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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Inside the Arts
10:19 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Inside The Arts: Fringe Fest-Total Verruckt!, Big Class Writing Studio, Ebene String Quartet

Joanna Caplan in Total Verruckt!
Credit Maria Baranova

This week on Inside the Arts, The New Orleans Fringe Festival is celebrating original theater this week at venues across the city. We catch up with Joanna Caplan and her unique solo piece Total Verruckt!, which focuses on the role of art as a means of survival during the Holocaust.

Then, do you know what it takes to learn how to write well? WWNO's Eve Abrams answers that question as she explores the Big Class Writing Studio on St. Claude Avenue.

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Inside the Arts
2:04 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Inside The Arts: Ballerina Misty Copeland, Jose Torres-Tama's Poetry, Fugard's Boseman And Lena

American Ballet Theater's Misty Copeland
Credit Marty Sohl

This week on Inside the Arts we talk with African American Ballerina Misty Copeland of American Ballet Theater.

Then, performance artist Jose Torres-Tama is back with a new work — a collection of poetry.

And we round out with South African playwright Athol Fugard's Boseman and Lena.

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

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Inside the Arts
11:40 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Inside The Arts: Stars Of American Ballet, Irish Famine Commemoration, RHINO Focuses On Home

Credit Daniel Ulbricht

This week on Inside the Arts, ballerina Wendy Whelan joins Stars of American Ballet in town for a one-night-only performance. We talk with New York City principal dancer and director Daniel Ulbricht.

Then, we explore the connections between New Orleans and Ireland as the city hosts the International Irish Famine Commemoration with a bevy of cultural events.

And, we round out with an exhibit that highlights home, place and architecture as RHINO Contemporary Crafts Gallery presents Location, Location, Location.

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Inside the Arts
11:23 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Inside The Arts: Orphans, Dia De Los Muertos Feast, Mysterious Wisterias

This week on Inside the Arts... playwright Lyle Kessler's Tony-nominated Orphans is currently running at the Marigny Theater. Orphans explores the human condition through the eyes of two brothers in search of a father figure.

Then, art imitates food. We'll interview a chef who's making a Cajun feast as part of an art installation.

And we round out with the Mysterious Wisterias, an evening of music and murder with a drop dead cast of masquerading Hollywood wannabees, detectives, reporters and undercover spies.

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Inside the Arts
9:58 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Inside The Arts: St. Claude Arts District Celebrates P.3, Creole Funeral Customs, Mini Masters

This week on Inside the Arts, Prospect New Orleans kicks off the international contemporary art biennial- Prospect 3 this week at venues throughout the city. Prospect 3 + is a satellite program which highlights exhibits and arts events by local artists. We get a sneak peek at the St. Claude Arts District block party.

Then we explore 19th Century Creole funeral and mourning customs as New Orleanians prepare to head to the cemetery on All Saints Day.

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Inside the Arts
11:04 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Inside The Arts: NPR Presents Water, MASNO Gala With Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, Momix In Alchemia

Momix in Alchemia
Credit Max Pucciariello

This week on Inside the Arts, WWNO will host the world premiere of NPR Presents: Water±, a live, journalism-based theatrical event exploring the world’s delicate and volatile relationship with water. We talk with NPR's Michele Norris and Tony Award winning director Kenny Leon.

Then, we catch up with acclaimed American pianist, Anne-Marie McDermott. She will perform at MASNO's Nocturne XII Gala.

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Inside the Arts
10:27 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Inside The Arts: NOLA Project's Shiner, Tap And Jazz Collide In Neutral Ground, Cultural Archive

This week on Inside the Arts, the NOLA Project presents the regional premiere of Christian Durso's Shiner. The play is a coming of age story focusing on teenagers, grunge rock and Nirvana's Kurt Cobain.

Then, tap and jazz collide as the Gulf Coast Theater on Tap presents Neutral Ground. It is a unique celebration of New Orleans rhythm and tap.

And we round out with an exploration of an archive in the French Quarter that houses years of New Orleans’ cultural heritage.

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

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Inside the Arts
2:13 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Inside The Arts: JFK's Nephew Speaks At Loyola, John Biguenet's Broomstick, Art For Arts' Sake

Mark Kennedy Shriver

This week on Inside the Arts, we talk with JFK's nephew, Mark Kennedy Shriver. He'll speak about Sargent Shriver, his legendary father, in a guest appearance at Loyola University.

Then, we catch up with acclaimed writer John Biguenet. His latest play, Broomstick, opens the new season for Southern Rep Theater.

And Art for Arts' Sake kicks off Saturday. We talk with artist Deedra Ludwig about her new exhibit, Art, Environment & Observations at LeMieux Galleries.

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

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Inside the Arts
8:22 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Inside The Arts: An Iliad Starring Denis O'Hare, MASNO's Cara McCool, Samuel Beckett's Endgame

Cara McCool, MASNO's new executive director

This week on Inside the Arts, Tony Award-winning actor Denis O'Hare opens the Contemporary Arts Center's season with An Iliad. This adaptation of Homer's The Iliad focuses on what it means to be a nation at war today.

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Inside the Arts
7:10 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Inside The Arts: Fab Four Beatles Tribute, Green Salvations, Two Trains Running

This week on Inside the Arts, we "Twist and Shout" as WYES-TV presents a Beatles Tribute featuring a live concert with the Fab Four Band in City Park. The tribute band performs 50 years to the day of the original Beatles concert in New Orleans in 1964. 

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