Art / Music / Culture
Arthur Hardy - Arthur Hardy, a native New Orleanian, is one of the world's preeminent authorities on all aspects of New Orleans’ famous Mardi Gras celebration.
William Fagaly - William Fagaly is the recently retired Curator of African Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art.
Alfred Lemmon St. Louis Cathedral concert - Alfred Lemmon is the Director of the Williams Research Center at The Historic New Orleans Collection.
John Magill part 2 Carnival History - John Magill, New Orleans’ historian, picks up where he left off in the previous podcast.
Cherice Harrison Nelson - Cherice Harrison-Nelson is curator of the Mardi Gras Indians Hall of Fame.
Jason Berry remembers Allen Toussaint - Jason Berry is a New Orleans author, columnist, and film producer.
Gene Meneray - Gene Meneray is CEO of YAYA. The organization’s name is an acronym for Young Aspirations/Young Artists.
Jack Pruitt THNOC - Jack Pruitt is Director of Development and Community Relations at The Historic New Orleans Collection.
Milton Scheuermann - Milton Scheuermann is founder of New Orleans' Musica Da Camera, the oldest surviving early music group in the country.
Sandra Stokes - Sandra Stokes is helping to organize "The Benefit to Save the Murals” fundraiser sponsored by Friends of New Orleans Lakefront Airport.
John Magill -Freezes- - John Magill is curator and historian at The Historic New Orleans Collection.
Jason Wiese - Jason Wiese is curator and associate director for the Williams Research Center at The Historic New Orleans Collection.
Don and Linda Guillot - Don and Linda Guillot do the make-up and wig designs for the New Orleans Opera.
Aurélie Champvert - Aurélie Champvert is the Executive Director of Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans.
John Magill -Coffee- - John Magill is senior curator and historian at The Historic New Orleans Collection.
John Magill -Hurricanes- - John Magill is curator and historian for The Historic New Orleans Collection.
Suzanne Blaum - Suzanne Blaum is Director of Education and Outreach at the Preservation Resource Center (PRC).
John Magill -Gardens- - John Magill is historian and curator for The Historic New Orleans Collection.
John Magill -New_Year- - John Magill, a regular and valued podcast contributor, is curator and historian for The Historic New Orleans Collection.
John Magill -Thanksgiving- - John Magill is a curator and historian at The Historic New Orleans Collection.
Ott Howell - Ott Howell is a tour guide at the Beauregard-Keyes House and Garden located in the New Orleans French Quarter.
Brian Kern - Brian Kern is Sales and Operations Director for Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World, and Captain of the Krewe of Boo.
John Magill -Railroads- - John Magill is historian and curator at The Historic New Orleans Collection.
John Magill -World_Fair- - John Magill is a curator and historian at The Historic New Orleans Collection.
Jack Pruitt - Jack Pruitt is the Director of Development and External Affairs for The Historic New Orleans Collection.
John Magill -Prohibition- - John Magill is a Curator and Historian at The Historic New Orleans Collection.
Father Raymond Fitzgerald - Father Raymond Fitzgerald is President of Jesuit High School in New Orleans.
Ronnie Kole - Ronnie Kole, a beloved figure in New Orleans, is a renown Jazz pianist and musical legend.
Mary Williams - Mary Williams is an established New Orleans dress designer well known for her quality designs.
Jack Stewart - Jack Stewart is co-author of There's One In Your Neighborhood: Lost movie theaters of New Orleans.
Bobby Hennessey - Bobby Hennessey is the owner of Morning Call Coffee Stand in New Orleans's beautiful City Park.
John Magill Christmas - John Magill is historian and curator for The Historic New Orleans Collection.
John Magill - Canal Street - John Magill is a historian and curator for The Historic New Orleans Collection.
Brian Morgan - Brian Morgan is the author of a biography about renowned opera singer, Norman Treigle.
Ricky Templet - Ricky Templet is co-chair of the Gretna Festival and was one of the event's original organizers.
John Magill Podcast-6 - John Magill is a Historian and Curator for The Historic New Orleans Collection.
John Magill Podcast-5 - John Magill is Historian and Curator at The Historic New Orleans Collection.
Connie Atkinson - Connie Zeanah Atkinson is a Professor of New Orleans Music History at the University of New Orleans.
John Magill Podcast-4 - John Magill is Curator and Historian at The Historic New Orleans Collection.
Nancy Fisher - Nancy Fisher is a professional singer and won the World War II Museum's "Stage Door Idol" talent competition in 2011.
Miranda Lash - Miranda Lash is Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA).
Rev. Melanie Morel-Ensminger - Melanie Morel-Ensminger is the Reverend at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans.
John Magill podcast 2 - John Magill is Curator and Historian at The Historic New Orleans Collection.
Don Marshall - Don Marshall is Executive Director for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation.
John Magill podcast 1 - John Magill is Curator and Historian at The Historic New Orleans Collection.
Ronald Lewis - Ronald Lewis is the founder and curator of House of Dance and Feathers cultural museum.
Dr. Bhansali - The New Orleans Museum of Art is featuring a new exhibit called The Elegant Image, Bronzes from the Indian Subcontinent.
Marieke Gaboury - Marieke Gaboury is Managing Director for Southern Rep, a local theatre company founded in 1986 to develop and produce new plays by American playwrights.
Alfred Lemmon - Alfred Lemmon is Director of the Williams Research Center of The Historic New Orleans Collection.
