Arts & Culture

Lewis Family Museum
American Routes

This week on American Routes: how do we preserve the power of music in museum and memory? Jerry Lee Lewis was born in 1935 Ferriday, LA. The house he grew up in is now a museum, filled with family memorabilia ranging from religious art work to bodies, buried in the front yard. Host Nick Spitzer spent an afternoon with sister Frankie Jean, the curator of Lewis museum. For the full interview and more on music and memory, tune in Saturdays at 7 and Sundays at 6 to WWNO, or listen at

NS: What was life like here growing up in the Lewis Family?

This week on Inside the Arts, the Contemporary Arts Center announces its new season. We talk with CAC director Neil Barclay and curator of visual arts, Andrea Andersson.

Family, Friendship, and Mother Nature

Aug 16, 2016
Carl Pillitteri
Carl Pillitteri

Jillian Lauren found a new family when adopting a son from Ethiopia.

Etgar Keret was an Israeli soldier who discovered the power of writing after losing a friend. 

Carl Pillitteri experienced an earthquake from inside the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor.

NOTE: When offensive or FCC-prohibited words appear, they are bleeped and listed in the Content Advisory.  Sensitive content will be given an on-air caution and will be noted here in the description.  

Firemen, Bourbon, and Bathhouses

Aug 15, 2016
Fred Noe
Fred Noe

Kathy Russell Rich gets stuck in an elevator with a cute fireman.

Fred Noe, great-grandson of Jim Beam, grows up a free spirit until his dad intevenes.

Adam Gopnik comes from a long line of men who love a good shvitz.

NOTE: When offensive or FCC-prohibited words appear, they are bleeped and listed in the Content Advisory.  Sensitive content will be given an on-air caution and will be noted here in the description. 

Paul Bowles, Exile, and a Bar Mitzvah

Aug 12, 2016
Elif Shafak
Elif Shafak

Jeffrey Solomon's divorced parents fight during his Bar Mitzvah but his older sister saves the day.
Edgar Oliver takes a wild journey to Morocco to discover that he has the same bed spread as Paul Bowles.
Elif Shafak is a Turkish novelist whose determination to finish a book is finally rattled by an earthquake.

Marty Stuart and Connie Smith
American Routes

This week American Routes Shortcuts brings you country music’s most beloved and unconventional couple. Marty Stuart grew up in Philadelphia MS learning old time country music. He’d mastered mandolin by age 12. As a kid, he loved listening to the well-respected Connie Smith sing at the Grand Ole Opry. Marty and Connie told host Nick Spitzer how they first met.

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with Broadway singer Liz Callaway.  The Tony nominee and Emmy winner returns to the Crescent City for two evenings of song at Le Petit Theatre.

Then, the story of a banned marriage and the legal battles of an interracial couple are the subject of an HBO documentary, The Loving Story, which screens this week at the Old U.S. Mint.And, we round out with a classical celebration as the Crescent City Chamber Music Festival makes its debut. 

A postcard from Antoine's Restaurant, circa 1930.
Antoine's Restaurant / Boston Public Library/The Tichnor Brothers Collection

Rebranding a business is one of the most challenging things a company can do. Rick Blount understands very well: his family has owned Antoine’s Restaurant for five generations, which has left a legacy not only in the restaurant’s dining rooms, but in public opinion. 

Antoine's is famous for many things, including Oyster's Rockefeller, which was invented by Jules Alciatore. Blount told the story of its genesis to historian Mark Cave:

Sonny Landreth
American Routes

Each week, American Routes Shortcuts offers a sneak peek into the upcoming American Routes episode. This time, host Nick Spitzer gets a music lesson from Louisiana slide guitarist and storyteller Sonny Landreth. A native of Mississippi who moved to Lafayette at a young age, Landreth found himself mixing Cajun, Zydeco and rock n roll, while writing about life in southern Louisiana. Sonny Landreth joined Nick, live in the studio with his Fender Stratocaster and of course, his slide.

This updated, revised edition of John Broven’s classic chronicles the dramatic rise and fall of the Golden Age of New Orleans R&B from the 1940s through the '60s, and its subsequent history to date. Broven presents and signs copies of the new edition at Octavia Books Friday evening, August 5, 2016 – at 6pm.