posted: 6/27/2016

24 minutes In-studio interview with Lyn Archer, New Orleans resident and stripper, on proposed shut-down of more than half of French Quarter Strip Clubs.  

*Song Credit “Shop Around (Live)” Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

**Photo Credit: Lyn Archer heard rumors that City Council was proposing the shut down of New Orleans’ French Quarter strip clubs, but had trouble believing it could be so.  Then, this notice appeared on the lockers at the club she works at! Full text is “Tuesday, June 28th at 1:30 City Hall Meeting All employees and entertainers are encouraged to come. They are trying to limit strip clubs and enforce more laws on our business. All IPE’s that attend will get 3 nights/days free set rent. You must dress appropriately. : )”

Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 28, New Orleans City Council holds a Public Hearing that addresses the Planning Commission’s just-published results of Motion M-16-22, the Adult Live Performance Venues Study, which calls for  the shut down of more than half of the 23 strip clubs in and near the French Quarter. People who work in strip clubs, as well as French Quarter business- and home-owners have responded with concerns about the Disney-ification of the District, and the city’s role in tourist-centric development that leaves behind the livelihood and wellbeings of people that live and work in the French Quarter.

The Vieux Carre Entertainment District is 6 blocks of Bourbon Street on which there are 14 strip clubs. The Adult Live Performance Venues Study proposes a cap that prevents any new strip clubs from opening and to reduce the total number down to 7 through zoning laws that space them block by block. The City Council Motion M-16-22 is a gun pointed at the “soft target” of sex workers and their work places.  

One of the ways the City can legally target strip clubs is by suspending liquor permits. In October 2015 “Operation Trick or Treat” was a collaboration between ATC, 8th District Police, and State Police that resulted in loss of jobs for service workers and arrests of strippers, as well as 5 clubs losing their liquor licenses. Following the raids, dancers were afraid to dance for people, and customers were scared to pay them. The closures targeted the facades of the clubs, in particular clubs in historic buildings that fall under non-conforming zoning issues and those whose dancers are tattooed or whose weight, height, or age fall outside of the ideal numbers, or those whop are male, trans, or “read” as gay. Gay clubs in the Vieux Carre Entertainment District are impacted as well by the oppressive, violent legislation and policing.

In the 690 pages of comment included in the Adult Performance Venues Study, none consult strippers or service workers themselves, and most are based in a “broken woman” rhetoric. These “sex worker exclusionist feminists” ethics accuse women participating in the work of dancing as being unable to consent or establish fair work agreements because of a culture of sexual objectification. The Adult Performance Venues Study advocates for registration and licensing laws for strippers and relies on increased law enforcement and surveillance. It includes an overview of other cities that have thwarted strip clubs, which are some of the worst cities to strip in. For example, a massive scandal unfolding in Oakland, California, where strip clubs are illegal, involves police officers who solicited ongoing relationships with underage sex worker Celeste Guap and who disclosed information about raids and stings to her. Where strip clubs are illegal, the strip clubs lack safety and clientele.

Those who support and those who are against the ban on strip clubs are overwhelmed by concerns over violence. Lyn says community members can offer support and care to strippers by listening to sex workers, without judging or shaming them; helping them when they ask, without “saving” them or defining them; sharing and leveraging your rights when they say they need you, and loving them!

Join in solidarity at the Public Hearing on Tuesday, July 28, at 1:40-5:30pm at City Council Chambers in City Hall, 1300 Perdido Street.  

You can read the full Adult Performance Venues Study in the City Planning section of Write French Quarter District Council-member Nadine Ramsey and districtc [at]

posted: 5/27/2016

What is the federal government doing to fix the fractured and broken mental health care system and how does Louisiana factor into the equation?  

For Mental Health Awareness Month, Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) convened a summit on on May 26, 2016 to discuss their comprehensive bipartisan Mental Health Reform Act.
Mental health advocates, providers, and patients gathered for a discussion on comprehensive mental health reform.

