All Y'all

All Y'all
A podcast and live storytelling event series independently produced in Shreveport, La.

69: Exit Interviews: Ashley Johnson and Ari Butler
Sep 3 • 26 min
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…
68: Haunted: Cristal Willcox, “Cat People”
Aug 12 • 28 min
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…
67: StoryCorps Sampler: Stonewall Outloud
Aug 5 • 18 min
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…
66: Rebroadcast: Kate Archer Kent, “Keep Your Hands On the Rope”
Jul 29 • 21 min
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…
65: Momma and Daddy: Michael Chisum, “Heavenly Father”
Jul 21 • 29 min
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…
64: I Just Work Here: Pam Brown, “Day Off”
Jul 15 • 25 min
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…
63: Brush With Fame: Bonne Summers, “Dinner With The Duke”
Jul 8 • 16 min
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…
62: The Skin I’m In: Anwar Fikri, “The F-N-G”
Jun 30 • 18 min
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…
61: Haunted: Kathryn Usher, “Flies”
Jun 24 • 28 min
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…
60: The Skin I’m In: Roxann Johnson, “Midnight and Sunshine”
Jun 17 • 19 min
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…
59: Wild Card: Charnae McDonald, “We Met Online”
Jun 10 • 17 min
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…
58: Let’s Eat: Anthony Catfish Woodward, “The Boy Who Cried Hollandaise”
Jun 3 • 20 min
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…
57: I Fought The Law: Boz Baucum, “Titties in the City”
May 27 • 17 min
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…
56: New Season, Who Dis: 10 New Episodes of the All Y’all Podcast for 2019
May 25 • 27 min
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,…
55: The Skin I’m In: Coleen McKechnie, “A Colorful Dying Leaf”
Sep 29, 2018 • 24 min
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…
54: Momma and Daddy: Luke McClung, “Sneak Attack”
Aug 9, 2018 • 22 min
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.
53: Exit Interviews: Jim and Christine Hayes
Jun 27, 2018 • 26 min
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…
52: Farah Cowley, “American Girl”
Jun 20, 2018 • 27 min
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…
51: Ladies Night: Annie Kendig, “Flying Into Lubumbashi”
May 20, 2018 • 25 min
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…
50: Podcast Exclusive: Big Daddy Yum Yum, “I’m Yummy”
Apr 29, 2018 • 19 min
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.…
49: Momma and Daddy: William Joyce, “A Mother’s Love”
Feb 25, 2018 • 33 min
William Joyce may be Shreveport, Louisiana's most celebrated storyteller. He's won an Academy Award, several Emmys and countless other honors during his career as an author, illustrator and filmmaker. The All Y'all team has enjoyed a long friendship with…
48: All Y’all Presents A Special Stuffed & Busted Episode
Feb 18, 2018 • 43 min
This is a special episode of All Y'all, highlighting our other podcast, Stuffed & Busted. The third, and possibly final, episode of Stuffed & Busted is a long-form tribute to our favorite restaurant of all time: Lucky Palace Chinese Restaurant in Bossier…
47: The Skin I’m In: Kyle, “Normal”
Jan 8, 2018 • 26 min
Boy meets girl: It’s one of the oldest stories in the book. But when Kyle asked for his girlfriend’s hand in marriage, a challenging road lay ahead. Kyle took the stage at our August 2017 live storytelling event to share this intimate, inspiring story of…
46: I Just Work Here: Luther Cox, “Take a Dance Class”
Nov 30, 2017 • 21 min
Luther Cox never intended to become a dance teacher. As an accounting student at Florida A&M University, he literally wandered into a West African dance class in progress and the course of his life was changed forever. Cox went on to found the Inter City…
45: Momma And Daddy: Laura Crawford, “Robert Popper’s Song”
Oct 28, 2017 • 21 min
Laura Crawford's father, Dr. Robert Popper, narrowly escaped death at the hands of the Nazis during the antisemitic pogrom known as Kristallnacht. The unbelievable journey that ensues is a globe-spanning journey of courage, luck, endurance and love.…
44: Haunted: Clay Walker, “Ghost Stories”
Oct 1, 2017 • 24 min
Shreveport, Louisiana - where the All Y'all podcast and live storytelling series is produced - is a small town in some ways. Following the announcement that All Y'all was seeking stories of the paranormal for our November 2016 event, "Haunted," several…
43: Podcast Exclusive: Derek Wayne Johnson, “Friends with the Cobra Kai”
Aug 1, 2017 • 21 min
Derek Wayne Johnson was born in Carthage, Texas, about an hours' drive southwest of Shreveport, Louisiana. He fell in love with cinema at an early age, developing a special affinity for the films Rocky and The Karate Kid. Those films were directed by…
