Friday, February 26, 2016

145. Jericho Brown Interview. Lamar White, Louisiana budget update

145. Today we interview Jericho Brown. He grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana, and worked as a speechwriter for the mayor of New Orleans before earning his PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Houston.  Brown is the author of two books of poetry. His most recent collection, The New Testament (Copper Canyon Press, 2014), was described by Yusef Komunyakaa as a chronicle of “life and death, personal rituals and blasphemies, race and nation, the good and the bad” that illuminates “scenarios of self-interrogation and near redemption.” His first collection of poetry, Please (New Issues, 2008), won the 2009 American Book Award.
     Also this week, we have part 1 of an interview with Lamar White about the special session of the Louisiana legislature addressing the budget crisis.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. February 27, 1827, New Orleans kicks off its first Mardi Gras.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. Ralph A. Shultz (May 20, 1898 - February 27, 1994) lived to the age of 95. R. Shultz's Fresh Hardware and residence at 1720 Lake Avenue in Bucktown -- Local legend says that Ralph added “Fresh” to his general store and bar sign during prohibition to let patrons know he had a fresh keg of home-brewed beer on tap. He also sold trawl, crab, and crawfish nets, bait, tackle, boats, motors...just about anything needed to capture the bounty of the lake. During the 1950s he was an outspoken representative against the banning of commercial fishing in Lake Pontchartrain and for government intervention in improving its ecosystems. His home and store are gone.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Black Heritage Festival
    March 4th, 2016 - March 6th, 2016
    Lake Charles Civic Center
    900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Lake Charles Civic Center
    The annual Black Heritage Festival will be held March 4-6 and feature live entertainment, mouthwatering food, and great family fun. The festival brings together the cultures of Africa and Southwest Louisiana and highlights the best in the community.  Celebrating diversity, culture and education, the festival is filled with legendary Zydeco, Jazz, R&B and Gospel performers.
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