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Welcome to the altBR podcast with Jacob Jolibois and Abe Felix! We’re going to be sitting down with the people of Baton Rouge, Louisiana who are in the trenches, helping to make this city a better place. From entrepreneurs, to designers, to musicians, to politicians, to chefs, to civil rights activists, join us as we listen to their stories of progress, hope and goodness in this city.
#71: O’Mar Finley & Terence Delaine - What’s Inside the Head of a Comic?
Nov 20 • 36 min
O’Mar Finley is a comic and the co-founder of NO SHOW Comedy and Terence Delaine is a comic and member of NO SHOW. NO SHOW Comedy is a live event production company that hosts a weekly open mic and a monthly showcase for local comics. If you’ve ever…
BONUS: “The Ivory Tower… The Ivy Tower… or Wherever” (Clint Smith III)
Nov 13 • 44 min
On this episode of altBR, we’re introducing you to a new show from Parachute.fm. It’s a Southern Spoken Word Poetry podcast called Drawl. Every Thursday, Drawl features a poem by a Southern poet, a special interview with that poet and, of course, the…
#69: Minisode 7 - altBR introduces Drawl
Nov 13 • 6 min
In this special minisode, we talk about two exciting announcements from the altBR team. Listen to this short minisode before you check out the full-length featured episode from our new show, Drawl. Every Thursday, Drawl features a poem by a Southern…
#68: Ruth Johnson - Real life Superheroes
Nov 6 • 29 min
Ruth Johnson is the Program Manager of Capital Area CASA. Ruth joined Capital Area CASA Association in November 2016. Ruth’s professional experiences range from serving as Deputy Commissioner in the Division of Administration…
#67: Boo Thomas - What if we showed people what Baton Rouge COULD be?
Oct 30 • 35 min
Elizabeth “Boo” Thomas is the President and CEO of CPEX, the Center for Planning Excellence. As the former head of Plan Baton Rouge and the Mid City Redevelopment Alliance, Boo has been an advocate for smart growth in Louisiana throughout her career….
#66: The Thomas Bros - From First Lesson to Jazz Fest in 1.5 Years
Oct 23 • 33 min
Thurman and Torrence Thomas, are the creative duo behind ASKTHETHOMASBROS, one word, all caps. After picking up their instruments at the age of 17, the twins began their journey into what would soon be called a “genre-defying” musical style….
#65: Doug Gay - It starts with the music, but it ends with the child
Oct 16 • 34 min
Doug Gay is the owner of Baton Rouge Music Studios, he and his team are training up hundreds of kids, not only to be great musicians, but to be great people. Growing up, Doug hated school — he’ll reiterate that for you in colorful language — but…
#64: Chef Celeste Gill - The Science of Food, Eating Local & and cooking for Matthew McConaughey
Oct 9 • 34 min
Celeste Gill is the Director of Food Services at Southside Assisted Living. Joining the community of multi-hyphenated titles, Celeste is a chef and food producer. She has captivated the palates of Pentagon staff, Rosie O’Donnell, Matthew…
#63: Carolyn McKnight - The Power of Parks in Community Healing and Development
Oct 2 • 31 min
Carolyn McKnight is the Superintendent of BREC. If you’re a fan of the TV Show, Parks and Recreation, this episode will give you insight into the heart and mind of Leslie Knope — parks can play an powerful role in community healing,…
#62: Matthew Schwartz - How 30 local musicians rallied to support flood victims
Sep 25 • 31 min
Matthew Schwartz is a local musician and half of the band Pacifico with his other half, Ava. He’s part of the collaborative album Fight the Flood that released just last month to help raise funds for victims of the Baton Rouge flood in 2016 as we…
#61: Abe Felix - Filmmaking, objectivity & self-awareness
Sep 18 • 34 min
Abe Felix is an award-winning director and DP based in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. His background in writing and editing for print and television birthed his passion for visual storytelling. To him filmmaking is a platform for saying things that…
#60: BEST OF | Casey Phillips - Changing a City One Mural at a Time
Sep 11 • 91 min
