Friday, October 12, 2018

282. Kelly Jackson, part 2

282. Part 2 of our interview with Kelly Jackson, founder of the Cane River Film Festival. Natchitoches has a long and intimate history with American cinema. The Cane River film festival represents the latest chapter in that history. We are as diverse as the community that we represent. Our mission is to showcase, nurture, and support the emerging creative student and independent filmmakers stories about and or filmed in Louisiana. We want to share their films with an audience, seek opportunities for distribution and celebrate their achievement in telling their story that they want to tell. The Cane River film festival is not just a film festival — it's an experience.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. October 13, 1931. Lt. Gov. Cyr takes oath of office "since Huey Long is now a senator."
  2. This week in New Orleans history. On October 14, 1975, the Dome hosted Muhammad Ali Appreciation Day. The Muhammad Temple of Islam 46 in New Orleans organized the activities, with Ali's appearance as the day's highlight. Speakers included Dr. Na'im Akbar, Wallace D. Muhammad and Louis Farrakhan.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    International Rice Festival
    Crowley, LA
    October 18-21, 2018
     The International Rice Festival held annually in Crowley is one of Louisiana's largest and also it's oldest Agricultural Festival. Since it's first festival on October 5th, 1937, over 7 million people have attended the annual event. The celebration brings attention to the importance of rice as food and also emphasizes it's place in the world's economic picture. It is usually held on Friday and Saturday of the 3rd weekend in October. Location is Downtown Crowley. There are 2 parades, Friday (Children's Day), which is the Children's Parade, and Saturday, the Grand Parade. There are also Special Events including the Rice Cooking Contest, Rice Eating Contest, Farmers Banquet and also the Queens Ball. There is also entertainment continuously from early morning to midnight. Also in conjunction with the Festival, is an Arts and Crafts exhibit, which is held adjacent to the Festival Grounds and also on Main Street.
  4. Postcards from Louisiana. The Funky 544 house band plays on Bourbon St.
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Friday, October 5, 2018

281. Kelly Jackson, part 1

281. We talk to Kelly Jackson, founder of the Cane River Film Festival. Natchitoches has a long and intimate history with American cinema. The Cane River film festival represents the latest chapter in that history. We are as diverse as the community that we represent. Our mission is to showcase, nurture, and support the emerging creative student and independent filmmakers stories about and or filmed in Louisiana. We want to share their films with an audience, seek opportunities for distribution and celebrate their achievement in telling their story that they want to tell. The Cane River film festival is not just a film festival — it's an experience.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. October 6, 1860. John Slidell publishes his address to people of LA. "Let every man go to polls...we may soon be called under a common flag against a common enemy"
  2. This week in New Orleans history. October 6 to November 10, 1857. New Orleans chess master Paul Morphy participated in the First American Chess Congress, held in New York.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Louisiana Cotton Festival
    Ville Platte, Louisiana
    704 N. Soileau Street
    Ville Platte, La 70586
    October 9-14, 2018
    Our festival is a fun-filled week for the entire family! All festival events are held at the North Side Civic Center. 
  4. Postcards from Louisiana. Grandpa Elliott sings on Royal St. in New Orleans.
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Friday, September 28, 2018

