interviews

The Reading Life
1:35 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

The Reading Life With Maple Leaf Rag V And Maureen Corrigan

This week on The Reading Life: Contributors to Maple Leaf Rag V, the fifth anniversary volume of writings from the long running series at the Maple Leaf Bar. We’ll hear from publisher John Travis, and poets Nancy Harris and Steve Beisner.

We’ll also talk with Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan, whose new book is So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures.

*Lagniappe Audio*

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
5:00 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Music Inside Out: Lights! Camera! Music!

Bob Mondello, Benh Zeitlin and Terence Blanchard.

The Art & Craft Of Marrying Film And Music

From the earliest days of motion pictures, music has played a crucial role in setting the mood for movies. Just take a look at the clip (above) of the final moments of Charlie Chaplin’s 1936 film “Modern Times.”

It’s hard to imagine that scene without the song “Smile.”

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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

The Reading Life With Katy Simpson Smith And Nicholas Meis

Katy Simpson Smith

This week on The Reading Life, host Susan Larson talks with historian turned novelist Katy Simpson Smith, whose gorgeous The Story of Land and Sea is one of the big fall debuts this season.

And we'll hear from Nicholas Meis, author of New Orleans Hurricanes from the Start.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:40 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Treme's David Simon: 'I'm A Storyteller'

David Simon.
Credit American Library Association

For most of his working life, David Simon has been telling an epic story of the American city — one corner at a time. First on the pages of The Baltimore Sun, then in the books Homicide: Life on the Killing Streets and The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Out To Lunch: Angels 'N Exports

Knud Berthelsen.
Cheryl DalPozzal It's New Orleans

A few years ago, for most of us "start up" was a verb — it was something you did to a car. These days it's a noun. A startup is a new business, typically based on a new and untested idea.

One of the toughest things about a startup, the noun, is the verb — starting it up. The main obstacles are figuring out the best way to go about it, and how to pay for it. One place startups turn to start up is an angel investor. Having an angel investor is kind of like having a successful uncle who believes in you enough to give you some capital and guidance.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
2:14 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

The Music Biz: Scott Aiges Pulls Back The Curtain

Credit Guillaume Laurent / Flickr

Consider the musicians.

After the crowd goes home, after they pack their gear and instruments, when their van rolls through the night and the smell of smoke still lingers on their clothes, the bottom line remains. The business of music never sleeps.

Artist royalties, mechanical royalties, revenue streams and recording contracts occupy the minds and sleepless nights of managers and artists the country over as they head to their next gig.

You could fill a college course with everything an artist needs to know. Trust us, they have.

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The Reading Life
1:31 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

The Reading Life With Todd Bol And Jeffrey Cohen

Todd Bol.
Credit Courtesy of the author.

This week on The Reading Life: Todd Bol, founder of Little Free Libraries, and Jeffrey Cohen, whose new children’s book is Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut Ever.

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Education
6:28 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

NPR Education Team Begins New Orleans Coverage

NPR Education Correspondent Claudio Sanchez
NPR

In the past week, several NPR journalists have visited New Orleans to report on education, with a focus on public charter schools. NPR Correspondent Claudio Sanchez went to the first day of school for one New Orleans charter, as a jumping off point for getting the lay of the land for schools here.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
2:02 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Jim McCormick: A Poet Finds A Voice As A Songwriter

Jim McCormick.
Credit Scott Saltzman

The poetics of pickup trucks and cutoffs are not lost on Jim McCormick. Nor are the subtleties of Trans Ams and the beverage choices of the young and hay-baling set. And that’s how it should be for a poet-turned-Nashville songwriter.

A New Orleans native (and still occasional resident), McCormick penned two of 2012′s number one songs on the country charts. But all that success — and it is considerable — hasn’t gone to his head. He’s stayed humble. And funny. And grateful for the collaborations and to the mentors through the years.

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Latest News
11:53 am
Thu August 7, 2014

NOPD Seeks New Spokesperson: Extended Interview With The Advocate's Danny Monteverde

The NOPD is looking for a new spokesperson.
Credit tonbabydc / flickr.com

The New Orleans Police Department is looking for a new official spokesperson. This Thursday marks the deadline for submitting an application, and the NOPD will hire someone by the end of the month. We spoke with the New Orleans Advocate’s police reporter Danny Monteverde about who the police department is looking for to fill the position.

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