New Orleans, LA – The Reading Life looks forward to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival with this week's guests: Photographer Shannon Brinkman and writer Eve Abrams are the creators of "Preservation Hall," a new book about that venerable jazz institution, and trumpeter Irvin Mayfield is out with a new photography book and CD retrospective, "A Love Letter to New Orleans."
New Orleans – Detroit Brooks is one of those "in-demand" New Orleans sidemen who will make multiple appearances at Jazz Fest. An accomplished guitarist, banjo man and vocalist - Detroit Brooks will play the 2011 Jazz Fest at least 5 times - including Saturday, May 7th - with Dr. Michael White...
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New Orleans, La. – Gulf Coast claims administrator Kenneth Feinberg says there are inconsistencies in how claims are paid. He says it sometimes takes too long to get a check, and the system isn't as transparent as it could be.
"I think they're all related to the volume of claims -- the sheer magnitude of the task, where it's going to be inevitable there's going to be inconsistency. You try and minimize it. But I acknowledge the problem."
New Orleans, La. – Mayor Landrieu says the new Louisiana State University Medical Center is vital to the city's future as a leader in research and health care.
" This particular project will dwarf the consequences of both the Superdome and Convention Center and has the potential of transforming the city of New Orleans from not only being a great city but being in a world-class city."
New Orleans – Sonny Rollins - a consensus pick as one of the all-time great improvisers in the history of jazz - brings his outstanding quintet - featuring guitarist Peter Bernstein - and percussionist Sammy Figueroa - to Jazz Fest Sunday, May 8th...
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New Orleans, LA – I know that you think Vidalia is ground zero for sweet onions. Indeed, we tip our hats to Vidalia, Georgia for training us like monkeys to believe that they are the center of the onion universe. Thanks to living on land that contains little to no sulfur, their onions are sweet. However, let me let you in on a delicious secret: Petal, Mississippi has little to no sulfur in its soil. As a result, their onions are so sweet that I even eat the roots. And that's not all. Tangipahoah Parish's soil is also "sweet." Local onions are available now at our region's farmers markets.
New Orleans, La. – Captain Alwin Landry stood before a massive American flag at the honor ceremony in the Belle Chase air station hangar. Coast Guard officials commended Landry and several of his crew members for quickly rescuing workers from the flaming wreck and burning oil floating amid the debris. Landry remembered those who didn't survive the April 20th disaster.
New Orleans, La. – The director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is telling oil industry representatives meeting at the Baker Institute at Rice University that new regulations aren't holding up offshore operations. Michael Bromwich says there are still unanswered questions about containing an accident.