Once there was a slave uprising so epic, it led Napoleon to sell Louisiana to the United States, and brought thousands of refugees to New Orleans, doubling the city’s population in just a few months. The Haitian Revolution (1791-1804), the only successful slave rebellion in the Americas, had a dramatic and lasting effect on New Orleans and North America. Today many New Orleanians, black and white, trace their ancestral roots to Haiti. The Caribbean nation remains an important part of the story New Orleans tell about itself. But is New Orleans a part of Haitian history? Is the feeling mutual? TriPod sent producer Laine Kaplan-Levenson to find out.
Producer Laine Kaplan-Levenson explained how this special TriPod episode came about: “Throughout the past two seasons of TriPod, one place kept coming up in my research and interviews: Haiti. Haiti played a major role in New Orleans’ development, so I wanted to tell the story of this historic relationship, make space for the Haitian perspective, and find out what it means to the people of both places today.” To produce “Haiti and New Orleans” Laine spent two weeks traveling throughout the country conducting interviews. The trip was supported by WWNO and the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University through the Global South Fellowship program.
Following the “Haiti and New Orleans” premiere, TriPod will return to its regular weekly broadcast schedule: Thursdays at 8:30 am and Mondays at 6:35pm. The podcast is available on iTunes, and archived episodes can be read and heard at wwno.org.
TriPod: New Orleans at 300 has won two Regional Edward R. Murrow awards for Excellence in Writing, and was named Best Radio Show of 2017 by the New Orleans Press Club. NPR’s Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep has called TriPod a “fantastic podcast.”