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NPR Cities: Urban Life In The 21st Century
9:17 am
Mon July 1, 2013

City Life Snapshot: Pullman Rail Car

Pullman Rail Journeys is bringing restored, historic luxury Pullman train cars back in service between Chicago and New Orleans.
Courtesy of Louisa Chu/WBEZ

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 9:20 pm

This City Life Snapshot brings us sound of an old fashioned technology for connecting our cities that's still operating in some parts of the country. We board a Pullman Rail Car that regularly makes the trip from Chicago to New Orleans thanks to the company, Pullman Rail Journeys. Head Steward Rick Hansen gives us a tour. This comes to us from Jennifer Brandel at member station WBEZ and the Localore project Curious City.

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Inside the Arts
12:42 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Screening Tonight: Herman's House

The ACLU of Louisiana and the Southern Poverty Law Center are co-sponsoring a screening of Herman's House.

Herman's House tells the story of an unlikely friendship between New York artist Jackie Sumell and Herman Wallace, a convicted murderer who has spent the last 40 years in solitary confinement at Louisiana's Angola State Penitentiary. Their journey reveals the transformative power of art.

Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center

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All Things New Orleans
1:17 am
Tue June 25, 2013

All Things New Orleans With The Summer Wine Festival, 'Bring Your Own' And The Joe Krown Trio

Musician Joe Krown.
joekrown.com

 

This week on the first summer edition of All Things New Orleans, host Jack Hopke welcomes WWNO alumna and retired UNO professor Jean Cranmer, who offers a vicarious visit to the place everyone would love to spend the summer, Provence, via the French-American Chamber of Commerce Summer Wine Festival.

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Simon Says
11:01 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Bidding Farewell To Tony Soprano

James Gandolfini played Tony Soprano in the hit TV series The Sopranos. Gandolfini died of cardiac arrest in Italy this week at age 51.
Barry Wetcher HBO

Originally published on Sat June 22, 2013 7:44 pm

Anthony Soprano, a waste-management consultant from Essex County, N.J., died this week.

Tony Soprano was — according to reports that aired for six years on HBO — head of the DiMeo crime family, which allegedly ran illicit drugs, untaxed alcohol, illegal sports betting and other criminal enterprises from the back of an adult entertainment venue called the Bada Bing club on Route 17 in Lodi.

Mr. Soprano denied his involvement in organized crime. He said it was a "vicious stereotype" that slurs waste-removal professionals who promote a green, healthy environment.

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The Two-Way
10:14 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Gandolfini Suffered Cardiac Arrest On Family Trip, Reports Say

James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano and Edie Falco as his wife, Carmella, in a scene from The Sopranos. Gandolfini died of cardiac arrest in Italy, according to reports citing a doctor at the hospital where was admitted.
Barry Wetcher HBO

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 5:45 pm

Actor James Gandolfini died of cardiac arrest, The Los Angeles Times reports, citing the doctor in charge of the emergency department at the hospital in Rome where the Sopranos star was admitted.

Dr. Claudio Modini told the Times that Gandolfini, 51, was already in cardiac arrest when he arrived at Policlinico Umberto I Hospital Wednesday night.

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The Two-Way
9:10 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

James Gandolfini Dies; 'Sopranos' Actor Was 51

Actor James Gandolfini has died while on a trip to Italy. He's seen here with Sopranos co-stars Edie Falco, left, and Lorraine Bracco.
Paul Hawthorne Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 9:07 pm

Actor James Gandolfini, 51, has died, HBO and other sources confirm. The former star of the HBO series The Sopranos was reportedly on holiday in Italy when he died. The cause of death is not yet known with certainty, but HBO says the actor may have suffered a heart attack. Other reports have indicated Gandolfini had a stroke.

Update at 8:15 p.m. ET: Confirmation From HBO:

Initial reports of Gandolfini's death were confirmed to NPR by HBO, which has released a statement:

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

La Cage aux Folles Opens New Season at Tulane; Maestro Matteo Fedeli in Concert; Upstairs Debut

La Cage aux Folles Kristopher Lloyd Shaw [Georges] and Bob Edes, Jr [Zaza/Albin]
Credit Summer Lyric Theater at Tulane

This week on Inside the Arts, a sneak peek at La Cage aux Folles which opens Summer Lyric Theater's 2013 season at Tulane University. It stars New Orleans veteran actor Bob Edes, Jr. and Kristopher Shaw.

Then, a rare treat as renowned Italian violinist Matteo Fedeli makes a stop in New Orleans for an evening of classical music performed on a Grand Stradivarius.

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

The Giacobbes Celebrate 70 Years of Dance & FestiGals Rolls Out A Bodacious Party Weekend

Giacobbe Academy of Dance.
Giacobbe Academy of Dance

This week on Inside the Arts, a milestone in New Orleans dance history: the internationally-recognized Giacobbe Academy of Dance is celebrating 70 years! 

Then FestiGals, a four day extended weekend getaway for women, gears up for a bodacious celebration in the French Quarter. The FestiGals ladies are rolling out  the "pink" carpet for their third anniversary. 

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

New Le Petit Season Announced; Local School Focuses On The Arts; Harps Swing; And Creole Tomatoes

This week on Inside the Arts, Le Petit Theatre is back in business, and we'll talk about the theater's new season and new look. Then, with jazz in the mix, we'll find out what makes a harp swing as the New Orleans Chapter of the American Harp Society kicks off the second annual Jazz and Pop Harp Weekend.

 In Jefferson Parish, a new charter school will soon open with a focus on the arts. And, finally, tomatoes... Creole tomatoes, that is. They're being celebrated in the French Market. 

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 7:35 a.m.
 

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Komenka Travels the World; Senegalese String Band Hits Local Chord; LeMieux Galleries Turns 30!

The Komenka Ethnic Dance and Music Ensemble

This week on Inside the Arts we'll travel the world with the Komenka Ethnic Dance and Music Ensemble of New Orleans. Then, we'll check out the similarities between the Senegalese of St. Louis [San Luis] and the Big Easy. And we'll celebrate a milestone in the Arts District as Lemieux Galleries turns 30! 

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 7:35 a.m.

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