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  • Heart of Louisiana: Hilltop Arboretum

    Heart of Louisiana: Hilltop Arboretum

    In the 1920s, a man named Emory Smith moved from Iowa to Baton Rouge and bought what he called his hilltop farm along Highland Road. In this landscape, Smith saw more than a place to grow vegetables. 

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    In the 1920s, a man named Emory Smith moved from Iowa to Baton Rouge and bought what he called his hilltop farm along Highland Road. In this landscape, Smith saw more than a place to grow vegetables. 

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Bayou Teche Brewery

    Heart of Louisiana: Bayou Teche Brewery

    Kicking back on a Saturday afternoon, having a couple of beers and listening to music is a tradition in Cajun country. “We have food every Saturday, just like a little mini festival every weekend,” said Karlos Knott. Karlos and his two brothers own Bayou Teche brewing in the town of Arnaudville.

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    Kicking back on a Saturday afternoon, having a couple of beers and listening to music is a tradition in Cajun country. “We have food every Saturday, just like a little mini festival every weekend,” said Karlos Knott. Karlos and his two brothers own Bayou Teche brewing in the town of Arnaudville.

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Mamou Mardi Gras

    Heart of Louisiana: Mamou Mardi Gras

    It's 7 a.m. in Mamou, and the party has already started. "We ain't stopped since last night. We ain't went to bed. We don't sleep in Mamou for Mardi Gras," Slade Doucet said. 

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    It's 7 a.m. in Mamou, and the party has already started. "We ain't stopped since last night. We ain't went to bed. We don't sleep in Mamou for Mardi Gras," Slade Doucet said. 

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Iris and the Goddesses of Carnival

    Heart of Louisiana: Iris and the Goddesses of Carnival

    When Mardi Gras first began in New Orleans in the mid-1800s, it was an all-male event.  It wasn’t until the early 1900s that women began forming their own Carnival organizations.

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    When Mardi Gras first began in New Orleans in the mid-1800s, it was an all-male event.  It wasn’t until the early 1900s that women began forming their own Carnival organizations.

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Bald Eagle Expo

    Heart of Louisiana: Bald Eagle Expo

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    This is the time of year when hundreds of bald eagles are nesting and hatching their chicks in the forests and swamps of Louisiana. It's also the time when bird enthusiasts flock to Morgan City for the annual Eagle Expo and for boat tours that can take you to where the eagles are nesting.

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    This is the time of year when hundreds of bald eagles are nesting and hatching their chicks in the forests and swamps of Louisiana. It's also the time when bird enthusiasts flock to Morgan City for the annual Eagle Expo and for boat tours that can take you to where the eagles are nesting.

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  • Heart of Louisiana: New Llano Colony

    Heart of Louisiana: New Llano Colony

    When the members of a California commune needed a place to start a new colony, they made the unlikely move to western Louisiana. It happened 100 years ago in Vernon Parish, and it was an experiment in socialism that lasted for more than two decades.

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    When the members of a California commune needed a place to start a new colony, they made the unlikely move to western Louisiana. It happened 100 years ago in Vernon Parish, and it was an experiment in socialism that lasted for more than two decades.

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Prehistoric Park - Dinosaurs in the Swamp

    Heart of Louisiana: Prehistoric Park - Dinosaurs in the Swamp

    The warnings posted on the fence, the distant screeching and growls and the giant gated entrance set the mood for a Jurassic experience. It's an adventure like no other on the edge of Louisiana's Atchafalaya Basin swamp.

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    The warnings posted on the fence, the distant screeching and growls and the giant gated entrance set the mood for a Jurassic experience. It's an adventure like no other on the edge of Louisiana's Atchafalaya Basin swamp.

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Elmer's Chocolate Factory

    Heart of Louisiana: Elmer's Chocolate Factory

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    A lot of the heart-shaped boxes of chocolates that will be headed to sweethearts this Valentines Day got their start in the Town of Ponchatoula.

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    A lot of the heart-shaped boxes of chocolates that will be headed to sweethearts this Valentines Day got their start in the Town of Ponchatoula.

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Brazos Huval School of Music

    Heart of Louisiana: Brazos Huval School of Music

    It's an old form of music in South Louisiana, but you might be surprised at how popular Cajun music is with some kids - especially those kids who have Acadian roots.

