There’s a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that asks "life’s most urgent and persistent question is: what are you doing for others?” First spoken by Dr. King in 1957, it reverberated in speeches throughout the remainder of his life. It is the guiding principle in the Day of Service, a holiday spent “on” instead of “off”. For a decade, several New Orleans universities have come together -  students, faculties and families - to do for others, specifically, to address the New Orleans Diaspora of Hurricane Katrina.

This week on The Reading Life: Award-winning author Daniel José Older, whose new book for middle grade readers is “Dactyl Hill Squad.” He is also the creator of the urban fantasy series, "Bone Street Rumba," as well as the "Shadowshaper" series for young adults.

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On this edition of Le Show Harry commemorates two years of President Donald Trump’s administration with a series of original musical parodies dubbed “The Donald Trump Songbook.” Harry considers the government shutdown, Trump’s character, his family, business relations and more. And we’ll round out the show with new editions of Harry Reads the Trades, News of the Warm, and The Apologies of the Week.

This week on Continuum Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien present examples of the first forms of polyphony, music composed for two or more melodies performed at the same time. Various examples are presented, including 12th Century Polyphony in Aquitaine, music from the 12th century School of Notre Dame, hockets from the 13th century Bamberg Manuscript, and motets from the 13th century Montpellier Codex. Performers include Ensemble Organum, Theatre of Voices, and Anonymous 4.

Americans waste more than 373 Million pounds of food each day. That’s a pound per person. On this week’s show, we’re talking trash — in a productive way, of course! We meet a few individuals who are working to tackle the widespread problem of food and water waste.

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This week on the Coastal News Roundup -- how weather radar can be used to count migrating birds. Plus, the state looks to increase the size of a major (and controversial) coastal restoration project.


WWNO’s Travis Lux talks about the week in coastal news with environment reporter Sara Sneath from | The Times-Picayune.


The Katrina Season: Tom Benson's Oral History

Jan 18, 2019
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Saints fans across the city are gearing up for the NFC Championship Game this Sunday. Last year, the Saints family lost longtime team owner Tom Benson. He served as owner starting in 1985, through the difficult aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and during the team’s Super Bowl victory in 2010. In this edition of NOLA Life Stories, we’ll hear an interview with Tom Benson from the archives, when he shared memories of the pivotal year in Saints football that would come to be known as the Katrina Season. 

John Brown, Sr. was reelected as OPSB president after public outcry over another top contender's views on LGBTQ rights.
Orleans Parish School Board

The Orleans Parish School Board reelected John Brown, Sr. as its next board president Thursday night. Brown's reelection comes after controversy over another contender’s views on LGBTQ rights.

Circe Denyer

Every email, text message, or letter tells a story. But what about the stamps that we put on those letters? The Crescent City Stamp Club is drawing upon the city's storied past to show how stamps and other postal ephemera speak volumes about our culture. This weekend, stamp collectors, or philatelists, will descend on New Orleans for the NolaPEX Stamp and Postcard Show. Postal historian Doug Weisz joins NolaVie's Brian Friedman in the studio to give us a preview of the event.

American Routes Shortcuts: Cyril Neville

Jan 18, 2019
Cyril Neville
American Routes

Cyril Neville, the youngest of the Neville fraternal order, grew up surrounded by New Orleans rhythm and blues hit makers, like James Booker, Earl King, and his brother Art, whose band the Hawketts recorded “Mardi Gras Mambo” in 1954. Cyril got an early start in music playing percussion with his uncle Jolly’s Mardi Gras Indian tribe, the Wild Tchoupitoulas. He joined Art’s funk group the Meters in the early ‘70s, and in 1977, Cyril and Art teamed up with Aaron and Charles to form the Neville Brothers. Cyril later founded his own group, Endangered Species, and has become a community and environmental activist, especially in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Cyril spoke of his musical beginnings some seventy years ago.