Brendan Francis Newnam created and co-hosted the nationally syndicated radio show and podcast The Dinner Party Download for ten years where he interviewed some of the biggest stars and thinkers of our…
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Brendan and Danielle Henderson head to the Big Easy and discover that it’s anything but. Carousel bars, gospel choirs, voodoo readings, and a visit to a slavery memorial plunge the duo into conversations about race, art, god, and the good life. They mingle with local luminaries like jazz-great Kermit Ruffins, voodoo priestess Madame Cinnamon Black, and a chef who dreams about gumbo. For a transcript of this episode, click here.
Produced and Written By: Brendan Francis Newnam
Lead Producer: Cristal Duhaime
Associate Producer: Jackson Musker
Story Editor: Mira Burt-Wintonick
Mixed & Mastered By: Hannis Brown
Special Thanks: Danielle Henderson (She has a very funny podcast you should check out called I Saw What You Did)
Executive Producers: Christy Gressman, Maria Zuckerman, Lisa Leingang, and Leital Molad
Production Assistance: Jacob Smith, Amy Gaines, and Julia Barton
Theme Song By: Alexis Georgopolous aka ARP
Big thank you to everyone who welcomed us in New Orleans: Dr. Joy Banner and Whitney Plantation, Becca Havens, Kathy Lewis at St. Augustine Church, Keith Spera, Kermit Ruffins, and the Blue Nile Club, Priestess Madam Cinnamon Black and the Historical Voodoo Museum and Maurice Carlos Ruffin. I recommend you grab yourself a copy of Maurice’s books: The Ones Who Don’t Say They Love You and We Cast The Shadow.
Major thanks: Jordan Ruiz and Munch Factory restaurant for the truly delicious gumbo.