This week on Inside the Arts, Big Freedia puts bounce in New Orleans Airlift's 4th Annual Mardi Gras Ball, ushering in the Spring performance season in the Music Box Village.  Co-founders Jay Pennington and Delaney Martin will join us in our studio with details on upcoming events.

And, a Valentine's treat from Nell Nolan and Dennis Woltering.  The actress and society columnist will join the veteran newsman for a stage performance of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters.  Dennis Woltering joins us for a chat.

Saints Owner Gayle Benson Addresses Clergy Abuse

Feb 11, 2020
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Gayle Benson, owner of the New Orleans Saints, made a public statement Monday about her relationship with the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

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Host Karl Lengel presents the top local news stories as aired by New Orleans Public Radio during All Things Considered.

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Nine Lousiana State University students have been diagnosed with the mumps, and the school said today that number is up from last week.

The Reading Life

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with former New Orleanian, novelist Michael Zapata, whose impressive debut novel is “The Lost Book of Adana Moreau.”

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This week on Le Show Harry has News of Smart Houses, News of Nice Corps, News from the Land of 15,000 Princes, News of Inspector’s General, The Apologies of the Week, News of Microplastics, News of the Atom, News of the Warm, plus original music and sketches about President Trump’s impeachment, and more.

This Continuum is a program devoted to mostly Spanish Baroque Music from a boxed four CD set, hence the title, Baroque in a Box. The main performers are the outstanding Spanish conductor, viol player, and composer, Jordi Savall, his wife, the famous soprano, Montserrat Figueras and the American lutenist, Hopkinson Smith. They perform this music with great musical vitality and maximum historical accuracy. Also heard are The Sixteen, the well-known choir and period-instrument orchestra from the UK.

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Host Karl Lengel presents the top local news stories as aired by New Orleans Public Radio during All Things Considered.

Preservation Hall Foundation

Preservation Hall has been bringing people into the French Quarter since the 1950s to hear authentic New Orleans jazz. With Carnival season upon us, the Foundation’s Jazz in Class Program will move from the band room to the parade route.

American Routes Shortcuts: Eddie Cotton Jr.

Feb 7, 2020
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Eddie Cotton Jr. grew up in the Church of God in Christ in Clinton, Mississippi near Jackson. He heard guitar-playing deacons and preachers. His father was a preacher who bought Eddie his first guitar when he was six with plans for him to play for the congregation. After leading the church band, Eddie went on to study music theory at Jackson State University, where he realized that gospel and blues shared the same form, and developed a sound that incorporated blues, gospel, and soul. He continued playing music in church, but pursued a career in blues, opening for Ike Turner and B.B.