Six Louisianans are broadcasting exciting, adventurous, and creative podcasts and YouTube channels that are great edu-tainment for the coronavirus pandemic and stay at home order.
Baton Rouge Art Council’s Chancelier “Xero” Skidmore delivers the weekly AC23 podcast. These 23-minute episodes contain interviews, news, and commentary from within the arts community. It is a wonderful eye-opener for the broader community to realize and cherish artistic things we didn’t notice before. His last episode featured R&B/Soul artist JST David. In that episode, David speaks about dealing with quarantine and explains how shooting his shot got him to Russia. Listen here: https://www.artsbr.org/podcast
Broadcasting from Baton Rouge, Keith Cooper and Mark Wallace host the top blerds—Black nerds—in anime, books, and movies. The duo attracts guests and listeners who love Marvel and DC comics cosplay, graphic novels, and animations. The podcast brings candid conversations with independent artists and writers sharing the things that they love with the world and having fun while doing so. The hosts and guests also highlight positive people and activities in the community abroad. Blerd-ish is often a hilarious podcast with creative themes like a recent show with Danielle McRae, the voice of “Gwen” in one Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Listen here: https://blerd-ish.com
Geaux Play Esports
Discover the world of esports and video gaming through the lens of international gamers and Southern University Lab School teacher Christopher Turner who hosts the Geaux Play Esports podcast. It is a weekly podcast featuring exclusive interviews with some of the biggest names in the video game industry. Amazing, fast-paced, and in-depth conversations that any gamer of any age would enjoy. The show focuses on the emergence of esports at the K-12, collegiate, and professional levels. The latest episode features Lee Camp of the Esports Awards. Listen here: Geaux Play Esport
Learn to look at the world differently with Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church’s T.H.R.I.V.E. podcast and YouTube channel that is hosted by the Reverend Fred Smith. Since the coronavirus Stay-at-Home orders, the podcast has featured Bible Study and worship services along with community interviews like the most recent one with Baton Rouge Judge Yvette Alexander. Each episode focuses on Transformative thinking and spreading the word of Jesus Christ. Listen here: THRIVE.
Travel along with University of Louisiana Lafayette music major Adrienne Taylor through the nuances of college life: studying, thrifting, international traveling, and exploring culture. The episodes are engaging and funny, and there’s a surprising amount of real-life takeaways for young adults and teens. Check her YouTube channel on Instagram @altaylor_. Watch Adrienne T.
Fly along with teen pilot Kirsten Smith on her YouTube channel, Kidd Aviation, as she takes to the sky in a Cessna 172. The Lee Magnet High School senior encourages kids to be adventurous, curious, and believe in themselves. She’s a member of the New Orleans Golden Eagles and wants to be a commercial and cargo pilot. She said aviation as a way to overcome opposition. Each Kidd Aviation show is an adventure where Smith gives advice, reviews, and tutorials on aviation. Watch Kidd Aviation.