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Along Saint Claude: What's In A Name?

Jonathan Traviesa

Over the course of 2013, I interviewed dozens and dozens of folks who live, or once lived, in the neighborhoods along both sides of St. Claude Avenue, roughly from St. Bernard to Poland Avenue. I asked them to share stories of their neighborhoods, what they’re like now, how they’ve changed, and how they feel about those changes. These voices became the makings of this seven-part radio documentary: Along Saint Claude.

Part 1: What's in a Name

Downtown New Orleans goes by lots of names: Marigny, Bywater, St. Claude, St. Roch, the 9th Ward. But a lot of these names are relatively recent inventions. How do these names form our identities? How do they separate and divide us?

People in Part 1: Steve Nuccio, Keith Weldon Medley, Nick Scramuzza, Julian Doerr Mutter, Kathy Hall, Richard Campanella, Miss Saint Claude, John Andrews, Beth Butler, Emily Atterbury, Daniel Eaglin, Augusta Elmwood, Joanne Moret, Nick Faust, Michael Markey, Susan Brady, Jonathan Rhodes.

Music in Part 1: “Where Ya From?” The Stooges; theme music by Greg Schatz

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Eve Abrams first fell in love with stories listening to her grandmother tell them; it’s been an addiction ever since.