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.

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If it’s Mother’s Day, it must be termite swarm season. Few people know this fact better than Zack Lemann. He is the chief entomologist at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, where he indulges his lifelong love of New Orleans and all of its six-legged denizens. So why does he live, breath and yes, even eat insects? NolaVie’s Renée Peck met with Zack to find out.   

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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. 

Elizabeth Miller

Jazz historian John McCusker captures moments, whether it's through his photography, his writing, or his storytelling. As the creator and guide of the Cradle of Jazz Tour, John takes people on New Orleans tours that link together specific locations with the vanguards, players, keepers, and lovers of jazz music. John joined NolaVie's Kelley Crawford in the studio to share some legends from the Jazz Age.  

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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

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In the counseling field, you often hear that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. That truism resonates especially with the volunteers of Teen Life Counts, a teen suicide prevention program here in New Orleans. To get the full story, NolaVie’s Brian Friedman sat down with Melissa Stewart, the program’s coordinator.

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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.

Birth of the Bunch: The Life and Times of Benny Grunch

Apr 20, 2017
Benny Grunch & The Bunch

Musicians and artists often describe how their influences find them. In Benny Grunch’s case, his divine inspiration came from a handheld radio, and took the form of humor, deft storytelling, and a love for his hometown. Benny “Grunch” Antin is the founding member of Benny Grunch & The Bunch, a group that for decades has performed songs of satirical nostalgia for New Orleans. In this edition of NOLA Life Stories, Benny takes us on a highly musical memoir, from childhood to the origins of his band.   

Bastion

Going to war takes courage. Sometimes, coming home takes the same. U.S. combat veterans who have survived life-threatening injuries can find the transition from hot zone to home life a difficult one. In New Orleans, an organization called Bastion is lending a hand. NolaVie’s Renée Peck spoke to founder Dylan Tête about the community he is building in Gentilly for wounded veterans and their families.

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

Illustration by Brian Stauffer

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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Make any attempt to quickly describe James Arey, and you’re bound to leave something out. James is an artist, teacher, composer, five-time Jeopardy! champion, and one-time mayoral candidate. NolaVie’s Joe Shriner spoke with James about his most recent role, as returning Classical Music Host on Classical 104.9 FM.

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