280. Ed Branley, part 2

Part 2 of our interview with Edward Branley, the NOLA history guy. Ed is a writer, teacher, historian, and computer nerd who lives in New Orleans. He graduated from the real Brother Martin High School. Edward dated several girls who attended the real St. Mary's Dominican High School, eventually marrying one of them. While he's yet to have Hassan's Collectibles and Curiosities deliver a dragon egg to the house, he can attest that seventeen-year olds attending Catholic school do act like The Trio do. Edward has two grown sons who, in their own ways, inspired The Trio and their adventures.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. September 28, 1868. The Opelousas Massacre occurred in Louisiana in which an estimated 200 to 300 black Americans were killed.
  2. This week in New Orleans history.
    Truman Capote September 30, 1924 — August 25, 1984 was born in New Orleans. Named Truman Streckfus Persons, he was the son of Archulus Persons, a nonpracticing lawyer and of the former Lillie Mae Faulk of Monroeville, Alabama. Years later he adopted the name of his stepfather, Joe Capote, a Cuban-born New York businessman. As an adult, Capote lived briefly in a Royal Street apartment where he did some writing before producing his first novel, Other Voices, Other Rooms (1948). He visited New Orleans sporadically over the last two decades of his life to lecture or to be interviewed in his "hometown." Capote claimed to have established a new literary form with the publication of In Cold Blood (1965). He died in Los Angeles on August 25, 1984.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Red River Revel 43
    September 29-October 3, 2018
    Festival Plaza
    Shreveport, LA
    The Red River Revel, winner of the 1988 President’s Volunteer Action Award, began in 1976 as the Junior League of Shreveport’s Bicentennial gift to the citizens of the region. The goal of the festival is to provide the general populace a celebration of the finest visual and performing arts experiences. The Revel has grown into an eight-day, annual celebration of the arts attracting nearly 100,000 people to the downtown/riverfront area of Shreveport each year.  The 501c3 non-profit organization strives to provide everyone an opportunity to experience and participate in the Arts in multiple formats.
  4. Postcards from Louisiana. Bruce listens to a brass band play on Royal St.
  5. Postcards from the stump. Jessee Fleenor, candidate for the 5th District seat in Congress, speaks to a gathering at the Grambling City Hall.
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Friday, September 21, 2018

279. Edward Branley, Part 1

279. Part 1 of our interview with Edward Branley, the NOLA history guy. Ed is a writer, teacher, historian, and computer nerd who lives in New Orleans. He graduated from the real Brother Martin High School. Edward dated several girls who attended the real St. Mary's Dominican High School, eventually marrying one of them. While he's yet to have Hassan's Collectibles and Curiosities deliver a dragon egg to the house, he can attest that seventeen-year olds attending Catholic school do act like The Trio do. Edward has two grown sons who, in their own ways, inspired The Trio and their adventures.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. September 22, 1722. A hurricane hit just west of the Miss. River and swept through central Louisiana with 15 hours of hurricane force winds, eight foot storm surge, and three days of flooding.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. Jazz musician Dorothy Sloop (also known as Dorothy Sloop Heflick) was born in Steubenville, Ohio on September 26, 1913. During her performing years, she was best known as a pianist with a number of all (or mostly) female jazz bands in the New Orleans area, primarily from the 1930s through the 1950s. Her name is now commonly associated with the song "Hang on Sloopy", performed by The McCoys and other artists during the 1960s, as it is alleged that Dorothy was the inspiration for the song. 
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    State Championship Jim Bowie BBQ Throwdown
    The State Championship Jim Bowie BBQ Throwdown is a great event held in Vidalia on September 23, 2018 to September 24, 2018.
    Contact Information:
    Ann Westmoreland
    Phone: 318-336-8223
    awestmoreland@cityofvidaliala.com
  4. Postcards from Louisiana. Bruce listens to the Patti Rambin Band in Monroe, LA.
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Friday, September 14, 2018

278. Dedrick Handy

278. Our interview with Dedrick Handy. Dedrick, who started the Facebook group Black Lives Matter Baton Rouge. The Baton Rouge Black Lives Matter group started after the police shooting of Alton Sterling. Dedrick has started the Facebook group as a way of helping people communicate.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. September 15, 1699. Bienville bluffs the English and keeps them from exploring the Mississippi River.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. The Bensons Buy a Tower, September 15, 2009. Completed in 1989, the structure located at 1450 Poydras Street  is the  the 12th tallest building in New Orleans at 26-storys and a height of 406 feet. Developed by the DeBartolo Corporation as the New Orleans Centre (a mixed-use property of offices, retail shopping, and a 2,000-space parking garage), it is a component of a complex of connected buildings which includes the Superdome, 1250 Poydras Plaza, Entergy Tower, and the Hyatt Regency New Orleans hotel. It has been known as the CNG Tower, the Dominion Tower, and Benson Tower.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    42nd Annual Gueydan Duck Festival
    P.O. Box 179
    Gueydan, LA. 70542
    404 Dallas Guidry Rd
    Gueydan, LA. 70542
    Duck Festival Park
    Phone: 337-536-6456
    Fax: 337- 536-9997
    Email: info@duckfestival.org
    ​September 20th-23rd 2018
    The Duck Festival offers the public great entertainment with its Duck and Goose Calling Contest, Skeet Shooting, Dog Trials, Duck Dash, and Decoy Carving.
        This is in addition to great food, nightly bands, Junior and Senior Queens pageants, a Grand Parade, Outdoor and Indoor Cooking Contest, and to top it all off, a thriling Carnival.
        As with any event in Cajun Country, the Gueydan Duck Festival gives everyone an excuse to meet old friends and make new ones. This "joie de vivre" ensures that a great time is had by one and all! "Laissez les bon temps rouler... Let the good times roll!!"
  4. Postcards from Louisiana. Bruce listens to a Apache Sax play on Royal St.
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Friday, September 7, 2018

