S6 E18: King of the Armadillos

In the Company of Wendy Chin-Tanner

April 9, 2024

This episode is the first of a four-part series surrounding the National Leprosarium in Carville, Louisiana. The Daughters of Charity are tied to the facility by having lived and ministered there for over 100 years. Our guest today, Wendy Chin-Tanner, is tied to the facility by her father having lived and been treated there for 9 years. Wendy has written a historical fiction novel, titled King of the Armadillos, based loosely on her dad's experience. Today, we dive into the book, her dad's history, and the impact of the Daughters at Carville and set the scene for the other three episodes to come!

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S6 E21: Our Time at Carville

May 21, 2024

This episode marks the end of our Carville series. To wrap up our feature on the National Leprosarium, we're joined again by Wendy Chin-Tanner (author of King of the Armadillos) and Walter Chin (Wendy's father and inspiration for her book), as well as Sister Loretto Gettemeier, Sister Ellen Kron, and Sister Mary Louise Stubbs. Each of the three Sisters has her own tie to Carville and each shares her stories of the Daughters of Charity who served there.

S6 E20: Building A Community in Carville

May 7, 2024

In this third episode of series on the National Leprosarium in Carville, Louisiana, we get to meet Walter Chin, the real king of the armadillos. Walter is Wendy Chin-Tanner's father who inspired her to write her book, King of the Armadillos. We also have Elizabeth Schexnyder, Archivist for the National Hansen's Disease Museum, back to join the father-daughter duo. In this episode, we talk about Walter's time at Carville and how the Daughters serving there shaped his nine years in residence as well as the rest of his life.

S6 E19: Preserving the History of Carville

April 23, 2024

Sister Elizabeth Greim is joined in part two of our series on the National Leprosarium in Carville, Louisiana by Wendy Chin-Tanner, author of King of the Armadillos and daughter of a former patient. The pair are joined this time by Scott Keefer, Archivist for the Daughters of Charity, Province of St. Louise, and Elizabeth Schexnyder, Archivist for the National Hansen's Disease Museum. The four discuss the history of the Leprosarium, what all still exists from the time of operation, and how these artifacts can help to destigmatize Hansen's disease. They also discuss the vital role the Daughters played not in running the hospital, but of saving the information for us to have still today.