Friday, September 25, 2015

123. Interview with activist Mike Tidwell

123.  Our interview with Mike Tidwell. Mike is founder and director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the impacts and solutions associated with global warming in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.. He is also an author and filmmaker who predicted in vivid detail the Katrina hurricane disaster in his 2003 book Bayou Farewell: The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana’s Cajun Coast. His most recent book, focusing on Katrina and global warming, is titled The Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas, and the Race to Save America’s Coastal Cities.
  1. Sidewalk Poet Erin Lierl joins our show for a new segment, The Week in Louisiana Poetry.  For her first visit with us, whe reads her poem, "My Miracle."
  2. This week in Louisiana history. September 26, 1810. American settlers who live in western portion of Spanish West Florida, seize fort at Baton Rouge and declare region between New Orleans and Pearl River to Republic of West Florida and seek annexation to U.S.
  3. This week in New Orleans history.  Mayor Ray Nagin officially reopened the French Quarter on September 26, 2005 to business owners to inspect property and clean up.
  4. This week in Louisiana.
    Calca Chew Food Festival
    September 28, 2014
    Saint Margaret Catholic Church 
    Lake Charles, LA 70601
    (337) 439-4585
    7 am - 3 pm
    The festival is designed for people who want to experience a taste of 'Cajun'. The music is really French, as is the food. For those who have never tasted boudin or jambalaya or have never experienced the two‑step, will find this festival a delight. Our live auction is filled with items all can afford and our silent auction is a shoppers' paradise.
    The French mass starts off the festival at 7 a.m. and during the day, visitors can enjoy games, a live auction, raffles, a petting zoo, train rides and great Cajun music and food. Admission is free. 
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Friday, September 18, 2015

122. Mike Stagg, Part 2

122.  Mike Stagg interview, part 2.  Mike is active in Louisiana politics. He has been working for positive change in Louisiana through technology-based community and economic development initiatives at the regional, state and local levels for the past 20 years. And he has been actively focused on environmental, energy, and taxation issues for the past five years.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. September 19, 1890. President Harrison signs bill killing Louisiana State Lottery Co.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. September 19, 1947.  Hurricane George.  Katrina was not the first storm to breach the infamous 17th Street Canal. There were several breaks in the canal's levee caused by the hurricane of 1947 when the levees broke on the Jefferson Parish side, flooding wide areas of Metairie. Portions of the Orleans Parish lakefront and Gentilly also flooded in this storm.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Arts Market of New Orleans ‑ September
    September 26, 2015
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Palmer Park - New Orleans, LA 70118 
    Presented by the Arts Council of New Orleans, the Arts Market is a free open‑air festival of creativity held the last Saturday of every month at Palmer Park in the Carrollton section of New Orleans (where South Claiborne and South Carrollton Avenues meet)‑ the last stop of the St. Charles streetcar from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Arts Market also has live music performances, food and beverage booths, and a Kids Tent with a creative show & crafts.
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Friday, September 11, 2015

121 Mike Stagg, Part 1

121.  Part one of our interview with Mike Stagg.  Mike is active in Louisiana politics.  Mike is active in Louisiana politics. He has been working for positive change in Louisiana through technology-based community and economic development initiatives at the regional, state and local levels for the past 20 years. And he has been actively focused on environmental, energy, and taxation issues for the past five years.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. September 13, 1987. Pope John Paul II begins three day visit to New Orleans.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. September 12, 2005Heckuvajob Day.  Michael D. Brown resigned as Director of FEMA for, "the best interest of the agency and the best interest of the president."  Officials awarded a $30.9 million contract to repair the, "twin spans" I-10 bridge to New Orleans to Boh Brothers Construction Co. on September 12, 2005. It was estimated that 45 days would be required before the bridge could reopen to normal traffic. Water pressure had now been restored in the majority of the Jefferson Parish. A "boil water" order was still in force on the East Bank, but had been lifted for the West Bank. On the East Bank, 17% of sewage pumps were operational, and 39% were operational on the West Bank.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    The Bowie Festival & Bowie BBQ Throwdown
    September 25 - 26, 2015
    Riverview RV Park & Resort - Vidalia, LA
    Contact Ann Westmoreland or Glen McGlothin
    Join us in Vidalia, Louisiana - We will be Grillin' and Chillin' on the beautiful banks of the Mighty Mississippi River.  Vendors with authentic items, great festival and Louisiana foods, State Championship BBQ cook-off (KCBS Sanctioned), Entertainment you will not want to miss!!!  Every year - the last weekend of September.
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Friday, September 4, 2015

120. Dixon Hearne Update Interview

120.  We talk again with writer Dixon Hearne, who teaches and writes in the American South. In recent months, he has moved back home to Louisiana.  He's now in Sterlington, LA, near Monroe.  Much of his writing draws greatly from the rich images in his daily life growing up along the graceful river traces and bayous in West Monroe, Louisiana. After many years of university teaching and writing for research journals, his interests turned toward fiction and poetry—and the challenge of writing in a different voice. The Louisiana Anthology now has some of Dixon's stories for you to enjoy, and links to more.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. September 6, 1717. John Law's Company of the West chartered.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. De La Sallle High School, operated by the Christian Brothers, opened the doors to 76 Catholic freshman boys on Tuesday, September 6, 1949 in an old house on Pitt Street.  The brothers added a new class level each year, operating in several other old structures on the property spanning the 5300 block of St. Charles Avenue, between Valmont and Leontine streets, which the Archdiocese of New Orleans had purchased in April 1949 for $312,000. On Sunday, February 17, 1952 at 2 p.m., Archbishop Rummel officiated the formal dedication of the current De La Salle high school building which had been constructed at a cost of $375,000 to accommodate 750 students. 
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Lydia Cajun Food Fest
    September 11 - 12, 2015
    Weeks Park - Lydia, LA 70569
    Cajun Food Cook‑off, Food Court, Carnival, Arts & Crafts, Poker Run, Refreshments, Music.
    Cajun food certainly has its followers. On menus nationwide, you’ll find things like “Blackened Chicken Salad” or “Cajun Popcorn Shrimp.” As a general rule, these things are usually pale derivatives of the real thing. If you’re interested in the real thing, you’d be wise to be in the small town of Lydia, Louisiana, in September for its annual Cajun Food Fest.
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