This week on The Reading Life: National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward talks about editing the important new anthology, "The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race," and New Orleans native Clint Smith, one of the poets in that anthology, talks about his new book, "Counting Descent."

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Join Us For The Coastal Desk's Sinkhole Tour!

Oct 10, 2016
Join us for the WWNO Sinkhole Tour.
Tegan Wendland / WWNO

Sat., October 22, 2016
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Starts: 624 Louisiana Ave. (View Map)


Sinkholes and potholes are a big problem all over New Orleans. There are a number of reasons why, but mainly: the land is sinking due to natural subsidence; and the infrastructure is aging. The city works to fix big problems as they arise – like the giant sinkhole downtown earlier this year – but it’s a seemingly endless problem. The Landrieu administration recently secured $2 billion from the federal government to update roads and infrastructure.

Saying Farewell to Farrar

Oct 10, 2016
Farrar Hudkins.

Longtime WWNO announcer and classical music programmer Farrar Hudkins has only one more public radio membership drive on his calendar! The sixteen-year veteran broadcaster will depart New Orleans’ NPR-member station by the end of October as he and his wife Ally Halperin move to Long Island, New York, where she has accepted the role of Development Director for Stony Brook University’s College of Arts and Sciences. Farrar is looking forward to finding a new role for himself among metropolitan New York’s numerous broadcasters and classical music organizations.

Louisiana residents impacted by the August floods are facing two important relief deadlines this week.

Thursday, October 13th, is the last day to register for FEMA assistance.


Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer plays Trump's backstage pre-debate tape and Ted Cruz's statement about the Trump tape, plus Our Freedom-Loving Friends, We're Not So Exceptional After All, News from Outside the Bubble, We're Not #1,  News from Inspectors General, News from the Olympic Movement, The Apologies of the Week, and more!

Continuum presents a program of medieval dances performed by the Capella de Ministrers, an early music group founded in 1987 in Valencia, Spain by Carles Magraner. Most of the types of medieval dances are heard on this recording including the famous Lamento di Tristano, estampies, saltarellos, istampitas and melodies from the Cantigas de Santa Maria by Alfonso X. Recording used is Lamento di Tristano (Capella de Ministrers) - Licanus B0001Z24NU.

Breakfast at the Original Ruby Slipper Cafe
Infrogmation / Wikimedia Commons

On this week's show, we're up at the crack at dawn to examine what many consider to be the most important meal of the day: breakfast.

This week on All Things New Orleans, Jesse Hardman visits the final shelter in Baton Rouge on its last day open, some two months after the August flooding. Tegan Wendland discusses problems with the Red Cross' recovery efforts with ProPublica reporter Derek Kravitz. NolaVIE's Brian Friedman discusses a new festival coming to the French Quarter, and Eve Troeh speaks with a community organizer about a new method for bringing investment to the Lower Ninth Ward.

Lyle Lovett
American Routes

Each week, American Routes Shortcuts gives you a sneak peak into the upcoming American Routes episode. This week, host Nick Spitzer sits down with country star Lyle Lovett. They talk about his life growing up on the farm in East Texas and how his family stories became his songs. To hear more from Lyle Lovett and the full episode, tune into WWNO Saturday at 7 or Sunday at 6, or listen at

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Beignets these days! I mean, can you even recognize them? In case you haven’t noticed, the French donut that New Orleans made famous has been seeing a revival. There’s more places to get them, and more flavors and more different shapes and forms. 

But can beignets be burgers? Can they double as crab cakes or stand in for chicken and waffles?