105. Our second anniversary episode. We interview Rep. John Bel Edwards, who is a candidate in Louisiana's upcoming gubernatorial race. "John Bel, as his friends and family know him, excelled in high school athletics (football and baseball) and graduated as valedictorian of his Amite High School class. As one of eight children from a family long dedicated to public service, John Bel carries on the family tradition. With a father who was the elected Sheriff of Tangipahoa Parish – the Edwards have four generations of Tangipahoa Parish Sheriffs in their family lineage with John Bel’s brother Daniel currently serving as Sheriff – John Bel learned the importance of public service at an early age." After Rep. Edwards has to leave, we talk to our friends Lamar White and Dayne Sherman, two of Louisiana's political bloggers.
- This week in Louisiana history. May 23, 1934. Law enforcement officers and posse members gun down outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow beside the Jamestown-Sailes Highway - about eight miles from Gibsland.
- This week in New Orleans history. May 23, 1939, WPA workers began work on the sand beach at Elysian Fields and the Lakeshore Drive (Milneburg) at what would become Pontchartrain Beach. Plans called for the construction of the beach, a swimming pool, a bath house, parking areas and roads. The seawall had already been completed and the sand beach would lie between it and the lake waters. Pontchartrain Beach amusement park closed 44 years later, in the summer of 1983.
- This week in Louisiana. "Purchased Lives: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade, 1808-1865"
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May 21 - July 18, 2015
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