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The Reading Life
7:53 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Susan Larson's Snow Day Reading List

The Reading Life's Susan Larson.

The whole region might be encased in ice this week, but there's still time to get to your favorite local bookstore and stock up before the temperature drops and the roads close.

Here are some snow day reading choices perfect for curling up with in front of a roaring fire (or a space heater!).

— Finish up Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City series with The Days of Anna Madrigal and pretend you’re in San Francisco, where there is no snow, only an ever-charming and beloved cast of characters.

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Le Show
1:39 pm
Sun January 26, 2014

Le Show For Jan. 26, 2014

Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer presents Mind Your Business, The Secret Stuff, News of the Godly, News of Olympic Movement, Apologies of the Week, News of the Atom, News of the Inspectors General, and more!

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On Point Live!
3:58 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

The Best Of 'On Point Live!' In New Orleans

Tom Ashbrook, host of NPR's 'On Point', after a tour of the wetlands and flood protection structures surrounding New Orleans.
Janet Wilson WWNO

Tweets, photos, video and more from the special production of On Point Live! here in New Orleans.

Watch the show!

Or, of course, you can listen:

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On Point Live!
10:17 am
Fri January 24, 2014

New Orleans: On Point Live! American Coastline — The View From Louisiana

Host Tom Ashbrook joins Jarvis Deberry, Denise Reed and Tommy Michot on the stage of Le Petit Theatre in New Orleans for On Point Live! on Thursday, Jan. 24.
Credit Janet Wilson / WWNO

We take On Point to New Orleans to look at the state of America’s battered coastlines.

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Storyville
5:00 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Storyville: 'Hollerin'

The view from Woodlief's stoop on Roman St. in the 6th Ward.
Credit Woodlief Thomas

In Memory of Rod and Miss Imelda

Man, I swear you could hear Rod coming all the way from clear across Broad Ave. Laughing that big throaty Rod laugh and hollering out his “Alrights!” and “Okays!” while that old rusty bike dodged those Guv Nicholls St. potholes, squeaking up a storm. Didn’t matter if you were a stranger or not, you were gonna catch a holler from Rod.

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Education
8:35 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Music Writing Class: 'It Has R2-D2 Sounds And A Weird Alien Siren'

A 2010 album of Mr. Michael's Music Writing Class, performed with New Orleans students
http://youngaudiences.bandcamp.com/album/ya-young-audiences-raps

When I first moved to New Orleans is 2001, I taught in a pretty rough public high school where I had an almost fatally hard time inspiring the kids to write. The traditional writing lessons and other tricks I knew weren’t getting to the students.

At the time I was doing a lot of writing about music for New Orleans magazines, so I devised for my students a sort of… English class, disguised as a music class. We call it music writing class.

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Audubon Zoo
8:29 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

Panya The Elephant Celebrates 50 Years

Joe Forys, Audubon Zoo's Curator of Large Mammals, joined Panya the elephant as she celebrated her 50th birthday last week.
Jason Saul WWNO

Panya the elephant celebrated her 50th birthday at the Audubon Zoo last week, and scores of people came out to celebrate.

Panya, a 9,500-pound female Asian elephant, was presented with a birthday cake and presents, as well as a special AARP card. A gaggle of children in party hats serenaded her with toy horns, signed a giant birthday card, and shared in some cake of their own.

She was joined by 7,500-pound Jean, a 41-year-old female Asian elephant who has been Panya's sidekick at the zoo for over 30 years.

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Le Show
1:48 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

Le Show For Jan. 19, 2014

Harry Shearer.

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer presents News of the Olympic Movement, News of the Godly, News of the Warm, Apologies of the Week, News of the Atom, News of the New F-bomb, The Secret Stuff, and more!

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Animal Life: Calming Your Dog With Classical Music

Researchers have found that different kinds of music can change your dog's mood.
Vivienstock Shutterstock

Animal professionals know that a little Bach goes a long way in easing a pet's anxiety. Studies show that music can have a calming effect on our four legged friends. 

Researchers at Queens University in Ireland found that classical music made dogs rest more and stand up less. On the opposite end of the spectrum, heavy metal caused agitation and increased barking. Pop music and talk radio had no effect at all. Maybe our pets know something we don't!

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
2:00 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Wild Kingdom: Animal Music From Louisiana

A dog and its man at Laurence Square.
Credit Gregg Goldman

This program was originally broadcast in October, 2013

If this week's show doesn't bring out the animal in you, consult a doctor. You may be a vegetable... or a mineral... or a big block of cheese.

This is the time of year when pet lovers take their animals to church, when Lions and Tigers and Cardinals and Falcons take to the field, and when we turn to Louisiana songs about animals.

We've got birds, bees, a monkey, a horse, and even a cheetah. Yes, there are cheetahs in Louisiana. But the potholes slow them down.

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