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Words and music, this week on Out to Lunch with Peter Ricchiuti.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

You might have noticed in some grocery stores or coffee shops that when you go to check out there are a handful of CDs for sale. That impulse purchase spot is one of the few places you can buy CDs these days, now that most of us buy or steal music online.

Peter Ricchiuti.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

There are 500 million people on Instagram. It’s the world’s biggest social media site behind Facebook. Instagram reportedly grew by 100 million users over the past 12 months.

Business people wrestle with a simple question: How do you turn this captive audience into customers? On this edition of Out to Lunch we meet the person who has the answer.

Out To Lunch: Wood

Oct 13, 2016
Out to Lunch, with Peter Ricchiuti.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

In the new New Orleans economy we’re used to hearing success stories about exciting new tech businesses that make apps for your phone and other products that couldn’t have even existed a few years ago.

Alongside all this tech wizardry there are folks who are making things the old fashioned way – with hammers, nails and glue.

The Secret Life of Buildings on this week's Out to Lunch.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

Peter Ricchiuti spends a lively lunch talking about how to get into a building with Scott Wolfe, and how to get out of a building with Andrew Preble.

Eileen Fleming / WWNO

The New Orleans City Council is preparing for a long and emotional debate October 20  on how to deal with short-term rentals. An ordinance is on the table that’s designed to regulate the industry that many credit for letting them make enough money to stay in their homes. Others argue that an abundance of visitors staying in neighborhoods throughout the city is ruining their quality of life.

Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

When you live in a place for a while you get used to things. So much so that you hardly notice them anymore, no matter how outlandish they might be.

For example, you can wander around New Orleans' French Quarter with the sound of the calliope blasting over the whole city and not think anything of it. If you do ever stop to think about that calliope music, one of the things you might wonder is, “Who is playing that?”

This week on Out to Lunch.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

Many of our greatest artists liked cocktails. Degas, Van Gogh, Manet, and many others spoke glowingly of the effect of alcohol on their work, and painted bottles, glasses, and folks drinking.

Peter entertains two of New Orleans' most innovative creative entrepreneurs on this Out to Lunch from Commander's Palace.

Tegan Wendland / WWNO

Louisiana’s governor, John Bel Edwards, was in Washington DC last week lobbying Congress to approve a disaster aid package of nearly $3 billion to help with flood relief. Part of that would go to help small businesses recover. In addition to more than 140,000 homes, nearly 7,000 businesses were flooded-out.

Eve Troeh

This week on All Things New Orleans, we get into Cajun country rice fields with Tegan Wendland, for an update on ruined crops after the 2016 Louisiana floods. Public policy lawyer Jeffrey Thomas has made disaster a bigger part of his work after the levee failures of Katrina. He talks about the road ahead for long-term recovery and using federal funds to help flooded communities.

Out to Lunch, with Peter Ricchiuti.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

For a long time in New Orleans, if you wanted to eat healthy, you could eat at home. Although that sounds like a joke, it was pretty close to the truth. If you were eating out and wanted a salad, you’d be lucky to find anything other than a pedestrian appetizer.

Today, things are looking brighter for the healthy eater.

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