TriPod: New Orleans at 300 WWNO's innovative radio history, released in weekly segments as New Orleans approaches its Tricentennial in 2018. Each TriPod segment is its own micro-documentary, devoted to a single story or subjects from New Orleans' rich history. The series will explore lost and neglected stories, delve deeper into the familiar, and question what we think we know about the city's history.
TriPod: New Orleans at 300

TriPod: New Orleans at 300

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WWNO's innovative radio history, released in weekly segments as New Orleans approaches its Tricentennial in 2018. Each TriPod segment is its own micro-documentary, devoted to a single story or subjects from New Orleans' rich history. The series will explore lost and neglected stories, delve deeper into the familiar, and question what we think we know about the city's history.More from TriPod: New Orleans at 300 »

Most Recent Episodes

Edmond Dédé: The Classical Composer You've Never Heard Of

I crashed an opera rehearsal the other day. A large group of vocalists, young, old, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, all the genders, belted out in long rows surrounding a piano. They were preparing for the 75th anniversary celebration of the New Orleans Opera Association. I was there to talk to a mother-daughter opera combo: Givonna Joseph and Aria Mason. "When she was little people would always say 'Are you going to sing like your mom?'" Givonna told me. "It would drive her crazy. 'Im so tired,

A Community Of Refugees In New Orleans East

You've probably heard of the James Beard Awarding-winning Duong Phuong Bakery out in New Orleans East, whether or not you actually got to taste their coveted King Cake. But today, high school students from Metairie Park Country Day take over TriPod to go beyond Duong Phong, and explore the larger Vietnamese community in the East. Not long after we celebrated New Years Eve 2018, an entire community in New Orleans East celebrated their new years eve. It's called Tet. Tet is the Vietnamese New Year

TriPod Xtras: John Barbry Of The Tunica-Biloxi Nation

TriPod: New Orleans at 300 returns with a new tripod xtra. Laine Kaplan-Levenson sat down with John Barbry of the Tunica Biloxi nation, to discuss the history of the tribe and its contributions to New Orleans and Louisiana. The Tunica Biloxi land is in Marksville, Louisiana, about three hours outside New Orleans. The conversation begins when the Tunica Biloxi made contact Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto. John D. Barbry is the director of development & programming, Language & Culture

"The Mexican Band"

TriPod: New Orleans at 300 returns with a new episode about a Mexican band that rocked the city in the 80s — the 1880s. Long, long ago, a band in New Orleans swept the city off its feet, but it wasn't a New Orleans Band. It was Mexican. There's this sort of mythical thing...it's like this band comes to New Orleans from Mexico and they've got military brass instruments and it gets pinpointed as the beginning of something, which is really interesting. Interesting because nearly a hundred and 50

TriPod Xtras: "Arriving Africans And A Changing New Orleans"

TriPod: New Orleans at 300 returns with a tripod Xtra produced by Laine Kaplan-Levenson. In this tripod xtra, we hear an abridged talk given by Dr. Erin Greenwald, curator of the Historic New Orleans Collection's 'The Founding Era' exhibit. Greenwald traces New Orleans' African roots — from their kidnapping in Africa, through the middle passage, to the seminal role Africans played in the founding of our city. Dr. Erin M. Greenwald is the Curator of Programs at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Her

TriPod Xtras: Herlin Riley And Joe Lastie

TriPod put out an episode on the legendary Lastie family — a family that holds generations of iconic musicians. I talked to drummers and first cousins Herlin Riley and Joe Lastie about their experience growing up in this musical family, what it was like to hear Professor Longhair and Dr John play in their living room, what it was like to have their introduce drums into the spiritual church, and what it was like to get yelled at by that same grandfather when they tried to play James Brown in that

The Legendary Lasties

Tripod: New Orleans at 300 returns with a new episode that spotlights a famous musical family, the Lasties. Host Laine Kaplan-Levenson sat down with drummers, and cousins, Herlin Riley and Joe Lastie. This is the first in a series of episodes focusing on the rich history of New Orleans music. Listen to the full interview with Herlin Riley and Joe Lastie here .

TriPod Xtras: The Stranger Disease

TriPod: New Orleans at 300 returns with a new TriPod xtra segment. Host Laine Kaplan-Levenson sat down with Chris Kaminstein and Kiyoko Mccray, co-directors of a new play called 'The Stranger Disease' by local theater group Goat In the Road. The three met at the historic Madame John's Legacy home in the French Quarter, where the performance takes place. Laine begins the conversation by asking Chris Kaminstein to explain the play's title. The Stranger Disease opens Friday, March 23rd, and runs

TriPod Xtras: Cokie Roberts On The Tricentennial, #MeToo And More

Laine Kaplan-Levenson sat down with political commentator and New Orleans native Cokie Roberts. The two discussed everything from the Me Too Movement to the 2018 midterm elections, and started local, with the city's upcoming mayoral transition.

The Lost History Of Gay Carnival

TriPod: New Orleans at 300 returns with a look at the once secret history of Gay Carnival Krewes. Barrett Delong Church is showing me a giant flamingo Mardi Gras float that his husband will be riding on in the Krewe of Armenius den. Armenius is an all male, gay krewe, and it celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. I met Barrett, this year's krewe captain, at their den the day before their big ball. This year's theme? 300 years of fabulous. Obviously what I should have called TriPod. "Oh

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