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Beyond Bourbon Street is the podcast where we explore the food, music, places, people and events that make New Orleans unique. Whether you are planning a trip, currently living in New Orleans or simply wanting a taste of the Crescent City from wherever you are, you’ve come to the right place!

Beyond Bourbon Street is the podcast where we explore the food, music, places, people and events that make New Orleans unique. Whether you are planning a trip, currently living in New Orleans or simply wanting a taste of the Crescent City from wherever you are, you’ve come to the right place!
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Beyond Bourbon Street is the podcast where we explore the food, music, places, people and events that make New Orleans unique. Whether you are planning a trip, currently living in New Orleans or simply wanting a taste of the Crescent City from wherever you are, you’ve come to the right place!




Paul Sanchez - New Orleans Best Songwriter - Episode #102

Paul Sanchez, New Orleans Best Songwriter Paul Sanchez is the best songwriter in New Orleans. He's been writing songs and telling stories since he was six years old. Join us as we talk about New Orleans, music and storytelling. Learn about the earliest days of Paul's former band Cowboy Mouth, his connection to Steven Soderbergh, and who has the best singing voice in New Orleans. This interview first aired in October 2016. My interview skills have improved since then, but listening to...


Louisiana and the Francophonie - Episode #101

Louisiana and the Francophonie Today's episode is about the story behind Louisiana becoming a member of the Francophonie, also known as l'Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie. The Francophonie is comprised of 84 countries, provinces, and one state (Louisiana) whose membership works together to celebrate and preserve French language and culture. To help us learn about the Francophonie and Louisiana's role in it, I'm joined by Scott Tilton and Rudy Bazenet. Scott is a New...


St. Bernard Parish Massacre of 1868 - Episode #100

St. Bernard Parish Massacre of 1868 In October 1868 dozens of African Americans were massacred in St. Bernard Parish, a few miles downriver from New Orleans. Today's episode is about this little known event. It is a story about freedom, Reconstruction, a Presidential election, and a fight between cultures. To help us learn about the St. Bernard Parish Massacre, I'm joined by Chris Dier, an author, educator and the 2020 Louisiana Teacher of the Year. Quick Episode Summary Recap of...


Dillard University - Episode #99

Today’s episode is about Dillard University. Situated in the Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans, Dillard University is a historically black university founded in 1930, but with roots going back to 1869. Join me as we visit the campus and learn about its mission, its history, and the impact of Dillard University graduates. All this and more in today's episode! Quick Episode Summary Recap of last episode with Kevin Pedeaux, Coffee Roast Coffee Introduction of Dillard University and...


Coffee in New Orleans - Episode #98

Today's episode is all about coffee in New Orleans. It is the 3rd in a sub-series about staple crops or industries in Louisiana. We’ve previously talked about Tabasco (episode 87) and Camellia Brand red beans (episode 95). While coffee isn’t grown in New Orleans, the city has a long history with it. Today, I visit with local coffee roaster Kevin Pedeaux (Coast Roast Coffee). We talk about the Crescent City's long history with coffee, how coffee serves as part of the fabric of the city...


17 Listener Questions About New Orleans

In this episode we answer listener questions about New Orleans. What are the quirky things you enjoy about New Orleans? How do you convince someone to move to the Crescent City? Is living in a tourist city exciting or annoying? Stay tuned for the the answers to these questions and more in this episode of the Beyond Bourbon St podcast. Time Stamps 2:38 Are the Popeyes in New Orleans really different from those in other places? 3:56 How is it living in a tourist city? Is it exciting...


19 Questions About New Orleans - Episode #96

In this solo episode I answer your questions about New Orleans. The questions cover everything from museums to infrastructure, the best and worst things about New Orleans, and more. Time Stamps 4:10 As a local how often do you make it to Saints games? Are you a season ticket holder or do you prefer to only attend a few, or even just a single game a year? 5:41 As a New Orleans native, you've surely heard your share of ghost stories from family and friends. Have you ever experienced...


New Orleans Red Beans - Episode #95

New Orleans Red Beans and Rice New Orleans red beans and rice is an iconic dish in the Crescent City. Today, we talk red beans and rice with Vince Hayward, the CEO of L.H. Hayward & Company. While that name might not be familiar, nearly every New Orleanian knows their best selling product - Camellia Brand® Red Beans. Chances are, if you've had a plate of red beans and rice in New Orleans, it was made with Camellia Brand® beans. We dive deep into red beans, including tips for...


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...