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36 minutes | Oct 1, 2018
#115: Chris Meyer - The Journey to A+
Chris Meyer is the CEO of New Schools Baton Rouge. He was the first in his family to go to college and, after a brief stint teaching in the broken education system of New Orleans, his experiences sent him on a quest to fix it. Starting from the top down, he began working to change education on a policy level before going on to start the organization New Schools Baton Rouge who is actively working to recruit, launch, and support schools with proven track records of success to provide Baton Rouge families with excellent education options.In this episode, we look at the controversial school letter grading system, the changes in policy to gives schools more autonomy, the impact of charters on the Louisiana education system and the vision for Baton Rouge becoming the first city in the country to have every school ranked A or B.
39 minutes | Sep 23, 2018
#114: Maxine Crump - The Language of Race
When we first started this show, one of the questions we often asked is, "what do you think is one of the most pressing issues our city faces." And often, the response that we got was the racial divides. With the death of Alton Sterling and the two police officers back in 2016, the conversations on race were suddenly more prevalent. Leading much of this discussion, was the organization, Dialogue on Race. In this episode as altBR comes to a conclusion, we wanted to circle back to this important topic to leave you all with a bit more perspective, and hopefully, some valuable information that you can use in your own experiences and conversations on race moving forward.To help us with this, we’re in the studio today with Maxine Crump, who is the President and CEO of Dialogue on Race Louisiana. The model for this program was created more than 20 years ago. Maxine worked with YWCA past board presidents, community organizations like Louisiana Council on Human Relations and professors of History, Political Science and Sociology from both LSU and Southern University to develop a structured program of six consecutive two hour weekly sessions based on scholarly reading materials and led by a bi-racial team of trained facilitators. Maxine has remained involved in a leadership role in Dialogue at all levels, including training facilitators from its inception.
34 minutes | Sep 16, 2018
#113: Sherin Dawud and Raina Vallot - One Strike Doesn't Mean You're Out
You can feel their positive energy and smiles from a mile away - Raina Vallot and Sherin Dawud are the founders of the Baton Rouge-based women's empowerment non-profit, Power Pump Girls. In this episode, we talk about their many successes and their recent setbacks with the Strike Conference that they had planned for this Fall, the resilience of their community, and the impact of their work with girls from junior high to adulthood.
38 minutes | Sep 9, 2018
#112: JST DAVID - The Mission of Music
David Jones, II - also known by his stage name JST DAVID - is an artist, singer/songwriter and recording artist and was our second guest ever on this podcast, over two years ago! We brought him back in the studio to find out what he has been up to and, as it turns out, he's been through quite the journey. From recording with a Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling producer in Los Angeles, to scrapping an entire album only to rewrite and record a whole new one in a month, this guy is true to his art and has poured everything he is in to his mission and vision for what the future could be.
42 minutes | Sep 2, 2018
#111: Mina Estrada - "I'm so glad I'm Post-Youth..."
Mina Estrada is the Director of Artist Resources at The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.At her core, Mina is a dancer - always has been, always will be. She got a job teaching dance right out of college, got her MFA etc. etc. That's just the tip of the iceberg! She's worked for educational institutions, non-profit organizations and dance troupes for years championing the arts. In fact, over the coming months she'll be teaching and choreographing dance.But in all of her endeavors, her greatest is still to come. In this episode, Mina drops the bomb of an idea that she's been dreaming up and let me tell you, you do NOT want to miss out on this. You heard it here first.
14 minutes | Aug 26, 2018
#110: We're shutting down altBR (Minisode 11)
Well friends... I guess this is it. At least for our humble show, altBR. It started over a Cracker Barrel breakfast and two years later, we feel like we've built something that mattered. We interviewed over 100 people who are the boots on the ground in Baton Rouge, actively making it a better place. From politicians to chefs, activists to musicians, future astronauts to educators, we've run the gamut of industries, races, religions, passions, ages and educations. Because we wanted this show to be about the city. And we have a diverse city.After this episode, we'll be releasing five more to finish out the show with a few more incredible folks. We've so enjoyed getting to know our city better and the people who make it home. While we wind down this little side project of ours, we hope that the people and the stories they've told have inspired you to take a closer look at Baton Rouge and see the beauty and the hope that is here.We'll see you around the city.
