This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with UNO professor and poet Niyi Osundare, whose new book is "If Only the Road Could Talk: Poetic Peregrinations in Africa, Asia and Europe." And The Reading Life looks back at 2017. And more news: Starting December 31 at noon, The Reading Life has its first airing of the weekly show Sunday at noon, then againTuesday at 1:30 and Wednesday at 8. On December 31: Susan talks with James Lee Burke, whose new book is "Robicheaux."

Audio extra: Niyi Osundare talks about his visit to Paju Book City in South Korea.

Harry Shearer
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This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer celebrates the holidays in comedy and song.

On this Continuum you'll hear a special program of early Christmas music performed by the New Orleans Musica da Camera. This is music from their CD, Natus Est, directed by Continuum hosts Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien.

This week, we’re sharing portraits of two chef-artists, tracing their paths from cradle to culinary greatness. 

First, we hear from James Beard Award-winning chef John Currence, whose upbringing in New Orleans has informed his illustrious restaurant career based in Oxford, Mississippi. John describes the through-lines of his craft, which includes a strong sense of place and a healthy dose of humility.

Teachers at Kids of Excellence second location on Higgins Drive start the morning off with songs in circle time.
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In part one of WWNO's series on early child care and education in Louisiana, we heard about how costs are keeping many families from accessing quality early childhood education. But costs are also having an impact on child care centers themselves.  In part two, we look at whether children are getting quality instruction when families can afford to send them to licensed centers.

Photo by Ian McNulty

There's an old adage that New Orleans food doesn't travel well. But it will take a lot more than an adage to keep people from trying, especially during the holidays.

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People love talking about the weather. And we did a lot of talking during this year's busy hurricane season. Turns out the weather has a way of showing up in music — but less now than it used to.


WWNO’s Travis Lux talked with Paul Williams, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Reading in the UK, who studies how musicians write about the weather. He hopes climate change will inspire more weather-related music.


American Routes Shortcuts: Irma Thomas

Dec 22, 2017
Irma Thomas
American Routes

Irma Thomas launched her career as a teenager and still tears the house down at age 76. Irma grew up singing in church and auditioned with Specialty Records at age 13. She was turned away for being too young, but proved ready by 18 and charted her first hit in 1959, “Don’t Mess With My Man,” on Ron Records. She went on to record hits for Minit, Imperial, and Chess. In 2007, Irma won a Grammy for her album “After the Rain” on Rounder Records.

This week, we bring you that funky gentleman from the Ninth Ward, Jon Cleary, who talks about his native England, his grandmother, the piano back home, his mum’s songwriting chops, and a variety of other loves.

Cleary grew up listening to New Orleans soul, r&b and funk. And now, we listen to him.

As a multi-instrumentalist and sideman, he’s played with some of the best artists, including Earl King, Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John, Snooks Eaglin, Ernie K-Doe and Walter “Wolfman” Washington. But Cleary is even better fronting his own band and digging into his own groove.

Anthony Rivera

On this edition of All Things New Orleans, we'll chat with actress, artist and collector CCH Pounder. She'll discuss her personal collection which is part of Prospect New Orleans, a citywide triennial of contemporary art.  

Then, we'll share the latest episode of the Listening Post, asking our neighbors about community policing.