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.

Chiropractically Clean

Chiropractically Clean
August 14, 2019

The decision to go in to business for yourself is a big one. On the one hand, you can do exactly what you want at any hour of the day without having to ask for anyone’s permission. On the other hand, you’re not getting paid. Aileen Bennett's two lunch guests on this edition of out to Lunch Acaiana made the decision to go into business for themselves for two very different reasons. And... Read More »

Sales or No Sales

Sales or No Sales
August 7, 2019

At the end of the day, business is all about sales. You might have a revolutionary idea for a business or a product. You might even be a genius. But if you can’t sell, you might as well just leave all your brilliant ideas in your desk drawer. The art of sales is a particular skill. And it doesn’t come naturally to everyone. That’s why Reece Theriot started up his company, Fulcrum Sales... Read More »

Rental Flowers and The Happiness App

Rental Flowers and The Happiness App
July 31, 2019

No matter who you are, what you do, or where you live, there’s no doubt that you’re looking for same thing out of life as every other human being in the world: Happiness. Happiness is the stated goal of almost every societal organization in recorded history – from ancient Hindu writings to the United States Declaration of Independence. Here in Acadiana, Taylor McMahon is doing his part to increase the sum of... Read More »

Elemental

Elemental
July 24, 2019

Acadiana is changing. Yes, we still jealously guard our traditions and our culture, but we also embrace change. We’re happy to have the fastest internet in the country. We’re happy to be home to some very cool tech businesses. And we’re happy to be able to go downtown to a coffee shop like Reve, which is as hip as any place in any major American City. But none of this fell out of... Read More »

Eat Right 'n Relax

Eat Right 'n Relax
July 17, 2019

If you’re young you might find this hard to believe, but it’s only been within the last generation that we have made the link between our health and our diet. It started with the realization that inhaling cigarette smoke can cause the formation of cancerous cells in our lungs. It took quite some time for us to believe that. And, as obvious as it seems now, it took even longer for us... Read More »

Actual Humans

Actual Humans
July 10, 2019

There’s a lot of talk these days about Artificial Intelligence. Economists and pundits are betting on who’s still going to have a job in 20 years and who’s going to be replaced by a robot or an algorithm. Some say the jobs most likely to disappear are taxi drivers, Uber, and truck drivers. Others say it’s tax preparers and loan officers. As an illustration of how difficult it can be to predict... Read More »

Les Arts des Acadiens

Les Arts des Acadiens
July 3, 2019

Here’s a question for you. What is Art? There are various possible answers. From the personal and pragmatic, “I know it when I see it,” to the wide-ranging and ideological, “Anything that holds up a mirror to society.” When we talk about art on a show that is about business, I can tell you one thing that art is not. It’s not something you go into to get rich. It’s hard to imagine... Read More »

CBD and THC

CBD and THC
June 26, 2019

If you’d lived in the United States in the early 1900’s, you would have been part of a fierce debate about alcohol. For many years there were people in Washington DC, and all across the country, who believed that alcohol was a drug that was so bad for us, that for our own good it should be totally banned. Eventually, that argument won out. In January 1920, alcohol was banned for sale... Read More »

Spoonbill Macarons

Spoonbill Macarons
June 19, 2019

If everything worked out the way you thought it was going to, 10 or 20 years ago, what kind of a life would you be leading today? It’s fascinating to ponder how different the world might be if Jeff Bezos didn’t quit his job and start Amazon. Or if William Shakespeare had been content to make a living as an actor and hadn’t started writing. We all change course. We change our... Read More »

Getting The Word Out

Getting The Word Out
June 5, 2019

We all know about the enormous economic challenges that newspapers are facing. With access to information that’s posted online almost the minute it happens, it’s become more difficult to convince people that reading the news next day in print has any value. The fact is that a good journalist can frame an issue, give it context, and deliver information in a way that you simply can’t get on social media. But newspapers... Read More »

Pop Art

Pop Art
May 29, 2019

You’re probably familiar with the term “Art versus commerce.” It’s one of the concepts that we take for granted are opposites. “Good versus evil.” “Communism versus capitalism.” “Left versus right.” The problem with lumping art versus commerce into this list is that if you are an artist, you’re required to find a place where art and commerce meet, or you’re not going to pay the rent or keep the lights on. Aileen's two... Read More »

Cajun China

Cajun China
May 22, 2019

Any conversation about the global economy today is bound to include a discussion of China. Economists and pundits frequently refer to China as “the world’s fastest growing economy.” Or “the world’s second biggest economy.” The unspoken intimation in this choice of language is that we in the United States better look out – China is catching up to us. The truth is, the United States has been around for two hundred and some... Read More »

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