Friday, March 11, 2016

[361] ‘MTSU On the Record’ adds Spanish spice to Cajun culture in New Orleans

MURFREESBORO — While New Orleans is best known for its French culture, the next “MTSU On the Record” radio program will examine the Hispanic influence on one of America’s most beloved cities.

Host Gina Logue’s interview with James Chaney, a lecturer in MTSU’s global studies and cultural geography program, will air from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, March 7, and from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, March 13, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and

Chaney is co-author of “Hispanic and Latino New Orleans: Immigration and Identity Since the Eighteenth Century.” The book details the impact of Latino culture on the city, which was under the control of Spain for 40 years.

Specific chapters focus on Cubans, Hondurans, Mexicans, Brazilians and Isleños, who are immigrants from the Canary Islands. Chaney says they move to New Orleans because “The Big Easy” lives up to its nickname.

“Many Latinos find the lifestyle in New Orleans … very comfortable, relaxing, and so forth,” said Chaney. “And, in fact, many of them have mentioned that it reminds them of their home countries.”

To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, go to

For more information, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.

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