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    It's an old form of music in South Louisiana, but you might be surprised at how popular Cajun music is with some kids - especially those kids who have Acadian roots.

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Red Dragon Listening Room

    Heart of Louisiana: Red Dragon Listening Room

    If you enjoy live music but you’re not into the noisy lounge scene, you may want to check out the nearest listening room. 

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    If you enjoy live music but you’re not into the noisy lounge scene, you may want to check out the nearest listening room. 

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Maritime Museum

    Heart of Louisiana: Maritime Museum

    From early Native Americans to present-day fishermen and recreational boaters, Lake Pontchartrain has a long maritime history.

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    From early Native Americans to present-day fishermen and recreational boaters, Lake Pontchartrain has a long maritime history.

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Deadwood

    Heart of Louisiana: Deadwood

    They have the real look of the Wild West from their hats to their boots. They holster their six-shot revolvers, and they can handle a Winchester rifle or a shotgun. Their aim is to be faster and more accurate than the next guy or gal - that's the only way you win at this game.

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    They have the real look of the Wild West from their hats to their boots. They holster their six-shot revolvers, and they can handle a Winchester rifle or a shotgun. Their aim is to be faster and more accurate than the next guy or gal - that's the only way you win at this game.

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Louisiana Treasures Museum

    Every week, we introduce you to some of our state’s treasures in the Heart of Louisiana. A few days ago, before the rains began, Dave McNamara took a tour of the Louisiana Treasures Museum near Ponchatoula. That museum became a victim of the flooding. 

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    Every week, we introduce you to some of our state’s treasures in the Heart of Louisiana. A few days ago, before the rains began, Dave McNamara took a tour of the Louisiana Treasures Museum near Ponchatoula. That museum became a victim of the flooding. 

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  • Heart of Louisiana: New Orleans Model Aviation Club

    Heart of Louisiana: New Orleans Model Aviation Club

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    On weekends, their aircraft are soaring above a private airstrip on the West Bank of Jefferson Parish.

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    On weekends, their aircraft are soaring above a private airstrip on the West Bank of Jefferson Parish.

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Grand Pre

    Heart of Louisiana: Grand Pre

    About 250 years ago, the very first Acadian settlers arrived in South Louisiana to start a new homeland after being exiled from Nova Scotia. Today, the site of that mass deportation is a World Heritage Site.

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    About 250 years ago, the very first Acadian settlers arrived in South Louisiana to start a new homeland after being exiled from Nova Scotia. Today, the site of that mass deportation is a World Heritage Site.

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Young Cajun Musicians of Breaux Bridge

    Heart of Louisiana: Young Cajun Musicians of Breaux Bridge

    Their ages run from the single digits to the teens, but they are performing the music of their great grandparents. And they sing and play Cajun French tunes with the enthusiasm you would expect kids to have for the latest hit songs.

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    Their ages run from the single digits to the teens, but they are performing the music of their great grandparents. And they sing and play Cajun French tunes with the enthusiasm you would expect kids to have for the latest hit songs.

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Old Dairy Barn

    Heart of Louisiana: Old Dairy Barn

    Tuesday, March 22 2016 9:25 PM EDT2016-03-23 01:25:28 GMT

    It all started with a roadside picture. An attention-grabbing dairy barn sparked an interest in photography for a Central Louisiana woman, and now she is part of a crusade to save the historic landmark. 

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    It all started with a roadside picture. An attention-grabbing dairy barn sparked an interest in photography for a Central Louisiana woman, and now she is part of a crusade to save the historic landmark. 

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Blind River Chapel

    Heart of Louisiana: Blind River Chapel

    Thirty years ago, a retired couple who lived on Blind River in St. James Parish decided that their isolated wilderness needed its own place of worship. It started with one woman's divine vision.

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    Thirty years ago, a retired couple who lived on Blind River in St. James Parish decided that their isolated wilderness needed its own place of worship. It started with one woman's divine vision.

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  • Heart of Louisiana: The Delta Queen

    Heart of Louisiana: The Delta Queen

    One of the iconic Mississippi River paddle wheelers is waiting for an act of Congress to return to overnight river cruises. The Delta Queen has carried passengers on rivers all over middle America, with cruises that stretched from New Orleans to Cincinnati and beyond. 