277. Shirah Dedman, part 2

277. Part 2 of our interview with Shirah Dedman. Shirah made a documentary Uprooted, about the lynching of her great-grandfather Thomas William Miles, Sr. in Shreveport in 1912. Racist violence was so severe in Shreveport that the parish earned the nickname, "Bloody Caddo." Shirah is an activist, filmmaker, and attorney. From a high school dropout at 15-years-old to a licensed lawyer by the age of 23, she inexplicably found herself consistently un- and under-employed. So after her last layoff, she decided to relentlessly pursue her true passion: the intersection between media, economics, race and the environment.Last year, Shirah was featured the Equal Justice Initiative and Google produced short film Uprooted, documenting her family's return to the site of her great-grandfather's lynching. She also released You a Nomad, a short documentary about the displacement of Oakland's black population.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. September 8, 1954. Ruby Bridges was born in Tylertown, Mississippi before moving with parents to New Orleans at the age of four.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. On Thursday, September 8, 2005, President Bush issued an executive order suspending the Davis-Bacon Act of 1931, allowing federal contractors rebuilding after Katrina to pay below the prevailing wage.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    2018 Alligator Festival
    West Bank Bridge Park
    St. Charles Parish
    I-310 Exit 7
    13825 River Road
    Luling, LA 70070
    Please join us for the Annual Alligator Festival at the Westbank Bridge Park in St Charles Parish. The festival is our main fundraiser and helps us fund college scholarships for local youth. Play with baby alligators, shop the arts and crafts mall, enjoy cajun cuisine and exciting carnival rides, and listen to great live music all weekend long! Come join us and pass a good time!
  4. Bruce listens to the Patti Rambin Band at Coney Island Riverside in Monroe, LA.
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Thursday, August 30, 2018

276. Shirah Dedman, part 1

276. Part 1 of our interview with Shirah Dedman. Shirah made a documentary Uprooted, about the lynching of her great-grandfather Thomas William Miles, Sr. in Shreveport in 1912. Racist violence was so severe in Shreveport that the parish earned the nickname, "Bloody Caddo." Shirah is an activist, filmmaker, and attorney. From a high school dropout at 15-years-old to a licensed lawyer by the age of 23, she inexplicably found herself consistently un- and under-employed. So after her last layoff, she decided to relentlessly pursue her true passion: the intersection between media, economics, race and the environment.Last year, Shirah was featured the Equal Justice Initiative and Google produced short film Uprooted, documenting her family's return to the site of her great-grandfather's lynching. She also released You a Nomad, a short documentary about the displacement of Oakland's black population.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. September 1, 1715. King Louis XIV died.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. Pelican Stadium Closes September 1, 1957. The last baseball game to be played at the old New Orleans Pelican Stadium occurred on Sunday, Sept. 1, 1957. The Pelicans had furnished fond memories at this location dating back to April 13, 1915, when the site was officially opened after having been moved piecemeal from Banks and Carrollton by mules and then reconstructed at the Tulane and Carrollton location.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Linnzi Zaorski
    Monday, September 3
    @ 8:00 PM CDT
     Three Muses
    536 Frenchmen St.
    New Orleans, LA 70116
    504.252.4801
    http://3musesnola.com
  4. Postcards from Louisiana. Bruce listens to Tanya Huang play violin on Royal St. 
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Friday, August 24, 2018

