Clyde Carlson kayaks down a flooded street after New Orleans' drainange system was overwhelmed by torrential rain Wednesday.
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New Orleans got walloped by an intense rainstorm Wednesday that overwhelmed the city drainage system, quickly flooding streets in areas that normally don't get swamped. Now the city is bracing for Tropical Storm Barry, which brings a risk of major flooding. WWNO's Diane Mack spoke with New Orleans sewerage and water board executive director Ghassan Korban about whether the city is ready for the approaching storm. 

Harry Shearer
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On this week’s episode of Le Show Harry speaks with professor Shoshana Zuboff, author of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with biographer Nigel Hamilton about the final volume in his trilogy about FDR, “War and Peace: FDR’s Final Odyssey: D-Day to Yalta, 1943-1945.” We'll also hear from New Yorker writer Casey Cep, author of “Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee.”

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On this edition of Le Show Harry Shearer bring us an interview with Pultizer Prize-winning environmental journalist, Bob Marshall.

George Porter, Jr.

When George Porter, Jr. was a child, he wanted to become a Catholic priest. But an uncomfortably silent church retreat and an encounter with neighborhood blues musicians helped Porter find his musical calling.

He turned to funk and never looked back.

As the bass player for The Meters, Porter helped create a body of music in the 1960s and 70s that still resonates as some of the funkiest grooves ever recorded.

So what’s the secret to funk?