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  • 01:16

    Heroes of Katrina: Ten Years After- Vince Vance: Perspectives

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    Vince Vance of the international recording group Vince Vance and the Valiants have been an icon of New Orleans for 39 years.


     


    They are considered the Number One Party Band… Worldwide!  Vince has built a reputation as a master entertainer and the hardest working man in Show Business.  From wild beginnings on Bourbon Street to two trips to the White House, their audience interactive shows have dazzled millions.

    Their song, “All I Want for Christmas is You” is the #1 most-requested seasonal hit for 16 years consecutively!  The video was chosen by CMT the #6 All-Time Merriest Video!
     


    During the 5th Anniversary of Katrina, Vince recorded “I am New Orleans”…a fabulous testimony to the spirit of the city and her people.  Check out the video at:


     


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V86xxTm8-ek


     


    Join us for a great show, live from New Orleans as we spend a couple of hours with Vince.  Vince will share some songs from his most recent CD, “I'll Never Love This Way Again,” as well as share some poetry from his new book, “The Hard Letters,” Hopefully my co-host Gretchen will be joining us as well!


    Author Cary Black is the author of “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.

  • 02:06

    Heroes of Katrina: Ten Years After- Rev Lura Lisa...The Spirituality of Katrina

    in Books

    The entire premise of our show is based upon where all are now after the train wreck of Katrina...10 years ago.   Many have experienced the miracles of destiny....bringing them to new spaces not even imagined before the storm.  Lives have changed...Circumstances have changed and, in the end, we are faced with a different world to which we may have gained comfort within...only to be torn asunder by the game-changer: Hurricane Katrina!


    Life hits us with circumstances that sometimes seem insurmountable.  When a catastrophe, like Hurricane Katrina, comes and inserts herself into the very essence of our being responding to such is naturally traumatic and devastating.  However, in the end, at least from my experience, all things happen for a reason....and the divinity that has created us as human beings allows us opportunities for growth through such times.


    This radio blog show has always been mostly about the good stuff that has changed human lives as a result of the storm.  Tonight, we will talk about how calamity in our lives can transform us to heights that, perhaps, we never would have imagined otherwise.


    Lura Lisa, a spiritual leader for Unity Association of Churches will join us this evening to give her perspective on the storm as well as to provide inspirational guidance to those folks who have suffered turmoil, PTSD, or other negatives associated with the storm.


    This show will be inspirational to all who have experienced the wrath of Hurricane Katrina.....whether for better and/or worse.  Or frankly the upsets that ocurr in human lives...It doesn't have to be a storm...We all have things that happen outside of ourselves that impact us...Let look at this wit open eyes and open hearts...


    Wishing all well...and bidding you Namaste in your lives...

  • 02:00

    Heroes of Katrina: Ten Years After-Al Johnson and Dave and Rose...NOLA musicans

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    It was in December 1959 that Alvin Lee Johnson (born June 20, 1939) entered Cosimo Matassa’s recording studio.  He emerged from the studio on Governor Nicholls Street with what would be a belated hit song and a new name, Al “Carnival Time” Johnson.  Joe Ruffino produced the recording session for his Ric label and Carnival Time eventually joined Professor Longhair’s Go to the Mardi Gras and Big Chief, and the Hawkettes’ Mardi Gras Mambo as classics of the New Orleans Mardi Gras.


    Johnson, like so many New Orleans musicians, grew up in the city’s Ninth Ward where he played trumpet and piano.  Born in 1939, he was influenced early on by Sugar Boy Crawford, Fats Domino, and Smiley Lewis.


    Alvin Johnson, best known for his famous song, "Carnival Time," has been a New Orleans Mardi Gras icon for over 40 years. A Rhythm & Blues performer, Al is a New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival veteran and has worked with the likes of Aaron Neville, Oliver Morgan, Bobby Lonero as well as (the late Tommy Ridgley, Jessie Hill, Bobby Mitchell, Eddie Bo & Ernie K-Doe) 


    Al has performed on the "Louisiana Jukebox" TV program and been the star of a highly successful Louisiana Lottery Mardi Gras campaign. Al has also been the subject of numerous articles in Mardi Gras Guide, New Orleans Magazine, Offbeat Magazine, The Louisiana Weekly, The Times Picayune, and Gambit Weekly.


    Also on the show, we have an amazing local New Orleans team...."Dave and Rose"...these fine local musicians will share their music and perspective regarding the 10 years after Katrina... Please join us for a fest of great music and perspective from NOLA musicians...

  • 01:26

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

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        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.


     


     

  • 02:00

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

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    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

  • 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. 

  • 01:02

    It's a Throwback Thursday with Civil Chat with Lee

    in Politics Progressive

    Civil Chat with Lee looks at:


    1. The continual bizzaro world of the GOP in the P5+1 hearing. 


    2. Sarah Palin rambles on the Bildo O' Reilly about Planned Parenthood


    3. University Cop who killed motorist pleads not guilty 


    4. Democrat presidential nominees seek AFL-CIO support 


    5. Bernie soars in the polls. 


    6. And whatever YOU want to talk about. 

  • 02:01

    Hurricane Katrina: Ten Years After: Our Children and Heroine

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    Heroes of Katrina: Ten Years after:  Bonnie Kaye:  Our Children and Heroine
     
     
    Tuesday, March 3rd at 8:00 pm, EST, 7:00 pm, CST, 6:00 pm, MST, and 5:00 pm, PST.
     
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    Since Hurricane Katrina, the onslaught of heroine into St. Bernard Parish has increased to nearly epidemic proportions.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention indicated that in 2009, the drug induced death rate in Louisiana was higher than the national average.  For the 2004 - 2008 time period, St. Bernard Parish in Louisiana had the 5th highest rate of drug poisoning deaths in the country, at 48 deaths per 100,000 population.
    Our guest, Bonnie Kaye, lost her daughter to heroine.  Bon­nie’s griev­ing began years be­fore her daugh­ter Jen­nifer stuck a needle in her arm for one last high.
    “My daugh­ter was dy­ing for a long peri­od of time,” Kaye, an Ox­ford Circle res­id­ent, said re­cently. “You are dy­ing for a long time be­fore the ac­tu­al death comes.” 
    Kaye shares the heart­break­ing story of her daugh­ter’s over­dose death in 2002 with her new book Jen­nifer Needle in Her Arm: Heal­ing from the Hell of My Daugh­ter’s Ad­dic­tion.
    Writ­ing is fa­mil­i­ar ter­rit­ory for Kaye, a re­la­tion­ship coun­selor and au­thor of eight books who also op­er­ates the North­east GED Cen­ter, in Philadelphia.  But that ex­per­i­ence, as well as the pas­sage of 12 years, didn’t make her latest book any easi­er to write. 
    Please join us for a compelling and emotional look at an American tragedy.

  • 01:28

    Civil Chat with Lee Rebroadcast of

    in Politics Progressive

    CIvil Chat with Lee looks at lost income due to tax breaks, anti abortion movement, ongoing focus by the GOP on a woman's right to choose, as well as the declining middle class, and our continual oligarchy society machine pushed by the GOP agenda.

  • 01:30

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

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    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


     

  • 00:55

    Civil Chat with Lee Taco Tuesday

    in Politics Progressive

    Lee looks at Texas Pool Party Fiasco, Jeb Bush internal campaign changes, Texas goes after abortion clinics, Oklahoma pastor shot and killed during flood, Obama makes moral plea for health care