Out To Lunch
1:14 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Secret Pizza

Paco Robert and Jammer Orintas.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

When you’re looking to start a business you can choose between gearing up for a mass market product or staying small and going for a selective niche clientele. Peter’s guests on this edition of Out to Lunch exemplify these two divergent approaches to the restaurant business.

Jammer Orintas co-owns Theo’s Neighborhood Pizza, and Paco Robert is co-founder of the off-the-grid secret restaurant operation Dinner Lab. The party going on in the background is the Christmas crowd at Commanders!

Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
10:53 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Striking a Chord with Allen Toussaint

Allen Toussaint headlines this week's Music Inside Out.

Allen Toussaint says he'd rather let his piano do the talking. Lucky for us.

Toussaint's fingers have done the talking on song after song for more than 50 years, defining the modern-day New Orleans sound. He's written, produced and arranged chart-topping hits for scores of artists. And lately, Toussaint has been performing his catalog more often around the world.

This week, Allen Toussaint has plenty to say to Music Inside Out. Check out his major chords. And the minor ones too.

Music Playlist

James Booker

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9:00 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Discovery of Human Remains Delays Iberville Redevelopment

Charmaine Williams goes for a walk with her grandchildren and daughter in the Iberville public housing development. Archaeologists have confirmed that part of the housing complex sits on an old cemetery, likely once part of St. Louis No. 1.
Scott Threlkeld The Advocate

The Housing Authority of New Orleans received a Federal grant last year to redevelop the Iberville Housing Development, the city’s last traditional public housing complex, on the edge of the French Quarter. The plan was to keep about a third of the buildings, demolish the rest, and build new, mixed-income housing.

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Notes From New Orleans
6:42 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Master Gardener Knows His Roots

Mastering the art of Southern gardening isn't something you can learn overnight. It takes time, training, and patience. But the payoff is something an entire community can enjoy. So perhaps that's why membership in Louisiana's Master Gardener's organization is... growing.

Sharon Litwin speaks with a leader from the region's local chapter on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

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Music Interviews
5:37 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

A Few Questions For One Direction

Formed in 2010, One Direction are one of the biggest pop acts in the world. Left to right: Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Sun December 9, 2012 2:33 pm

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6:54 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Grow Dat Youth Farm Nurtures Leaders

Grow Dat Youth Farm.
Dacia Idom

When teenagers look for a job, they often seek skills and training just as much as money. But for kids growing up without abundant resources, opportunities for developing confidence, humility, and a good work ethic can be hard to come by. Yet one New Orleans program, the Grow Dat Youth Farm, provides all of this and more in one fell swoop.

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The Picture Show
12:35 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

A Black And White 1860s Fundraiser

Rosa, Charley and Rebecca are three of eight freed slaves who sat for portraits in 1863-1864 that were sold to raise money to fund schools for emancipated slaves in Louisiana. The three were chosen because it was believed their near-white complexions would draw more sympathy — and support — from a country torn apart by slavery and civil war.
Charles Paxson Library of Congress

Originally published on Mon December 10, 2012 4:05 pm

They look like any other 19th century vignettes and portraits of children kneeling in prayer or cloaked in the U.S. flag.

But these cartes de visite (a calling card with a portrait mounted on it that was all the rage during the 1860s) featured Charles, Rebecca and Rosa — former slave children who looked white.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
3:25 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

"Irma's Sound" on Music Inside Out

Irma Thomas.
Credit Rick Olivier


More than six billion people live on the planet, and yet relatively few human voices are recognizable to the naked ear.

Irma Thomas has one of those voices.

For more than 50 years, Thomas has written, recorded and lent her voice to some of the most precious songs that Louisiana has ever produced. Now music lovers all over the world know the contralto that she calls, "Irma's sound." This week, Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins makes way for the Queen of New Orleans Soul.

Keep it down, y'all. Miss Irma is speaking.


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Comic Con 2012
5:23 pm
Sun December 2, 2012

Artist Kody Chamberlain

Kody Chamberlain, author of Sweets, a comic novel based in New Orleans.
Dionne Grayson WWNO

Kody Chamberlain is the author and illustrator of Sweets, a comic novel set in New Orleans on the eve of Hurricane Katrina. He talks about his novel, and his interactions with fans at Comic Con.

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Comic Con 2012
5:08 pm
Sun December 2, 2012


Burton Durand, creator of Horse_eComics.
Credit Dionne Grayson / WWNO

Burton Durand is the creative mastermind behind Horse_eComics, the wild takeoff from the already-absurd Horse_ebooks Twitter account. You can also find him on Twitter.

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