A superlative guide to a great state’s destinations, hosted by Errol Laborde, Executive Editor of Louisiana Life Magazine.
Episode 170: Warren Bell's Search for Buried History
As a former TV news anchor, Warren Bell reported news of the day. Now in retirement, Bell is discovering news from the past and his sources are archives and cemeteries. Bell joins Louisiana Life Executive Editor Errol Laborde, along with producer Kelly Massicot, to discuss his new documentary “Buried History: Finding Our Past.” The story centers around St. Louis Cemetery # 2 where he discovered a deteriorating family tomb. That began a search for family records and also an investigation of the old cemetery, which once was the burial place of mixed family groups including African-American Creoles. Not only did he learn much about his roots, but also links to others, including early musicians who were entombed there.
Bell also discusses the research options available to those who want to learn more about their families and the business side of cemeteries.
Episode 169: Making Headlines – The Evolution of Louisiana's Newspapers
Louisiana has always been known as a great state for news. The news itself my not have always been great but the flow of reporting on the politics, disaster, lifestyles and good times within a multi-cultural state has been continuous. Jari C. Honora, historian and genealogist for the Historic New Orleans Collection, joins Louisiana Life Executive Editor Errol Laborde to talk about the evolution of newspapers in the state including the rise of publications targeting the black community and the challengers of the modern news media.
Episode 168: Rubensteins - A Place to Shop and Now a Place to Stay
Rubensteins New Orleans has always been a place to shop for quality clothes. Now, the New Orleans business provides a quality place to stay.
Located at Canal Street and St. Charles Avenue, Rubensteins has long shown a commitment to the city’s downtown. That support has been further expressed by combining some of its adjacent buildings into a new quality boutique hotel.
Family member Kenny Rubenstein, an owner and general manager of the store, talks to Louisiana Life Executive Editor Errol Laborde and producer Kelly Massicot about retail, urban downtowns and customer loyalty. He also explains the intricacies of running two businesses that not only provide a place to spend your day, but to end your day as well.
Episode 167: A Conversation Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club President Elroy James
This week's episode is a crossover with sister podcast "Beyond the Beads" from New Orleans Magazine. Since the early 20th Century, the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club has been a prominent figure in Carnival culture. From the meeting of the Courts every Lundi Gras to throwing their famous coconuts each Mardi Gras day, Errol and Elroy tackle all aspects of the krewe both in and outside of the Carnival season.
Episode 166: Slithering in the Swamps - Captain Caviar John Burke's Cajun Encounters
John Burke knows about swamps. He spends time living close to the Atchafalaya swamp near Patterson, Louisiana. Earlier in his career he was involved in a business of making caviar from the roe of the choupique, a native fish whose eggs have some of the similar properties properties usen in European caviar. Now he gives swamp tours. His company, Cajun Encounters, not only takes everyday tourist into the swamps, but media celebrities too, such as Troy Landry, the star of the "Swamp People" TV series.
Burke talks to Louisiana Life Executive Editor Errol Laborde about life in the swamps; the beauty and the creepiness.
We will also hear about the estimates that there are 2 million gators living in Louisiana. Now that’s creepy.
Episode 165: Michael Hecht - Making the Region Stronger
Why are people from Louisiana leaving? Well, not all of them are, but there has been a subtle decline enough to make people wonder. “Jobs” is usually the answer, but there is some good news for the future, including in the energy- and tech-based industries. Michael Hecht, president and CEO of Greater New Orleans Inc. (a nonprofit agency dedicate to economic development), talks to Louisiana Life Executive Editor Errol Laborde about both the challenges and the successes of the Gulf South region.
We will also hear why Houston and Atlanta developed so quickly from once being relatively small southern towns to national economic giants.
Looking forward and backward
I am fascinated by Louisiana history and I also like to know what our state and citizens are doing to build the future of our communities. This podcast covers both and with the most interesting people!
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Host has severe stuttering problem
This show could have been good based on the variety of subject matter, but the host has no business running a podcast. He has a stuttering problem that is so off-putting that I don’t feel like listening. The stuttering feels contagious.
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