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Southern Rep's Homecoming On Bayou Road

Since 1986, Southern Rep Theatre has been producing original and classic plays that speak to the depth and diversity of New Orleans culture. Now, after six years without a permanent home, Southern Rep has found one. The former Saint Rose de Lima Church on Bayou Road has been transformed into a theatre complex. NolaVie’s Renée Peck catches up with Aimee Hayes, the company’s Producing Artistic Director, to hear all about Southern Rep’s housewarming. Visit ViaNolaVie for a related article...

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AMERICAN ROUTES SHORTCUTS

Aretha Franklin
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American Routes Shortcuts: Remembering Aretha Franklin

After Aretha Franklin signed with Atlantic Records in 1967, producer Jerry Wexler brought her to record in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Known for its local recording studios, including FAME and Muscle Shoals Sound, the Tennessee River town produced many hits and allowed the black and white music worlds to coalesce. In 1967, Aretha recorded her first big hit, “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)” at FAME studios, but all did not go smoothly. Studio guitarist Jimmy Johnson tells the story....

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Hacks, Security Gaps And Oligarchs: The Business Of Voting Comes Under Scrutiny

It's been a tough couple of years for the business of voting. There's the state that discovered a Russian oligarch now finances the company that hosts its voting data. Then there's the company that manufactures and services voter registration software in eight states that found itself hacked by Russian operatives leading up to the 2016 presidential election. And then there's the largest voting machine company in the country, which initially denied and then admitted it had installed software...

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Harry Shearer
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This week on Le Show Harry Reads the Trades, brings us Let Us Try, News of Bees, News of the Atom, Land of 15,000 Princes, Inside Extra Access Tonight, The Apologies of the Week, News of the Warm, News of the Godly, original music, and salutes both Aretha Franklin and Senator John McCain.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with novelist Bernice McFadden, author of “Praise Song for the Butterflies,” a searing account of ritual servitude in West Africa. We’ll also hear from poet Anne Babson, whose new collection is “Polite Occasions.”

**Lagniappe Audio**

Continuum presents music performed by one of Americas leading early music ensembles, The Waverly Consort. Three of their CDs are featured, presenting music from the 13th century Cantigas de Santa Maria of Alfonso X, some of the songs of 14th century French composer Guillaume de Machaut, and the complete Llibre Vermell (The Red Book), a collection of ten pilgrim songs of the late 14th Century. Recordings used are: Las Cantigas de Santa Maria - The Bach Guild OVC 2013, Douce Dame - Vanguard Classics OVC, and Traveler: Medieval Journeys Through Time - Angel CDC 7243 5 55559

Coastal News Roundup: Katrina Anniversary

Aug 31, 2018
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This week marks the 13th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. WWNO's Tegan Wendland talked with NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune environment reporter Mark Schleifstein about how that storm has affected the area's perception of risk, the levee system and the nation's hurricane forecasting.

Art And Nature Converge At Crevasse 22

Aug 31, 2018
David Benedetto

Each week, NolaVie brings us an arts and culture vignette called Notes from New Orleans. This week, they’re sending a postcard from St. Bernard Parish. Producers David Benedetto and Sarah Holtz ventured down LA-46 to a space called Crevasse 22, where art and nature overtake one another.

Visit ViaNolaVie for a related article written by David Benedetto.

American Routes Shortcuts: Lazy Lester

Aug 31, 2018
Lazy Lester
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Lazy Lester got his break playing harmonica on a recording for Lightnin’ Slim. Producer JD Miller discovered that Lester could also sing and play guitar and drums. Those talents earned him recording gigs with Lightnin’ Hopkins, Slim Harpo, and Nathan Abshire. It also got him noticed by Nashville’s Excello Records, for whom Lester cut solo 45s from 1956 to ‘65. Lester passed away on August 22, 2018, at age 85.

 

 

Nick Spitzer: How does a man get a name like Lazy Lester?

 

Ian McNulty

In New Orleans, the great meals of the past aren’t always confined to the past. Sometimes they’re the next thing you eat.

Singer Quiana Lynell is a natural educator, and from the time the tape started rolling at Esplanade Studios, class was in session. Lesson one: Intro to Scat Singing.

Good scat is based on the art of improvising in counter-melody – taking an established melody and vocalising a different melodic line that reflects directly on the original.

School founder Vera Triplett holds a potential future student while chatting with current students Joelia Simmons and Langston Kali.
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This story about special education was produced by our partners The Lens and The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. 

A new state report showing how well students are progressing shows less than half of Louisiana students are on track to master important skills and knowledge.
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Less than half of Louisiana students are on track to master important math, reading and writing skills, according to a new report from the Louisiana Department of Education.  

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LE SHOW

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Le Show For The Week Of September 16, 2018

This week on Le Show Harry Shearer brings us News From Outside the Bubble, News of Bad Banks, News of Microplastics, Apologies of the Week, News of Bees, Land of 15,000 Princes, News of the Godly, as well as original music, updates on the Senate race in Texas, and other news you might have missed.

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How prepared is New Orleans for the challenges that climate change will bring in coming years? WWNO and The Lens explore this question with a special series.

THE READING LIFE

The Reading Life with Justin Nystrom and Patty Friedmann

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Justin Nystrom, author of" Creole Italian: Sicilian Immigrants and the Shaping of New Orleans Food Culture.” Yummy! We’ll also hear from Patty Friedmann about her new short story collection, “Where Do They All Come From?” Here’s what’s on tap in the literary life this week: Keith O’Brien discusses and signs “Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History,” Monday, September 17, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books. Registration...

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TRICENTENNIAL READING LIST

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.

FOOD & DINING

Host Poppy Tooker with Alon Shaya
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Louisiana Eats: Culinary Empire Builders

On this week’s show, we follow three chefs on their journeys from cooks to culinary entrepreneurs. We begin with New Orleans chef Alon Shaya, who recently launched a new company, Pomegranate Hospitality . Alon describes his path, starting from unassuming culinary origins in Philadelphia, to his tenure at Domenica, and finally, to the evolving theory of Diasporic foodways that underlies his two new modern Israeli restaurants, Saba and Safta.

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TRIPOD: NEW ORLEANS AT 300

*TriPod: New Orleans at 300* is WWNO’s FRESH radio history of New Orleans, released in weekly segments as our city approaches its Tricentennial in 2018.