All Things New Orleans

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

The Other Empty Classroom: Bearing Witness To Desegregation

Feb 15, 2018
The Historic New Orleans Collection

When Ruby Bridges walked through an angry crowd to attend her newly integrated school in 1960, there was a white girl sitting in another empty classroom down the hall. Pam Foreman attended William Frantz Elementary School during this first year of integration. Her mother, Nyra, remembers the experience vividly. In this edition of NOLA Life Stories, we hear from Nyra about what was going through her mind during that turbulent time. 

New Orleans Museum of Art

There are more reasons than ever to go to the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden in City Park. You can wander its shady paths, contemplate its 64 sculptures, and cross over its quiet lagoon, where hundreds of Louisiana irises will burst into bloom come springtime. But that’s not all that’s blossoming at the Sculpture Garden. 

Jessica Rosgaard

On this week's edition of "All Things New Orleans" we're talking all things Mardi Gras! First, we'll get a quick lesson on bead history; from precious throws to the controversial "Forever Lee Circle" beads. Then, Tegan Wendland chats with Dani Galloway, interim head of the Department of Public Works. They'll talk about city officials' plan to protect gutters from unwanted beads and trash along the parade route.  

Congreso de Jornaleros

There are scores of religious sanctuaries in New Orleans. First Grace United Methodist Church, located in Mid-City, has one thing on all the others, though. It’s a real-life sanctuary to a man named Jose Torres.

On this week's edition of "All Things New Orleans" we'll chat with director Garrett Bradley about her award-winning short film documentary, Alone

Then, Jessica Rosgaard checks in with Richard Campanella to discuss his Cityscapes column for Times Picayune. And we'll share another episode of The Listening Post


Many people boast about wanting “education for all,” but when asked what that looks like, they’re not exactly sure of the details. The educational vision of Nicole Young is clear. She's the Executive Director of Bard Early College in New Orleans. In this edition of Notes from New Orleans, Kelley Crawford invites Nicole to share Bard's big news.

Visit ViaNolaVie for a related article written by Kelley Crawford.

On this week's edition of All Things New Orleans we'll chat with Jamar McKneely, CEO of Inspire NOLA Charter Schools, about their new program Project Live & Achieve. The new initiative focuses on bringing schools and community groups together to combat youth violence in New Orleans. 


Prospect 4 is a contemporary art triennial, taking place now through February 25 at 17 venues across New Orleans. Its theme is “The Lotus In Spite of the Swamp," and the idea is to offer artworks that ponder the connection between New Orleans and the world. NolaVie's Renée Peck sat down with artist Satch Hoyt to hear about his work, which is on display at the Old US Mint.

Danny Clinch

On this week's edition of All Things New Orleans, we'll chat about the upcoming broadcast of Live From Here w/ Chris Thile along with special guest Ben Jaffe of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Leaving Saigon: A New Orleanian's Story Of War And Refuge

Jan 19, 2018
Emily Hindin / The Historic New Orleans Collection


During the Vietnam War, New Orleans became a safe haven for scores of refugees fleeing the communist regime. The Historic New Orleans Collection has been collecting oral histories from many of these new Americans. Community leader Tony Tran was one of these individuals. He tells us about coming of age during the rise of the Viet Cong -- and his long journey to New Orleans -- in this edition of NOLA Life Stories