Ep 17 // Blue In A Red Town, Pt 2 / ‘Atomic Blonde’

Premiere DateAug 4, 2017
00:00 Intro
01:15 Blue In A Red Town, Part 2: Jean Ancelet
03:30 BIART: What is Lafayette to you?
04:38 BIART: “The most Cajun?”
06:38 BIART: Living further out of town / uniqueness of speaking French
08:25 BIART: Lafayette/Carencro today versus past
11:28 BIART: The effects of technology and French Immersion
14:09 BIART: Mixing traditional culture with new elements / age-based political divide
19:22 BIART: Dealing with conservative neighbors/co-workers
20:57 BIART: Catholic schools vs. public schools / school board reputation
24:00 BIART: What will change people’s minds?
26:03 BIART: Is it possible to shift people’s opinions without alienating? / Finding your own political beliefs
31:15 BIART: Wrapping up
32:06 1st Person: Regina // Napping Tiger, Hidden Child
35:20 Movie Review: ‘Atomic Blonde’ w/ Jacqueline Soller
36:29 Movie Review: ‘Atomic Blonde’ w/ Charles Hinshaw
37:42 Movie Chat: ‘Atomic Blonde’ (spoiler alert)
46:16 Molly Knefel // Trump Endorses Police Brutality
48:44 “Blister Steel” (BTR Live Studio, 2017) Roselit Bone
53:05 Outro / Credits
53:46 Finish.

This week, we return to a topic from a previous episode: Lafayette, Louisiana. Lafayette is a large town or a small city, not quite urban and not quite rural, right in the heart of the Southwest Louisiana region known as Acadiana — otherwise known as Cajun country. There’s a strange dichotomy at play in Lafayette between its artistic spirit and conservative values, which we get into with Jean Ancelet, who offers many interesting perspectives on the possible causes for Lafayette’s cultural and political situation rooted in observations from his own life — especially experiences with his family, coworkers, and fellow students back in school.

Also, both Jacquline Soller and Charles Hinshaw return to discuss the recently released movie, Atomic Blonde, directed by David Leitch and starring Charlize Theron and James McAvoy. And along the way, Radio Dispatch’s Molly Knefel discusses President Trump’s endorsement of police brutality; a woman named Regina tells us about how she used to dress up in costumes when she was younger, including one particular occasion when, while dressed as a tiger, her mother thought she was lost; and we’ll take an exclusive early listen to a performance by Roselit Bone from an episode of BTR Live Studio set to be released next week.

Music composed by and show edited by Hansdale Hsu.

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…