interviews

The Reading Life
1:32 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

The Reading Life With Nigel Hamilton And Amie Parnes

It's a week for biographers on The Reading Life! Nigel Hamilton, founder and former president of BIO (the Biographers International Organization) talks about his new book, The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-42, and Amie Parnes discusses HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:58 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

The Irresistible Deacon John Moore

Deacon John at the House of Blues in 2009.
Credit Jason Saul / American Routes

Go ahead, we DARE you. Try listening to this week's re-broadcast of Music Inside Out with Deacon John Moore and NOT enjoying yourself.

As a guitarist, band leader and showman, Deacon John has been delighting crowds for more than half a century. This year, he's played the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the White House. He's just that irresistible.  

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Out To Lunch: Common Sense

Colin Grussing, Peter Kovacs and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Common sense is difficult to define. In business, people with unique and quirky ideas can run into a lot of negativity based on "common sense." Like the guys who decided that, at a time when newspapers are going under all over the country, they're going to launch a brand new daily newspaper in New Orleans. Crazy, right?

That newspaper is The Advocate. Its editor, Peter Kovacs, who was canned by the Times-Picayune in its business realignment to a 3-day-a-week paper, is Peter's guest on this episode of Out to Lunch.

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The Reading Life
1:33 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

The Reading Life With Scott Cowen And Stephen Rea

This week on The Reading Life: Outgoing Tulane University president Scott Cowen, whose new book is The Inevitable City: The Resurgence of New Orleans and the Future of Urban America.

And we speak with Stephen Rea, one of the celebrity readers at the annual Bloomsday celebration of James Joyce’s Ulysses on June 16.

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Take Five
5:35 am
Mon June 9, 2014

An Independent Filmmaker In Hollywood South Makes 'Below Dreams'

The character Jamaine, in Below Dreams.
Credit Below Dreams

A few years ago, Garrett Bradley began taking Greyhound bus trips from her home in New York down to New Orleans.

 “I sort of was drawn here for some reason that I don’t think at the time I was really fully cognizant of,” said Bradley. “There was no kind of concrete reason.”

On these cross-country trips, Bradley would talk to her fellow passengers, asking them about “what it is they wanted in life and where they were going and how they planned on getting what they wanted.”

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
4:32 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Dr. Michael White's Time Machine

Credit Derek Bridges / Flickr

What do you hear when Dr. Michael White plays his clarinet?

Can you hear the bayou? The river? The French Quarter? People sitting on their stoops waiting for someone to deliver the news? Penny parties?

That's not a clarinet in the doctor's hands; it's a time machine.

"I listened to Johnny Dodds' recordings. I listened to Sidney Bechet. I listened to George Lewis. I listened to Edmond Hall. I listened to Omer Simeon, Barney Bigard, and so many others," White says. "And you listen to that and you say, 'Wow, I would like to capture that feeling.'"

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Out To Lunch: From Veterans To Julia

Peter Ricchiuti
Ashley George

On this edition of Out to Lunch Peter Ricchiuti sorts out the connection between New Orleans and Jefferson Parish. He's joined by Todd Murphy, President of the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce.

Weighing in on the Orleans side of business alliances is Denise Berthiaume, owner of LeMieux Galleries and President of the New Orleans Arts District Association.

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Inside the Arts
12:00 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Inside The Arts: Creole Beauties, CASA's Playhouse, And Jazz Singer Cindy Scott's 'Historia'

This week on Inside the Arts, you'll meet New Orleans jazz singer Cindy Scott, whose new CD Historia is receiving widespread critical acclaim.

Then, we celebrate the Creole tomato as festivities kick off in the French Market.

And artists, including Terrance Osborne, collaborate on a children's playhouse to benefit CASA Jefferson, the legal services group for children.

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

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Lessons From Their Lives: Artist George Dunbar

Artist George Dunbar still follows his muse at 86 years young.
Credit Thomas Walsh

George Dunbar is an Uptowner who finished school at 17, joined the Navy and served in World War II. After the war, he went to art school, traveled through Europe, and then came home when a family member got sick. That was more than 50 years ago.

These days, he lives and works in an older part of Slidell that overlooks the bayous and surrounding marsh land. George is one of the South’s most accomplished contemporary artists and the subject of this week’s Notes from New Orleans

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The Reading Life
1:40 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

The Reading Life With Khaled Hosseini And Alan Furst

Hear two of your favorite bestselling authors this week on The Reading Life: Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and And the Mountains Echoed, tells us about his life in two worlds Afghanistan and the United States. He'll be making his first New Orleans visit June 8 for an appearance at Temple Sinai sponsored by Octavia Books.

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