12:00 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Louisiana Songwriter's Life Story Provides the Muse

Songwriter Mary Gauthier (Courtesy of the artist).

As Mary Gauthier told WRKF's Amy Jeffries, a phone call to the mother who surrendered her at birth in 1962 was the catalyst for her most recent album, The Foundling.

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12:00 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Global Market, Good Weather Benefit La. Sugar

A sugar field in Paincourtville. (Tegan Wendland/WRKF)

Louisiana sugar farmers are having a good year. The yield is up, and so are prices.

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Small Business
12:00 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Creative La. Speaker Scott Olivier on Entrepreneurialism

Scott Eric Olivier, CEO of Skyscraper Holding Company.

Lafayette-based Skycraper Holding Company makes file storage products for all types of businesses. But the company started with an online file storage program designed for musicians on the road. Laptop Roadie was inspired by CEO Scott Eric Olivier's own career as a touring artist.

WRKF's Tegan Wendland talked to him about being a young entrepreneur in Louisiana.

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12:00 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Dinaw Mengestu Wins Ernest Gaines Literary Award

Author Dinaw Mengestu (Tegan Wendland/WRKF)

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation has announced the winner of this year's Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, which is designed to inspire and recognize rising African-American writers in honor of the renowned Louisiana author.

Dinaw Mengestu will accept the award for his novel, How to Read the Air. WRKF's Tegan Wendland talked to him about the challenges of writing fiction and the underlying message in his novel.

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Education Overhaul
12:00 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Jindal Ready for Education Reform Fight

LSU Political Science Professor Robert Hogan

In his inaugural speech Monday, Governor Bobby Jindal made clear that he would be pushing for education reform to kick off his second term. But while Jindal went on at length about getting Louisiana’s students better opportunities, the speech was short on details for how he plans to do that.

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12:00 am
Fri January 6, 2012

A Shantytown Music Box

A group of artists are filling New Orleans' Bywater neighborhood with an odd orchestra. They've created a whimsical village of fully interactive musical buildings on a vacant lot, and WRKF's Tegan Wendland went for a visit to see if houses really can make music.

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