Friday, December 25, 2015

136. Sim Shattuck, part 2.

136. Part 2 of our interview with Sim Shattuck.  Sim was born in Decatur, Georgia, has lived in Baton Rouge, Dallas, and New York City, although most of his growing years were in Northern Virginia, where he graduated from George Mason University in 1972. He earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1997. He retired from teaching English at Louisiana Tech University and is currently living in Covington, Louisiana. He has also written the following novels: Yarilo's Dance, Krewe of Hecate, Basilisk, & Pleasant Hurricanes.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. December 25 1913 "Candy" Candido was born today in New Orleans. You can hear his voice in Disney's "Peter Pan," "Robin Hood," and the Haunted Mansion attraction, among other Disney productions.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. George Joseph Porter, Jr. (born December 26, 1947) is best known as the bassist and singer for The Meters. Along with Art Neville, Porter formed the group in the mid 1960s and came to be recognized as one of the progenitors of funk.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    New Year's Eve in New Orleans
    Jackson Square
    For the biggest party in the city, head down to Jackson Square – the Quarter is packed with festive partygoers eager to count down the time until the New Year arrives. And because New Orleans does everything a little differently, don’t expect your run of the mill New Years ball drop; instead “Baby New Year” drops from its perch on the top of Jax Brewery followed by a magnificent fireworks show over the Mississippi. Follow the crowds to Bourbon Street and party til’ the early morning, or break away from the group and find your own special spot to celebrate in.
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Friday, December 18, 2015

135. Sim Shattuck, Part 1

135. Part 1 of our interview with Sim Shattuck.  Sim was born in Decatur, Georgia, has lived in Baton Rouge, Dallas, and New York City, although most of his growing years were in Northern Virginia, where he graduated from George Mason University in 1972. He earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1997. He retired from teaching English at Louisiana Tech University and is currently living in Covington, Louisiana. He has also written the following novels: Yarilo's Dance, Krewe of Hecate, Basilisk, & Pleasant Hurricanes.
  1. David Middleton reads "The Shepherd: A Christmas Play." 1951.  Saline, Louisiana.
  2. This week in Louisiana history. December 20, 1941. The Flying Tigers had their first combat baptism when the Americans shot down three of four unescorted Japanese bombers.
  3. This week in New Orleans history. Streecars running from Canal Street to Lee Circle via Carondelet Street and St. Charles Street in the Central Business District began running again, after Hurricane Katrina, on December 19, 2006 at 10:30am Central time.
  4. This week in Louisiana. 
    Natchitoches Festival of Lights
    November 21, 2015 - January 6, 2016
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Saturday, December 12, 2015

134. Louisiana Calling. Update

134. Oops.  We somehow posted an episode of Louisiana Calling that was NOT the right interview.  Also, Bruce was recovering from a cold, which is why his voice sounds different.  So here we go again to try to get it right: 

Today we're cross-posting an episode of Louisiana Calling with Bruce France & Eliot Barron.  Today the microphone is reversed as Bruce (Magee) is interviewed by Bruce France & Eliot Barron for their podcast, Louisiana Calling.  If you're a fan of the Louisiana Anthology Podcast, you'll probably like Louisiana Calling as well.
  1. Erin Lierl, the Sidewalk Poet, is under the weather this week, so we are re-broadcasting one of her poems from a few months ago.
  2. This week in Louisiana history. December 15, 1802. Pres. Jefferson, worried of French takeover of La., seeks to purchase Isle of Orleans.
  3. This week in New Orleans history.  December 12, 1970.  The Doors last live performance ever at A Warehouse.  New Orleanians were excited to scoop up $5.00 general admission tickets to the Beaver Production 8 P.M show at A Warehouse, at 1820 Tchoupitoulas on December 12, 1970, which were available at popular venues such as Far Out, Sound City, and Fat Head.  The enthusiastic audience unwittingly witnessed the final live performance of the The Doors that night. On July 31, 1971 James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was found dead in a Paris apartment bathtub by his long-time companion Pamela Courson. He was 27 years old.
  4. This week in Louisiana.
    Deridder Gem and Mineral Show
    December 13 - 14, 2014
    Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds
    Deridder, LA 70634
    Largest Gem and Mineral show in the area 18 vendors , featuring some of the best hidden treasures in Louisiana including fossil, minerals, gemstones, jewelry, Indian artifacts and much more! Admission: $2.00 Adults, children under 12 is free, Military person free on Sunday.


