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From the editors of TulsaPeople Magazine, Tulsa Talks sits you down with interesting locals to provide informed perspectives on important issues. Plus, food news with Anne, on-the-street reports with Morgan, local music and much more in this podcast.

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    • 4.6 • 21 Ratings

From the editors of TulsaPeople Magazine, Tulsa Talks sits you down with interesting locals to provide informed perspectives on important issues. Plus, food news with Anne, on-the-street reports with Morgan, local music and much more in this podcast.

    About Town, Ep. 4: D-Day and girl power

    About Town, Ep. 4: D-Day and girl power

    Our editors share online exclusives and how Elizabeth Frame Ellison wants to help more women reach the C-Suite.

    • 6 min
    Boss mom – Thuy Bui, HeyThuy.com and MICALE LYNN

    Boss mom – Thuy Bui, HeyThuy.com and MICALE LYNN

    Welcome to Tulsa Talks presented by Tulsa Regional Chamber. I’m your host Tim Landes.
    In this month’s issue of TulsaPeople, our cover story is about being mom. There are profiles of women who became moms during the pandemic. The importance of shifting the mental load. We also share snapshots of what motherhood looks like for a group of women spanning the metro. One of those women is my guest on this episode, Thuy Bui. 
    I had a lot of fun getting to know her in the following conversation. 
    Thuy is a mom to boys Nicholas, 17, and Tyler, 10. As you’ll hear, she loves being their mom. She quit her job as a nurse a couple years ago to spend more time with them as she saw Nicholas nearing high school graduation. 
    She talks about how as a child she thought she wanted to be a teacher, and then how the COVID-19 pandemic made that a reality. She also discusses her timing in leaving nursing and how she’s stayed in touch with her former colleagues. 
    Thuy runs lifestyle blog HeyThuy.com, which is linked in the show notes. We discuss how this came to be and what it’s life like as an influencer. She also runs an online hair accessories company, Micale Lynn. We talk about the return of scrunchies and banana clips, and what trends she saw at the recent Dallas market, plus how the pandemic has impacted her work.  
    Thuy is a first generation American, whose parents immigrated here in 1975 around the conclusion of the Vietnam War. She shares what life was like growing up on Tulsa’s east side and attending East Central High School in the 90s and how it’s different than the world her boys are growing up in.
    I learned a lot in this conversation and had a good time chatting with her.  
    Following my conversation with Thuy, hear a catchy fun tune from Tulsa’s And Then There Were Two. More on that later. 
    OK let’s get this going.  
    This is Tulsa Talks with Thuy Bui. 
     
    This month’s issue of TulsaPeople includes a photo essay of my time spent documenting life and nature along our city limits. You can see it at TulsaPeople.com. It was nice to get out and drive around Tulsa and see how diverse it is outside my midtown bubble. I’ve always found driving rural roads to be a relaxing, peaceful experience. I also enjoy long road trips and am overdue for putting some miles on the car. 
    So why am I talking about driving? Closing out this episode is Tulsa band Then There Were Two singing “Come take a drive on route 66 with me” in their single “Take A Drive.” This is a fun one. 
    You can hear them live on Saturday, Sept. 18, at 4pm at the Williams Green for the PAC's Arts In The Air concert series. You can also listen to them on Spotify and their Facebook page is Facebook.com/AmyandAustin. 
    I’m going to go back to daydreaming about a road trip now.  
    Here is Then There Were Two with “Take a Drive.” 

    This episode is produced by Morgan Phillips and Tim Landes.

    • 51 min
    About Town Ep. 3: Pandemic moms and what Elliot Nelson is reading

    About Town Ep. 3: Pandemic moms and what Elliot Nelson is reading

    Listen now for our editors’ favorite September stories, what happens when a source becomes a friend and Elliot Nelson’s weekend ritual.

    • 8 min
    Running restaurants during a pandemic - Johnna Hayes, 3 Sirens Restaurant Group

