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Ian McNulty

In the middle of summer, could anything be better than a good old scoop of ice cream?

But what if it isn’t a scoop? What if it’s a cluster of wafer thin ice cream rolls made before your eyes and bundled under various sauces, candies and breakfast cereals.

Tomi Lunsford and Gwen Thompkins at Tomi's home in Nashville
Jason Rhein

Like so many other musicians who have made a home in Nashville, singer Tomi Lunsford has spent her life immersed in country music. A native of Asheville, NC, she played in a family band from a young age. 

Her father, Jim Lunsford, was a journeyman fiddler who played with superstars of classic country and bluegrass such as Roy Acuff, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, Reno and Smiley, Bob Wills, and Marty Robbins. Her great-uncle, Bascom Lamar Lunsford, was a lawyer and famed collector of folk songs from the mountains of North Carolina.

Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

TriPod: New Orleans at 300 returns to hunt down a rare artifact full of private, and personal information. Laine Kaplan-Levenson goes on the search.

When you first walk into a hospital, before you can see a doctor, you walk up to a counter in a room that sounds like this The person at the desk asks you a bunch of questions, like who's paying your bill, where you come from, your date of birth.

Touro Infirmary has been collecting this same information for over 150 years. 

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Across the country, more and more women are running for elected office - at the local, state and national level. But in the south, women’s representation lags behind the rest of the country.

This week on Inside the Arts, Jazz singer Anais St. John brings to life one of the city’s most infamous madams in her new cabaret show, Lulu White: Queen of Storyville.

Then, the Tennessee Williams Company of New Orleans opens its 4th season with the playwright’s autobiographical work, Vieux Carré. And, we celebrate the city's 300th Anniversary with a Tricentennial Rag.  Jazz clarinetist and composer Dr. Michael White is back with a new CD.  Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m., Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m., and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. 

This week on the Tricentennial Reading List, Susan Larson and Jason Berry discuss biographies of local, notable musicians.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Keith O’Brien, author of a page-turner of a group biography,“Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History,” and Brad Richard talks about terrific new developments in the South Louisiana Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Here’s what’s on tap in the literary life this week:

Harry Shearer
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This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer has Keeping Up with the Murdochs, News of Bad Banks, It's a Smart World, News of the Warm, The Apologies of the Week, News of NiceCorps, News of the Olympic Movement, and more!

The name Anonymous Four is quite important to early music. It represents two identities: the first, Anonymous IV, is an unknown writer of an important treatise of medieval music theory, particularly about the music of Notre Dame in Paris in the 13th Century. The second, Anonymous 4, is a contemporary female vocal quartet specializing in medieval music. They began their career in 1992 and are still performing quite regularly. This Continuum presents music of both of these Anonymous Fours.

S&WB Interim Operations Manager Joe Sensebe says the board has made major repairs since Aug. 5, 2017.
Jess Clark / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

It’s been almost exactly one year since record-breaking rains flooded much of the city, and the city’s pumping and drainage system couldn’t keep up. Later it was revealed that many of the Sewerage and Water Board pumps and turbines weren’t working. Sewerage and Water Board officials say since then they've made $82 million in repairs, and today, the pumping and drainage system is in much better shape.

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