Starting the week of July 23, a top-notch slate of NPR News and information programs — including On Point, Here and Now and Tell Me More — will join the 89.9 WWNO weekday lineup.

At the same time, one of the station's most popular local programs, Poppy Tooker's Louisiana Eats!, will move to new times — Wednesday afternoons at 1:00 p.m. and Saturday mornings at 11:00 a.m. — and expand to a full hour. Poppy Tooker recently talked with WWNO's Fred Kasten about the origins of Louisiana Eats! and plans for the expanded version.

The people behind New Orleans' transformation into the nation's top city for young entrepreneurs is who you'll meet on Out to Lunch with Peter Ricchiuti — which joins the 89.9 WWNO lineup Monday afternoon, July 23 at 1:00 p.m.  Ricchiuti recently talked with WWNO's Fred Kasten about Out to Lunch, and how the program got started...

Starting Monday, July 23, New Orleans listeners will be able to hear NPR's On Point weekday mornings from 9 - 11 a.m. on 89.9 WWNO. On Point is one of the best, most compelling news and information programs on radio, with its daily two-hour blend of expert guests and listener calls conducted with great skill, intelligence and insight by host Tom Ashbrook.

One of the outstanding programs coming to the 89.9 WWNO lineup on July 23rd is the mid-day news magazine Here and Now — hosted by Hall-of-Fame Boston broadcast journalist Robin Young. Young talked with WWNO's Fred Kasten about her career, and Here and Now.

One of the exciting new programs coming to the WWNO schedule in July is the locally-produced Music Inside Out — which is being developed and put together by a talented, experienced radio team, including former Times-Picayune and NPR reporter and editor Gwen Thompkins.

Thompkins is a New Orleans native who grew up in the Pontchartrain Park neighborhood with a deep love of music.

How can we best serve New Orleans and Southeast Louisiana in the future?

It's a question we ask ourselves every day. After three years of extensive audience research and other studies, we have developed an approach to strengthen the quality and range of our programming, satisfy more of our listeners' preferences, and enhance service to our communities. Here's our plan, beginning Monday, July 23rd:

Tom and Ray Magliozzi, aka Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers, the comedian mechanics who host NPR's Car Talk, will no longer record new programs come this fall... but the weekly call-in series will continue to be on the air, drawing on material from their 25 years of show archives.

Here's a note from the Brothers Magliozzi:

RAY:  Hey, you guys.  My brother has always said, “Don’t be afraid of work.”

TOM:  Right.  Make work afraid of YOU!

RAY:  And he’s done such a good job at it, that work has avoided him all his life.