30 minutes | Aug 19, 2018
#109: Morgan Kastner - What Does it Mean to Be on a Board?
Morgan is the marketing coordinator for Baton Rouge Area Chamber and Co-Chair of the Barton Leadership Program. Her work in the community with organizations like TEDxLSU and Forum35 have shown a new side of Baton Rouge. A thriving young professional community, an endless number of ways to get involved, serve and give back to the city and, of course, have fun.In this episode, we also explore the Barton Leadership Program which is a curriculum that focuses on the aspects of leadership development and board governance. If you've had the desire to give back to your community by serving on a board, committee or advisory council, give this episode a listen.
26 minutes | Aug 12, 2018
#108: Deborah Sternberg - Training the Next Generation of 13-Year-Old Entrepreneurs
Deborah Sternberg is the Chair of the Baton Rouge chapter of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. YEA is dedicated to providing high-school students with the education, network and resources to start a business. This program has trained thousands of students across the US, some of which have found themselves making it on Shark Tank and running multi-million dollar companies.Bringing the curriculum to Baton Rouge, she's pulled together a team of entrepreneurs and educators to invest in the rising generation. From developing a business plan, mapping out a revenue model, prototyping products and strategizing supply chain operations, these kids learn the in's and out's of business.
39 minutes | Aug 5, 2018
#107: Donney & Leslie Rose - I Am Black Out Loud Because...
Donney Rose, is a poet, teaching artist, and community activist from Baton Rouge. In April 2018, Donney became a 2018-2019 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow.Leslie D. Rose, is a poet, photographer, and media professional from southern New Jersey. She works in higher education and non profit public relations, and offers freelance publicity work with an emphasis on rebranding.The husband and wife team is bringing a new conference to Baton Rouge this year called Black Out Loud focused on celebrating Black visibility in the realm of arts, media and activism through social mixers, workshops, panel discussions and a keynote address.
38 minutes | Jul 29, 2018
#106: Taylor Bennett - The Impact of Brand and Culture
Taylor Bennett is the CEO of MESH, a full-service branding and marketing agency where altBR co-founder, Jacob Jolibois, happens to work. In this episode we talk about his journey from Engineering major to wanna-be-artist to agency founder. We talk about the importance of culture in your business or organization, the impact of brand on perception and trust, and of course, his vision for Baton Rouge.
35 minutes | Jul 22, 2018
#105: Clark & Whitney Gaines - Food Halls: A Place For Everyone
Clark and Whitney Gaines are the powerhouse couple behind Baton Rouge's newest cravings, the food hall, White Star Market. Having fallen in love with food halls across America and Canada, they brought the inspiration back home to Baton Rouge. Built in the Square 46 development on Government Street, White Star brings together an eclectic mix of cuisine including tacos, pizza, ramen, cajun and more. Speaking from personal experience, you don't want to miss this.In this episode we chat with Clark and Whitney about their challenges, the process of bringing White Star to life and their desire to bring together diverse communities and pallets over the universal equalizer: food.
30 minutes | Jul 15, 2018
#104: Laura Siu Nguyen - Everything that Happens Starts Here
Laura Siu Nguyen is a community organizer and owner of her own planning and events company. From helping others produce events like Capital City Mac Fest last year to bringing her own ideas to life like the women's conference series, We Are, Laura is devoted to creating events and experiences in this city that people love.