42: I Just Work Here: Winston Hall, “Look at All of the Little Black Dots”
Jul 25, 2017 • 23 min
Careers are tricky things. Sometimes, you pursue one career only to wind up in another line of work. Other times, a career sort of finds you - you take a job to make ends meet and, years later, you realize it's become more than a job. And then, sometimes,…
41: Haunted: Steven Abney, “Personal Demons”
Jun 11, 2017 • 27 min
Ghost stories can be a lot of things: visceral, frightening, unnerving. But very seldom do they drift into territory that could be described as intimate or personal. Storyteller Steven Abney took the stage at our Nov. 12, 2016 live event, "Haunted", and…
40: I Just Work Here: Amy Lynn Treme, “Monty”
Apr 23, 2017 • 19 min
Some folks are just natural born storytellers. Amy Lynn Treme, a pre-K teacher who lives in Shreveport's Highland neighborhoood, is one of those folks. When All Y'all announced that we'd be presenting a night of stories about work ("I Just Work Here" was…
39: Haunted: Christopher Louis Wilson, “A Wing and A Prayer”
Feb 12, 2017 • 23 min
On May 11, 2016, Christopher Louis Wilson published a post on his blog, From the Desk of Mr. Coach Wilson, about his lifelong love affair with Shreveport-based restaurant Wing Taxi. Within 24 hours, the post had gone viral in Shreveport, with thousands of…
38: I Fought The Law: Meghan Shapiro, “Sentences”
Jan 15, 2017 • 22 min
During the second half of our July 2016 storytelling event, “I Fought The Law,” we featured stories from three attorneys who shared an insider’s perspective of our complex legal system. Our last storyteller of the evening, Meghan Shapiro, moved to…
37: Stuffed & Busted Preview
Dec 12, 2016 • 8 min
Hi All Y’all! Sara here with a quick update. In addition to hosting our last live storytelling event in November, Chris and I have been hard at work building a new show for All Y’all. It’s called Stuffed & Busted, a podcast that takes an irreverent look…
36: Momma and Daddy: Jaya McSharma, “#DaddyIssues”
Nov 6, 2016 • 25 min
Few All Y'all storytellers have ever seemed so comfortable in the spotlight as "Momma and Daddy" storyteller Dr. Jaya McSharma. Jaya had our sold-out audience in the palm of her hand from the moment that she stepped onstage, eliciting roars of laughter…
35: I Fought the Law: Samuel Mims, “Generally Irritated”
Sep 18, 2016 • 22 min
As one of the citizens leading the Stop The Burn movement near Camp Minden and a pastor, environmental activist and community organizer, Colonel Sam Mims is an impressive figure. When he took the All Y'all stage, we had no idea what Col. Mims was going to…
34: I Fought the Law: Sarah Smith, “Benefit of the Doubt”
Aug 26, 2016 • 22 min
Storyteller Sarah Smith took the All Y'all stage in July 2016, during our live event entitled "I Fought the Law," to share her personal account of trial by fire. The first case that Smith ever took to trial during her time as a public defender turned out…
33: Momma and Daddy: Daniel Ukpabi, “This Is America”
Jun 28, 2016 • 18 min
We first met Daniel Ukpabi on an unseasonably cold October morning at Shreveport Farmers' Market, where he was ladling out steaming bowls of spicy Nigerian stew and telling anyone who'd stop to listen about his fledgling not-for-profit organization, The…
32: Brush With Fame: Tom Ayres, “Trying To Make It Work”
May 19, 2016 • 16 min
Have you ever met an honest-to-goodness celebrity? All Y'all dedicated an entire night of live storytelling to the topic of celebrity encounters at our June 2015 event, "Brush With Fame." Tom Ayres's story from that night - a well-told tale of an airport…
31: Momma and Daddy: Elizabeth Beauvais, “The Chipotle Rebellion”
Apr 19, 2016 • 19 min
Jealousy. Epic adventure. Really good burritos. Elizabeth Beauvais's story of a day in the life of an exasperated mom, told live on the All Y'all stage in March 2016, has it all. When Elizabeth's eight-year-old daughter runs away from home in an act of…
30: Kate Archer Kent, “Keep Your Hands On the Rope”
Mar 9, 2016 • 21 min
If you live in the Red River Radio listening area, chances are good that you're familiar with the friendly voice of News Producer Kate Archer Kent. Kate recently presented an acclaimed sermon on the topic of balancing work, life and motherhood at All…
29: Brush With Fame: Brandon Oldenburg, “Michael and Me”
Feb 24, 2016 • 23 min
As an 8-year-old boy, Brandon Oldenburg was a sponge soaking up all kinds of pop culture. Like just about everyone else on the Planet Earth in 1984, he and his brother were particularly fascinated by Michael Jackson - so much so that they produced their…
28: Ladies Night: Maya Lau, “Technical Skills”
