Arts & Culture

This week on The Reading Life: New Orleanian Jason Hardy, whose new book about his experiences as a probation and parole officer is “The Second Chance Club: Hope and Hardship after Prison.”

It's the Little Things

Feb 14, 2020
Jason Falchook

Beverley Elliott writes a song about a yellow dress, despite not owning one. Lee Thomas is a newscaster with vitiligo. Matthew McGough becomes a Yankee batboy. Reilly Horan considers her relationship to clothing and to her identity. Camille Woods seeks a small bit of comfort after the death of her son. 

American Routes Shortcuts: Michael Cuscuna

Feb 14, 2020
Michael Cuscuna
American Routes

Our guest knows something of the mystical appeal of records; he's been a deejay in underground radio and a record producer in blues, jazz, and pop.  For many years Michael Cuscuna has dug deep in the vaults of record companies like Blue Note and Atlantic to put out specially designed and remastered collections of great jazz.  In 1982, he teamed up with Charlie Lourie to found Mosaic Records, which is part of the Blue Note Label Group.  Mosaic continues to be a front-runner in reissues, specializing in limited edition, mail-order-box sets.  Michael Cuscuna told us how he got the idea to s

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.

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.”

Harry Shearer
Harry Shearer / Harry Shearer

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.

The Moth Spring Fundraiser 2020

Feb 7, 2020
Tim FitzHigham
Mark Arrigo

Nimisha Ladva comes to terms with what it means to be a "good Indian girl."

Tim FitzHigham is a record breaking adventurer who sets off to cross the English Channel in a bath.

Caroline Connolly describes her misadventures on a family road trip. 

Maxie Jones finds an unexpected relationship that changes his life forever.

American Routes Shortcuts: Eddie Cotton Jr.

Feb 7, 2020
Eddie Cotton Jr.
American Routes

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.

This week on Inside the Arts, mezzo-soprano Hilary Ginther is The Maid of Orléans in Tchaikovsky's Joan of Arc. This production by the New Orleans Opera Association marks the American premiere of the English translation of this work. Hilary Ginther joins us with Maestro Robert Lyall.

Harry Shearer
Harry Shearer / Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show Harry Shearer brings us News of Inspector’s General, It’s a Smart World, News of the Atom, Harry Reads the Trades, News Biscuit, News of the Godly, a massive Apologies of the Week, and great music.