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President George W. Bush visits the restored Dooky Chase Restaurant in 2008 with Leah Chase, left, and Dooky Chase, right.
Joyce N. Boghosian / The White House

Edgar "Dooky" Chase, Jr., the patriarch of the Chase family who passed away at the end of 2016, helped in making Dooky Chase’s Restaurant the landmark establishment it is today. Here, his wife of 70 years, Chef Leah Chase, shares memories of her husband, his life as a musician and the quiet role he played behind the scenes in the Civil Rights movement.


Al Ledner outside of the Cointreau home he designed out on Park Island in New Orleans.
Roy Beeson

TriPod: New Orleans at 300 brings us another edition of TriPod Xtras. Host Laine Kaplan-Levenson sat down with 92 year old Architect Al Ledner. Ledner graduated from the Tulane School of Architecture, and briefly left his hometown of New Orleans to study with Frank Lloyd Wright. He has buildings all around the country, and is known in New Orleans for the homes he built on Park Island in Bayou St. John, including the Cointreau home.

The Historic New Orleans Collection, Gift of Mrs. Joy Segura, acc. no. 2004.0096.68

This is to a special edition of TriPod New Orleans @300. Producer Laine Kaplan-Levenson handed the mic over to the New Orleans Scholars, a group of students from Metairie Park Country Day and Benjamin Franklin High Schools. Each semester they collaborate with a community group to explore a local challenge: economic, environmental, political and historical.

Bring Your Own Presents: 'Telling My Parents'

Dec 8, 2016
Cheryl Gerber / Unprisoned: Stories for the System

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in unconventional spaces within the community. Each month, eight storytellers have eight minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org.

The entrance to the Sisters of The Holy Family Motherhouse on Chef Menteur Highway in New Orleans East
Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

TriPod New Orleans at 300 returns with a story of The Sisters of the Holy Family, the religious order of nuns for free women of color founded by Henriette Delille before the Civil War. They’re still ministering today.

Driving along Chef Menteur Highway out in New Orleans East, you pass your fair share of fast food joints, RV parks, and Super 8 motels. And then, a huge Nativity scene on a big mid-century building. It’s the motherhouse of the Sisters of the Holy Family.

Alan McCoy in St. Roch Cemetery No. 2
Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

TriPod: New Orleans at 300 returns with a story of the city’s above ground cemeteries, and those working behind the scenes.

This week on All Things New Orleans, Jesse Hardman visits the final shelter in Baton Rouge on its last day open, some two months after the August flooding. Tegan Wendland discusses problems with the Red Cross' recovery efforts with ProPublica reporter Derek Kravitz. NolaVIE's Brian Friedman discusses a new festival coming to the French Quarter, and Eve Troeh speaks with a community organizer about a new method for bringing investment to the Lower Ninth Ward.

A 1972 Times-Picayune article detailing the discovery of coffins buried in the French Quarter.
University of New Orleans

October is Louisiana Archeology month! And this week’s TriPod New Orleans at 300 digs into the discovery, and rediscovery, of New Orleans’ first cemetery.

When you walk around the French Quarter, you see all kinds of tours going by- intimate horse drawn carriage tours, ghost tours, architectural tours. But most tours don’t touch one of the neighborhood’s most significant landmarks. Probably because you can’t see it.

Terry Flettrich Rohe on the set of WDSU's "Midday" show, a popular news-talk program, which she produced and hosted.
Courtesy of Dominic Massa / WWL-TV

Terry Flettrich Rohe, a New Orleans broadcast pioneer and beloved host of WDSU's "Mrs. Muffin's Birthday Party" passed away on Thursday. In addition to co-creating and hosting the children's show in the 1950s, Rohe was producer and host of the network's popular "Midday" show.


Paul Morigi

This is the first edition of TriPod Xtras- exclusive interviews with guests on topics of New Orleans history. Here, Laine Kaplan-Levenson speaks with journalist and author Cokie Roberts. A native New Orleanian, Roberts talks about her connection to the city, and its politics, starting with her Congressional parents. 

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