New Orleans Voices

Southern Food And Beverage Museum Founder Takes On New Role

Liz Williams is former president and CEO of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum (SoFAB) in New Orleans. Williams was the driving force behind SoFAB; when she transitioned from her president and CEO positions, Williams assumed the title of founder.…

8th Annual Levee Breach Bike Tour

Sandy Rosenthal, and her son, Stanford Rosenthal, founded Levees.org in 2005, following Hurricane Katrina. The Rosenthals created the organization to inform citizens and law makers that Katrina’s devastating flooding of New Orleans was a man-made, civil engineering catastrophe, not the result of…

MidCityMessenger: The return of neighborhood news

Claire Byun is an editor for MidCityMessenger. The independent, online news source covers local news that primarily affects residents in Mid-City and the surrounding neighborhoods. According to Byun, in determining what stories she will pursue and investigate,“We try to think…

A Beloved Restaurant And Its Precious Pearl

I thought to replay my interview of 2008 with Pearl Jefferson, a server at the “Old Coffee Pot” restaurant on St. Peter Street in the French Quarter. Pearl was also known for her world famous bread pudding. No, I am…

New Orleans Mission Serving The Homeless For 30 Years

David Bottner is the executive director of the New Orleans Mission. Founded in 1989, the New Orleans Mission has been providing services for three decades to New Orleans residents grappling with homelessness, addiction, abuse or food insecurity. The mission is a…

King Cake Festival Proceeds Help Families In Need

Kathleen McCulla is the Director of Special Events in the Department of Philanthropy at Ochsner Health System.  In this podcast, McCulla offers details about the hospital’s annual King Cake Festival. This year, 2019, is the sixth year for this popular…

Mental Health Self-Care For The New Orleans Creative Community

Sarah Zoghbi is the Director of Care for Creatives, a partnership between Southern Rep Theatre and the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic. Zoghbi’s office is in Southern Rep’s new home on Bayou Road. The stately brick building was formerly St. Rose of…

A New Holiday Tradition with the Audubon Zoo Lights

Brenda Walkenhorst is the education director at the Audubon Zoo. According to Walkenhorst, this holiday season the Audubon Zoo is showcasing a unique, animal-themed holiday exhibit: the Audubon Zoo Lights. Made in China, these larger-than-life, illuminated silk figures depict some of…

Thanksgiving in New Orleans in the Nineteenth Century

John Magill is a New Orleans historian and was formally a curator at The Historic New Orleans Collection. In this podcast, Magill shares his historical perspective on the uniquely American holiday we call Thanksgiving. The origins of Thanksgiving trace to…

New Orleans in Focus

What makes someone a New Orleanian? Being born here is surely one definition of a New Orleanian.  Some people live here for decades, but are not true New Orleanians because they don't “get it.” Although they reside here, these people…

Morgus the Magnificent

  Originally aired in October of 2006, this interview with Morgus will always be one of my favorite podcasts. Dr. Morgus, also known as "Morgus the Magnificent" is New Orleans' preeminent doctor of science. As a member of the "Higher Order"…

Deutsches Haus’ 2018 Oktoberfest Last Days

Dean Arnett is the volunteer coordinator and MC for Deutsches Haus’ 2018 Oktoberfest celebration. This podcast with Arnett took place on Deutsches Haus’ new site on Moss Street, facing Bayou St. John. This year, Deutsches Haus is celebrating its 90th…

City Park's Historical Musical Train Tour

Casie Duplechain is executive director of Friends of City Park. In this podcast, Duplechain describes City Park’s unique and entertaining Historical Musical Train Tour. The miniature train tour takes riders on a 45-minute history tour throughout the park, accompanied by…

The Historic New Orleans Collection and Museum Day Live! 2018

Eli Haddow is a marketing assistant at The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC). THNOC is a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to preserving the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South. In this podcast, Haddow explains…

Maestro Robert Lyall: New Orleans Opera 2018-2019 Season

Maestro Robert Lyall is the general and artistic director for the New Orleans Opera Company. In addition to his role as conductor, Maestro Lyall oversees every aspect of the creative process. One of the Maestro’s responsibilities as artistic director is…

Carling Dinkler: How tourism got started in New Orleans

Carling Dinkler is founder of Custom Conventions Destination Solutions, a New Orleans-based Destination Management Company. Dinkler’s company provides tourists and conventioneers with turnkey packages that offer visitors a broad range of New Orleans’ experiences. Dinkler’s enduring success is the result…

Second Annual Pitot House Life on the Bayou Heritage Fair

Mary Ann Barkerding is the co-chair for the second annual Pitot House Life on the Bayou Heritage Fair.  Fairgoers will experience aspects of life as it was 300 years ago in New Orleans’ earliest settlement on the banks of Bayou…

Play Mayor for a Day with The Big Easy Budget Game

Kelsey Foster is the “People’s Budget Campaign Coordinator” at Committee For a Better New Orleans (CBNO). Foster is the driving force behind the innovative Big Easy Budget Game. As Foster explains, The Big Easy Budget Game allows ordinary people to…

Special Edition: James Bernazzani on Trump, Russia and Active Measures

In this "Special Edition" New Orleans Voices audio podcast, James Bernazzani, former FBI Agent in New Orleans, explains how the Russian government is attacking our democracy. Bernazzani, now an adjunct professor at Tulane University, explains the technique of “Active Measure.” …

Pastor Anglim and First Grace United Methodist Church

Pastor Shawn Moses Anglim is the founding pastor of First Grace United Methodist Church. The well-known church is located on the corner of Canal Street and Jefferson Davis Parkway in Mid-City. In this interview, Pastor Anglim discusses the difference between…

Chocolate Thunder and the 610 Stompers

Local film critic, Alfred Richard, wears many hats in the city, but none is as meaningful as Richard’s membership in the 610 Stompers. Each member of this unique “marching” group chooses a nickname for himself. Eight years ago, when Richard…

New Restaurant for James Beard award-winning chef, Nina Compton

Chef Nina Compton is co-owner of Bywater American Bistro and Compère Lapin restaurants. The chef opened her Bywater restaurant on Mach 3. As Compton explains, “The whole premise to opening this restaurant was to have a neighborhood restaurant that people…

unCommon Construction = unCommon Solutions

Aaron Frumin is founder and executive director of unCommon Construction. Frumin first came to New Orleans as a Red Cross volunteer in 2005 to help after Hurricane Katrina. Following his Red Cross work, Frumin became involved in the local construction…

GiveNOLA Day and the Greater New Orleans Foundation

Andy Kopplin is CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF). GNOF has sponsored GiveNOLA Day for the last four years. This annual, one-day event gives New Orleanians the opportunity to donate to the many important, non-profit organizations that serve…

New Orleans Opera Association 75th Anniversary

Maestro Robert Lyall is the General and Artistic Director of the New Orleans Opera Association.  New Orleans’ long history of opera spans more than two centuries. According to Maestro Lyall, “The first documented opera performance in North America was given…