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Climate change is scary. Life Raft is not. In a podcast from WWNO, WRKF and PRX, comedian Lauren Malara and reporter Travis Lux explore your questions about living with climate change. How bad will the flooding get? Is it ever going to be too hot to live here? Have I had my last good oyster? We’ll tackle it all.
 
Join host Diane Mack for a conversation with the leading figures of the New Orleans arts and culture scene, each week Inside the Arts. From gallery openings to the performing arts, Diane takes you along on an intimate examination of the people and places that make New Orleans one of America's most interesting cities.
 
Southeast Louisiana is sinking under the waves faster than any coastal landscape in the world. With so much at stake for Louisiana and the nation, New Orleans Public Radio has made coastal news a priority. Since mid-2014 our Coastal Desk reporting team has been producing frequent news reports and in-depth features covering coastal erosion and restoration; hurricane protection; offshore energy and other coastal businesses; wildlife and fisheries impacts; and coastal communities and culture. S ...
 
OUT TO LUNCH finds economist and Tulane finance professor Peter Ricchiuti conducting business New Orleans style: over lunch at Commander’s Palace restaurant. In his 9th year in the host seat, Ricchiuti’s learned but uniquely NOLA informal perspective has established Out to Lunch as the voice of Crescent City business. You can also hear the show on WWNO 89.9FM.
 
Louisiana Eats! is a radio show for people who cook and people who love to eat well—all with a Louisiana point of view and Poppy’s distinctive Louisiana voice. In each program listeners join Poppy as she meets people who produce, cook, and eat the foods we enjoy and treasure — exploring kitchens and stores, farms and waterways where favorite foods are produced and prepared. And because Louisianans love all kinds of food, Poppy won’t limit herself to shrimp creole and hot sauce!
 
Notes from New Orleans is a peek inside the life and culture of the Crescent City. The late Sharon Litwin, co-founder of NolaVie.com, began “Notes from New Orleans,” and the legacy is carried on by Renee Peck (journalist), Kelley Crawford (journalist), Sarah Holtz (radio producer), and a team of journalists who cover all aspects of the unique and vibrant contributions of this creative society. From established and emerging visual artists to the new breed of young entrepreneurs; from extraord ...
 
Bring Your Own is a live storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the New Orleans community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme. Stories are told live, unscripted and true to the teller.
 
Nonprofits touch our lives every day, and the Community Impact series highlights their critical work and the difference they are making. Each week, New Orleans-based producer Eve Abrams brings you the stories of diverse groups working across southeast Louisiana. You’ll hear directly from leaders and staff on the frontline of important issues, from dedicated volunteers and from the people whose lives have been improved by these nonprofits.
 
Each Wednesday morning on The Sound of Books award-winning producer and interviewer Fred Kasten talks to the author — or occasionally editor — of a new or recently-published book that Fred judges to be both well written and of likely interest to WWNO listeners. Writers covered on The Sound of Books range from such internationally acclaimed authors as Pulitzer Prize- and MacArthur Grant-winning fiction writer Junot Diaz — and U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey — to emerging writers worthy o ...
 
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The character of America’s first black Renaissance man comes to light in the New Orleans debut of The World is My Home: The Life of Paul Robeson. It’s a one man show, written and performed by Los Angeles actor and playwright Stogie Kenyatta. It opens this weekend at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center. Stogie Kenyatta joins us by phone from L.A. P…
 
If you’re like most people, once a month or so you take a look at your credit-card statement and your bills. If you’re paying out more each month than your income, you have trouble sleeping at night. Then you hear about people who are celebrities in our society because of the amount of money they make with their earth-shattering businesses - like A…
 
King cake at Carnival time — it’s instinctual in New Orleans. And yet this year much is different. Parades are canceled and many of the places where we find king cake have changed, from schools to offices. But the spirit of Carnival season persists in many other facets of local culture, and king cakes represent one edible, readily accessible exampl…
 
World renowned opera stars, native son Bryan Hymel and his wife Irini Kyriakidou kick off the New Year with their favorite arias and duets in a virtual concert presented by the New Orleans Opera. We talk with New Orleans Opera general director Clare Burovac. The concert takes place on January 15 th at 7:30pm. More info is online at neworleansopera.…
 
If you have a business, you need to be online. It doesn’t matter what your business is. Even if you’re a hairdresser or a plumber or a manicurist and none of your revenue comes directly from e-commerce, your clients are still going to expect to find information about you online. And if you’re looking for new clients, no matter how much you might th…
 