Ann Marie Coviello - Ann Marie Coviello is a community leader in the Esplanade Ridge area of New Orleans
Pamela Buckman - Pamela Buckman is the Sculpture Garden Manager for The New Orleans Museum of Art in City Park.
Scott Galante - Scott Galante is co-chair of the social committee for the Krewe of Rolling Elvi Carnival Club.
Stephanie Bruno - Stephanie Bruno is a writer and historic preservationist who writes a weekly column for the Times Picayune.
Patricia Brady - Patricia Brady has authored many books, but her latest, A Being So Gentle, The Frontier Love Story of Rachel and Andrew Jackson, will be of particular interest to New Orleanians.
Jonathan Cohen - Jonathan Cohen is Operational Manager and Beginner's Coach for the New Orleans Fencing Club.
Patty Gay - This podcast is the first in a series that will focus on New Orleans neighborhoods. Patty Gay is Executive Director of the Preservation Resource Center. Patty will discuss the distinctive qualities of the Holy Cross neighborhood.
Ned Sublette - 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.
Earl Barthe - Earl Barthé's family company specializes in historical plastering. Mr. Barthé, a retired plasterer himself, is now a plastering historian
Marissa Allweiss - Marissa Allweiss is Public Relations Informational Officer for The Preservation Salvage Store. The store opened in 2007 to help preserve the historic architecture and identity of New Orleans.
Troy Gilbert - Troy Gilbert has worn many hats, and is currently the Vice President of Friends of West End and past board member of the New Orleans Yacht Club.
Sara Woodard - Sara Woodard is Executive Director of STAIR, a non-profit organization that helps children learn to read. STAIR is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year as it continues to support education in the New Orleans metro area.
Paul Ferrara - Paul Ferrara continues his reminiscences about his early years in music.Of Al Hirt, Paul says:"Al could do it all...." Paul also recalls the first and only night his mother saw him play.
Antoinette K-Doe - Antoinette K-Doe, widow of beloved New Orleans musician Ernie K-Doe, tells of her Katrina experiences and how Ernie K-Doe's Mother-in-Law Lounge fared.
Paul Ferrara - Paul Ferrara is a native New Orleanian and famed jazz drummer who was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2009. If you have any interest in the history of the French Quarter or of music in New Orleans, you will love this interview.
Betsy Stout - Betsy Stout is Chairman of the "Endangered Nine", nine historically significant New Orleans properties the Louisiana Landmark Society has identified as in peril.
Teddy Pierre - Teddy Pierre is a master brick mason. Teddy has raised his craft to an art form, much to the delight of many locals who have brick walls and buildings.
Papa Mali - Papa Mali is all about "Funk". He shares his thoughts on why music is so important in peoples lives.
John Bullard - Director of the New Orleans Museum of Art, John tells us how the museum fared in Katrina. John also discusses the summer Ansel Adams photography show and a blockbuster exhibit of French paintings in March, 2007.
Danny and Marla Friedmann - Danny and Marla Friedmann live in Augusta, Georgia and came to the 2010 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary.
Eric Krasno - Eric, a native of New York talks about Jazz in New Orleans and how it differs from New York.
Tony Green - Tony Green, fine artist and musician, talks about the many murals he has painted that are in establishments throughout New Orleans.
George Porter, Jr. - World renowned bass player, George talks about growing up with music and how he evolved into the musician he is today.
Ivan Neville - Multi talented Ivan Neville plays bass, drums, keyboards, guitar plus writes and sings.
Marci Schramm - Marci Schramm is Executive Director of the French Quarter Festival. According to Marci, the state of Louisiana has designated 2010 as the year of the songwriter. To celebrate, French Quarter Festival will have a stage showcasing Louisiana song writers.
Eric Reitman - Eric Reitman is manager of House of Blues in New Orleans. The nationally renowned music club is based in Hollywood, California.
Sandra Scalise Juneau - Sandra Scalise Juneau is a food historian, culinary arts instructor, and author of the Bonne Bouchee food column. Sandra is particularly well versed in the Sicilian tradition of the Saint Joseph Altar.
Louise Saenz - Executive Director for "Save our Cemeteries" Louise explains what this non-profit organization does.
Pierre Lebovics - Consul general of France tells us of the support France is giving to rebuild New Orleans.
Stacy Horn Koch - Stacy Horn Koch is Executive Director of Covenant House in New Orleans. Covenant House is one of New Orleans' most valuable, but often overlooked, jewels.
John Bullard - John Bullard is The Montine McDaniel Freeman Director at the New Orleans Museum of Art. John describes the exciting new Disney exhibit and explains how the museum came to acquire it.
Jetti Watson - Jetti Watson is Executive Director of the Greater New Orleans Entertainment Foundation. Jetti tells us the Foundation was formed to provide musical instruments to children, and local schools that are in need.
Peggy Scott Laborde - Peggy Scott Laborde is the Senior Producer for Steppin' Out, a program that airs on WYES TV. Peggy is probably best known for her popular documentaries about New Orleans' past.
John Baron - John Baron is the Schawe Professor of Music in the Music Department at Newcomb College.
Richard McCarthy - Richard McCarthy is the founder of marketumbrella.org, the organization that runs many of the Farmer's Markets around New Orleans.
Jason Berry - Jason Berry is co-author of Up from the Cradle of Jazz, a look at New Orleans music from WWII to the present.
Mary Len Costa - Mary Len Costa is interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the Arts Council of New Orleans. Mary Len explains why the Arts Council exists and describes what it does.
