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Jazz Fest Minutes
3:26 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: Johnette Downing's Call To Perform

Singer-songwriter Johnette Downing.

Johnette Downing is an award-winning singer and songwriter of music for kids. A New Orleans native, and the daughter of musical parents, Downing felt the call to perform since she was in kindergarten.

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WRKF
1:32 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Interviews: State Treasurer Kohn Kennedy

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 11:26 am

Jim chats with state Treasurer John Kennedy about the legislative session and money matters in Louisiana.

Journalist Maxine Crump and Lisa Teer, with LA Delta Service Corps, discuss this week's Dialog On Race, with a focus on race in education.

Jim visits with legendary photographer Bob Adelman, known for visually documenting much of the American civil rights movement, and his iconic shots of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Shannon Powell & His Drums

Credit Ron Weinstock / Flickr

The only thing more fun than talking to Shannon Powell is listening to him play. Powell is one of the most charismatic drummers to ever grace a stage. His secret? "I'm happy," Powell tells Music Inside Out. "I was a happy child. I'm a happy spirit."

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Music
1:03 am
Thu April 18, 2013

New Artists, New Sound, Still Authentically Louisiana

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 10:22 am

Festival season is upon us and there are plenty of opportunities to boogie down to Louisiana music - both old and new. Some new artists bringing a different sound to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival this year are Luke Winslow-King, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and Alexis and the Samurai.

Alex Rawls, a New Orleans-based writer and editor who runs the music and culture website MySpiltMilk.com, was the guest editor of The Oxford American magazine’s 2012 Southern Music Issue, which was entirely dedicated to all things Louisiana music. He also helped put together its accompanying album.

And Rawls tells WRKF’s Ashley Westerman that even though this new music comes from a younger generation and may sound a little different - it is still authentically Louisiana.


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Jazz Fest Minutes
11:55 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: A Musical Journey With George Duke

George Duke, one of the most sought-after and accomplished players and producers in music.
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George Duke is one of the most sought-after and accomplished players and producers in music. He grew up in Marin County, just north of San Francisco.

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WRKF
11:22 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Interviews: GOP Consultant Scott Wilfong and LA Progress's Bruce Parker

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 1:56 pm

Republican political consultant Scott Wilfong and Bruce Parker, of Louisiana Progress, debate a proposed bill that would ban lawsuits based upon gender identification or sexual orientation.

U.S. Army Col. Sherb Sintelle talks about the Army War College

Susan Hunt, with EBR Parish schools, on a collaborative school with the LSU Lab School.


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Jazz Fest Minutes
4:18 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: Topsy Chapman And Solid Harmony

Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony
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Topsy Chapman is one of New Orleans’ most engaging and soulful singers. Her mix of gospel, blues, traditional jazz and swing proves both captivating and uplifting. And, when Topsy Chapman blends her fine voice with those of her daughters Jolynda Phillips and Yolanda Windsay in the vocal trio Solid Harmony, it’s magic.

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WRKF
1:01 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Interviews: Civil Rights Activist Dorothy Cotton, Legalizing Marijuana

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 10:04 am

Dr. Beau Kilmer, with the RAND Drug Policy Research Center, with what everyone needs to know about legalizing marijuana.

Jim talks with civil rights activist Dr. Dorothy Cotton, who was a contemporary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


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WRKF
1:02 am
Tue April 16, 2013

De-Institutionalizing Louisiana, Part Two: Demand vs. Expansion

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 6:01 am

In Boyce, La., St. Mary’s Residential Training School offers both residential care and educational services for individuals with developmental disabilities.

This concludes our two-part series on the state’s goal to wind down the number of individuals living in places like St. Mary’s.


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Out To Lunch
1:48 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Out To Lunch: World Trade & Home Health

Peter Ricchiuti, Amedisys' Bill Borne, and the WTC's Dominik Knoll.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

The World Trade Center reaches out and Amedisys brings it home on this week’s Out to Lunch with Peter Ricchiuti.

Dominik Knoll's World Trade Center presides over $60 billion worth of trade annually through New Orleans. Bill Borne's Baton Rouge based Amedisys is one of the biggest players in US healthcare. Dominik and Bill paint a fascinating portrait of New Orleans and Louisiana in the big picture, present and future.

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