275. Dawn Collins, part 2.

275. Part 2 of our interview with Dawn Collins. Dawn is an advocate, public official, and small business owner.  On March 5, 2016, she was elected to the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board with nearly 80% of the vote. It was her first time being on a ballot. Dawn’s desire to empower families had led her into the world of grassroots organizing. She was drawn to President Obama’s message that community empowerment is a true vehicle of change. In 2008, she began work as a paid Staff Field Organizer and has continued the journey of organizing ever since.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. August 24, 1955. U.S. Appellate Court desegregated LSU undergraduate classes.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. Willy DeVille (August 25, 1950 – August 6, 2009) was an American singer and songwriter. During his thirty-five-year career, first with his band Mink DeVille (1974–1986) and later on his own, Deville created original songs rooted in traditional American musical styles. He worked with collaborators from across the spectrum of contemporary music, including Jack Nitzsche, Doc Pomus, Dr. John, Mark Knopfler, Allen Toussaint, and Eddie Bo. Latin rhythms, blues riffs, doo-wop, Cajun music, strains of French cabaret, and echoes of early-1960s uptown soul can be heard in DeVille's work.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Taste of TABASCO Week
    Saturday, August 25
    Admission: $15 - $60
    Dine out for Taste of Tabasco® Week
    January 28 - February 3
    Celebrate TABASCO® Brand’s 150th anniversary and the City of New Orleans’ 300th anniversary with a week of bold dining experiences during this special edition restaurant week!
    Enjoy dishes and prix-fixe menus inspired by TABASCO® Brand at dozens of the city's top restaurants.
  4. Postcards from Louisiana. Bruce listens to the Patti Rambin Band at Coney Island Riverside in Monroe, Louisiana.
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Friday, August 17, 2018

274. Dawn Collins, part 1

274. Part 1 of our interview with Dawn Collins. Dawn is an advocate, public official, and small business owner.  On March 5, 2016, she was elected to the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board with nearly 80% of the vote. It was her first time being on a ballot. Dawn’s desire to empower families had led her into the world of grassroots organizing. She was drawn to President Obama’s message that community empowerment is a true vehicle of change. In 2008, she began work as a paid Staff Field Organizer and has continued the journey of organizing ever since.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. August 18, 1769. "Bloody" O'Reilly arrives in N.O. with 24 ships and 2,600 Spanish troops to take possession of Louisiana for Spain.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. Lafreniere Park Evolves from the
    Louisiana Revolution of 1768. Nicholas Chauvin de Lafreniere wass Arrested for Treason on August 18, 1769, and executed on October 25, 1769. Part of the family estate was eventually used in Lafreniere Park, which opened in 1982.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    76th Annual Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival
    September 27-30, 2018
    New Iberia, LA
    337-369-9323
    info@hisugar.org
    The Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival has assembled an excellent team comprised of volunteers, who are the backbone of the association. Their love for their community, loyalty to the festival, and experience in the industry sets this group for sweet success.
  4. Postcards from Louisiana. Bruce and Lisa Walker listen to Maude Caillat play saxophone in the French Quarter.
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Friday, August 10, 2018

273. Kimberly Jochum Johnson, part 2

273. Kimberly Jochum Johnson, part 2. We talk to Kimberly Jochum Johnson about City Park and about her work as the Processing Archivist/ Records Analyst at the Archdiocese of New Orleans. City Park is as magical and unique as the city of New Orleans. The 1,300-acre outdoor oasis has enchanted New Orleanians since 1854, making it one of the nation’s oldest urban parks. Each year, millions of visitors stroll under the same historic oaks and picturesque moss canopies that served as the backdrop for dances, concerts and even gentlemanly duels or “affaires d’honneur” for generations.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. August 11, 1856. A hurricane kills more than 200 people vacationing at Isle Derniere (Last Island).
  2. This week in New Orleans history. The 1929 vintage bridge carrying Highway 90 over Chef Menteur Pass was repaired and re-opened to traffic on August 11, 2006 after it had been closed due to  Hurricane Katrina damage. Meanwhile the modern I-10 Twin Span (now Frank Davis bridge) was in need of a complete rebuild.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival
    Front Street Downtown
    Natchitoches, LA
    OR
    450 Fairgrounds Road near the airport (We found both addresses)
    Sept 14-15, 2018
    Hot air balloons, balloon glow, tethered balloon rides,
    live entertainment, children’s activities, meat pie vendors, arts & crafts, spectacular fireworks event and so much more. 
  4. The Superband plays on Royal St. to raise money for Hector Gallardo, a Cuban drummer who has lived in New Orleans for decades.
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Friday, August 3, 2018

