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It’s not jazzfest... yet. But there’s still plenty to do this weekend in New Orleans, even in The Fest’s (newly-paved) nearby Esplanade Ridge area.

So, whether you’re down on St Claude, from the Lower 9th, or attached to Mid-City, we've got your weekend:

Festival season is upon us and there are plenty of opportunities to boogie down to Louisiana music - both old and new. Some new artists bringing a different sound to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival this year are Luke Winslow-King, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and Alexis and the Samurai.

Alex Rawls, a New Orleans-based writer and editor who runs the music and culture website MySpiltMilk.com, was the guest editor of The Oxford American magazine’s 2012 Southern Music Issue, which was entirely dedicated to all things Louisiana music. He also helped put together its accompanying album.

And Rawls tells WRKF’s Ashley Westerman that even though this new music comes from a younger generation and may sound a little different - it is still authentically Louisiana.


This week host Diane Mack goes Inside the Arts to talk jazz with acclaimed saxophonist Donald Harrison, Jr.

Then, Academy Award-winning screenwriter and gay rights activist Dustin Lance Black will make a stop in New Orleans for the staged reading of the play 8.

Fact: two-thirds of the processed foods sold in the U.S. contain ingredients from GMOs… but what exactly is a GMO?

GMO stands for "genetically modified organism", and is the result of a lab process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. These foreign genes come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals and even humans — seriously. 

LSU Shreveport Professor Named Humanist of the Year

Apr 5, 2013

A veteran political science professor from LSU Shreveport will receive the Humanist of the Year award from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities at an April 6 ceremony in Darrow, La. William "Bill" Pederson has taught at LSUS for 34 years and founded the International Lincoln Center for American Studies. It’s the only center of its kind that showcases President Abraham Lincoln’s legacy outside America. In the Lincoln tradition, Pederson showed humility about receiving the award.

Andrea Gallo, editor of LSU's Reveille student newspaper, talks with Jim about the paper's lawsuit against the university for the secrecy in the recent search for a new chancellor-president.

Conservative commentator Sherif Girgis discusses the U.S. Supreme Court's recent hearing of arguments for and against same-sex marriage.


A high school student shows up at her community center for homework help and a few years later she's an advocate for reforming her community's public schools. That's just the latest chapter for a nonprofit tapping the potential of young leaders in New Orleans East.


Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

We're making cars and motorbikes in Louisiana, and right here in New Orleans!

The Elio is a revolutionary American car that's being built from the ground up in Shreveport. The Von Dutch is a re-imagined classic American motorbike that's being built in Central City New Orleans.

Today on Out to Lunch we meet Chip Stempeck from Elio and Demetri Melekos from Von Dutch's US Heritage Powersports.

Pop artist Peter Max talks about his two loves: art and astronomy.

We go Inside the Arts for a peek at his latest works as he pays tribute to master painters.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new novel from award-winning author Susan Straight — Between Heaven and Here.

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