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.

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 »

Build It

Build It
May 15, 2019

You probably know the line from the 1989 movie, Field of Dreams, "If you build it they will come.” Decades after the movie came out this line continues to resonate with us, because it’s about faith. Faith in ourselves. In our own courage to follow our dreams. And faith in our fellow humans - that others will recognize our courage and affirm it by buying into our dream. This is the... Read More »

Alexander Books

Alexander Books
May 8, 2019

Have you ever bought something on impulse?  You see something you really like. You can’t afford it. You know it’s crazy, but you buy it anyway. Maybe you’ve done that with a piece of clothing. A pair of shoes. Even a car. How about a business? That’s what happened to Camille Carloss.   Camille's husband, Dylan, took Camille on a date to Alexander Books. While they were there, they heard the bookstore was closing. Dylan was... Read More »

From Acadia to Acadiana

From Acadia to Acadiana
April 17, 2019

On this edition of Out to Lunch, Aileen Bennett sorts out the complex web of economic development organizations in Acadiana. Well, more or less.  Aileen says there are so many of these business-boosting organizations that,  "If I just read out a list of all the economic development and business support organizations in Acadiana and gave you a one-sentence description of what they do, I would still be reading by the time... Read More »

The Mind Body Connection

The Mind Body Connection
April 10, 2019

For hundreds of years, philosophers puzzled over the mind-body connection: the relationship between our physical body and the feelings, emotions, and mental abilities that define us as human beings. Eventually, philosopher Rene Descartes summed up the mind-body connection as, “I think therefore I am,” which seemed like the final word on the subject. Then, as we progressed as a society, the mind-body connection conundrum became the province of psychiatrists, psychologists, neuroscientists, and... Read More »

Market Art

Market Art
April 3, 2019

Many of us aspire to a life in the arts. For evidence of that, you only have to look at the massive popularity of long-running shows like American Idol and The Voice. Apparently, competitive sketching does not make  compelling viewing, so we don’t see TV shows about visual artists. But there are many people who have dreams of being able to make a living from their painting or drawing.   Cayla Zeek is... Read More »

Downtown TV

Downtown TV
March 27, 2019

The tension between town and country has been around since the Industrial Revolution. It exists in every developed nation where there are cities. The fact is, cities depend on surrounding rural regions to produce food. And rural regions depend on cities to produce manufactured goods, even as basic to their survival as tractors and shovels. But because of economics, politics, and other factors, we frequently find urban and rural populations at odds with... Read More »

Hypno Boy Goes Bowling

Hypno Boy Goes Bowling
March 6, 2019

One of the knocks we frequently hear about being an entertainer in Acadiana, is that if you don’t play Cajun or Zydeco music, you’re not going to work. If it’s true that the exception proves the rule, you’re not going to find a bigger exception to that rule than Flip Orley. Flip doesn’t play an accordion or fiddle. But he could make you play one. Flip Orley is a comic hypnotist. Flip has been... Read More »

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