interviews

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.
Credit Allyce Andrew / WWNO

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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Jazz Fest Minutes
7:06 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: Lessons Learned With Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis

Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis.

Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis got a good lesson and lasting influence out of a teenage attempt to hornswoggle a new trombone from older brother Wynton. The lesson and the influence came in the form of a recording by trombone great J.J. Johnson.

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WRKF
12:36 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Interviews: State Rep. Henry Burns, Composer Robert Kyr

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 12:40 pm

A visit with noted composer Robert Kyr, who will perform his work "Waging Peace" this Sunday at the Broadmoor Baptist Church.

Jim talks with Haughton state Representative  Henry Burns about his bill allowing concealed carry gun permits holders to take their weapons into restaurants that serve liquor.

Advocate entertainment writer John Wirt drops by to discuss the passing of country music legend George Jones, and the purchase of the Advocate by John Georges.

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WRKF
11:40 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Interviews: Pelican Institute's Kevin Kane, New EBR Libraries Head Spencer Watts

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 12:39 pm

Kevin Kane, President of the Pelican Institute for Public Policy, talks about Governor's Jindal's position on Medicaid expansion.

Spencer Watts, the new head of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library System.


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Jazz Fest Minutes
1:44 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: Saxophonist And Astral Project Founder Tony Dagradi

Saxophonist Tony Dagradi.
Credit tonydagradi.com

Saxophonist and Astral Project founder Tony Dagradi grew up in Summit, New Jersey. By high school he knew what he wanted to do: play jazz.

“It was almost as if I didn’t have a choice,” he says. “I didn’t think about, well, how much money am I going to make or how do I get a gig. I was just — all I wanted to do was play.”

After a couple of years at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Dagradi entered an intense period of jazz rehearsal and listening.

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WRKF
1:44 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Interviews: DEQ's Michael Vince, Ornithologist David Sibley, Former Newsman Henry Brancher

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 12:36 pm

From the state Department of Environmental Quality, Michael Vince who talks about ozone levels and air quality in the Capital area.

A chat with Henry Bradsher, former Associated Press Southeast Asia Bureau Chief, who has retired in Baton Rouge. 

Ornithologist David Sibley, who'll be addressing the Baton Rouge Audubon Society.


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Jazz Fest Minutes
12:32 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: Banjoman Don Vappie

Don Vappie.
Credit vappielle.com

Don Vappie grew up in New Orleans with a yen for music he just couldn’t explain.

“My earliest memory, it must have been second grade, I always wanted to be a musician,” Vappie says. “I have no idea why, but that’s what I wanted to do.”

Unless it was those records.

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WRKF
11:22 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Interviews: Food Critic Michael Pollan, Singer Phillip Manuel

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 12:32 pm

New Orleans jazz singer Phillip Manuel discusses his career and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Government watchdog and political blogger C.B. Forgotston (Forgotston.com) and Jim discuss goings on in the 2013 State Legislature.

Global thinker Dr. Keshore Mahbubani, with the University of Singapore, on his book, "The Global Convergence: Asia, The West And the Logic Of One World"

Jim talks with acclaimed food critic Michael Pollan about his book, "Cooked: A Natural History Of Transformation".


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Jazz Fest Minutes
4:27 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri

Pianist, composer and bandleader Eddie Palmieri.
Credit Juan Cruz / eddiepalmierimusic.com

National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri is a great pianist, composer and bandleader. However, in his early teens Palmieri developed a yen to play timbales in his piano-playing older brother’s band.

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