Rev. Lois DeJean - Reverend Lois DeJean heads up the Gert Town Revival Initiative. For those unfamiliar with Gert Town, Earhart Expressway passes through the middle of this very old New Orleans neighborhood.
Gary Solomon Jr. - Gary Solomon Jr. works with the Solomon Group and he is currently working to save Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré, the oldest community theatre in the country.
John Lawrence - John Lawrence is Director of Museum Programs for The Historic New Orleans Collection. John gives us an overview of what the museum offers and the types of programs available.
Shannon Landis Hansen - Shannon Landis Hansen is the artist who created the unique Katrina monument in City Park. Some might call the towering artwork-- visible from City Park Avenue-- a mosaic, but Shannon considers it a mosaic assemblage.
- Zydeco music, Louisiana Seafood, and Creole Tomatoes are the makings of one great festival. This new festival combo in the French Quarter is a hit.
Keith Oldendorf - Keith Oldendorf runs the Deutsches Haus., a popular German social club and special events hall.
Sarah Jane McMahon - Sarah Jane McMahon, a native New Orleanian, is a world class Soprano opera singer. She explains how she began her music career and how she deals with nerves on stage.
David Villarrubia - David Villarrubia owns The Degas House Museum on New Orleans' historic Esplanade Avenue.
Irvin Mayfield - Irvin Mayfield is a world class Jazz trumpet player and a home grown New Orleanian. Irvin describes how Jazz evolved in America and explains the basic elements of Jazz
Father Moody - Father Moody is Pastor at St. Augustine Catholic Church in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans.
Marci Schramm - Marci Schramm is Executive Director for the French Quarter Festival, Incorporated. Marci explains what Christmas New Orleans Style is all about.
Diane Mack - Diane Mack is the announcer and producer of Morning Edition on WWNO, our local NPR radio station.
Ted Le Clercq - Ted Le Clercq is the founder of the St. Charles Avenue Tree Planting Project. Ted explains that he took on the project because he was tired of hearing so many negative stories about post-Katrina New Orleans.
Pearl Jefferson - Pearl Jefferson has been a waitress and cook for the Coffee Pot Restaurant for the last 50 years. The Coffee Pot is located in the heart of the French Quarter and Pearl gives us some insights into the preconceptions tourists often have about New Orleans.
Jonah Dowling - 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.
Elizabeth Williams - Elizabeth Williams is President of the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, the latest addition to New Orleans' rich museum landscape.
Pierre Hilzim - Pierre Hilzim is the President and CEO of Kajun Kettle. Many locals are devoted fans of Pierre's famous creation: Crawfish Monica.
Marci Schramm - Marci Schramm is Executive Director for the French Quarter Festival, Incorporated. Marci gives us a preview of the 2008 French Quarter Festival, April 11 -13.
Ronnie Kole - Ronnie Kole is a world renowned musician and philanthropist. Ronnie talks about two of his proudest music achievements: his recent "Louis Prima Arts and Entertainment Award", and his upcoming induction into the "New Orleans Musical Legends Park"
Sundance Morgan - Sundance Morgan is a tennis instructor at City Park. He describes how Hurricane Katrina affected tennis in New Orleans and gives us an update on the status of the sport today
Jesyka Bartlett - Jesyka Bartlett is the fourth generation Bartlett to work at the French Market Coffee Company.
Patty Gay - Patty Gay is Executive Director of the Preservation Resource Center. She explains how the PRC focuses on saving and promoting our neighborhoods, architecture, and culture.
Kenneth Ferdinand - Kenneth Ferdinand is Executive Director for the French Market Corporation. He describes the Market’s newly completed renovation and updates us on those currently in progress.
Gregory Schramel - New Orleans native Gregory Schramel, Artistic Director for the New Orleans Ballet Theatre, founded NOBT in 2002.
Al Johnson - Virtually all New Orleanians know Al Johnson affectionately as "Carnival Time Al Johnson". A genuine New Orleans musical treasure, Al wrote one of Mardi Gras' most popular songs--, "Carnival Time"-- in 1959 when he was17 years old.
Alexis Jacknow - Alexis Jacknow is a member of the NOLA Project, a nonprofit theatrical company in New Orleans.
Teddy Pierre and Jeff Treffinger - Teddy Pierre is a masonry craftsman. Teddy is vice president of the New Orleans Craft Guild and he introduces us to guild president, Jeff Treffinger.
Stanton Moore & Kevin O'Day - Drummer Kevin O’Day interviews Galatic’s drummer Stanton Moore during Jazz Fest 2007 about growing up in New Orleans, his musical influences and current projects.
Michael White - Dr. Michael White, a musician, historian, composer, and educator, believes this is an interesting time for New Orleans music: "We are more appreciative of our traditions".
Judy Spellman - Judy Spellman is a local singer and the daughter of New Orleans musician Benny Spellman, who was best known for his hits, "Lipstick Traces" and "Fortune Teller".
Reggie Scanlan - Reggie Scanlan is the bass guitar player for the internationally known "Radiators". We have fun talking about the story behind the name "Radiators" and how the group coined the term "Fish Head Music".
Valerie Robinson - Valerie Robinson is chairman of the Old Algiers RiverFest, and President of Old Algiers Main Street Corporation.