272. Kimberly Jochum Johnson, part 1

272. Part 1 of our interview with Kimberly Jochum Johnson about City Park and about her work as the Processing Archivist/ Records Analyst at the Archdiocese of New Orleans. City Park is as magical and unique as the city of New Orleans. The 1,300-acre outdoor oasis has enchanted New Orleanians since 1854, making it one of the nation’s oldest urban parks. Each year, millions of visitors stroll under the same historic oaks and picturesque moss canopies that served as the backdrop for dances, concerts and even gentlemanly duels or “affaires d’honneur” for generations.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. August 4, 1901. Allen Greene school opens in town of Grambling, will later become Grambling State Univ.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. The Sun Belt (athletic) Conference was founded on August 4, 1976 with the University of New Orleans, the University of South Alabama, Georgia State University, Jacksonville University, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and the University of South Florida.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival
    August 30-September 3, 2018
    Lawrence Park
    Morgan City, LA
    715 Second Street
    P.O. Box 103
    Morgan City, LA
    Phone: 985.385.0703
    Fax: 985.384.4628
    Festival Information: info@shrimp-petrofest.org
       It all began over 70 years ago, when the placid port at Morgan City and Berwick received the first boatload of jumbo shrimp, fresh from the deepest waters ever fished by a small boat. The very first celebration was held, appropriately on Labor Day, when members of the local unit of Gulf Coast Seafood Producers & Trappers Association, in recognition of the holiday, staged a friendly labor demonstration that has come to be known as the first festival. There were frog and alligator hunters, shrimpers, crab fishermen, dock workers and oystermen parading in the streets. Of course, it was not the grand procession that it is today, but it was the first street parade nonetheless.
  4. Bruce listens to a 2nd line band on Royal Street.
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Friday, July 27, 2018

271. Charlie Stephens, Part 2

271. Part 2 of our interview with Charlie Stephens, President of the High School Democrats of Louisiana. Charlie is a high school student at Lee High School in Baton Rouge. Charlie is not only a leader of the Louisiana High School Democrats at Lee High School; he is also the head of the organization for the whole state. Charlie recognizes that we have to regrow the Democratic Party from the ground up, and there's no better place to start than in school.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. July 30, 1812. William Charles Cole Claiborne becomes the 1st Governor of the state of Louisiana.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. German American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church James Hubert Herbert Blenk, S.M. (July 28, 1856 – April 20, 1917) served as Bishop of Puerto Rico (1899–1906) and Archbishop of New Orleans (1906–1917).
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    39th Annual Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival July 20-21, 2018
       The 39th annual Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival will be held inside air-conditioned Prather Coliseum on the Northwestern State University campus in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The 2018 festival theme is "Celebrating Louisiana's Folk Roots."
       The festival will include a wide variety of traditional crafts, folk foods, Kidfest, three stages with live music, narrative sessions, music informances, and a Cajun fiddle workshop, which will be free for Festival attendees. In addition, the annual Louisiana State Fiddle Championship will be held in the Magale Recital Hall on the afternoon of July 21.
       Crafts, exhibits, and Kidfest will be presented on Saturday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
  4. Bruce and Kerr talk to a couple of vegans at the New Orleans VeganFest.
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Friday, July 20, 2018

270. Charlie Stephens, part 1

270. Part 1 of our interview with Charlie Stephens, President of the High School Democrats of Louisiana. Charlie is a high school student at Lee High School in Baton Rouge. Charlie is not only a leader of the Louisiana High School Democrats at Lee High School; he is also the head of the organization for the whole state. Charlie recognizes that we have to regrow the Democratic Party from the ground up, and there's no better place to start than in school.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. July 22, 1923. Ted Lyons (Vinton) pitched his first major league baseball game.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. The Southern Yacht Club's organizational meeting was held on July 21, 1849  at the Pass Christian Hotel, which became its headquarters until 1857 when the club relocated to New Orleans and held its regattas on Lake Pontchartrain.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Delcambre Shrimp Festival
    August 15-19, 2018
    The town devotes an entire weekend to honor this economic lifeblood. Events include a shrimp cook-off, queens pageants, fais-do-do's, food booths, carnival rides, and the blessing of the shrimp boat fleet. There's plenty of fun for "kids" of all ages and lots to see, hear, and EAT!
  4. A group of Dead Heads play on Decatur St.
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Thursday, July 19, 2018

269a. Mimi Methvin

269a. We interview congressional candidate Mimi Methvin about her campaign to represent Louisiana's 3rd Congressional District in the House of Representatives. With 28 years’ experience as a federal and state judge along with a track record as a successful attorney and mediator, Mimi knows how to lead opposing sides to work together and find solutions. She’s also a mother, a yoga instructor, and a genealogist. Mimi believes the spirit of civility, respect and integrity that this country was founded on must be reignited to preserve our democratic institutions. She wants to bring her common sense, skill and intellectual honesty to Washington as a strong voice for the people of Louisiana’s Third Congressional District.


