All Y'all

All Y'all

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. ... Show More

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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 Heber... Read more

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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 episo... Read more

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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 ... Read more

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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!

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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... Read more

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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 thi... Read more

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If you were asked to conjure up the most American meal possible, you might dream up a Thanksgiving Dinner shared with silver screen cowboy John Wayne. Storyteller Bonne Summers actually shared a Thanksgiving with Wayne, during an idyllic American holiday that she recounted live onstage at our June 2015 live event, "Brush With Fame." Live Events and New Stuffed & Busted All Y’all Live: Wildcard 2 will be held at 7:30 p.m... Read more

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Doesn’t it seem like the harder you try to impress others, the less likely it is that things will go as planned? Anwar Fikri’s story of awkwardness, allergies and Airmen elicited many sympathetic groans - and lots of laughs - during our August 2017 live event, “The Skin I’m In.” He joined us during while serving at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City. Live Events and New Stuffed & Busted All Y’all Live: Wildcard 2 will be ... Read more

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Who doesn't love a good ghost story? During our November 2016 live event, "Haunted", we heard stories about personal demons, phantasmagoric chicken wings, and haunted houses. Artist Kathryn Usher ended the night with a heartfelt ode to lost love that would make Edgar Allan Poe proud.     Experience more of Kathryn's compelling storytelling in her TEDxRedRiver talk, "Folk Art in the Front Yard." https://www.y... Read more

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Through her work as a diversity consultant, Roxann Johnson helps people have difficult conversations. Through her activism and leadership, she has become a recognized leader of Shreveport’s efforts toward racial reconciliation. Every community could use more voices like hers: strong, empathetic, humane, and wise. When she took the All Y’all stage, Roxann shared a disarmingly personal triptych of lessons from the life of an African ... Read more

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Sometimes, we get the impression that folks are embarrassed to say “we met online” when they’re unspooling the backstory of their love affair. As if “online” means anything at all, really, in the age of Fitbit and Alexa. The average person has no reason to be embarrassed about having met their boo through an app or dating site. That’s just how we meet one another these days. But Charnae McDonald’s story, a modern love story filled ... Read more

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As far as nicknames go, “Catfish” is as good a nickname as any for a young, Southern fellow with charm to spare. Anthony “Catfish” Woodward was the first storyteller to take the stage at Red River Brewing Company during our fifth annual Fidnto Award fundraiser event in 2018. Like the late, great Anthony Bourdain, ‘Fish was once a line cook on the most fearsome of all kitchen shifts: the Mother’s Day brunch.     Second Helpings of ... Read more

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Some folks are just born storytellers. Boz Baucum, the gregarious and bawdy chef/owner of Marilynn’s Place in Shreveport, is one of those folks. When Boz volunteered to tell a story at All Y’all’s June 2016 live event, we had no idea what an unbelievable tale of small-town malfeasance and chicken-fried chicanery we were in for. Mark Your Calendars All Y’all will host its sixth annual fundraiser event at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept... Read more

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A mourning artist confronts the spirit of her deceased husband. A young line cook has a meltdown during a Mother's Day brunch service. The hedonistic deputy sheriff of a small Mississippi town oversees the collapse of a redneck vice den. Gather 'round, because there are 10 new episodes of the All Y'all podcast headed your way beginning on Memorial Day, May 27. Live events coming this Summer and Fall All Y'all Live w... Read more

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On some level, we all know that we're dying. But Coleen McKechnie, who assisted with her mother's end-of-life care - her mother was battling Huntington's Disease - at the same time that she was also diagnosed with Huntington's, is more familiar with her own mortality than most of us. Now, Coleen faces what she calls "a known and unknown future" with awe-inspiring grace.

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Sometimes thoughts and feelings from the past can hit you out of the blue, like Imperial Japanese fighters on a December morning in 1941. Storyteller Luke McClung's tale of family secrets and repressed feelings is one of our favorites.

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A few years ago, All Y'all friend and storyteller Maya Lau told us that we should conduct exit interviews with folks who are moving out of Shreveport. The idea burrowed into our brains, and we've reconsidered it many times since. We could build an archive of peoples' answers to the question "So, why are you moving out of Shreveport?" It's not, as Sara puts it, "a bitch-fest." It's an opportunity ... Read more

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The first time we met Farah Cowley, at a business networking event in Shreveport, her warm smile, Southern drawl, and friendly demeanor won us over. We'd never have guessed that Farah had immigrated to the United States from Amman, Jordan - as a 14 year-old-girl who spoke very little English - just six years prior. For Farah, the path from the Middle East to Deep South was fraught with dangers seen and unseen. Her incredible jo... Read more

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Annie Kendig is a badass. At our 2015 live event, "Ladies Night," Annie bravely took the stage to share the incredible true story of how she and her family traveled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to adopt their third child, Tauntine. Annie's story reminds us that all mothers are fighters - and some are action movie heroes.

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For our 50th episode of the All Y'all podcast, we're proud to present a podcast-exclusive interview with a genuinely fascinating Shreveport native: Byron Wilcott, who is better known to his fans as Main Event Pro Wrestling superstar Big Daddy Yum Yum. Wilcott's career as a pro wrestler has taken him all over the world, and he's got lots of incredible stories to tell. We caught up with Wilcott before a recent match i... Read more

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