Jan 30, 2016 • 19 min
This story contains adult subject matter and listener discretion is advised. Sometimes the job that you're assigned to do just isn't the job that you end up doing. When journalist Maya Lau was 24 years old, she enlisted in the Peace Corps, envisioning…
27: Wesley Hall Parker, “How I Wrapped Presents with Annie Leibovitz and We Became Buddies”
Dec 24, 2015 • 22 min
We've all had our "low points" on the job, moments when we were caught unprepared or off guard and we let our employers - and ourselves - down. Storyteller Wesley Hall Parker, who shared a story during the June 2015 All Y'all live storytelling event…
26: OMG: Stephen Price, “More Time”
Nov 22, 2015 • 17 min
To hear someone say that they believe in life after death is one thing. To hear someone say that they have experienced life after death is another matter entirely. Stephen Price, who shared his vivid recollections of the afterlife at our August 2015 live…
25: Brush With Fame: Stephen Vekovius, “Game Changers”
Oct 6, 2015 • 20 min
Have you ever played a video game in which you saw the world from the perspective of your character, and you wielded some type of gun or weapon to fend off enemies as you explored the world of the game? If you have played such a video game, congrats -…
24: Al Bohl: “E.M. Bounds Sees Jesus”
Aug 8, 2015 • 13 min
In this special edition of the All Y'all podcast, we are proud to share a story by Bossier City native and friend of All Y'all, Al Bohl. "E.M. Bounds Sees Jesus" (that's our title, not Al's) was recorded at Al's home - it was not recorded at a live event.…
23: Ladies Night: Eman Bader, “Best Hair”
Jul 28, 2015 • 16 min
When Eman Bader stepped onto the stage of the Woman's Department Club in Shreveport to share her story during "All Y'all Live: Ladies Night" on March 14, 2015, we - Sara and I, co-organizers of the event - were holding our breath a little bit. This was a…
22: Under the Influence: Lucas Ridley, “Mountains Even Taller”
Jun 21, 2015 • 16 min
"Under the Influence" storyteller Lucas Ridley shared the intensely emotional tale of his personal experience surviving cancer with the assistance of medical marijuana. In the best cases, stories told onstage at All Y'all events encourage audience members…
21: Ladies Night: Annie Mills, “The Last Time I Played Bridge”
May 12, 2015 • 17 min
"The Last Time I Played Bridge," is a hilarious, action-packed recollection of what may be the worst first date we've ever heard of. Annie's story, which was recorded live at the Woman's Department Club of Shreveport, reminded us that, in life and in…
20: Ladies Night: Shannan Hicks, “Lenny Kravitz is Downstairs”
Apr 23, 2015 • 14 min
Shannan Hicks is our first-ever wild card storyteller. The idea behind the wild card storyteller is simple: prior to intermission, audience members who'd be interested in telling a story with little to no warning toss their names into a hat. At the end of…
19: Under the Influence: Robin Williams, “Mr. Bourque”
Mar 30, 2015 • 16 min
Robin Williams, a Bossier City-based marketing executive who shared her story at "All Y'all: Under the Influence," had less than 12 hours to prepare her story for the stage. As an alternate storyteller for the evening, Robin was called up when another…
18: New ‘Round Here: Annie Andersen, “Not That Bad”
Feb 25, 2015 • 14 min
Annie Andersen thought that she was pretty bad, but when she was cast in the Oxygen Network's hit reality television series Bad Girls Club, she realized that there's bad —- and then there's really bad.
17: Mistakes Were Made: Cookie DuBois, “Space Dracula”
Jan 11, 2015 • 14 min
Do you believe that some cosmic force holds us accountable for all of our past behavior? That if we’re good, we’ll be rewarded, and if we’re bad, we’ll be punished? “Mistakes Were Made” storyteller Cookie DuBois’s story, “Space Dracula,” made us wonder…
16: Under the Influence: John Durbin, “From the Ground Up”
Jan 1, 2015 • 22 min
John Durbin's story, “From the Ground Up,” involves the highest of stakes. His story was recorded at our September 2014 live storytelling event, “All Y'all: Under the Influence.” It's a tale of overcoming not only drug addiction but also the cumulative…
15: Chuck Smith, “Squirrel, Interrupted”
Dec 18, 2014 • 16 min
Chuck Smith has been waging an epic battle to become “squirrel-free.” Any southerner knows that squirrels and similar rodents can be a plague upon an idyllic yard as they jostle from limb to limb in trees. We recently visited Chuck for a cup of joe at…
14: New ‘Round Here: Randall Ross, “The Articulated Dream”
Sep 12, 2014 • 13 min
Randall's story, which we've dubbed "The Articulated Dream," unfolds in his sexy Texas drawl, explaining he and Molly's decision to uproot themselves from Austin, Tx., and "start anew" in Shreveport, La.
