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The Superdome
1:31 pm
Sun February 3, 2013

The Superdome Through the Years

Frank Lotz Miller's 1970 architectural model of what would become the Superdome.
Curtis and Davis Office Records Southeastern Architectural Archive, Special Collections Division, Tulane University Libraries

The Superdome began as a public referendum in 1966, and shines today as New Orleans gets ready to celebrate Super Bowl XLVII.

Built atop the bulldozed Back o' Town neighborhood, the Superdome is the site of ecstasy and tragedy, of countless celebrations and memories, historical agonies and post-K clichés. The Dome is a temple to our Saints and our city, and — love it or hate it — you can't ignore it.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
7:28 am
Sun February 3, 2013

A Tenacious Wordsmith Hits It Big In Nashville

Once a poet and an English teacher, Jim McCormick has become a powerhouse Nashville songwriter.
Scott Saltzman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 5:21 pm

In March, country music star Jason Aldean is playing Madison Square Garden. Tickets sold out in 10 minutes. Fans want to hear his latest No. 1 song, "Take a Little Ride."

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Features
5:52 am
Sat February 2, 2013

For New Orleans, Superdome A Symbol Of City's Spirit

The San Francisco 49ers play the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII at the Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Sat February 2, 2013 2:07 pm

The Superdome in New Orleans has hosted heavyweight fights, papal visits, and — after this weekend — seven Super Bowls, an NFL record. But no event looms larger in the dome's history than Hurricane Katrina, the 2005 storm that turned the stadium into a teeming shelter of last resort.

During the storm, reporters spared no hyperbole when describing scenes of human suffering. The Superdome, in particular, was described as a "hellhole" and "apocalyptic," and it was sort of true.

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Inside the Arts
10:55 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Lena Prima Sings

We go Inside the Arts for conversation with Lena Prima, daughter of legendary singer, trumpeter and native son, Louis Prima.

Lena Prima performs weekends at the Hotel Monteleone Carousel Bar.

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Features
3:19 am
Fri February 1, 2013

A Thousand Feet Up In The DIRECTV Blimp

The DIRECTV blimp comes in for a landing at Lakefront Airport.
Jason Saul WWNO

The DIRECTV blimp is never deflated.

With much of its crew of eighteen following along in a van, the blimp travels from site to site across the eastern half of the country by flying. It really only touches down for more than a few hours at a time once a year, to get a tune up at a hangar in Smyrna, TN.

The rest of the time, the blimp is above some of the most major sporting events in the country, including this year's Super Bowl here in New Orleans.

WWNO's Jason Saul and Paul Maassen took a ride up in the blimp this past Thursday, and sent in this report.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

From Boots to Pedicabs

Sal Palmisano of NOLA Pedicabs and Peter Ricchiuti.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

New Orleans' once most-hated-man gets on his bike!

Sal Palmisano was New Orleans' Enemy Number One when he came up with the brilliant business plan to boot drivers’ questionably-parked cars.

Today he is the pioneer of a whole new set of wheels: NOLA Pedicabs.

Music Interviews
5:34 pm
Sun January 27, 2013

Big Freedia Lays Out The Basics Of Bounce

Big Freedia (the stage name of New Orleans native Freddie Ross) is one of the biggest stars of the hip-hop subculture known as bounce.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 10:29 am

Born out of New Orleans club culture, bounce music isn't just best experienced in person — it's almost impossible to understand in the abstract. But Big Freedia (pronounced "free-duh"), one of the style's biggest stars, says the music does have a few defining features.

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Music Interviews
1:01 am
Thu January 24, 2013

The 'True Story' Inside Aaron Neville's Doo-Wop World

Aaron Neville's latest album, My True Story, is a collection of the doo-wop songs he grew up singing in New Orleans.
Sarah A. Friedman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 12:19 pm

At 72, the prince of R&B has reverted to childhood. Aaron Neville has a new album called My True Story, and it's a collection of the songs he sang growing up in the projects of New Orleans in the 1950s and '60s, back when doo-wop was king.

"I've been into every doo-wop there is," Neville says. "I think I went to the university of doo-wop-ology."

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Taxi!

Jack Culotta, United Cabs Lead Attorney; Nawlins Cab's Sheree Kerner and host Peter Ricchuiti.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

New Orleans city government is unleashing a world of new regulations on taxicabs, and it’s got United Cabs upset enough to drag the city into court.

Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Singer-Songwriter Jim McCormick

Credit jimmccormicksongs.com / BMG Chrysalis

    

Listen to this week's episode of Music Inside Out with singer/songwriter Jim McCormick.

The poetics of pickup trucks and cutoffs are not lost on Jim McCormick. Nor are the subtleties of Trans Ams and the beverage choices of the young and hay-baling set. And that's how it should be for a poet-turned-Nashville songwriter. 

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