An air quality alert is in effect today for much of the listening area. Ozone levels are forecast to rise to potentially unhealthy levels for sensitive groups. Officials say children and elderly adults should avoid prolonged outdoor activities.

This week on Inside the Arts, we climb aboard the miniature train in City Park for a Musical History Tour.

Harry Shearer
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This week on Le Show Harry Shearer brings us What the Frack, Harry Reads the Trades, World of Microplastics, News of the Godly, News of the Warm, The Apresidentice, and the Apologies of the Week, plus original music selections from Harry, and more.

This week on The Reading Life: Jon Michael Varese, whose gorgeous debut novel is “The Spirit Photographer," and Renee Hodges, author of “Saving Bobby: Heroes and Heroin in One Small Community.”

On Continuum this week will be a special program devoted Gregorian Chant, from a ten-CD set of the History of Music. Specifically, this volume covers musical Europe in the era of Gregorian unification. Gregorian chant developed mainly in western and central Europe during the 9th and 10th centuries, with later additions and redactions. Although popular legend credits Pope St. Gregory the Great with inventing Gregorian chant, scholars believe that it arose from a later Carolingian synthesis of Roman chant and Gallican chant.

Coastal News Roundup: Bayou Bridge Pipeline Update

May 4, 2018
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This week on the Coastal News Roundup: an update on the controversial Bayou Bridge pipeline, plus some of the big picture questions it raises about coastal restoration strategies.

Gus Bennett

On this week's edition of All Things New Orleans, we're talking all things Jazz Fest! First we'll check in with Snug Harbor's Jason Patterson; he'll share a list of headliners for their Jazz Fest after shows. Then, reporter Natalie Yahr brings us a special postcard from the festival grounds. 

Jazz Fest Celebrates New Orleans Tricentennial

May 4, 2018
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Jazz Fest is more than just music - this year, the festival is celebrating New Orleans’s 300th birthday with exhibits by local artists, performers and historians.

American Routes Shortcuts: Jerry Lee Lewis

May 4, 2018
Jerry Lee Lewis
American Routes

This week it's all about rock n roll's most wayward son, Jerry Lee Lewis. Host Nick Spitzer visited the Killer on his 64th birthday back in 1999 and conducted a brief but memorable interview through his kitchen screen door. 

Accordion maker Pennye Huval owns and runs Martin's Cajun Accordions with her father in Lafayette Parish.
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Visitors to Jazz Fest will not only find Louisiana music and food, but also expert Louisiana craftsmen and women. Accordion makers Clarence Martin Junior and Pennye Huval came to the Jazz Fest craft tent to show off their talents. The father and daughter own an Martin Cajun Accordions, an accordion shop in Lafayette Parish.