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
Joe Shriner / Louisiana Eats

  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 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.

Technical Problems

Aug 24, 2018

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Eileen Fleming / WWNO

As Vice President Mike Pence and Congressman Steve Scalise rallied supporters inside the World War II Museum on Thursday evening, some two dozen protesters gathered a few blocks away to voice their opposition to administration policies.

Electric Girls

The tech world is still a man’s world. Women account for only 5 percent of start-ups and 25 percent of computing jobs. Flor Serna is helping to close that gender gap with Electric Girls, a local organization that provides classes for girls to learn electronics and computer leadership skills. NolaVie’s Renée Peck invites Flor into the studio for this week’s Notes from New Orleans

Doug Kershaw
American Routes

Cajun musician Doug Kershaw was born in Tiel Ridge, Louisiana, 1936. He started playing fiddle at age five and gigged with his mom at a bar called the Bucket of Blood, near their coastal home. By his late teens, Doug Kershaw joined with brother Rusty on guitar to play a mix of country and Cajun music. The duo joined the cast of the Louisiana Hayride and later the Grand Ole Opry.

Soft shell crab tacos at Sun Ray Grill, a neighborhood eatery in Gretna.
Ian McNulty

I would like to address a false rumor circulating in the news. Multiple sources are claiming that summer is almost over. For evidence, they present back-to-school stories and ads full of men’s sweaters and ladies’ boots. They even track the countdown to Labor Day weekend, as if that settles it.

For over 35 years Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg has celebrated a “blue chip career” as a classical violinist. In 1981, at just 20 years old, she was the youngest-ever recipient of the Walter W. Naumburg prize for violinists. Her emotional approach to the instrument has both shocked critics and earned her the adoration of fans in every corner of the globe. She has played with some of the world’s most renowned orchestras, and she was the music director of the New Century Chamber Orchestra in San Fransisco for nine seasons.