HAPPY HOUR is a cocktail-fueled 60 minutes of random conversation with folks who have nothing in common, other than being New Orleanians in a bar. Featuring extraordinary New Orleans musicians playing live, host Grant Morris and sidekick deluxe Andrew Duhon.
Among the many things you could find remarkable about Arwen Podesta - and there are plenty - perhaps the singularly most impressive is the fact there is a part of your body named after her. There is a part of everybody's body name after her. It's in your DNA.
Arwen was a part of the Human Genome Project - the folks who mapped the human genome - and as a result there is a human gene named after her, called AR-1. It is an interluken atagonist interceptor, which at one point might have turned out to be the key to curing cancer. On top of that minor detail, Arwen is also a psychiatrist who started out life as the daughter of a father who was (and is) a massage therapist. Arwen went into the family business, mutated from massage to medicine to clinical superstar, to leading authority on addiction and author of the book, Hooked.
Genevieve Douglass's grandfather was an Admiral in the Navy. Yes, an Admiral. Somehow he ended up in New Orleans, Genevieve's dad went to Tulane law and has a standalone practice in Kenner where he's, 30 years later, still looking for a slogan to compete with Putting the Womac on 'em and One Call That's All. Genevieve - who, by the way is a Sagittarius- is equally entrepreneurial. She is the marketing mastermind at entrepreneurial consultant firm Trepwise, and the creative force behind a great business idea, called Kindred, which was a mother/child wellness and fun spot. Now it's a place to get your hair blown out, and that's another entrepreneurial story.
Dustan Louque's life story has the greatest opening line of any singer-songwriter, ever. "I grew up in a town where there was no music." In a small town in St James Parish called Grand Point (Pop: 500) Dustan was the first person ever to play music. Ever. In the mid-90's, the sounds of Alternative rock, played by the likes of Depeche Mode, filtered into Dustan's bedroom courtesy of New Orleans radio station The Zephyr, and inspired Dustan to play music. Ultimately he moved to New York, got signed by Atlantic records, then turned his back on fame and the music industry and lived anonymously in the Bywater for 7 years, before re-finding himself and choosing to play music in small venues across the country. On this show Dustan plays a song inspired by the day Lou Reed died, 10/27/13 - the one magical day we were all hipsters listening The Velvet Underground.