Gwen Thompkins http://wfae.org en The Kentucky Sisters And Old-Time Tunes As Doorways To History http://wfae.org/post/kentucky-sisters-and-old-time-tunes-doorways-history Did you know that John F. Kennedy was a Republican? Neither did I. But that's what one of my college students guessed in a course on news writing. I asked another kid what period followed the Industrial Age and she said, "The Golden Age?" We moved on.<p>But whenever I'm tempted to despair about a generation that looks ever-forward, I buy a cupcake and a big mug of coffee. That's because Launa Reed works at a cafe in New Orleans that sells the best cupcakes in the history of cupcakes — you can quote me on that. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 11:55:00 +0000 Gwen Thompkins 54338 at http://wfae.org The Kentucky Sisters And Old-Time Tunes As Doorways To History New Orleans Piano Legend's Home Finally Restored After Katrina http://wfae.org/post/new-orleans-piano-legends-home-finally-restored-after-katrina Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>Professor Longhair's house has been saved. Now, last year we brought you a story about the piano legend and the nationwide effort to rebuild his home following Hurricane Katrina. Henry Roeland Byrd, better known as Professor Longhair, is widely considered to be the father of modern New Orleans music. He died in 1980, but at carnival time especially, it's evident that Professor Longhair's influence endures. Now, his house will too. Sat, 01 Mar 2014 12:56:00 +0000 Gwen Thompkins 46065 at http://wfae.org A Small-Time Wordsmith Hits It Big In Nashville http://wfae.org/post/small-time-wordsmith-hits-it-big-nashville <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYT6RkTe26M</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0Eajg5yTEo</p> Sun, 03 Feb 2013 13:28:00 +0000 Gwen Thompkins 20687 at http://wfae.org A Small-Time Wordsmith Hits It Big In Nashville Preserving The Home, And History, Of New Orleans' Piano Professor http://wfae.org/post/preserving-home-and-history-new-orleans-piano-professor On the tough side of Terpsichore Street in New Orleans stands a duplex — a two-story, wood-framed building with wood floors, high ceilings and a nice fireplace. But this old house is empty: no furniture, no walls, no electricity, no toilet. Iron bars hide the windows; there's a lockbox on the door. The facade is three different shades of <em>blecch</em>, <em>blurgh</em> and <em>blah</em>. Sat, 05 Jan 2013 07:03:00 +0000 Gwen Thompkins 18884 at http://wfae.org Preserving The Home, And History, Of New Orleans' Piano Professor Beyond The Music In St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 http://wfae.org/post/beyond-music-st-louis-cemetery-no-2 There's so much water in, around and underneath New Orleans, that the dead spend eternity in tombs above ground.<p>Most of the tombs now have a similar design: On top, there's space for a wooden coffin or two, and at the bottom lies a potpourri of decanted family remains. Sooner or later, whoever is up high must vacate and settle lower, making room for the newly dead. Thu, 05 Jul 2012 07:13:00 +0000 Gwen Thompkins 346 at http://wfae.org Beyond The Music In St. Louis Cemetery No. 2