Friday, July 21, 2017

218. Jack McGuire, part 2

218. Part 2 of our interview with Jack McGuire about Earl Long. Jack's new book Win the Race or Die Trying: Uncle Earl's Last Hurrah tells the story of the last year of Long's life and the campaign that he waged and won by sheer force of will. He won the election (and a sizable bet he placed on it) but was dead in just over a week. Win the Race or Die Trying captures the essence of Earl Long by chronicling the desperate, death-defying campaign he waged to redefine his legacy.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. July 23, 1879. New Constitution adopted, capitol moved - New Orleans to Baton Rouge plus (Reunion) constitution abolishes slavery.
  2. This week in New Orleans history.  Oretha Castle Haley July 22, 1939 -- October 10, 1987. Oretha Castle was born in Oakland, Tennessee and moved to New Orleans with her parents in 1947. After graduating from Joseph S. Clark High School she enrolled at Southern University in New Orleans where she joined other students in the struggle for civil rights, eventually becoming the head of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) in New Orleans. In 1967, Oretha married fellow CORE member Richard Haley.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Thursdays at Twilight:
    Wanda Rouzan and A Taste of New Orleans
    Friday, August 25
    6:00 PM
    Venue information:
    Pavilion of the Two Sisters (Botanical Garden) One Palm Drive New Orleans, LA 70124
    504.483.9488
    http://www.garden.neworleanscitypark.com/
    Admission: $10
    Outdoor concert series featuring New Orleans' musical talent. Mint juleps, wine, beer, soft drinks, water and food are available for purchase. No outside food, drink, or pets are allowed.
  4. Postcard from Louisiana. The Divazz play and sing on Royal St. behind St. Louis Cathedral. 
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Friday, July 14, 2017

217. Jack McGuire, part 1

217. Part 1 of our interview with Jack McGuire about Earl Long. Jack's new book Win the Race or Die Trying: Uncle Earl's Last Hurrah tells the story of the last year of Long's life and the campaign that he waged and won by sheer force of will. He won the election (and a sizable bet he placed on it) but was dead in just over a week. Win the Race or Die Trying captures the essence of Earl Long by chronicling the desperate, death-defying campaign he waged to redefine his legacy.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. July 17, 1795. First bishop of New Orleans, Don Luis Cardenas, arrives in Louisiana.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. July 17, 1974 the U.S. Custom House at 423 Canal Street was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    38th Natchitoches / NSU Folk Festival
    July 14th, 2017 - July 15th, 2017
    Prather Coliseum
    Northwestern State University Campus
    220 S. Jefferson St.,
    Natchitoches, LA 71457
    318-357-4332 | 800-259-1714
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    Prather Coliseum
    Northwestern State University Campus
    This two-day,  multi cultural celebration of heritage and folk art features authetic food from different cultures, Cajun music and dancing, demonstrations, unique folk art exhibits inside A/C Prather Coliseum. Both days is full of musical entertainment featuring Zydeco, Rhythm and Blues, Rock, Country and Soul. The festival is host the State Fiddle Championship on Northwestern State University Campus. 
  4. Postcard from Louisiana. We listen to street singer Stoker on Royal Street in New Orleans.
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Friday, July 7, 2017

216. Sam Hyde

216. We interview historian Sam Hyde about the Florida Parishes. Sam is a history professor at Southeastern Louisiana University who specializes in Louisiana history, especially the Florida Parishes and West Florida. He has written books on local history: Pistols and Politics: The Dilemma of Democracy in Louisiana's Florida Parishes, 1810-1899 and A Fierce and Fractious Frontier: The Curious Development of Louisiana's Florida Parishes, 1699-2000,
  1. This week in Louisiana history. July 9, 1706. Iberville died of Yellow Fever.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. Writer Shirley Ann Grau was born on July 8, 1929 in New Orleans.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Musical Improvisation Free Class
    Tuesday, July 11
    1:00 PM
    Venue information:
    Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center
    Seraphym Studios
    2525 Burgundy Sy.
    New Orleans, LA 70117
    504.230.9354
    Admission: $10.00 suggested
         Come learn how to improvise in music, express yourself and enjoy the presence of other people!
         Entry is donation-based, with a suggestion of $10 per person. All ages and skill levels are welcome, and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Participants are invited to bring their own instruments, however a variety of options will also be provided.
         This series is presented by musician and improviser Joey van Leeuwen.
  4. Postcards from Louisiana.  The Jackson Square Allstars play "99 Women" in Jackson Square, New Orleans.
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