“Full Summit Agenda
9:30 a.m. Welcome Senators Chris Murphy and Bill Cassidy Remarks by HELP Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and HELP Ranking Member Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)
9:50 a.m. What Does The Research Show About The Need For Action Senator Chris Murphy Ashish Jha, MD, MPH, Director, Harvard Global Health Institute (VIEW SLIDE PRESENTATION: Benjamin F. Miller, PsyD, Director, Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center, University of Colorado School of Medicine (VIEW SLIDE PRESENTATION:
10:35 a.m. Provider Perspective on Mental Health Reform Senator Bill Cassidy Maria Oquendo, MD, Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical School Gregory K. Fritz, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Brown University School of Medicine Marion Earls, MD, Director of Pediatric Programs for Community Care of North Carolina
11:20 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. The Price of Inaction Pete Earley, bestselling author and mental health advocate Hakeem Rahim, CEO, Live Breathe LLC Greg Champagne, Sheriff, St. Charles Parish, LA Peter Jacoby, MD, Saint Mary’s Hospital, Waterbury, CT
12:15 a.m. Break
12:20 p.m. Keynote Speech: Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds
1:20 p.m. Call to action press conference Senators Chris Murphy and Bill Cassidy John Madigan, VP of Public Policy, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Katrina Velasquez, Esq., Policy Director, Eating Disorders Coalition Lauren Alfred, Policy and Partnership Director, Sandy Hook Promise Mary Giliberti, J.D., Chief Executive Ocer, National Alliance on Mental Illness”

posted: 5/20/2016

We caught steve merlan on the street to talk to him about books2 prisoners new orleans,, about their service work. On the table are how book requests work, and the challenges of reading while inside the prison system. Volunteer nights are weekly, sundays at 2527 George Nick Connor drive 4pm.


posted: 4/11/2016

Winter Circle Productions and WTUL present Kurt Vile at Republic Sunday April 17!

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posted: 2/22/2016

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posted: 11/30/2015

From November 30 to December 4, the internationally renowned Mivos Quartet will be engaged in a new...

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Ariel Barnes
A deep dish of gratitude to WTUL for playing our new record MAXWELL, MUHLY & COULOIR...many times :) COULOIR has been to New Orleans and Baton Rogue before and you're inspiring us to come back, if for no other reason to stop by the station and meet you! You now have my ear :)
6/28/2016 6:00 PM

birthday melvins rule
6/28/2016 9:12 AM

Hey WTUL, keep up the great mix of music! Keeping you in my rotation of streaming stations. Cheers!
6/23/2016 1:58 PM

Jay Adams
Castles in Spain, Leave in Silence, and Make a Circuit With me, wow! Laura Charles, you are always impressive!
Show: Thu 2-4pm - Progressive
6/20/2016 2:44 PM

Tyler young
6/4/2016 12:38 PM

HEATHERS THE MUSICAL is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously sexy new kid J.D. When Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and kiss Heather’s aerobicized ass… but J.D. has another plan for that bullet. Brought to you by the award-winning creative team of Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness, “Desperate Housewives”), Laurence O’Keefe (Bat Boy, Legally Blonde) and Andy Fickman (Reefer Madness, She’s the Man). HEATHERS THE MUSICAL is a hilarious, heartfelt and homicidal new show based on the greatest teen comedy of all time. (based on the film by Daniel Waters) With its moving love story, laugh-out-loud comedy and unflinching look at the joys and anguish of high school, HEATHERS will be New Orleans’ most popular new musical. This talented cast of NOCCA Alum, current students, faculty and professionals from the community are taking you back to 1989 for this hilarious campy spoof of the movie. Yes, your favorite lines from the movie are in this production, along with the characters that made this cult film a classic. This show deals with adult situations and is recommended for mature audiences only. Presented by the NOCCA Stage Company and directed by Big Easy Award winning director Blake Coheley, HEATHERS THE MUSICAL opens June 9th and runs through the 19th on the NOCCA campus. Musical Director is Big Easy Award winner Jefferson Turner, who turns up the volume in this new rock and roll stage adaptation. See the NOCCA website for ticket info and showtimes. ( “Corn nuts” will be on sale at the concession stand!! “Are you in, or are you out?”
Show: Sun 10-Noon - Stage & Screen
5/23/2016 10:06 AM

love hearing the Song Dogs on air again!!! Bravo!
5/5/2016 5:58 PM

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The people I talk to at WTUL have become my best friends, real human beings run this radio station. Thank you for taking time out of your lives to play great music. Y'all now know WTUL has you forever.
Show: Sat 8-10am - Kids
5/2/2016 5:07 PM

DJ Soaring Eagle needs more airtime! 21 Pilots rules!!
4/14/2016 12:15 AM

Excellent Tunes, Friends!!! And Remember: Japanese Plums are ripe all over town! So go out and eat some sweet treats! Kanpai!!!
4/5/2016 11:12 PM

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Approximately 906 Miles
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Misery Is A Butterfly
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Last Time We Checked In
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Ain't It So
A Good Woman Is Hard to Find
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