Salvadore Serio - Salvadore Serio is the Vice President of the American Italian Renaissance Foundation which operates the Italian American Museum.The Museum showcases famous New Orleans Italians including one of New Orleans' most beloved sons, musician Louis Prima.
Monsignor Kern - Monsignor Kern is the Monsignor at historic Saint Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter. On Ash Wednesday, the Holy Day following Mardi Gras, we talked about the meaning of the Lenten Season in the Catholic faith.
Antoinette K-Doe - Proprietress, Ernie K-Doe Mother-In-Law Lounge shares thoughts on 2006 and New Year's resolution for 2007.
Ronnie Virgets - Local New Orleans writer and talent Ronnie Virgets shares his thoughts about 2006 and his New Years resolution for 2007.
Julie Lacour, Santa, and friends - Julie LaCour is the Director of Special Event for New Orleans City Park and organizer of "Celebration In The Oaks". She is particulary excited about the old fashioned French Christmas exhibit depicting how the French celebrate the holiday
Peggy Scott Laborde - Peggy Scott Laborde, the host of "Steppin' Out", is Senior Producer for WYES, New Orleans Public Broadcasting television station. Peggy is well known for her documentaries chronicling New Orleans' history and unique culture
Tommye Myrick - Tommye Myrick is the Executive Director of the New Orleans African American Museum of Art, Culture, and History. The museum, damaged during Katrina, has re-opened in Treme, an early African-American faubourg.
Stephen Rehage - Stephen Rehage is the originator, producer, and owner of the "Voodoo Music Festival", one of only a few independently owned large music festivals in the country.
Phyllis Benoit - Phyllis Benoit is the principal at St. Benedict the Moor School in Gentilly. She talks about the school's benefactors, a couple who have funded the school since 1998.
Sr. Kathleen Pittman - Sister Kathleen is a Sister of St. Joseph nun. She recounts the French history of the order and how Sisters of St. Joseph came to be in New Orleans.
Sr. Kathleen Pittman - Sister Kathleen continues her conversation about the devotion of St. Gabriel parishioners as they rebuild their lives and their parish.
John Lawrence - The Director of Museum Programs at The Historic New Orleans Collection tells about the many aspects of the museum.
Robert Guthrie - New Orleans artist and gallery owner. Robert specializes in traditional French Quarter scenes painted with a fresh new look.
Bryan Batt - Bryan Batt, who plays Salvatore Romano in the AMC television series, MadMen, gives us some insights into the acting business and explains how he got the part of Salvatore.
Lance Nichols - New Orleans native Lance Nichols has a major acting role in the acclaimed new film, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button".
Dr. Morgus - Dr. Morgus, also known as "Morgus the Magnificent", is New Orleans' preeminent Doctor of Science.
Elyse Luray - Elyse Luray is an appraiser, auctioneer, and one of PBS television's "History Detectives". Elyse explains why history is so important and why people are fascinated by the past.
Margaret Orr - Margaret Orr, meteorologist at WDSU TV, recalls the days following Hurricane Katrina and comments upon how lucky her family was.
Norm Abram - Norm Abram, master carpenter with This Old House, TV's popular home improvement program, will be filming ten This Old House episodes here in New Orleans.
Dr. Morgus - Dr. Morgus, also known as "Morgus the Magnificent", updates us on Chopsley's love life and Chopsley's unusual way of impressing girls.We talk a little about Mardi Gras 2007, then move on to more serious discussions.
Bobby Herbert - Bobby Herbert, former Quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, shares his thoughts on the team's upcoming playoff game.
Dr. Morgus - Dr. Morgus, also known as "Morgus the Magnificent" is New Orleans' preeminent Dr. of science.
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Business & City Leaders
Dr. Agustin Garcia - Dr. Agustin C. Garcia is Section Chief for the Hematology/Oncology Department at the University Medical Center Cancer Center in New Orleans.
Sherlyn Hughes - Sherlyn Hughes is the program manager for Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans.
Kerri McCaffety - Kerri McCaffety is the author and photographer of a new book, Steamboat Natchez, New Orleans & the History of Mississippi River Steamboats.
Bud Adams part_2 - Bud Adams is the founder of the Family Barber Shop on Oak Street in the Carrollton neighborhood of New Orleans.
Bud Adams - Bud Adams is the founder of the Family Barber Shop on Oak Street in the Carrollton neighborhood of New Orleans.
Steven Scaffidi - Steven Scaffidi is Director of Development, Marketing, and Media for the New Orleans Mission.
Natalie Jayroe Duck Derby - Natalie Jayroe is President and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank for South Louisiana.
John Hopper China Lights - John Hopper is Chief Development Officer and Director of Public Affairs for New Orleans City Park.
Jon Luther - Jon Luther is Executive Vice President of the Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans
Jon Luther - Jon Luther is Executive Vice President of the Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans.
Andreanica Morris - Andreanica Morris works for Providence Community Housing, a non-profit real estate developer in New Orleans.
Craig Kraemer - In this podcast, Craig Kraemer talks about when and why he decided to begin capturing post-Katrina podcast interviews.
Sandy Rosenthal exhibit - Sandy Rosenthal is the founder of Levees.org and creator of the Levee Exhibit and Rain Garden
David McCelvey - David McCelvey is the new owner of Franky and Johnny’s restaurant in Uptown New Orleans.
Victor Smeltz - Victor Smeltz is Executive Director of Renaissance Neighborhood Development Corporation (RNDC).
Hilary Collis - Hilary Collis is the Restoration Program Director for the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana.
