Laine Kaplan Levenson of Tripod and Sticky Wicket – Episode #83
Laine Kaplan Levenson, host of Tripod: New Orleans at 300, and Sticky Wicket.
Laine Kaplan Levenson, host of Tripod: New Orleans at 300, and Sticky Wicket.

Laine Kaplan Levenson, Storyteller

Laine Kaplan Levenson has spent the last 10+ years telling stories about New Orleans and Louisiana. For the last three years, she’s produced and hosted Tripod, New Orleans at 300.

Tripod won critical acclaim for its exploration of topics related to the Tricentennial, including a mini series on our relationship with Haiti.

Ever heard the word ‘Bulbancha?’ If not, you’ll definitely want to tune in!

In late 2019, Laine released Sticky Wicket, a 4-episode podcast about the often-contentious relationship between the media and Louisiana politicians.

Sticky Wicket covered Huey Long, Dutch Morial, Jim Garrsion, and Kathleen Blanco. The last one will leave you thinking about Hurricane Katrina and the government’s response in a different light.

Join us for this discussion as we cover Tripod, Sticky Wicket and more. I had a fun time interviewing a fellow podcaster, and know you’ll enjoy the conversation, too!

Check Out Tripod, Sticky Wicket and More

Click this link and download a pdf with the highlights of today’s show.

Want to listen to Laine’s podcasts? Here are the links you need. You can also find them on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.

TriPod: NewOrleans at 300 ( Some of my favorite episodes include:

Sticky Wicket: Louisiana Politics Versus the Press

If you only listen to one episode, make it the interview with Kathleen Blanco (but you should really listen to all four!).

Bring Your Own events are on hiatus, but here’s hoping they come back soon! Learn all about them here.

Connect with Laine

Got an idea for Laine, or just want to say thanks for the great content? Follow her on Twitter (@LaineKapLev) or send an email to:

Follow Tripod (@tripodnola) and Sticky Wicket (@stickywicketpod) on Instagram.

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Thank You

Thanks to Laine Kaplan Levenson for joining me today. It was a real treat to visit with a fellow podcaster who is focused on the history of New Orleans.

A special thanks to Chef Eric Cook and the team at Gris Gris for allowing me the use of their private dining room to record the interview. Gris Gris is a wonderful place for lunch, dinner, drinks, or a private function.

Insider tip: Have lunch upstairs on the balcony when the weather is nice. I love the gumbo paired with a Caesar salad – or shrimp and grits when you want to go all in!

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