interviews

Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
12:06 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Marcia Ball: Make 'Em Dance

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Few piano players are as tall, glam and terrific as Marcia Ball. Born in Texas, raised in Louisiana and schooled in the dance halls and roadhouses of the Gulf South, Ball can't help but make you boogie woogie. That is, unless you wanna two-step. Or boogaloo. She does that too.

"If you can make 'em dance, money becomes a space problem."

Ball's songs are postcards of small town life in this region and the dilemmas that drive people to the choices they make.

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WRKF
12:25 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Interviews: LFT President Steve Monaghan, Reporter & Author Bob Sullivan

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 12:49 pm

Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Steve Monaghan discusses the state Supreme Court ruling against Louisiana's private school vouchers program.

Author Claire Manes talks about her book, "Out Of The Shadow Of Leprosy", about her grandfather's struggle with Hanson's Disease at the Carville Hospital.

NBC investigative reporter and author Bob Sullivan on his book, "The Plateau Effect"

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Music
10:10 am
Wed May 8, 2013

A Look Ahead To The Future Of New Orleans With Gwen Thompkins And Trombone Shorty

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 2:38 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. The recession and the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico hit New Orleans hard, and that was after Katrina. The population has yet to return to pre-hurricane levels. Some houses lie empty, some properties abandoned, and the city continues to suffer from crime and unemployment.

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WRKF
9:04 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Interviews: Former LSU Hospitals Chief Dr. Fred Cerise, Saxophonist Brad Walker

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 12:47 pm

Former LSU Hospitals head Dr. Fred Cerise discusses health care challenges facing the state and the LSU hospital system...and the disagreement over accepting the federal Medicaid expansion included in the Affordable Care act.

A visit with New Orleans composer and saxophonist Brad Walker.


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WRKF
9:29 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Interviews: Former Congressman Charlie Melancon, Forum 35's Jacquie Stalls & Eric Dexter

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 12:44 pm

Jim talks with Jacquie Stalls and Eric Dexter, of Forum 35, who is hosting a panel discussion on same sex marriage (moderated by Jim) this Wednesday night.

Former U.S. Representative Charlie Melancon talks about what he's been doing since leaving Congress in 2010, and what's going on now in the nation's capital.


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Jazz Fest Minutes
10:20 am
Sun May 5, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: Singer-Songwriter Eric Lindell

Eric Lindell.

Singer-songwriter Eric Lindell’s music has a soulful quality that is redolent of New Orleans. But he grew up in Sonoma County, California.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
12:09 pm
Sat May 4, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: Making Connections With Multi-Instrumentalist Nicholas Payton

Trumpeter, vocalist and keyboard player Nicholas Payton.
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Nicholas Payton is one brilliant musician. He plays just about everything on the bandstand very well. He’s best known for his trumpet work but is also a dynamic keyboard player, and even manages to play superbly on both at the same time.

In recent years Payton has added another tool to his kit: singing.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
11:29 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: 'One Mo’ Time' With Actor Vernel Bagneris

Vernel Bagneris
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The Show “One Mo’ Time” went from humble beginnings as a homemade New Orleans labor of love with a single scheduled performance to a worldwide theatrical sensation that ran for years. Its creator, New Orleans actor Vernel Bagneris, has loved the idea of putting on a show from way back.

“Cousins of mine still laugh at the fact that they used to come over and I’d put on a show for them and play a little accordion and single a little bit with the few chords I knew on a piano and do plays and make them all do parts,” Bagneris remembers.

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WRKF
10:09 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Interviews: State Senator Ben Nevers, Journalist Jeffrey Marks, Olympian Carl Lewis

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 12:43 pm

Bogalusa Senator Ben Nevers (D) discusses the state's reluctance to accept the Medicaid expansion included in the federal Affordable Care Act, an his proposed legislation to accept the Medicaid money. 

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jeffrey Marks and his friend, Olympic track &  field Gold Medalist  Carl Lewis, talk about sports & achievement...and about their support for organ donation.

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Jazz Fest 2013
4:39 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Heavy Rain Fails To Dampen Fais Do Do Stage Celebration

Revelers in front of the Fais Do Do stage on Thursday.
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The second weekend of Jazz Fest kicked off to a soggy start today with festival goers donning ponchos and rain boots. In the spirit of locals’ day, I spoke to a festival veteran who has weathered his fair share of Jazz Fest storms. Chuck Blamphin began working as a stage manager 40 years ago and currently oversees the Fais Do Do stage. Needless to say, he has seen the festival undergo some significant changes throughout his storied tenure.

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