31 episodes

A podcast about community and for the community of Baton Rouge-- that's Red Stick Strong. Hurricane Ida hit on August 29, but her impact is being felt weeks later. Listen to the Red Stick Strong podcast series about Hurricane Ida and learn about this severe weather event from a variety of perspectives. Hear about the science of the storm; trucking; churches; business leaders; insurance; and more! Hosted by Catherine O'Brien, Baton Rouge podcast producer and owner of Branch Out Programs. #redstickstrong

Red Stick Strong Catherine O'Brien

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    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

A podcast about community and for the community of Baton Rouge-- that's Red Stick Strong. Hurricane Ida hit on August 29, but her impact is being felt weeks later. Listen to the Red Stick Strong podcast series about Hurricane Ida and learn about this severe weather event from a variety of perspectives. Hear about the science of the storm; trucking; churches; business leaders; insurance; and more! Hosted by Catherine O'Brien, Baton Rouge podcast producer and owner of Branch Out Programs. #redstickstrong

    Ida's Not the First or Last | Marvin LeBlanc

    Ida's Not the First or Last | Marvin LeBlanc

    Get Marvin LeBlanc’s printable disaster prep checklist – free to you: http://www.marvinleblanc.com/cat
    You can’t talk about natural disasters like Hurricane Ida without the conversation eventually getting around to the topic of insurance. With over 90 storms under his belt, Marvin LeBlanc knows a thing or two about what South Louisianans need to know about insurance and disasters. This episode is revealing—you’re going to hear emergency prep tips you haven’t heard before (but make so much sense when Marvin shares them!) If you’ve ever thought, “why am I spending my money on insurance?” this episode is for you.
    Marvelous Marvin is also an author, speaker, and trainer.
    CONNECT WITH MARVIN LEBLANC:
    Insurance business: https://marvinleblancinsurance.com/
    Marvin has made a checklist for you to help you in case of emergency/evacuation: http://www.marvinleblanc.com/cat
    Connect with Marvin on Facebook: http://facebook.com/marvinleblanc
    Tweets from Marvin are here: https://twitter.com/InsureLouisiana
    Marvin is also on Instagram and LinkedIn
    Call or text Marvin: (225) 938-4177
    SPEAKING AND TRAINING WITH MARVIN:
    Get Marvin’s book, “Come Hell or High Water: Life Lessons from Hurricane Katrina”
    Marvin’s hub for speaking and training: http://www.marvinleblanc.com/
    Red Stick Strong is a podcast on Hurricane Ida and the Baton Rouge community.  Hosted by Catherine O'Brien and produced by Branch Out Programs. Follow Red Stick Strong on Instagram. Do you know a Hurricane Ida story that needs to be told? Tell Catherine! 
     

    • 34 min
    Neighbors Helping Neighbors | Lydia Woods and Phil Debin

    Neighbors Helping Neighbors | Lydia Woods and Phil Debin

    One of the best things that happens during a natural disaster like Hurricane Ida is seeing neighbors helping neighbors. Local businesses can also pitch in and help, since community links arm in arm with success and growth. Lydia Woods is a Realtor and real estate investor. Phil Debin is a broker and the CEO of Goodwood Realty. Both join Catherine O’Brien, podcast producer and host of Red Stick Strong podcast to talk about being a resource during tough times; home ownership; and what it means to be a community minded business leader.
    CONNECT WITH LYDIA WOODS
    Lydia is on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/RealtorLRWoods/
    The Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RealtorLRWoods/
    Lydia has her own website here and a profile on the Goodwood Realty website.  
    Call or text Lydia: (225) 763-1723
    CONNECT WITH PHIL DEBIN
    Phil has a one-stop online shop à ThatGoodAgent.com
    Phil on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.
    Phil is the CEO of Goodwood Realty, website here.
    Red Stick Strong is a podcast on Hurricane Ida and the Baton Rouge community.  Hosted by Catherine O'Brien and produced by Branch Out Programs. Follow Red Stick Strong on Instagram. Do you know a Hurricane Ida story that needs to be told? Tell Catherine! 
     

