After covering the South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, the How's Your News team heads east to New Orleans. Their first stop is a pirates convention, where pirate re-enactors from across America gather to discuss their trade. While Sue...... Read Full Episode Summary »
The team covers a prison rodeo, freestyles with local hip hop artists and cleans up the Ninth Ward on their trip to New Orleans.
After covering the South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, the How's Your News team heads east to New Orleans. Their first stop is a pirates convention, where pirate re-enactors from across America gather to discuss their trade. While Sue talks with a "working girl," Bobby dresses up and does his best pirate impression.
Next, the crew heads off to an oyster eating contest. Although Sue claims everyone on the team must eat at least one oyster, Jeremy and Sean aren't sold on the idea. Fortunately, Bobby loves oysters and is more than willing to pick up the slack! In fact, Bobby likes oysters so much that he goes up against oyster eating champ Scott "Scozzyobone" Zukowski to see who can eat six oysters the fastest. The restaurant explodes in cheers as Bobby beats the champ.
The team then goes to check out the New Orleans hip hop scene. While Brendan drums along with some of the rappers, Lucas and Sue bust out some freestyles of their own. Continuing their investigation of the music scene, the team visits a secret New Orleans music club. Sue enjoys herself as she watches a puppet with the head of Miss Pussycat (one of the club's owners) welcome everyone to the show.
The "Cajun Man" then takes the team on a tour of the swamp of Louisiana to see some alligators. He teaches Bobby his special call to get the gators to come get their chicken. The team watches as the massive gators swarm the boat to eat pieces of chicken off poles, but nobody's too keen on the idea of going swimming in that swamp!
On a more serious note, the team visits the Ninth Ward to see the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. Sue interviews a volunteer with Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation and informs him that Brad Pitt only gets a three on her "Hunk or Junk" scale. The group then does their part to help clean up New Orleans, picking up trash and dirt from the area.
For their final stop, the How's Your News team heads to the Louisiana State Penitentiary to cover the Angola Prison Rodeo. The event started in 1964, with prison inmates and guards putting on all aspects of the rodeo -- from participating in competitions to playing in bands. Both Sue and Jeremy interview murderers that are taking part in the big day. Much to the team's surprise, the crowd loves the event and the inmates all appreciate the opportunity to feel free and entertain -- even if it's while being chased around the ring by angry bulls!