interviews

WRKF
4:43 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Lil Buck Sinegal: 'With the Blues, You Can Express Yourself'

Lil Buck Senegal

Originally published on Sun April 13, 2014 9:35 am

Lil Buck Sinegal, a Louisiana Music Hall of Famer, started playing as a kid in Lafayette on a Harmony box guitar before his father, a cement finisher, bought him an electric guitar -- paid for in installments of $10 a week.

Buck played in zydeco legend Clifton Chenier's band for 17 years, and he says it was Chenier who taught him the blues.


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3:30 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

An Interview With 'Along Saint Claude' Producer Eve Abrams

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Dave Walker of Nola.Com | The Times-Picayune interviews WWNO producer Eve Abrams about her documentary "Along Saint Claude" and the reaction from the community. The documentary will re-air in seven weekly installments on All Things New Orleans (1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Thursdays).
WWNO FM-89.9 will re-air " Along Saint Claude," Eve Abrams' radio documentary, in installments starting Thursday (April 10) on "All Things New Orleans," which airs at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The seven-part documentary, which explores the rapidly changing neighborhoods downriver from the French Quarter, premiered Feb.
The Reading Life
1:52 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

The Reading Life With Zachary Lazar, Frances Mayes And Whitney Stewart

Zachary Lazar

This week on The Reading Life: Tulane University’s Zachary Lazar, whose new novel of Jewish identity is I Pity the Poor Immigrant. We’ll also hear from Frances Mayes, author of the much beloved Under the Tuscan Sun, who has a new, surprisingly Southern memoir out, called Under Magnolia.

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WRKF
8:53 am
Mon April 7, 2014

First Bell: English Teacher Shatters Adolescent Conception of Masculinity

Tim Parrish

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 5:22 pm

 The First Bell series is a growing collection of stories from students, parents, and educators about pivotal experiences in education. To tell your story, email amy@wrkf.org with "My First Bell" in the subject line or tweet with the hashtag #MyFirstBell.

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Parrish went to Istrouma High School in Baton Rouge during the mid ‘70s.

He was a jock with a lot of anger, caught up in the racial violence of the time.

And then he walked into Fred Shirley’s English class

Shirley was the teacher who would introduce Parrish to counter-cultural books like the Great Gatsby and Slaughter House Five.

And he showed Parrish there was a different way to be a man. 

 
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Out To Lunch
1:20 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Mom, Where Do Buildings Come From?

Marcel Wisznia and Angela O’Byrne.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

We talk a lot in New Orleans about the "rebirth" of the city, but before the city was re-born it was born. The architects of what we all agree is our remarkably beautiful city were just that: architects.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
5:52 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Music Inside Out With 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. Winslow-King is spending the final months of 2013 on a European tour.

“I play for people who still feel like there is something positive and exciting left out in the world to experience.”

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

The Reading Life With Joel Dinerstein And Mona Lisa Saloy

This week on The Reading Life: Tulane University's Joel Dinerstein, whose new book is American Cool, the companion volume to an exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery.

Plus, we sit down with the always-exuberant Mona Lisa Saloy, whose new collection is Second Line Home: New Orleans Poems.

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WRKF
5:22 am
Mon March 31, 2014

First Bell: For Her Youngest, Learning the ABCs Wasn't Easy as A-B-C

Beverly Ortego, an interventionist at Hosanna Christian Academy, with a reading student.

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 7:13 am

The First Bell series is a growing collection of stories from students, parents, and educators about pivotal experiences in education. To tell your story, email amy@wrkf.org with "My First Bell" in the subject line or tweet with the hashtag #MyFirstBell.

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LaToya Johnson is the mother of three boys.

Early on, in daycare and preschool, Johnson's older two learned their ABCs and how to write.

"So by the time I got to my youngest and he got to pre-k and he wasn’t able to recognize his alphabet, I was like, ok, something was wrong." 

That turned out to be the start of a journey that ultimately led Johnson to enroll her son Micah in a private school — Hosanna Christian Academy in Baton Rouge — through the state voucher program.

 


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Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Creativity Doesn't Come Overnight: Culinary Mentorships

Whether they attend culinary school or gain an apprenticeship, the finest chefs are students forever looking to sharpen their culinary skills.
Credit Wikipedia/Maggie Black's The Medieval Cookbook

Click here to listen to this week's show.

Among the many professions that require an ongoing sense of inquiry and creativity is a chef. On this week's Louisiana Eats! we'll hear about the illustrious career of Jacquy Pfeiffer,a pastry chef who's helped found The French Pastry School in Chicago and has also been the subject of a documentary by D.A. Pennebaker.

Then we're joined by the Nola Pie Guy, a graduate of The French Pastry School, to hear how his education prepared him for a life in pastry.

And finally we'll hear how Syrena Johnson keeps her ambitions in fine-dining afloat by mentoring with A-list chefs around New Orleans. 

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Music Interviews
12:49 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Emerging Musicians: Clarinetist Gregory Agid

Clarinetist Gregory Agid.

WWNO, in partnership with NOLA Art House Music and NolaVie, presents the first in a series of interviews hosted by trumpeter Dr. Edward Anderson, focused on some of the best emerging musicians in the New Orleans arts community.

In the first installment, Dr. Anderson talks with clarinetist Gregory Agid.

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