American Routes Shortcuts: Allen Toussaint

Dec 1, 2017
Allen Toussaint
American Routes

This week on American Routes Shortcuts, we celebrate New Orleans piano man and producer extraordinaire, Allen Toussaint, who passed away in November 2015. Back in September 2005, just weeks after Katrina, Nick Spitzer interviewed Toussaint at his New York hotel. He was dressed impeccably as ever, with suit and sandals, plus colors that matched from socks to tie to hankie. In a few days he’d headline the Big Apple for the Big Easy fundraiser at Madison Square Garden.

On this week's edition of All Things New Orleans, we'll chat with Dr. Laura Cheever, the Associate Administrator for the Health Resources & Services Administration's HIV/AIDS Bureau. She'll discuss World AIDS Day and the progress being made for individuals living with the disease.

Then, native Mick Behre talks about his one man show which depicts the life story of The Who's drummer, Keith Moon. Behre is joined by Nancy Carlin, director of Keith Moon: The Real Me which is being performed at the Castle Theatre. 

Einstein Charter Schools says it doesn't believe they should have to provide transportation for students. Instead it directs parents to private van services.
Jess Clark / WWNO

The Orleans Parish School Board is taking Einstein Charter Schools to court over the school group's transportation policy. The board filed a petition in Orleans Parish Civil District Court Wednesday, asking the court to declare Einstein in breach of its charter contract and allow OPSB to force Einstein to bus students.

It’s About People Coming Together Over Barriers

New Orleans City Park

Editor's Note: In celebration of the city’s upcoming Tricentennial, NolaVie and New Orleans Historical bring you the series Who Did it Better: New Orleans Then and Now. In it, we look at offbeat aspects of the city’s history and their parallels in the present. Today we go to City Park, in a segment we call A Walk in the Park.

Eileen Fleming / WWNO

A New Orleans jail reform coalition is asking the city to close a temporary detention center operating in Mid-City. Criminal justice groups are worried that it will become permanent.

A new report shows per-student spending is down in a majority of the states, including Louisiana.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Louisiana is among 29 states spending less on students than before the Great Recession, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

This week on Inside the Arts, the Dillard University Choir gears up for its 81st Annual Holiday concert.

 Then, the Birdfoot Festival in partnership with WWNO launches HearHearNOLA, a live online classical music calendar. And, the Music Alive Ensemble spreads Holiday cheer. Violinist and artistic director Rachel Jordan joins us. Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m., Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m., and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. 

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Joe DeSalvo, Jr., and Rosemary James about 27 years of Faulkner House Books and 20 years of Words and Music: A Literary Feast in New Orleans