Don Vappie can play just about anything on banjo — classical compositions, traditional jazz, even funk music. So wherever he goes musically, there's always an audience eager to hear what he has to say.
What most people may not know is that Vappie's talent extends to bass, guitar and any other instrument that needs playing. His ears are just that big. And his hands are just that good. Maybe that's why Vappie tells Music Inside Out that one of his favorite songs is the old Charles Wright hit, "Express Yourself." Because that's what Vappie does best.
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.
On today's Out to Lunch, Craig Cordes had an idea for a cocktail he could take to the beach and drink without getting sand in it. Now he’s running Cordina, making cocktails to go.
Old New Orleans Rum is based on a simple observation — we have a lot of sugar cane in Louisiana, so why not make rum out of it? Erick Lewko is sales director of Old New Orleans Rum, now an international, award-winning success story.
Tulane University professor and founder of the Burkenroad Reports Stock Research Program, Peter Ricchiuti will host WWNO FM-89.9's new weekly program "Out to Lunch," debuting at 1 p.m. Monday (July 23). Here's an email Q&A: Who are you and what are you doing on WWNO?
A New Orleans native who's worked as a reporter for the Times-Picayune and NPR, Gwen Thompkins will host "Music Inside Out," a new weekly show to air Thursdays on WWNO. Here's an e mail Q&A with Dave Walker of the Times-Picayune:
A New Orleans native who's worked as a reporter for the Times-Picayune and National Public Radio, Gwen Thompkins will host "Music Inside Out," a new weekly show to air at 1 p.m. Thursday on WWNO FM-89.9. Here's an e mail Q&A: Who are you and what are you doing on WWNO?
Providence, R.I., has a history of mob violence rivaling that of New York or New Jersey, but it comes with a gritty intimacy that could only be found in the nation's littlest state. Author Bruce DeSilva says that's what makes Providence the perfect place to set his crime fiction.
"It is big enough to have the usual array of urban problems," he says. "But it's so small that it's claustrophobic. It's very hard to keep a secret in places like that."
I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. For nearly 25 years, Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Regina Belle has been wowing audiences with her powerful voice. Much of that recognition has been for her work in R&B, but in 2008, after an award-winning career in secular music, Regina Belle went back to her roots and released her first gospel album, "Love Forever Shines."
Originally published on Mon July 16, 2012 11:16 am
Aaron Sorkin's new HBO drama The Newsroom follows the inner workings of a fictional cable network trying to challenge America's hyperpartisan 24/7 news culture. It's a typical Sorkin drama, complete with fast-paced dialogue, witty scenes and a strong ensemble cast.
So why a newsroom?
"It suits my style," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I like writing about heroes [who] don't wear capes or disguises. You feel like, 'Gee, this looks like the real world and feels like the real world — why can't that be the real world?' "