Ep 13 // Blue In A Red Town / ‘Baby Driver’

Premiere DateJul 7, 2017
00:00 Intro
01:15 Blue In A Red Town: About Lafayette, Louisiana
05:11 BIART: What Is Lafayette to you?
06:46 BIART: Lafayette, now and then / compared to elsewhere
09:32 BIART: Conservatism + arts and culture
12:13 BIART: Reestablishing the Cajun culture
14:48 BIART: Festival International + school funding + shooting
20:39 BIART: Traditional arts and culture, bridging gaps?
23:35 BIART: Disagreeing with the politics of your town (and your parents)
25:44 BIART: The role of religion / Catholicism
26:55 BIART: Can you shift the politics without alienating people/family?
29:30 BIART: Can you convince people to change their opinions?
32:02 BIART: My niece + the Women’s March
34:01 BIART: Parents’ disappointment in our support of Obama
35:11 BIART: Our disappointment in parents’ support of Trump
35:49 BIART: Wrapping up
36:21 “Mammoth Waltz” (BTR Live Studio, 2012) Lost Bayou Ramblers
38:16 Blue In A Red Town: Outro
38:45 1st Person: Ashley // Inspired By A Breakup
44:16 Movie Review: ‘Baby Driver’ w/ Jacqueline Soller
46:09 Movie Chat: ‘Baby Driver’ (spoiler alert)
61:58 “Psycho” (BTR Live Studio, 2017) Grim Streaker
65:36 Outro / Credits
66:14 Finish.

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.

Host J. McVay
J grew up down in Louisiana and Texas before moving to NYC for college. After college, he decided to stick around, working in film and television production for well over a decade. He came to BTR in 2011 when he…
Reg. Contributors Jacqueline Soller