Keith Twitchell CBNO - Keith Twitchell is the President of the Committee For A Better New Orleans (CBNO).
Darlene Cusanza CrimeStoppers - Darlene Cusanza is the president and CEO of CRIMESTOPPERS New Orleans.
Ashley Hansen - Ashley Hansen, owner of Hansen's Sno-Bliz, is celebrating the 75th anniversary of their snoball business.
Kellie Chavez Greene - Kellie Chavez Greene is Senior Program Director for Organizational Effectiveness for the Greater New Orleans Foundation.
Michelle Stanard Duhon - Michelle Stanard Duhon is the owner of a unique company: Bayou Preservation.
Martha Landrum - Martha Landrum is Vice-President of Marketing and Communications for the Greater New Orleans Foundation.
Donna Hildebrand - Donna Hildebrand is the volunteer coordinator for YMCA of Greater New Orleans Home for the Holidays program.
Traci Claussen - Traci Claussen is the owner of REpurposingNOLA, a unique business that arose out of a renovation project.
John Hopper - John Hopper is Chief Development Officer and Public Affairs Director for New Orleans City Park.
Dickie Brennan - Dickie Brennan is the owner of Tableau, a new restaurant located in the historic Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre.
Michelle Ingram - MIchelle Ingram is Co-Director of the Freret Street Festival and owner of Zeus' Place, a pet boarding and grooming business.
April Neujean - April Neujean is the Health and Wellness Manager for The Edible Schoolyard New Orleans.
Michael Lanaux - Michael Lanaux is co-owner of Langenstein's grocery, the oldest family-run grocery in New Orleans.
Sally Shushan - Sally Shushan is Treasurer for the Lafayette Square Conservancy and one of the organization's founding members.
Russ Varvel - uss Varvel is Senior Vice President of Charter Sales and International Business for the Great American Steamboat Company.
Rick Streiffer - Rick Streiffer and his wife, Ann, own Blue Frog Chocolates on Magazine Street in uptown New Orleans.
Jeffrey Rossi - Jeffrey Rossi is the Director of Volunteer Services at the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation.
Sara Woodard - Sara Woodard is Executive Director of STAIR, an acronym for Start The Adventure In Reading.
Mike Gowland - Captain Mike Gowland has been a New Orleans firefighter for almost 20 years. In 2008,
Robert Cousins - Robert Cousins has owned Deblanc Pharmacy, located on Grand Route St. John, for 50 years.
Gerald Duhon, Jr. - Gerald Duhon, Jr. is Chief Philanthropy Officer for Second Harvest Food Bank, Greater New Orleans and Acadiana.
Alan Freeman - Alan Freeman is General Manager of the Louisiana Superdome and the New Orleans Arena.
Nick Hasslock - Nick Hasslock is owner of New Orleans Tile. Nick is taking time from his tile business to create the Katrina Wall.
Jacques Rodrigue - Jacques Rodrigue is Executive Director for the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts.
Julia Bland - Julia Webb Bland is Executive Director of the Louisiana Children's Museum located in the New Orleans Warehouse District.
Jean Fahr - Jean Fahr is Executive Director of Parkway Partners. Parkway Partners is an organization that connects New Orleans volunteers to the city's green spaces.
Lea Sinclair - Lea Sinclair is Director of Communications for New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corporation.
Darrell Guy, Sr. - Darrell Guy, Sr. is Director of Special Projects for the NFL YET Program at the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana.
Jeff McCrory - Jeff McCrory is the son of Phil McCrory, the late founder of New Orleans Coffee Company.
Anne Milling - Anne Milling founded Women of the Storm in January, 2006, three months after Hurricane Katrina.
Tommy Delaune - Tommy Delaune and his wife, Maria, are co-owners of Redemption Restaurant in Mid-City.
Skip Gallagher - Skip Gallagher is President of the Algiers Point Neighborhood Association. Although he is not originally from New Orleans, Skip quickly learned what it means to be part of a New Orleans neighborhood.
Archbishop Hannan - Archbishop Hannan served as Archbishop of New Orleans from 1965 to 1989; at age 96, he is now the oldest living Archbishop in the world.
William Borah - William Borah, one of New Orleans great preservationists, passed away on Monday, September 25, 2017.
Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond - Most Reverend Gregory M. Aymond was appointed Archbishop of the Archdiocese of New Orleans in August, 2009.
Emilie Taylor - Emilie Taylor is Senior Program Coordinator for Tulane City Center. The Tulane City Center is the outreach arm of the Tulane University School of Architecture.
Cassondra Ferrand - Cassondra Ferrand is the school nurse for Warren Easton High School. Cassondra's innovation and leadership go well beyond her job description
Natalie Jayroe - Natalie Jayroe is President and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana. Natalie reflected on Second Harvest's valuable work feeding people following Hurricane Katrina.
Cliff Doescher - Cliff Doescher is Executive Director of ARC, formally the Association for Retarded Citizens.
Gene Sausse - Gene Sausse is on the Board of Directors for the French Quarter Business Association and Chairman of the Vieux Carré Graffiti Abatement Program
Connelly Hayward - Connelly Hayward is co-owner and Chief Business Development Officer for Camellia Brand Beans
Bob Becker - Bob recounts Katrina's damage to the park and talks about the clean up and replanting process as well as future plans.
René Brunet - Owner of the Prytania Theater, Renè recounts the early days of movie theaters, including Vaudeville and shares his optimistic views of the New Orleans recovery.
