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Swapping Stories: Folktales from Louisiana - $25.00

In culturally diverse Louisiana, the traditional art of storytelling is alive and well as a means of communicating values and culture to family, friends and the community. This special brings together some of the best storytellers in Louisiana including comedians A. J. Smith and Dave Petitjohn, Cajun storyteller Enola Mathews, and the late Bel Abbey and Colonel Ike Hamilton. Their tales range from a Creole French version of the story of Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby to Bertney Langley's myth about how bats got their wings. It also features Loulan and Glen Pitre regaling listeners with the legend of the oyster-shucking monster called Loup Garou who came out of the Gulf every night. The secret of storytelling is to make the audience feel at home regardless of where they are. So sit down in your easy chair and get ready to listen to a few whoppers.

D-Day Plus 50: Louisiana Remembers - $25.00

June 6th, 1944 is believed by most historians to be one of the most important days in world military history -- the Allied invasion of Normandy, also known as D-Day. What role did Louisianians play in the largest amphibious assault of all time? This documentary profiles Louisiana veterans who were among the 57,000 Americans taking part in this historic event and follows them back to Normandy for the 50th anniversary celebration.

Crawfish! - $25.00

Beginning with the history of the crawfish, first known through Houma Indian legends, this program moves into the twenties and thirties when Huey Long's road-building program helped get the crawfish out of the swamps, and then into modern times as today's crawfishermen harvest this now-popular delicacy. Scientists and state agriculturalists study the crawfish relentlessly, constantly improving yields and harvesting efficiency, while the Cajuns pursue the crawfish almost as relentlessly. From the backyard crawfish boil to the export of millions of pounds of frozen tails, the impact of the crawfish on the people of Louisiana is presented.

A Conversation with Louisiana’s Governors - $25.00

Witness an historical conversation with three of Louisiana's Governors. These powerful leaders share their views of the state and their administrations in this once-in-a-lifetime event. A Conversation with Louisiana's Governors was taped in 1995 as part of the re-opening of the Old State Capitol. Beth Courtney hosts this round table with former governors John McKeithen, Buddy Roemer and Dave Treen.

Congo Square: The Crescent City Concert - $25.00

Famed trumpeter and Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center Wynton Marsalis returned to his hometown of New Orleans for the world premiere concert of the composition Congo Square. Dedicated to the storm ravaged city and co-written by Marsalis and Yacub Addy, the Ghanania drum master whose band Odaddaa! joined the Lincoln Center Orchestra to perform this masterwork.

A Century of Sunshine: The Jimmie Davis Story - $25.00

Born in 1899 in Quitman, Louisiana, Jimmie Davis started performing on KWKH Radio in Shreveport in the 1920s when he was a college student. Even though he was governor of the state from 1948-1952 and 1960-64, Jimmie Davis is probably best-known for co-writing and recording "You Are My Sunshine", one of the most popular songs of all time. The record sold more than a million copies when it was released in 1940 and has been recorded by such musical greats as Bing Crosby, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Nat King Cole, Gene Autry and Willie Nelson. This is the story of one of Louisiana's more colorful characters: Jimmie Davis.

Castle on the Hill: Louisiana’s Old State Capitol - $25.00

Completed in 1850, the Old State Capitol has served not only as a seat of government, but also served as a hospital, Union troops compound, as well as a prison. The "Castle on the Hill" has stood the test of time and survived the battles of the Civil War as well as the impeachment hearings of Governor Huey Long. Thanks to a massive restoration effort in the 1990s, this historic jewel houses stories of Louisiana's rich political past and architectural wonders for future generations.

Camp Ruston: German P.O.W.‘S in Louisiana - $25.00

The story of the German prisoners of war who were shipped to Camp Ruston in Northern Louisiana in 1943 and include two U-Boat Crews and soldiers from the elite North Afrika Korp under the command of General Erwin Rommel.

Builders, Heroes & the Boats that Won the War - $25.00

Did you know that the landing crafts used at D-Day and every major amphibious invasion during World War II were designed and built in New Orleans? This half-hour documentary not only looks at the history of the Higgins LCVP (Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel) but also the construction of an exact replica of the landing craft on display at the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans. The documentary features interviews with renowned WWII historian Stephen Ambrose and Higgins' biographer Jerry Strahan. Both scholars will provide historical details and insights into the crucial role that Louisiana played in World War II.

The Breathtaking Cost of Asbestos - $25.00

Asbestos was introduced in the United States at the turn of the 20 th century and has been used in products ranging from insulation to car brakes. In the 1930s it was discovered that prolonged exposure to asbestos could cause cancer and other respiratory problems, but the dangers were concealed for more than four decades by producers of the materials.

Since the cover-up was revealed in the 1970s, a tidal wave of lawsuits have been filed. Yeshiva University Law Professor Lester Brickman calls the asbestos issue 'the mother of all litigations.'

An estimated 20,000 cases are currently pending in Louisiana with thousands more already settled. One reason there are so many cases in Louisiana and Mississippi is the large number of people who worked in construction on petrochemical plants and in the shipyards during the construction boom which started in the 1950s. So many cases are showing up now because it often takes 30 to 40 years for the effects of prolonged asbestos exposure to surface. The most common ailment is asbestosis, a debilitating lung disease that slowly smothers its victims over a period of years. Asbestos can also cause mesothelioma, a form of cancer that can kill its victim in months.

This documentary tries to sort out the legal wrangling and the charges and countercharges in this 200 billion dollar litigation which is now at the center of the national debate over tort reform. It also puts a human face on the effects of asbestos with profiles of a former worker who fears that he may have cancer and a Mississippi man who is in the final stages of asbestosis. He died while the documentary was still in production.

Approximate Running Time: 1 hour


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