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406. Maddie Lafuse talks to us about Marie Laveau. Part 1. Marie Laveau was a Louisiana Creole practitioner of Voodoo, herbalist and midwife who was renowned in New Orleans. Her daughter, Marie Laveau II, (1827–c. 1862) also practiced rootwork, conjure, Native American and African spiritualism as well as Louisiana Voodoo. This week in Louisiana his…
 
405. As part of our Black History Month emphasis, Jeffrey Barrois from Good Morning Comrade joins us to interview John DeSantis about his book, The Thibodaux Massacre: Racial Violence and the 1887 Sugar Cane Labor Strike. On November 23, 1887, white vigilantes gunned down unarmed black laborers and their families during a spree lasting more than tw…
 
404. We interview Mark Charles Roudané about the New Orleans Tribune and l'Union newspapers. Mr. Roudané explains: “My roots are in Africa, France, Haiti, and Louisiana. My 4th great paternal and maternal grandmothers were enslaved in Saint-Domingue (now Haiti). Both had children with French colonists. Their descendants lived as free people of colo…
 
402. Thomas Ruys Smith discusses Sam Clemens and Mardi Gras. "On March 8 1859, a 23 year old trainee steamboat pilot named Samuel Clemens, a month away from getting his full pilot’s license, arrived in New Orleans after a week’s voyage down the Mississippi from St. Louis. But when the young man who would soon become Mark Twain stepped off the Aleck…
 
401. Part 2 of our interview with Timothy Bartel about Evangeline. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Evangeline was a bestseller in nineteenth-century America, inspiring generations of readers with a heroine who overcomes colonial violence and exile in her romantic and spiritual quest across America. Long ignored by modernist scholars, Evangeline is fin…
 
399. Part 2 of our interview with David and Ashley Havird. They joined us to read and discuss some of their poetry. The Havirds are poets from Shreveport in North Louisiana. David, Professor Emeritus of English at Centenary, has published several collections of poetry, including Map Home (2013) and Penelope’s Design (2010). His work has also appear…
 
398. Part 1 of our interview with poets David and Ashley Havird. David and Ashley join us to read and discuss some of their poetry. The Havirds are poets from Shreveport in North Louisiana. David, Professor Emeritus of English at Centenary, has published several collections of poetry, including Map Home (2013) and Penelope’s Design (2010). His work…
 
397. Part 2 of our interview with Katy Shannon about her book on L'Abeille. The New Orleans Bee contains extensive excerpts from the first year of publication of the city’s most influential French-language newspaper. It captures this diverse city in its formative years authentically and with an immediacy that can be provided only by a primary sourc…
 
396. Part 1 of our interview with Katy Shannon about her book on L'Abeille. The New Orleans Bee contains extensive excerpts from the first year of publication of the city’s most influential French-language newspaper. It captures this diverse city in its formative years authentically and with an immediacy that can be provided only by a primary sourc…
 
395. Part 2 of our interview with Hans Sternberg & James Shelledy. We Were Merchants. The words “Goudchaux’s / Maison Blanche” conjure up a wealth of fond memories for local shoppers. At this landmark Louisiana department store, clerks greeted you by name; children received a nickel to buy a Coke and for every report-card A; families anticipated th…
 
395½. We talk with our friend Lamar White, Jr., about the 2020 election in Louisiana. Lamar has written a biography of Carlos Marcello entitled Big Daddy of the Big Easy. Lamar is also the founder and editor of Bayou Brief. "We are Louisiana's first and only statewide, non-profit, member-supported, and digitally-focused news publication. The Bayou …
 
394. Part 1 of our interview with Hans Sternberg & James Shelledy. We Were Merchants.The words “Goudchaux’s / Maison Blanche” conjure up a wealth of fond memories for local shoppers. At this landmark Louisiana department store, clerks greeted you by name; children received a nickel to buy a Coke and for every report-card A; families anticipated the…
 
393. Part 2 of our interview with Tylyn Anson about Gay Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Queer, trans filmmaker from the south, and MFA graduate in Film Production from the University of New Orleans, with extensive experience both on set and in post-production, having worked on over 20 films. I have released several short films that she wrote, directed, …
 
392. Part 1 of our interview with Tylyn Anson about the history of Gay Mardi Gras. Queer, trans filmmaker from the south, and MFA graduate in Film Production from the University of New Orleans, with extensive experience both on set and in post-production, having worked on over 20 films. I have released several short films that she wrote, directed, …
 
391. Part 2 of our chat with Ed Branley. Ed is a friend of ours, the NOLA history guy, and the author of History of Jazz. From the days when Buddy Bolden would blow his cornet to attract an audience from one New Orleans park to another, to the brass bands in clubs and on the streets today, jazz in New Orleans has been about simple things: getting p…
 
390. Part 1 of our talk with Ed Branley. Ed is a friend of ours, the NOLA history guy, and the author of Legendary Locals of New Orleans. Since its founding in 1718 by the LeMoyne brothers, New Orleans has cemented its status as one of the busiest ports on the continent. Producing many unique and fascinating individuals, Colonial New Orleans was a …
 
389. Part 2 of our interview with Juliane Braun about French-language drama in Louisiana, the subject of her book, Creole Drama: Theatre and Society in Antebellum New Orleans. The stages of antebellum New Orleans did more than entertain. In the city’s early years, French-speaking residents used the theatre to assert their political, economic, and c…
 
388½. We talk with our friend Lamar White, Jr., about the 2020 election in Louisiana. Lamar has written a biography of Carlos Marcello entitled Big Daddy of the Big Easy. Lamar is also the founder and editor of Bayou Brief. "We are Louisiana's first and only statewide, non-profit, member-supported, and digitally-focused news publication. The Bayou …
 
387½. Martin Lemelle for Congress. We interview Martin Lemelle about his campaign to be the Congressman from the 5th District of the great state of Louisiana. Martin Lemelle is truly a son of the great state of Louisiana; a native of Lincoln Parish with familial roots in St. Landry Parish, educated in public and state schools here in Louisiana, ser…
 
388. Part 1 of our interview with Juliane Braun about her new book, Creole Drama: Theatre and Society in Antebellum New Orleans. The stages of antebellum New Orleans did more than entertain. In the city’s early years, French-speaking residents used the theatre to assert their political, economic, and cultural sovereignty in the face of growing Angl…
 
387. Part 2 of our interview with Mary Barile, author of The Irish Rogue. Mary Barile is a writer and historian, and the author of fourteen books about antiques, history, and the paranormal. She is also an award-winning playwright, with readings and productions from The Kennedy Center to just-off-Broadway. Mary is dedicated to bringing the past to …
 
386. Part 1 of our interview with Mary Barile about her play, The Irish Rogue. She based this play on Liberty in Louisiana by James Workman, the earliest known play about Louisiana. Mary is a writer and historian, and the author of fourteen books about antiques, history, and the paranormal. She is also an award-winning playwright, with readings and…
 
385. Every Man a King vs All the King's Men. Last spring, Bruce taught an upper-level course in Louisiana literature. This week, we're airing a class discussion on Huey Long in his autobiography, Every Man a King, vs Willie Stark in Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men. This week in Louisiana history. October 4, 1792. Under Gov. Carondelet, the …
 
Fear the Walking Dead: A Podcast. Show episode S02E14-15. “Wrath” and “North.” Podcast episode 19. Bruce and Steve discuss the last double episodes, “Wrath” and “North.” Travis reacts to the death of Chris by killing the two American young men who had killed him. As a result, Travis, Madison, and Alicia have to leave the hotel, with Strand staying …
 
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