Lafayette 101

A podcast about how Lafayette works, presented by The Current

About the show

In Lafayette 101, our goal is to deepen your understanding of Lafayette as a parish, city and consolidated government. Join us as we draw a direct throughline from Lafayette’s past to its present.

Presented by The Current, a nonprofit news organization serving Lafayette and southern Louisiana.

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  • 1: Lafayette is a Parish

    May 8th, 2023  |  Season 1  |  13 mins 21 secs

    Lafayette Parish was established in 1823 and is now home to more than 240,000 residents. On this episode, Marie Elizabeth Oliver dives into the history and development of Lafayette Parish with help from guests Lynn Guidry, Andrew Godley and Purvis Morrison.

  • 2: Lafayette is a City

    May 8th, 2023  |  Season 1  |  11 mins 52 secs

    If Lafayette is the Hub City—the “heart” of Lafayette Parish and Acadiana, Downtown is what makes it beat. But in recent years, Lafayette’s growth has expanded mostly outside the city limits. Marie Elizabeth Oliver investigates this outward migration.

  • 3: Is Lafayette Better Together?

    May 8th, 2023  |  Season 1  |  13 mins 33 secs

    It’s impossible to talk about Lafayette’s government without talking about consolidation. Marie Elizabeth Oliver looks into the genesis of Lafayette City-Parish Government and explores both sides of the consolidation/deconsolidation debate.