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New Grant Provides Funding For Green Infrastructure Projects

Several green infrastructure projects will be coming to New Orleans' most flood-prone neighborhoods thanks to an $86-thousand grant from the Institute for Sustainable Communities. Healthy Community Services, a local nonprofit, will use the grant money to build green infrastructure projects designed to collect stormwater - like rain gardens - in the 7th Ward and Treme, two areas that flooded heavily last year. Angela Chalk is the executive director of Healthy Community Services. She announced...

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Inside The Arts: Broadway’s Christine Ebersole, Ashe’s 20th Anniversary, Oh Crap, It’s Christmas!

This week on Inside the Arts, two-time Tony Award winning singer/actress Christine Ebersole known for her roles in Grey Gardens and 42nd Street is heading to New Orleans for the Broadway at NOCCA Series. She'll join composer Scott Frankel and host Seth Rudetsky in an intimate evening of stories and song. Christine Ebersole joins us by phone. Then, the Ashé Cultural Arts Center gears up for a grand celebration, its 20th Anniversary! We talk with Ashé co-founder Carol Bebelle. And, "Oh Crap, It...

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Maria Butina Pleads Guilty In Foreign Agent Case, Admits Clandestine Influence Scheme

Updated at 3:22 p.m. ET A Russian woman who schemed to build back-channel ties between the Russian government and the Trump campaign pleaded guilty in federal court on Thursday to conspiring to act as a clandestine foreign agent. Maria Butina also sought to connect Moscow unofficially with other parts of the conservative establishment, including the National Rifle Association and the National Prayer Breakfast. She was arrested over the summer after having been monitored by the FBI, including...

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New Orleans has a way of making any holiday its own, so it’s no surprise that our Christmas season has a singular kind of sparkle. NolaVie’s Renée Peck illuminates Christmas in the Crescent City in this special holiday edition of Notes from New Orleans. 

American Routes Shortcuts: Eric Andersen

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American Routes

Songwriter Eric Andersen developed his literary chops hanging out in San Francisco with Beat poets, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsberg. He moved to Greenwich Village during the early ‘60s folk revival, and wrote songs that Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, and Johnny Cash would cover. Andersen appeared in an Andy Warhol film with Edie Sedgwick and befriended Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe while living in the Chelsea Hotel. He crossed Canada by train in concert with the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and the Band, and recorded with friends Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, and Townes Van Zandt. But before all that counter-cultural glory, Eric grew up middle class in Pittsburgh, aiming for a conventional career.

Old cookbooks filled with recipes and stories fill a table at the Kitchen Witch store in New Orleans.
Ian McNulty

When it comes to Christmas gift giving, a cookbook is often an easy call. The subjects are palatable, and usually noncontroversial. Getting a cookbook, or even giving one, at least conjures the fantasy of having enough time to actually use it.

But how to pick one from the blizzard of releases that fill the stores? My own answer, evolved over time, is to start by looking in my own kitchen cabinet.

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Several green infrastructure projects will be coming to New Orleans' most flood-prone neighborhoods thanks to an $86-thousand grant from the Institute for Sustainable Communities.

Healthy Community Services, a local nonprofit, will use the grant money to build green infrastructure projects designed to collect stormwater - like rain gardens - in the 7th Ward and Treme, two areas that flooded heavily last year.

Illustration by Jasper Means

In 1979, Ernest "Dutch" Morial became the first black mayor of New Orleans. He won the election with 95% of the black vote, and just 20% of the white vote. He campaigned on a platform of police reform, but it wasn’t just Dutch who wanted to re-organize the NOPD – they were organizing themselves. They wanted a union, pay increases, and better working conditions. Soon after Dutch took office, the police wasted no time. They staged their first strike, in history. Their bargaining tool? Mardi Gras.

This week on Inside the Arts, two-time Tony Award winning singer/actress Christine Ebersole known for her roles in Grey Gardens and 42nd Street is heading to New Orleans for the Broadway at NOCCA Series. She'll join composer Scott Frankel and host Seth Rudetsky in an intimate evening of stories and song. Christine Ebersole joins us by phone.

Then, the Ashé Cultural Arts Center gears up for a grand celebration, its 20th Anniversary! We talk with Ashé co-founder Carol Bebelle.

Welcome to The Tricentennial Reading List. Today, Susan Larson continues her look at 300 great New Orleans books, in part five of her conversation with professor emeritus of history at Tulane University, Larry Powell.

River Parishes Tourist Commission

Louisiana’s river parishes have long marketed their historic plantations as tourist attractions. St. John the Baptist, St. Charles and St. James parishes make up the River Parishes Tourist Commission - which has embraced the new slogan “New Orleans Plantation Country.” But they’re facing some pushback from critics who say that taxpayer money shouldn’t be used to celebrate the history of plantations in the south without acknowledging the slavery and human suffering associated with them.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with novelist and historian Winston Groom, whose new book is “The Allies, Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin and the Unlikely Alliance That Won World War II.” We’ll hear about U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith’s visit to Louisiana this week, as well as some poetry from James Nolan, whose new book is “Nasty Water: Collected New Orleans Poems.”

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This week on Le Show Harry Shearer brings us the first part of his 2018 Year in Rebuke. We’ll look back at big headlines and overlooked news stories with The Appresidentice, Entrepod, News of the Warm, Nixon in Heaven, Bad Days at Black Rock, Donald Trump’s Mar a Lago Diet, Clintonsomething, and original music about the environment and Stormy Daniels.

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Le Show For The Week Of December 9, 2018

This week on Le Show Harry Shearer brings us the first part of his 2018 Year in Rebuke. We’ll look back at big headlines and overlooked news stories with The Appresidentice , Entrepod , News of the Warm, Nixon in Heaven , Bad Days at Black Rock , Donald Trump’s Mar a Lago Diet, Clintonsomething , and original music about the environment and Stormy Daniels.

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The Reading Life with Winston Groom and James Nolan

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with novelist and historian Winston Groom, whose new book is “The Allies, Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin and the Unlikely Alliance That Won World War II.” We’ll hear about U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith’s visit to Louisiana this week, as well as some poetry from James Nolan, whose new book is “Nasty Water: Collected New Orleans Poems.”

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Sticky Wicket is a new mini series out of WWNO and WRKF that takes on four historic clashes between Louisiana politicians and the media, one at a time.

FOOD & DINING

"Father-daughter hunting team Meagan Dragon and Darryl Dragon at the Cook-Off for the Coast event in Violet, Louisiana."
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Louisiana Eats: Eat It To Eradicate It

On this week's show, we explore the intersections between hunting, gathering, fishing, and our changing environment. We begin at the Best of Bycatch dinner at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, where a highly invasive fish is on the menu: the Asian Carp.

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Susan Larson, host of The Reading Life, talks with local authors and readers about their favorite books from three hundred years of New Orleans literature.