Janae Pierre

All Things Considered Host

Janae Pierre is the station’s 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.

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New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2017

This week on All Things New Orleans, we explore the celebration of Cuban culture at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell.  Ariana Hall, co-founder and executive director of the Cuba NOLA Arts Collective, talks about the cultural similarities between Cuba and New Orleans; specifically congas and second lines.

Lazaro Banderas, co-director of Conga Los Hoyos, also joins us to share his experience participating in street parades in Santiago de Cuba. 

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This week on All Things New Orleans, we're highlighting the woman behind the early production of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival; Allison Miner. Cultural anthropologist Helen Regis and Rachel Lyons, archivist for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, recall Miner's life and her impact on festival. 

Then, we'll share the latest episode of the Listening Post and another story from Bring Your Own

This week on All Things New Orleans, NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison shares details about the city's new false alarm ordinance which goes into effect on May 1, 2017.

Then, we look back seven years ago to the damage caused by the BP Oil Disaster and share a story from coastal scientist Estelle Robichaux.

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This week on All Things New Orleans, we'll examine the costs and consequences of charging for justice in the city with Jon Wool, Director of the Vera Institue of Justice.  Then, WWNO's education desk teams up with the Listening Post to ask students about dealing with trauma in their classrooms. 

And Flozell Daniels Jr., President & CEO of the Foundation for Louisiana joins us as we take a look at Louisiana's Justice Reinvestment Task Force and their recommendations during this legislative session. 

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This week on All Things New Orleans we sort through estimates of the city's shift in population with Dr. Allison Plyer, Executive Director of the Data Center. Then, WWNO's Jessica Rosgaard shares a conversation about the formation of Bayou Metairie with Cityscapes columnist, Richard Campanella. 

The legendary Aaron Neville is back in New Orleans for his French Quarter Festival debut; we'll share a quick chat with him about festival season and his latest album, "Apache". 

This week on All Things New Orleans, we're talking about the importance of public radio during WWNO's Spring Member Fest with Membership Manager, Hallie Sheck.

We'll also share WWNO's community engagement project, the Listening Post and a story from Bring Your Own; a live story telling series. 

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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.

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