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Comic Con 2012
4:42 pm
Sun December 2, 2012

The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus

The booth for the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus. This year will be the krewe's third parade, on the Sunday before Mardi Gras.
Credit Dionne Grayson / WWNO

The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus is a Mardi Gras organization that will be parading in the Marigny this year on Jan. 26, 2013.

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Photo Gallery
4:07 pm
Sun December 2, 2012

Comic Con 2012

The booth for the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus. This year will be the krewe's third parade, on the Sunday before Mardi Gras.
Dionne Grayson WWNO

The Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con rolled into town this weekend for three days of fun at the Morial Convention Center.

Take a look at our slideshow of some interesting moments we stumbled across, and listen to the interviews linked below for conversations with a few of the people we found.

Did you go to Comic Con this weekend? Leave a comment below, or send us some of your photos! Include your name, and as much information about the photo and people in it as you can.

Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

John Boutté: Tailor-Made Music

John Boutté at the 2008 Voodoo Music Experience festival.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

When John Boutté commits to a song, he tailors it like a suit from Savile Row, breaking down the lyrics then building them back up again to say exactly what he means. If a Paul Simon song conjures the image of early Americans sailing to the New World on the Mayflower ship, Boutté will sing the same song and mention early Americans who sailed on the slave ship Amistad. If Dave Bartholemew writes that the grass looks greener somewhere else, Boutté will sing that the grass is greener right here at home.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu November 22, 2012

Susan Cowsill & Family Harmony

Credit Vicky Sedgwick / Flickr

Susan Cowsill is one of the great harmonizers in the music business. Just ask Hootie and the Blowfish or Jackson Browne or her old bandmates in the Continental Drifters. The proof is on their recordings.

Harmonizing is a skill Cowsill learned as a tomboy back in the 1960s, when she was trying to win a place in her brothers' band. She got in. And The Cowsills went on to great success on the national charts and on television.

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Farmers Market Minute
9:45 am
Sat November 17, 2012

Sandy

If you’re storm damaged like me, you get drawn into every radio interview you hear about Hurricane Sandy: The disbelief, the frustration, and the delays. In every instance, I think to myself: “This sounds oh, so familiar.”

Also familiar is what I’m hearing from farmers market organizers in New York. Fishing families were hammered hard; farmers less so. It has also been gratifying to learn that some of Manhattan’s hard edges are softening. Trauma is heeding to people’s need for gentleness.

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Features
5:49 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

State Public Service Commission Considers Lowering "Sinful" Prison Phone Rates

Louisiana prisons receive kickbacks from collect phone calls made by prisoners to their families.
Eve Abrams WWNO

When a prisoner calls home to talk to his mother, son, or daughter, that call costs his family about 15 times more than it would if the same number were dialed outside the prison walls.  These costs vary from one jail to the next, but every Louisiana prison receives a hefty kickback from the collect phone calls inmates make simply to stay in touch with their friends and families.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Sonny Landreth: "How Not to Sound Awful"

Sonny plays at Festival International de Louisiane in 2008
Credit Acadiana Center for Film and Media / Flickr

Sonny Landreth and his slide guitar have flown a million miles to entertain audiences around the world — and he's got the card from his airline to prove it. So if you haven't yet seen Landreth in concert, whose fault is that?

This week, Music Inside Out travels to Lafayette, Louisiana to hear the great Landreth play.

Bonnie Raitt, John Hiatt, Mark Knopfler, Jimmy Buffett, Johnny Winter and Eric Clapton are among his fans. And after hearing our interview, you'll be a fan too.

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Interview
2:00 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Todd Simmons And "The Barber Of Seville"

WWNO's Farrar Hudkins talks with Todd Simmons, Executive Director of the New Orleans Opera Association, about the company's production of Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" this weekend.

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New Orleans Police
12:03 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

NOPD’s Decision To Drop Pepper Spray In Favor Of Tasers Raises Questions About Use Of Force

The NOPD plans to expand its use of Tasers and ban pepper spray. Although the police department considers both “intermediate” uses of force, Tasers have been linked to more deaths. The department says it’s easier to track their use.

The New Orleans Police Department is expanding its use of Tasers and dropping pepper spray from its arsenal as part of a consent decree addressing complaints over police brutality, training and civil rights violations.

The department says it’s dropping pepper spray because its cops hardly ever use it — just eight times so far in 2012, compared to 140 Taser discharges. The department prefers Tasers in part because it’s easier to track their use; the devices count how many times they’re discharged and onboard cameras provide video of incidents.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Out Of Business

Mary Lee Murphy, Peter Ricchiuti and Kendra Jones Morris.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

Though we usually talk about going into business, on this week’s show Peter talks to two women who got out of business.

Kendra Jones Morris walked away from consulting Fortune 500 companies to found Rural Revolution, connecting women artisans in the developing world with direct marketing women in the United States. Mary Lee Murphy left the business world to become Development Director of the education non-profit City Year.

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