podcasts pour tous les Acadiens

Out to Lunch

OUT TO LUNCH finds economist and finance professor Peter Ricchiuti conducting business Acadiana style: over lunch. Each week Peter invites guests from Acadiana's  business community to join him. 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
June 22, 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 »

The Gas Station Gourmet

The Gas Station Gourmet
June 14, 2017

There’s a pretty good chance that you listen to podcasts in your car. There’s a one hundred percent chance that at some point you’re going to have to stop for gas. When you do, there's a ninety percent chance you won’t go into the gas station. Nine out of ten people get gas, pay at the pump, and drive off. Which is something of a tragedy. Because they don’t know what... Read More »

Gators

Gators
May 31, 2017

To the rest of the United States, the symbol of Louisiana is the alligator. Gators slither across T-shirts, baseball caps, and posters in every souvenir shop in the state. You can find the cute critters doing everything from smoking a cigarette leaning up against a gas lamp in New Orleans’ French Quarter, to playing the accordion in a pirogue in the shade of a cypress tree on a sleepy bayou. Here in Acadiana,... Read More »

The Future of Healthcare

The Future of Healthcare
May 24, 2017

Apparently, back in the dim distant past, people used to get sick, go to a doctor, get cured, and go home. We’d pay the doctor for his or her services, and everybody would walk away happy. That was a long time ago. Now you go to a doctor, you get a battery of tests, you get referred to another doctor who specializes in what may or may not be wrong with... Read More »

Zydeco & Co.

Zydeco & Co.
May 17, 2017

One of the things we’re proudest of in Acadiana is our culture. A big part of it is music and dance. Cajun and Zydeco. There are similarities and notable differences between Cajun music and dance, and Zydeco music and dance. Leaving aside for the moment the intertwined Acadian and African influences, one major musical difference, obvious even to people from outside, is an instrument you hear in Zydeco only. And that’s the... Read More »

Orange Kayak

Orange Kayak
May 10, 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 »

Sugarcane Crawfish and Rice

Sugarcane Crawfish and Rice
May 3, 2017

In Acadiana there are a number of Holy Trinities. There’s the original, Christian, one. There’s the roux: onions, peppers and celery. And there’s the Acadian Agricultural trinity – Sugarcane, crawfish, and rice. In the rice capital of the world, Crowley Louisiana, The Falcon Rice Mill has been a family business since 1950. It’s the only family-run rice mill in the country. And it’s the home of Country Cajun Rice. Today the third generation of... Read More »

C'est Sugar City

C'est Sugar City
April 26, 2017

We generally talk about heroes in a time of crisis. When we’re in some kind of life-threatening danger, a hero is an ordinary person who does something extraordinary. In the normal course of events, in a small town, a hero can be almost the opposite. A hero can be an extraordinary person who does something ordinary. Like growing vegetables. Or making soap. In the hands of hometown heroes, these otherwise ordinary events... Read More »

makemade

makemade
April 19, 2017

We often hear people lamenting – mostly politicians - that manufacturing in America has hit an all-time low. The catch-cry you hear frequently repeated is, “we don’t make anything here anymore.” Here in Acadiana we know that’s not true. We make pretty much everything. On this edition of Out to Lunch Aileen Bennett sits in for Peter Ricchiuti and introduces two people who make things: Alison Bohl Dehart and her husband, Peter.  Alison... Read More »

People People

People People
April 12, 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 »

The Lake Charles Connection

The Lake Charles Connection
April 5, 2017

If you travel around Louisiana, you see enormous differences from north to south. And even more from east to west. It’s always been this way, to some extent. But the differences have arguably never been as extreme as they are now. Here in Lafayette, and in Acadiana in general, we’re going through some pretty major changes as we adjust to the new reality of the oil business. Meanwhile, just an hour’s drive... Read More »

Cajun Dogs Go Bowling

Cajun Dogs Go Bowling
March 29, 2017

Just 135 miles apart, a 2 hour sprint on the interstate or a scenic ramble on the 90, New Orleans and Lafayette are two of America’s most culturally interesting cities. Economically, though, they’re different. New Orleans is booming and growing while Lafayette is facing headwinds from a depressed oil economy and the continuing after-effects of floods that are combining to limit opportunity. Given this situation, it would seem to be an unlikely time... Read More »

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