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    One of the iconic Mississippi River paddle wheelers is waiting for an act of Congress to return to overnight river cruises. The Delta Queen has carried passengers on rivers all over middle America, with cruises that stretched from New Orleans to Cincinnati and beyond. 

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  • Heart of Louisiana: The giant murals of Robert Dafford

    Heart of Louisiana: The giant murals of Robert Dafford

    You have probably seen the paintings of this renowned Louisiana artist, from a giant clarinet on a New Orleans hotel, a blues harmonica on a Baton Rouge casino, and murals of Cajun history scattered across South Louisiana. The giant murals are the work of artist Robert Dafford.

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    You have probably seen the paintings of this renowned Louisiana artist, from a giant clarinet on a New Orleans hotel, a blues harmonica on a Baton Rouge casino, and murals of Cajun history scattered across South Louisiana. The giant murals are the work of artist Robert Dafford.

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Hadacol cured what ailed you

    Heart of Louisiana: Hadacol cured what ailed you

    It was one of those elixirs that was supposed to cure just about anything.

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    It was one of those elixirs that was supposed to cure just about anything.

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Hurricane of 1915

    Heart of Louisiana: Hurricane of 1915

    If you've ever driven Interstate-55 between Laplace and Ponchatoula, you've probably noticed an exit for Ruddock. Today, its only a boat launch. But a century ago, it was a thriving railroad town until a hurricane washed away Ruddock and other small settlements near Lake Pontchartrain. 

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    If you've ever driven Interstate-55 between Laplace and Ponchatoula, you've probably noticed an exit for Ruddock. Today, its only a boat launch. But a century ago, it was a thriving railroad town until a hurricane washed away Ruddock and other small settlements near Lake Pontchartrain. 

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Historic St. Charles Streetcar

    Heart of Louisiana: Historic St. Charles Streetcar

    You would have to be more than 90 years old to remember a time when dark green streetcars were not rolling up and down St. Charles Avenue, and the rail line has been around twice that long – dating to 1835.

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    You would have to be more than 90 years old to remember a time when dark green streetcars were not rolling up and down St. Charles Avenue, and the rail line has been around twice that long – dating to 1835.

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Pipe Organ at the Strand

    As organist at the First United Methodist Church in Shreveport, Ray Peebles is the master of the largest pipe organ in Louisiana. “It has over 6,000 pipes,” Peebles said.

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    As organist at the First United Methodist Church in Shreveport, Ray Peebles is the master of the largest pipe organ in Louisiana. “It has over 6,000 pipes,” Peebles said.

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  • Heart of Louisiana: LSU's Indian Mounds

    Heart of Louisiana: LSU's Indian Mounds

    Because these large mounds have always been a part of the landscape on LSU’s campus, they may be taken for granted. 

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    Because these large mounds have always been a part of the landscape on LSU’s campus, they may be taken for granted. 

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Native American Tamales

    Heart of Louisiana: Native American Tamales

    If you start naming Louisiana foods, you probably won’t mention tamales. But the Louisiana tradition of tamales actually predates our Creole and Cajun cuisine. Dave McNamara takes us to Fort St. Jean Baptiste in Natchitoches, where he gets a cooking demonstration of home-grown Native American  tamales.

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    If you start naming Louisiana foods, you probably won’t mention tamales. But the Louisiana tradition of tamales actually predates our Creole and Cajun cuisine. Dave McNamara takes us to Fort St. Jean Baptiste in Natchitoches, where he gets a cooking demonstration of home-grown Native American  tamales.

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Louisiana’s oldest Colonial documents

    Heart of Louisiana: Louisiana’s oldest Colonial documents

    For years, Louisiana’s oldest colonial documents were usually read by researchers and serious genealogists. But the Louisiana State Museum is about to complete a multi-year project that will put thousands of historic documents at our fingertips. 

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    For years, Louisiana’s oldest colonial documents were usually read by researchers and serious genealogists. But the Louisiana State Museum is about to complete a multi-year project that will put thousands of historic documents at our fingertips. 

