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Hurricane Prep - Episode #94

Do you ever wonder how hurricane prep works in New Orleans? I got lots of questions in our Facebook group in the days leading up to Hurricane Barry. Today, I’ll share my tips on hurricane prep in New Orleans, and we’ll also answer questions from our Facebook community. Timestamps for Today's Episode 03:36 Should I Stay or Should I Go? 11:16 What Do You do to Prepare? Even before Hurricane Season 22:36 What to take if you go, what to do if you stay 29:36 Why do people stock up on...


Mules and Carriages in New Orleans - Episode #93

Mules and Carriages are a common site in New Orleans, and especially in the French Quarter. If you are like me, you probably have lots of questions. Why mules and not horses? Where do the mules live? How are they cared for? Join me and guest Charlotte Jones as we talk about the history of mules in New Orleans, the carriage ride industry, and how these beautiful animals became part of New Orleans. Thanks to Charlotte Jones for joining me today. Be sure to follow Charlotte and her...


Impact of Short Term Rentals in New Orleans - Episode #92

Impact of Short Term Rentals in New Orleans Have you ever visited New Orleans and stayed in a short term rental through AirBnb, VRBO, or another service? If so, you probably got a great deal, but do you wonder about the impact on the community? Join me and reporter Kevin Litten for a discussion of the current state of affairs and the impact of short term rentals in New Orleans. Sponsor: The Old 77 Hotel and Chandlery When you're ready to make your plans to visit New...


NOLA DNA Project - Episode #91

NOLA DNA Project, a History of New Orleans in Newspapers Have you ever been perusing Craigslist and come across something remarkable? Well, that's exactly what happened to Joseph Makkos, my guest on today's episode. Joseph is a writer, a printer,a self-described media archaeologist, and thanks to that Craigslist ad, the founder and curator of the NOLA DNA project. Join us as we discuss how one person's love of all things print-related led to an amazing discovery of 30,000 newspapers...


Art of the City, Postmodern to Post-Katrina - Episode #90

Art of the City, Postmodern to Post-Katrina highlights contemporary art in New Orleans. Presented by the Helis Foundation this is the first exhibit to be displayed in the The Historic New Orleans Collection's Seignouret-Brulatour building.(THNOC). Join me and curator/artist Jan Gilbert for a tour of the exhibit, and a discussion of contemporary art in New Orleans. Jan's enthusiasm for the art and the artists really comes through. By the end of this episode you'll be planning your next...


1984 World's Fair in New Orleans - Episode #89

Did you know New Orleans hosted a World's Fair in 1984? Or, that it was actually the 2nd fair held in New Orleans? Join me and journalist Mike Scott for a look back at 1984. We'll explore the World's Fair and find out what's at that location in New Orleans now. We'll revisit the Wonder Wall, Centennial Plaza, the gondola and more. If you went to the fair, you'll enjoy the memories. And if you weren't around back then, you'll enjoy looking for the clues the fair was here during...


13 Questions about New Orleans with David Mora - Episode #88

13 Questions About New Orleans with David Mora Today we're back with another Q&A episode. In this edition, I am joined by David Mora, AKA the future king. We answer listener questions about where to eat, how to take great photographs of New Orleans, and more!


Tabasco and Avery Island - Episode #87

You probably have a bottle of TABASCO® Sauce on your counter or in your pantry right now, but do you know the story behind the brand? Did you know the McIlhenny Company is 151 years old, or that every bottle of TABASCO® is made on a small island in Louisiana? Today, we go way beyond Bourbon Street to bring you the story of TABASCO® Sauce. To do that, we traveled out to Avery Island, located in the heart of Acadiana, about 130 miles west of New Orleans. Join me as I talk with TABASCO®...


14 Questions About New Orleans with Rudy Da Foodie - Episode #86

Today we're back with another Q&A episode. In this edition, I am joined by Rudy Rayfield, AKA Rudy Da Foodie. We answer listener questions about local musicians, things tourists overlook, how to plan for French Quarter Fest and more! Follow Rudy Da Foodie Online Be sure to follow Rudy's New Orleans food explorations on Instagram (@rudydafoodie) and Twitter (@iamrudydafoodie). Previous Episodes Mentioned Whew, we mentioned a bunch of previous episodes in this one! Here's the...


Bellegarde Bakery - Episode #85

Bellegarde Bakery Today's episode is all about bread. More specifically, it is about one man’s passion for bread and changing the way we think about it. My guest today is Graison Gill, an artisan in the truest sense. He’s a baker of bread in a city known for po-boys, but that’s not his story. Graison is the founder of Bellegarde Bakery here in New Orleans, and if you love bread you won’t want to miss it. It will change the way you think about that bag of flour sitting in your...


