interviews

Jessica Rosgaard

This week on All Things New Orleans, we're sharing the joys of the holiday season through music! The NOLA Players recollect recording Christmastime in New Orleans, a sparkling holiday package of jazz performed in the spirit of the city and season.

Al Ledner outside of the Cointreau home he designed out on Park Island in New Orleans.
Roy Beeson

TriPod: New Orleans at 300 brings us another edition of TriPod Xtras. Host Laine Kaplan-Levenson sat down with 92 year old Architect Al Ledner. Ledner graduated from the Tulane School of Architecture, and briefly left his hometown of New Orleans to study with Frank Lloyd Wright. He has buildings all around the country, and is known in New Orleans for the homes he built on Park Island in Bayou St. John, including the Cointreau home.

Allen Toussaint
American Routes

Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek at the upcoming show. This week, we celebrate New Orleans piano man, and producer extraordinaire, Allen Toussaint who died last November. Back in September 2005, just weeks after Katrina, Nick Spitzer interviewed Toussaint at his New York hotel.

Dew Drop Inn
Courtesy of the Ralston Crawford Collection of Jazz Photography, Hogan Jazz Archive, Tulane Universtiy

On Lasalle St, just across from the former CJ Peete housing project, you can see the dilapidated sign of a New Orleans landmark: the Dew Drop Inn. From the 40s to 70s, in a time of segregation, the Dew Drop played the role of rooming house, barber shop, post office restaurant and above all the top night club in the African American community.

Ivy Billiot
American Routes

Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek at the upcoming program. This week, we travel down the bayou to talk to Houma Indian wood carver Ivy Billiot. Host Nick Spitzer spoke with him about his connection to both the natural, and supernatural worlds. To hear the full show, listen on WWNO Saturdays at 7 or at at American routes.org.

Doc Hawley first started working on riverboats in 1957 and stayed on board until his retirement a few years ago.
Historic New Orleans Collection / Historic New Orleans Collection

Every day in the French Quarter people are drawn – almost magnetically - to the riverboat calliope. There is an undeniable nostalgic sound to it and it may even remind you of childhood. But romance aside, this icon of Americana has its own history, which Captain Doc Hawley shared with the Historic New Orleans Collection and Nola Life Stories.

Buddy Mils
American Routes

Each week, American Routes Shortcuts gives you a sneak peak into the upcoming American Routes episodes. This week, it's Horsepower, a look at the life of the modern cowboy. Host Nick Spitzer introduces us to two Florida Cowboys.

Sonny Burgess
American Routes

  Each week, American Routes Shortcuts gives a sneak peak of the upcoming American Routes episode. This week, Sonny Burgess. Sonny grew up in Newport Arkansas. He was a part of the first generation of musicians to mix country music with blues to make a new genre: rockabilly.

Guests on this week's show.
Music Inside Out

In case you’re wondering — yes, this is a Best of Music Inside Out program. But the topic is universal. The songs we hear as children — even the ones we don’t like — help shape our feelings about the music we love as adults.

Nearly all of the guests who’ve appeared on Music Inside Out have talked about the songs they heard growing up. And those early songs and artists are partially responsible for the unique and varied musical landscape of Louisiana. What goes into little ears often helps build music careers. And, for that, we are grateful.

Lewis Family Museum
American Routes

This week on American Routes: how do we preserve the power of music in museum and memory? Jerry Lee Lewis was born in 1935 Ferriday, LA. The house he grew up in is now a museum, filled with family memorabilia ranging from religious art work to bodies, buried in the front yard. Host Nick Spitzer spent an afternoon with sister Frankie Jean, the curator of Lewis museum.

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