Chris Berg - Chris Berg is a sales executive for the New Orleans Fish House, a local seafood wholesale company.
Andree Bauer - Andrée Bauer is one of the owners of Russell's Cleaning Services. This family-owned business has been cleaning fabrics in New Orleans since 1930
Anne Rheams - Anne Rheams is the new Executive Director of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation. Anne comments on whether the lake has been adversely affected by the British Petroleum oil spill and discusses what concerns she has for the future of the lake and the basin
Kim Dudek - Kim Dudek is founder and owner of Dag's House. This unique nonprofit business specializes in helping special needs dogs.
Mason Granger - Mason Granger is Pres. and G.M. of WDSU TV, channel 6 in New Orleans. Mason tells us how Katrina has changed New Orleans and WDSU.
Larry Delia - Larry Delia is V.P. and G.M. of WGNO 26 and WB 38 in New Orleans. Larry talks about the recovery and explains why he is so optimistic.
Guy Williams - Guy Williams, President of Gulf Coast Bank and Trust Company discusses why their Harrison Ave. location reopened so soon after Katrina.
Jackie Shreves - New Orleans native Jackie Shreves has headed the development of the new dog park in City Park: NOLA Dog Bark
Frank Glaviano - Shell Exploration and Production Company's Vice President of Production Frank Glaviano, explains why New Orleans is so important to Shell.
Oliver Thomas - City council member Oliver Thomas outlines his plan for educating some returning New Orleanians so they can contibute to the recovery.
James Bernazzani - James Bernazzani, former head of the FBI in New Orleans, recently founded the Youth Rescue Initiative
Jeff Crouere - Jeff Crouere host of "Ringside politics with a Punch" talks about politics in New Orleans.
Keith Twitchell - President of a Committee for a Better New Orleans shares his vision for a better New Orleans.
Arthur Hardy - Board member of Warren Easton, a New Orleans charter school, explains how the board plans to make this school a shinning example of the New Orleans recovery.
Kacey Hill - Kacey Hill is Public Relations Officer for The National WW II Museum. We revisited the Museum to learn about its wonderful new movie theatre.
Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson - Councilmember District "C" celebrates the reopening of Parkway Bakery a New Orleans landmark.
Natalia Gonzalez - Natalia Gonzalez is Executive Director for WRBH Reading Radio for the Blind and Print Handicapped. The station is vitally important to our local blind and print handicapped community.
Jessica White - Jessica White is Executive Director of 504Ward, a nonprofit organization created to attract and keep 20 and 30 year olds in New Orleans.
Darlene Kattan - Darlene Kattan is Executive Director of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana.
Natalie Jayroe - Natalie Jayroe is President and Chief Executive Officer of Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana.
Dr. Jessica Coates-Hudson - Dr. Jessica Coates-Hudson owns Pets R Our World, a full-service mobile veterinary clinic.
Arnie Fielkow - Arnie Fielkow is the current President of the New Orleans City Council. Arnie recalls some of the major issues the City Council has dealt with during his four years as a Council member
Linda Gonzales - Linda Gonzales is Executive Director of the New Orleans Mission. Linda updates us on the Mission’s valuable new services and the expansion of its existing services.
Else Pedersen - Else Pedersen is Executive Director of Bridge House, a substance-abuse treatment center of last resort that has served New Orleans for the last 52 years.
Dr. Nicolas Bazan - Dr. Nicolas Bazan does important Alzheimer's disease research in the Neuroscience Center at the Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Science Center.
Bob Becker - Bob Becker is CEO of New Orleans City Park. The park has come a long way since Hurricane Katrina, and Bob updates us on the park's projects and future plans
Nell Bolton - Nell Bolton is Executive Director of the Office of Disaster Response for the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana. Nell tells us that the mission of the Diocese is to bring our displaced neighbors home.
John Blancher - John Blancher is the owner of Rock'n Bowl, a unique, legendary New Orleans spot for bowling, dancing, and live music.
Keith Twitchell - Keith Twitchell is President of Committee for a Better New Orleans (CBNO) and Metropolitan Area Committee (MAC).
William Borah - Bill Borah is a land use attorney who has work tirelessly to amend the city charter regarding city planning.
John Jay - John Jay is the owner of John Jay salons and school for beauty industry professionals. John talks about emerging fashion trends.
Angela Herbert - Angela Herbert is Director of Programs and Volunteers for New Orleans Outreach. New Orleans Outreach assists teachers to improve the quality of education in New Orleans schools.
Jayme Necaise - Jayme Necaise is Director of Animal and Visitor Programs for the Audubon Insectarium.
Ed Blakely - Ed Blakely is the New Orleans Recovery Czar. Ed tells us that the city has recently started receiving substantial Federal funds as of November, 2007.
Nathan Rothstein - Nathan Rothstein is Executive Director of New Orleans Young Urban Rebuilding Professionals (YURP).
Kacey Hill - Kacey Hill is Public Relations Officer for The National WWII Museum, formally The D-Day Museum. Kacey explains the museum received a congressional mandate and is now the official WWII museum of the United States.
Dr. Carolyn Gillman - Dr. Carolyn Gillman is Executive Director of No Matter What, a non-profit collective of professional educators worldwide.
Jenice Heck - Jenice Heck is the Assistant Director of Services and Occupational Therapist for the Lighthouse For The Blind.
Jim Letten - Jim Letten is the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Jim tells us how he first became interested in the Law.