    • 28 min
    Trucking Keeps Us Moving | Renee Amar

    Trucking Keeps Us Moving | Renee Amar

    Are you hearing rumblings about our supply chain? Did you see professional truckers delivering water, generators, food and more during Hurricane Ida? Have you ever considered how much trucking impacts your daily life? Renee Amar, the Executive Director of the Louisiana Motor Transport Association joins Catherine O’Brien on Red Stick Strong to talk about how professional truckers work before, during, and after a natural disaster like Hurricane Ida.
    Truckers are specially equipped—skill-wise and personality-wise to help out when needs arise. Consider this interview a sneak peek into the secret life of trucking. You are sure to come away with an appreciation and an education of how trucking keeps Louisiana Moving.
    CONNECT WITH RENEE AMAR AND LMTA, Inc.
    Louisiana Motor Transport Assn on Twitter: https://twitter.com/truckinginLA
    Renee Tweets: https://twitter.com/CReneeAmar
    LMTA has a website: https://www.lmta.la/
    Find out about the Foundation and scholarships here: https://www.lmta.foundation/
    LOUISIANA WOMEN LEAD
    Renee is passionate about women taking leadership in Louisiana elected offices. Learn more about Louisiana Women Lead on their website: https://www.louisianawomenlead.org/
    Louisiana Women Lead on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn. (They’re everywhere!)
    Red Stick Strong is a podcast on Hurricane Ida and the Baton Rouge community.  Hosted by Catherine O'Brien and produced by Branch Out Programs. Follow Red Stick Strong on Instagram. Do you know a Hurricane Ida story that needs to be told? Tell Catherine! 

    • 25 min
    What to Listen for in a Weather Forecast | Josh Eachus, PhD

    What to Listen for in a Weather Forecast | Josh Eachus, PhD

    SPECIAL NOTE: Get the WBRZ Weather App! Available now on the WBRZ website.
    Dr. Josh Eachus is the chief meteorologist at WBRZ Channel 2. He’s been on the Baton Rouge weather scene since 2013 and earned his PHD from LSU in 2017. Dr. Josh knows weather! He also knows the importance of communication around weather events.
    Kicking off the new Hurricane Ida Series of the Red Stick Strong podcast, Josh joins host Catherine O’Brien to talk about what kind of storm Ida was from a meteorological perspective as well as a “human response” event. You’ll leave this conversation knowing more about how weather information gets to you, the viewer; Josh’s prediction about what the history books will say about Ida; some communication tips; and why dogs are awesome.
    CONNECT WITH JOSH EACHUS, PhD
    Josh on Twitter: @DrJoshWx
    Instagram: @DrJoshWx
    At WBRZ: Chief Meteorologist Josh Eachus
    Click here to learn about Dog Days of Summer at WBRZ, featuring Friends of the Animals Baton Rouge.  
    Red Stick Strong is a podcast on Hurricane Ida and the Baton Rouge community.  Hosted by Catherine O'Brien and produced by Branch Out Programs. Follow Red Stick Strong on Instagram. Do you know a Hurricane Ida story that needs to be told? Tell Catherine! 
     

    • 22 min
    Red Stick Strong Hurricane Ida Series Coming Soon

    Red Stick Strong Hurricane Ida Series Coming Soon

    Hurricane Ida made landfall on August 29 yet many in South Louisiana are still living with the effects many weeks later. We all know that disaster can strike at any time, but an active hurricane season can bring that reality into focus.
    The Red Stick Strong podcast is back with a special series on Hurricane Ida. You’ll hear all kinds of interesting perspectives in this series—from the weather, trucking, real estate, insurance, churches and more.
    It’s said that adversity reveals character and in this series you’ll learn a lot about the character of Baton Rouge by the time we’re done. 
    Listen to the Red Stick Strong podcast Hurricane Ida series. Red Stick Strong—a podcast about the community and for the community of Baton Rouge.
    Website: RedStickStrong.com
    Links to your favorite podcast apps: RedStickStrong.com
    Red Stick Strong is on the IG: Instagram
    Red Stick Strong is a podcast about the Baton Rouge community, for the Baton Rouge community. Hosted by Catherine O'Brien and produced by Branch Out Programs. Is there at Hurricane Ida relief story you want to share? Tell Catherine! 

    • 1 min
    Justin Young | Overcoming and a Productive Life

    Justin Young | Overcoming and a Productive Life

    Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the United States, and the United States has one of the highest incarceration rates in the world. Pair this statistic with the fact that most prisoners eventually return to society—what does that mean for our community as a whole; not overlooking victims of crime and not setting anyone up for failure. What can we learn about having a strong community from this dynamic?
    Justin Young has a perspective on this relationship between the prisoner population and our community members: Justin was recently released after serving 13 years in the correctional system. In that time, Justin developed the discipline and responsibility to use that time wisely, now setting his sights on leading a productive life.
    CONNECT WITH JUSTIN YOUNG
    Email Justin: justinyoung41@yahoo.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/justiny1986/
    The FB: Justin on Facebook
    Red Stick Strong is a podcast highlighting Baton Rouge business and organizations serving during the pandemic. Hosted by Catherine O'Brien and produced by Branch Out Programs. Follow Red Stick Strong on Instagram. Do you know a BR business that needs a shout-out? Tell Catherine! 

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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3 Ratings

3 Ratings

Adam Beary ,

Inspiring

Catherine like so many other people in this community has pivoted her business to help the Baton Rouge community! Not only is this podcast highlighting local businesses but it is inspiring some to keep going and help others. Great job!

Johnny3terson ,

Great for BR

This podcast is a great inspiration for other cities to highlight amazing things small businesses are doing amid Corona. Great job Catherine!

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