37 minutes | Jul 8, 2018
#103: The Podfathers - How to Start a Podcast
In Minisode 11 of altBR, Jacob and Abe dive into the rabbit hole of creating a podcast. They cover the full gamut of topics including show concepting, gear, interview prep, workflows, post-production, show notes, publishing platforms, advertising and more. They also tell a little backstory about bootstrapping their first show (this one!) and scaling up to a more robust production house that produces three different shows. If you're at all interested in creating your own show or even just curious about the behind-the-scenes of what happens to give y'all this show for free, give this episode a listen!For a full list of the gear and resources mentioned in this episode including links to where you can find the gear online, please see our show notes at www.parachute.fm/episode/the-podfathers
39 minutes | Jul 1, 2018
#102: Jamie Brown & Sydney Harkins - Breaking Culinary Barriers
Jamie Brown and Sydney Harkins, also known as the BouillaBabes, are two chefs who are helping to pioneer the culinary scene here in Baton Rouge combining unique flavors, a non-traditional business model and a whole lot of laughter.In this episode, we talk with the Babes about the challenges they’ve faced as women in the culinary scene, the journey to start a business, favorite ingredients to experiment with and more.
28 minutes | Jun 24, 2018
#101: Kenny Nguyen - The Intersection of Creativity & Business
Kenny Nguyen is the CEO of ThreeSixtyEight. If his name doesn’t sound familiar, go way back in our archives to the very beginning - Kenny was our first guest on the show and is earning his altBR alum status 100 episodes later.In this episode we talk about the conference series that explores the intersection of creativity and business, a new modern asian restaurant concept he’s helping to bring to Baton Rouge and much more.
53 minutes | Jun 18, 2018
#100: One Hundred Things We Love About Baton Rouge
Oh yes... there's a list:Blues FestMina EstradaLTK CrawfishStanford Beach and LakesHooper road bike trailsPastor Jetson and MetromorphosisSunsetsBiking the leveeRadio Bar and their terrible parking situationWhite Light Nights & Hot Art, Cool Nights by Mid-City MerchantsThe canon in the concrete across from Magpie DowntownMid-City Makers Market + Red Stick Farmers MarketThe glassed-in reading room and rooftop terrace at the Goodwood Library (Meeting Room - free for public use)District Donuts Vietnamese CoffeeEbb and Flow FestivalWing Snack - Sweet Heat wings and Ghetto PunchFried Rice at Ed’s DonutsArts Council of Greater Baton RougeChicken Shack's greasy paper bagsUptown ClimbingWhite Star MarketElsie’s Plate and PieOmelette and french toast at Frank’sLIT Pizza - The Subway of PizzasZeeland St. MarketThe Mothership pizza from Red ZeplinThird Street Singer Songwriters FestivalBouillababesThe ParlorJacked Up Shrimp at Don’s SeafoodThe Sweet Tea at Yvette Marie’sThe outside venue at Curbside - Pig PenThe Brussel Sprouts and Steam Buns at Overpass MerchantCity Pork - The Big Pig and brisket sandwichMeals at Kenny’s HouseChristina Stephens - Writer for the Advocate (http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/entertainment_life/article_ded87492-4fc6-11e8-a443-bf24b17a00ba.html)Gordan McKernan Billboards, Flags and InflatablesNick HufftThe dining area at Whole FoodsThe pencil in the ceiling of the senate chambers in the State CapitalBREC ParksMary Lee’s donutsMango’s Beach VolleyballThe stretch of road on South Harrell’s Ferry where the lights make you feel like you’re in an action movieThe people with Christmas lights covering the massive oak tree in a neighborhood off South Harrell's FerryThe Grand Cinema (now, Celebrity Theaters)Rouses MarketFried Okra at BurgersmithOG food trucks - Curbside, Taco de Paco, Ninja SnowballsSt. Paddy’s Day ParadeChelsea’sWalking the Garden District13th Gate Escape RoomsForward ArtsAlyssa CarsonMaxine CrumpBR Kickball LeagueAll the awards at MESHDavid Jones’s hairFranz Borghardt (Wingamania and Capital City MacFest)Front Yard BikesCurtis Vann (Emprint)Jolibois