Over the past 15 years Casey has launched multiple entertainment companies in Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Steamboat Springs, CO. Currently Casey serves as the Executive Director for the non-profit, public art organization The BR Walls Project which…
#59: BEST OF | Jared Loftus - Philosophies of a Serial Entrepreneur
Sep 4 • 90 min
Jared started off selling shirts out of a backpack in college which eventually turned into a retail store outside the gates of LSU. He then co-founded an art show, a social media consulting business, two food trucks and a co-working space. After…
#58: BEST OF | Melissa Thompson - The Leslie Knope of Baton Rouge
Aug 28 • 38 min
When it comes to city pride, Melissa Thompson gives Leslie Knope a run for her money — in fact, she’s often referred to as the “Leslie Knope of Baton Rouge.” Melissa brings a passion for the city that is absolutely contagious. And it’s a good…
#57: BEST OF | David Jones II - On Building a Global Community of Creatives
Aug 21 • 78 min
#56: BEST OF | Mayor Broome - A New Vision for Our City
Aug 14 • 41 min
#55: Luke St. John McKnight - Finding the Crossroads of Passion and Purpose
Aug 7 • 32 min
Born and raised in Baton Rouge Louisiana, Luke St. John McKnight is an artist turned entrepreneur and cultural curator. Creative Director of the seasonal event series, Build The Fire, lead strategist in the creative think tank Modern Day Scribe, and…
#54: Virginia Archer - Southern Storytelling and Creative Development
Jul 31 • 36 min
Virginia is a founder and organizer for the Story Lab. She graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in anthropology and political science. After college, she put her cultural studies to good use and began exploring writing, film,…
#53: Nathaniel Klumb - Fighting the odds to Paddle Baton Rouge
Jul 24 • 27 min
Nathaniel Klumb who is leading a grassroots initiative to clean up Baton Rouge’s waterways through his paddling group known as PaddleBR. PaddleBR has been leading “trash sweeps” in the nearby bayous to clear the water of litter before it reaches…
#52: Jacob Jolibois - A conversation on social good, redesigning education and emerging tech
Jul 17 • 38 min
In this episode, the Exhibitions Manager for the Louisiana Arts and Science Museum and a previous guest, Rodneyna Hart, turns the tables to interview the voice behind altBR — Jacob Jolibois. Jacob is the co-founder and host of altBR but this social…
#51: Paul Claxton - Building a community for makers in Mid-City
Jul 10 • 35 min
Paul is the co-founder of Mid-City Makers Market and a business and strategy coach. In this episode we explore the future of the art and maker scene in Baton Rouge and the business strategy basics for makers who want to turn their hobby into a career.
#50: Sean Rivera - @foodiepatutie and the #TrueCooks of GastreauxNomica
Jul 3 • 35 min
Sean Rivera, AKA Chef “Poochy” Rivera, has brought the world of cooking to the social front lines. With an advertising degree and a passion for the kitchen sciences, Sean began to document his foodie-experiments and sharing the creations of other…
#49: Melissa Thompson - The Leslie Knope of Baton Rouge
Jun 26 • 37 min
When it comes to city pride, Melissa Thompson gives Leslie Knope a run for her money — in fact, she’s often referred to as the “Leslie Knope of Baton Rouge.” Melissa brings a passion for the city that is absolutely contagious. And it’s a good…
#48: Raymond Jetson - When it comes to solving our city’s problems, we have it all wrong
Jun 19 • 35 min
Pastor Raymond Jetson brings a unique take on problem-solving to our city. Pioneered by Harvard University, a practical method called Adaptive Leadership proposes that we ditch the knight on a white horse approach and truly understand the needs…
#47: Lisa Wang - 4x National Champion gymnast turned diversity activist & entrepreneur
Jun 12 • 34 min
4x National Champion Gymnast & US Hall of Fame Athlete | Community Builder | Serial Entrepreneur As a former 4x US National Champion gymnast and US Hall of Fame inductee, Lisa has a special appreciation of the grueling work that goes…
#46: Tim Johnson - What if we treated our city like a startup?