Happy New Year, Life Raft listeners! We’re busy readying the second half of the Life Raft season, but we still wanted you to feast your ears on some climate content, so here’s a story for you. It’s all about our attachment to place in the face of climate change — our connection to the land, our ways of life, and how we emotionally process what it m…
 
In business, we go to great pains to treat men and women equally. But when it comes to pain itself, men and women are not always equal. That’s why Sara Reardon opened NOLA Pelvic Health. When we talk about healthcare, we’re usually thinking about one of two scenarios: getting treatment for everyday treatable ailments like Covid or flu. Or catastrop…
 
As much as we love New Orleans, we all agree there is room for improvement in all kinds of areas. The two issues that rise to the top of most lists of things that concern New Orleanians are education and crime. We have an evolving public education system that continues to attempt to claw its way up toward the national average. We have, at various t…
 
Doomsday prepping seems more and more logical to us on the Life Raft team. Climate change-induced weather disasters are only getting worse, and it never hurts to be prepared, right? Today on the show we’re going to get a glimpse into the world of prepping through the eyes of Sharon Ross, who wanted to be prepared for anything, but later found herse…
 
The lovable cast of characters from the fictional New Orleans bar, Benny’s Tavern, are back sharing virtual holiday cheer and music. Southern Rep Theatre continues its run of Mandatory Merriment: This Time It’s Virtual, through December 26 th . We talk with co-creator and director Leslie Castay. Ticket info is online at www.southernrep.com.…
 
People come to Louisiana looking for everything from Alligators to Zydeco. The two things they are usually not looking for are high tech superstars and women duck hunters. That’s exactly who Peter’s guests on Out to Lunch are looking for. Bill Ellison and his venture capital organization Innovation Catalyst invest in new high-tech companies. Some o…
 
On this week’s Le Show , Harry brings us a plethora of songs for his annual winter holiday edition of the program. We’ll listen to Richard Thompson, Wayne Toups, James Brown, Albert King, and a handful of others interpret this time of year. Plus, The Apologies of the Week, News of Microplastics, and News of Inspector’s General help round out the sh…
 
New Orleans is so familiar with catastrophe, sometimes it feels like the way we answer it is part of our community character. We are defiant, we are resilient, we carry on, and we do it together. The city that puts the fun in funerals has made revelry in the face of adversity a civic virtue, and has embraced hospitality as the front line of recover…
 
Le Petit Theatre continues its run of A Nola Noël. It’s an original Holiday musical playing LIVE on Le Petit’s touring stage in parks and outdoor spaces in the metro area. The work is co-written by playwrights Curtis Billings and Max Williams. Max also directs this production and he joins us by phone.…
 
Often when we use the term "gut feeling" we're referring to a premonition of something bad about to happen. This episode of Out to Lunch is exactly the opposite. We're looking back at that gut feeling we had BC (Before Corona) when our health and housing issues were a little different. Staring at the beginning - you’ve probably heard of Maslow’s Hi…
 
Dr. Luke Fleming has been the driving force behind the popular Crescent City Chamber Music Festival. The New Orleans native who headed the Manhattan Chamber players has returned home, a result of the pandemic, and he vows to keep the music alive. Fleming is the newly-appointed violist of the Lott String Quartet, the Quartet-in-Residence for the Sch…
 
When it rains, it pours. And when it pours, it floods. More and more, that appears to be the situation down South. In New Orleans, several big rain storms in recent years have turned streets into rivers and flooded homes and cars. This week on Life Raft: flooding. What can we do about it? We speak drop by a bar that regularly floods, get the latest…
 
The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra is creatively keeping the music alive during the pandemic, thanks to digital technology. LPO resident conductor and music director, Carlos Miguel Prieto joins us by phone with the latest on what you can expect from the orchestra in 2021.By Diane Mack
 
This week on Le Show Harry Shearer brings us The 2020 Year in Rebuke, Part 1. We’ll look back at news stories both remembered and forgotten with The Appresidentice , The Law Firm of McConnell & McConnell , Pimples the Clown, The Apologies of the Week, News from Lake Reverie , Karzai Talk , Harry Reads the Trades and great original music.…
 
It’s probably human nature to believe that, over time, things get better. We tend to have faith that we’re on a path of progress. And that when we make a conscious change, it’s for the better. But, experience tells us that, as a society, when we make changes, we don’t always make wise choices. Things that can seem like a good idea at the time, can,…
 
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