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New Orleans in Song

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photoBy host Bob Oakes

The first Mardi Gras parade since Hurricane Katrina marched through New Orleans' French Quarter this weekend, with their traditional barbed humor on display - even if many New Orleanians were not.

The bands played "Give Me that Mold Time Religion" and "C'est Levee" for the levees that did not hold. Mayor Ray Nagin and Governor Blanco marched in lampooned effigy.

New Orleans native Tom Sancton looks on from Paris these days. The city where he learned jazz clarinet at the knee of New Orleans' great Preservation Hall musicians is gone, he says. But not forgotten.

Hear about black fathers, a white son, and a love song to New Orleans.


Tom Sancton, New Orleans native, former Paris Bureau chief for Time magazine, and author of forthcoming book "Song for My Fathers: A New Orleans Story in Black and White."

This program aired on February 13, 2006.


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