Thursday, July 12, 2018

269. Langston A. Williams, Part 2

269. Part 2 of our interview with filmmaker Langston A. Williams. Langston didn’t start off with a plan to make a social commentary as his master’s thesis film at the University of New Orleans. But the summer after Williams finished writing the screenplay for a horror short, a 37-year-old named Alton Sterling was shot by police officers in Baton Rouge. Williams discovered then that he had an entirely different screenplay in him – one about race, police brutality and the media. “The story almost wrote itself,” said Williams (M.F.A.,’17). Now, Williams’ 25-minute short film, “Stay Woke,” is racking up honors on the film festival circuit and, most impressively, was invited to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film Corner on May 17, a first for a student film made through UNO’s Department of Film & Theatre program.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. July 14, 1937. First piling driven for N.O. Charity Hospital.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. Bob Hope came to New Orleans on July 14, 1955 to play in a golf match at Lakewood Country Club to benefit the United Cerebral Palsy Association. When the match had to be called off because of bad weather, Hope instead made two personal appearances at the Saenger Theater.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
       The International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo is held during the last weekend in July that includes the Sunday. Please fill out the registration form below and mail to
    P.O. Box 25
    Des Allemands, LA 70030
    by the deadline of July 16th.
       Registrations received after Friday July 16th will not be processed via mail.
  4. Postcards from Louisiana. Tanya Huang plays a song by Evanescence on Royal St. 
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Thursday, July 5, 2018

268. Langston A. Williams, Part 1

268. Part 1 of our interview with filmmaker Langston A. Williams. Langston didn’t start off with a plan to make a social commentary as his master’s thesis film at the University of New Orleans. But the summer after Williams finished writing the screenplay for a horror short, a 37-year-old named Alton Sterling was shot by police officers in Baton Rouge. Williams discovered then that he had an entirely different screenplay in him – one about race, police brutality and the media. “The story almost wrote itself,” said Williams (M.F.A.,’17). Now, Williams’ 25-minute short film, “Stay Woke,” is racking up honors on the film festival circuit and, most impressively, was invited to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film Corner on May 17, a first for a student film made through UNO’s Department of Film & Theatre program.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. July 7, 1912. Grabow 'Lumber War' shootout takes place near DeRidder, 3 killed, 37 wounded.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. Beginning in the mid-1930s, and for several years after, the Recreation Project of the WPA sponsored the "Summer Showers" program in conjunction with the New Orleans Fire Department. Several days a week throughout the summer, firemen closed off a street, opened the hydrants and attached special nozzles to their hoses so the children of New Orleans could frolic and beat the heat. Opening day of the Summer Showers program was traditionally celebrated with a certain amount of pomp and circumstance. City and WPA leaders gathered at Engine House 26, 231 S. Broad, for the ceremonial turning on of the showers. Opening day festivities too place on Broad Street, July 7, 1939.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Cajun Music and Food Festival
    July 20, 2018 to July 21, 2018
    Friday 4pm-11pm & Saturday 9am-11pm
    Admission: $8.00 - Children under 12 Free
    (337) 794-2541
    Burton Coliseum
    7001 Gulf Hwy
    Lake Charles, LA 70605
    Celebrating 31 years of preserving and promoting Cajun music and heritage with continuous live Cajun music, traditional Cajun foods, arts and crafts, Cajun waltz and two-step dance contests, and children's activities all at Burton Coliseum starting at 4:00 to 11:00 PM, Friday, July 20th and again Saturday, July 21 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM. In addition, we have a Cajun French mass and donut social on Sunday morning at 8:00 AM at the CFMA Building and Museum located at 3481 E, Prien Lake Road, Lake Charles.
  4. Postcards from Louisiana. Frog & Henry plays on Frenchmen St.
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Friday, June 29, 2018

