Friday, April 1, 2016

150. Bryan Wagner Interview

150. This week we interview Bryan Wagner about Bras Coupe and the history of policing in New Orleans.  Bryan is an associate professor in the English Department and affiliated faculty in the American Studies Program at UC Berkeley. He received a BA from Carleton College and a PhD in English from the University of Virginia before coming to Berkeley in 2002. His primary research focuses on African American expression in the context of slavery and its aftermath, and he has secondary interests in legal history, cultural theory, and popular music. His first book, Disturbing the Peace: Black Culture and the Police Power after Slavery, a study of black vernacular expression and its entanglement with the law, was published by Harvard University Press in 2009.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. April 1, 1718. Approx. date land began being cleared for city of New Orleans.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. April 2, 1842.  Daniel Henry Holmes Establishes D.H. Holmes Department Store. The Canal Street store was a landmark for 140 years, until Dillard's Department Store chain bought Holmes' stores & closed or renamed them in 1989.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    2016 Louisiana Samboree
    April 3rd, 2016 - April 10th, 2016
    State Fair of Louisiana-"Dare to Dream"
    3701 Hudson Ave, Shreveport, LA 71109
    State Fair of Louisiana: "Dare to Dream"
    Each year Louisiana Good Sam host a rally called Samboree which is held in April. The Good Sams are RV clubs.  The Louisiana Spring Samboree is rotated among the south regions (Texas, Arkansas). They are three day events and bring together hundreds of families from surrounding states. You will make many friends who you will run into from time to time at other functions. You can play games, both indoor and outdoor; attend seminars; enjoy good entertainment; and many other special activities.  Any member of the Good Sam Club is authorized to attend a Samboree. Membership in a local Good Sam Chapter is not a prerequisite; however joining a local Chapter is encouraged.

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