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Live Oak Society

    Heart of Louisiana: Live Oak Society

    Living in the South, you can see some rather impressive live oak trees, and there is actually a Live Oak Society that keeps track of the largest.  

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    Living in the South, you can see some rather impressive live oak trees, and there is actually a Live Oak Society that keeps track of the largest.  

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Last Island Hurricane

    Heart of Louisiana: Last Island Hurricane

    Terrebonne Parish -- We've seen the devastating effects of recent hurricanes on our barrier islands. But one of the first recorded tragedies occurred in the 1850's,

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    We've seen the devastating effects of recent hurricanes on our barrier islands. But one of the first recorded tragedies occurred in the 1850's, when a monster hurricane pounded Last Island.

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Mackenzie Bourg and Louisiana Rising

    Heart of Louisiana: Mackenzie Bourg and Louisiana Rising

    Far from the glitz of Hollywood, “American Idol” finalist Mackenzie Bourg is singing for us in the gutted living room of his uncle’s home near Lafayette. “It’s something you see on the news the national news, and like, wow, that’s crazy,” Bourg said. “But you never think, like, it would happen to you. And kind of coming home and seeing this happening to your family, your loved ones, it really does, it really does sting.” Mackenzi...

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    Far from the glitz of Hollywood, “American Idol” finalist Mackenzie Bourg is singing for us in the gutted living room of his uncle’s home near Lafayette. “It’s something you see on the news the national news, and like, wow, that’s crazy,” Bourg said. “But you never think, like, it would happen to you. And kind of coming home and seeing this happening to your family, your loved ones, it really does, it really does sting.” Mackenzi...

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  • Heart of Louisiana: The Jolly Inn

    Heart of Louisiana: The Jolly Inn

    It has a big wooden dance floor with a live Cajun band a couple of days a week.  Years ago, places like this were common in south louisiana.  But the folks who operate the jolly inn in houma say this may be the only dance hall left between new orleans and lafayette. 

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    It has a big wooden dance floor with a live Cajun band a couple of days a week. Years ago, places like the Jolly Inn were common in South Louisiana. But the folks who operate the inn in Houma say this may be the only dance hall left between New Orleans and Lafayette. And that helps pull in both the locals and tourists.

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Old U.S. Mint

    Heart of Louisiana: Old U.S. Mint

    At one time, New Orleans was a major player in the production of money for the U.S. government. 

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    At one time, New Orleans was a major player in the production of money for the U.S. government. 

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Louisiana's White Sulpher Springs

    Heart of Louisiana: Louisiana's White Sulpher Springs

    Louisiana once had its own White Sulphur Springs resort.

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    You've been hearing a lot about White Sulphur Springs for the past three weeks as the Saints get ready for football at the West Virginia resort, but Louisiana once had its own White Sulphur Springs resort.

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Myth of Evangeline

    Heart of Louisiana: Myth of Evangeline

    What many people around the world know about Cajuns and how they were exiled from Canada likely comes from the famous poem "Evangeline." Although the love story is fiction, it may have done more than anything to save the Acadian culture. 

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    What many people around the world know about Cajuns and how they were exiled from Canada likely comes from the famous poem "Evangeline." Although the love story is fiction, it may have done more than anything to save the Acadian culture. 

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Hot Wells Resort

    Heart of Louisiana: Hot Wells Resort

    A little over a century ago, they were drilling for oil in the woods west of Alexandria, and that's when they hit a gusher. It wasn’t oil, but warm, mineral-rich water.

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    A little over a century ago, they were drilling for oil in the woods west of Alexandria, and that's when they hit a gusher. It wasn’t oil, but warm, mineral-rich water.

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Sugartown Watermelons

    Heart of Louisiana: Sugartown Watermelons

    It’s a watermelon that really does taste sweeter than most, and it comes from a tiny farming community in Western Louisiana with a name that sounds too good to be true: Sugartown.

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    It’s a watermelon that really does taste sweeter than most, and it comes from a tiny farming community in Western Louisiana with a name that sounds too good to be true: Sugartown.

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Cane River Creole National Park

    Heart of Louisiana: Cane River Creole National Park

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    Once part of the Red River is a 35-mile long oxbow known as Cane River Lake. It is the site of the oldest European settlement in the Louisiana Territory and its rich farmland and historic plantations are the cradle of Creole Louisiana.  

