New Orleans, LA – This week The Reading Life celebrates the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival in an interview with filmmaker/actor/writer John Waters, who wrote the introduction to Williams' Memoirs. Also featured is Fred Kasten's interview with Josh Russell and performances by poet Delia Tomino Nakayama and musician Peter Nu.
New Orleans, La. – BP says the laptop was lost March 1st. It started sending notices this week to those affected. The laptop requires a password, but the information itself is not encrypted. It includes a person's name, birthday and Social Security number. The claims were filed before the process was taken over in August by the Gulf Coast Claims Facility. BP says there's no evidence the information has been misused, and it's offering free credit monitoring. For WWNO, I'm Eileen Fleming.
New Orleans, LA – The University of New Orleans unveiled its Students First initiative today, with various campus upgrades provided by more than $2.2 million in federal hurricane recovery funds. These upgrades include a new campus wireless internet system and technological upgrades for the colleges. The event was attended by many, including U.S. Congressman Cedric Richmond and Senator David Vitter, who shared his thoughts on the project with WWNO.
New Orleans, LA – WWNO's Paul Maassen talks with Michael Stern, food writer and regular contributor to "The Splendid Table" public radio program, about the 3rd Annual New Orleans Roadfood Festival this Weekend in the French Quarter. Stern and his wife Jane are the authors of more than 40 books - including the good-eats guide "Roadfood."
New Orleans, LA – On March 26th, at the Mahalia Jackson Theater, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will perform music by Richard Strauss, Wolfgang Mozart, and William Bolcom with guest flutist Sir James Galway. LPO Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto sat down with WWNO's Farrar Hudkins to talk about the concert.
To learn more about the 2010-2011 LPO season, visit their website.
New Orleans, La. – The French Quarter is abuzz with activity as the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival continues its Silver Anniversary celebration and the Centennial of the legandary playwright. The University of New Orleans says Happy Birthday to Mr. Williams with a staging of The Glass Menagerie at Le Petit Theater...616 St. Peter. Performances are Friday March 25th at 7:30 pm and Saturday March 26th at 3pm. More info can be found on the website tennesseewilliams.net
After a sweetly harmonized "Tryin' Times" from 1970 by Donny Hathaway and a rocking version of "Compared to What" by Gene McDaniels ("The president, he got his war / Folks don't know just what it's for"), Rene Marie pauses to ask two questions: "Do you remember when it was not unusual for jazz composers to write about social issues? What happened?" There's a pause, and then Carla Cook says off-mic, "The '80s." The audience hears her and laughs.