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New Bill Requires Army Corps To Consider Green Infrastructure

On Wednesday, congress passed America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 , which could encourage the Army Corps of Engineers to build more green infrastructure. Infrastructure bills are fairly routine. Generally passed every couple years, they often approve lists of projects for things like river dredging or levees -- projects that the Corps builds. New this year: a section that requires the Corps to consider “natural or nature-based” projects as alternatives if it wants to build something.

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INSIDE THE ARTS

Inside The Arts: New Orleans Film Fest, Taco Truck Film, Preservation Hall Legacy Awards

This week on Inside the Arts, we're gearing up for a red carpet walk as the opening of the 29th Annual New Orleans Film Festival nears. Fallon Young, executive director of the New Orleans Film Society joins us. Then, local multi-disciplinary artist and activist José Torres-Tama is the subject of a film premiering at the New Orleans Film Festival. He has teamed up with award winning documentary filmmaker Rodrigo Dorfman for the world premiere of This Taco Truck Kills Fascists .
And, the...

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Michael Weakens After Historic Slam Into Florida Panhandle

Updated at 5:30 a.m. ET Thursday
Tropical Storm Michael is weakening as it churns across south-central Georgia. On Wednesday, Michael was the strongest hurricane to make landfall in the continental U.S. in more than a quarter-century, according to the National Hurricane Center . At least one person has died from complications related to the storm. Gadsden County, Fla., Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Anglie Hightower told NPR the man was killed after a tree fell through the roof of his...

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American Routes Shortcuts: Los Lobos

Oct 5, 2018
Los Lobos
American Routes

Los Lobos are truly a Mexican and American band. A sonic feast of Mexican acoustic music traditions blended later with large helpings of R&B, rock, and soul. Los Lobos have been writing and performing together for over three decades, a partnership that began back at Garfield High, in East L.A. I spoke to longtime Lobos songwriter, Louie Pérez, about the band’s neighborhood roots.

As a piano player and band leader, David Torkanowsky is equally comfortable pushing the edges of jazz, funk, blues and rhythm and blues. Aside from his solo projects, Torkanowsky has collaborated with so many musical legends — Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, Danny Barker, Earl Turbington, Tony DaGradi, George Porter Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste, Dianne Reeves and Errol Garner, among them — that he now enjoys his own legendary patina.  

This week on Inside the Arts, meet Barry Shabaka Henley. The acclaimed actor and native son returns home, starring in Terry Teachout's one-man, three-character play, Satchmo at the Waldorf. In this season opener at Le Petit Theatre, Henley stars as Louis Armstrong, his manager Joe Glaser and Miles Davis.

19th and early 20th century

  • The Grandissimes, by George Washington Cable
  • The Awakening, by Kate Chopin
  • Balcony Stories, Grace King
  • Goodness of St. Rocque, Alice Dunbar Nelson
  • The Mysteries of New Orleans, Baron von Reizenstein

TranscriptSusan Larson:  The 19th century in New Orleans literature is a different kind of animal. Tell us what kind of the books were coming along then. I think one of your favorites is The Grandissimes by George Washington Cable.
 

Harry Shearer
Harry Shearer / Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show with Harry Shearer: Let Me Tell You About the Bees, News From Outside the Bubble, It’s a Smart World, News of Dominion, Anita Hill Coca-Cola Marketing Skit, Brett Kavanaugh’s Song about Beer, We’re Not Number 1, Apologies of the Week, original music selections from Harry, and more.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with the 2018 winners of the Diana Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction.  Ellen Hart, whose most recent book in the Jane Lawless series is “A Whisper of Bones,” is the winner for the Pinckley Prize for a Distinguished Body of Work. We’ll also hear from Marcie Rendon, winner of the Prize for Debut Novel, for her book “Murder on the Red River.”

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

Pulse of the Planet Live Event

Sep 30, 2018

Join WWNO on Thursday October 18, 6:30 p.m. on the University of New Orleans campus for a special live performance by Jim Metzner, creator of  “Pulse of the Planet,” the daily radio feature that explores Planet Earth through sound.  Now on the air for 30 years, “Pulse of the Planet” tracks the rhythms of nature, culture and science worldwide, blending interviews with extraordinary natural sound.  This special one-hour live audience show will take place in the Nims Theater in the UNO Performing Arts Center.  Admission is free; everyone is welcome.

Continuum presents Old Dances, Old Recordings performed by two very early "early music ensembles", the New York Pro Musica, under the direction of founder Noah Greenberg, and the New York Renaissance Band, under the direction of founder Sally Logemann. These ensembles present early dance music by Michael Praetorius (c.1571-1621) and Tielman Susato (c.1500/15 - after 1570). Heard are excerpts from Praetorius' compositions of dances known as "Terpsichore", named after the Muse of the Dance.

Robert Schaefer

This Saturday is World Cyanotype Day, when photographers everywhere will celebrate an early photographic technique that reveals images in a striking blue hue. New Orleans photographers are having their very own celebration with a workshop at the Healing Center, presented by PhotoNOLA. Kelley Crawford speaks with two of the workshop’s organizers, Jennifer Shaw and Robert Schaefer, to learn more.  

American Routes Shortcuts: Zigaboo Modeliste

Sep 28, 2018
Zigaboo Modeliste
American Routes

In the 1970s, the Meters brought New Orleans funk to pop music, with second line and Mardi Gras Indian rhythms as spines of their songs. They even added a touch of psychedelia. Keeping the groove going for the Meters was drummer Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste. Nick Spitzer asked Ziggy about how he got his name.

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Harry Shearer
Harry Shearer / Harry Shearer

Le Show For The Week Of October 7, 2018

This week on Le Show Harry Shearer brings us News of 15,000 Princes, News of Inspector’s General, News of the Atom, News of the Warm, The Appresidentice, Apologies of the Week, and a tribute to Geoff Emerick, The Beatles’ audio engineer.

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THE READING LIFE

The Reading Life with Ellen Hart and Marcie Rendon

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with the 2018 winners of the Diana Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction. Ellen Hart, whose most recent book in the Jane Lawless series is “A Whisper of Bones,” is the winner for the Pinckley Prize for a Distinguished Body of Work. We’ll also hear from Marcie Rendon, winner of the Prize for Debut Novel, for her book “Murder on the Red River.” Here’s what’s on tap in the literary life this week: Journalist Martin Fletcher discusses and signs “The Promised...

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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.

Classical 104.9 FM

New Orleans’ source for 24-hour classical music.

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.

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.

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