All Things New Orleans

Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

WWNO’s radio magazine: a weekly half-hour of timely news, cultural features, and commentary from all corners of our city.

Monika Evstatieva / NPR

This week on All Things New Orleans, NPR Special Correspondent/Host Melissa Block visits New Orleans and the WWNO radio team. 

Block shares her journey working with NPR, recollects coverage of the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina and more. 

Claire Bangster, NolaBeings.com

The online photo and text project Nola Beings features one portrait of New Orleanians each day, with a quote that tells part of their life story.

Creator Claire Bangster started Nola Beings three years ago, as a way to explore the city and its people. WWNO’s Eve Troeh asked Bangster to record some audio with her latest round of Nola Beings profiles, and share some snippets of her conversations.

Greg Miles

Local music is so widespread here that we sometimes forget to consider New Orleans musicians on an individual level. In the first installment of a new series from NolaVie called “Listening to Locals,” Brian Friedman sat down with jazz saxophonist James Martin, whose album, Something’s Gotta Give, came out January 13. It’s a reflection on the grind, the late nights, and the hustle of the local music scene, as well as the travels that have taken him all over the world.

This week on All Things New Orleans, we’ll introduce a new monthly segment called “Takin it to the Streets” with writer and videographer, Big Red Cotton.

WWNO’s Eve Troeh talks with Cityscapes columnist Richard Campanella about New Orleans’ building styles.

And UNO’s Dr. John Alan Williams shares information about the Louisiana Tourism Forecast; particularly visitors and total spending in New Orleans for 2016-2019.

Kelley Crawford / NolaVie

Often when we think about architecture, we think about walls, structures, and enclosed spaces. But Bryan C. Lee, Jr, an architect and educator, goes beyond these boundaries by bringing in knowledge from the environment and community around him. NolaVie’s Kelley Crawford spoke with Bryan about designing for social justice and his new course at Bard Early College in New Orleans.

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Kelley Crawford.
 

Joe Mabel / Century Ballroom

In a world that is increasingly connected digitally, we are probably getting more and more disconnected socially. Oswald Cooper, better known as "Oz The Dance Doctor," is out to change that. Oz leads the Who Dat Steppers of New Orleans. Stepping is a type of social dance rooted in African-American history, and it’s making a comeback across the country.

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Renée Peck.  

The Big Chill: Specialty Ice and the Craft Cocktail Scene

Dec 29, 2016
Dominick / Flickr

With New Year’s Eve right around the corner, revelers may be thinking about what to fill up their glasses with as they ring in 2017. For Chuck Avery, owner of Melt New Orleans, it’s all in the ice. NolaVie’s David Benedetto spoke with Chuck about custom craft ice and its importance in the revival of the American cocktail.  

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by David Benedetto.

Jessica Rosgaard

This week on All Things New Orleans, we're sharing the joys of the holiday season through music! The NOLA Players recollect recording Christmastime in New Orleans, a sparkling holiday package of jazz performed in the spirit of the city and season.

Twitter has a theory about Santa Claus — he might be a lot farther south than the North Pole.

The tweet that started it all came from an account dedicated to celebrating "everything NOLA." It featured a photo of Santa, holding a baby as he does, and a caption: "If you're from New Orleans 9/10 you got pic with this Santa."

One look at the responses makes it obvious that the caption was not at all an exaggeration.

Thousands of people have shared and replied to the tweet — as scores of New Orleans natives are posting their pictures on the same Santa's lap.

Xavier University of Louisiana

The president of Xavier University, Dr. Reynold Verret, is known to many as the Renaissance of Renaissance men. From science to music to biking, and even to some pretty clever pranks, Dr. Verret is bringing his knowledge and charisma to Xavier. Kelley Crawford invited Dr. Verret into the studio as part of NolaVie's Notes from New Orleans series.

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Kelley Crawford.

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