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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. Hosted by Jack Hopke.

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Features
4:41 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Growing Home Helps New Orleans Invest Millions to Landscape Vacant Land

Linda and Chester Blunt built several raised vegetable beds on their new lot.
Abigail Feldman

You see it in your neighborhood or on your way to work: an abandoned house or empty lot — a small piece of New Orleans which once belonged to someone, but now, is sagging or overgrown or both.

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Food
4:24 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Where Y'Eat: A Sea Change at RioMar

Red snapper with both local crabmeat and a Peruvian style sauce.
Ian McNulty

It's long been the downtown destination for Latin-style seafood. But more recently, RioMar has also become an ongoing exploration of a nebulous question for the restaurant world — in our age of high-profile chefs, what happens to a restaurant when its name chef moves on?


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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Tips for Climbing Barbed Wire

Members of Team Slam New Orleans (SNO) winning the National Poetry Slam in 2012.

This week's Notes from New Orleans featuring Justin Lamb.
"Tips for Climbing Barbed Wire" by Justin Lamb

This coming August the National Poetry Slam will take place in Boston. But locally, preparations are already being made. On Saturday, both aspiring and professional poets are encouraged to compete for a spot on Team Slam New Orleans. So on this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin is getting schooled in the stanza.

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New Orleans Saints
7:43 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Saints Sign Coach Payton To 5-Year Contract

The New Orleans Saints have signed Head Coach Sean Payton to a five-year contract extension, the team announced today in a press release.

Payton, whose contract will reportedly pay him $8 million a season — making him the highest-paid coach in the league — has presided over the most successful run in the team’s history since being hired by the Saints in January of 2006.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Study Shows 27 Percent of Regional Workforce Lacks Literacy Skills

An overview of Community Data Center report on adult literacy in the New Orleans metro region.

A new study shows New Orleans and surrounding parishes are suffering economically from a poorly trained adult work force. The Greater New Orleans Community Data Center is calling for an “all hands on deck” approach to turn those numbers around.

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Music Reviews
11:47 am
Tue January 8, 2013

The Unsung Pioneer Of Louisiana Swamp-Pop

Joe Barry was a pioneer of "swamp-pop" in the early 1960s.
Johnny Vallis

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 12:50 pm

Southern Louisiana in the early 1960s was a hotbed of musical creativity among youngsters who'd been raised listening to French-language country music and Fats Domino. They combined those — and other — influences to make what's now called "swamp pop." Joe Barry was a pioneer in this area who should have been much bigger.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
9:00 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Pianist C.R. Gruver of the New Orleans Suspects

C. R. Gruver
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Any piano player worth his fingers in New Orleans has been influenced by Professor Longhair. C. R. Gruver was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA and moved to the city six years ago. He now plays piano for a band called, The New Orleans Suspects.

At Gruver's house, above the antique upright piano, are portraits of the Professor and two of his most gifted disciples — James Booker and Mac Rebbenack, a.k.a. Dr. John. It's a modern-day triumvirate of piano talent. Here's a lesson Gruver gave reporter  Gwen Thompkins on the related styles of the three players.

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Inside the Arts
3:01 pm
Sat January 5, 2013

Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc Walks Twelfth Night

2013 Royal Court of the Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc. From right to left: Gretchen Neuenhaus (Joan), Rene Bajeux (King Charles VII) and Betsie Gambel (Queen Yolande of Aragon).
Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc

The fifth annual Joan of Arc Parade walks through the French Quarter on Sunday, celebrating  the 601st birthday of the unofficial patron saint of New Orleans. We go Inside the Arts for a sneak peek at this Medieval Krewe.

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Arts & Culture
5:01 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Edwin Edwards Getting Reality TV Show

A&E planning Edwin Edwards show.

Former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards will be sharing his life after prison in a new cable-TV reality show. It will feature his extended family.

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Music
2:53 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Talkin' Jazz with Great New Orleans Pianist Ellis Marsalis

Ellis Marsalis.

An interview with Ellis Marsalis.

The pantheon of great New Orleans musicians is an extensive one, and there is no doubt that pianist Ellis Marsalis holds a richly deserved place in its upper echelons. His accomplishments as a musician and educator are of the highest order.

WWNO's Fred Kasten recently interviewed Marsalis for the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park's new "Talkin' Jazz" live interview series at the Old U.S. Mint, touching on topics such as his formative experiences growing up in New Orleans and the Jefferson Parish community of Shrewsbury.

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