Grupo Fantasma On Mountain Stage

Oct 17, 2011

Latin funk band Grupo Fantasma brings its 10-piece lineup to Mountain Stage for a five-song set fusing African and Latin rhythms, driving horns and electric guitars. The band's 2010 album El Existential won a Grammy for Best Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban Album.

October 3, 2011 – U-L Lafayette is introducing the culture of south Louisiana to its music majors with new Cajun and Creole classes. Jon Brouillette reports local musicians help with the instruction.

Photo of J.J. Creppel by Barry Yeoman. Click to enlarge.

July 28, 2011 – Trying to Keep Sane, One Goat at a Time

A year after the sealing of the BP oil well, Louisianans are still dealing with the emotional toll of the spill. Produced by Richard Ziglar and Barry Yeoman. Narrated by Richard Ziglar.

Photo of Tam Nguyen by Barry Yeoman. Click to enlarge.

July 7, 2011 – In Desperation, Seafood Workers Sign Away Their Rights

For many of Louisiana's oyster shuckers, shrimp peelers, and deckhands, survival after the BP oil spill meant accepting one-time payments of $5,000 check and signing away the rest of their rights. Meet Tam Nguyen, who shucked oysters for 30 years before the disaster. Produced by Richard Ziglar and Barry Yeoman. Narrated by Richard Ziglar. Voiceover by Ming Tran. Translation by Julie Pham.

Photo of Kirby Verret by Barry Yeoman. Click to enlarge.

June 17, 2011 – At the Edge of the Gulf, Dulac Re-learns Resilience

The Houma Indians and Cajuns who live in in this Terrebonne Parish fishing village have watched its population drop by more than 50 percent since 1990. Now they're calling upon their traditional survival skills to help them weather some 21st-century disasters. Produced by Richard Ziglar and Barry Yeoman. Narrated by Barry Yeoman.

Photo of Wilma Subra by Barry Yeoman. Click to enlarge.

June 6, 2011 – MacArthur Genius Says the BP Disaster is Far from Over

The Guardian has described Louisiana chemist Wilma Subra as BP's "worst nightmare." A winner of the MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowship, Subra has spent 30 years giving technical assistance to community groups dealing with environmental problems. Based on her research, she says there's reason for concern about human health and seafood safety on the Gulf Coast.
Produced by Richard Ziglar and Barry Yeoman.

Photo of Bryce Michel by Barry Yeoman. Click to enlarge.

5/27/2011 – Charter Boat Captain to GCCF: "I'm Not Settling"

The Gulf Coast Claims Facility has predicted that most businesses will recover from the BP oil spill by the end of 2012. Like many others, Bryce Michel isn't so sure. Business at his company, Topwater Charters in Cocodrie, Louisiana, is down 50 percent this year. Michel worries it may never fully recuperate.

Produced by Richard Ziglar and Barry Yeoman.

Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White On JazzSet

May 26, 2011

The 52nd Monterey Jazz Festival in the fall of 2009 helped kick off the return of Return to Forever, the stellar fusion band from the 1970s — now a trio with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White on piano, bass and drums, respectively.

April 28, 2011 – Just over a year ago, an explosion ripped apart the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, unleashing what was to be the largest oil spill in US history. 11 men died in that explosion and
16 were injured. Only days before the disaster's anniversary, another rig worker was killed in the Gulf. This begs the question: what has really changed for the people working on those rigs? Zoe Sullivan investigated for KRVS.

Landry at a Lafayette film festival, where he played music and shared some of his post-spill experiences. Photo by Barry Yeoman.

April 19, 2011 – On April 20th, a group of Louisiana musicians will kick off a second-line parade marking the one-year anniversary of the BP oil spill. The procession will leave Louisiana Music Factory at 6:45 p.m. and end with a 7:30 concert at Tipitina's French Quarter. From KRVS in Lafayette, Louisiana, Richard Ziglar looks at one of the artists behind the event, Lafayette Parish singer-songwriter Drew Landry.
You can learn more about the April 20th events at Richard Ziglar reports.


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