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    Once part of the Red River is a 35-mile long oxbow known as Cane River Lake. It is the site of the oldest European settlement in the Louisiana Territory and its rich farmland and historic plantations are the cradle of Creole Louisiana.  

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Jean Lafitte National Historical Park

    Heart of Louisiana: Jean Lafitte National Historical Park

    One hundred years ago, Congress had a great idea and passed legislation creating the National Park Service. As the park service celebrates its 100th birthday, we decided to explore our Louisiana National Parks.

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    One hundred years ago, Congress had a great idea and passed legislation creating the National Park Service. As the park service celebrates its 100th birthday, we decided to explore our Louisiana National Parks.

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Louisiana State Arboretum

    Heart of Louisiana: Louisiana State Arboretum

    Even on a cloudy morning, daybreak at Louisiana's Lake Chicot is a gentle wonder as the sky, the sturdy cypress and the birds come to life.

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    Even on a cloudy morning, daybreak at Louisiana's Lake Chicot is a gentle wonder as the sky, the sturdy cypress and the birds come to life.

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Pontchartrain Vineyards

    Heart of Louisiana: Pontchartrain Vineyards

    The music is old standards and jazz. The setting, just before sunset tucked into a vineyard where the white grapes are just starting to form on 15 acres of vines. It's an unexpected delight in South Louisiana.

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    The music is old standards and jazz. The setting, just before sunset tucked into a vineyard where the white grapes are just starting to form on 15 acres of vines. It's an unexpected delight in South Louisiana.

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Ruston's Dixie Theater

    Heart of Louisiana: Ruston's Dixie Theater

    One theater has been the center of entertainment in the North Louisiana town of Ruston for about 90 years.

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    One theater has been the center of entertainment in the North Louisiana town of Ruston for about 90 years.

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  • Heart of Louisiana: LIGO

    Heart of Louisiana: LIGO

    Tuesday, May 10 2016 9:55 PM EDT2016-05-11 01:55:52 GMT

    It may seem like an unlikely place for deep space research, but a laboratory in the woods of Livingston Parish is on the cutting edge of uncovering some of the hidden secrets of the universe.

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    It may seem like an unlikely place for deep space research, but a laboratory in the woods of Livingston Parish is on the cutting edge of uncovering some of the hidden secrets of the universe.

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  • Heart of Louisiana: La Caboose

    Heart of Louisiana: La Caboose

    Tuesday, May 3 2016 10:52 PM EDT2016-05-04 02:52:36 GMT

    A lot of folks have been fascinated with trains since they were kids. But not everyone has had the chance to spend the night in one. If you can get to the tiny Southwest Louisiana village of Sunset, you can get a bed in a caboose or a mail car at La Caboose.

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    A lot of folks have been fascinated with trains since they were kids. But not everyone has had the chance to spend the night in one. If you can get to the tiny Southwest Louisiana village of Sunset, you can get a bed in a caboose or a mail car at La Caboose.

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  • Heart of Louisiana: The Bentley Hotel

    Heart of Louisiana: The Bentley Hotel

    Thursday, April 28 2016 10:43 PM EDT2016-04-29 02:43:17 GMT

    When the doors of the Hotel Bentley first opened more than a century ago, it was the grandest and finest hotel in Central Louisiana.

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    When the doors of the Hotel Bentley first opened more than a century ago, it was the grandest and finest hotel in Central Louisiana.

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Shreveport Water Works Museum

    Heart of Louisiana: Shreveport Water Works Museum

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    Pumps began pushing water to homes and businesses in the City of Shreveport 130 years ago, and much of the equipment from those early days still exists. 

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    Pumps began pushing water to homes and businesses in the City of Shreveport 130 years ago, and much of the equipment from those early days still exists. 

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Central Louisiana State Hospital Memorial

    Heart of Louisiana: Central Louisiana State Hospital Memorial

    Tuesday, April 12 2016 10:17 PM EDT2016-04-13 02:17:24 GMT

    For more than a century, people with a variety of mental illnesses have been committed to spending a significant portion of their lives at the Central Louisiana State Hospital in Pineville, and many of those who have died at the institution are now buried in unmarked graves. There is an effort underway to change that. 