13: New ‘Round Here: Limbert Fabian, “Relocation Experiments”
Sep 11, 2014 • 14 min
What if you met a beautiful person at a party, swept them off of their feet and the two of you eloped to a remote city in Mexico with 121 churches and wild packs of chihuahuas roaming the streets? "New 'Round Here" storyteller Limbert Fabian and his wife…
12: Brush With Fame: Judy Williams and Orson Welles
Sep 10, 2014 • 17 min
Judy Williams shares her story of working, at age 26, with legendary filmmaker, actor, playwright and multimedia prankster Orson Welles (writer/director of Citizen Kane and Touch of Evil, among other staggering cinematic works of genius, and creator of…
11: Mistakes Were Made: Bruce Allen, “The Discount”
Sep 9, 2014 • 14 min
As a salesman, Bruce would drive to places with poetic names like Paris, Texas and Stuttgart, Arkansas, offering pharmacies exclusive discounts on drug products sold by Morris and Dickson, his employers.
10: New ‘Round Here: Pamela Raintree, “Signs”
Sep 8, 2014 • 14 min
On January 31, 1996, professional sign painter Pamela Raintree pulled into Shreveport, Louisiana in a battered Datsun station wagon, with $1.20 in her pocket and a quarter tank of gasoline. One thing led to another, and Raintree has now called Shreveport…
9: Mistakes Were Made: Chris Kirkley, “Tinker and the Saturday Night Car”
Sep 7, 2014 • 14 min
“Tinker and the Saturday Night Car,” is a moving personal memoir and tribute to a man named Tinker from Minden, Louisiana. As you'll hear in Kirkley's unique voice, Tinker made the questionable decision to purchase a used car of unknown provenance at a…
8: Mistakes Were Made: Brad Campbell, The Real Dill
Aug 25, 2014 • 18 min
Brad Campbell’s “The Real Dill” is an expertly told tale of just such a vacation, complete with rental car shaming, nude sunbathing, suspicious highway patrolmen and what happens when your dream trip up the California coastline just happens to take place…
7: Even Piss Bridge is Gone: Draggin’ On Main in Springhill, La.
Aug 10, 2014 • 13 min
Chris grew up in Springhill, Louisiana – a town whose high school mascot is was the lumberjacks with a total population teetering right above 5,000. When his parents were teenagers in 1974, nightlife was different. Young folks hopped in cars, then drove…
6: Jon Mackey, “Plus ça Cheng’s”
Jul 6, 2014 • 17 min
When we were organizing the first All Y'all live storytelling event, "New 'Round Here," Sara and I knew that we had to ask Jon to contribute a story. He came through in grand form with this hilarious, occasionally unsettling tale of life as a server at a…
5: Chris Jay, “Belated Apology to Tim Chuang”
Jun 17, 2014 • 9 min
Chris talks about the terrible things he did to his first-ever roommate, Tim Chuang, at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts. Tim, Chris would like to tell you he's sorry.
4: Storyteller Jennifer Hill - New Round Here
May 31, 2014 • 14 min
Being 16 years old is difficult, no matter where you are. At our March 2014 live event, a collection of stories that shared the theme "New 'Round Here," storyteller Jennifer Hill told a cinematic tale of coming of age as an all-American girl in the…
3: Storyteller Esther Kennedy - New Round Here
Apr 15, 2014 • 14 min
If you've recently overheard a voice with elongated vowel sounds, and an aversion to the letter R then it's likely you've run into this sheila. Esther Kennedy is native to Australia but currently living in Shreveport. She'd like to explain why.
2: Vanilla Ice Heck Yeah
Oct 14, 2013 • 10 min
The All Y'all Podcast documents life in the Deep South - namely, in and around Shreveport, Louisiana - with breath smelling like Old Milwaukee and a pocket full of buffalo head nickels.
1: What Do You Look For In A Hot Dog?
Aug 12, 2013 • 12 min
In the very first episode of the All Y'all Podcast, Chris and Sara threw a hot dog party and asked everyone who came the same question: "What do YOU look for in a hot dog?" The answers ranged from completely reasonable to insane in the membrane. This is…