267. Walter Stern

267. This week we interview Walter Stern. From the Code Noir to today, New Orleans has had a complicated racial history. Surveying the two centuries that preceded Jim Crow’s demise, Race and Education in New Orleans traces the course of the city’s education system from the colonial period to the start of school desegregation in 1960. This timely historical analysis reveals that public schools in New Orleans both suffered from and maintained the racial stratification that characterized urban areas for much of the twentieth century.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. June 30, 1870. Robert E. Lee and the Natchez began their famous riverboat race.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. One of the lengthiest and most violent transit railway strikes the nation ever experienced began in New Orleans on July 1, 1929. Although an agreement was reached in August, the union members did not agree to go back to work until October.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    2018 Essence Festival
    July 5-8, 2018
    The Essence Festival, known as "the party with a purpose", is an annual music festival which started in 1995 as a one-time event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Essence, a magazine aimed primarily towards African-American women. It is the largest event celebrating African-American culture and music in the United States.
    This years acts include Janet Jackson - Mary J. Blige - Erykah Badu - Jill Scott - Snoop Dogg - The Roots - MC Lyte - Kelly Price - Miguel - Blackstreet - Fantasia - Xscape.
  4. Postcards from Louisiana. Tuba Skinny plays another tune at the d.b.a. music bar.
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Walter Stern
The Natchez vs the Robert E. Lee
Tuba Skinny

Thursday, June 28, 2018

266a. Ryan Trundle

266a. We interview candidate Ryan Trundle about his campaign for the 4th Congressional District from Louisiana. This is Ryan's message: "I have been fighting for people and the environment my whole life as an activist, community organizer and volunteer. Most of the time against greedy politicians and the unethical corporations that control them. I am sick and tired of seeing my friends and family being taken advantage of while our elected officials do nothing or worse. It's time for the people to have a voice in Congress, it’s time to fix the broken system, which is why I chose to run. The first step to fixing the corrupt political system is to remove big money special interests which is why I won't be accepting money or support from super PACs or corporations. The next step is to create a government that works for all of us, not just the wealthy, with fair common sense policies. I need your help to do this, please volunteer, donate and most importantly vote. It’s not a democracy without you."

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Friday, June 22, 2018

266. Andy Gellis, part 2

266. Part 2 of our interview with Andy Gellis about his book, BigABigD's Jewish-Cajun Fusion. As a Jew living in South Louisiana, Andy is interested in both Jewish food and the local Cajun cooking. While there are big differences in the two food cultures, there are some interesting similarities. Andy's book also reflects his interest in blending these two traditions to form a new cuisine. We also talk to Andy about eating kosher, about New York Jewish delis, and Jewish food in the Old World.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. June 23, 1813. Records show W.C.C. Claiborne used pelican and motto as state seal for first time.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. The evening of June 23, St John's Eve (also known as Midsummer because it falls on or near the summer solstice), is the eve of celebration before the Feast Day of St John the Baptist. The Christian holy day is fixed at June 24 but in some countries, festivities are celebrated the night before. In New Orleans, St. John's Eve has traditionally been celebrated by voodoo practitioners. A June 23, 1884 edition of the New Orleans Times-Democrat reported “Eve of St. John” activities; “The queen in attendance” as well as a “scene on the lake coast from Spanish Fort to Milneburg was one which cannot easily be forgotten.”
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival
    Jun 23–24, 2018
    Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. both days
    Louis Armstrong Park
    701 N. Rampart Street
    New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
    Admission: Free
  4. Postcards from Louisiana. A street band plays on Frenchmen and Chartres Streets. Frenchmen has become the nighttime alternative to Bourbon St. with more locals attending and fewer strip joints. 
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Friday, June 15, 2018