Rex, King of Carnival - Episode #84

Rex, King of Carnival Today’s episode is all about Mardi Gras and the Rex parade. I am joined by a former King of Carnival, Dr. Stephen Hales. In addition to reigning as Rex in 2017, Dr. Hales is the archivist and historian for the School of Design, the organization that puts on the Rex parade. In this discussion we talk about Rex and its impact on Mardi Gras, and more broadly, on the city of New Orleans as a whole. Join me for a fun glimpse behind the scenes of the oldest parading...


Laine Kaplan Levenson of Tripod and Sticky Wicket - Episode #83

Laine Kaplan Levenson has spent the last 10+ years telling stories about New Orleans and Louisiana. For the last three years, she's produced and hosted Tripod, New Orleans at 300. Tripod won critical acclaim for its exploration of topics related to the Tricentennial, including a mini series on our relationship with Haiti. Ever heard the word 'Bulbancha?' If not, you'll definitely want to tune in! In late 2019, Laine released Sticky Wicket, a 4-episode podcast about the...


52 Free or Nearly Free Things to Do in New Orleans - Episode #82

52+ Free (or Nearly Free) Things to Do in New Orleans One of the wonderful things about New Orleans is that so many of the best things are free. Don't believe me? How about Mardi Gras and French Quarter Fest as a start? Add in festivals, exploring our neighborhoods, and enjoying the Mississippi River and you've got a great start. Listen to today's episode and walk away with dozens of things to eat, see, do, and explore. I do have one confession... well, two actually. First, we cover...


Spring Festivals in New Orleans - Episode #81

Late Winter/Early Spring Festivals in New Orleans Just after New Year, New Orleans festivals and events get started. It all starts with Twelfth Night and the start of Carnival, also known as king cake season! Listen to my discussion with my wife, Marie Bologna, as we cover everything from Twelfth Night through the end of March. You'll hear a bit about Mardi Gras, the Bourbon Festival, a celebration in honor of Tennessee Williams and a whole lot more! NOTE: Yes, I get that January isn't...


Vietnamese Community of New Orleans - Episode #80

Vietnamese Community of New Orleans Did you know New Orleans is home to a thriving community of Vietnamese who fled Vietnam after the fall of Saigon? Listen to my discussion with Councilwoman Cyndi Nguyen and learn all about how her family came to New Orleans, as well as the impact of the Vietnamese on New Orleans food and culture today. We discuss the local celebration of Tet, an incredible fresh market, where to get great Vietnamese food in New Orleans, and a whole lot more! Sponsor:...


New Orleans Reveillon with Ian McNulty - Episode #79

Have you ever heard of Reveillon? These were traditional meals prepared and served after Midnight Mass in the early morning hours of Christmas. This tradition was carried on in New Orleans until the 1940s when it basically died. In the late 1990s, it was revived by French Quarter restaurants. Today, it is among the most favored holiday traditions in New Orleans. Listen to my discussion with New Orleans food critic Ian McNulty and learn about Reveillon in New Orleans, where to get a...


18 Questions About New Orleans

In this solo episode I answer your questions about New Orleans! The questions cover everything from art museums to music education, best snowballs to cheap oysters, and more! If you want to submit a question for a future Q&A episode, join our free Facebook Group (Beyond Bourbon St Krewe). Time Stamps 2:56 Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans? 4:06 I would love to live in New Orleans! 5:26 Can you recommend some art museums in the area? (NOTE: I missed the art part of the...


Small Business Spotlight - Episode #77

Today’s show is our 2 annual Small Business Spotlight episode in advance of Small Business Saturday. I am joined by two New Orleans entrepreneurs, both with great stories and wonderful products. Sweet Olive Soap Works First up is Emily Manger, owner of Sweet Olive Soap Works. Emily comes from a long line of New Orleans soap makers. She also has an interesting connection to one of our sponsors, plus she and I share a passion for sharing our views of New Orleans on Instagram (check out...


Marie Laveau, Voudou Priestess - Episode #76

Marie Laveau, a New Orleans Voudou Priestess Have you ever been to New Orleans? Have you visited St. Louis Cemetery #1? If so, you've surely heard of Marie Laveau, often referred to as the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. In this episode we explore the life and the myths surrounding Marie Laveau. Join me as I talk with Carolyn Morrow Long, the author of A New Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau. Carolyn helps us understand the connections between Catholicism and...


Fall Festivals in New Orleans Part II - Epiosde #75

Fall Festivals in New Orleans, Part II Today’s show is all about Fall Festivals in New Orleans. It is Part II of our Fall guide. In Episode #71, we covered September and October. Today, we'll cover events in November and December. By the end of today’s show, we will have you ready to go for your visit! Like Part 1 of the Fall Festivals Guide, I am joined by my wife, Marie Bologna. If you’ve joined our Facebook group, the Beyond Bourbon Street Krewe, you’ve probably benefitted from her...