Arts & Culture

Chris Smither
American Routes

Each week, American Routes Shortcuts offers a sneak peak into the upcoming American Routes episode. This week, New Orleans Bluesman Chris Smither plays a live show in his current home- Western Massachusetts. Host Nick Spitzer sat with him on stage to talk songwriting. Here’s Chris Smither, on the inspiration for his song, “Love You Like A Man.”

Photo Credit: Alan Karchmer

This week on Inside the Arts, two celebrations of African American History. The long awaited Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture opened over the weekend  in Washington D. C.  We caught up with two New Orleanians who were among a select group invited for a sneak peek before the celebrated opening.

This week on The Reading Life:  Whitney Stewart talks about tracking her family's history through World War II for "Feldpost: The War Letters of Reiner Niemann." We’ll also hear from Raymond Boudreau, who’s the guest coordinator of Contraflow VI, the fantasy and science fiction convention coming up this weekend with featured guest Ben Bova. And Susan reviews Colson Whitehead's "The Underground Railroad."

GrandSLAMS Coast to Coast

Sep 26, 2016

Fred Johnson is a soldier who won’t admit that he has PTSD.

Vivienne Anderson is a trans teen.

Pam Burrell is a college student who volunteers at a prison.

Steve Zimmer gets into a highstakes eBay bidding war.

Tony Cyprien spends 26 years in prison.

Pam Colby connects with her family in the midwest.

Charles Neville
American Routes

American Routes Shortcuts gives you a sneak peak into the upcoming American Routes episode and this week, it’s all about the saxophone. Host Nick Spitzer spoke with Charles Neville of the Neville brothers about spirituality, his neighborhood and his role models growing up in New Orleans.  For more from Charles Neville and other cosmic saxophones, tune into American Routes right here on WWNO, Saturday at 7 and Sunday at 6.

Coming up on Inside the Arts, Funny Bones Improv Theater helps children heal with the gift of laughter.

 Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.

Photo Credit: Jason Kruppa

This week on Inside the Arts, a celebration of the life and work of acclaimed New Orleans artist and photographer George Dureau.  The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is hosting a panel discussion timed with the release of the Aperture Foundation's book George Dureau, The Photographs.  We talk with the Ogden Museum's Curator of the Collection, Bradley Sumrall.

This week on The Reading Life: Roulhac Toledano and Scott Veazey, authors of the gorgeous new art book,  Martha Wright Ambrose (1914-2000): The Rediscovery of a Southern Regional Artist. We’ll also hear from Ethan Brown, author of the sure-to-be-controversial Murder in the Bayou: Who Killed the Women Known as the Jeff Davis 8?

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One Thing in Common

Sep 19, 2016
Shaykh Umar
Mark Earley

Ashok Ramasubramanian learns the joy of sharing.

Jane Green is flattered by the attention of a handsome young writer.

Shayk Umar memorizes an entire religious text and only later comes to understand it’s deeper meaning.

Cybele Abbett faces a unique parenting challenge.

Buddy Mils
American Routes

Each week, American Routes Shortcuts gives you a sneak peak into the upcoming American Routes episodes. This week, it's Horsepower, a look at the life of the modern cowboy. Host Nick Spitzer introduces us to two Florida Cowboys.

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