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.
September 3rd, 2019 | 26 mins 12 secs
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.
August 12th, 2019 | 28 mins
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.
August 5th, 2019 | 18 mins 42 secs
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.
July 29th, 2019 | 21 mins 25 secs
July 21st, 2019 | 29 mins 59 secs
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
July 15th, 2019 | 25 mins 53 secs
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."
July 8th, 2019 | 16 mins 53 secs
June 30th, 2019 | 18 mins 24 secs
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.”
June 24th, 2019 | 28 mins 29 secs
2016, ghost story, ghostboy, haunted, louisiana, shreveport
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.
June 17th, 2019 | 19 mins 57 secs
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 American mom in the Deep South.
June 10th, 2019 | 17 mins 24 secs
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.
June 3rd, 2019 | 20 mins 39 secs
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.
May 27th, 2019 | 17 mins 44 secs
May 25th, 2019 | 27 mins 10 secs
Gather 'round, because there are 10 new episodes of the All Y'all podcast headed your way beginning on Memorial Day, May 26.
September 29th, 2018 | 24 mins 40 secs
On some level, we all know that we're dying. But …
August 9th, 2018 | 22 mins 39 secs
Sometimes thoughts and feelings from the past can…