265. Andy Gellis, part 1

265. Part 1 of our interview with Andy Gellis about his book, BigABigD's Jewish-Cajun Fusion. As a Jew living in South Louisiana, Andy is interested in both Jewish food and the local Cajun cooking. While there are big differences in the two food cultures, there are some interesting similarities. Andy's book also reflects his interest in blending these two traditions to form a new cuisine. We also talk to Andy about eating kosher, about New York Jewish delis, and Jewish food in the Old World.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. June 16, 1964. Two barges ram Lake Ponchartrain Causeway tearing the structure and killing six.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. Z.Z.Top and Wishbone Ash played at A Warehouse on June 16, 1972.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Beauregard Watermelon Festival
    June 29-30, 2018
    The Beauregard Watermelon Festival has several events: watermelon carving, a t-shirt contest, a singing contest, a seed spitting contest, biggest watermelon contest, and more.
    (337) 463-5534
  4. Postcards from Louisiana. Tuba Skinny plays at the d.b.a. music bar.
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Friday, June 8, 2018

264. Mark Broyard, part 2.

264. Part 2 of our interview with Mark Broyard. Mark is descended from a long line of artisans and craftsmen who have plied their trade in New Orleans and Los Angeles. His mother's father was a furniture maker in the Vieux Carree.  His own father was a third generation bricklayer as well as a building contractor.  Mark cites these influences as being the strongest on his work. Mark and Roger Guenveur Smith have a two-man show, Inside the Creole Mafia, a not-too-dark comedy presenting a contemporary take on a mixed-blood heritage that emerged in the collision of slavery and freedom. In the 18th and 19th centuries they were the "Gens de Couleur Libres," the Free People of Color but today they are commonly known as "Creoles" or "Creoles of Color." With a blend of humor and savvy mockery, performers Mark Broyard and Roger Guenveur Smith rock the stage in big daddy white suits, silk shirts and ties, pouring Tabasco sauce libations while they "trow" Mardi Gras beads.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. June 9, 1867. Benjamin F. Flanders appointed Military Governor of La. by Gen. Sheridan.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. The Haspell Doll Collection, installed June 9, 1941, attracted numerous persons to the New Orleans Public Library. This group of 500 dolls from practically every nation is perhaps the finest in the South. Its value to students of geography and costume has been outstanding.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Louisiana Catfish Festival
    June 22-24, 2018
    The festival is held on the grounds of St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church in Des Allemands.
    17324 La. 631
    Des Allemands, La. 70030
    From New Orleans, take I-10 W to I-310. Head south on I-310 for about 12 miles. Exit to the right on Hwy. 90 W to Houma. Continue on Hwy. 90 W through Paradis to Des Allemands. Upon reaching Des Allemands,  St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church will be on the right side of LA 631 in the Des Allemands Business District.
    Des Allemands, LA
  4. Postcards from Louisiana. The Stay Outsiders play on Royal Street.
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Roger Smith (top) and Mark Broyard
The Stay Outsiders

Friday, June 1, 2018

263. Mark Broyard, part 1.

263. Part 1 of our interview with Mark Broyard. Mark is descended from a long line of artisans and craftsmen who have plied their trade in New Orleans and Los Angeles. His mother's father was a furniture maker in the Vieux Carree.  His own father was a third generation bricklayer as well as a building contractor.  Mark cites these influences as being the strongest on his work. Mark and Roger Guenveur Smith have a two-man show, Inside the Creole Mafia, a not-too-dark comedy presenting a contemporary take on a mixed-blood heritage that emerged in the collision of slavery and freedom. In the 18th and 19th centuries they were the "Gens de Couleur Libres," the Free People of Color but today they are commonly known as "Creoles" or "Creoles of Color." With a blend of humor and savvy mockery, performers Mark Broyard and Roger Guenveur Smith rock the stage in big daddy white suits, silk shirts and ties, pouring Tabasco sauce libations while they "trow" Mardi Gras beads.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. June 3, 1902. Legislature makes June 3, Confederate Day, a legal holiday.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. On June 2, 1944, the Liberty ship Walker D. Hines was launched by Delta Shipbuilding Company.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Louisiana Peach Fest
    "Peachy Paradise"
    June 22-23, 2018
    The Louisiana Peach Festival is a family-oriented event produced by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, and held each year the fourth weekend of June. The 2018 dates are June 22-23.
    Children 8 and Under get in Free!
    Friday, Free for all, Noon - 5 p.m.
    Friday, $10, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
    Saturday, $10, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
    Weekend Pass, $15
    Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce:
    (318) 255-2031
    (800) 392-9032
    Email: peach@rustonlincoln.org
  4. Postcards from Louisiana. A street band plays on Toulouse & Bourbon Streets.
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Roger Smith (top) and Mark Broyard