Arts & Culture

Susan Larson talks with Echo Olander, Yoni Goldstein and photographer, Patrick Niddrie, about their new book, “I Wanna Do That!: The Magic of Mardi Gras Marching Krewes.”


American Routes Shortcuts: Jim Lauderdale

Jan 8, 2021
Jim Lauderdale
American Routes

Americana icon Jim Lauderdale followed his love of music from the Carolinas to Nashville, New York and Los Angeles. Despite great songs, his genre-defying style made it hard to get a record deal. Now considered a songwriting legend, Lauderdale has penned tunes for George Strait, Patty Loveless and Solomon Burke, collaborated with Willie Nelson, Ralph Stanley and the Grateful Dead’s lyricist Robert Hunter. Lauderdale was inspired when he saw the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show.



Harry Shearer
Harry Shearer / Harry Shearer

It’s a new year and with it, a new episode of Le Show. This week Harry bring us It’s a Smart World, News of Smart Houses, News from the Land of 15,000 Princes, Dominion, The Appresidentice, The Apologies of the Week, News of the Olympic Movement, News of Microplastics, plus music from Spinal Tap, Richard Thompson and more.

Susan Larson talks with Tulane Assistant Professor of History, Andy Horowitz, about his book, “Katrina: A History, 1915 - 2015”,  which received this year’s Humanities book award from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.


Meschiya Lake & Tom McDermott
American Routes

Pianist Tom McDermott is a native of St. Louis and a lifetime explorer of the music downriver here in New Orleans, across the Caribbean and to Brazil. Singer Meschiya Lake started out in Rapid City, South Dakota and landed hereabouts as a circus performer. Meschiya and Tom came together for us in the sonic wooden glory of an old Presbyterian church, now called Esplanade Studios.