Rewind the Tape: A Look Back at the Most Popular “Louisiana Insider” Episodes

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As we look ahead to 2022, it can be easy to dwell on the more trying times we faced in 2021. For “Louisiana Insider,” however, we celebrated the one-year anniversary of our labor of love, and completed 45 episodes of varying topics about our great state.

Instead of a new episode this week, we wanted to highlight the episodes that made your top picks this year.

 

Our most popular podcast included the story of how Sicilians influenced Louisiana.

 

Sicilians Louisianainsider Social 1024x1024 1Episode 38: A Long Way From Palermo, How The Sicilians Influenced Louisiana

Louisiana, we know, is the creation of many ethnic groups, but one that doesn’t always get the credit it is due is the Sicilians. The port of New Orleans was the largest arrival point of migrants from the island off the Italian coast. The group would become very active in agriculture and influential in food, music, politics and religious celebrations. Historian Justin Nystrom joined Errol Laborde to tell tales about the rich Sicilian traditions.

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The following episodes round out the top 10 “Louisiana Insider” episodes of 2021.

If you’d like to listen to all episodes you can visit our archive , head to Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or Spotify.

 

 

Lafitte Louisianainsider Social 1024x1024 1Episode 30: In Search of a Pirate

One of the most powerful men in the history of what is now Louisiana was Jean Lafitte. At his peak, Laffite was a mixture of pirate king, mafia Don and local hero. But, for as famous as he was, there is still much mystery to the Lafitte story, including his place and year of death. North Carolina-based mother and daughter co-authors Ashley Oliphant and Beth Yarbrough joined Laborde to reveal discoveries from their new book “Jean Laffite Revealed: Unraveling One of America’s Longest Running Mysteries.” The ending of this story is far different than anyone ever knew.

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Briar Rabbielouisianainsider Social 1024x1024 1Episode 41: A Plantation and a Briar Patch – Stories from a Place Called “Laura”

Bre’r Rabbit was a trickster who loved to defy authority and who pulled his stunts throughout the South. He is known for finding seclusion in briar parches, but in Louisiana his spiritual home was Laura Plantation where former slaves told stories that traced back to their West African roots. Norman Marmillion, a co-owner of Laura Plantation (located near Vacherie, 39 miles upriver from New Orleans), joined Laborde to tell stories of the plantation house, the cabins and out-buildings that still survive on the property, as well as the social life of a girl named Laura.

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Wwi Louisianainsider Social CopyEpisode 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. There were also a few clear victories with the evolution of Jazz and women’s suffrage. Historian Brian Altobello joined Laborde to tell stories from his new book “Whiskey, Women and War: How the Great War Shaped Jim Crow New Orleans.”

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La Nouvelle Louisianainsider Social CopyEpisode 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. Managing editor Melanie Warner Spencer joined Laborde to discuss the best of what’s new in the state including places, things, culinary adventures and even people with stories to tell.

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Usa Silhouette BEpisode 27: A Spanish Liquor That Louisiana Saved

Hardly anyone knows it, but the Louisiana-based Sazerac Company has become one of the top liquor brand distributors in the country. Plus, it operates the amazing new Sazerac House museum in New Orleans. Rhiannon Enlil, a historian for the museum, joined Laborde to talk about the bounty from the bar and New Orleans’ controversial claims to be the birthplace of the cocktail.

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Civil Rights Louisianainsider Social CopyEpisode 54: The Civil Rights Trail – Stories From The Saga

When the story of the American Civil Rights protests held in Louisiana is told, highlights of several key stops along the way including a church in Shreveport, a march to Bogalusa and Dooky Chase restaurant in New Orleans. Organizer Glenda McKinley and former TV news anchor Norman Robinson joined Laborde 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.

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Usa Silhouette BEpisode 33: Conversation with a Voodoo Priestess

Is Voodoo a religion or is it a way of life? According to Sallie Ann Glassman, it is both. Glassman, who travelled to Haiti to study Vodou and to be initiated into the priesthood, explains the complexities, including the parallels with Roman Catholicism and certain saints. Glassman joined Laborde to talk about the mysteries of Voodoo. Oh yes, we will hear about the impact of drumming to the spirit.

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Usa Silhouette BEpisode 46: Ghosts of Good Times – Dance Halls, Swamp Pop and Zydeco

Imagine, walking down the street one night in Opelousas and hearing, in the distance, music from Ray Charles or James Brown. Only that was no jukebox that you were hearing, but Charles and Brown themselves performing live in St. Landry Parish. There was a day when the state was dotted with dancehalls and big-name entertainers travelled the circuit. Within those walls, the sounds of Zydeco also began to flourish, including Rockin’ Sidney commanding “Don’t Mess with My Toot-Toot,” and, swamp popper Rod Bernard, who swooned that “This Should go on Forever.”

Author Herman Fuselier joined Laborde to talk about his book, “Ghosts of Good Times: Louisiana Dance Halls, Past and Present,” as well as the emergence of Zydeco and its biggest stars.

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Usa Silhouette BEpisode 43: Movies That Moved Us – Top Films Set In Louisiana

What does it mean when, of the top 10 movies set in Louisiana, two of them have the word “Easy” in the title? After much discussion, we have concluded that it is probably only a coincidence, because the competition is tough. Film critic Alfred Richard joined Laborde in a lively conversation to reveal his choices of the top 10 films set in Louisiana. (Spoiler alert: While the “Easy” films make the list they are not at the top.)

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If you’d like to listen to all episodes you can visit our archive , head to Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or Spotify.

 

 

 

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