Our Views: Deep roots in Louisiana Our Views: Deep roots in Louisiana Advocate staff file photo by Arthur D. Lauck -- Nick Spitzer, a folklorist, Tulane University anthropology professor and host of the public radio show 'American Routes,' speaks to the Baton Rouge Rotary Club in 2012. Advocate story Feb. 19, 2014 Comments We can’t think of a better winner for an award celebrating Louisiana culture than Nick Spitzer. The Tulane University professor and host of “American Routes” on National Public Radio was honored with the James Williams Rivers Prize in Louisiana Studies. Presented by the Center for Louisiana Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the prize — awarded since 1992 — is given annually to contributors to Louisiana culture. Previous recipients include authors Ernest Gaines and James Lee Burke, musicians Ellis Marsalis and Zachary Richard and the late artist George Rodrigue. Spitzer’s program has certainly contributed to Louisiana culture with its presentation of so much that is unique to Louisiana to a national audience. We congratulate him on the Rivers prize.