Conversation by conversation, interview by interview, StoryCorps collects the stories and voices of our time. This week, Littdell “Queen B” Banister and Mary Jones give us a snapshot into the lives of the Mardi Gras Indians, where personal pride is sewn into every stitch of their annual suits.
Dan Souza has his mouth wired shut for a month and a half after having jaw surgery. Gil Reyes needs a kidney transplant and as his family and friends are ruled out, his boyfriend offers him a kidney. Karen Duffin tries to find the courage to leave her faith behind. Sarah Bunger becomes her father’s best friend and confidant after her mother dies. Sam Dingman had a great thing going until he crashes his taxi twice in one day.
Andrew Postman tries to train himself not to pass out as he prepares for the births of his children. Boris Timanovsky returns to Russia and places flowers at what he hopes is his grandfather's grave. Annalise Raziq's new stepfather brings order and some new rules. Dori Samadzai Bonner and her family escape Afghanistan and seek asylum in the United States.
This week on Inside the Arts, the 4th annual Birdfoot Festival gets underway. Chamber music will fill venues across the city. The festival will also mark the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with Waterlines: A Hymn for New Orleans, a musical journey incorporating spoken word and poetry.
Then, the New Orleans Opera Association is launching a youth vocal competition targeting sophomores, juniors and seniors in high schools across Louisiana.
And, Central City remembers favorite son and nationally acclaimed sculptor Jeffrey Cook with an exhibition and reception.
Lauren Slater buys what she thinks is a farm in New Hampshire but soon discovers it was once a landfill. Ivan Kuraev is 8 when he falls deeply in love with a classmate. Ivan Kuraev ’s doting Russian grandmother gets revenge on his boyhood enemies. Charles Pugh ’s grandmother is the most loving and supportive person in his life until she gets Alzheimer's disease.
This week on Inside the Arts, the Bishop Perry Center presents a salute to legendary singers Mario Lanza and Kathryn Grayson. Two rising stars on the international opera scene, tenor Michael Spyres and his wife, soprano Tara Stafford will perform the starring roles in the format of a mid-20th Century radio show.
Then, we talk with Gene Meneray. The New Orleans native will lead YAYA- Young Aspirations, Young Artists, Inc. into a new era as its Chief Executive Officer.
A century before New Orleans was dubbed “Hollywood South,” the Crescent City was poised to become a major center for silent film studios. Producer Eve Abrams spoke with Tulane professor of communications Vicki Mayer about her Summer 2015 article for Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine, “Film Follies,” and about how the movie industry, culture, and the political economy intersect in Louisiana.