Diane Mack

Announcer & Producer

"This is NPR's Morning Edition, at 89.9 WWNO. Good Morning, I'm Diane Mack."

Many of you awake to that greeting each morning as Diane brings you the day's news as WWNO's host for NPR's Morning Edition. Diane is a native New Orleanian with a background in television broadcast journalism. She is a graduate of Loyola University of New Orleans, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications.

Diane has worked in various markets around the state. She started at KATC-TV in Lafayette as reporter and morning news anchor. Diane moved back home to New Orleans in 1982 where she joined the news staff of WDSU-TV as a general assignment reporter. In 1993, Diane joined WWNO's staff, hosting news programs, a classical music show, and the "Friends of Music" concert series. She is also an award-winning producer for the station's cultural arts radio feature Inside the Arts.

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This week on Inside the Arts, the 45th annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival kicks off this weekend. We sample Brazilian street food from Carmo Café near the Cultural Exchange Pavilion.

Then we catch up with vocalist Debbie Davis, whose new release Linger 'till Dawn is just out in time for Jazz Fest. And we round out with a look at New Orleans through the eyes of photographer Stirling Barrett, exhibiting works in the Contemporary Crafts area.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

Laura Marie Duncan

This week on Inside the Arts, we talk with the legendary Chita Rivera. She's in town this week for a rare performance at Le Petit Théatre.

Then, we sit down with the Prince of Tremé, Glen David Andrews. His latest release, Redemption, tells the story of his personal journey following a major storm in his life.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

Michael Wilson

This week on Inside the Arts, the largest free music festival in the United States, French Quarter Fest, kicks off four days of Louisiana music, food and fun. 

Then, across town, the Indian Arts Circle of New Orleans presents Trilogy, a concert of North Indian classical music with elements of jazz, co-sponsored by Loyola University College of Fine Arts, Montage Performance Series.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

This week on Inside the Arts, Musaica Chamber Ensemble, headed by violist Bruce Owen, looks to the stars as it gears up for the world premiere of Lyra (based on the constellation).

And two singing divas, Ingrid Lucia and Lena Prima, stop by to talk about new music and their upcoming debut.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

The window is fast closing on the open enrollment period to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The deadline to purchase insurance through the federal Healthcare Marketplace is Monday, March 31.

WWNO's Diane Mack spoke with Doug Wilkinson, state coordinator with the Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition, LHEC, about the approaching deadline.

Federal site to sign up and purchase healthcare coverage — www.healthcare.gov

Broadway, TV and film actor, and native New Orleanian, Bryan Batt brings his acclaimed one-man show, “BATT ON A HOT TIN ROOF” back home to Le Petit Theatre for one show only, on Sunday March 30 at 7 p.m. 

Batt has performed the cabaret show around the world since its original performance as a post-Katrina benefit.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

Herbert Migdoll

This week on Inside the Arts the acclaimed Joffrey Ballet returns to New Orleans with a program of seldom-seen works by award winning choreographers Jerome Robbins (West Side Story) and Twyla Tharp (Movin' Out).

Then, the Ashé Cultural Arts Center gears up for Redd Linen Night — A Visual Art Show with a Twist. And the touring Intergalactic Nemesis lands in the Crescent City.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

This week on Inside the Arts,  the Crescent City celebrates Tennessee Williams, a legendary American playwright who called New Orleans his spiritual home. We talk with David Hoover, spokesman for the 28th Annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival about the numerous theater offerings. 

Inside the Arts airs Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

Scott Aiges / Jazz & Heritage Foundation

This week on Inside the Arts we celebrate Tennessee Williams' 103rd Anniversary! The 28th Annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival kicks off five days of festivities in and around the French Quarter, beginning on Wednesday. We highlight an exciting array of theatrical offerings.

John Barrois

Today on Inside the Arts, conversation with Aimée Hayes and Troi Bechet on Southern Rep Theatre's production of The Night of the Iguana.

This steamy tell-all drama is considered to be Tennessee Williams' last great play.

Inside the Arts airs Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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