Interview with rapper/comedian Ballzack
A special sneak preview of the Mondo Bizarro podcast, with host Nick Slie. Interviewee Ballzack is a self-described "comedian masking his comedy through rap." "What did I do last night? I made a monster of a song."
Oil and Ownership: When State’s Rights Supersede Landowner’s Rights in the Quest for More Money
Tradition and family reign supreme in small-town Louisiana. Heirlooms, antiques and rituals are passed down from generation to generation, as are land, titles, deeds and property. What happens when those things are taken away by force?
Black, Brown, and Yellow in New Orleans
I’m an immigrant of color who speaks Spanish and happens to be rather light-skinned, as far as people of color go. When I think about it, I suppose being light-skinned has afforded me a small amount of benefit in the U.S. Then again, maybe not, but that depends on who’s interpreting my life and my place in the world. Let me explain.
The Man on the Back Steps
I still walk the halls of my elementary school when I dream. It seems very normal when I’m there, even almost forty years after sixth grade... I can think of no better place to die...
An exploration of the passing on of musical traditions within the jazz families of New Orleans. With WWOZ dj George Ingmire.
A camera is a time machine. Through its lens and shutter I’m allowed to step beyond the constraints of temporal reality and capture, for an instant and an eternity, a moment that in its beauty defies description.
A candid portrait of a day in the life of a trash sweeper in modern-day New Orleans. With a stunning visual backdrop and a lively, indulgent setting, the world-famous Mardi Gras is contrasted with the sober, strategic effort made by the unsung heroes of carnival.
the irish channel
tonight its back to the cold and dark hard grime and dogs my little pallette on the floor on st. mary's street, the manchac waits a shell of a house, i ride up fast to the door to cut through wind, lift the brick for the key to this brackish reality...
A Brief Visit to San Dominick
San Dominick beats the other penitentiaries on my route because even though it’s crammed full of the worst element of the great State of Louisiana a man can get a decent slice of chiffon cake for the road...
Anthony Varisco avoided sleeping with his wife every chance he could excuse himself. A nocturnal creature, he’d drink in his armchair smoking Lucky Strike after Camel, Camel after Lucky Strike, until the boredom slipped into sleep.
this place is a temple a religion all its own every watering hole blessed a site of holy pilgrimage and every pilgrim you meet on these streets trying to get right with god, you see...
Inspired by the “Jazz Continues” podcast in this issue, the song selections in this playlist connect with the teachers and the students covered in the audio documentary, giving a glimpse into both the continuity and innovations inherent in much of New Orleans Jazz.