interviews

Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
2:00 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Terence Blanchard: A Voice For His Trumpet

Credit Bob Travis / Flickr

Listen to Gwen & Terence Blanchard

When the microphone switches on, some people freeze. They can’t think of a thing to say. But Terence Blanchard relaxes. 

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Inside the Arts
11:10 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Inside The Arts: Jazz Fest Celebrates Brazil; Jazz Hero Harold Battiste; Ireland's Hidden Gems

This week on Inside the Arts, we travel to Brazil via a cultural exchange at Jazz Fest. Then, we celebrate with saxophonist and AFO Records founder, Harold Battiste. He's a recipient of the Jazz Hero award from the Jazz Journalists Association.

And we round out with a trip to the shores of the Emerald Isle, for a peek inside Irish nature photographer Daragh Muldowney's Jewellery Box.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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The Reading Life
1:41 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

The Reading Life With Wimps, Underpants And PTSD

Jeff Kinney

This week on The Reading Life: Jeff Kinney, creator of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, and Dav Pilkey, creator of Captain Underpants. We’ll also hear from novelist Cara Hoffman, whose new book is Be Safe, I Love You.

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NolaVie
5:19 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Actor Yolonda Ross Talks 'Go For Sisters' And 'Treme'

Yolonda Ross as Fontaine in the John Sayles film Go For Sisters.
Credit Kevin Long

Along with Jazz Fest comes the Sync Up Conference, several days of workshops and discussions on the business of entertainment, at New Orleans Museum of Art.

This year’s Sync Up Cinema event features John Sayles newest film, Go For Sisters, screening tomorrow afternoon. It stars actor Yolanda Ross, who also appeared in HBO's Treme. She started with how she got the role in John Sayles' new movie.

Laine Kaplan-Levenson: What was your connection to John Sayles before this film?

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Environment
7:18 am
Fri April 25, 2014

New Coastal Index Measures Population Shifts, Economic Opportunity In Changes To Land And Water

Sunset on the Mississippi River, with a view of New Orleans.
NOAA

The Data Center released its first Coastal Index this week. WWNO's Jack Hopke sat down with Executive Director Allison Plyer and Senior Research Fellow George Hobor to learn more.

Among the lessons learned, data since 2005 show many coastal communities, like Chauvin and Dulac, are losing residents. Those choosing to stay are more likely to be poor than those who leave. That means the remaining population is more vulnerable to events like storms, with fewer resources to help them bounce back after disaster.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
6:23 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

The Zion Harmonizers On Music Inside Out

The Zion Harmonizers.
Credit Zack Smith

They are rooted in the quartet singing tradition and a capella harmonies from the turn of the last century. For nearly the half a century, the Zion Harmonizers have enjoyed an unparalleled platform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, anchoring and curating the Gospel Tent.

In the church of New Orleans jazz, they’ve had the keys to the church of church.

Thank God. It’s wonderful.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Out To Lunch: Cats 'N Dogs

Patrick McCausland, Peter Ricchiuti and Michelle Ingram.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Last year Americans spent over $55 billion on their pets. To put that in some sort of perspective, that's more than most countries in the world spend on their military.

In New Orleans, Zeus' Place is one of a number of 21st Century pet boarding and day care facilities where pets are treated somewhere between kindergarten kids and rest home residents, with activities, walks, naps and even their own apartment. Michelle Ingram, founder and owner.

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Inside the Arts
11:44 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Inside The Arts: Local Teen To Appear On NPR's 'From The Top'

Georgia Bourderionnet, on stage at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, during a taping of NPR's From the Top.
Credit From the Top / NPR

Local teenager Georgia Bourderionnet, a 17-year-old cellist who is a student at Benjamin Franklin High School and NOCCA, has been tapped for a classical music performance on NPR's From the Top. Her performance airs April 24 at 8 p.m. on 89.9 WWNO.

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Inside the Arts
11:34 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Inside The Arts: Jazz Fest Celebrates Brazilian Food; Debbie Davis Sings; Stirling Barrett Photos

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

This week on Inside the Arts, the 45th annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival kicks off this weekend. We sample Brazilian street food from Carmo Café near the Cultural Exchange Pavilion.

Then we catch up with vocalist Debbie Davis, whose new release Linger 'till Dawn is just out in time for Jazz Fest. And we round out with a look at New Orleans through the eyes of photographer Stirling Barrett, exhibiting works in the Contemporary Crafts area.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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The Reading Life
1:33 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

The Reading Life With Roy Hoffman And John Gery

This week on The Reading Life: Alabama novelist Roy Hoffman, whose new book is Come Landfall, and UNO professor and poet John Gery, whose new collection is Have at You Now!

*Lagniappe!*

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