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 Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet celebrates its 40th Anniversary season with a stop in New Orleans. Southern Rep Theater puts a fresh spin on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. And, revelers will make a joyful noise as the Central City Festival gets underway.

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

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New Orleans parents with children in public schools already have to think about where they will send their students next year. That's because it's time to fill out the One App.

Short for "one application," the One App is a streamlined process for admissions at 74 New Orleans public schools. Parents and students can list up to eight schools they'd prefer to attend.

The application deadline is December 20 for the schools with selective criteria, which are new to the One App system. But not all selective schools are yet included in the One App.

This week on Inside the Arts, a tribe of long haired politically active hippies return to the stage as the rock musical HAIR opens this week at Le Petit Theatre, and a unique tour presented by the Preservation Resource Center highlights stained glass art in sacred places.

 We round out with conversation with Neil Barclay, the new executive director of the Contemporary Arts Center. 

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

This week on Inside the Arts, the regional premiere of The MOUNTAINTOP, Katori Hall's award winning drama re-imagining Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s final night before his assassination.

 The ARTDOCS live art auction harnesses the power of art to provide healthcare services to our local arts community, and we travel to the Northshore for a sneak peek at the Three Rivers Art Festival.Plus, we visit with Kim Cook, president of the Arts Council of New Orleans.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 7:35 a.m.
 

New Orleans Museum of Art

This week on Inside the Arts, a 1926 silent film comes to life as the New Leviathan Oriental Fox-Trot Orchestra performs Beau Geste.

ArtSpot Productions and Mondo Bizarro are using the power of art to bring awareness to Louisiana's disappearing coast in their latest production, Cry You One.

A Roy Lichtenstein sculpture, Five Brushstrokes, heads to the New Orleans Museum of Art. And we talk with WYES president Allan Pizzato.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 7:35 a.m.

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This week on Inside the Arts, the mystique of New Orleans piano wizard James Booker is creating a buzz at the New Orleans Film Festival. We talk with filmmaker Lily Keber about her in-depth documentary Bayou Maharajah.

A spooky weekend is in store for the younger set as the Boo Carré Halloween and Harvest Festival kicks off in the French Quarter. And Songs in the Key of Life, a Stevie Wonder opera, is in final performances at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center. 

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 7:35 a.m.
 

A Prairie Home Companion

This week on Inside the Arts, Garrison Keillor takes A Prairie Home Companion on the road as he heads for the Big Easy. We talk with him about a host of subjects — from poetry to retirement. 

Then, Marschner's The Vampire ushers in a new season for the New Orleans Opera. And we round things out with jazz from pianist and composer Tom McDermott. 

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 7:35 a.m.

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This week on Inside the Arts, it's one of the hottest events of the year for art lovers, as the Contemporary Arts Center kicks off Art for Arts' Sake this weekend. There will be citywide gallery openings, including Water, a body of work by internationally renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, on view at the CAC.

Coming up on Inside the Arts, we hear from rising Cuban star Roberto Fonseca. Yo, his latest CD, is just out on the Concord Jazz label.

The jazz pianist will make a rare concert stop in New Orleans at The House of Blues for a Jazz & Heritage Foundation Jazz Journeys Concert — October 1 at 8 p.m. Admission is free.

Inside the Arts airs Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Thursdays at 7:35 a.m.

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Coming up on Inside the Arts, we talk with Clarence B. Jones, advisor and speechwriter for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He will speak at Dillard University on Tuesday, September 24 at 7 p.m.

Then we hear from two outstanding jazz musicians: alto saxophonist Wess Anderson and rising Cuban star-pianist Roberto Fonseca.

Inside the Arts airs Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Thursdays at 7:35 a.m.

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