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  • 00:31

    Heroes of Katrina: Ten Years After

    in Writing

    We are restarting our blog-radio show, "Heroes of Katrina."  Several years ago, we hosted the show under the generous support of Bonnie Kaye ("Books of Excellence"), who provided support for our efforts.


    We are now restarting the show under a thematic of "Ten Years After."  What are the heroes written about in the book, "Katrina:  A Freight Train Screamin'" doing now?  How have their lives changed.  What is new and interesting for them?


    All these questions are important, as Katrina changed many lives in many ways...As always we provide this show to exhibit a perspective of the resiliency of the human spirit.


    As the winds of Katrina blew, lives were changed.  People did what they had to do...and their stories reflect the power of human and perseverance and spirit.


    What better than ten years later do we explore lives affected and re-equlibrated and re-reflected.


    Please join us for an inspirational and reflective discussion on the human spirit as reflected by the changes of lives. 

  • 01:26

    Heroes of Katrina: 10 Years After: Vincent's...a Survivors Story of Success

    in Books

        Vincent’s Italian Cuisine was founded in 1989 by native New Orleanian Vincent Catalanotto.  From a large, close Sicilian family, Vincent grew up eating wonderful food prepared by his parents who were both great cooks.  Vincent learned to love and appreciate food at an early age, and then spent most of his life working in the service industry, fueling his passion for the restaurant business while allowing him to hone his innate ability to create fabulous meals and to make people happy.


    Vincent opened the first of his successful neighborhood restaurants in 1989.  The “little Italian place on the side street” quickly became Metairie’s hidden jewel.  Vincent developed a menu that showcases the finest and freshest ingredients available (in fact, there are no walk-in coolers or freezers at Vincent’s - produce, seafood, meats and cheeses are delivered fresh daily!)


    Vincent opened a new restaurant in 1997 on St. Charles Avenue near the Riverbend, much to the delight of the Uptown community, which has since embraced Vincent’s Italian Cuisine as their favorite neighborhood restaurant.


        The Vincent’s restaurants endured the ravages of Katrina and bounced back in excellence.  Today they are considered the best Italian restaurants in New Orleans…and some claim the best Italian restaurants in the country.  We love the abiance and hospitality.


        Gretchen and I have discovered Vincent’s and it has become a home away from home…Vincent greets us by name, and takes care of us as if we were part of the family…We enjoy the hospitality at minimum, on biweekly basis.


     


     

  • 01:44

    Heroes of Katrina: Ten Years After - Books of Excellence: Cary and Gretchen

    in Books

    Tonight is a rebroadcast of the show Bonnie did Sunday featuring Cary and Gretchen...After the show...we will entertain calls for discussion...


     


    Join us for stimulating conversation!


     


    C and G

  • 00:59

    Show 35: Todd Allen - A Hero Among Heroes

    in Education

    Dr. Todd Allen has been on the show before, talking about his Common Ground project that conducts bus tours of Civil Rights sites in the South. Today Todd joins the show in a different capacity a a 2015 Urban Hero. Todd will share with Karla and John what contributed to his work as a Hero and perhaps also give a preview of his talk as the commencement speaker for the 2015 CUBM graduation on May 4 at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in East Liberty at 6 PM.

  • 01:31

    Honey, I inspired the kids! Real tales of the little people behind the heroes!

    in Motivation

    Ever wondered how you juggle being a local superhero and a parent? Ever wondered how the kids of these caped crusaders feel, watching their parents walk out the door into the dangerous night? Ever wondered about the people who don superhero costumes and visit childrens' hospitals, and the impact they have on the lives of the patients who they visit?


    Well, wonder no more, as Rock and Spectre take you on a journey back in time, to hear from the people who matter most: The Kids! We'll have interviews with the children of Real Life Superheroes, we'll be chatting to people who actively work to inspire kids in their communities to live a heroic life, and we'll be talking to those people who donate their time to make the lives of sick children that little bit brighter.


    Got a tale you'd like to share with us? Dial in or log on and join us in the chatroom!

  • 01:30

    Heroes of Katrina: Ten Years After- Caroline Travis, Illustrator

    in Books

    Please join us as our very talented, interesting, amazing and inspirational guest, Caroline Degler Travis, shares her Hurricane Katrina story and where she is ten years after. Caroline will tell the story from the perspective of a Baton Rouge vicinity resident....a first in the history of our radio blog show.


    Caroline was born in 1953 to Ruth and Rolland Degler in Oregon City, Oregon. She moved to Louisiana at 5 yrs of age, married right after high school and had three children within six yrs of marriage. Caroline married Jerry Travis with whom she has one child.


    Caroline, a former nurse, and current artist and painter, provided the illustrations for the children's book, "French Quarter Tori and the Red Owl" (by Cary and Gretchen Black).  A book about the value and specialness of friendship through hard times and great moral and geographic lesson for children of all ages.


    Caroline says, "I feel I have accomplished my dreams but there is still more in store for me. I have become an artist after my retirement although I knew throughout my life this talent was always there. I just never put it into action. I have recently bought a pottery wheel. This will be my next accomplishment. I will make pottery!! I am trying to pass some of my talents down to my grandchildren. My oldest grandson loves art also. I love spending time with my grandkids.


