interviews

Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:50 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Professor Longhair’s Legacy

Professor Longhair.
Credit Music Inside Out

The name that our musical guests have most consistently mentioned is Professor Longhair. It began, well, at the beginning. Longhair, whose friends call him Fess, figured into the very first answer from the very first guest on the very first Music Inside Out.

Since then, others have conjured his name when describing the best of New Orleans music. As it turns out, Longhair — who died in 1980 — remains a guiding spirit to musicians and music lovers everywhere. So as a matter of duty and privilege, we’re spreading the joy.

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Out To Lunch
12:55 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Out To Lunch: Expedia Express

Stan Little.
Credit Cheryl DalPozzal / It's New Orleans

Back in the 20th Century, when you wanted to fly somewhere you had two choices: you could call the airline and buy a ticket, or you could call a travel agent, who for some magical reason could get you the same ticket for less money.

Then along came the online travel site revolution. Now, instead of making a two minute phone call, we can spend hours, even days, comparing prices and airline schedules before buying a plane ticket.

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The Reading Life
1:26 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

The Reading Life With Mamie Gasperecz And Andy Young

This week on The Reading Life: Mamie Gasperecz, executive director of the Hermann Grima and Gallier Historic Houses, talks about a beautiful new book, Luxury, Inequity and Yellow Fever; Living Legacies and the Stories of Old New Orleans.

We’ll also hear from poet Andy Young, whose new collection is All Night It Is Morning.

And bookseller Judith Lafitte gives her favorite picks for holiday giving for the young folks in your life.

Judith Lafitte's book choices:

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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

The Reading Life With Walter Isaacson And Laura Kelley

This week, The Reading Life celebrates four years of being on the air. Our guests: Walter Isaacson, author of The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, and Laura Kelley, author of The Irish in New Orleans.

**Lagniappe Audio**

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
2:04 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Luke Winslow-King's Music Is So Good You’ll Want To Slap The Guitar Player

Luke Winslow-King.
Credit Matt Robinson / Elephant Quilt Productions

What do you get when you combine modern jazz, the music of Woody Guthrie, Delta blues, and Antonín Dvořák’s “American” String Quartet?

You get Luke Winslow-King.

Born and raised in Michigan, a crime landed him in New Orleans. But, ever the optimist, Winslow-King decided to stay. And yet, the road has been more of a home in recent years. While he’s back home now, Winslow-King spent the final months of 2013 on a European tour.

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Education
7:30 am
Thu November 20, 2014

In New Orleans and Across Nation, No-Excuses Schools Face Pushback

Credit Sebastian Blanco / Creative Commons

In New Orleans and nationally, many schools have adopted a no-excuses model. They enforce strict rules and suspend students at high rates.

In a new article out this week in the Atlantic and Hechinger Report, reporter Sarah Carr looks at the push back against no-excuses discipline. She profiles several local charter schools, including Carver Collegiate, New Orleans College Prep, and KIPP Renaissance.

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Inside the Arts
10:19 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Inside The Arts: Fringe Fest-Total Verruckt!, Big Class Writing Studio, Ebene String Quartet

Joanna Caplan in Total Verruckt!
Credit Maria Baranova

This week on Inside the Arts, The New Orleans Fringe Festival is celebrating original theater this week at venues across the city. We catch up with Joanna Caplan and her unique solo piece Total Verruckt!, which focuses on the role of art as a means of survival during the Holocaust.

Then, do you know what it takes to learn how to write well? WWNO's Eve Abrams answers that question as she explores the Big Class Writing Studio on St. Claude Avenue.

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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

The Reading Life With Rick Bragg, Moira Crone And Eric Kimmel

This week on The Reading Life: That great Southern storyteller, Rick Bragg, talks about the writing of Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story.

We’ll also hear from novelist Moira Crone, author of The Ice Garden, and have a quick preview of Eric Kimmel’s visit to New Orleans. His beautiful new book is Simon and the Bear: A Hanukkah Tale.

**Langniappe Audio*

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
2:15 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

A. J. Croce Is Telling Tales

A.J. Croce.
Credit Shelby Duncan

It’s easy to tease out the artists who’ve inspired A.J. Croce’s singing over the years — Ray Charles, Paul McCartney*, Buddy Holly, even Ray Davies of The Kinks. He loves early rock n roll and R&B. So perhaps it’s ironic that A.J. rarely sounds like his father, singer-songwriter Jim Croce, who made his mark on music in the late 1960s and early 70s.

With nine albums to his credit and more than 20 years as a touring musician, A.J. Croce is his own man, performing his own music. And a devoted fan base has shown its appreciation for the genre-busting of the younger Croce.

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Inside the Arts
2:04 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Inside The Arts: Ballerina Misty Copeland, Jose Torres-Tama's Poetry, Fugard's Boseman And Lena

American Ballet Theater's Misty Copeland
Credit Marty Sohl

This week on Inside the Arts we talk with African American Ballerina Misty Copeland of American Ballet Theater.

Then, performance artist Jose Torres-Tama is back with a new work — a collection of poetry.

And we round out with South African playwright Athol Fugard's Boseman and Lena.

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

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