23 episodes

Join the mixed-race creator of the Auldton Laughing Club, where we learn that getting yelled at won't kill you and saying nothing is no longer an option. Race, history, art, fiction, and a few laughs in a limited series podcast. Host Laura Lyster-Mensh, author and rabble rouser. 2020-2021

Auldton Laughing Club Laura Lyster-Mensh

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    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

Join the mixed-race creator of the Auldton Laughing Club, where we learn that getting yelled at won't kill you and saying nothing is no longer an option. Race, history, art, fiction, and a few laughs in a limited series podcast. Host Laura Lyster-Mensh, author and rabble rouser. 2020-2021

    How Not To Get Yelled At In 2020

    How Not To Get Yelled At In 2020

    In which Laura introduces herself and how getting yelled at may be the best idea in the world right now.
    This episode we're suggesting supporting our friend, Charity, as your anti-racism action! https://linktr.ee/CharitySadeMutualAid 
    Featuring:
    Host: Laura Lyster-Mensh
    Auldton Laughing Club audiobook narrator: Allen McRae
    Music outro: Daniel Lyster-Mensh
    Sponsoring intro: Mark Mensh
    Intro bells: Warrenton Virginia Town Hall Clock Tower
    Contact Laura at: Laura@LMWriter.com
    Linktr.ee at: https://linktr.ee/auldton 

    • 26 min
    I don't see color

    I don't see color

    In which Laura rings nonexistent bells, takes the Implicit Bias Test, and takes a pilgrimage to Emily Dickinson's grave.
    Service Dogs Of Virginia: https://www.servicedogsva.org/product/donate
    Thank you, Demetria Shabazz for the Amherst Town Hall bells audio from the excellent Juneteenth 2020 Celebration, from Amherst Media:
    https://amherstmedia.org/content/juneteenth-2020-celebration?fbclid=IwAR1RK80TBeL5Du7gsLEbjO4OERkplq6H_Y_ce69NXd_hK-JhkgEMP6ZLCTc
    Harvard Implicit Bias Test https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/faqs.html
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Implicit-association_test#:~:text=measure%20of%20associations.-,Culture%20versus%20person,they%20can%20nonetheless%20influence%20behavior. 
    https://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2015/08/19/exploring-racial-bias-among-biracial-and-single-race-adults-the-iat/ 
    Contact Laura at: Laura@LMWriter.com
    Linktr.ee at: https://linktr.ee/auldton 
     

    • 28 min
    Shadrack and the fire

    Shadrack and the fire

    In which Laura sees a ghost, learns a song, watches a statue fall, and Auldton feels change coming.

    Special thanks to: Dr. Ellsworth Weaver, Mara Seaforest, Barbara Amster, Morgan Geddes, Whitney Petrilli, Andrea Martens.
    Anti-racism action of the episode: donate to the NAACP Fauquier County: https://www.naacpfauquiercounty.org/donate
    Contact Laura at: Laura@LMWriter.com
    Linktr.ee at: https://linktr.ee/auldton 
    Links of interest:
    Saturday Vigils In Courthouse Square Will Continue Into The Fall
    Wikipedia: Death of Shedrick Thompson
    Letter from a Birmingham Jail
    Shadrack, Meshach and Abednego by Robert MacGimsey
    Albemarle Calendar: At Ready Removal
    Author corrects the lynching record
    Confederate statue taken down in Charlottesville near the site of violent 2017 rally
    Live feed of At Ready removal
    The Last Lynching in Northern Virginia, by Jim Hall
    Removal of Confederate monuments and memorials
    Auldton Laughing Club narrator, Allen McRae

    • 28 min
    Restlessness behind the mask

    Restlessness behind the mask

    In which Laura counts signs, bleeps a bad word, and takes off her mask.
    Special thanks to: Dr. Carlie Tartakov, Mark Mensh
    Anti-racism action of the episode: get a Black Lives Matter sign, mask, etc.
    Contact Laura at: Laura@LMWriter.com
    Linktr.ee at: https://linktr.ee/auldton 
    Audiobook narrator: Allen McRae
     
    Links of interest:
    Etsy BLM sign creators
    Letter in Fauquier Times: The phrase ‘all lives matter’ has become diluted
    Hate Has No Home Here project
    Culpeper County Sheriff's Office
    Culpeper sheriff posts apparent fake news about BLM violence in Roanoke

    • 19 min
    I'm not afraid of you

    I'm not afraid of you

    In which Laura gets a special kind of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome from bleeping bad words, learns about empathy from her son, and breaks the 4th wall with the Auldton narrator.
    Anti-racism action of the episode: http://leapaction.org/
    LEAP is the Law Enforcement Accountability Project
    Contact Laura at: Laura@LMWriter.com
    Linktr.ee at: https://linktr.ee/auldton 
    Audiobook narrator: Allen McRae
    Links of note:
    Bernie Mac - I Ain't Scared Of You Mutha****! Def Comedy Jam
    The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell
    Daniel Lyster-Mensh YouTube & Insta
    Tim Miller’s Read the Room podcast Follow Tim Miller on IG at: @thetimdmiller Russ Green on IG at:  @russ_jokes
    SNL Richard Pryor and Chevy Chase Job Interview
    Jeopardized Bodies: Representations of Race, Gender, and Mortality in the Notorious R.B.G.
    The n-word through history 
    Bill Maher Apologizes for Using N-Word
    https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=n****r
    The N-word and Richard Pryor
    Charles Hamilton - The N Word
    Charles Hamilton – The N Word Lyrics | Genius Lyrics
    Rock N Roll Trigger
    Black Preachers documentary (YouTube)
    Black Preachers documentary (OCLC)
    George Carlin - 7 Words You Can't Say On TV

    • 40 min
    Hurt people hurt people

    Hurt people hurt people

    In which Laura tries to be her best self, resists hate, and forgives Enos.
    Anti-racism action of the episode: Sign the Statement Against Racism by the Virginia Interfaith Center For Public Policy.  https://www.virginiainterfaithcenter.org  
    Contact Laura at: Laura@LMWriter.com
    Linktr.ee at: https://linktr.ee/auldton 
    Audiobook narrator: Allen McRae
    Links of note:
    Trump taken to hospital (Fox News)
    Pirro to Obama: 'Your Lies, Your Policies and Your Divisiveness' Are Why Trump Is President
    BoJack Horseman Thoughts & Prayers - YouTube
    grandson - Thoughts and Prayers (Official Audio) - YouTube
    Lil Wayne- Gangstas Dont Die - YouTube
    Stay Alive - YouTube
    Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive (Official Video) - YouTube
    Soft Piano Music - Royalty Free - Summit

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

WWoldster ,

Another great episode!

Thank you for sharing this personal episode about your grandfather.... really brought home to me the damage incarceration and discrimination can cause whole families and neighborhoods. I loved hearing your Mom’s memories and thoughts in her own voice. So grateful!

Scott Christian Marshall ,

Auldton Laughing Club

First, I think I mistakenly tapped a one-star, then a 2- star, etc. on my way up to where I intended to tap a 5-star review. Please fix if possible.
I find this intelligent and humorous podcast just the lifeline I now need as I am doomscrolling and drowning in the particular media pool I am swimming in. (I know Linda would clean up this sentence.)
I have been counting on my dog to provide the necessary laughs to get through my Covid day. Now I have added this podcast for a sure laugh out loud.
Finally the podcast connects me with a perspective that feels supportive and inspiring

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