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All Y'all is a live storytelling event series and podcast featuring stories from the Deep South. Hosts Sara Hebert and Chris Jay bring the community together through powerful, true stories told in front of an audience, without notes. The podcast is independently produced with help from sponsors and the community of Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana.

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All Y'all is a live storytelling event series and podcast featuring stories from the Deep South. Hosts Sara Hebert and Chris Jay bring the community together through powerful, true stories told in front of an audience, without notes. The podcast is independently produced with help from sponsors and the community of Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana.

    Episode 69: Exit Interviews: Ashley Johnson and Ari Butler

    Episode 69: Exit Interviews: Ashley Johnson and Ari Butler

    The second installment in an ongoing series, this episode of Exit Interviews features Ashley Johnson and Ari Butler, both of whom have recently relocated from Shreveport, Louisiana to Connecticut. The Exit Interviews series features candid conversations with former Shreveport-Bossier residents about how living here shaped their lives and what lead to their decision to relocate.


    Ashley and Ari's conversation with host Sara Hebert highlights many of the best aspects of life in Shreveport (live music, grassroots-organized community events, a supportive LGBTQIA community) while underscoring the need for more professional opportunities. It's an insightful, revealing conversation.


    Want more conversations like this? Help us by sending a few bucks our way at Paypal.me/AllYall


    Thank you, Marilynn's Place and Maccentric
    All Y'all would not exist without the incredible support of our sponsors, including Maccentric and Marilynn's Place. Please support these wonderful local businesses.
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    • 26 min
    Episode 68: Haunted: Cristal Willcox, "Cat People"

    Episode 68: Haunted: Cristal Willcox, "Cat People"

    You can tell a lot about someone from the way they treat the animals in their lives. When storyteller Cristal Willcox's beloved cat Kashmir passed away, her friends gathered for the kind of midnight funeral that could only take place in Louisiana.


    In another time and place, storyteller Randall Ross embarks on a lovelorn holiday acid trip during which a talking feline encourages him to commit cat burglary. It's a weird episode.


    All Y’all Live: Going Through It on Saturday, Sept. 28
    The next All Y’all live storytelling event, Going Through It, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28 at LSU Shreveport’s beautiful University Center Auditorium. For our sixth annual Fidnto Award fundraiser event, we’re currently seeking true stories of overcoming seemingly insurmountable challenges, beating the odds, and going the distance. There’ll be a cash bar and live musical interludes. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit mental health support services for under-served communities in and around Shreveport. Purchase tickets at http://allyallblog.com/tickets


    Our Sponsors Are Freaking Great
    Seriously, how lucky are we to be sponsored by an incredibly good po' boy shop (Marilynn's Place) and the most trusted Mac service shop in town (Maccentric)? Can you imagine if, instead of talking about two badass, locally owned businesses, we were hawking MeUndies.com? That would be awful. Please support our sponsors.
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    • 28 min
    Episode 67: StoryCorps Sampler: Stonewall Outloud

    Episode 67: StoryCorps Sampler: Stonewall Outloud

    Like the t-shirt says: Y’all Means All. Since our first live event, All Y’all has prioritized the inclusion of LGBTQ voices. This past June, Sara from All Y’all took part in StoryCorps’ Stonewall OutLoud project, helping gather stories from LGBTQ elders in Shreveport including Randy Moulder, Deborah Allen and David Radford.


    For this special episode of All Y’all, we’ve assembled a few of our favorite moments from their stories, in hopes that these excerpts will encourage you to listen to their full stories. 


    Here’s links to their full StoryCorps stories:
    David Radford: https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/why-do-i-like-aquaman-instead-of-wonder-woman-i-didnt-know-what-was-wrong-with-me/


    Deborah Allen:
    https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/i-look-at-their-children-and-they-are-so-full-of-love-and-empathy-and-love-my-kids-are-the-parents-i-wish-i-could-have-been-like/


    Randy Moulder:
    Pt 1: https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/if-these-people-would-take-five-minutes-to-say-hello-and-get-to-know-me-this-old-queens-got-some-pretty-interesting-things-to-say/
    Pt 2: https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/if-these-people-would-take-five-minutes-to-say-hello-and-get-to-know-me-this-old-queens-got-some-pretty-interesting-things-to-say-2/


    All Y’all Live: Going Through It on Saturday, Sept. 28
    The next All Y’all live storytelling event, Going Through It, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28 at LSU Shreveport’s beautiful University Center. For our sixth annual Fidnto Award fundraiser event, we’re currently seeking six true stories of overcoming seemingly insurmountable challenges, beating the odds, and going the distance. There’ll be a cash bar and live musical interludes. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit mental health support services for underserved communities in and around Shreveport.


