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.

Hollywood Southwest

Hollywood Southwest
October 4, 2017

Over the last couple of years we’ve had to deal with the fallout from big changes in the oil business. We have been far less battered by equally cataclysmic changes in the film business. If you haven’t been keeping up, here’s the thumbnail sketch. In 2003 the Louisiana legislature decided to attract film production to the state by giving film productions 30% of their budget. In cash. That meant, if you were... Read More »

Gone Fishin'

Gone Fishin'
September 20, 2017

According to the United States Geological Survey, 71% of the Earth’s surface is water. And 96% of that – in other words, almost all of it – is ocean. Seeing most of the planet is ocean, you might wonder why it’s called “Earth” at all. In theory, it should really be called “Water.” And seeing there are billions more fish than there are humans, you would think we relatively few humans would be... Read More »

International Poboy

International Poboy
September 13, 2017

If you live in Acadiana there’s a good chance you attend your fair share of festivals. It seems like there’s a festival around here just about every week. That’s because there is.  If you’re in a Cajun band and you think at one time or another you’ve been booked to play all of them, Google “Acadiana Festivals.” I bet there’s a couple you haven’t heard of. The crown jewel of our Acadiana... Read More »

People People

People People
September 6, 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 »

Best Laid Plans

Best Laid Plans
August 31, 2017

The legendary Scottish poet Robbie Burns wrote, in old Scots Brogue, “The best laid schemes o’ mice ‘n men, gang aft a-gley.” The Scots brogue was the British equivalent of Cajun French. In English we’ve translated it as, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” Burns frequently wrote about innocent country creatures. Especially the way their lives can be impacted by the forces of our world -... Read More »

Spoiled Pets Pampered People

Spoiled Pets Pampered People
August 16, 2017

Aileen's guests on this edition of Out to Lunch are in the same business: grooming. There is, however, one significant difference between their two businesses. They serve different species. One is for human beings. The other is for dogs. Renee Ezell is the owner of the human-oriented business, The Refinery Downtown. At The Refinery they specialize in men’s haircuts and hot towel shaves. Plus they have a full salon and full range of spa... Read More »

Indoors

Indoors
August 9, 2017

For a great deal of the time humans have been walking around on Earth we were like other species. We spent most of our time outdoors and built shelters to sleep in, or to take refuge from severe weather. Somewhere along the line, that changed. Now most of we humans spend most of our lives indoors. Inside buildings. Our structures have become far more than just shelters. Some are essential to industry... Read More »

Tales of Evangeline

Tales of Evangeline
August 2, 2017

The legend of Evangeline is the Cajun Romeo and Juliet. It’s a story that captures the essence of the Acadiens experience. And it’s as romantic as any ever told.  The story of Evangeline Parish is equally essentially Cajun. It might be a little more down to earth than the eternal search for love. But then again, if that search includes the love of boudin and cracklin’ -  some folks can be as... Read More »

Salt Peter

Salt Peter
July 19, 2017

You might have heard of a recent study about chocolate milk. Although it sounds absolutely preposterous, this perfectly legitimate study found that 7% of the American public believes that chocolate milk comes from brown cows. 7% of the population is around 20 million people. Although it sounds laughable, the explanation offered for what seems like extraordinary ignorance is that so many of us live so far away from the source of our... Read More »

Sounds Good

Sounds Good
July 5, 2017

We all reach conclusions because of sound. We say a person “sounds nice.” A song “sounds romantic.” Or an idea “sounds good.” When we reach these conclusions, what we’re doing is attributing feelings and emotions to sounds. Giving sounds feeling and emotion is the province of Peter's guests on this edition of Out to Lunch. Jason Harrington designs and builds hand-crafted amplifiers for music and voice. Jason’s company, Lullaby Sound Design, marries modern... Read More »

Pedaling Popsicles

Pedaling Popsicles
June 28, 2017

Summer lasts a long time in this part of the world. We take advantage of it by doing stuff outside – like crawfish boils and bike rides. Meg Arcenaux is an expert on both of these Summertime activities. Meg is the owner of the bike shop Hub City Cycles as well as a pop-up crawfish boil business called Hawk’s Boil Up. When you look back on your childhood, hot Summers seemed to stretch... 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 »

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