COASTAL DESK

Travis Lux / WWNO

Sinking Louisiana: Modeling For Change

Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan is the state’s guide for restoring its disappearing coastline and defending cities from rising seas. It includes things like levees and rebuilding marshes. But how does the state decide where to build projects? How does it decide what kind of project to build? And how is climate change considered? All month long, WWNO is teaming up with Louisiana Public Broadcasting to bring you a special series called Sinking Louisiana. This week, WWNO’s Travis Lux talks talks with Bren Haase, Executive Director of the state’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), about how the state makes big decisions that impact lots of people. They spoke at the CPRA headquarters in Baton Rouge.

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ARTS & CULTURE

Ellis Marsalis
American Routes

American Routes Shortcuts: Father's Day with the Marsalis Family

Pianist Ellis Marsalis and his late wife Dolores’s children include saxophonist Branford, trumpeter Wynton, trombonist Delfeayo, and drummer Jason Marsalis–four of six sons who play music ranging from classical and modern jazz to pop and funk. Ellis Marsalis has also taught music most of his life, and although his sons were surrounded by jazz, they all came to be musicians independently. We talk to Ellis, his oldest son Branford, and his youngest son Jason.

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Trump Blocked Congress From Seeing These Emails About The Census Unredacted

The Trump administration left behind a long paper trail as it pushed to get a citizenship question on the 2020 census. Many of those internal emails and memos became public as part of the lawsuits over the addition of the question, " Is this person a citizen of the United States? " They revealed that the Justice Department did not initiate the request for the question to better enforce the Voting Rights Act, as Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross — who oversees the Census Bureau — testified to...

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Harry Shearer
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This week on Le Show Harry brings us News of Dominion, The Apologies of the Week, It’s a Smart World, Ralph The Talking Computer, original music and sketches, plus updates on news-stories involving President Trump, radioactive waste, and The Center for Investigative Reporting.

This week on The Reading Life: Daniel Brook, whose new book is “The Accident of Color: A Story of Race and Reconstruction," and poet Kelly Harris, the New Orleans literary outreach coordinator for Poets & Writers, Inc.

This Continuum program features three famous singers of the past performing songs from the early music repertoire. The singers are countertenor Alfred Deller, mezzo-soprano Jan DeGaetani and soprano Victoria De Los Angeles. They present a variety of early music selections recorded over forty years ago. Recordings used are: Alfred Deller: Portrait of a Legend (Alfred Deller et al) - Harmonia Mundi HNX 290261, Jan DeGaetani Early Music Recital (Jan DeGaetani et al) - Bridge 9087, and Songs of Spain (Victoria De Los Angeles) - EMI Classics 7243 5 66937 2 2.

Travis Lux / WWNO

Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan is the state’s guide for restoring its disappearing coastline and defending cities from rising seas. It includes things like levees and rebuilding marshes. But how does the state decide where to build projects? How does it decide what kind of project to build? And how is climate change considered?

All month long, WWNO is teaming up with Louisiana Public Broadcasting to bring you a special series called Sinking Louisiana. This week, WWNO’s Travis Lux talks talks with Bren Haase, Executive Director of the state’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), about how the state makes big decisions that impact lots of people. They spoke at the CPRA headquarters in Baton Rouge.

Every twelve years, Louisiana’s Legislature goes through a shake up when a large number of legislators are termed out. 

Christopher Nobles

The slow food movement pervades New Orleans restaurants and markets, and one of the latest local purveyors of this kind is Piety & Desire Chocolate, a bean to bar chocolate maker that has found a home on South Broad Street. NolaVie’s David Benedetto invited founder Christopher Nobles into the studio to hear more about his slow food-inspired confectionery. 

Ellis Marsalis
American Routes

Pianist Ellis Marsalis and his late wife Dolores’s children include saxophonist Branford, trumpeter Wynton, trombonist Delfeayo, and drummer Jason Marsalis–four of six sons who play music ranging from classical and modern jazz to pop and funk. Ellis Marsalis has also taught music most of his life, and although his sons were surrounded by jazz, they all came to be musicians independently. We talk to Ellis, his oldest son Branford, and his youngest son Jason.

Over the years, guests of Music Inside Out have described any number of approaches to making a living in music. Some have had greater commercial success than others. They’ve hit the top of the record charts and toured the world. Of course, commercial appeal is only one measure of a musician’s contribution to the art form. Talent, musicality, creativity and imprint on culture cannot be discounted. And yet, artists need the approbation that only a steady income can bring.

Dr. John performs at the Link Stryjewski Foundation's Bal Masque in New Orleans in 2017.
Ian McNulty

It’s starting to sink in. The back-to-back deaths of Leah Chase and Dr. John feels like waking up to find that a pair of mountain peaks have vanished from the range of New Orleans culture.

The question now is whether New Orleans can still produce the legends it minted a generation ago. That is the gauntlet these greats lay at our feet.

Louisianians will not be playing daily fantasy sports or betting on games outright anytime soon, after the final chaotic minutes of the legislative session sank both efforts. 

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LE SHOW

Harry Shearer
Harry Shearer / Harry Shearer

Le Show For The Week Of June 16, 2019

This week on Le Show Harry brings us News of Dominion, The Apologies of the Week, It’s a Smart World, Ralph The Talking Computer, original music and sketches, plus updates on news-stories involving President Trump, radioactive waste, and The Center for Investigative Reporting.

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THE READING LIFE

The Reading Life with Ron Swoboda and Derby Gisclair

This week on The Reading Life: We take you out to the ball game! Susan talks with Ron Swoboda, author of “Here’s the Catch: A Memoir of the Miracle Mets and More,” and Derby Gisclair, author of The Olympic Club of New Orleans: Epicenter of Professional Boxing, 1883-1897” and “Early Baseball in New Orleans.”

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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

Dr. John performs at the Link Stryjewski Foundation's Bal Masque in New Orleans in 2017.
Ian McNulty

Where Y’Eat: Honoring New Orleans Legends, Looking for Their Heirs

It’s starting to sink in. The back-to-back deaths of Leah Chase and Dr. John feels like waking up to find that a pair of mountain peaks have vanished from the range of New Orleans culture. The question now is whether New Orleans can still produce the legends it minted a generation ago. That is the gauntlet these greats lay at our feet.

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