Arts & Culture


StoryCorps is an oral history project based on the idea that the stories of everyday people are the most important and interesting of all. This week, Kyle Williams talks about “one of the most mortifying moments that anyone can have in their high school career.”

Blue Men, Psychopaths, and a Bad Date

Jun 24, 2015
Rachel Dratch

John Grady is slightly burnt out after years of performing in the legendary Blue Man Group, but a surprising audience member changes his perspective.   James Fallon, a world renowned neurosurgeon, analyzes the brain scans of the criminally insane but then identifies something in a scan a bit closer to home.    Rachel Dratch ventures into the dating world and gets a rude awakening.

This week on Inside the Arts, we talk with UNO based Guggenheim award-winning composer Yotam Haber. His debut CD, Torus, features new works for chamber ensemble.

And, we explore Ouroboros, a summer group exhibit on view at LeMieux Galleries. The works reflect on ideas of rebirth, transformation, life and death, infinity and impermanence.

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

Hand Transplant, DNA, and a Backwards Heart

Jun 22, 2015
Janna Levin

Janna Levin is an astrophysicist whose personal life seems to parallel the scientific law "opposites attract." 

Kodi Azari is a hand surgeon who describes his leadership role in one of the first-ever hand transplants in the US.

Eric S. Lander is a geneticist who is asked to testify in a murder case about DNA evidence.

Michael Darda and Hali Dardar agree that when the land of southern Louisiana begins to erode into the Gulf, the Houma people will have to move, but that doesn't mean they have to let go of their culture.

StoryCorps collects the voices of our time. Recently, Hali and Michael Dardar interviewed each other, but don’t be fooled by their common name — they’re not related. Before coming to StoryCorps, they’d only exchanged emails and phone calls about the Houma Language Project, an oral history project for the Houma Native American community.

Neighborhood Story Project

There’s learning to play music in the school band, and then there’s learning to play music on the street — or the bandstand — from working musicians. In New Orleans, music education has its roots as much outside the classroom as in it.

David Crabb & Jia H. Jung: StorySLAM Favorites

Jun 19, 2015

Storytellers David Crabb and Jia H. Jung
Hosted by Dan Kennedy
Audio Production by Whitney Jones

Files are as they appeared on the podcast some stories include explicit language. Certain words may need to be bleeped to meet specific broadcast standards.  

Storytellers Ijeoma Oluo and April Salazar
Hosted by Dan Kennedy
Audio Production by Whitney Jones 

Files are as they appeared on the podcast some stories include explicit language. Certain words may need to be bleeped to meet specific broadcast standards. 

The National WWII Museum

Inspired by the stories of World War II veterans, the late University of New Orleans historian Stephen Ambrose wanted to build a museum that would honor their experience.

This week on Inside the Arts, the Devil is in the details as Summer Lyric Theater opens its season with the Broadway hit Damn Yankees. 

Then, the New Orleans Museum of Art unveils "Ten Years Gone", an exhibit marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. WWNO's Eileen Fleming talks with curator Russell Lord. And, we round out with the Contemporary Arts Center's Neil Barclay announcing the 2015-16 arts season.