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How the Jackson 5 brought two different people together in Shreveport

In this episode of Confetti Park, we hear a music  memory from Jeff Campbell, founder of Hungry for Music, a nonprofit organization distributes musical instruments to children in need. Jeff, originally from Shreveport, established Hungry for Music in 1994 in Washington D.C. Since then, the nonprofit has donated over 8,000 instruments to children in 27 […]

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Storytime: Foolish John, A Louisiana Folktale narrated by Ted Lindsay

Foolish John is a literal-minded character who appears in American folk stories as a fool who always gets things right somehow. In Louisiana folk tales, he was called Jean Sotte, and he had many misadventures that resulted in happy outcomes despite all of his foolish interpretations of situations. A later year character who might have […]

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Ol' Chumbucket reads to kids at Hubbell Library in Algiers Point

Interview with Ol’ Chumbucket, co-creator of Talk Like a Pirate Day

In this episode of Confetti Park, Katy Hobgood Ray interviews Ol’ Chumbucket, the co-creator of International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19. Chumbucket, also known as John Baur in certain circles, lives in New Orleans today (he has lived in many places including the Virgin Islands) and spends much of his time traveling the pirate […]

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Marooned: this was originally published in Pyle, Howard (August–September 1887). "Buccaneers and Marooners of the Spanish Main". Harper's Magazine.

Storytime: ‘Dem Bones by David Ray (narrated by Chris Lane)

Enjoy this spooky, dramatic tale of a pirate who experiences the strangest vision…. a skeleton pirate crew that carries treasure aboard the island where he is marooned. “It all started when Mr. Colt, me scurvy dog of a first mate, raised a mutiny against me. I was so proud; that’s how I first became a captain, you know.” […]

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Interview with Kid Chef Eliana about her foodie inspirations & aspirations

In this episode of Confetti Park, Katy Hobgood Ray interviews Kid Chef Eliana de Las Casas, a New Orleans-based chef who is seriously one of the hardest-working kids around. Eliana has been cooking since she was four years old! Her interested hasn’t waned over the years from those early days of watching her family elders make food in […]

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Lashon Daley and Mr. Okra

Interview with Lashon Daley, author of the Mr. Okra story book!

This is a special Confetti Park interview with Lashon Daley, the lovely author behind Mr. Okra Sells Fresh Fruits and Vegetables. Today Lashon is pursuing a PHD in Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. But for a while, she lived in New Orleans, and was inspired to write her sweet book about our favorite […]

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Jimmy Caskey

Jimmy Caskey’s lifelong fascination with recorded music

It’s a music memory brought to you by Confetti Park! Jimmy Caskey lives in Shreveport, Louisiana, where he and his wife Jacques own and operate a beloved lunchtime restaurant called Jacquelyn’s Cafe. Jimmy has been playing guitar all his life, and has performed in several different bands around north Louisiana. Whenever people go to Jacquelyn’s […]

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Mr. Okra Sells Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Storytime – Mr. Okra Sells Fresh Fruits & Vegetables by Lashon Daley

It’s Confetti Park Storytime! In this episode, we hear a wonderful New Orleans tale based on our favorite contemporary street vendor, Mr. Okra. The story was written in collaboration with Mr. Okra by Lashon Daley, and illustrated by Emile Henriquez. We are so lucky to have the story narrated for us by the author! And […]

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Ten Little Crawfish

Storytime: Ten Little Crawfish by Melinda Falgoust

In this episode of Confetti Park, I am delighted to share the story of the Ten Little Crawfish, marvelously narrated by the author and illustrator, Melinda Taliancich Falgoust. Ten little crawfish, swimmin’ in da swamp. One thought he heard some Zydeco and stopped to dance and stomp…. This is Melinda’s brand-new counting concept board book […]

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Music medley from Confetti Park - uphill and down hill.

Music Medley – Up Hill, Down Hill

Confetti Park is a community radio program out of New Orleans. We feature local storytellers and songs that kids love, songs created for kids, or created by kids, right here in Louisiana. This medley of kids music shows the diversity of Louisiana musicians. Songs featured in this episode, in order: Wake-Y-Up-O – Kevin Griffin Birds […]

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