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Podcast: Casa Borrega – Traditional Mexican Cuisine in a Funky Atmosphere

An interview with Casa Borrega owner Hugo Montero

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Podcast: Aunt Sally's Pralines Adds New Location

The New Orleans favorite brings its old traditions to a new spot.

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Podcast: St. Paul's New Community Senior Center

Connie Uddo explains how the new community center is keeping seniors active.

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Podcast: Preserving New Orleans Tombs – A Science or An Art?

Michelle Stanard Duhon has an interesting job.

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Podcast: Galatoire's Benefit Auction

Melvin Rodrigue says the restaurant hopes to hit the $1 million mark at January's auction.

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Podcast: History of the New Orleans Lakefront Airport

Historian Vincent Caire talks about the local landmark.

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Podcast: Interview with Arthur Hardy

The Carnival expert shares his thoughts on what to expect this season.

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Podcast: Mackie Shilstone Talks Getting in Shape for 2014

The New Orleans expert shares his secrets for reaching fitness goals.

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Podcast: New Year's Day Traditions of New Orleans' Past

Historian John Magill explains how New Orleanians used to celebrate the first of the year.

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PODCAST: An Interview with Jacques Rodrigue

In 2011, Craig Kraemer talked to George Rodrigue's son about the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts.

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Podcast: Celebration in the Oaks Celebrates 27 Years of Fun

City Park's Julie LaCour talks about this year's popular holiday attraction.

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Special Edition Podcast: A Tribute to Frank Davis

Frank Davis, on life and the people of New Orleans.

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Podcast: Impact 100 Helps Local Nonprofits

Martha Landrum describes a new program from the Greater New Orleans Foundation.

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PODCAST: The South and the 'Yankee' Holiday Called Thanksgiving

New Orleans didn't always celebrate Turkey Day.

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PODCAST: YMCA's Home for the Holidays Delivers More Than Just Meals on Thanksgiving

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Craig Kraemer grew up in New Orleans on Lowerline Street, across from the Carrollton Cemetery. As a child, he watched countless Jazz Funerals wind their way into the cemetery long before Jazz Funerals became cool. He remembers Hurricane Betsy and Mayor Vic Schiro’s famous quote to panicked citizens: “...don’t believe any false rumors unless they come from me...”

 

Kraemer lives now in Faubourg Saint John near picturesque Bayou St. John. (He prefers the term "faubourg" to"neighborhood" to reflect his pride in New Orleans’ French heritage.) Although his father’s family was originally from Germany, Kraemer’s ancestors—who established the town of Kraemer, Louisiana— adopted Cajun culture and traditions. His mother's family came straight from Paris to settle in New Orleans.

 

Kraemer's day job is as a videographer and graphic designer for his company, Kraemer Advertising. Kraemer's ongoing projects include filming productions for the New Orleans Opera, and symposiums and events for the Historic New Orleans Collection. In addition, he provides a variety of web videos and other film and graphic services for corporate and business clients. Kraemer's love for history and tradition have led him to recently open a new business: CK Digital Memories. This unique service allows Kraemer to apply his skills as an award-winning documentarian, film editor and visual designer to film and produce very personal and comprehensive Family History Video Documentaries for discerning clients. These broadcast quality productions capture the life stories of traditionalists who value their family legacies and heritages.

 

Kraemer’s clients understand the importance of preserving family history and achievements. They put high value on their history and want lasting video tributes to share their family pride with generations to come. In his work, Kraemer films clients as they recount family stories and share personal reminiscences. He then edits the video to include photographs and home movies the family provides. To add richness and ambiance, Kraemer adds music selections that relate to the stories and their eras, and includes photo images of cherished heirlooms or objects that have special family meaning. The result is a unique family chronicle, an enduring testament to a family’s continuing heritage. 

 

Kraemer started his New Orleans Podcasting site as a community service four months following Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans was in dire need of positive stories after the massive devastation of the storm. The national media were taking care of the negative stories. However, those who had stayed through Katrina, who were still in the city or who had just returned were eager to talk about the good things that were happening, however small they were. Kraemer’s weekly podcast interviews provided much needed injections of hope as they regularly highlighted positive stories throughout the city. Today, Kraemer continues to gather positive and unique stories to inform locals and the world about the wonderful place we call home.

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