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Lost Louisiana: What’s In A Name? I - $25

One look at a map of Louisiana, and you will see a number of towns with some unusual names. If names like Bunkie, Dry Prong, Tickfaw or Zwolle pique your curiosity, you’re not alone. Lost Louisiana host Charlie Whinham wonders how some of these towns and communities got their names. Lecompte, Louisiana, for example, was named after a world-class racehorse. Back in the late eighties, it also received national attention on “The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson.” Is Bunkie, Louisiana, actually named after a monkey? Did Zwolle derive its name from its famous tamales? You’ll find all those answers and more in this edition of Lost Louisiana: What’s In A Name?

Natchitoches: A Tri-Centennial - $25.00

LPB's Charlie Whinham travels to North Louisiana to celebrate the 300th birthday of the oldest town in Louisiana and the first French settlement in what later became the Louisiana Purchase. It was also the site for the hit movie Steel Magnolias. 2014 marks the Tri-Centennial for Louisiana's picturesque and timeless community of Natchitoches. Settled in 1714 by Louis Juchereau de St. Denis, Natchitoches is the oldest permanent settlement within the territory of Louisiana Purchase. Natchitoches and surrounding areas include French, Spanish, Creole and native American influences that still exists today.

Louisiana Rock and Reel - $25.00

What do you get when you combine the world's most famous Cajun band with Canada's premier traditional French music band? It's a scorching night of music called Louisiana Rock and Reel. This great evening of French music features Louisiana's Grammy-winning BeauSoleil and Quebec's La Bottine Souriante tearing through an hour-long set of traditional Cajun waltzes, blues, ballads and rock 'n roll at La festival Internationale in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Louisiana Serenade - $25.00

Take a musical journey through a day in the life of Louisiana. This musical tribute to Louisiana features photography from around the state, set to original music. We begin at sunrise and travel through the regions of our state accompanied by the music of such artists as BeauSoleil and Sonny Landreth. A half-hour of music and imagery that celebrates the diversity and natural surroundings of the state.

Louisiana Story: The Reverse Angle - $25.00

This high-definition public television documentary explores the legacy of Robert Flaherty's Louisiana Story. This program brings together the surviving key participants of the original 1940's movie and allows them to comment on this controversial film, including Richard Leacock, legendary cinematographer and associate producer of Louisiana Story, and J.C. Boudreaux, once the emblematic Cajun boy who personified Flaherty's optimistic vision. Reverse Angle features diverse commentary from native folklorists, artists, filmmakers, and historians who have both studied and shared in the legacy of Louisiana Story.

Louisiana War Letters - $25.00

The stories of Louisiana soldiers from the Civil War are told in this special. Ralph Sims, a tailgunner with the 8th Air Force in Europe during World War II, hosts this special honoring Louisiana veterans past and present. You'll hear letters from Civil War veterans Granville L. Anspaugh and W.E. Paxton; World War I veterans Crit Rogers and George Purvis; World War II veterans Annelle Henderson Bulechek and Quentin Aanenson. Also featured are the memories of Korean Conflict veteran John Roe and Vietnam veteran Ron Tillis.

Louisiana World War II Stories - $25.00

Award-winning journalist Charlie Whinham profiles six Louisiana veterans who served during WWII. The interviews include a survivor of the Bataan Death March and a Navy officer who served with John F. Kennedy and appeared in a war movie with John Wayne.

Louisiana: The State We’re In Special - Closing the Gap: Louisiana’s Challenge - $25.00

In this Louisiana: The State We're In special report, LPB, presented a six part series titled "Closing the Gap: Louisiana's Challenge." The series explores the problems faced by the state and some of the things Louisiana's leaders - and its voters - can do about them.

Louisiana: The State We’re In Special - Katrina & Rita: A Year of Recovery - $25.00

Look back at how Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have disrupted the lives of many of the people and places in South Louisiana. Join Robyn Ekings and Charlie Whinham as they journey through the one year path of destruction and reconstruction during this anniversary of the storms to end all storms.

Louisiana: Then & Now 1812-2012 - $25.00

As part of the state's Bicentennial celebration, Louisiana Public Broadcasting created 18 one-minute Louisiana: then & Now segments. An officail project in cooperation with the Louisiana Bicentennial Commission, the series featuring subjects as they were two hundred years ago (when Louisiana became a state in 1812) and as they are today.

Subjects include: Architecture, Cities, Constitution, Business, Education, Fashion, Food, Gambling, Governor, Leisure, Media, Military, Native Americans, Religion, The River (transportation & Commerce), State Capitol, Soundscapeds, Storms Emmy-nominated actress and Pineville native Faith Ford hosts the Louisiana: Then & Now segments. Ford is best known for her role as Corky Sherwood-Forest in the Emmy-winning "Murphy Brown" series. She also co-starred with Kelly Ripa in the comedy "Hope & Faith." Her movie roles include Beethoven's Fifth and The Pacifier. The segments were produced by award-winning LPB producers Tika Laudun and Al Godoy., part of the team responsible for LPB's DuPont Columbia Award-winning six-part Louisiana: A History series. Rex Q. Fortenberry edited the segments and Emmy-winning composer Mike Esneault provide the music.

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