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Volunteers Search For Biodiversity At City Park's BioBlitz

More than 100 volunteers fanned out across City Park over the weekend for something called BioBlitz. It was an effort to document all the plants and critters that call the park home, and meant to help the park plan for the future. Sean Augustine may be eight years old, but he knows how to prepare for a day in the woods. He’s got a big hat, multi-pocketed cargo pants, and boots. He’s also got a raincoat on hand because he doesn’t want anything to get in the way of the day’s mission.

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INSIDE THE ARTS

Inside The Arts: MASNO's Keyboard Festival, Opera Singer Rachel Abbate, NOMA's New Artworks

This week on Inside the Arts, the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans, MASNO, kicks off its 36th annual Keyboard Festival and Piano Institute at Loyola University. Executive director Cara McCool Woolf joins us. Then, Impresario's Choice presents opera singer Rachel Anne Abbate in its summer concert series, Tuesdays in July. The mezzo-soprano joins us by phone from Texas. And, the New Orleans Museum of Art, NOMA, is strengthening its collection of African American Art with the acquisition of...

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The Capital City Contemplates The Possibility Of A Washington Without John McCain

Updated at 12:24 p.m. ET Beltway denizens heading to work on Thursday were forced to contemplate something inevitable but which no one expected anytime soon: the possibility of a Washington without Sen. John McCain. McCain, the irascible old living legend. McCain, the Vietnam War hero. McCain, the globe-trotting State Department of one. McCain, the outspoken hawk who championed American troops — and Pentagon spending — and also pilloried the defense contractors he felt let them all down....

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The Appalachians range from Northern Alabama to Canada, yet when we speak of the people of Appalachia and their food and culture, we're talking about the South.
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On this week’s show, we take a sonic journey through Appalachia to explore the history and legacy of its unique foodways.

 

We begin with Troy Ball, whose hobby as a moonshiner became a means of helping her family survive financial ruin. Troy’s memoir, Pure Heart, tells a very personal story of raising two special needs sons while becoming the first legal female moonshiner in Southern history.

American Routes Shortcuts: Sea Breeze Beach

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Sea Breeze Beach
American Routes

Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek at our upcoming show. This week, we travel to Sea Breeze Beach in North Carolina. In the late 19th century African American beach communities emerged along the East Coast as havens for black vacationers excluded from white beaches. Sea Breeze provided summertime leisure to African Americans throughout the Jim Crow era and became one of the few integrated places where blacks and whites could hang out, hear music, and dance together.

Music Inside Out

At first, there wasn’t a name for the kind of music that Fats Domino played.

He called it rhythm and blues. But Domino’s songs stretched beyond that category.

In the late 1940s, Domino was working at a mattress factory in New Orleans and playing piano at night. He’d just gotten married … and both his waistline and fan base were expanding. That’s when the bandleader Billy Diamond first called him “Fats” — and predicted he’d have an outsized career.

Antoine's Restaurant in the French Quarter threw a party for its longest-serving waiter, marking his 50th anniversary.
Ian McNulty

We live in an era full of celebrity chefs that you probably have never heard of. Just think about that for second - people can be celebrities now and you’ve never even heard their names. 

The title is the usually bestowed because a TV producer somewhere said so, and thus is born the next celebrity chef. New Orleans has produced its share. It's nice to see local talent in the national spotlight, but there’s a different category of acclaim in the New Orleans dining world that runs a little deeper in our own particular culture, and it’s one filled by the career waiter. 

Louisiana's First Female Lawyer: Remembering Marian Mayer Berkett

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Long before the women's liberation movement of the Sixties and Seventies, Marian Mayer Berkett became the first female lawyer in Louisiana. As a law student in the 1930s, the Baton Rouge-native became accidentally entrenched in the turbulent era that was Huey P. Long’s reign as governor. Mrs. Berkett passed away this June at the age of 104, and in this edition of NOLA Life Stories, we share this remembrance of her time in Huey P.

Casa Pelican Es Su Casa If You're A Foodie at Heart

Jul 20, 2017
Casa Pelican

So the saying goes, you can’t talk about New Orleans without talking about the food. But for some people, talking’s not enough – some people have to make it. Karen Duncan is one such individual, a chef who came by Louisiana cuisine at her restaurant in Toronto. Her adopted home is Algiers Point, where she owns the bed & breakfast, Casa Pelican. NolaVie’s David Benedetto sits down with Karen to hear more of her story. 

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More than 100 volunteers fanned out across City Park over the weekend for something called BioBlitz. It was an effort to document all the plants and critters that call the park home, and meant to help the park plan for the future.

 

Sean Augustine may be eight years old, but he knows how to prepare for a day in the woods. He’s got a big hat, multi-pocketed cargo pants, and boots. He’s also got a raincoat on hand because he doesn’t want anything to get in the way of the day’s mission.

Courtesy of StoryCorps

As part of our Storycorps series on criminal justice, we bring you a story about re-adjusting to life on the outside.

Kenneth Dilosa, Tyronne Smith, and Ben Smith helped found a reentry organization called "The First 72+". Located in the shadow of the new jail, it was created by formerly incarcerated people to help others transition out of prison and build for the future. Their motto is: "us helping us".

This week on Inside the Arts, the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans, MASNO, kicks off its 36th annual Keyboard Festival and Piano Institute at Loyola University.  Executive director Cara McCool Woolf joins us.

Then, Impresario's Choice presents opera singer Rachel Anne Abbate in its summer concert series, Tuesdays in July. The mezzo-soprano joins us by phone from Texas.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Julia Glass, whose wonderful new novel is A House Among the Trees; she has fond memories of her career taking off after she won the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society's prize for novella. Ellen Gilchrist, who's coming to town this week, talks about the hard won wisdom that comes with time in her new collection, Things Like the Truth: Out of My Later Years.

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CLASSICAL MUSIC

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Beautiful classical music, from traditional to contemporary, on Classical 104.9

FOOD & DINING

Host Poppy Tooker With Jesse Falowitz of Mizu Sochu
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Louisiana Eats: An Ocean Of Cocktails

It's July in New Orleans, which means two things: scorching temperatures and the hottest event in the spirits world -- Tales of the Cocktail ! On this week's show, we look at the annual summertime conference that brings the international cocktail scene to the Crescent City.

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WWNO's Travel Krewe Is Going To Bella Italia

Join WWNO New Orleans Public Radio, and a like-minded group of curious travelers for a journey rich in the art, architecture, food, wine, and music of la bella Italia.

LE SHOW

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Le Show For The Week Of July 16, 2017

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer premieres a new song, "Number One Son." Also: News of the Warm , Your Brain on the War on Drugs , News of Microplastics , The Apologies of the Week , and more!

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