Jun 5 • 34 min
What if our city put dollars where it would make the most impact? What if we replicated what worked well and killed off what doesn’t? What if we leveraged our strengths instead of suppressing them? What if we treated our city like a startup? Tim…
#45: Rodneyna Hart - The Art of Turning the Ordinary into the Remarkable
May 29 • 42 min
Rodneyna Hart is the Exhibition Manager at Louisiana Art & Science Museum in Downtown Baton Rouge. She’s responsible for tying together amazing pieces of art into cohesive — and sometimes eclectic — exhibits that have an…
#44: Minisode 6: Capital City Mac Fest
May 22 • 2 min
#43: Riley Vannoy & Karl Schultz - A philanthropic twist on your classic Brew Pub
May 22 • 35 min
Riley and Karl are the co-founders of Noble Wave, a brewpub slated to open in Spring of 2018. They’re Baton Rouge locals passionate about bringing people together for good beer, good food and good conversation while making a positive impact in the…
#42: Steve Sanoski - Honest Reporting from Business Report’s Executive Editor
May 15 • 35 min
Steve serves as the Executive Editor of Baton Rouge Business Report. Through a series of events, he traveling down from the Northern United States, working his way up the ranks in various media companies in Louisiana until finally finding…
#41: Kathryn Hunter - Reviving the Tactile Art of Letterpress Printing [CROP]
May 8 • 31 min
Kathryn Hunter is a fine artist here in Baton Rouge, working in mixed media: paper cutting, relief printing, wool & silk, embroidery, steel, letterpress, drawing, and wax. In 2003, she started Blackbird Letterpress which specializes in quirky…
#40: Lauren Jumonville & Elizabeth Hutchison - Retrofitting our City for Innovation
May 1 • 37 min
Lauren is the Director of Civic Leadership Initiatives and Elizabeth is the Director of Philanthropic Services at Baton Rouge Area Foundation. The Baton Rouge Area Foundation unites human and financial resources to enhance the quality of…
#39: Mayor Sharon Weston Broome - A New Vision for Our City
Apr 24 • 41 min
Sharon Weston Broome is Baton Rouge’s newly elected Mayor-President. She’s served our city as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for District 29 as well as the first African-American woman to be in…
#38: Mika Torkkola & Doug Moore - Can we shift gears to a more bike-friendly city?
Apr 17 • 30 min
Mika and Doug are the President and Vice President of BikeBR. Their mission is to make bicycling and walking in our city and its surrounding areas safer, easier, and more enjoyable through advocacy, education, and action. Bicycling is healthier,…
#37: Rashaud Red - Part II: How one high schooler is upsetting generations of bias through a simple Q&A session
Apr 10 • 31 min
The I Am MORE Initiative is an effort created by then 17 year old Rashaud Red that aims to save the lives of minority youth and police. What if people knew each other as more than the stereotypes society authors for them? Rashaud demonstrates…
#36: Rashaud Red - Part I: How one high schooler is upsetting generations of bias through a simple Q&A session
Apr 3 • 34 min
The I Am MORE Initiative is an effort created by then 17 year old Rashaud Red that aims to save the lives of minority youth and police. What if people knew each other as more than the stereotypes society authors for them? Rashaud demonstrates…
#35: Meghan Matt & Walter “Geno” McLaughlin - Erasing the Thin Red Line Dividing Baton Rouge
Mar 27 • 41 min
The Thin Red Line Project was born out of the turmoil and conflict experienced over an eight week period in the summer of 2016. Emboldened, we strive to expose this division, eradicate its existence, and reveal the heart of a community. Meghan Matt is…
#34: Minisode 5 - altBR goes live
Mar 20 • 8 min
We want to keep you guys afront of all of the latest that altBR is working on. We’re going to be doing a live episode at CROP (the Baton Rouge graphic design conference) in April, helping out with the Capital City Mac Fest in June and doing a few…
#33: Kieu Lam & Adam St. Pierre - The Magical World of the Library
Mar 13 • 31 min
Kieu and Adam bring to the table a wealth of insight into the magic of the Library. Of course, we’ve all heard about how you can find whole new worlds within a book. But even beyond a book, the East Baton Rouge Parish Library system are jam packed…
#32: Courtney Howells - Behind the Scenes of The Dope Game apparel brand
Mar 6 • 48 min
#31: Chance Wilson - The 17-year-old CEO on a Quest to Eradicate Global Illiteracy
Feb 27 • 43 min
At 14, Chance was impacted by the surprising lack of literacy worldwide. Rather than simply wondering about this issue or dismissing it as an unfortunate truth, he decided to take action. Starting a non-profit that works with partner organizations and…
#30: Heather Otten - Giving Baton Rouge a Hand Up, Not a Hand Out
Feb 20 • 49 min
Heather found her way to Baton Rouge from St. Louis, by way of Seattle. Since she was 11, she’s been organizing and participating in human rights and philanthropic initiatives from marches and rallies to preparing taxes for the underprivileged in our…
#29: Franz Borghardt - Local Stories from an Uber-Driving, Burger-Flipping Attorney
Feb 13 • 82 min
Franz Borghardt is an associate attorney at the Law Offices of Steven J. Moore. But being an attorney is only his day job. Between courtrooms and law offices, Franz runs the social community, Geaux Rouge, that supports all things Baton Rouge….
