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.

On this week's edition of All Things New Orleans, we discuss the restoration of a historic downtown building. Green Coast Principal and Co-Founder Will Bradshaw shares a bit of the history and redevelopment ideas for the multi-use Pythian Building in downtown New Orleans. 

Then, Jessica Rosgaard discusses prison reform legislation with The Advocate's Stephanie Grace. 

And, New Orleans Funk Master, Jon Cleary talks about new projects, his love for the city and more! 

Croissants from Dawn 'til Dusk: A Baker's Story

May 18, 2017
The Historic New Orleans Collection

French bakeries have a unique place in the cultural landscape of New Orleans. The Vieux Carré just wouldn't be the same if you couldn't find French sweets there. Maurice Delechelle can take much of the credit for that. Hailing from central France, Maurice brought his traditional French pastries to the Quarter with the opening of La Marquise and Croissant d'Or. From his vantage point at the bakery, the French Quarter shared a distinct resemblance to his memories of bohemian Paris.

The Ryan School of Irish Dance

Near the end of the 1700s, New Orleans became a safe haven for the Irish fleeing English persecution, and since those fateful days, Irish culture has become woven into the city’s own. Started over a decade ago, The Ryan School of Irish Dance continues to build the legacy of Irish dancing in New Orleans, and NolaVie’s Kelley Crawford spoke to students Sarah Taylor and Rachel Martin about what that legacy entails.  

On this week's edition of All Things New Orleans, our friend Eduardo Courtade joins us to share a few upcoming events hosted by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He's the Program Director for local stations Radio Tropical and La Fabulosa, which play music in addition to covering sports and news in Spanish.  

Then, Jessica Rosgaard checks in with Baton Rouge Representative Ted James to talk about his law enforcement bills. 

Mark Pellegrini / Wikimedia Commons

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.   

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

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.  

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

Michael P. Smith Collection / The Historic New Orleans Collection

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

D. Sharon Pruitt / Hill Air Force Base

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.

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Brian Friedman.

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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