A superlative guide to a great state’s destinations, hosted by Errol Laborde, Executive Editor of Louisiana Life Magazine.
Episode 59: The Plight of Coastal People – A Geographer's Perspective
Craig Colton looks at Louisiana’s endangered wetlands not only as an environmentalist, but also as a geographer and anthropologist. Colton, a professor of geography at LSU, joins Errol Laborde, executive editor of Louisiana Life, along with podcast producer Kelly Massicot to discuss the plight and hopes of coastal residents, as reported in his new book, “State of Disaster: A Historical Geography of Louisiana’s Land Loss Crisis.”
Oh yes, we’ll also hear about the math, as Louisiana’s land loss is often described in terms of football fields.
Episode 58: On Top of the Hill – Journalist Steve Roberts Recalls Career of Wife Cokie Roberts
Steve Roberts has experienced life from many different angles. He is an accomplished journalist who has written a nationally syndicated political column. He was the husband of the late Cokie Roberts, who reported for ABC News and National Public Radio and wrote several books, some specializing in women’s political history. His mother-in-law as the late Lindy Boggs, who was a member of congress from Louisiana and went on to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, and his father-in-law was Hale Boggs, a member of Congress who was on the path to become Speaker of the House before disappearing in an Alaskan plane crash in the '70s. Roberts joins Errol Laborde, executive editor of Louisiana Life, along with podcast producer Kelly Massicot in a memorable interview to discuss his career and his new book about Cokie Roberts.
Oh yes, we’ll also hear Cokie Roberts’ argument made to her mother about why she should accept the Vatican appointment.
Episode 57: Towns With Charm
Which Louisiana town has Dolly Parton as part of its history? Which town was settled as part of a German religious sect? These and other questions are answered as Louisiana Life magazine’s travel writer Chere Cohen joins Errol Laborde, executive editor of Louisiana Life, along with podcast producer Kelly Massicot, to reveal her picks of the state’s most charming towns.
Oh yes, we’ll also hear about why Natchitoches became famous for meat pies and about a nearby town that’s known for its tamales.
Episode 56: Booze, Bordellos and Battles – Impact of World War I Era in Louisiana
Europe was ablaze with the biggest war that the planet had experienced up to that time. In Louisiana, there were also lots of battles; including an end to the Red Light District, racial tensions and the coming of prohibition. And there were a few clear victories with the evolution of Jazz and women’s suffrage. Historian Brian Altobello joins Louisiana Life Executive Editor Errol Laborde, along with podcast producer Kelly Massicot, to tell stories from his new book “Whiskey, Women and War: How the Great War Shaped Jim Crow New Orleans.”
Oh yes, we’ll also hear about Mayor Martin Behrman and his impact on restructuring the city.
Episode 55: La Nouvelle Louisiane – What’s New In the State? A Lot
Even through the COVID-19 slowdown and taunting by hurricanes there has been lots going on in Louisiana over the last couple years. To prove its point, Louisiana Life magazine presents its annual La Nouvelle Louisiane awards. Melanie Warner Spencer, the magazine’s managing editor, joins Errol Laborde along with podcast producer Kelly Massicot to discuss the best of what’s new in the state including places, things, culinary adventures and even people with stories to tell.
Oh yes, we’ll also hear the magazine’s picks of five charming Louisiana towns.
Episode 54: The Civil Rights Trail - Stories From The Saga
When the story of the protests for more civil rights in Louisiana is told there were several key stops along the way including a church in Shreveport, a march to Bogalusa and Dooky Chase restaurant in New Orleans. Organizer Brenda McKinley and former TV news anchor Norman Robinson join Errol Laborde, executive editor of Louisiana Life, along with podcast producer Kelly Massicot to tell stories about the height of the Civil Rights struggle. The story is now made more visual by the state's new Civil Rights trail, which provides informational trail markers and web-based information about the saga.
Oh yes, we’ll also hear about Ray Charles and his mention of Dooky Chase in one of his songs.
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Thank you!!!!! Best way to handle my homesickness during covid.
Hosts need to do their research
The hosts need to vet their guests before they invite them onto the show. Their most recent episode spread a popular myth about free women of color in New Orleans: The Quadroon Balls. These balls did not happen in New Orleans, and this myth has been disproven by several prominent New Orleans historians. While placage does have historical roots via Haitian refugees to the city after The Haitian Revolution, Placage was not a popular practice in New Orleans by free women of color. This myth is damaging and reeks of racism and its intersections with sexism aka misogynoir. Don’t spread false damaging narratives.
I don’t want our historic culture lost to next gen.