#28: Minisode 4 - Join the altBR Family
Feb 6 • 6 min
#27: Jennifer Tormo - The Skills, Tools and Tactics of Journalism from the Editor of 225 Magazine
Jan 30 • 60 min
Jennifer Tormo is the Editor for 225 Magazine in Baton Rouge, La. She is ardent about profile and travel writing, as well as exploring the Baton Rouge dining scene. In this episode, we unveil the skills, tools and tactics of a seasoned…
#26: Donney Rose - The Undeniable Power of Hip Hop and Spoken Word
Jan 23 • 63 min
Donney Rose, a Baton Rouge native and active member of the city’s poetry scene, has been performing spoken word and facilitating spoken word events for over a decade. Donney has been a member of eight Baton Rouge national slam teams and was…
#25: Catherine O’Brien - Podcasting, Progress & Puppies
Jan 16 • 45 min
Having come to Baton Rouge by way of California, Catherine brings an intimate knowledge of the podcasting world, activism and community progress to the show. She shares her story, tips she’s learned from producing and hosting her own podcast, how to…
#24: William Doran and Lynley Farris - Designing a more unified, resilient Mid City
Jan 9 • 53 min
William is the founder and Lynley is the creative director of Mid City Studio. Mid City Studio is a not-for-profit, design collaborative whose vision is to create a more unified, resilient, Mid City community around its common geography, history,…
#23: Collin Richie - A 1,000-year Flood as seen through the lens
Jan 2 • 40 min
Collin Richie is a Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based photographer, specializing in weddings, editorial photojournalism, commercial, and family photography. He’s been recently known for his new project, Human’s of the Water, which used a photojournalistic…
#22: A Merry Christmas Minisode 3
Dec 25, 2016 • 5 min
#21: Dianne Hanley - On Police Reform, Transportation & Tax Exemptions
Dec 19, 2016 • 50 min
Dianne is the Executive Director of St. Joseph’s Spirituality Center and a Leader at Together Baton Rouge. Her work and involvement in these organizations have developed from a desire to see this city and its people changed for the better and be…
#20: Alsie Dunbar - Girls, your potential is limitless.
Dec 12, 2016 • 42 min
“A dual-degreed scientist and chemical engineer with a passion for motivating and inspiring youth through mentoring, Alsie Renn Dunbar puts her 17 years of experience in the chemical industry to work both professionally and personally in her…
#19: Quinton Jason & Lynsey Gwin - When college can’t give you the answers, what’s next?
Dec 5, 2016 • 45 min
Quinton is the Interactive Director at Xdesign. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science from McNeese State University and has a passion for animation on the web, specifically in the growing field of SVG graphics. He has taken…
#18: Minisode 2
Nov 28, 2016 • 12 min
#17: Jared Loftus — Philosophies of a Serial Entrepreneur
Nov 21, 2016 • 89 min
Jared started off selling shirts out of a backpack in college which eventually turned into a retail store outside the gates of LSU. He then co-founded an art show, a social media consulting business, two food trucks and a co-working space. After…
#16: Lluvia Peveto — A Guide to Making Your City Feel Like Your Home
Nov 14, 2016 • 67 min
Lluvia came to us from Texas where she group up with her heart set on journalism. And while she initially saw herself as a leader, she’s now a self-proclaimed supporter and as such has been connecting people across her vast network in Baton Rouge…
#15: Jeff Roedel and Jeff Beck — Side Projects that Matter
Nov 7, 2016 • 73 min
Jeff Roedel is a Baton Rouge native, formerly with 225 as a writer, director and producer and is now creating video content with the Fast Start program through LED. Jeff Beck is hailing from Slidel, Louisiana and is a self-proclaimed wilderness…
#14: Minisode — Collective Impact, Self-Awareness, Empathy & Character
Oct 31, 2016 • 13 min
#13: Kristen Reeves & Sara Moore - Tackling the Tech Industry Gender Gap
Oct 24, 2016 • 72 min
