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.

Guitar Fishing

Guitar Fishing
January 24, 2018

You may remember in the late 1990’s a company called BASF had a massive TV marketing campaign, based on what they didn’t make. They had a number of commercials that said things like, “At BASF we don’t make the cooler, we make it cooler.” And “At BASF we don’t make the jeans, we make them bluer.” All these beautifully shot and expensive looking commercials would end with, “At BASF we don’t... Read More »

Short Fat Nurse

Short Fat Nurse
January 10, 2018

A lot of people around here in Acadiana compare the recent downturn in the oil business to the downturn in the 1980’s. The general consensus seems to be that although this downturn is having a longer-term effect within the oil business itself, it’s having a lesser effect on the overall Acadian economy. The reason everybody gives for that is one word: diversification. And it’s true. Over the past couple of decades... Read More »

Chop Chop Farm

Chop Chop Farm
December 20, 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 »

Singer Songwriter

Singer Songwriter
December 6, 2017

In Acadiana we love music. Not only do we listen to it, but many of us play it. There are probably more musicians per capita here than anywhere in the country. Music, for many families, is a way of both celebrating and passing on our culture. It is, as the late Eddie LeJeune, said, “In the Blood.” Despite the fact that music is a central part of our lives, making a living... Read More »

Doing Good

Doing Good
November 29, 2017

When we talk about somebody being in business, our underlying assumption is that they’re in business to make a profit. For themselves. That assumption does not always hold true. Admittedly, exceptions are rare. And that’s what makes them all the more remarkable. It would hard to find a more remarkable exception than Kim James Boudreaux. Kim is the Executive Director of Catholic Services in Lafayette. Catholic services provides a wide range of community help,... Read More »

Tradition 2.0

Tradition 2.0
November 22, 2017

On his album Purple Rain, Prince famously opens his dance party with the lines, “Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today, to get through this thing called Life.” Prince’s point is that we’re all on our individual journey to find happiness, but we’re also all in this together. Most of us quietly go about our lives, making our own discoveries and mistakes, and hopefully getting wiser as we do. Then there are people... Read More »

Symphonic Glide

Symphonic Glide
November 15, 2017

In the past, one of the indications of being good in business – and a successful and respectable person in general – was job stability. You graduated from high school or college, you got a job and you stuck at it for 40 years. If you did well, you’d work your way up through the ranks and end up in management. But even if you didn’t, you appreciated the security, you... Read More »

A Hays Down Town

A Hays Down Town
November 8, 2017

Here in Southwest Louisiana we are buffeted by elements and forces largely beyond our control. We don’t have the luxury of debating whether climate change is man-made or a natural phenomenon. Whomever is causing it – man or nature - we have to live with the reality that changing weather is bringing one hundred and 500 year storms far more frequently than centuries apart. And eroding coasts are robbing us of... Read More »

Acadiana Cane Cutters

Acadiana Cane Cutters
November 1, 2017

It’s not totally unheard of for a husband and wife to start up a business together. There are small businesses that are labor intensive and require long hours that a couple can split, and keep whatever profit they can make in the family. Traditionally, businesses like family farms come to mind. Or convenience stores. Gas stations. And, perhaps more stereotypically than true these days, the mom and pop scenario where dad is... Read More »

Chainsaw Espresso

Chainsaw Espresso
October 25, 2017

Muhammad Yunus is a Nobel Prize winning economist. He is the inventor of what is called the micro-economy. He came up with the idea of making micro-loans to people in 3rd world countries so they could start a small business. Yunus’s latest thoughts on the capitalist economy include the opinion that one of our biggest stumbling blocks to happiness and the fulfilment of our true human nature is that too many... Read More »

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 »

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