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All of the episodes of the All Y’all podcast, via SoundCloud

Haunted: Christopher Louis Wilson, “A Wing and A Prayer”

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Storyteller Christopher Louis Wilson and his daughter, Camryn.

On May 11, 2016, Christopher Louis Wilson published a post on his blog, From the Desk of Mr. Coach Wilson, about his lifelong love affair with Shreveport-based restaurant Wing Taxi. Within 24 hours, the post had gone viral in Shreveport, with thousands of views and social shares leading the owner of the restaurant to reach out to Wilson. As it turns out, Wilson isn’t the only Shreveporter obsessed with the quirky, gypsy-like wing joint. For many locals, the taste of home is Cajun ranch lemon pepper garlic Parmesan.

For our November 2016 live storytelling event, “Haunted”, Wilson took the stage and shared a surprisingly personal, heartfelt story of love, loss and yearning.

All Y’all Live: “I Just Work Here” Tickets Available Now
The 11th All Y’all Live storytelling event, “I Just Work Here,” will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Apr. 1, 2017 at The Woman’s Department Club of Shreveport. For lots more information and a link to buy tickets, please check out the official event announcement. We’d also be thrilled if you’d consider sharing the official Facebook event.

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Nate Treme performs at an All Y’all live storytelling event in July 2016. Photo by Stan Carpenter.

Thank You, Nate Treme
If you enjoy the background music in this episode of the podcast, you can hear more work from producer Nate Treme on his Bandcamp page. Nate has performed live musical interludes at most of our live storytelling events to date and has become an integral part of the All Y’all family. He’s also an incredibly gifted graphic designer, whose work you can see here. Thank you, Nate!

Please Support Our Sponsors
The 2017 season of All Y’all live events and podcasts is made possible by our title sponsor, Holiday Lanes. The All Y’all podcast is also sponsored by Maccentric and Williams Creative Group.

I Fought The Law: Meghan Shapiro, “Sentences”

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Storyteller Meghan Shapiro. Photo by Stan Carpenter.

During the second half of our July 2016 storytelling event, “I Fought The Law,” we featured stories from three attorneys who shared an insider’s perspective of our complex legal system. Our last storyteller of the evening, Meghan Shapiro, moved to Louisiana in 2013 to practice death penalty defense law in a place with greater need than most. From 2010 to 2014, more people were sentenced to death per capita in Caddo Parish than in any other parish or county in the United States.

Meghan has almost exclusively represented poor individuals charged with capital crimes or sentenced to death, a cause to which she has been heavily devoted since her teens. This story is about her first death row client.

Please Support Our Sponsors
The 2016 season of All Y’all live events and podcasts is made possible by our title sponsor, Holiday Lanes. The All Y’all podcast is also sponsored by Williams Creative Group and Maccentric.

Coming Soon: I Just Work Here
We’re currently recruiting storytellers for our Spring 2017 live storytelling event, “I Just Work Here,”  a collection of great stories about the working life. As always, we’re looking for all kinds of stories: funny, sad, inspiring, confusing – the only requirements are that your story is true and you’re willing to get up onstage in front of a few hundred friends to tell it. If you think you’ve got a story for “I Just Work Here,” please call our storyteller hotline at (318) 582-0665 and leave us a message.

Momma and Daddy: Jaya McSharma, “#DaddyIssues”

Jaya McSharma shared a sweet, inspiring story of the power of love at All Y’all Live “Momma and Daddy” on March 11, 2016. Photo by Chris Jay.


Few All Y’all storytellers have ever seemed so comfortable in the spotlight as “Momma and Daddy” storyteller Dr. Jaya McSharma. Jaya had our sold-out audience in the palm of her hand from the moment that she stepped onstage, eliciting roars of laughter and more than a few tears. Her story takes us inside an Indian-American family on the cusp of gaining a new family member.

For more storytelling from Jaya, check out her writing in the Shreveport-based grassroots media outlet Heliopolis.

All Y’all Live: “Haunted” Tickets Available Now
The 10th All Y’all Live storytelling event, “Haunted,” will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 at Remington Suite Hotel & Spa in downtown Shreveport. For lots more information and a link to buy tickets, check out the official event announcement.

RSVP to the Facebook event for All Y’all Live: “Haunted.”

Please Support Our Sponsors
The 2016 season of All Y’all live events and podcasts is made possible by our title sponsor, Holiday Lanes. The All Y’all podcast is also sponsored by Williams Creative Group, as well as Maccentric, Rhino Coffee, Shreveport Magazine and Twisted Root Burger Company. Please consider supporting these community-minded businesses when you’re out and about.

If you enjoyed this episode, please post it on your Facebook wall! You’d be surprised how much this helps us.

