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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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This week on Inside the Arts, ever thought you'd be hoping for hotter days in August? Well, that wish could lead you to a free visit to some of the coolest spots in town. That's the idea behind the Helis Foundation's Art and A/C campaign. We talk with Helis Foundation managing director, Jessie Haynes.

Then, conversation with artist and children's author Alex Beard. His latest book, The Lying King, is a parable that takes us to the animal kingdom. It approaches the subject of lying in a time Beard feels truth is under siege.

In this edition of the Tricentennial Reading List, Susan Larson continues her look at 300 great New Orleans books with Frank Perez, author of "In Exile: The History and Lore Surrounding New Orleans Gay Culture and Its Oldest Gay Bars", to talk about LGBTQ histories and anthologies.

Half of Lafayette Academy students will attend school this year at the old McDonogh 35 building on Kelerec Street.
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Students from Lafayette Academy Charter School finally returned to the classroom Monday, after a botched asbestos cleanup job created a mess at their school this summer. But some parents aren’t happy with the temporary accommodations at the old McDonogh 35 building. 

WWNO to Join New Local News Partnership

Aug 27, 2018

The value of WWNO’s news reporting is gaining fresh recognition from local and national media.  We are excited to announce that WWNO will collaborate with Reveal, the multi-media news program of the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), and two other local news organizations to expand investigative journalism in New Orleans.  Joining the partnership will be WVUE Fox 8 News and nola.com/The Times-Picayune. 

Over 85 Local Arts & Nonprofit Organizations

Culture Collision is dedicated to fostering all of the nonprofit performing and visual arts organizations in the New Orleans metro-area. Join us Wednesday, August 29, at our 10th annual event!

Harry Shearer
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This week on Le Show Harry Shearer brings us What the Frack, News of the Godly, News of Smart Houses, News of Inspector’s General, News of Microplastics, News of the Olympic Movement, The Appresidentice, News of the Atom, The Apologies of the Week and, to commemorate his 100th birthday, musical selections from Leonard Bernstein.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Frank Perez (2018 Southern Decadence Grand Marshal) and Howard Philips Smith about their new book, “Southern Decadence in New Orleans," a history of the long-running LGBTQ Labor Day celebration.

Continuum presents a program by the outstanding early music ensemble Sequentia, now in its forty-first year of performing medieval music, some of which has been hitherto unknown. This program focuses of two major works from around the year 1200, The Story of Samson & Delilah and The Labors of Hercules.

Poppy at Slow Foods Nations
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  On this week's show, we're bringing listeners along to Slow Food Nations 2018 in Denver, Colorado. The event celebrates slow and sustainable food systems through summits, workshops, and a street festival.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

This week on the Coastal News Roundup: the Endangered Species Act. The ESA went into effect in 1973, and since then, several Louisiana species that were once endangered have come back from the brink of extinction.

 

Recently, both congress and the Trump Administration have proposed changes to the law.

 

Sara Sneath, environmental reporter for Nola.com/The Times-Picayune, has been writing about the impact of the law in Louisiana. WWNO’s Travis Lux spoke with her about the proposed changes, and how the act has helped some of Louisiana’s most iconic species -- like the American alligator, the brown pelican, and the Louisiana black bear.

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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.