    New Stuffed & Busted E-Newsletter
    Our food and drink podcast, Stuffed & Busted, has a new, semi-weekly e-newsletter where All Y’all co-host Chris Jay publishes wild rants on topics like snow cones, farmers’ markets, food events, and more. Sign up for Stuffed & Busted’s Small Bites e-newsletter here: http://tinyletter.com/stuffedandbusted


    Thank you, Marilynn’s Place and Maccentric
    All Y’all live storytelling events wouldn’t be possible without the support of our presenting sponsor, Marilynn’s Place, and our podcast sponsor, Maccentric. Please support these incredible local businesses the next time you need your Mac repaired or your belly filled.
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    • 18 min
    Episode 66: Rebroadcast: Kate Archer Kent, “Keep Your Hands On the Rope”

    Episode 66: Rebroadcast: Kate Archer Kent, “Keep Your Hands On the Rope”

    This is a rebroadcast of an episode from the All Y'all archives: Kate Archer Kent, “Keep Your Hands On the Rope.”


    We'll be back next week with all new stories and episodes. Thanks for letting us take a break after our wildly successful and fun evening of stories!

    • 21 min
    Episode 65: Momma and Daddy: Michael Chisum, "Heavenly Father"

    Episode 65: Momma and Daddy: Michael Chisum, "Heavenly Father"

    Stop me if you've heard this one before: A young, gay man comes of age in the Deep South, where he is the son of a pastor. If you're expecting this story to end in tears, you may be right - but they may be tears of joy. Michael Chisum's ode to the love of two fathers was a message that we very much needed to hear in this time of bigotry paraded as faith.


    "God is love; whoever abides in love abides in God, and God in him."
    -1 John 4:16 


    All Y'all Live: Wildcard 2 on Friday, July 26
    Tickets are now available for the next All Y'all live storytelling event, Wildcard 2, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 26 at RSVP. At Wildcard events, storytellers names are drawn from a hat - anyone who's drawn has to either tell a short, true story (10 minutes or less) or nominate a friend to tell a story in their place. Tickets are $15 each. There'll be a cash bar and musical interludes by Nate Treme.


    These events are an absolute blast, and can often feel like a combination of a house party and a live storytelling event. Tickets may be purchased at http://allyallblog.com/tickets Thanks to everyone who's already gotten tickets - y'all are the real MVPs.


    New, Weekly Stuffed & Busted E-Newsletter
    Our food and drink podcast, Stuffed & Busted, has a new, weekly e-newsletter where All Y'all co-host Chris Jay publishes wild rants on topics like snow cones, farmers' markets, food events, and more. Read the first two editions or sign up to receive future e-newsletters: http://tinyletter.com/stuffedandbusted


    Thank you, Marilynn's Place and Maccentric
    All Y'all live storytelling events wouldn't be possible without the support of our presenting sponsor, Marilynn's Place, and our podcast sponsor, Maccentric. Please support these incredible local businesses the next time you need your Mac repaired or your belly filled with well-seasoned red beans.
    Sponsored By:

    • 29 min
    Episode 64: I Just Work Here: Pam Brown, "Day Off"

    Episode 64: I Just Work Here: Pam Brown, "Day Off"

    So, let's say it's your day off. You get some friends together, make some plans, and head out for a day filled with anything - anything - but work. You know what comes next, right? Your services are required. Duty calls. Do you answer?


    When retired DEA agent Pam Brown took the stage at All Y'all Live: I Just Work Here in April 2017, she reflected on an unusual ethical conflict at the office ("the office," in this case, being a beachfront bar in Cocaine Cowboys-era Miami). It's a story about grey areas, moral ambiguities, and "doing the right thing for the wrong reason."


    Live storytelling just 2 weeks away
    All Y’all Live: Wildcard 2 will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 26 at RSVP (formerly Maurice’s Bar) in Shreveport. Purchase tickets: http://allyallblog.com/tickets During Wildcard events, any audience member may be called onstage to tell the best true story that they know – it’s 50% live storytelling event, 50% party. There’ll be a cash bar, live musical interludes, and more. Seating is limited; grab your tickets today.


    Please Support Our Sponsors
    We have wonderful sponsors in Marilynn’s Place and Maccentric. Please help us thank them for their patronage by doing business with them whenever you need someone to feed you a po’ boy or fix your Apple products.
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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

JudyGlitterPad ,

Live storytelling at its best

All Y'all is a delightful compendium of short live stories that will make you laugh, cry and rejoice with the storytellers. This is entertainment at its best. Chris Jay and Sara Hebert, the podcast producers, usually add content to the original live story by updating later with the storyteller or people related to the story. I love to listen to this while I'm exercising, cooking, or driving, or just sitting and enjoying the stories.

Kathryn Usher ,

Each episode is delicious!

I read one time in the New York Times that each building in that city has its own story. Sara Hebert and Chris Jay created the All Y’all podcast as a gumbo bowl for the stories of the people living in their part of the American South. Folks tell stories onstage before an audience. The only rule — no notes. Each episode is delicious!

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PixelPaige ,

Thank you!

I love this podcast! I’ve been catching up on the all y’alls that I missed in person! What a treasure that the Shreveport Bossier community has this wonderful collection of stories. Thanks Sara & Chris !

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