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.

Digital Towny

Digital Towny
June 20, 2018

When you have a small business in a small market, like Acadiana, you’re facing challenges today that nobody has faced before you. There is no previous generation to turn to for advice on how to compete with online retailers. Or how to market to your local customers who might live next door but are getting all of their information online. These are essential issues that every small business has to confront. Aileen's guests... Read More »

Virtual & Real Healthcare

Virtual & Real Healthcare
June 6, 2018

There seems to be a never-ending debate about healthcare in the United States.  In this debate there are four main parties. The patient. Government. Insurance companies. And doctors. Despite their differences of opinion, all of these parties claim to agree on one simple thing. And that is, medical decisions are best made by doctors. Despite that, the fact is we have a healthcare system that is anything but simple, and that often filters... Read More »

The Acadiana Innovation Machine

The Acadiana Innovation Machine
May 30, 2018

After the oil crash of the mid 80’s, everybody around here realized that for the economy to come back, and for us to have a chance of surviving a future downturn, we’d need to diversify. In other words, we’d have to start up businesses here that employ people in fields other than oil and gas. That’s easy to say. But we live in a free market economy. Politicians can’t direct people to... Read More »

Elemental

Elemental
May 23, 2018

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 »

Cajun Worms

Cajun Worms
May 16, 2018

One of the things we like to do on this show is introduce you to people who have businesses and occupations you might not be aware of. Or that are, shall we say “out of the ordinary.” In that regard, we may have outdone ourselves with this edition of Out to Lunch.  Rusty Wilson is a vermiculturalist. Also known as a worm farmer. Yes, worms. Down on the Acadiana Worm Farm, Rusty... Read More »

Eat Right 'n Relax

Eat Right 'n Relax
May 2, 2018

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 »

Print

Print
April 25, 2018

We hear a lot these days about how we’re all living in our own bubble. As more of us create our own TV channels with Netflix, our own radio stations with Spotify, and get our news from personalized social media feeds, we no longer have the kind of shared experiences we used to have, where we would laugh about last night’s Seinfeld or agree how lame Brittney Spears new song was. If... Read More »

Actual Humans

Actual Humans
April 18, 2018

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 »

Stuller Sola 2.0

Stuller Sola 2.0
March 28, 2018

We launched Out to Lunch Acadiana in July 2015. When we went on the air, KRVS in Lafayette was – as it still is - a mostly music station. We didn’t know if we’d have a single listener to a show about Acadiana business. Even knowing that, our very first guests, Matt Stuller from Stuller Inc and Anya Burgess from Sola Violins, were gracious enough to come on the show.   In the... Read More »

Pics 'n Comics

Pics 'n Comics
March 21, 2018

As social animals, we humans tend to ask each other two main questions. “How are you?” And “What do you do?” When we ask “How are you?” we’re looking a one-word answer, something like “Fine,” not a full medical report. But the response to “What do you do?” tells us a lot of information about someone, besides what they do. For example, the reply, “I’m a neuro-scientist” or “I’m a bass player... Read More »

The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line
March 14, 2018

The expression “the bottom line” comes from business. It refers to the bottom line of a balance sheet – which is the total sum of money you’ve made or lost. In general conversation we take it to mean the absolute fundamental basis of something. On this edition of Out to Lunch Acadiana, Aileen and guests are talking about the real-world bottom line, for all of us. Life and death. And the business... Read More »

Krispy Krunchy Swamp Pop

Krispy Krunchy Swamp Pop
February 28, 2018

For the last couple of hundred years we’ve been making food in Acadiana that tastes totally different from anything you find anywhere else in the world. But, with the notable exception of New Iberia’s Tabasco - which is a hugely successful international brand - it’s only been relatively recently that Acadian food manufacturers have tried exporting our tastes beyond the borders  of Louisiana. Aileen's lunch guests today have companies that are taking... Read More »

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