    Please join us for an inspirational discussion with Caroline


     

  • 02:00

    Heroes of Katrina: Ten Years After--French Quarter Tori and the Red Owl

    in Books

    Listen in to the audio of our children's book which is a metaphor of a real life story of love, friendship, perseverance and everlasting bonds. Juba Kali narrates and Denise Thompson stars as Tori the caterpillar/butterfly.


    The video entitled, “French Quarter Tori and the Red Owl” is an animation for the first book collaboration between Cary and Gretchen.  The (as-of-yet) unreleased DVD also features Allie Moffet as Lebeau, the Corgi, from the Lower 9th Ward, Steven Wilson who holds the role of Kendall, the mighty owl from the Pacific North West, who guides these friends, and Juba Kali who performed magnificently as the narrator.  A heartwarming story loved by children and adults…


    Our guest, following the audio, will be Ms. Denise Thompson and she will share the tale of her thoughts and feelings on bringing the character of Tori to life.  Denise is an accomplished actress, salon owner and hair artist, wonderful mother and all around talented woman with a glowing heart and inspirational philosopher on the beauty of daily life.  We have extended invites to Allie, Steven, Juba, and Caroline (The book’s illustrator) to call in and join the conversation.  You won't want to miss this show.

  • 01:16

    Show 32: Pastors George and Sandra Russell - Urban Heroes

    in Christianity

    Karla and John continue with their interviews of the 2015 class of Urban Heroes with their interview of Pastors George and Sandra Russell. The Russells have been married for 54 years and pastors at Temple of God Church in Washington, PA for 27 years. Today the Russells join our co-hosts to talk about life, marriage, raising children and ministry. During the show, one of their children will call in to talk about her parents and their work. Once you listen, you will know why they were nominated and chosen for the latest class of Urban Heroes.
     

  • 02:00

    Heroes of Katrina: 10 Years After - Firefighter Jim Prince, There and Back...

    in Books

    Jim Prince, a native of Central Michigan with over 20 years of fire and rescue service experience spent about 6 months in New Orleans first as a Volunteer Firefighter then as a Logistics Generalist for FEMA.


    Jim will recount his experiences in the shattered region and provide fascinating insight into events and occurrences.


    Jim had some amazing experiences with FEMA in various ways which he will share.  On this show we will focus on aspects of the infrastructure, how the federal/state/local resources may have been better deployed…and provide significant insight into the balance of the three key governmental entities.


    Cary and Gretchen will be hosting…we encourage folks to call in and share their feelings…See ya there!


    If you don’t like FEMA…call in…ask some questions or share your anger…Call in and lets crawl into the controversy…necessary or not…open discussion is a catharsis…let’s get ‘er done!


    Author Cary Black wrote an epoch novel of American heroism called Katrina: A Freight Train Screamin’.  The book tells the real story of the worst natural disaster to hit the United States.  It chronicles the stories of the people who were on the ground savings lives, the people who were reaching out to rescue the millions of abandoned animals, and the people who survived and heroically came back, dug in, and rebuilt their lives from the chaos.  The stories reflect the thoughts of regular folks having to fight for their lives and finding heroism in their souls as they struggled to deal with the enormity of the storm.


    The book tells these peoples stories in a way that makes the reader realize how far reaching the depth of this tragedy was...Never to be forgotten

  • 02:00

    Heroes of Katrina: Ten Years After - Mardi Gras Then and Now with Vince Vance

    in Books

    Six months after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans celebrated Mardi Gras. The celebration in 2006 was as lively as ever, but smaller. There were four fewer days, six fewer carnival krewes and every parade had to use the same route......BUT laissez les bons temps rouler.....even history's most devastating natural disaster could not destroy the spirit of our community captured in the background photo of the world's largest and best free party. Join us during the height of the season as we chat about Mardi Gras immediately post-Katrina and then ten years later. Only in NOLA!!!  Also, we have Valentines coming up on Saturday of next week...and nothing could be more appropriate than a show integrating Valentines Day with Mardis Gras fanfare.


    This evening we have Vince Vance joining Cary and Gretchen the Wonder Girl for a reflective evening of looking at Mardi Gras and Valentines Day.  We will be discussing the relationship between the two celebrations and sharing much of Vance's music...Join us for some fun!


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  • 02:00

    Heroes of Katrina: Ten Years After: The Adventures of Lily Duke

    in Writing

    In the first weeks after Katrina, New Orleans and the Gulf Coast lay in ruins.  The infrastructure of the entire area had been literally eliminated.


    Lily Duke an independent film producer had moved to the New Orleans about 5 weeks prior to Katrina.  When the storm came she evacuated to Mobile, AL.  From the time of her evacuation she had a calling from destiny and knew she could make a difference.


    A couple days after Katrina, she returned to New Orleans but was told by Louisiana State Police border guards, that to be allowed through, she needed documentation that she was a First Responder in some official capacity.   Through her military connections, she learned of the Church of Christ and became an official First Responder.


    Through her resourcefulness, Lily ended up running a food and supply camp on Algiers Point the Mardi Gras World complex.


    Lily has been on the show before and is coming back to give her perspective on the changes since Katrina and the impact her experiences have had on her live since the storm and after.


    Please join us for an inspirational 2 hours on Thursday evening, February 5th at 8:00 pm EST, 7:00 pm CST, 6:00 pm MST, and 5:00 pm PST, for what should be an inspirational and amazing show.

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