Gershwin, making an interesting combination of 17th and 20th century music performed by early music musicians. Recordings used are: Dido and Aeneas (The Mermaid Singers & Orchestra) - EMI CDN 7610062, Dido and Aeneas (Academy of Ancient Music) - Decca 436 992-2, H.

The Trinity Loaves and Fishes mobile food truck serving on the corner of Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard and Clio Street in Central City.
Poppy Tooker

On this week’s show, we’re celebrating Thanksgiving by saving a place at the table for several remarkable stories.

Eileen Fleming / WWNO

Officials are getting ready for a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning at the new VA hospital in New Orleans. Veterans advised planners on what they wanted.

Les Paul
American Routes

Each week American Routes brings your Shortcuts, a sneak peek at the upcoming program. This week’s guest is not only a guitarist, he’s an inventor. Many believe that the late Les Paul developed the first electric guitar back in the 30s.  And a decade later, he was one of the first to experiment with sound-on-sound, or multi-track recording. Host Nick Spitzer sat down with Les to ask how he built his futuristic sound, and playing with wife and musical partner Mary Ford. To hear more, tune into WWNO Saturday at 7 or Sunday at 6, or listen at