Suzanne Lapin - Suzanne Lapin is President of MakeNewOrleansHome.com. This organization actively promotes New Orleans as an attractive relocation destination.
Ewell Smith - Ewell Smith is Executive Director for the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board. He explains how his organization benefits the Louisiana seafood industry.
Cesar Burgos - Cesar Burgos is Chairman of the Board for New Orleans' Regional Transit Authority (RTA).
Beau Bassich - Beau Bassich is Executive Director of the City Park Improvement Association in New Orleans. Beau talks about the recent reopening of the park's historic carousel, extensively refurbished following Hurricane Katrina.
Lenny Vangilder - Lenny Vangilder is Director of Publicity for the New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots. Lenny reflects on the damages caused by Hurricane Katrina and the Fair Grounds' efforts to recover.
Marc Robért II - Marc Robért II, owner of Robért Fresh Market, explains his commitment to Lakeview and New Orleans: "This is a very strong area...and I am confident this area will come back".
Bryan Wallace - Bryan Wallace is the Australian Trade Commission's District Manager for the Gulf Coast. Bryan explains what the Australian Trade Commission is and tells us about its work in New Orleans.
Linda Gonzales - Linda Gonzales is Assistant Executive Director of the New Orleans Mission. Linda describes the damages the Mission sustained following Hurricane Katrina and she explains the Mission's services.
Jim LeBlanc - Jim LeBlanc is President and CEO of Volunteers of America for New Orleans. Jim describes how Katrina affected the organization's staffing and its many properties.
Sandy Rosenthal - Sandy Rosenthal is the founder and executive director for Levees.org. Sandy founded Levees.org because as a New Orleanian she felt compelled to get the word out that the levee failures were a man made disaster.
Ron Biava - Ron Biava is the Executive Director of the New Orleans Public Library Foundation. Ron tells us they are back to about half of their pre-Katrina staff and just added their latest temporary branch on Carrollton Avenue.
Sinesio Canseco - Sinesio Canseco is the owner of Canseco's Esplanade Market . Sinesio opened his Esplanade location on August 2, 2007, much to the delight of residents in the Faubourg St. John neighborhood.
Ana Zorrilla - Ana Zorrilla is the Development Director and interim CEO for the Louisiana SPCA. Ana explains the new standards for the construction of animal shelters.
Randy Feldman - Randy Feldman is President and General Manager of WYES, one of two Public Broadcasting television stations in New Orleans.
Beth Galante - Beth Galante is the director of Global Green in New Orleans. The local office functions as an educational center to show residents how to make their homes and businesses more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
Stacy Head - Stacy Head is councilwoman for New Orleans' District B. I took this opportunity to discuss a few serious issues, including one of the most pressing: crime.
Dr. Henri Roca - Dr. Henri Roca is the Section Chief for the Integrated Medicine Section at LSU Medical Center.
Carlton Dufrechou - Carlton Dufrechou is the director of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation. Carlton describes the organization's role as catalyst and facilitator.
Scott Cowen - Scott Cowen is the President of Tulane University. In this interview Scott recalls how the University was on life support for the first two months following Hurricane Katrina.
Mary Beth Romig - Mary Beth Romig is Director of Communications and Public Relations for the New Orleans Convention and Visitor Bureau.
Rob Couhig, Jr. - Attorney and former mayoral candidate shares his thoughts on 2006 and his New Years resolution for 2007.
Andrew Ramsey - The Ramsey and Bowman families co-own the Simon Hubig Company, maker of New Orleans' favorites, Hubig's Pies. Andrew Ramsey takes me on a tour of their plant, where the famous sweet treats are made.
Rob Couhig, Jr. - Rob Couhig, a New Orleans attorney and former mayoral candidate, talks about the election, his decision to run, and his volunteer service to the mayor during Mayor Nagin's first 100 days.
Richard Buchsbaum - Today we go behind the scenes Richard Buchsbaum, Vice President of Food and Beverage.
Stephen Villavaso - City planning is the new buzz word in New Orleans post- Katrina. Stephen Villavaso, a city planner for 30 years and president of Villavaso and Associates, is developing a city-wide infrastructure plan.
Jacques Rodrigue - Jacques Rodrigue is Executive Director for the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts.
Hotels & Tourism
Jim Jaillet and Mary Matzek - Jim Jaillet and Mary Matzek travel the United States, Mexico, and Central America in a Recreational Vehicle (RV). Jim began traveling in 1962, and in 2008, Mary joined him.
Barry Kern and Brian Kern - Barry Kern and Brian Kern, of Mardi Gras World, took time to talk about the Saints' victory parade, Carnival 2010, and their new facility on the east bank of the Mississippi River.
Arthur Hardy - Arthur Hardy has been following Mardi Gras all his life; he is one of the world's preeminent authorities on New Orleans' Mardi Gras
Arthur Hardy - Publisher of the Mardi Gras Guide and Carnival expert, Arthur Hardy talks about the business of Mardi Gras.
Arthur Hardy - Arthur Hardy is one of the world's preeminent authorities on New Orleans' Mardi Gras. In 2009, Arthur visited 48 Carnival Krewe Captains "behind the scenes"
Roxanne Assorgi - Roxanne is the proud owner of Paris France, Queen of Barkus 2009. In addition to being Queen, Paris is also a Katrina recovery dog.
