We take a break from our usual format to explore a topic in a different way… In April of this year, during the same weekend of its annual Festival International — a yearly celebration of mostly-francophone arts and culture which takes over the entire downtown area of the city and features musicians from around the world — two other things also happened in Lafayette, Louisiana: 1) a half-cent sales tax meant to fund new buildings at schools which have used temporary buildings for their overpopulated facilities since I was a kid was voted down, and 2) a shooting took place to which I saw some people respond that more guns would have somehow helped.
The weekend was, perhaps, a perfect encapsulation of the strange dichotomy at play in Lafayette between its artistic spirit and conservative values. So, in a new segment, we seek to talk to people who are on the middle to left side of the political spectrum about what it’s like to live in a place that is extremely culturally rich, but at the same time, very socially conservative
Additionally, Jacqueline Soller returns to discuss the new movie, Baby Driver, directed by Edgar Wright and starring Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, and Jon Hamm; we hear from a woman named Ashley about how, after moving to the city, she very quickly entered into a relationship which she would come to regret before it luckily provided her with inspiration; and we’ll also take an exclusive early listen to a performance by Grim Streaker from an episode of BTR Live Studio set to be released next week
Music composed by and show edited by Hansdale Hsu.
A short film featuring NYC artist and musician Joanna Sternberg. | watch