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    For more than a century, people with a variety of mental illnesses have been committed to spending a significant portion of their lives at the Central Louisiana State Hospital in Pineville, and many of those who have died at the institution are now buried in unmarked graves. There is an effort underway to change that. 

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Zydeco Music

    Heart of Louisiana: Zydeco Music

    Tuesday, April 5 2016 10:05 PM EDT2016-04-06 02:05:39 GMT

    If you drive through the South Louisiana town of Opelousas, you quickly see that music is a big part of its culture – from the designer violin artwork along downtown sidewalks to the mural on the outside of city hall. 

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    If you drive through the South Louisiana town of Opelousas, you quickly see that music is a big part of its culture – from the designer violin artwork along downtown sidewalks to the mural on the outside of city hall. 

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Historic Town of Washington

    Heart of Louisiana: Historic Town of Washington

    Tuesday, March 29 2016 10:12 PM EDT2016-03-30 02:12:51 GMT

    The town of Washington is nowhere near the Mississippi River, but it claims to have been the busiest steamboat port between New Orleans and St. Louis. Large paddlewheelers would arrive on Bayou Courtableau. 

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    The town of Washington is nowhere near the Mississippi River, but it claims to have been the busiest steamboat port between New Orleans and St. Louis. Large paddlewheelers would arrive on Bayou Courtableau. 

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Garyville Jam

    Heart of Louisiana: Garyville Jam

    Tuesday, March 15 2016 10:52 PM EDT2016-03-16 02:52:21 GMT

    The town of Garyville got its start in 1903 with the opening of the Lyon Lumber Company, an Illinois firm that set up a mill in the giant cypress forests of Louisiana’s river parishes. 

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    The town of Garyville got its start in 1903 with the opening of the Lyon Lumber Company, an Illinois firm that set up a mill in the giant cypress forests of Louisiana’s river parishes. 

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Bluegrass Jam

    Heart of Louisiana: Bluegrass Jam

    Tuesday, March 8 2016 10:57 PM EST2016-03-09 03:57:42 GMT

    They gather in groups under trees and in the shade of an old shed. They mix country and Bluegrass with coffee and conversation. It happens the second Saturday of every month at the Lone Pines RV Park near the small town of Ragley.

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    They gather in groups under trees and in the shade of an old shed. They mix country and Bluegrass with coffee and conversation. It happens the second Saturday of every month at the Lone Pines RV Park near the small town of Ragley.

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  • Heart of Louisiana: French Table

    Heart of Louisiana: French Table

    Tuesday, March 1 2016 10:41 PM EST2016-03-02 03:41:32 GMT
    Once a month, they gather in the town of Arnaudville at an old lumber yard–turned-arts-collective for a meeting that always starts with the Pledge of Allegiance recited in French.  More >>

    Once a month, they gather in the town of Arnaudville at an old lumber yard–turned-arts-collective for a meeting that always starts with the Pledge of Allegiance recited in French. 

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  • Heart of Louisiana: The Bagpiper of New Orleans

    Heart of Louisiana: The Bagpiper of New Orleans

    Of all the musical sounds you can hear around New Orleans’ French Quarter, there was something very special about watching a July sunset at Jackson Square and being serenaded by the bagpipes. 

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    Of all the musical sounds you can hear around New Orleans’ French Quarter, there was something very special about watching a July sunset at Jackson Square and being serenaded by the bagpipes. 

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Vanishing Cemeteries

    Heart of Louisiana: Vanishing Cemeteries

    Wednesday, February 10 2016 10:55 PM EST2016-02-11 03:55:29 GMT

    There are countless thousands of graves that punctuate the Louisiana landscape. From cities to farms, bayouside to marsh – they mark the places where people have lived and died. 

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    There are countless thousands of graves that punctuate the Louisiana landscape. From cities to farms, bayouside to marsh – they mark the places where people have lived and died. 

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Fort De La Boulaye

    Heart of Louisiana: Fort De La Boulaye

    One of the most historical sites in Louisiana has been unmarked and mostly unknown. 

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    One of the most historical sites in Louisiana has been unmarked and mostly unknown. 

