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Out To Lunch
3:26 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Broadway South On Out To Lunch

Bruce Hoefer, Cassie Steck Worley and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

"....then one night in misty Baton Rouge the Tax Credit Fairy waved her magic wand and created Broadway South." This week on Out to Lunch, dramatic tales about the resurgence of theater in New Orleans with Cassie Steck Worley and Bruce Hoefer from Le Petit Theater. Plus tipping your waiter with Sidework.  

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Hurricane Katrina
3:03 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

New Orleans Remembers Katrina, 8 Years Later

Two men paddle in high water after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area, August 31, 2005, in New Orleans, Louisiana. (PRNewsFoto/PBS)

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 5:16 pm

More than 1,800 people were killed by Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent floods eight years ago.

New Orleans was one of the hardest-hit places, particularly its Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood, where some of the city’s poorest residents live. It’s still struggling to recover.

But business leaders proudly point to how New Orleans has recently been designated a top boomtown and “aspirational” city in the U.S.

Journalist James O’Byrne says New Orleanians are more optimistic about their city now than they’ve ever been.

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Economy
12:31 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

New Orleans Index At Eight: Highs And Lows As The City Moves Beyond Rebuilding

Hurricane Katrina makes landfall, 2005.
NASA

Before Hurricane Katrina and the floods that followed, the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center documented neighborhoods, and tracked social and economic indicators in the city.

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Music
10:58 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Summer Songs: Professor Longhair's Daughter

Tell Me More's 'Summer Songs' series samples new versions of old classics. This week, Gwen Thompkins, host of WWNO's Music Inside Out, shares a daughter's rendition of her father's song: Henry Roeland 'Professor Longhair' Byrd's Cry to Me.

Hurricane Katrina
2:34 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Post-Katrina New Orleans A Story Of Modern Pioneering

Ronald Lewis, a resident of the Lower 9th Ward, says eight years after Hurricane Katrina, rebuilding his neighborhood is a story still in progress.
Debbie Elliott NPR

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 9:44 am

It's been eight years to the day since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. To mark the anniversary, NPR revisits neighborhood activist and curator Ronald Lewis, a New Orleans resident whom Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep regularly checked in with in the months after the storm.

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WWNO
11:20 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Special Coverage: 50th Anniversary Of The March On Washington

Credit AP via NPR

This Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, one of the landmark events in the civil rights struggles of the 1960s.

WWNO and NPR have been looking back at the March in segments that have aired all month (archived here), and will air special coverage of the anniversary live from Washington, D.C., beginning at noon on Wednesday.

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WRKF
6:46 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Southern Students Head to 50th Anniversary March on Washington Celebrations

Originally published on Sun August 25, 2013 10:14 am

Next Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the March on the Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

In 1963 hundreds of thousands rallied in the National Mall in DC for civil and economic rights for African Americans.  That rally is also where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made his historic speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial.


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Out To Lunch
5:33 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Pink Meets Green On Out To Lunch

Simone Bruni and Will Bradshaw.
Credit Elizabeth Hudson / It's New Orleans

Pink-dumpster diva Simone Bruni, a.k.a. the Demo Diva, meets Green Coast Enterprises' Will Bradshaw. While the Diva's knocking it down to the dirt, Will's rebuilding — notably commercial Broadmoor. Also on the lunch menu, cyber security company 504ensics.

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Music
3:25 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

New Wave Of New Orleans Artists Blend Jazz, Hip Hop, Rock

Christian Scott is one of the jazz musicians coming out of New Orleans who combines rock and hip hop influences. (christianscott.tv)

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 4:10 pm

New Orleans is often called the birthplace of jazz, famous for musicians from Louis Armstrong to Jelly Roll Morton.

The Big Easy is still central to the jazz music scene, and Sondra Bibb, host of “Jazz from the French Market with Sandra Bibb” on WWOZ, says that a number of new young artists are blending the hip hop and rock rhythms they grew with into their jazz.

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Music
11:07 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Summer Songs: Led Zeppelin Reinvented, Acoustic Style

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 11:26 am

Transcript

CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

And now we continue our summer songs series. We've been talking to Gwen Thompkins - the host of Music Inside Out on WWNO in New Orleans - about current artists who reinterpret old classics. This week she tells us about musician Alex McMurray. He takes us on a little bit of time travel back to the heyday of the rock band Led Zeppelin. Welcome back, Gwen.

GWEN THOMPKINS, BYLINE: Thank you so much, Celeste. It's great to be back.

HEADLEE: So this song is an American version of a tune by a British band.

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