I Fought the Law: Samuel Mims, “Generally Irritated”

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Colonel Samuel Mims shares his thoughts on the State of Louisiana at All Y’all Live: I Fought the Law on Saturday, July 16, 2016. Photo by Stan Carpenter.

I will never forget the first conversation that Sara and I had with Colonel Samuel Mims, a pastor, environmental activist and community organizer who spoke at All Y’all Live: I Fought the Law on July 16, 2016. Colonel Mims was sitting in his pickup truck in a gravel parking lot in Minden, Louisiana, where we’d arranged to meet. When Sara and I began to explain how the All Y’all process works (we meet with storytellers, rehearse and help them refine their stories in the weeks leading up to each live event), Colonel Mims gently but firmly held up a hand and said: “Now, I’m not going to be doing any rehearsals. That’s just not me.”

When he took the All Y’all stage, we had no idea what Colonel Mims was going to say. He delivered a fiery call to action fueled by his righteous indignation over what he sees as systemic failures of leadership in Louisiana. In his voice, we hear anger and exasperation, but we also hear love and hope.



All Y’all Live: “Haunted” Tickets Available Now

The 10th All Y’all Live storytelling event, “Haunted,” will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 at Remington Suite Hotel & Spa in downtown Shreveport. For lots more information and a link to buy tickets, check out the official event announcement.

RSVP to the Facebook event for “Haunted.”

Please Support Our Sponsors
The 2016 season of All Y’all live events and podcasts is made possible by our title sponsor, Holiday Lanes. The All Y’all podcast is also sponsored by Williams Creative Group, as well as Maccentric, Rhino Coffee, Shreveport Magazine and Twisted Root Burger Company. Please consider supporting these community-minded businesses when you’re out and about.

If you enjoyed this episode, please post it on your Facebook wall! You’d be surprised how much this helps us.

Stuffed & Busted Episode 1: “All-You-Can-Hear”

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Stuffed & Busted is a new podcast about food in Shreveport and Bossier City, Louisiana and the people who grow, cook and eat it. Stuffed & Busted is produced independently by All Y’all.

Tell your ears to put on their stretchy pants! The first-ever episode of Stuffed & Busted is here, and it’s about all-you-can-eat buffets. In this episode, you will (hopefully) be entertained by such segments as:

  • Chris’s dad, Donny Jay, talks about his love of all-you-can-eat crab leg nights at DiamondJacks Casino in Bossier City.
  • Chris and Sara take video game designer Alex Gold to Golden Corral for Sunday brunch.
  • Chef David Bridges shares his “expansive” method of systematically eating his way through the Sumo Supreme Buffet in Shreveport.
  • Pancho’s Mexican Buffet enthusiast Michael Zuniga reflects on a lifetime spent raising the flag for more sopapillas.
  • In a recurring segment called “Ask a Dang Farmer,” we visit with Newt Lynn of Lynn Family Farms in Belcher.
  • Chris and Sara share their personal (and possibly worthless!) opinions on the local food and drink scene. Good stuff gets “stuffed” and the bad stuff gets “busted.”
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This beautiful bowl of bun bo hue is a topic of discussion in this episode of the Stuffed & Busted podcast.

Our goal is to produce a new podcast each month. Please like Stuffed & Busted on Facebook and, if you enjoyed the episode, please share it with your millions of followers on social media, in virtual worlds, Pokémon Go, etc. If you hated the episode, please keep that to yourself.

Stuffed & Busted is currently seeking advertisers. If, after hearing the first episode of this crazy podcast, you still want to promote your business to our listeners, you can do so for as little as $100 per episode. We promise that great fortunes will immediately be showered upon the businesses of our advertisers.* To request more information on sponsorship opportunities, e-mail chris@allyallblog.com, call (318) 272-1696 or message us via our Facebook page.

*In bed!

I Fought the Law: Sarah Smith, “Benefit of the Doubt”

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Sarah Smith shares her story onstage at All Y’all Live: “I Fought the Law” in July 2016. Photo: Stan Carpenter

Storyteller Sarah Smith took the All Y’all stage in July 2016, during our live event entitled “I Fought the Law,” to share her personal account of trial by fire. The first case that Smith ever took to trial during her time as a public defender turned out to be a maelstrom of media coverage, protests and social media outrage.

Much of the public has only heard one side of this highly publicized story, which involved accusations of animal cruelty against a young black man from Shreveport. In this episode of the All Y’all podcast, we present another perspective on this controversial case.

All Y’all Live: “Haunted” Scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 12 
The 10th All Y’all Live storytelling event, “Haunted,” will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 at Remington Suite Hotel & Spa in downtown Shreveport. For lots more information and a link to buy tickets, check out the official event announcement. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Louisiana Association for the Blind thanks to the kindness of our season sponsors as well as special “Haunted” event sponsor Remington Suite Hotel & Spa.

