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Development
5:20 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Tulane Avenue Progress Too Slow For Some Businesses, Residents

Sun sets on Tulane Avenue, where new business and the promise of redevelopment mix with longstanding crime and poverty.
Ted Jackson Nola.com

City officials and developers have big plans for Tulane Avenue. The rough patch of old Airline Highway will hold two new hospitals, and a planned biomedical corridor. It’s slated to have fewer lanes of traffic and new landscaping, too. But, change is slow. Some residents and business owners who have invested in the neighborhood feel let down by the seedy motels and high crime that persist on Tulane Avenue.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
7:00 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Dr. Michael White's Time Machine

Credit Derek Bridges / Flickr

What do you hear when Dr. Michael White plays his clarinet?

Can you hear the bayou? The river? The French Quarter? People sitting on their stoops waiting for someone to deliver the news? Penny parties?

That's not a clarinet in the doctor's hands; it's a time machine.

"I listened to Johnny Dodds' recordings. I listened to Sidney Bechet. I listened to George Lewis. I listened to Edmond Hall. I listened to Omer Simeon, Barney Bigard, and so many others," White says. "And you listen to that and you say, 'Wow, I would like to capture that feeling.'"

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Out To Lunch
1:52 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Out To Lunch: Fly Me To The Beach

Keith Sisson, Iftikhar Ahmad and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

This week on Out to Lunch, Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation at Louis Armstrong International Airport is ready to take off with an $860 million overhaul of the airport. At the Lakefront airport, Keith Sisson from new Southern Airways Express will fly you to Destin and Gulf Shores. And Peter pays it forward with Clandestine New Orleans.

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Music
1:16 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Summer Songs: New Music Takes On Old Favorites

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now we continue our summer song series. We're talking to Gwen Thompkins, host of the program "Music Inside Out," which is heard on member station WWNO in New Orleans. She's introducing us to a handful of contemporary artists who've offered a new take on some old classics. Allen Toussaint has been writing songs and shaping the New Orleans rhythm and blues and rock sound since he was a teenager. Now he's in his 70s and he's experimenting with jazz. And Gwen Thompkins is back with us. Hi, Gwen.

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Newport Jazz Festival
9:14 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 9:31 am

One of the original new-school New Orleans brass bands, a Dirty Dozen show guarantees a good time. This year actually marks three dozen years since the first incarnation of the group coalesced to resurrect a then-disappearing tradition — and infuse it with both bebop and funk. As with many a show since '77, there was dancing and handkerchief-waving aplenty, and several original members were present to anchor the proceedings.

Personnel

  • Roger Hayward Lewis, baritone and soprano saxophone
  • Kevin Harris, tenor saxophone
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Music Interviews
9:04 am
Thu August 8, 2013

The Civil Wars' Joy Williams On The Duo's Fragile Bond

Joy Williams and John Paul White of The Civil Wars. The duo's new, self-titled album arrives on the heels of canceled tour dates and an ongoing hiatus from performing together.
Tec Petaja Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 3:03 pm

The singing duo The Civil Wars is engaged in a civil war of its own.

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WRKF
6:03 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Medicaid Expansion Proponents Urge Small Businesses To Get Educated While They Can

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 7:17 am

Last month the Obama Administration pushed back the employee mandate under the Affordable Care Act by one year. Employers with 50 or more full-time workers now have until 2015 to either provide their workers with health insurance or face a penalty.

In states that are expanding Medicaid as part of the the new health law’s roll-out, businesses have more flexibility in deciding how to make sure their workers are covered. And though Louisiana is not participating, proponents of expanding Medicaid in the state see the delay of the employer mandate as a chance to rally some small business support.

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The Louisiana Coast: Last Call
9:58 am
Mon August 5, 2013

The Louisiana Coast: Last Call — Funding The Master Plan

When Louisiana officials unveiled the $50-billion Master Plan for the Coast, a 50-year program that could prevent most of southeast Louisiana from sinking under the Gulf by the end of the century as predicted, they knew one of their most important priorities would be getting reliable, long-term funding through Congress.

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Notes from New Orleans
9:30 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Historic French Quarter Theatre Makes A Comeback

Le Petit is one of the oldest community theaters in the country.

New Orleanians tend to be mighty protective about our historic properties, so it's not so surprising that the repurposing of the French Quarter's Le Petit Theatre was cause for much debate.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans Sharon Litwin talks to new Executive Director Cassie Worley about the theater's future. 

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Tipitina's Sponsors Japanese Youth Jazz Band For Satchmo Festival

Students at the new Walker and Landry high school second-line during band rehearsal.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

Youngsters from Japan who lost band instruments in the 2011 tsunami get help from Tipitina's Foundation.

Some teenage Japanese musicians who lost their instruments in the 2011 tsunami are in New Orleans to perform this weekend. It’s part of a cultural exchange run by the Tipitina’s Foundation.

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