CAPITOL ACCESS

Lawmakers At Odds Over Partial-Penny Tax Increase

The first real tax debate of the second special session happened Thursday in Ways and Means. After hours of discussion, visibly drained and irritated committee members passed just one tax bill and rejected a slew of others, including those supported by Gov. John Bel Edwards.

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CULTURE

Music Inside Out: Jason Marsalis

As a child, Jason Marsalis watched old television shows as much for the music as for anything the characters were doing onscreen. “I became a big fan of reruns of the tv show, The Monkees,” he tells Gwen. “My father thought it was just hilarious that I was into this. But when I look back on it, that was music from the 1960s.” For an 11 year-old, there’s not much difference between the 1960s and the 1920s. And that’s why Marsalis became equally enchanted by Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five and Hot...

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Mitch McConnell On Filling The Federal Bench: 'This Is My Top Priority'

For Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, 2018 could be defined by one word: judges. More than any other issue or cause in this midterm election year, the Kentucky Republican says he is focusing the chamber's agenda on confirming as many of President Trump's lifetime judicial appointments as possible before the end of the year. "There are over 1,200 executive branch appointments that come to us for confirmation, and among the most important — in fact, I would argue, the most important —...

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The first real tax debate of the second special session happened Thursday in Ways and Means. After hours of discussion, visibly drained and irritated committee members passed just one tax bill and rejected a slew of others, including those supported by Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Odyssey House

The crisis surrounding opioid addiction has extended into Louisiana communities, and Odyssey House is a local nonprofit working to reduce harm and abuse. The center's outreach director, Emily Loska, speaks with NolaVie's Brian Friedman about their latest educational efforts.

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American Routes Shortcuts: Carol Fran

May 25, 2018
Carol Fran
Michael G. Stewart (NEA)

Carol Fran has had a long career as an entertainer on the nightclub circuit from South to Southwest. She’s worked the joints from Juarez to New Orleans, playing swamp pop and soul, jazz and country, along the way making records for the legendary Excello label.

Carol Fran: I was called the Sarah Vaughan of the Vieux Carré. The older gals didn’t like that, but they couldn’t do nothing about it.

Nick Spitzer: Bourbon Street from the ‘50s, huh? Who was in those clubs when you were there?

CF: Frogman Henry, Papa Celestin, Snookum Russell, Alma Lollipop.

Nicely chilled sparkling wine can take the edge off a hot summer day.
Ian McNulty

In New Orleans, a wine lover may bow before Bordeaux and marvel at malbec. But then comes summer, our summer, and all bets are off, especially for heavier red wines. It’s time for wines that can cut through it all, wines that are refreshing and quenching.

As a child, Jason Marsalis watched old television shows as much for the music as for anything the characters were doing onscreen. 

“I became a big fan of reruns of the tv show, The Monkees,” he tells Gwen. “My father thought it was just hilarious that I was into this. But when I look back on it, that was music from the 1960s.”

Adam Sambola, artist

The 4th Annual Slidell Jazz and Blues Festival kicks off this weekend on the Northshore.  We talk with festival spokeswoman Robin Marquez.

John Wisdom

You’ve probably heard of the James Beard Awarding-winning Duong Phuong Bakery out in New Orleans East, whether or not you actually got to taste their coveted King Cake. But today, high school students from Metairie Park Country Day take over TriPod to go beyond Duong Phong, and explore the larger Vietnamese community in the East.

Not long after we celebrated New Years Eve 2018, an entire community in New Orleans East celebrated their new years eve. It’s called Tet.

Two days into the special session, and there’s no indication of smooth roads ahead. Gov. John Bel Edwards rallied hospital and higher education groups to the Capitol Wednesday to help him convince legislators to raise revenue for next year’s budget. 

Another special session is underway at the Capitol. But on Tuesday, Gov. John Bel Edwards broke tradition and didn’t address the legislature to open the session. Instead, he left the Capitol and spoke with elected officials and supporters at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

MS Rau

There’s still time to see an art exhibit entitled “Vice and Virtue: An exhibition of Sex Saints and Sin.” It’s at the MS Rau Antiques shop in the French Quarter. Curator Rebecca Rau says the Royal Street shop between St. Louis Cathedral and Bourbon Street is the perfect location for the show that connects two very different worlds.

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LE SHOW

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Le Show For the Week of May 20, 2018

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer interviews Orange County Register sports enterprise/investigative reporter, Scott Reid, about abuses at USA Swimming. Also: News of the Olympic Movement , The Apologies of the Week , and new song from Derek Smalls, and the Le Show Torture Playlist.

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THE READING LIFE

The Reading Life With Victor Harris, Rachel Breunlin And Jeffrey Ehrenreich

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

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FOOD & DINING

Nicely chilled sparkling wine can take the edge off a hot summer day.
Ian McNulty

Where Y’Eat: As New Orleans Sinks Into Summer, Wine Lovers Rise Above

In New Orleans, a wine lover may bow before Bordeaux and marvel at malbec. But then comes summer, our summer, and all bets are off, especially for heavier red wines. It’s time for wines that can cut through it all, wines that are refreshing and quenching.

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