culture

Claire Bangser

Louisiana’s coast is a unique mix of cultures. For hundreds of years Europeans, Africans and Native Americans have lived off the land and water. But that land is disappearing, battered by storms and rising seas, and people are migrating north.

Now, the state is trying to preserve some local traditions before they disappear.

Malcolm Comeaux / louisianafolklife.org

As the coast continues to wash away and people move north, to higher ground, traditions are being lost: gumbo recipes, traditional basket weaving, French songs and stories. Now the state is trying to do something to preserve them.

All month long, WWNO is teaming up with Louisiana Public Broadcasting to bring you a special series called Sinking Louisiana. This week, WWNO’s Tegan Wendland talks with Maida Owens, director of the Louisiana Folklife Program.

Dr. John performs at the Link Stryjewski Foundation's Bal Masque in New Orleans in 2017.
Ian McNulty

It’s starting to sink in. The back-to-back deaths of Leah Chase and Dr. John feels like waking up to find that a pair of mountain peaks have vanished from the range of New Orleans culture.

The question now is whether New Orleans can still produce the legends it minted a generation ago. That is the gauntlet these greats lay at our feet.

Harry Shearer
Harry Shearer / Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show, Harry brings us News From Outside the Bubble, News of the Warm, This Is Your Brain On the War On Drugs, News of the Godly, News of Inspectors General, Apologies of the Week, original music selections, and more.

Jessica Rosgaard

As New Orleans heads into the second weekend of Jazz Fest, hundreds of thousands of people are looking forward to listening to local music, and eating and drinking at the fairgrounds. But all of those people create a lot of waste. So what are our festivals doing to cut back on their trash?

Over 85 Local Arts & Nonprofit Organizations

Culture Collision is dedicated to fostering all of the nonprofit performing and visual arts organizations in the New Orleans metro-area. Join us Wednesday, August 29, at our 10th annual event!

Harry Shearer
Harry Shearer / Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer presents News of the Olympic Movement, News of the Land of 15,000 Princes, Let Us Try, News of Inspectors General, the Apresidentice, Apologies of the Week, along with satirical skits, musical selections from Harry, and more.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Victor Harris, Rachel Breunlin, and JeffreyEhrenreich, creators of the beautiful book, “Fire in the Hole: The Spirit Work of Fi-Yi-Yi and the Mandingo Warriors.”

Travis Lux / WWNO

Legendary musician Antoine “Fats” Domino passed away last week. New Orleanians celebrated his life and career with a second line parade Wednesday night. The whole thing started at Vaughan's, a bar in the Bywater. The intersection out front was packed by 5 p.m.

People were selling cold drinks and cotton candy. There were barbecue booths atop portable trailers. One person was wearing Fats Domino fat-suit complete with paper mache head, but most were wearing some shade of blue — a reference to the titles of some of Domino’s most famous songs like Blue Monday and Blueberry Hill.

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Once there was a slave uprising so epic, it led Napoleon to sell Louisiana to the United States, and brought thousands of refugees to New Orleans, doubling the city's population in just a few months.  The Haitian Revolution (1791-1804), the only successful slave rebellion in the Americas, had a dramatic and lasting effect on New Orleans and North America.  Today many New Orleanians, black and white, trace their ancestral roots to Haiti.  The Caribbean nation remains an important part of the story New Orleans tell about itself.  But is New Orleans a part of Haitian history?  Is the feeling mutual?  TriPod sent producer Laine Kaplan-Levenson to find out.

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