Baton Rouge

Randi Hair

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. 

Randi Hair

Correspondent Tom Wilmer reports from Louisiana's East Baton Rouge Parish, in the outback near the village of Zachary. Following a pitch-black evening drive along a gravel road, we arrive at Teddy’s Juke Joint for a visit with the legendary proprietor 73 year-old Lloyd Johnson Junior. 

Randi Hair

Louisiana's East Baton Rouge Parish Library has come a long way since its founding in 1939 with a collection of second-hand donated books. Today the card catalogs are long gone, and the library’s collection now includes more than two million items serving more than 325,000 registered borrowers. 

Thomas Wilmer

Mark Twain was reputed to say that Louisiana’s state capitol was “the ugliest thing on the Mississippi.” Maybe it’s a matter of time and distance, but today lots of people think the former capitol building in Baton Rouge is extraordinarily enchanting, with powerful neo-Gothic medieval castle motifs accented with twin crenellated turrets.

Randi Hair

Correspondent Tom Wilmer reports from Louisiana's East Baton Rouge Parish, in the outback near the village of Zachary. Following a pitch-black night drive along on a gravel road, we have arrived at Teddy's Juke Joint for a visit with Lloyd Johnson Junior.