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Musee' Conti Wax Museum

    Heart of Louisiana: Musee' Conti Wax Museum

    Tuesday, January 26 2016 10:53 PM EST2016-01-27 03:53:24 GMT
    Generations of locals and tourists alike have learned about Louisiana history with the help of life-sized figures that have stood silently and without flinching for the past 51 years.  More >>

    Generations of locals and tourists alike have learned about Louisiana history with the help of life-sized figures that have stood silently and without flinching for the past 51 years. 

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Memories of WWI

    Heart of Louisiana: Memories of WWI

    You can see the history in almost-forgotten monuments around New Orleans. A neighborhood's tribute to its fighting men and women. The statue of a soldier with the nickname “Doughboy.” A small monument to the first war fought on land, sea and air. More >>

    You can see the history in almost-forgotten monuments around New Orleans. A neighborhood's tribute to its fighting men and women. The statue of a soldier with the nickname “Doughboy.” A small monument to the first war fought on land, sea and air.

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Loranger Jam

    Heart of Louisiana: Loranger Jam

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    Live bands playing bluegrass music are becoming harder to find theses days. But the Saturday Night Jam Session is known for playing bluegrass, to country, to old time every Saturday night at Chris's Restaurant, located at the main highway intersection in the small farming town of Loranger. 

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    Live bands playing bluegrass music are becoming harder to find theses days. But the Saturday Night Jam Session is known for playing bluegrass, to country, to old time every Saturday night at Chris's Restaurant, located at the main highway intersection in the small farming town of Loranger. 

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Old-fashioned handwriting

    Heart of Louisiana: Old-fashioned handwriting

    Tuesday, January 5 2016 10:55 PM EST2016-01-06 03:55:51 GMT

    You may have learned it in grade school, but when was the last time you wrote a letter, handwritten in cursive or script letters? One history buff is recreating that style of handwriting with the same type of pens used by our country’s founding fathers. 

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    You may have learned it in grade school, but when was the last time you wrote a letter, handwritten in cursive or script letters? One history buff is recreating that style of handwriting with the same type of pens used by our country’s founding fathers. 

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Christmas train garden at Celebration in the Oaks

    Heart of Louisiana: Christmas train garden at Celebration in the Oaks

    If you plan on enjoying the spectacular lights at Celebration in the Oaks at New Orleans' City Park this holiday season, you should make it a point to check out one of the hidden gems in the Botanical Gardens.More >>

    If you plan on enjoying the spectacular lights at Celebration in the Oaks at New Orleans' City Park this holiday season, you should make it a point to check out one of the hidden gems in the Botanical Gardens.

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Holiday Lights

    Heart of Louisiana: Holiday Lights

    Tuesday, December 8 2015 11:22 PM EST2015-12-09 04:22:52 GMT
    New Orleans takes on a special glow during the holiday season.More >>

    New Orleans takes on a special glow during the holiday season.

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Angola Cane Syrup

    Heart of Louisiana: Angola Cane Syrup

    Tuesday, December 1 2015 10:44 PM EST2015-12-02 03:44:41 GMT
    On this farm in Angola, the workers have nothing but time and the process is about as low-tech as you can get.More >>

    On this farm in Angola, the workers have nothing but time and the process is about as low-tech as you can get.

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Horse-drawn carriages

    Heart of Louisiana: Horse-drawn carriages

    Tuesday, November 24 2015 9:51 PM EST2015-11-25 02:51:51 GMT
    For over a century, horse-drawn carriages were the primary means of transportation in Louisiana. Now relics of the past, some are being preserved for posterity in a Baton Rouge museum. More >>

    For over a century, horse-drawn carriages were the primary means of transportation in Louisiana. Now relics of the past, some are being preserved for posterity in a Baton Rouge museum. 

