Listen to the voices that are rebuilding New Orleans. We will be interviewing city leaders, executives, artisans and many other New Orleanians to hear how they are rebuilding their lives and businesses. From time to time, we may even have a national celebrity on our show. Visit often to hear how New Orleans is being rebuilt into a true twenty first century city while continuing to embrace its seventeenth century charm.
Julia Bland, Executive Director of the Louisiana Children's Museum
Julia Bland is Executive Director of the Louisiana Children's Museum. Julia, a native of Tennessee, graduated from Newcomb College, began with the Museum as a volunteer, and has never left. When asked how Hurricane Katrina affected the Museum, Julia said, "Our Museum has rethought our purpose...we have reached out in a much more meaningful way...." One very important program Julia describes is Play Power, a program that helps kids heal through play.
Ned Sublette, author of The World That Made New Orleans
Ned Sublette is the author of The World That Made New Orleans. Ned take us on a tour of his book that explores many of the outside influences that have helped make New Orleans culture what it is today. Ned focuses a great deal on the Cuban and Haitian connections. "The embargo of Cuba was an embargo of New Orleans", Ned says. He also touches on the French and Spanish influences on the Crescent City and shares some interesting facts and insights about the Mardi Gras Indians.
Jonah Dowling, Chairman of the Louisiana Landmark Society's New Orleans Nine Committee.
Jonah Dowling is Chairman of the Louisiana Landmark Society's New Orleans Nine Committee. "The New Orleans Nine is a list of nine buildings endangered of being demolished", Jonah explains. The purpose of the New Orleans Nine is to make the public aware of these properties and to assist the owners in any way to save the buildings. Jonah specifically talks about the old Dixie Brewery and the Deutsches-Haus, both in imminent danger of being demolished.
Chef Brian Landry with world famous Galatoire's Restaurant.
Chef Brian Landry is head chef at world famous Galatoire's Restaurant. Chef Brian tells us about his first place finish in the preliminary Great American Seafood Cookoff competition. He describes Galatoire's Shrimp Remoulade, one of Galatoire's famous dishes: the recipe is105 years old. Brian also talks about why New Orleans food is so much better than other food in our country and shares his thoughts on New Orleans' recovery following Hurricane Katrina.
Jennifer Weishaupt Mid-City New Orleans restaurateurs.
Jennifer Weishaupt and her husband are the owners of The Ruby Slipper Cafe in Mid-City New Orleans. Jennifer, originally from New York, explains why she has made New Orleans home and how she came to open this neighborhood cafe. Despite the challenges Hurricane Katrina presented, Jennifer and her husband chose to stay in New Orleans and start this new business. In addition to being a restaurant owner, Jennifer is also the president of the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization.
Nathan Rothstein is Executive Director of New Orleans Young Urban Rebuilding Professionals
Nathan Rothstein is Executive Director of New Orleans Young Urban Rebuilding Professionals (YURP). Nathan explains how YURP helps young professionals find avenues to express their talents and move New Orleans in a progressive new direction. Kendrick Pullen, the Program Director, thanks The Brown Family Foundation for its support and talks about the many out of town colleges he plans to visit to spread the word about YURP's exciting work in New Orleans.
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The best news show that came out of The Big Easy
This podcast is the best Link to a city that I'm Crazy about. Even if I went to your city once and hope too go back
Comprehensive view of New Orleans and the Recovery
Over the past few months, I have been catching up on this podcast. The host offers a very widespread view of the city of New Orleans--restaurant owners, business owners, entertainers, historians, and sometimes just regular folks. All of them have a story to tell and all, in my opinion, are the heroes of New Orleans who dug in and stayed, fought and continue to fight for their way of life, for their city, for their families. These are the voices of the real New Orleans, not the ridiculous Bill O'Reilly promoted stereotypes.
Terrific job, and I hope that this podcast continues. Each major American city should have such a podcast to record its cultural history.
I give it 5 stars though I am tempted to offer 4 stars because the sound quality is often very poor, though it seems to improve as the podcasts get more current.