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.

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.

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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.

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.

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As New Orleans continues to reshape public education, WWNO seeks to highlight teachers who bring unique talents and perspectives to their work. We feature one such educator each month.

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This is not John Philip Sousa’s band music. Don’t get us wrong, Sousa is in the pantheon of them-who-haul-brass-through-the-streets, but we suspect the maestro might be surprised by the music today. Which, if you think about it, is good.

Otherwise, there would only be the old-timey brass band idiom and the genre would have lost touch with the people.

Which is precisely where this music has always lived. With military bands and civic orchestras and parades and funerals and weddings, brass band music has always been popular music.

And in New Orleans, it still is.

This week on The Reading Life:  Oliver Houck, author of Downstream Toward Home: A Book of Rivers, and Dominic Massa, author of New Orleans Radio.

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Shannon Brinkman

An Hour with The World’s Greatest Drummer

The only thing more fun than talking to Shannon Powell is listening to him play. Powell is one of the most charismatic drummers to ever grace a stage. His secret? “I’m happy,” Powell tells Music Inside Out. “I was a happy child. I’m a happy spirit.”

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NPR's Michele Norris says Hurricane Katrina was a line of demarcation for her. Reporting from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast after the storm and floods, she found herself compelled to work with emotion in her journalism in a new way.

When you're the CEO of a company you're principally required to make money. Then there's a whole other kind of business leadership, where things aren't quite so black and white.

Peter's guests on this episode of Out to Lunch inhabit a business world where they're supposed to make money and juggle often conflicting demands of politics, the local and tourist economy, the public good, urban history, and entertainment.