Diane Mack

Producer & Morning Edition Host

"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, Trisha Brown Dance Company will transform the Contemporary Arts Center with its In Plain Site project honoring the legacy of its groundbreaking founder, choreographer and dancer Trisha Brown.  Company co-artistic director Diane Madden joins us.


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This week on Inside the Arts, the New Orleans Film Society is rolling out the red carpet as the 28th annual New Orleans Film Festival gets underway. High profile talent, producers, films and nightly parties are in the mix. Executive director Fallon Young joins us.

Then, we talk with legendary composer /trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith.  He'll perform his Civil Rights masterpiece, Ten Freedom Summers, in concert at Loyola University.

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This week on Inside the Arts, the Marigny Opera Ballet kicks off its 4th season of dance with the premiere of Book of Saints. A new full-length ballet inspired by the lives of three saints with an original score by New Orleans composer Tucker Fuller.

Then, a double bill as the New Orleans Opera Association celebrates its 75th season with Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci.

And, the regional premiere of the Tony Award winning musical, Fun Home, opens Southern Rep Theatre's 31st season. It's based on cartoonist Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir.

Photo: Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago / Collection of Pamela Joyner, © Estate of Norman Lewis, Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY

This week on Inside the Arts, Black artists and history are the focus of a gallery talk in conjunction with the nationally touring exhibit, Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection, opening this week at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. We talk with curator Katy Siegel.

Then, classical concert pianist Justin Snyder explores music for piano and electronics in SYNTHESIS.

And, Jazz historian Bruce Raeburn revisits the Storyville diaspora with a lecture in conjunction with The Historic New Orleans Collection's exhibit, Storyville: Madams and Music. 

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with Faith Prince. The legendary Broadway star is in town this week for a one night only performance at NOCCA.

Then, a dark comedy. The regional premiere of Mr. Burns: a Post Electric Play by Anne Washburn explores the idea of a pop culture cartoon influencing a new civilization.

And, Joan of Arc is attracting attention on an Uptown university campus.

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This week on Inside the Arts, a celebration of anniversaries! The Jefferson Performing Arts Society kicks off its 40th Anniversary season with the grand reopening of the Westwego Performing Arts Theatre and a musical debut by the Big Easy Boys.

Then, Rhino Contemporary Crafts Gallery celebrates 30 years with a grand opening in a new location.

And, Le Petit Theatre celebrates a second century of stage performances, opening its 101st season with the award-winning Calypso-flavored fable, Once on this Island.

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This week on Inside the Arts, Musaica Chamber Ensemble kicks off its 12th Season with a program of music from around the world.

Then, a mobile radical arts ensemble takes on current issues as Taco Truck Theater rolls into town.

And, a new song, We Believe, from Sam Price and the True Believers Band celebrates diversity.

This week on Inside the Arts, Culture Collision 9 kicks off the cultural arts season. This year's celebration opens at the Contemporary Arts Center.

Then, female abstract artists will have viewers questioning common objects in the exhibit, Unfamiliar Again, on view at the Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane. And, fine craft artists get greater exposure with the opening of a new gallery in an upscale downtown mall. 

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This week on Inside the Arts, we catch up with comic writer and educator Dante Anthony Fuoco. The millennial who moved to New Orleans post-Katrina explores an uncomfortable question, "How can young white people put down roots in a city that's maybe better off without them?" His one-man comic show, Transplant, continues its run in the St. Claude Arts District.

Then, writer/performer Butch Caire joins us as he gears up for a nostalgic look at classic New Orleans R&B in the JPAS production, The Songs of Blueberry Hill in Concert.

This week on Inside the Arts, we catch up with visual artist Blake Boyd. His documentary portrait exhibit, Louisiana Cereal, captures the resilience of the people of New Orleans and Louisiana post-Katrina.

Then, WWNO's Eileen Fleming visits NOMA for a look at the exhibit, Pride of Place, which showcases works donated by New Orleans art collector and gallerist Arthur Roger.

And, vocalist Debbie Davis and pianist Josh Paxton talk about their new CD, Vices and Virtues.