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Carl Leblanc
American Routes

Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peak at our upcoming program. New Orleans banjo and guitar player Carl Leblanc has been playing music professionally for over 40 years, from Preservation Hall to Avante Jazz with Sun Ra. The guitar was his first instrument, and he learned a lot about it, right in his neighborhood. 

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with jazz vocalist Anaïs St. John.  Her high energy Big Easy Award nominated show takes us back to the age of Disco.

 

Middendorf's Restaurant has had a roost along the waterfront in Manchac since 1934.
Ian McNulty

Fried catfish cut as thin as a dime, a view of the water that ends with the sky and a regular crowd coming from the north shore and the south shore to meet in the middle - these are hallmarks of a trip to Middendorf's, the vintage Louisiana seafood house just off the highway on the marshy edge of Manchac.

No one wants it to change, least not the people who now run Middendorf’s.

Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

Two years ago on Out to Lunch we met two very interesting entrepreneurs.

Today, Haley Burns and Libby Fisher are Peter's guests on Out to Lunch. Two years later, things are very different for both of them.

Joe Mabel / Century Ballroom

In a world that is increasingly connected digitally, we are probably getting more and more disconnected socially. Oswald Cooper, better known as "Oz The Dance Doctor," is out to change that. Oz leads the Who Dat Steppers of New Orleans. Stepping is a type of social dance rooted in African-American history, and it’s making a comeback across the country.

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Renée Peck.  

Photo Credit: Robert Morris

This week on Inside the Arts, we usher in the Carnival season with two Twelfth Night celebrations.  First, the Phunny Phorty Phellows gear up for their annual historic streetcar ride.  Captain Peggy Scott Laborde talks about the festivities and a major milestone in her professional career as host of "Steppin' Out" on WYES-TV.

Then, the festivities continue as the 9th annual Joan of Arc Parade walks the French Quarter. The unique parade melding medieval revelry and Mardi Gras celebrates Joan's birth which coincides with Twelfth Night. Parade founder Amy Kirk joins us.

This week on The Reading Life: Tyler Bridges, co-author with Jeremy Alford, takes us into the writing of "Long Shot: A Soldier, A Senator, A Serious Sin, An Epic Louisiana Election," about the race between John Bel Edwards and David Vitter. Will Schwalbe, author of "The End of Your Life Book Club," is back with another celebration of reading, "Books for Living."

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Harry Shearer
Harry Shearer / Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer rings in the new year with the songs Deaf Boys and Mitchell & Jessen, plus We're Number 1, News of Microplastics, Our Freedom-Loving Friends, News of the GodlyNews of the Atom, The Apologies of the Week, and more!

On this Continuum you'll hear excerpts from the Feast of Fools, a post-European Christmas event dating from the Middle Ages. Occurring between Christmas and Epiphany, this celebration was marked by much license and buffoonery. The clergy and the laity traded places for a day and interesting things happened, particularly in The Mass of the Ass. You'll hear it from these CDs: The Feast of Fools (The New London Consort) L’Oiseaus-Lyre 433 194-2, and La Fete de L'Ane (Clemencic Consort) Harmonia Mundi HMT 7901036.

President George W. Bush visits the restored Dooky Chase Restaurant in 2008 with Leah Chase, left, and Dooky Chase, right.
Joyce N. Boghosian / The White House

Edgar "Dooky" Chase, Jr., the patriarch of the Chase family who passed away at the end of 2016, helped in making Dooky Chase’s Restaurant the landmark establishment it is today. Here, his wife of 70 years, Chef Leah Chase, shares memories of her husband, his life as a musician and the quiet role he played behind the scenes in the Civil Rights movement.


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