NPR : World Cafe

Sense Of Place: Spotlight On 'Treme'

In this edition of Sense of Place's New Orleans edition, it's all about Treme. The HBO series sets in stark relief the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as it follows the stories of a group of individuals, many of whom were inspired by real Crescent City residents, or are played by local actors.

Listen as World Cafe host David Dye talks to the creative minds behind the show, including David Simon — creator of Treme and The Wire — along with other integral members of the Treme family. These include music supervisor Blake Leyh, singer John Boutté (responsible for the show's earworm of a theme song) and David Rogan, a local musician and radio DJ who became the basis for the character of Davis McAlary.

Rogan lives and breathes New Orleans culture. In fact, the first floor of his house in the Tremé was once the headquarters for many Crescent City brass bands. Here, he invites listeners in for a tour of the storied building — just one of many places in which music and life intersect in New Orleans.

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Anne Tyler: "A Spool Of Blue Thread" (Rebroadcast)

In her first live radio interview ever, Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Tyler joins Diane to talk about her 20th novel, "A Spool of Blue Thread."


Fine Brine From Appalachia: The Fancy Mountain Salt That Chefs Prize

An artisanal salt producer is processing brine from ancient ocean deposits below West Virgina's mountains. The company, J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works, ships to top chefs who value the salt's minerality.

Downed Russian Warplane Highlights Regional Divide On Syria

Hugh Pope, director of communications and outreach at the International Crisis Group in Brussels, explains the growing divide between Turkey and Russia on their priorities inside Syria.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

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