Janae Pierre

All Things Considered Host

Janae Pierre is the station’s new local host of the NPR weekday afternoon news program All Things Considered. She also hosts WWNO’s weekly news and culture program All Things New Orleans.

Pierre is a native of New Orleans and a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. She has worked and volunteered with several different media organizations, notably the New Orleans Tribune and local radio station WBOK 1230 AM, where she began as a college intern. For the last five years she has been a popular WBOK drive-time on-air host and community events director. Pierre is listed on Radio Ink's 2017 Future African American Leaders in Radio, she's the recipient of the 2015 Sophie Aramburo Servant/Leader Award, and was named Producer of the Year by eXposed Magazine in 2014.

Ways to Connect

Gus Bennett Jr.

This week on All Things New Orleans we had a chat with NPR's Tiny Desk Contest winner, Tank and The Bangas. The New Orleans band is known for their culmination of R&B and Funk with Rock, atop the vocals and poetic power of lead singer, Tarriona "Tank" Ball.  

Here at WWNO, we don't have a "Tiny Desk" but our studio is equipped with a digital piano. Before recording the interview, Tank and keyboard Banga, Merell Burkett played around for a minute and here's what it sounds like. 

This week on All Things New Orleans, we share an alternative solution to imprisonment through a program called Delgado Forward. Dr. Arnel Cosey, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs & Executive Dean of Delgado (City Park campus) and Judge Arthur Hunter, Orleans Parish Criminal District Court-Section K, talk about the intervention program for non-violent offenders. 

Then, reporter Molly Peterson checks in with former FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate.

And NPR Tiny Desk Contest Winner, Tank and the Bangas stop by to talk about their victory performance and more! 

This week on All Things New Orleans, the city's public defenders team up for the inaugural Concerts for Indigent Defense. Lindsey Hortenstine and Stephen Saloom talk about the importance of raising awareness to the Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel. 

And we're kicking off New Orleans Entrepreneur Week! Victoria Adams Phipps, Executive Producer of NOEW, shares the schedule of events for this unique festival experience which celebrates the city's entrepreneurial ecosystem. 

This week on All Things New Orleans we'll speak with Xavier University of Louisiana's Keller Endowed Chair in the Humanities and professor of African American Music, Dr. Michael White. He'll share information about the upcoming Culture of New Orleans Series, "The Sacred and the Sinful: Hymns and Blues in New Orleans Jazz," coming up Sunday, March 12, at 2pm in the University Center McCaffrey Ballroom.

Founder of the McKenna Museum
Kim Coleman

This week on All Things New Orleans we explore The George and Leah McKenna Museum of African-American Art. The McKenna Museum is committed to the preservation of distinct culture found within the African American community and dedicated to the accessibility of fine art through innovative programs and exhibits.

This week on All Things New Orleans, we spoke with representatives of the Global Livingston Institute about their annual iKnow Concert Series in Uganda. Dr. Andrew Ward and Tom Larson, Chairman and Musical Director, both urge New Orleans artists to apply to perform in the 4th annual iKnow Concert Series happening in September 2017. For more information and to apply, visit http://www.iknowconcertseries.org/

Tegan Wendland / WWNO

Mardi Gras means a lot of different things for a lot of different people. Some devote hours to costume making, while neighbors get together at house parties along the parade route.

But for many families it’s grueling. High school band members and dancers spend all year practicing, and then spend hours on the streets as they march in the parades. WWNO All Things Considered Host, Janae Pierre, is part of such a family. She sent this report, produced by WWNO’s Tegan Wendland, from the Krewe of Nyx parade.

 

Last month, the New Orleans City Council's Community Development committee introduced an ordinance implementing a city wide rental registry beginning in January 2018. The ordinance, sponsored by Latoya Cantrell and Jason Williams, will require rentals to meet a check list of health and safety requirements before the property can be rented out. 

Maxwell Ciardullo, Director of Policy & Communications at the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, joins us to talk more about the "Healthy Homes Ordinance".

This week on All Things New Orleans, we checked in with our Hispanic community amid plans to construct a border wall between Mexico and the United States. We're also exploring this month's second lines with writer and videographer Big Red Cotton as we approach Mardi Gras!

WWNO's Jessica Rosgaard also talks with author, Robert Meyer about human behavior and disaster preparedness. 

NOTE: This week in New Orleans history, attorney A.P. Tureaud founded the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society on February 11, 1936.

Kim Coleman / Le Musee de F.P.C.

Le Musee de F.P.C, a historic house museum, is one of the country's fewest attractions dedicated to telling the stories of free people of color and preserving their material culture. Founder, Beverly McKenna, shares the importance of this museum's narrative as the city prepares for it's tricentennial in 2018. 

To find out more about the museum of free people of color, visit http://www.lemuseedefpc.com/footsteps/

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