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Pilani Bubu found her music community after she moved from South Africa to New Orleans. She understood that the people she met wanted to learn more about her culture back home. That’s when she started to incorporate South African music into her repertoire

South Africa’s Pilani Bubu has ‘jumped off the shoulder of giants’ to create music filled with tradition


The singer-songwriter has always straddled between the worlds of globalization and the traditions of her homeland.

French-speaking Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, has abandoned dwellings are everywhere due to storms, erosion, and rising sea-levels.

Storms and rising sea levels threaten to wipe out French language in Louisiana’s bayou country


Special Guest: Simon Winchester

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The Riot of 1900

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Little Queenie

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Chasing Spring

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Spring can seem all too fleeting. Bruce Stutz wanted to soak in the season in all its glory. He headed south to where springtime was first hitting the US and chronicled the blossoming, from butterfly migrations to small-town Mardi Gras. Stutz discusses his new book Chasing Spring with Kurt Andersen.

Chili Gumbo

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Many of the New Orleans musicians who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina decided to make Austin, Texas their new home. In some ways, Austin and New Orleans are a natural fit: they’re both big music towns with a reputation for tolerance. But their signature styles of music might as well be from different coasts. Ginger […]

The New, New Orleans

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The reconstruction of New Orleans may be years away, but plans are coming off the drawing board. Andres Duany and his team of “New Urbanists” have come to New Orleans with their vision of the future: 19th century-style town plans that encourage compact living and walkability. That’s roused the ire of some modernist architects, who […]

New Orleans Comedy

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In a city struggling to get back on its feet, the stand-up comedy scene in New Orleans is also making a surprising comeback. We sent Gregory Warner down to see what people are finding to laugh at.

NOLA Comes to Queens

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Japanese-born artist Takashi Horisaki used to live in New Orleans. He recently returned to the Lower 9th Ward to bring attention to the city’s continuing struggle the best way he knew how: by making a sculpture. It’s based on a wind- and water-ravaged shotgun house. Before its demolition in mid-July, the sculptor painstakingly cast the […]