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This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with former state poet laureate Julie Kane, whose powerful new collection of work is “Mothers of Ireland.”

American Routes Shortcuts: Guilty Pleasures

Jan 31, 2020
Guilty Pleasures
American Routes

This week on American Routes Shortcuts, the tables are turned as host Nick Spitzer appears as a guest on his own show, confessing his musical guilty pleasures to producer Betsy Shepherd and telling stories through his favorite songs.

Betsy Shepherd: When most people say guilty pleasures they’re referring to something they’re ashamed of, as in lowbrow entertainment. What do you mean by guilty pleasures?

Nick Spitzer: Well, there are a lot of things that I love musically out there in the world, but that doesn’t mean I play them on American Routes.

This week on Inside the Arts, the Marigny Opera Ballet continues its 6th season with legendary dancer/choreographer, Paul Taylor's 1962 masterpiece, Aureole. Plus, a world premiere by Gretchen Erickson: Dialogues in G Major. Artistic director Dave Hurlbert joins us for a chat.

Out of the Blue

Jan 27, 2020
Mariya Dostzadah Goodbrake
Lindley Rust

Natalie Arroyo finds herself in a showdown on the NYC subway.  Sonny Garg finds it difficult to live his father's dreams.  Gregory Mathieu scores his dream audition. Mariya Goodbrake discovers common ground between the two communities she loves.
While studying treatments for depression in Africa, Andrew Solomon has an intimate encounter with a ram.

Harry Mayronne, Jr.

German dramatist Bertholt Brecht is in the air this February -- Southern Rep Theatre is presenting the first professional production of Ntozake Shange’s adaption of Brecht’s "Mother Courage and Her Children" since 1980, and cabaret performer Harry Mayronne, Jr. is joining up with last year’s BrechtFest team for an appearance at the Allways Lounge on the 112th anniversary of Brecht’s birthday.

Mayronne, in addition to his talents as a performer and pianist, is a puppeteer, and one of his marionettes, Bertholt Brecht, has performed at the Berliner Ensemble in Berlin.

On this episode of the Work of Art, Harry joined Karl Lengel to share his fascination with the extraordinary German dramatist.

This week on The Reading Life:  Susan talks with bestselling author Erica Spindler about her chilling new thriller, “The Look-Alike.”

Harry Shearer
Harry Shearer / Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show Harry Shearer brings us News of Bees, News of Bad Banks, The Land of 15,000 Princes, News of the Olympic Movement, News of Nice Corps, Keeping Up With the Murdochs, The Apologies of the Week, plus original music and more.

American Routes Shortcuts: Tanya Tucker

Jan 24, 2020
Tanya Tucker
American Routes

When Tanya Tucker was just thirteen, she had something most teenagers couldn’t even imagine: a recording contract with Columbia Records and the studio guidance of Country’s leading producer: Billy Sherrill. In 2019, over 45 years later, Tanya returned to the studio with the help of singer Brandi Carlile to record While I’m Livin’, an album filled with songs that speak to her personal history. Tanya Tucker’s road to Nashville started in Wilcox, Arizona, where she lived with her parents.

Photo Courtesy: North American Tour of MISS SAIGON

This week on Inside the Arts, the Hancock-Whitney Broadway in New Orleans series continues its season as the legendary musical, MISS SAIGON, opens at the Saenger.  The new national tour of Cameron Mackintosh's revival of Boublil and Schönberg's epic love story, is set during the Vietnam War, and features Emily Bautista starring in the role of "Kim".  We catch up with her by phone.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Tulane University professor TR Johnson, editor of the impressive new essay collection, “New Orleans: A Literary History,” and watch for the upcoming literary symposium on the book, Saturday, January 25, at Tulane.