    Running restaurants during a pandemic - Johnna Hayes, 3 Sirens Restaurant Group

    Welcome to Tulsa Talks presented by Tulsa Regional Chamber. I’m your host Tim Landes. 
    My guest on this episode is Johnna Hayes of 3 Sirens Restaurant Group. She first appeared on the podcast a couple years ago to talk about her growing restaurant operation that would soon span three cities. That was our first conversation. A few months later we started dating. A few months after that COVID-19 reached Tulsa and she was dealing with the shutdown. 
    We’re still dating. Four of her five restaurants are currently open. She has a smaller staff and lots of customers expecting the restaurant experience to be the same as it was two years ago. 
    We’ve talked a lot the past 17 months about her experiences being a restaurant owner during a pandemic. She’s had to navigate a lot of obstacles just to keep the doors open. We felt it was a good time for her to come back on the pod and discuss some of what she’s experienced and learned along the way. 
    We kick off the conversation with a status report on the three Brambles and Bird & Bottle, and then discuss the importance of Restaurant Week, which is Sept. 10-19. You can find participating restaurant menus at TulsaPeople.com/RestaurantWeek. I encourage you to pick one or two out and then call to make reservations if possible. Don’t wait to the last minute. 
    We didn’t get into everything she’s faced, but we did discuss the on-going staff shortage and what she’s learned about wages through her experiences working with her employees from dishwashing to running fryers. We talk about how she was forced to navigate the politics that came with COVID and operating restaurants in three different cities, including Broken Arrow. We talk about the entitlement people believe they have and the lack of patience for many and how they think its ok to scream at teenagers and become violent because they have to wait on a table or asked to wear a mask. 
    We also talk about how the pandemic forced local restaurants to band together and how that’s changed the Tulsa restaurant industry for the better, plus other positives to come out of the pandemic, so far. 
    It’s been quite an experience watching her grow as a business owner and become a voice for the industry since I first spoke to her for this podcast. I’m really proud of her and how much stronger of a leader she’s become.
    I’d also like to give a shoutout to her employees for their loyalty and dedication. The restaurant business is a tough one when there’s not an ongoing pandemic. It only got harder, but her core group of employees have really stepped up because they care about the company and the customers as much as they do each other. 
    Following my conversation with Johnna, hear a single from Kaitlin Butts. More on that later. 
    OK, let’s get this going. 
    This is Tulsa Talks with Johnna Hayes.  
    Kaitlin Butts is a Nashville singer/songwriter, but her roots are here in Tulsa, where she graduated from Union in 2011. 
    In our September issue Steve Hunt wrote about her and the song that is featured next:
    In 2017 she wrote “How Lucky Am I” as a Valentine’s Day present for her husband, Cleto Cordero, also a Nashville-based recording artist. She then created a video using footage from their wedding and of them as a couple. That video generated nearly 9,000 views its first month on YouTube and to date has nearly 600,000 streams on Spotify. 
    “It took me so much time and I worked really hard on it, but it was worth it because it’s cool to look back and remember every little bit,” Butts says. “Every little clip is a good memory.”
    Butts, the daughter of Tulsa homebuilder Bill Butts, performed this past April at Cain’s Ballroom and will perform Sept. 17 in Pryor as part of the Born and Raised Music Festival.
    And with that here is Kaitlinn Butts with “How Lucky Am I.”

    • 50 min
    About Town ep 2: A trip to Sonic for 'Stillwater' and Tulsa's new community orchestra

    About Town ep 2: A trip to Sonic for 'Stillwater' and Tulsa's new community orchestra

    On this mini episode, About Town Editor Blayklee Freed gives a rundown of on-stage premieres in Tulsa, City Editor Morgan Phillips tells a story from the set of Stillwater and the conductor of a community orchestra shares his vision on how music can unify Tulsa. 

    • 10 min
    Rock 'n' Roll with that New Tulsa Sound – Paul Benjaman

    Rock 'n' Roll with that New Tulsa Sound – Paul Benjaman

    Welcome to Tulsa Talks presented by Tulsa Regional Chamber. I’m your host Tim Landes.
    My guest on this episode has been providing the soundtrack for fun Sunday nights at the Colony for a decade. He’s also played just about every stage in Tulsa during his nearly 30-year career. 
    If there was a Mount Rushmore for modern Tulsa musicians Paul Benjaman’s sunglassed smiling face would be there representing the new Tulsa Sound. 
    Paul has toured all over the US and Europe, and played many music festivals, including representing our city and state’s music scene numerous times at South By Southwest. 
    Since 2010, he has been featured on multiple Horton Records releases, including a few studio albums. He also appears on the 2020 compilation “Back to Paradise: A Tulsa Tribute to Okie Music” where he covers JJ Cale, Don White, Steve Pryor and Teegarden & Van Winkle.” 
    Paul learned from legendary guitarist Junior Brown and has worked with Steve Earle, Jamie Johnson, George Porter Junior of The Meters, John Densmore of The Doors, Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge, Gary Busey and many more. There was also an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon as sideman for the T Bone Burnett produced Secret Sisters.  
    When he’s not playing live music, he’s been helping others learn how to play guitar for 25 years through as an instructor at Guitar House of Tulsa. We featured a great article on the business earlier this year that is linked in the show notes. 
    We discuss his musical origins, his long career in music and what has kept him in Tulsa all this time. We talk about the current state of the music scene and what he’s got in the works and lots more. 
    Following our conversation, you can hear his song, “Sneaker.” 
    He is a really cool dude and a heck of a musician. I’m so happy we finally got the chance to talk. 
    A reminder: you can always find weekly music listings every Monday at TulsaPeople.com. Also, be sure to subscribe to this podcast channel, so you can hear all our featured conversations and our twice-monthly mini episodes of About Town. 
    OK let’s get this going. 
    This is Tulsa Talks with Paul Benjaman. 
     

    • 52 min

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4.6 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

MattGleason7 ,

Gotta listen to this!

Tim Landes and the entire TulsaPeople team really understand what their audiences want. Plus, Tim's interviews area without fail amazing.

Jill VT ,

Great tool to be "in the know" in Tulsa!

I would never know some of the events discussed were going on - so great to keep up with what's going on in our great little town. I LOVED the Dollar Tree episode!

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Well produced podcast

Great content, great quality. I’m so glad a local publisher is creating stories about Tulsa/Tulsans

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