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The New Orleans Book Festival Radio Hour

The New Orleans Book Festival brings the world’s most influential authors to the campus of Tulane University for a multi-day celebration of ideas… WWNO is bringing you the best of these conversations on the New Orleans Book Festival Radio Hour

Latest Episodes
  • We hear New York Times investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, in conversation with former New Orleans Mayor, Mitch Landrieu. Nikole Hannah-Jones is most recognized for her work on the 1619 Project, which has won numerous awards, including a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 2020. The 1619 Project became the target of public critique from Republican governor, Ron Santis, in his crusade against "CRT" and "wokeness" in academia. Nikole Hannah-Jones recounts how she became involved in journalism, talks about the origins of the1619 Project and the importance of national "creation myths," and responds to her most vocal critics.
  • Professor Annette Gordon Reed chats with Eddie S. Gaude Jr. regarding Thomas Jefferson and his relationship with the enslaved Sally Hemings and the ways in which his contradictory connections with the institution of American slavery has complicated his legacy. Reed is a Professor of Law and History at Harvard University, and her 2009 book The Hemingses of Monticello won a Pulitzer Prize in History in 2009. This conversation was recorded live on-stage at the 2023 New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University.
  • Astrophysicist and popular science writer Brian Green chat's with Walter Isaacson about his career in science, the nature of time, the language of mathematics, and why it's essential for scientists to study the humanities.