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Friday, December 11, 2015

134. Louisiana Calling

134. Today we're cross-posting an episode of Louisiana Calling with Bruce France & Eliot Barron.  Today the microphone is reversed as Bruce (Magee) is interviewed by Bruce France & Eliot Barron for their podcast, Louisiana Calling.  If you're a fan of the Louisiana Anthology Podcast, you'll probably like Louisiana Calling as well.
  1. Erin Lierl, the Sidewalk Poet, is under the weather this week, so we are re-broadcasting one of her poems from a few months ago.
  2. This week in Louisiana history. December 15, 1802. Pres. Jefferson, worried of French takeover of La., seeks to purchase Isle of Orleans.
  3. This week in New Orleans history.  December 12, 1970.  The Doors last live performance ever at A Warehouse.  New Orleanians were excited to scoop up $5.00 general admission tickets to the Beaver Production 8 P.M show at A Warehouse, at 1820 Tchoupitoulas on December 12, 1970, which were available at popular venues such as Far Out, Sound City, and Fat Head.  The enthusiastic audience unwittingly witnessed the final live performance of the The Doors that night. On July 31, 1971 James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was found dead in a Paris apartment bathtub by his long-time companion Pamela Courson. He was 27 years old.
  4. This week in Louisiana.
    Deridder Gem and Mineral Show
    December 13 - 14, 2014
    Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds
    Deridder, LA 70634
    Largest Gem and Mineral show in the area 18 vendors , featuring some of the best hidden treasures in Louisiana including fossil, minerals, gemstones, jewelry, Indian artifacts and much more! Admission: $2.00 Adults, children under 12 is free, Military person free on Sunday.


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Friday, December 4, 2015

133. Erin Lierl, Part 2.

133.  Part 2 of Bruce's interview with Erin Lierl.  If you are walking through the French Quarter and find yourself on Royal St. between St. Peter St. and Pirate Alley, you may see Erin Lierl, the sidewalk poet. Erin Bruce met Erin this summer and interviewed her for the podcast. Erin writes poems by commission -- you can ask her to write on a topic, and she will write a poem in return for a voluntary donation.  For the past several weeks, Erin has been joining us on the podcast to share her poetry with our wider audience.  Today, Erin discusses her poem "Prowl," and Bruce discusses his haiku, "Place d'Armes."
  1. We check in with Erin Lierl, the Sidewalk Poet, and she reads us her poem of the week, "Crown of Thorns." 
  2. This week in Louisiana history. December 5, 1960. The Federal Court stops attempt by State Legislature to replace the New Orleans School Board during the desegregation crisis.
  3. This week in New Orleans history.   Born in New Orleans on December 5, 1925, Alvin "Red" Tyler began playing saxophone when in the Navy, and by 1950 had joined Dave Bartholomew’s R&B band. He also played jazz in club jam sessions. He made his recording debut on Fats Domino’s “The Fat Man” and went on to play on sessions for Little Richard, Lloyd Price, Aaron Neville, Lee Dorsey, Dr. John, and numerous other rhythm and blues artists.  From the mid-1960s he worked as a liquor salesman. He also began leading his own jazz band in clubs and hotel residencies in New Orleans. While the baritone saxophone had been his primary instrument during his years as a studio musician, his jazz playing gradually came to rely much more on tenor saxophone. In the mid-1980s he recorded two jazz albums, Graciously and Heritage, with vocals by Johnny Adams and Germaine Bazzle, for Rounder Records.  Tyler died on April 3, 1998 at age 72 in New Orleans.
  4. This week in Louisiana.
    Deridder Gem and Mineral Show
    December 13 - 14, 2014
    Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds - Deridder, LA
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