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Publisher’s Note: After a series of fits and starts, we finally have the ability and the capacity to officially launch “Briefly Speaking,” the podcast we piloted in January with the guys from the enormously popular “Pod Save America.” Currently, “Briefly Speaking” is streaming on a variety of platforms, including Spotify, Google, Stitcher, Breaker, PocketCasts, Anchor, and RadioPublic, and we anticipate it being available for download through Apple Podcasts within the next four or five days.

To find us on your favorite service, be sure to search for “Briefly Speaking” (we’re the only podcast with that name, so it shouldn’t be difficult). Look for this cover image:

Original art by Bayou Brief, with design elements from 0irty Coast.

Fair warning: Even though the name of the podcast is Briefly Speaking, as anyone who knows me or reads the Bayou Brief can attest, we’re not necessarily known to be brief.


On Wednesday, on the penultimate day of the 2019 Louisiana legislative session and while candidates for the upcoming statewide elections begin readying themselves for what is certain to be an exhausting, four month-long rollercoaster ride, I sat down with Rob Anderson, one of six candidates who challenged incumbent U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins last November.

Anderson was one of four Democrats, and ultimately, he received 13,477 votes, finishing in fourth. Higgins won outright in the primary.

Despite the disappointing results, however, Anderson, who was a first-time candidate, seems to be more hopeful than ever, and although he hasn’t yet made it official (and was coy during our conversation), it sure sounds like he’s ramping up for another run.

Because we spoke for two hours, I split up our conversation into two parts.

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