Friday, February 17, 2017

196. Lolis Eric Elie, Part 1

196. Part 1 of our interview with Lolis Eric Elie. Lolis is a New-Orleans born, Los-Angeles based writer and filmmaker. He wrote for the HBO series Treme. Working with the award-winning director Dawn Logsdon, he co- produced and wrote the PBS documentary, Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans. His essay, “America’s Greatest Hits,” is included in Best African American Essays: 2009. He is the author of Smokestack Lightning: Adventures in the Heart of Barbecue Country and co-producer and writer of Smokestack Lightning: A Day in the Life of Barbecue, the documentary based on that book. He is editor of Cornbread Nation 2: The Best of Southern Food Writing.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. February 21, 1882. First Mardi Gras Parade in Lake Charles takes place.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. Doctor Edgar Hull, Jr. (February 20, 1904 – October 24, 1984), was a founding faculty member of the Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans in 1931. He was among those called upon to treat Huey P. Long after he was shot in 1935.  In 1983, after nearly a half-century, Hull published his memoirs, This I Remember: An Informal History of the Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans. Unlike LSU historian T. Harry Williams, who suggested Long might have survived with better medical care, Hull said that Long could not have survived the shooting. He denied that Long had died from medical or surgical incompetence.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Krewe of Dionysus Mardi Gras Parade
    February 25th, 2017
    781 Front Street,
    Natchitoches, LA 71457
    Family friendly night time parade, super floats, lots of throws, marching bands.  Parade begins in East Natchitoches and travels to the Landmark Historic District.  Pre-party in the downtown historic district.
  4. Postcard from the Louisiana Resistance: Joy Robinson.
    We catch up with Joy at the Monroe Civic Center, were a group was demonstrating at an event attended by Senator Bill Cassidy.
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