interviews

Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
12:25 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Irma Thomas And The 'Irma Sound'

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More than six billion people live on the planet, and yet relatively few human voices are recognizable to the naked ear.

Irma Thomas has one of those voices.

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Inside the Arts
12:26 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Inside The Arts: Tara O'Grady; Encore! Alexandre Moutouzkine; S.O.U.L. Musical Exchange

Tara O'Grady

This week on Inside the Arts, an explosion of musical genres! We visit with Tara O'Grady, an Irish American chanteuse who mixes Celtic sounds with blues, folk, swing and jazz into her unique style. She makes her New Orleans debut this St. Patrick's weekend.

Then, internationally acclaimed Russian concert pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine returns to town for a classical music performance at the Marigny Opera House. And we round out with S.O.U.L. — Singers of United Lands — for a cultural music exchange with the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans.

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The Reading Life
1:44 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

The Reading Life With Richard Campanella And Blake Bailey

This week on The Reading Life: Richard Campanella, author of Bourbon Street: A History, and memoirist Blake Bailey, author of The Splendid Things We Planned: A Family Portrait, both of whom will be appearing at the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival.

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Louisiana Eats!
12:03 am
Sat March 8, 2014

From The Newsroom To The Classroom: Food Media & Food Studies

Over the course of the past 20 years media coverage of food has expanded into a plethora of beats.
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Over the past twenty years, conversations about food have entered mainstream American culture. On this week's Louisiana Eats! we'll hear how food has grown in the newsrooms and classrooms of American society with food writer Brett Anderson and professor Elizabeth Engelhardt.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Out To Lunch: Look Like A Million Bucks

Betsie Gambel, Josh Mayer and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Eric Murrell / It's New Orleans

Would you like an article about yourself in the New York Times? Betsie Gambel can make that happen. Would you like to own Mardi Gras? Josh Mayer will take care of that for you.

Peter, Josh, and Betsie delve into PR, branding, marketing, advertising, NOLA Mad Men & Women, and lend their substantial skills to startup business Clear the Clutter.

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Interviews
10:33 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Interviews: French Market Director Jon Smith

Jon Smith
French Market

The French Market Corporation — which oversees the six city blocks of the French Market proper, the Upper Pontalba Building, Jackson Square, parking lots, and much more — has a new executive director.

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Song Travels
11:03 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Allen Toussaint On 'Song Travels'

Allen Toussaint.
Glade Bilby II Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 3:27 pm

Pianist, singer, composer and producer Allen Toussaint is one of the leading figures of New Orleans R&B.

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Out To Lunch
12:04 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Out To Lunch: Paper Or Plastic

Jonathan Bertuccelli and Jonthan Schudmak.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

New Orleans is a city torn between upholding traditions and embracing change. In this Tale of Two Jonathans, Jonathan Bertuccelli's Studio 3 creates centuries old papier mâché art in the form of elegant Mardi Gras floats, while Jonathan Schudmak's NOLA 3D Printing creates our plastic future. 

In the Pay It Forward segment of the show Peter, Paper Jonathan and Plastic Jonathan weigh in on how best to expand the already successful promotional product company Safeguard.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
4:21 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Professor Longhair's Legacy

Credit Shanna Riley

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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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Dan Davis The Wine Guy Wins Grand Award For Commander's Palace

Commander's Palace — killin' it since 1880.
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Ella Brennan, owner of Commander’s Palace and doyenne of the New Orleans restaurant community, had wanted to win the Grand Award from Wine Spectator magazine for a very long time. When that happened in 2013, she gave full credit to the restaurant’s wine director, Dan Davis. On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with Davis about how a Mississippi boy got into the world of wine.

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