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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.
Credit Infrogmation / Wikipedia

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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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Inside the Arts
11:30 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Jazz Composer Jerome Theriot Celebrates New Release; Cat On A Hot Tin Roof; Hurray For The Riff Raff

This week on Inside the Arts, we'll celebrate the music of jazz saxophonist and composer Jerome Theriot.

Then, the Anthony Bean Community Theater opens its season with Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. We talk with members of the cast.
 
And, the local folk band Hurray for the Riff Raff gets national attention. We talk with singer/songwriter Alynda Lee Segarra.
 
Inside the Arts airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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The Reading Life
1:44 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

The Reading Life With Laura Lippman And Wiley Cash

This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling author and part-time New Orleanian Laura Lippman, whose new book is After I’m Gone.

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Music
9:38 am
Sat February 15, 2014

Singing To The Strength Of New Orleans

Alynda Lee Segarra is the lead singer and songwriter of the New Orleans folk ensemble Hurray for the Riff Raff.
Debbie Elliott NPR

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 7:00 pm

Beneath the benevolent gaze of a statue of Saint Roch, the patron saint of dogs, invalids and bachelors, Alynda Lee Segarra sings: "People are dying. No one understands."

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Out To Lunch: Brides N' Blooms

Bonnie Broel and Peter Ricchiuti.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

Did you know New Orleans is America's second favorite spot for destination weddings? There's a whole industry built on folks coming here to get hitched.

At the heart of it are two New Orleans icons: House of Broel and Harkins the Florist. John Harkins and Bonnie Broel join Peter Ricchiuti for a lunch time chat that swings from brides on their wedding day to wives doing things with floral preservative — other than preserving blooms.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Patrons Of The Arts: Sydney & Walda Besthoff

Sydney Besthoff's first acquisition of sculpture was made when he purchased what is now K&B Plaza in the 1970's. This Isamu Noguchi didn't cost him a dime.
Credit Creative Commons

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What is it that led the third-generation owner of an iconic New Orleans-based drugstore into the world of art? And how did his participation in the art world alter the way he looked at things? This week on Notes from New Orleans Sharon Litwin talks with Sydney Besthoff and his wife Walda about how art became part of their lives.

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