RSVP to the Facebook event for “Haunted.”

Further Reading: Louisiana’s Public Defender Funding Crisis
The Sixth Amendment guarantees all Americans “the right to an attorney.” The idea is simple: if you find yourself in legal trouble and lacking the money to hire a lawyer, the state will hire one on your behalf. But…what happens when the state doesn’t have any money, either?

All Y’all isn’t a resource for “hard news” stories like Louisiana’s public defender funding crisis. But several local news outlets have filed stories about the situation, and the situation continues to draw national attention. We encourage the All Y’all community to get educated about this insane situation. Here are a few links that may be useful in doing so:

Crisis as Caddo, Bossier public defenders face cutsThe Times, March 4, 2015
Caddo DA responds to Public Defender’s funding crisis plan – KTBS.com, March 6, 2015
At work with a Caddo public defenderThe Times, April 8
The numbers: Louisiana’s public defender funding crisis – KTBS.com, October 9, 2014

Please Support Our Sponsors
The 2016 season of All Y’all live events and podcasts is made possible by our title sponsor, Holiday Lanes. The All Y’all podcast is also sponsored by Williams Creative Group (some of you may recall Judy Williams’s terrific “Brush With Fame” story, which you can stream here), as well as Maccentric, Rhino Coffee, Shreveport Magazine and Twisted Root Burger Company. Please consider supporting these community-minded businesses when you’re out and about.

If you enjoyed this episode, please post it on your Facebook wall! You’d be surprised how much this helps us.

 

Momma and Daddy: Elizabeth Beauvais, “The Chipotle Rebellion”

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Storyteller Elizabeth Beauvais shares her story during All Y’all Live: “Momma” on Friday, March 11, 2016 at East Bank Theatre in Bossier City.

Jealousy. Epic adventure. Really good burritos. Elizabeth Beauvais’s story of a day in the life of an exasperated mom, told live on the All Y’all stage in March 2016, has it all. When Elizabeth’s eight-year-old daughter runs away from home in an act of defiance, mother and daughter find themselves engaged in an emotionally charged standoff that unfolds on the lawns and sidewalks of South Highlands.

In an All Y’all first, we followed-up on this story by having mother interview daughter about what really happened on the day of the Chipotle Rebellion. Stick around after the live story for one of our favorite pieces of “bonus content” in All Y’all history.

All Y’all Live: “I Fought the Law” Now Recruiting Storytellers

In July of 2016, All Y’all Live will take the stage at a venue we’ve never been to before with a night of stories on the theme “I Fought the Law.” We’re seeking powerful, true stories of civil disobedience, righteous indignation, crime and punishment. Do you have a story that would fit this theme? If so, we’d love to hear it! Just call the story hotline at (318) 582-0665 and give us an idea of what your story is about or contact us through our Facebook page.

Please Support Our Sponsors

The 2016 season of All Y’all live events and podcasts is made possible by our title sponsor, Holiday Lanes. Holiday Lanes has a special program called Laney’s Club that offers free bowling for kids ages 18 and younger during the summer – all you’ve gotta do is rent the shoes! Sign up for Laney’s Club here or tell a friend about it.

The All Y’all podcast is also sponsored by Maccentric, who celebrated 10 years in business on April 7, 2016 (congratulations, Thomas and crew!), as well as Rhino Coffee, Shreveport Magazine and Twisted Root Burger Company. Please consider supporting these community-minded businesses when you’re out and about.

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Kate Archer Kent, “Keep Your Hands On the Rope”

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Kate Archer Kent sent us this photo, which had the file name “Peace-and-Quiet.jpg.”

If you live in the Red River Radio listening area, chances are good that you’re familiar with the friendly voice of News Producer Kate Archer Kent. As a morning news host, she is the first voice that many of us hear each day. She’s also the mother of four young children, including a pair of twins.

Kate recently presented an acclaimed sermon on the topic of balancing work, life and motherhood at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church of Shreveport. In this special episode of the All Y’all podcast, we present a recording of Kate reading her touching, funny and challenging sermon. If it doesn’t make you think hard about how American society treats working parents, well, we don’t know what would.

HOLY COW: All Y’all Live: “Momma and Daddy” is Almost Sold-Out. While we were putting together this episode, we sold our last tickets! If tickets become available, they will be sold on a first come, first served basis at the door at the Bossier Arts Council’s East Bank Theatre 630 Barksdale Blvd., Bossier City, LA 71111. To be put on the waiting list, arrive no later than 6:45PM.

