A group of NOLA music lovers has created "A Closer Walk," an interactive map of landmarks like the birthplace of jazz, a recording studio-turned-laundromat and the home of a legendary cornetist.
Jason Haaheim was a senior scientist at a nanotech company before deciding he wanted to play in a professional orchestra. He's now principal timpanist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
Before her first book, Naomi Novik was a programmer who wrote Napoleonic-era fan fiction on the side. Then she had an idea: "What could make the Napoleonic wars more exciting? Dragons!"