In the center of the busiest corridor of one of Louisiana’s largest cities lie hundreds of acres of fields, forests and remnants of a lifestyle from an earlier century. LPB, the Burden Foundation, LSU and the LSU AgCenter present Burden Museum & Gardens: A Family’s Gift
. This program takes us on a journey that begins in the 1800’s where we meet the family whose heirs would eventually make an extraordinary gift for future generations.
A Summer of Birds
is an LPB documentary that details a relatively unknown chapter in the life of the renowned naturalist painter John James Audubon.
Based on the acclaimed book A Summer of Birds: John James Audubon at Oakley House
by Baton Rouge Advocate columnist Danny Heitman, the program chronicles the summer of 1821 which he spent in Louisiana at the Oakley Plantation in West Feliciana Parish.
Emmy Award-winning actress Sela Ward narrates the program, which features an original musical score by Suncoast Emmy winner Mike Esneault.
Join LPB's Charlie Whinham as he travels throughout our state, visiting the people and places that makes Louisiana such a tourist destination! From Avery Island, birthplace of Tabasco hot pepper sauce, to the quaint and colorful city of Natchitoches; from the prehistoric earthworks of Poverty Point to the unforgettable experience at The National World War II Museum in New Orleans, to the serene beauty of the Kisatchie National Forest; Louisiana Travels makes the rounds to these unique locations, showcasing sites no one should miss!
The epic story of one of the most celebrated and misunderstood ethnic communities in North America. Ravaged by religious wars, French peasant farmers left western France in the 17th century to establish a new homeland in the wilderness of what is today Nova Scotia. After a brutal deportation by the British, the ancestors of Cajun people were able to end their exile and reunite their families in Louisiana.
The Atchafalaya is a mysterious land, as much underwater as above. Its lush environment is home to alligators, egrets, black bears – and for a time two people who yearned for a simple, natural life. Atchafalaya Houseboat
shares the experiences of Gwen Roland and her companion Calvin Voisin, who left civilization in the turmoil of the early 1970s for the unspoiled beauty of the nation’s largest river swamp, Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin.
Along their journey, they befriended photographer C.C. Lockwood, who shared their love of the basin’s endangered beauty. Lockwood’s stunning photographs of the Atchafalaya, featuring Gwen and Calvin, were published in National Geographic magazine.
Discover what drew Gwen and Calvin into the Atchafalaya Basin’s breathtaking beauty and see Lockwood’s stunning photographs of the couple in this natural wilderness.
In a story that pre-dates America, the multi-cultural Creoles of Cane River, Louisiana see themselves as somewhere between black and white. The Spirit of a Culture: Cane River Creoles recounts the Cane River Creole identity struggle from colonial French Louisiana to today's Creole led multicultural renaissance - against the notion of race as a deciding feature of a population.
In order to understand the culture of the Creole community of Cane River, you have to understand their development as a people. This program takes viewers through the historical events that helped shaped them into who they are today. One of the most important facts that provides insight about the Cane River Creoles is that their ancestors, who were French, Spanish, African and Indian, always held onto the fact that they were citizens of France, long after the sale of the Louisiana Territory to America in 1803.
With guidance from the Louisiana Creole Heritage Center at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Bill Rodman and Flo R. Ulmer were able to secure the help of four scholars to help guide the project. Those scholars were Dr. Pete Gregory, Dr. Dayna Bowker Lee, Dr. Susan Dollar and Dr. Kathleen Byrd. Other advice came from the Cane River National Heritage Area.
"As producers, we felt that members from the Cane River Creole community should tell their own story," Ulmer said. "Five Cane River Creoles were chosen to explain the nuances of their culture and to relate where their future lies. Though their words you begin to understand why they do not consider themselves black or African-American, even though they have color, but rather Creole."
Cane River Creoles who participated included Terrel Delphin; Chairperson of the Advisory Council for the Louisiana Creole Heritage Center; author John Sarpy, Louis Metoyer, Cane River California Creole and publisher of Bayou Talk, Lair LaCour, whose MaMan dolls were designated by the state as the Bi-Centennial Doll, and Tracey Colson-Fontenot, a mother of four young Creole boys.
One of Chef John Folse’s passions is saving the cultural traditions here in Louisiana. In The Boucherie: Preserving Traditions with Chef John Folse, he demonstrates the ways to preserve this heritage by using the different variety of meats from the hog, and presenting them to the family table.
When Creole, Cajun, German, African-American or any of our gumbo of ethnicities get together and eat, you can be sure pork is somewhere on the table.
The boucherie is the lost art of using every part of the hog except the oink. It was a cultural tradition to feed the family and loved ones. Today we have meat markets and super markets, but not long ago the boucherie was a useful tool for survival.
Bacon, ham, sausage are meats we eat today on sandwiches or in soups and stews. Specialty meats like boudin, Salumi, Prociutto and Andouille also come from that one hog.
This was not only a family event, but a cultural, community event. Several hogs fed the entire community. Following the hard work, a dance or fais do do was a way to celebrate the gifts and friendship. After the dance, the children were put to sleep as each family took home a share of the spoils.
Preserving tradition while keeping the community together, that’s the Louisiana way.
Episode 113 - Shrimp - Timbalier Bay, LA
In this episode, John meets Bobby Collins and learns how to dry shrimp. John remembers how dried shrimp was like candy when he was growing up. Later John makes a Shrimp File Gumbo with Native American Zoe Verret. Then James Carville drops by John’s deck and they make Mirliton and Shrimp Casserole to go along with everyone’s favorite Barbeque Shrimp. And Bikini Martinis Cocktails provide the perfect ending of the day’s festivities.
Episode 112 - Oysters - Empire, LA
In this episode, John travels the mouth of the Mississippi River and meets the Lepetich family. Mato Lepetich came to Louisiana in the early 20th century and started farming oysters, and his son Matt teaches John all about the oyster industry and how Czechoslovakians came to settle in Louisiana and dominated the industry. Matt then helps John make Oyster Rockefeller Soup. John then meets Curtis Hendon, a Native American oysterman, and the two grill some Fire Roasted Oysters right on the banks at Isle de Jean Charles. Back at the dock, Matt Lepetich’s mother, Joyce, shows John how to make Oyster Spaghetti with a unique Czechoslovakian seasoning. And the drink of the day is of course, the Oyster Shooter.
Episode 111 - Turtles - Lake Verret, LA
In this episode, John travels to Lake Verret, LA to hunt for the feisty alligator snapping turtle. John joins two LA Dept. Of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists to trap and catalogue these protected treasures. Then Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary, Robert Barham and John cook a Turtle Sauce Picante. Later, the two state biologists Amity Bass and Kerry Landry cook with John and make a Turtle Stroganoff and a delicious Turtle Soup. John then thanks everyone with a drink aptly named “Alligator”.