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  • Heart of Louisiana: Quintron and the Weather Warlock

    Heart of Louisiana: Quintron and the Weather Warlock

    Tuesday, November 17 2015 9:40 PM EST2015-11-18 02:40:03 GMT
    Some people might use wind chimes to add a musical background to their day, or even a wave machine to sooth the senses. But one New Orleans musician takes it a step further with an electronic synthesizer that turns the weather into constantly changing notes.More >>
    Some people might use wind chimes to add a musical background to their day, or even a wave machine to sooth the senses. But one New Orleans musician takes it a step further with an electronic synthesizer that turns the weather into constantly changing notes.More >>
  • Heart of Louisiana: Legacy Cypress

    Heart of Louisiana: Legacy Cypress

    Tuesday, November 10 2015 4:05 PM EST2015-11-10 21:05:34 GMT
    In a state that celebrates its old live oak trees, a New Orleans man is searching for bald cypress trees that were standing at the time of the Louisiana Purchase. But finding the old aging giants is not easy.More >>
    In a state that celebrates its old live oak trees, a New Orleans man is searching for bald cypress trees that were standing at the time of the Louisiana Purchase. But finding the old aging giants is not easy.More >>
  • Heart of Louisiana: The Mighty Mastodon

    Heart of Louisiana: The Mighty Mastodon

    Tens of thousands of years ago, the landscape of Louisiana was drastically different.More >>
    Tens of thousands of years ago, the landscape of Louisiana was drastically different.More >>
  • Heart of Louisiana: The Mr. Charlie

    Heart of Louisiana: The Mr. Charlie

    Wednesday, October 28 2015 9:29 PM EDT2015-10-29 01:29:35 GMT
    Coastal Louisiana has been a major hub for offshore oil and gas exploration for well over a half-century. But unless you work in the business, you’ve probably never set foot on an offshore rig. More >>
    Coastal Louisiana has been a major hub for offshore oil and gas exploration for well over a half-century. But unless you work in the business, you’ve probably never set foot on an offshore rig. More >>
  • Heart of Louisiana: Plaquemine Lock

    Heart of Louisiana: Plaquemine Lock

    Tuesday, October 20 2015 4:45 PM EDT2015-10-20 20:45:10 GMT
    For more than a century, boat traffic has needed help getting in and out of the Mississippi River. One of the oldest locks, a sort of water-filled elevator, is located in Iberville Parish in the city of Plaquemine. More >>
    For more than a century, boat traffic has needed help getting in and out of the Mississippi River. One of the oldest locks, a sort of water-filled elevator, is located in Iberville Parish in the city of Plaquemine. More >>
  • Heart of Louisiana: A Fiddler's Story

    Heart of Louisiana: A Fiddler's Story

    Tuesday, October 13 2015 5:54 PM EDT2015-10-13 21:54:55 GMT
    When the LSU Rural Life Museum hosted its Fall Harvest Days recently, one of the featured performers was a young Louisiana fiddler. This teenager recently won the title of best fiddler in the state. Dave McNamara has the story of this talented musician in tonight’s Heart of Louisiana.More >>
    When the LSU Rural Life Museum hosted its Fall Harvest Days recently, one of the featured performers was a young Louisiana fiddler. This teenager recently won the title of best fiddler in the state. Dave McNamara has the story of this talented musician in tonight’s Heart of Louisiana.More >>
  • Heart of Louisiana: Ardoyne Plantation Home

    Heart of Louisiana: Ardoyne Plantation Home

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    When you think about touring a plantation home, Ardoyne in Terrebonne Parish has a much different look. More >>
    When you think about touring a plantation home, Ardoyne in Terrebonne Parish has a much different look. More >>
  • Heart of Louisiana: C.C. Lockwood captures state's natural beauty

    Heart of Louisiana: C.C. Lockwood captures state's natural beauty

    Tuesday, September 29 2015 5:50 PM EDT2015-09-29 21:50:48 GMT
    For the past 40 years, photographer C.C. Lockwood has been capturing the natural beauty of Louisiana. He has found some of his most amazing images in places managed by the Nature Conservancy, which has tracks of wild land in half of the state's parishes.More >>
    For the past 40 years, photographer C.C. Lockwood has been capturing the natural beauty of Louisiana. He has found some of his most amazing images in places managed by the Nature Conservancy, which has tracks of wild land in half of the state's parishes.More >>
  • Heart of Louisiana: Roman Candy Wagon

    Heart of Louisiana: Roman Candy Wagon

    Tuesday, September 22 2015 11:07 PM EDT2015-09-23 03:07:21 GMT
    It's one of those New Orleans traditions that's been around for generations, and it's celebrating a big birthday this year. More >>
    It's one of those New Orleans traditions that's been around for generations, and it's celebrating a big birthday this year. More >>
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