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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