Allison Plyer

guest_2015-April_Allison-PlyerAllison Plyer is Executive Director and Chief Demographer. Dr. Plyer is author of The New Orleans Index series, developed in collaboration with the Brookings Institution to analyze the state of the New Orleans recovery and later to track the region’s progress toward prosperity. She served as an editor for the Brookings Institution Press volume entitled “Resilience and Opportunity: Lessons from the U.S. Gulf Coast after Katrina and Rita.” Allison is recognized as an international expert in post–Katrina demographics and disaster recovery trends. Allison spearheaded the City of New Orleans’ challenge to the Census Bureau’s 2007 and 2008 population estimate, resulting in a nearly 75,000 person adjustment to the Bureau’s estimate of the city’s population — ultimately bringing the estimate for New Orleans within 6 percent of the 2010 Census count. She frequently provides commentary on regional recovery and development to local and national media such as Fox8 television, WBOK radio, the New Orleans Times Picayune, NPR, the Associated Press, and the New York Times.

Allison appears on the April 2015 episode of The Goodnight Show!


Helen Gillet

guest_2015-April_Hellen-GilletCellist, singer, composer and improviser Helen Gillet grew up in Belgium, Singapore, Chicago and Wisconsin before moving to New Orleans in 2002. She has since successfully forged a path for the cello amidst the city’s thriving musical culture.  She has performed extensively across the United States and Western Europe. Beginning cello lessons at the age of nine, Gillet has taken her classical education all the way to a Master’s Degree (Beloit College ’00, Loyola University New Orleans ’04). Her training as an improviser began with North Indian Hindustani vocal ragas in 1998, which launched her into the worlds of free improvisation, jazz, funk, rock and French chansons. The New Orleans Gambit Newspaper awarded her the Big Easy Best Female Performer Award in 2014.

Helen appears on the April 2015 episode of The Goodnight Show!


Mickey Henehan

mickfaceMickey Henehan is a New Orleans based comedian. You can find him performing standup alone, or with his brother in
Mickey and Cassidy Henehan’s Super Comedy Show.

Mickey appears on the April 2015 episode of The Goodnight Show!

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Alex Glustrom

AG_headshotAlex Glustrom is the director of the documentary film, Big Charity.

Founded as a hospital for the poor, Charity Hospital began in 1736 as just a small cottage built on the goodwill of a dying French merchant.  Ran by the nuns of The Daughters of Charity and serving the city of New Orleans for close to 300 years, it gradually transformed into an enormous public institution – into Big Charity – and a longstanding symbol of compassion, a seemingly eternal place of safety and a beacon of hope in the community.  Today the towering art deco building, closed abruptly after Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005, stands empty, and the community continues to suffer devastating consequences from its absence.

This documentary film includes never-before-seen footage and exclusive interviews to tell the story of Charity Hospital, from its roots to its controversial closing in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. From the firsthand accounts of healthcare providers and hospital employees who withstood the storm inside the hospital, to interviews with key players involved in the closing of Charity, Big Charity shares the untold, true story around its demise and sheds new light on the sacrifices made for the sake of progress

Alex appears on the March 2015 episode of The Goodnight Show!


Qasim Davis

Qguest_2015-March_quasim-davisasim Davis was born and raised in Harlem, New York and moved to New Orleans in May 2010. His work in organizing and education led him to Our School at Blair Grocery as a Delta Service Corps member. Functioning as the Dean of Students, Qasim was a primary contributor in developing a social justice and food sovereignty curriculum. He now works with Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools, physically sculpting local spaces through garden architecture while simultaneously enriching young minds by facilitating educational programs.


Qasim appears on the March 2015 episode of The Goodnight Show!