Christmas CardsTogetherBRAlbashaAlbasha ExpressHappy’s Running ClubDang’s Vietnamese - phoHighland Coffee when school isn’t in sessionOverpass at Acadian every time it rains for more than 10 minutesCommunity love in times of crisisMayor BroomeFountain at Shaw CenterWalls Project MuralsThe spray paint silhouette of a guy who looks just like me on the AC unit by the Jefferson Highway Park Volleyball courtsThe Water InstituteUSS KIDDTEDxLSULouie’sMillenials here getting things done - Laura, Kenny, Raina and Sherin, David Jones, Thomas Bros, Jody Johnston, Luke St. John McKnight, Dustin LaFontFilmmaker friendliness of people and spaces and supportTech ParkOvergrown CemeteriesThe consistency and reliability of horrible traffic on the bridge and Essen and politicians doing nothing about itSmoked Boudin - Ronnie’s Boudin on FloridaBacon kolache from Kolache kitchenFireworks on the levee for 4th of JulyBaton Rouge Magnet HighBrisket Taco at Rum HouseUpstairs Seating Barnes and Noble by the Christian books225 MagazineRock the RoweThe conversation that occurs after someone says “You wanna go the Cove?”The Old State Capitol (castle)Circa 1857The people who know all the other people - Melissa Thompson, Renee Chatalain, Lluvia, Rodneyna#IAMMIDCITYCafe Mimi wingsCoffee Call Beignets. Spencer Callahan Jingle - Spencer Callahan is the one to see, call 387-2323
35 minutes | Jun 10, 2018
#99: Matt Sigur - The Chris Farley of Baton Rouge News
Matt Sigur is a writer and editor for the Red Entertainment section for The Advocate. If you've been around Baton Rouge in the last few years, you've probably read one of his stories on entertainment, food, festivals and local culture.With an obvious knack for observational humor, Matt brought a liveliness to this episode as we discussed the unknown and often, dark side of writing and journalism. We didn't stop laughing and I know you won't either.
35 minutes | Jun 3, 2018
#98: Josh Howard - Building Community on the Backbone of Identity
Josh Howard is the Managing Director of Community at Baton Rouge Youth Coalition where he helps make sure young people are connected to resources and each other, while in their pursuit of a four-degree and career.And while his work life is rich and purpose-driven, his life outside of work is arguably even more interesting. Earlier in his life he lost 260 pounds, co-founded the Baton Rouge blog, Two BRoke Guys, detailing how to have fun in Baton Rouge on a budget and started his own communications firm.
40 minutes | May 27, 2018
#97: Eric Dexter - Developing our City's Future
Eric Dexter is the Director of Business Development at Civil Solutions Consulting Group, a Louisiana-based civil engineering consulting firm that assists government agencies, developers and architecture firms with the planning, design and management of municipal transportation infrastructure, residential and commercial development and disaster recovery programs.He serves as a Downtown Development District Commissioner and as one of the inaugural members of the newly created LABI Emerging Leaders Council. He's also on the boards for Apex Collegiate Academy, Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Baton Rouge Blues Foundation, Capital Area United Way, Forum 35, Louisiana Art & Science Museum, Manship Theatre, and the Urban Congress.
33 minutes | May 20, 2018
#96: Jason Andreasen - For Artists, By Artists
Jason Andreasen is the Executive Director of Baton Rouge Gallery. He moved to Baton Rouge in 2005 and since then, he's shifted away from a planned career in the courtroom to a life in the arts.During his time with the gallery, he has led the organization to new heights, adding to the area's experience with contemporary art through high-quality presentations including visual, musical, literary and performing artists. He oversees all aspects of the nonprofit's management, working in concert with its Board of Directors, including exhibition management, event planning, fundraising, programming, marketing, donor relations, grant writing, art sales and more.
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