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Branford Marsalis to head music center; creative aging writers workshop, nursing home Mardi Gras

Brass students at the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music
Courtesy of Chad Loving
Brass students at the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music

Renowned saxophonist Branford Marsalis will soon head the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music. This is a homecoming for the musician, composer and educator, who is a member of the famed musical Marsalis family.

Marsalis joins us for more on how New Orleans influenced his early life and highlights the successes of the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music over its 12-year history and shares his visions for the future of the institution as its new artistic director.

Everybody has a story to tell, but not everyone has the confidence, training or even the right words to tell it.

That's where the Arts Council of Baton Rouge comes in. Their creative writing workshop encourages storytellers — specifically those 55 years old and up — to put pen to paper.

Pam Bordelon, participant, editor and facilitator tells us more about the workshop and the anthology of short stories recently published by participants.

Mardi Gras season is in full swing, and parades and balls aren’t always accessible to everyone, especially for those with disabilities and the elderly.

Thankfully, at St. Margaret's at Mercy nursing home in New Orleans, if you can’t go to the Mardi Gras, they bring the Mardi Gras to you.

Louisiana Considered producer Alana Schreiber attended the home’s annual Mardi Gras ball last year. Today, we give that story a second listen.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Adam Vos. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our assistant producer is Aubry Procell. Our engineer is Garrett Pittman.

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Adam is responsible for coordinating WRKF's programming and making sure everything you hear on the radio runs smoothly. He is Newscast Editor for the WRKF/WWNO Newsroom. Adam is also the Baton Rouge-based host for Louisiana Considered, our daily regional news program, and is frequently the local voice afternoons on All Things Considered.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WRKF from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.