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Journeys of Discovery: Louisiana's Swamp blues, juke joints and Dialogue on race

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for a conversation with blues singer April “Sexy Red” Jackson as she shares insights about the juke Joint culture. At one time juke joints dotted the rural countryside throughout the South. 

They were typically just a sparsely-decorated front room of a sharecropper’s shack where friends congregated to sing the blues, dance the night away, and down a pint or two. Today less than five juke joints remain in business. We’ll then join Maxine Crump, CEO of Dialogue on Race Louisiana for insights about her mission and passion.

This show was originally broadcast April 18, 2019 and is reposted as a “best-of-the-best” podcast in celebration of Journeys of Discovery’s 30th anniversary producing on-air and digital media podcasts featured on KCBX and NPR One.

You are invited to subscribe to the Lowell Thomas Award-winning travel show podcast, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, featured on the NPR Podcast DirectoryApple PodcastiHeartRadio, the NPR One App & Twitter: TomCWilmer. Instagram: Thomas.Wilmer. Member of the National Press Club in Washington D.C. Underwriting support provided by Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative, and the Society of St. Vincent De Paul.

Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.
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