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Featuring exclusive, previously unreleased photographs and reports that have been either buried with time or kept hidden from the public, this sweeping conclusion to the Bayou Brief's trilogy on the assassination of Huey P. Long unpacks a conspiracy theory that has persisted for more than 86 years and challenges the portrayals of his alleged assassin, Dr. Carl A. Weiss, Sr., as an innocent victim of a corrupt cover-up.

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‘City of a Million Dreams’ Chronicles the Dangers and Mystic Pleasures of Living on the Threshold

In exploring the history and the meaning of jazz funerals, the uniquely New Orleans ritual that transforms a cortège into a celebratory parade, Jason Berry’s documentary reveals a powerful allegory about the spiritual core of America’s most fascinating city.

Corpus Precori: The Peculiar Custom of Petitioning the Dead

What do a 12-year-old leukemia victim from rural Cajun...

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‘City of a Million Dreams’ Chronicles the Dangers and Mystic Pleasures of Living on the Threshold

In exploring the history and the meaning of jazz funerals, the uniquely New Orleans ritual that transforms a cortège into a celebratory parade, Jason Berry’s documentary reveals a powerful allegory about the spiritual core of America’s most fascinating city.

Corpus Precori: The Peculiar Custom of Petitioning the Dead

What do a 12-year-old leukemia victim from rural Cajun country and an 80-year-old urban...

Who ARE These People? Sue Lincoln Returns and Is Taking a Look Around SWLA

A newer model silver pickup drove past me as an older guy behind the...

Holes in the Story: Huey P. Long, Carl Weiss, and the American Spectacle of Conspiracy

Featuring exclusive, previously unreleased photographs and reports that have been either buried with time or kept hidden from the public, this sweeping conclusion to the Bayou Brief's trilogy on the assassination of Huey P. Long unpacks a conspiracy theory that has persisted for more than 86 years and challenges the portrayals of his alleged assassin, Dr. Carl A. Weiss, Sr., as an innocent victim of a corrupt cover-up.

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‘City of a Million Dreams’ Chronicles the Dangers and Mystic Pleasures of Living on the Threshold

In exploring the history and the meaning of jazz funerals, the uniquely New Orleans ritual that transforms a cortège into a celebratory parade, Jason Berry’s documentary reveals a powerful allegory about the spiritual core of America’s most fascinating city.

Corpus Precori: The Peculiar Custom of Petitioning the Dead

What do a 12-year-old leukemia victim from rural Cajun...

Holes in the Story: Huey P. Long, Carl Weiss, and the American Spectacle of Conspiracy

Featuring exclusive, previously unreleased photographs and reports that have been either buried with time or kept hidden from the public, this sweeping conclusion to the Bayou Brief's trilogy on the assassination of Huey P. Long unpacks a conspiracy theory that has persisted for more than 86 years and challenges the portrayals of his alleged assassin, Dr. Carl A. Weiss, Sr., as an innocent victim of a corrupt cover-up.

Book Review: Backrooms and Bayous by Robert Mann

Is Bob Mann the Zelig or Forrest Gump of Louisiana politics? Find out in Peter Athas' review of Mann's memoirs.

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‘City of a Million Dreams’ Chronicles the Dangers and Mystic Pleasures of Living on the Threshold

In exploring the history and the meaning of jazz funerals, the uniquely New Orleans ritual that transforms a cortège into a celebratory parade, Jason Berry’s documentary reveals a powerful allegory about the spiritual core of America’s most fascinating city.

Corpus Precori: The Peculiar Custom of Petitioning the Dead

What do a 12-year-old leukemia victim from rural Cajun...