Living on the Louisiana coast means living with the threat of flooding and extreme weather. But a changing climate and disappearing coast make predicting risk hard. So the state is trying to help.

Louisiana’s Office of Community Development has released a big report full of possible ways that different levels of government might respond -- like exploring voluntary buyout programs for homes in flood-prone areas.

Elizabeth Gross

Last week, NolaVie’s Kelley Crawford introduced us to local poet and translator Elizabeth Gross, whose latest book is called this body/that lightning show. Today, Kelley resumes this two-part installment of the series, Conversations with Artists, with a discussion of mythology and the heroine’s journey in Elizabeth’s work.

American Routes Shortcuts: Ethel Raim

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Ethel Raim
American Routes

Ethel Raim is a singer and public folklorist from New York City who has documented ethnic music statewide. During the 1960s folk revival, Ethel sang in a number of Yiddish and Eastern European groups including the Pennywhistlers. In 1968 she co-founded the Center for Traditional Music and Dance to preserve and present the cultures of immigrant communities. Ethel’s love of music began at home in the Bronx.


Though the official decision will not be made until next week, the Army Corps of Engineers expects to open the Morganza Spillway as soon as June 2nd.

Located upriver from Baton Rouge, the Spillway has only been used twice before: during the floods of 1973 and 2011.


Whereas the Bonnet Carre Spillway relieves pressure on the Mississippi River by diverting excess water into Lake Pontchartrain, Morganza eventually empties into the Atchafalaya Basin.

An assortment of boudin from Bourree at Bourcherie, a New Orleans butcher shop for the Cajun classic.
Ian McNulty

Some essential ingredients for a road trip: good tunes, to peel back the miles; a phone charger, of course; and, if this road trip is in south Louisiana, a good old fashioned ice chest, for souvenirs of the edible variety.

A drive around these parts will not bring you sweeping views of mountains and valleys. But it will bring you close to wonders of the Louisiana food world, namely boudin, the rice and pork sausage link that can be a snack on the way or the whole purpose of the trip.

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Lawmakers in the state of Louisiana are debating when food products can be called “rice.” The labeling question comes as newer products—think cauliflower “rice”—are competing for consumer dollars. But is that product, made from small pieces of cauliflower, really entitled to call itself “rice”? In states where traditional rice is a major agricultural crop, some say no.


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts a “near-normal” hurricane season this year.

NOAA’s 2019 hurricane season outlook, released Thursday, predicts anywhere from 9 to 15 named storms -- 4 to 8 of which could become hurricanes, and 2 to 4 of which could become major hurricanes (category 3, 4, or 5).

The average number of named storms is 12 per year, which usually includes about 3 major hurricanes.

Howard Hanson was an American composer, educator, conductor, author, orchestrator, band leader and arts advocate. Outside his hometown of Wahoo, Nebraska, there's a faded billboard. Five notable people -- claims the billboard -- hailed from Wahoo. Hanson's name is included as one of the five.

In 1930, he completed his Second Symphony, subtitled the "Romantic" Symphony. Hanson presented this symphony numerous times in concert; he also acted as conductor for two commerical recordings -- one in the 1930s, one in the 1950s.

This week on Inside the Arts, Dos Coyotes a romantic comedy about border crossings, redemption and belonging is in final days at the Fortress of Lushington.  The work is by local playwright Kurt Opprecht who joins us in studio with director Gregory Johnson.  

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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.