New Orleans Voices

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…

A snapshot of New Orleans’ population over the last century

John Magill is a New Orleans historian with a seemingly never-ending knowledge of our city’s history. In this podcast, Magill traces the city’s population over the course of one century: from the early 1800s to the mid 1900s. Magill discusses…

Champion Jazz Opera: Old Form, New Beat

Joe McKesson is the marketing director for the New Orleans Opera Association. Audiences usually associate opera with "La Bohème," "Tosca," or other classic favorites. When McKesson thinks of opera, he focuses on the essential aspects of this beloved musical form.…

Wheelchair fencing: A unique sports fitness opportunity

Jonathan Cohen is the president of the New Orleans Fencing Club (NOFC). While the public is familiar with fencers in the movies as they run and jump while engaging in exciting blade work, another type of fencing exists. Individuals who…

Bob Carr: Riding out the Great Depression in a Packard

Many locals know Bob Carr for his high-profile work on TV and radio in the ’60s and ’70s when he was a well-known personality on WDSU-TV and WWL-Radio. In this podcast, Carr talks about his early years at WDSU, the…

Give thanks during the holiday season: #iGiveCatholic

Cory Howat is executive director of the Catholic Foundation. In 2015, the Catholic Foundation of the Archdiocese of New Orleans began #iGiveCatholic. The online, one-day-long fundraising campaign supports Catholic organizations around the country. Funds from the endeavor go toward feeding…

Green Schoolyards: Playground or innovative drainage technology

Sarah Olivier is the New Orleans Program Director for The Trust For Public Land.  The Trust For Public Land helps communities raise funds, do research, plan initiatives, and acquire and protect land. The organization employs cutting-edge research and innovative mapping…

Armstrong Park's Antique Rose Garden

Leo Watermeier is curator of the Antique Rose Garden in New Orleans’ Armstrong Park. This 25-year-old garden has a national and an international reputation. As Watermeier notes, “It has grown to become one of the largest collections of 'old roses' that…

Origins of New Orleans Jazz by Boyd Raeburn

Bruce Raeburn is curator of the Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane University in New Orleans. Raeburn has more than an academic understanding of Jazz; he grew up with Jazz music. “I come from a jazz family," said Raeburn. "My father was a…

H. Rault Locksmith: New Orleans’ best kept secret

Michelle Miller is the owner of H. Rault Locksmith. In 1845, Joseph Rault, an 18-year old French immigrant, opened a gunsmith shop at 515 Bourbon St. Rault’s son, Henri, learned locksmithing, and the business moved to 3027 Magazine St. in…

The Pennant Shop: A part of New Orleans history since 1932

Jack Matranga is owner of the Pennant Shop on Metairie Road. For more than eight decades, the popular shop has supplied colorful flags that are integral to our many celebrations, including Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day, the feast of St.…

Former FBI Special Agent Bernazzani talks Russia

James Bernazzani served as the FBI Special Agent in charge of New Orleans from 2005 to 2008. In this podcast interview, Mr. Bernazzani gives a basic overview of some of the country’s intelligence agencies and explains why he trusts these…