Sponsors Make Our Live Events Possible

This is probably a little bit of “inside baseball,” but our live storytelling events have to sell out in order to break even. We spend money on everything from building rental and insurance to snacks at intermission, musician’s fees and advertising. Honestly, we could not go on doing the live events without the support of sponsors including season sponsor Holiday Lanes, Maccentric, Rhino Coffee, Shreveport Magazine and Twisted Root Burger Company. Special support for All Y’all Live: “Momma & Daddy” is being provided by John E. Settle, Jr. – Attorney at Law and SandysDance Center.

If you love these live events, please thank our sponsors with your patronage. Oh, and thanks for reading the sponsorship paragraph! :)

Brush With Fame: Brandon Oldenburg, “Michael and Me”

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Storyteller Brandon Oldenburg shares his story at All Y’all Live: “Brush With Fame” in 2015.

As an 8-year-old boy, Brandon Oldenburg was a sponge soaking up all kinds of pop culture. Like just about everyone else on the Planet Earth in 1984, he and his brother were particularly fascinated by Michael Jackson – so much so that they produced their own “Beat It” video. Decades later, Oldenburg would cross paths with the King of Pop at a major turning point in both of their lives.

Brandon Oldenburg is no stranger to the spotlight. A founding partner at Moonbot Studios in Shreveport, he won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2012 for his work on the film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. In addition to his great story, this podcast also includes an interview with Oldenburg about growing up with a uniquely creative dad.

New Details Regarding All Y’all Live: “Momma & Daddy,” March 11-12, 2016

The next All Y’all live storytelling event, “Momma & Daddy,” will be held, March 11-12, 2016 at East Bank Theatre in Bossier City. Tickets are on-sale and we’re announcing new event details daily in the Facebook event.

Storytellers for the “Momma”-themed event on March 11 include Kathy Melancon, Angela Doe, Lido Villaseñor and more. Storytellers for the “Daddy”-themed event on March 12 include Will McGrew, Laura Crawford, Daniel Ukpabi, Luke McClung, Michael Chisum and more. There will be live musical interludes, vegetarian snacks at intermission prepared by Libby Patterson Smith of gogreenly and a cash bar serving wine and Great Raft Brewing products.

Special support for All Y’all Live: “Momma & Daddy” is being provided by John E. Settle, Jr. – Attorney at Law and SandysDance Center.

Please Support Our Sponsors

The 2015-2016 season of All Y’all live events and podcasts is made possible by title sponsor Holiday Lanes, an awesome bowling center in Bossier City that has supported All Y’all since the very beginning. The All Y’all podcast is also sponsored by Maccentric, Shreveport-Bossier’s only locally-owned Apple Authorized Service Provider, as well as Rhino Coffee, Shreveport Magazine and Twisted Root Burger Company. Please consider supporting these businesses when you’re out and about.

If you enjoyed this podcast, please share it with your friends!

Ladies Night: Maya Lau, “Technical Skills”

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All Y’all storyteller Maya Lau shares her story at “Ladies Night” in March 2015.

Sometimes the job that you’re assigned to do just isn’t the job that you end up doing.

When journalist Maya Lau was 24 years old, she enlisted in the Peace Corps, envisioning herself taking a hands-on role in improving the lives of others through – as the Peace Corps puts it – “imparting technical expertise abroad.” But, once she arrived in Senegal, language barriers and other difficulties kept Maya from realizing her idealized notion of global citizenship. In “Technical Skills,” a story from the March 2015 All Y’all live storytelling event “Ladies Night,” Maya tells how she impacted the lives of local women in a way that she’d never expected.

This story contains adult subject matter and listener discretion is advised.

All Y’all Live: “Momma & Daddy” Coming to East Bank Theatre, March 11-12

The next All Y’all live storytelling event, “Momma & Daddy,” will be held, March 11-12, 2016 at East Bank Theatre in Bossier City. “Momma & Daddy” is presented in partnership with the outstanding folks at the Bossier Arts Council. Purchase tickets or learn more about the event here. To receive regular updates on storytellers, musical guests and more, RSVP to the Facebook event.

Do you have a powerful story that would fit the theme of “Momma” or “Daddy”? If so, All Y’all would love to hear it! Just call the story hotline at (318) 582-0665 and give us an idea of what your story is about. You can also reach us through our Facebook page.

Please Support Our Sponsors

The 2015-2016 season of All Y’all live events and podcasts is made possible by title sponsorHoliday Lanes, an awesome bowling center in Bossier City that has supported All Y’all since the very beginning. The All Y’all podcast is also sponsored byMaccentric, Shreveport-Bossier’s only locally-owned Apple Authorized Service Provider, as well asShreveportFlag.com and the Shreveport Rafters Futbol Club. We also receive support from Rhino Coffee (purveyors of the finest damn macarons in Shreveport), Shreveport Magazine and Twisted Root Burger Company. Please consider supporting these businesses when you’re out and about.