Arts & Culture

The Desegregation Of McDonogh 19: An Oral History

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The Historic New Orleans Collection


School desegregation was a major turning point of the civil rights movement, especially here in New Orleans. In this edition of NOLA Life Stories, we meet Tessie Prevost-Williams. She was one of The McDonogh Three, the young African-American girls who integrated their elementary school in the 9th Ward in 1960. Tessie describes her memory of that first morning on the way to school. 

Photo Credit: Nate Ryan

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with Chris Thile. The mandolinist and new host of the stellar music and variety radio show, A Prairie Home Companion is heading to New Orleans for a live national broadcast coinciding with the city's 300th Anniversary.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with New Orleans native son and bestselling author Walter Isaacson, author of a great new biography, "Leonardo da Vinci."

In The Name of Love

Nov 13, 2017

Suzie Afridi is given an ultimatum: family or love.

Dan Larson comes to appreciate what it means to be lucky.

Gabriel Shea finds love with the help of Common and Questlove from the Roots.

Jim Obergefell takes on a supreme fight to fulfill his husband’s last wish.

American Routes Shortcuts: The Tedeschi Trucks Band

Nov 10, 2017
Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi
American Routes

This week on American Routes Shortcuts, we feature Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks of the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Susan Tedeschi grew up outside of Boston in a family of grocery store owners. Derek Trucks was raised in Jacksonville, Florida, listening to the Allman Brothers, his uncle Butch Trucks’ band. Worlds apart, Susan and Derek each honed their chops at local blues jams and pursued musical careers destined to collide. Susan attended the Berklee School of Music, toured with the Dead, and released eight solo albums.

This week on Inside the Arts, the Orpheus legend from Greek mythology comes alive as the New Orleans Opera Association presents a new production of Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld.

Then, conversation with acclaimed architect Zena Howard. The female African American design artist played a major role in the building of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

And, an adventure in the woods awaits as FORESTival kicks off it's 7th celebration of art and nature at A Studio in the Woods in lower Algiers.



This week on The Reading Life: Two great novelists! Isabel Allende, known for "The House of the Spirits" and "Eva Luna," talks about aging and passion and her new novel, "In the Midst of Winter." And novelist Mark Helprin, known for "A Winter's Tale" and "A Soldier of the Great War," speaks about the long road to writing his most recent, "Paris in the Present Tense."

The Vietnam War

Nov 3, 2017

Dave Dillard and his company are trekking through the Vietnamese jungle when they hear an unusual sound.

Edie Meeks comes to face the carnage of war.

Jason Trieu tries to save his family as the U.S. Army retreats and Saigon falls.

Holiday Special 2017

Nov 3, 2017

Peter Aguerro exchanges gifts made oF paper with his mother for the holidays. Tracey Segarra sends a Hanukkah card that her mother-in-law takes issue with. Steve Glickman attempts to escape a snowy Chicagoan Christmas for Puerto Vallarta. Dawn Fraser is tasked to find the perfect ingredients for a Trinidadian Christmas. Evan Lunt takes his grandmother’s menorah to college as a keepsake of her. Bernie Somers counts down to a first kiss on New Year's Eve with a romantic interest.

American Routes Shortcuts: Jerry Wexler

Nov 3, 2017
Jerry Wexler
American Routes

The late Jerry Wexler was born into a Jewish working class family in New York City in 1918. A combination of good ears, business sense, and chutzpa took Jerry from Manhattan window washer to the top of the R&B charts, producing artists like Ray Charles. Before his career as a record producer, Jerry Wexler did stints at BMI music publishing, Billboard Magazine, where as a writer he coined the term rhythm and blues.