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

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

NOLA vs Nature: Building The Industrial Canal

Tripod's NOLA versus Nature series returns with a story of the construction of the Industrial Canal. Host Laine Kaplan-Levenson looks at the ways this massive infrastructure project was invasive, above and below ground. Hear the Part I on Sauve's Crevasse and Part II onn Baldwin Wood . I'm standing under the St Claude bridge with Dr. Joshua Louis, the rusty bridge that splits the Upper and Lower Ninth Ward. Josh is director of the Bywater Institute at Tulane University. "So we're actually

TriPod Xtras: Nathaniel Rich

TriPod: New Orleans at 300 returns with a new TriPod Xtra segment. Host Laine Kaplan-Levenson sat down with writer Nathaniel Rich to talk about his newly released third novel, King Zeno . The book of historical fiction takes place in New Orleans circa 1918, and centers around the construction of the Industrial Canal. The two sat down to talk about how Rich got interested in this infrastructure project, and time period, starting with the significance of setting his new novel in the year

The Blessing And Curse Of The Wood Screw Pump

TriPod: New Orleans at 300 returns with its NOLA versus Nature series. This week: WWNO's Laine Kaplan-Levenson and Travis Lux look at the city's drainage pumps, and the man behind their design — Albert Baldwin Wood. New Orleans is below sea level. You know this, and certainly, if you were here this past August, you really know this. Almost a foot of rain fell over a couple hours and parts of town were knee deep in water. The sewerage and water board caught a lot of flack for this, people lost a

NOLA vs Nature: The Other Biggest Flood In New Orleans History

For the next few episodes TriPod dives into the city's messy relationship with water through a new series called NOLA vs. Nature. First up: a look at the worst flood in New Orleans history — before Katrina. It's spring of 1849, and the Mississippi River is bursting at the seams. The river rises every spring from snow melt up north, but this particular spring, it's getting unusually high.

TriPod Xtras: Isabel Wilkerson

TriPod: New Orleans at 300 returns with a new TriPod Xtra segment, where host Laine Kaplan-Levenson sits down with a special guest for a one on one conversation. This week, Laine spoke with Isabel Wilkerson, author of "The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration" while she was in town to give a talk at TEDWomen . This historical work studies the movement of African Americans who left the south for the North, Midwest, and Western parts of the United States, between 1915

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