podcasts pour tous les Acadiens

Out to Lunch

OUT TO LUNCH finds creative business consultant Aileen Bennett conducting business Acadiana style: over lunch. Each week Aileen invites guests from Acadiana's  business community to join her. Beyond the foundations of the Acadiana economy - oil, cuisine, music - there is a vast network of entrepreneurs, small businesses, and even some of the country's largest companies who call Acadiana home. Out to Lunch is the cafeteria of the wider Acadiana business community. You can also hear the show on KRVS 88.7FM.

Unmanned

Unmanned
October 18, 2017

In the tech industry there’s always a “next big thing” on the horizon that’s going to change everything. It happens so often there’s a name for this syndrome. It’s called “disruption.” The next big disruption that everyone’s talking about is driverless cars. While we don’t know when a driverless car is actually going to pull up outside your house – or whether anyone is going to have the courage to get... Read More »

Orange Kayak

Orange Kayak
October 11, 2017

Here in Acadiana, one of the things we value is tradition. By that we mean not just Cajun and Creole culture, but the old fashioned ways of doing things. We don’t mind if business takes a little longer to conduct and includes a long lunch - and longer conversations about our families and football than business – ‘cause that’s just how it’s done around here. On the other hand, we like... Read More »

Hollywood Southwest

Hollywood Southwest
October 4, 2017

Over the last couple of years we’ve had to deal with the fallout from big changes in the oil business. We have been far less battered by equally cataclysmic changes in the film business. If you haven’t been keeping up, here’s the thumbnail sketch. In 2003 the Louisiana legislature decided to attract film production to the state by giving film productions 30% of their budget. In cash. That meant, if you were... Read More »

Gone Fishin'

Gone Fishin'
September 20, 2017

According to the United States Geological Survey, 71% of the Earth’s surface is water. And 96% of that – in other words, almost all of it – is ocean. Seeing most of the planet is ocean, you might wonder why it’s called “Earth” at all. In theory, it should really be called “Water.” And seeing there are billions more fish than there are humans, you would think we relatively few humans would be... Read More »

International Poboy

International Poboy
September 13, 2017

If you live in Acadiana there’s a good chance you attend your fair share of festivals. It seems like there’s a festival around here just about every week. That’s because there is.  If you’re in a Cajun band and you think at one time or another you’ve been booked to play all of them, Google “Acadiana Festivals.” I bet there’s a couple you haven’t heard of. The crown jewel of our Acadiana... Read More »

People People

People People
September 6, 2017

We hear a lot in the national news about the global economy, and how we’re all connected. Here in Acadiana we can certainly see how our families are connected, but it’s often difficult to see our connection to the rest of the state, much less the nation, and the world. Sitting in for Peter Ricchiuti on this edition of Out to Lunch, Aileen Bennett introduces two local businessmen who are both part... Read More »

Best Laid Plans

Best Laid Plans
August 31, 2017

The legendary Scottish poet Robbie Burns wrote, in old Scots Brogue, “The best laid schemes o’ mice ‘n men, gang aft a-gley.” The Scots brogue was the British equivalent of Cajun French. In English we’ve translated it as, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” Burns frequently wrote about innocent country creatures. Especially the way their lives can be impacted by the forces of our world -... Read More »

Chop Chop Farm

Chop Chop Farm
August 23, 2017

If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t like meat, you might want to keep this show on in the background and not listen too closely. If you’re the kind of person who believes there are certain jobs that women just shouldn’t do – for example, that there’s nothing sexy about a lady pig farmer or a woman who knows her way around a butcher shop – you’ll probably be happier... Read More »

Spoiled Pets Pampered People

Spoiled Pets Pampered People
August 16, 2017

Aileen's guests on this edition of Out to Lunch are in the same business: grooming. There is, however, one significant difference between their two businesses. They serve different species. One is for human beings. The other is for dogs. Renee Ezell is the owner of the human-oriented business, The Refinery Downtown. At The Refinery they specialize in men’s haircuts and hot towel shaves. Plus they have a full salon and full range of spa... Read More »

Indoors

Indoors
August 9, 2017

For a great deal of the time humans have been walking around on Earth we were like other species. We spent most of our time outdoors and built shelters to sleep in, or to take refuge from severe weather. Somewhere along the line, that changed. Now most of we humans spend most of our lives indoors. Inside buildings. Our structures have become far more than just shelters. Some are essential to industry... Read More »

Tales of Evangeline

Tales of Evangeline
August 2, 2017

The legend of Evangeline is the Cajun Romeo and Juliet. It’s a story that captures the essence of the Acadiens experience. And it’s as romantic as any ever told.  The story of Evangeline Parish is equally essentially Cajun. It might be a little more down to earth than the eternal search for love. But then again, if that search includes the love of boudin and cracklin’ -  some folks can be as... Read More »

You're In Business

You're In Business
July 26, 2017

Sometime over the past few years, the meaning of the world “business” has changed. Business used to be something that men in suits conducted in offices and on golf courses. Today, some of the most successful men in business don’t own a suit. And business is no longer a boy’s only club. Shows like Shark Tank make business look like a game anybody can play if you’re prepared to roll the dice and... Read More »

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