Nina Feldman

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Nina Feldman works at American Routes, where she produces the weekly Shortcuts segment. She also contributes regular news features to WWNO, on topics ranging from immigration to criminal justice and urban development. Her work has appeared on national shows like Marketplace, NPR's Morning Edition and PRI's The World.

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Johnny Allan
American Routes

Each Week, American Routes bring you Shortcuts, a sneak peak at our upcoming show. Johnnie Allan is a Swamp Pop legend, born John Allen Guillot, a sharecropper’s son. His mother and grandfather were musicians who played with family member Joe Falcon, on the first Cajun record in 1928. At 13, Johnnie Allan formed a Cajun Band. Later, he joined accordionist Lawrence Walker’s band on steel guitar.

Shannon Powell
American Routes

Each week, American Routes Shortcuts offers a taste of the upcoming American Routes episode. This week, it’s Timekeepers: drummers and rhythm makers from New Orleans and beyond. Today, Shannon Powell is live in the studio. He showed us how it’s done on the drums and chatted about music in church, growing up in the Treme.

Jeff Tweedy
American Routes

Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek at our upcoming show. This week, host Nick Spitzer talks to Wilco bandleader Jeff Tweedy. Tweedy tells of growing up in the blue-collar town of Belleville Illinois, where music became his creative outlet. To hear the full program, tune in Saturday at 7 or Sunday at 6 on WWNO, or listen at americanroutes.org

Rhiannon Giddens
American Routes

Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek at our upcoming show. The Carolina Chocolate Drop began as a seminal African American group that revived the old time string band tradition of the Piedmont where black performers were formative from the 19th century onward. The Chocolate Drops started out as the Sankofa Strings, after meeting at the black banjo gathering in Boone, North Carolina, 2005. They evolved over the next decade. Rhiannon Giddens, trained formally in opera, played banjo and fiddle and sang with her band mates to growing audiences.

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux
American Routes

Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek at our upcoming show. This week for Carnival Season, we bring you a bit of the action from the streets. We’ll catch up with Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and his followers on Mardi Gras Day.

Ernie Vincent
American Routes

Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek at our upcoming show. One of the enduring heroes of club life in New Orleans is guitarist Ernie Vincent. Ernie’s parents spoke French- father played guitar and harmonica, and the family used to take regular trips to Thibodaux, LA where his uncles played juke joints and fish fries. Vincent learned to play Jimmy Reed tunes, met Little Johnny Taylor and Little Freddy King.

R. Crumb
American Routes

Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek at our upcoming show. To hear the full program, listen on WWNO Saturdays at 7 or Sundays at 6, or at americanroutes.org.

Mavis Staples
American Routes

Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek of the upcoming show. This week, it’s the second installment of our program all about Bob Dylan.  Here’s host Nick Spitzer with Mavis Staples, on American Routes.

NS: Bob Dylan admired the civil rights songs of the Staples singers,  and would hear them on tour in the early 60s. Mavis Staples remembers when her father, Pops, heard Dylan for the first time, and how Dylan’s protest lyrics influenced their family in return.

Landrieu at Congress of Day Laborers Meeting
Nina Feldman

Last night, Mayor Mitch Landrieu attended the weekly meeting hosted by the Congress of Day Laborers, a group that advocates for immigrant rights. Among the executive orders Donald Trump signed last week, one called  for more federal immigration officers and widened the scope of who they could deport. It also encouraged local law enforcement to work closely with ICE agents. Landrieu assured the assembly that the city will continue to leave deportation to federal officials, and not involve local police.

Smokey Robinson
American Routes

Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek at the upcoming episode. This week, our program is about Detroit- the Motor City, Motown. Here’s where the rubber meets the road from recording studio to assembly line, for Smokey Robinson. Born William Robinson in 1940, he came out singing from a tough Detroit neighborhood and went on to become a songwriter and producer for Motown Records. Let’s hear from Smokey about where it started.

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