Author: Errol Laborde

Episode 68: Stories From The Census

Census figures do more than just set the numbers for political districts, they also tell us a lot about our lives and places of note in Louisiana. Jeff Adelson and Sam Karlyn, both journalists for The Advocate who have extensively…

Episode 67: Sweet Dreams – Somethings Special From the Oven

We think of Louisiana’s culinary excellence most often in terms of the seafoods, gumbo, etouffees and the variety of pork dishes, but there is a whole other category for sweet things. Lafayette-based author Dixie Poche joins Errol Laborde, executive editor…

Last Days Of Passenger Trains

From the Executive Editor's Desk When I was a kid my dad once took me by passenger train to visit relatives near Marksville. The train, called the Southern Belle, was operated by Kansas City Southern railroad. I have three main…

Episode 66: Christmas Eve Adventures Along The Levees

Some places are known for their snow at Christmas time; Louisiana’s river parishes are known for their fire on Christmas Eve. Chicago-based filmmaker Mark Niedelson joins Errol Laborde, executive editor of Louisiana Life, along with podcast producer Kelly Massicot to…

Episode 65: Adventures in No Man's Land

There was once a part of present day Louisiana that neither France nor Spain could decide on who was the possessor, so it was declared a neutral ground known as “No Man’s Land.” Filmmakers Bill Rodman and Flo Ulmer-Rodman, along…

Episode 64: Notes on Votes - How Louisiana Politics is Changing

Louisiana politics is known for being colorful and controversial. It is also, like most politics, constantly changing. Two University of Louisiana Political Scientists, Pearson Cross and Christie Maloyed, have compiled a book, “The Party is Over: The New Louisiana Politics”…

Top Traiteurs

One of our features in this issue is Top Doctors. Maybe one day there should be a companion piece called “Top Traiteurs.” Many cultures throughout history have their brand of folk healers. In Louisiana, the Creole culture created the “traiteur,”…

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…

Small Town Lawyers

Edwin Edwards liked to tell the story about when he first graduated from law school and was planning to establish a legal practice. Being from Marksville in Avoyelles Parish that town seemed like a natural, especially since it was the…

Episode 53: Shane Bernard - A Man and his TABASCO

Shane Bernard has Louisiana culture in his blood. He also has splashes of Tabasco sauce. Bernard, a historian who has chronicled Cajun culture and the Swamp pop music scene, is also the archivist for Tabasco hot sauce. He, a scholar…

Episode 51: A Louisianian Who Saved China

Clare Chennault led the country he was fighting for in defeating the Japanese in the air war. Surprisingly, that country was China and without his aerial combat skills Japan may have conquered the nation in 1937. Accordingly, the outcome of…