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The 60-Second Interview: Nick Spitzer

January 16th, 2009

By Chris Rose. After more than 300 programs with more than 400 interviews, Nick Spitzer’s “American Routes” radio show is 10 years old. The former Smithsonian Institution cultural anthropologist…

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Roads Scholar: Nick Spitzer and the Origins of American Routes

July 1st, 2006

By Michael Sartisky. American Routes is a weekly two-hour public radio program produced in New Orleans, presenting a broad range of American music — blues and jazz, gospel and soul, old-time country and rockabilly, Cajun and zydeco , Tejano and Latin, roots rock and pop, avant-garde and American classical…

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Exile From the Land of Dreams: New Orleans After the Storm

January 1st, 2006

By Nick Spitzer. The quiet of New Orleans is deathly. In a town once filled with noisemakers, revelers, Carnival celebrants, songsters, drinkers, raconteurs, and what the late banjo man Danny Barker called “night people” — a town where neon normally flashes…

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This Song Goes Out to You, Big Easy

September 7th, 2005

By Samuel G. Freedman. When Nick Spitzer heard the order for everyone to evacuate New Orleans two Sundays ago, he left his wife and children long enough to drive to his radio studio in the city’s French Quarter. There he grabbed several family snapshots, his Rolodex and the master recording of the next …

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Spitzer puts America in touch with its routes

April 15th, 2004

By Heather A. Davis. Folklorist Nick Spitzer C’72’s melodic baritone hints at the places he’s lived. There’s a touch of New Orleans twang by way of Texas, and a quickness of speech that blends the cadences of Philadelphia and his hometown of Old Lyme, Connecticut…

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