Kristen Reeves and Sara Moore were roommates in college. After moving away to pursue a career in I.T., Kristen finally returned home to Baton Rouge where she met back up with Sara who had pursued her own career in environmental sciences. Combining…
#12: Dustin Lafont - Life Lessons and Bicycle Mechanics
Oct 17, 2016 • 67 min
Dustin LaFont is a Baton Rouge native who through a series of fortunate events, found himself on his front lawn teaching bicycle repair to some kids from the community. And thus Front Yard Bike Shop was born. In this episode, we get to hear Dustin’s…
#11: Kim Fossey - Rewriting the Educational Playbook of Baton Rouge
Oct 10, 2016 • 72 min
Kim grew up in Baton Rouge and has always had a heart for education. After a brief stint in speech therapy, she found her calling at the intersection of education and technology. Pushing a few envelopes, she brought tech into the classrooms in West…
#10: Jay Ducote - From Cubical Food Blogger to Food Network Star
Oct 3, 2016 • 93 min
Jay Ducote — nationally acclaimed chef, blogger, radio show host, speaker and culinary personality. He finished runner-up on Season 11 of the hit reality competition show Food Network Star, and has had a pilot for his show “Deep Fried America” air…
#9: Chris Brooks - Preserving the Heritage of Baton Rouge Blues
Sep 26, 2016 • 65 min
Chris started off in broadcasting in 2004 before accepting a position as General Manager of Tiger Weekly which he soon led the charge to evolve into DIG Magazine, Baton Rouge’s alt weekly. After a brief stint in the food and beverage industry…
#8: Casey Phillips - Changing a City One Mural at a Time
Sep 19, 2016 • 90 min
Over the past 15 years Casey has launched multiple entertainment companies in Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Steamboat Springs, CO. Currently Casey serves as the Executive Director for the non-profit, public art organization The BR Walls Project which…
#7: Zandashé Brown - An Honest Conversation on Racism and Healing
Sep 12, 2016 • 55 min
Zandashé Brown is a Baton Rouge area filmmaker who’s most recently produced work is her web-series, Black Women Are, which warranted her selection in the 2015 New Orleans Film Festival’s Emerging Voices Program dedicated to providing…
#6: Dima Ghawi - [Part 2] A Story of Escape, Self-Discovery, and Meaningful Pursuits
Sep 5, 2016 • 47 min
This is Part 2 of our interview with Dima Ghawi. For those tuning in for the first time, we would encourage you to give Part 1 a listen. Dima Ghawi grew up in a strict middle eastern culture and we dive into her journey through…
#5: Dima Ghawi - [Part 1] A Story of Escape, Self-Discovery, and Meaningful Pursuits
Aug 29, 2016 • 55 min
Dima Ghawi grew up in a strict middle eastern culture and we dive into her journey through self discovery, escaping from a limiting and constraining culture, facing death threats and eventually rising through the corporate ranks to…
#4: Alyssa Carson - How This 15 Year Old Plans to Colonize Mars
Aug 22, 2016 • 57 min
At only 15 years old, Alyssa is already the first person to attend all three NASA Space Camps in the world, including Space Camp Turkey and Space Camp Canada. In January 2013, NASA invited her to be on the MER 10 panel in…
#3: David Jones II — On Building a Global Community of Creatives
Aug 8, 2016 • 78 min
David is the co-founder of Pioneer Collective - half of which is a media marketing & business agency, and the other half is an international creative and entrepreneurial community for millennials, WePioneer.tv. In this episode, we…
#2: Kenny Nguyen — Dissecting the Success of a 26 Year Old CEO
Aug 8, 2016 • 57 min
Kenny Nguyen is the CEO/Co-Founder of ThreeSixtyEight, a digital experience agency that challenges brands all over the world to embrace their creative confidence. In this episode we break down what it takes to tell a compelling story, the role story…
#1: Pilot — A Broken City is an Invitation to Serve
Aug 7, 2016 • 5 min
Growing up, I heard person after person complaining about our city and dreaming of the day that they would get to move away. Move away to a city with more coffee shops. A city with more shopping malls. A city with more hipsters. A city with more…