Ricardo Pustanio - Ricardo Pustanio is the float designer for the Krewe of Mid-City. This Mardi Gras Krewe--a traditional favorite of New Orleanians--was founded in the early 1930's and uses only tinfoil to create such intricate details as flowers and even butterflies.
Jim Hobbs - Jim Hobbs is the historian for the Krewe of Phunny Phorty Phellows. Jim tells us the krewe is a revival of a 19th Century organization.
Blaine Kern - Blaine Kern, also known as Mr. Mardi Gras, has done it again! Blaine founded the Krewe of Boo to raise money and awareness for the First Responders' Fund.
Arthur Hardy - Arthur shares the good news that Mardi Gras 2007-- the second Carnival celebration since Hurricane Katrina-- will be a typical Mardi Gras in terms of the number of parades rolling.
Captain of Thoth - Our guest this week was the 2008 captain of Thoth. Thoth, a Carnival Krewe, or organization, began in 1947.
Arthur Hardy - Arthur Hardy, Mardi Gras expert and historian, publishes the annual Mardi Gras Guide. Arthur shares the big news for Carnival 2008
Blaine Kern - Mardi Gras World owner Blaine Kern--"Mr. Mardi Gras"--talks about his Haunted House and special Halloween Night Gala.
Charles Hamilton - Charles Hamilton is the president of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club. Charles is a wealth of information about the organization's history.
Brian Kern and Arthur Hardy - Brian Kern:Owner of Mardi Gras World and world renown float builder. Arthur Hardy: Publisher of the "Mardi Gras Guide."
Leah Chase - Leah Chase is the owner and Chef at Dooky Chase restaurant. This podcast is the second in a two-part interview.
Chef John Besh - Chef John Besh is Chef-owner of August Restaurant on Tchoupitoulas Street in New Orleans.
Sandy Whann - Sandy Whann, owner of Leidenheimer Bakery, is the great grandson of its founder, George Leidenheimer.
Susan Spicer - Susan Spicer is owner and Chef of her latest venture, Mondo, and co-owner and Chef of Bayona in the French Quarter. Susan explains why she decided to open another restaurant and locate it in Lakeview.
Steve Lohr - Steve, the son of Jerry Lohr, founder of J Lohr Vineyards and Wines spoke to us at the Food and Wine Experience about his enthusiastic welcome.
Russell Civello - Owner of Risorante Civello, Russell's optimism creates a vision of beauty and culinary excitement.
Rick Gratia - Rick is the co-owner of Muriel's Rest in the French Quarter. He tells us why he is more optimistic now than ever about the future of New Orleans.
Bob DeFelice - Bob DeFelice recounts his days after Katrina and how his famous restaurant Pascale's Manale restaurant is bouncing back.
Frank Brigtsen - Owner-chef of Brigtsen's Restaurant, Frank describes his unique New Orleans neighborhood and shares his secret for combining flavors.
Reggie Davis - Reggie Davis is founder and Chef of Liberty's Kitchen. The native New Orleanian, along with a group of like-minded caring people, created the non-profit business to help New Orleans' youth.
Justin Kennedy - Justin Kennedy is General Manager of Parkway Bakery. Parkway Bakery is one of New Orleans' most famous po-boy sandwich shops.
Victor Moran - Victor Moran is co-owner of nonna mia, the newest restaurant on Esplanade Avenue in the Faubourg St. John neighborhood.
Luis Bernhard - Luis Bernhard is the owner of Arabesque restaurant in Mid-City New Orleans. Originally from Honduras, Luis came to New Orleans in 1968.
Steve Himelfarb - Steve Himelfarb is the owner of New Orleans Cake Café & Bakery. I interviewed Steve only three days after hurricane Gustav gave New Orleans its first big scare since hurricane Katrina.
Jennifer Weishaupt - Jennifer Weishaupt and her husband are the owners of The Ruby Slipper Cafe in Mid-City New Orleans.
Lori Nesser - Lori Nesser is the owner of La Peniche, a popular restaurant in the Faubourg Marigny. Lori explains the importance of neighborhood businesses in New Orleans and tells us how they help make the city unique
Arthur Brocato - Arthur Brocato is co-owner of Angelo Brocato's Italian Ice Cream parlor along with his brother, Angelo.
Dominique Rizzo - Dominique Rizzo is the owner of La Boulangerie, a popular French bakery located on Magazine Street in New Orleans.
Cindy Mandina - Cindy Mandina is the co-owner of Mandina's Restaurant in Mid-City New Orleans. Mandina's defines the essence of traditional New Orleans neighborhood cooking.
Johnny Blancher - Johnny Blancher is co-owner of Ye Olde College Inn. Johnny tells us about the restaurant's origin in 1933 and the recent demolition of the old restaurant building.
Wayne Baquet - New Orleans chef/restaurateur and owner of Li'l Dizzy's Restaurant, Wayne Baquet shares his thoughts on 2006 and his New Year's resolution for 2007
Leah Chase - Leah Chase is the chef at Dooky Chase's restaurant and a culinary icon in New Orleans. I interviewed her in her FEMA trailer, where she talked about the return of Dooky Chase.
Ti Martin - Ti Martin is an owner of Commander's Palace, one of New Orleans' and the country's finest dining institutions. Ti tells us about the emotional grand opening just over a year after Katrina wreaked havoc on our famous and beloved culinary landmark.
Anthony Bologna - Anthony Bologna, owner of Venezia Italian restaurant, talks about its much anticipated return to North Carrollton Avenue