Friday, October 30, 2015

128. John Bel Edwards and Lamar White.

 128.  We interview blogger Lamar White about Louisiana's fall election.  Lamar recently completed his law degree in Texas and has returned to Louisiana to pursue a Ph.D. in journalism at LSU.  On top of all his studies, Lamar finds time to keep up his reporting on Louisiana politics; his scoops frequently make state-wide and nation-wide news. Lamar is joined by his friend Cayman Clevenger.  Also, after John Bel Edward's victory in the primary, we are re-broadcasting our interview with him from last spring.
  1. Erin Lierl, the Sidewalk Poet, reads her poem, “I Lived inside an Eggshell.”
  1.  This week in Louisiana history. October 29, 1768. Ulloa was order out of the Louisiana Colony by the Superior Council.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. Josephine Louise Newcomb, born in Baltimore on October 31, 1816 to Mary Sophia Waters and Alexander Le Monnier, received her education in Baltimore and in her father's native France.  After her mother died, Le Monnier went to live in New Orleans, where her older sister Eleanor Anne and brother-in-law William Henderson had settled.  There, Le Monnier met Warren Newcomb, and the couple married in Christ Church Cathedral on December 15, 1845.  The couple moved to Louisville, KY, and had a son, Warren, Jr., who died shortly after his birth in 1853. They later moved to New York, where Josephine gave birth to their second child, Harriott Sophie Newcomb, on July 29, 1855.  Harriott Sophie died in 1870 at the age of 15.  Through Josephine's philanthropy, H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College at Tulane University was established as a memorial to her daughter. 
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Southdown Fall Marketplace
    November 7, 2015
    Southdown Plantation House
    991 Grand Caillou Rd.
    Houma, LA 70363
    (985) 876-6380
     $5.00 entrance fee per person, children under 12 free. Additional charges for food, drinks, and museum tours. Most extensive show in the Houma area and an established community event for more than 30 years. Family‑friendly atmosphere. Food court run by museum volunteers.
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Friday, October 16, 2015

126. Terry L Jones, Part 1

126.  Part one of our interview with Terry L. Jones.  We discuss Louisiana history and characters like Leonidas K. Polk. Terry is a native of Winn Parish, has served ULM for over 22 years as a professor. He earned a Ph.D. in history from Texas A&M University and a B.A. from Louisiana Tech University. 
  1. Erin Lierl, the Sidewalk Poet, gives us an update on Irish Fest in New Orleans and reads her poem "Hurricane" about life in the Caribbean after the storm of colonialism.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. October 18, 1730. Gov. Cadillac dies in France at the age of 74.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. Lee Harvey Oswald is Born in New Orleans October 18, 1939.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Ponchatoula Party in the Pits
    October 17, 2015
    11:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Ponchatoula Memorial Park
    Ponchatoula, LA 70454   
    Annual Party in the Pits sponsored by the Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce. We're closing down the streets & opening up the town for BBQ! Cooking begins early. All other events open 11 am till 6 pm. Over 50 teams, including professional & local, will compete for $5000 in cash & prizes. Winner will go to the IBCA Championship in Las Vegas. Cook Entry Fee $150‑$175. No charge for community!
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Friday, October 9, 2015

125. Mike Sledge, Part 2.

125.  Part two of our interview with Mike Sledge. Mike lives and writes in Shreveport, Louisiana. He wrote the book Soldier Dead about what happens to the bodies of America's military personnel when they die in combat. He has also written a novel entitled Gerald's Star, which covers a long-dead astronaut in a decaying orbit around Earth.
  1. Erin Lierl joins us from New Orleans for her segment, The Sidewalk Poet. This week, she reads her poem, "Your True Self."
  2.  This week in Louisiana history. October 10, 1974. Cindy K. Bell became first woman LA. State Trooper.
  3. This week in New Orleans history. Jazz drummer Edward Joseph Blackwell, born in New Orleans on October 10, 1929, played in a bebop quintet during the 1950s with pianist Ellis Marsalis and clarinetist Alvin Batiste. They toured briefly with Ray Charles. Blackwell achieved national attention as the drummer with Ornette Coleman's quartet around 1960, when he took over for Billy Higgins in the quartet's legendary stand at the Five Spot in New York City. He is known as one of the great innovators of the free jazz of the 1960s, fusing New Orleans second line style and African rhythms with bebop. In the 1970s and 1980s Blackwell toured and recorded extensively with fellow Ornette Quartet veterans Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, and Dewey Redman in the quartet Old and New Dream. He died on  October 7, 1992.
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Friday, October 2, 2015

124. Mike Sledge, Part 1

124.  Part one of our interview with Mike Sledge. Mike lives and writes in Shreveport, Louisiana. He wrote the book Soldier Dead about what happens to the bodies of America's military personnel when they die in combat. He has also written a novel entitled Gerald's Star, which covers a long-dead astronaut in a decaying orbit around Earth.
  1. Sidewalk Poet Erin Lierl joins us from Kentucky for her segment, The Sidewalk Poet. This week, she reads her poem, "Our Season's Penance."
  2. This week in Louisiana history. October 1, 1800. Spain returns the Louisiana Territory to France October 1, having received it by the   Treaty of Paris in 1763. A secret agreement in the Treaty of San Ildefonso signed in 1796 has obliged her to return it; France guarantees not to transfer the territory to any power other than Spain.
  3. This week in New Orleans history. Photographer Ernest J. Bellocq died in New Orleans on October 3, 1949 and is interred St. Louis Cemetery III on Esplanade Avenue near City Park.  Born in New Orleans in 1883, he operated studios in the city from 1909 until 1932, including locations at 840 Conti Street, 157 Baronne Street, 608 Canal Street, and 818 Ursulines Street. Bellocq achieved posthumous fame with the publication of Storyville Portraits, a selection of portraits which he made of prostitutes in the red-light district of New Orleans. The movie Pretty Baby (1978) is based loosely on that part of his life.
  4. This week in Louisiana.
    60th Celebration of the Louisiana Art & Folk Festival
    October 10, 2015
    Downtown - Columbia, LA 71418   
    This is the longest running festival in the state of Louisiana. come and join in on the fun for the Louisiana Art and Folk Festival.
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