Janae Pierre

Janae Pierre as the station’s new local host of the NPR weekday afternoon news program All Things Considered. She also hosts WWNO’s weekly news and culture program All Things New Orleans.

Pierre is a native of New Orleans and a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. She has worked and volunteered with several different media organizations, notably the New Orleans Tribune and local radio station WBOK 1230 AM, where she began as a college intern. For the last five years she has been a popular WBOK drive-time on-air host and community events director. She is the recipient of the 2015 Sophie Aramburo Servant/Leader Award, and was named Producer of the Year by eXposed Magazine in 2014.

On this week's edition of All Things New Orleans, we discuss the restoration of a historic downtown building. Green Coast Principal and Co-Founder Will Bradshaw shares a bit of the history and redevelopment ideas for the multi-use Pythian Building in downtown New Orleans. 

Then, Jessica Rosgaard discusses prison reform legislation with The Advocate's Stephanie Grace. 

And, New Orleans Funk Master, Jon Cleary talks about new projects, his love for the city and more! 

On this week's edition of All Things New Orleans, our friend Eduardo Courtade joins us to share a few upcoming events hosted by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He's the Program Director for local stations Radio Tropical and La Fabulosa, which play music in addition to covering sports and news in Spanish.  

Then, Jessica Rosgaard checks in with Baton Rouge Representative Ted James to talk about his law enforcement bills. 

This week on All Things New Orleans, we explore the celebration of Cuban culture at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell.  Ariana Hall, co-founder and executive director of the Cuba NOLA Arts Collective, talks about the cultural similarities between Cuba and New Orleans; specifically congas and second lines.

This week on All Things New Orleans, we'll examine the costs and consequences of charging for justice in the city with Jon Wool, Director of the Vera Institue of Justice.  Then, WWNO's education desk teams up with the Listening Post to ask students about dealing with trauma in their classrooms. 

And Flozell Daniels Jr., President & CEO of the Foundation for Louisiana joins us as we take a look at Louisiana's Justice Reinvestment Task Force and their recommendations during this legislative session. 

This week on All Things New Orleans we sort through estimates of the city's shift in population with Dr. Allison Plyer, Executive Director of the Data Center. Then, WWNO's Jessica Rosgaard shares a conversation about the formation of Bayou Metairie with Cityscapes columnist, Richard Campanella. 

The legendary Aaron Neville is back in New Orleans for his French Quarter Festival debut; we'll share a quick chat with him about festival season and his latest album, "Apache". 

This week on All Things New Orleans we had a chat with NPR's Tiny Desk Contest winner, Tank and The Bangas. The New Orleans band is known for their culmination of R&B and Funk with Rock, atop the vocals and poetic power of lead singer, Tarriona "Tank" Ball.  

Here at WWNO, we don't have a "Tiny Desk" but our studio is equipped with a digital piano. Before recording the interview, Tank and keyboard Banga, Merell Burkett played around for a minute and here's what it sounds like. 

This week on All Things New Orleans we'll speak with Xavier University of Louisiana's Keller Endowed Chair in the Humanities and professor of African American Music, Dr. Michael White. He'll share information about the upcoming Culture of New Orleans Series, "The Sacred and the Sinful: Hymns and Blues in New Orleans Jazz," coming up Sunday, March 12, at 2pm in the University Center McCaffrey Ballroom.

This week on All Things New Orleans, we checked in with our Hispanic community amid plans to construct a border wall between Mexico and the United States. We're also exploring this month's second lines with writer and videographer Big Red Cotton as we approach Mardi Gras!

WWNO's Jessica Rosgaard also talks with author, Robert Meyer about human behavior and disaster preparedness. 

NOTE: This week in New Orleans history, attorney A.P. Tureaud founded the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society on February 11, 1936.

Le Musee de F.P.C, a historic house museum, is one of the country's fewest attractions dedicated to telling the stories of free people of color and preserving their material culture. Founder, Beverly McKenna, shares the importance of this museum's narrative as the city prepares for it's tricentennial in 2018. 

To find out more about the museum of free people of color, visit http://www.lemuseedefpc.com/footsteps/

This week on All Things New Orleans, we spoke with APM's host of "A Prairie Home Companion", Chris Thile. We'll also share an interview from WWNO's Coastal Desk  between a young man and his grandfather who's moved several times due to flooding. 

Then a local non-profit, Right The Wrong Together, talks about bettering the relationship between the New Orleans community and law enforcement.