New Orleans

Airs Thursday, September 5 at 9 p.m.  For over 50 years, Preservation Hall Jazz Band has brought life to the sounds of New Orleans. Some of the original members hailed from the beginning of Jazz itself. The music that Preservation Hall Jazz Band plays has been passed down through the generations. Now they have written their first-ever album of entirely new songs that both respects their traditions and takes them into the future. In this one-hour radio special, you'll hear about the band, life in New Orleans and the new music from members Ben Jaffe, Charlie Gabriel and Rickie Monie, plus their co-producer Jim James of My Morning Jacket.

Eight years after Hurricane Katrina decimated New Orleans, commentator Gary Joiner offers this perspective on the toll of hurricanes through history.

Airs Saturday, February 16 at 8:00 p.m.  As musicians migrated north following the close of Storyville, New Orleans infamous red-light district, many found their way to the newly revitalized city on the north shore of the Harlem River. This program feature a cross section of their music and stories.

Airs Wednesday, February 6 at 8 p.m. This one hour special takes listeners to the hidden world of New Orleans corner joints—bars far from the French Quarter, in neighborhoods like Central City, Treme, and Pigeontown. These clubs, patronized almost entirely by locals, nurture a resilient blues and rhythm-and-blues scene that is often overshadowed by the Crescent City’s legacy as a jazz town. They are an essential part of New Orleans’ cultural history, but they are struggling—because of the recession, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and potentially the BP oil spill. 

Commentator Brian

O'Nuanain reflects on a past trip to New Orleans and his love of it's unique culture.