Bring Your Own

Periodically on All Things New Orleans, and Biweekly on WWNO.org

 

Founded in March 2012, Bring Your Own is a live storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the New Orleans community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme. Stories are told live, unscripted and true to the teller. Storytellers volunteer prior to the event and are judged by three anonymous audience members to determine a winner, whose story is later produced for radio and podcast play. Winners subsequently choose the next month’s theme.

As a nomadic organization, events rotate and put previously unknown, underutilized and private spaces on the public map. Each event takes on the character of its environment; the success of the night is as much about the tone as it is about the stories that are told.

BYO serves as a hub and community for writers, filmmakers, radio makers and photographers, where everyone leaves their premiere artistry behind and dives into a medium that lies at the core of all art forms. Whether you ask a screenwriter, a reporter or a photojournalist, the piece at the heart of each of these crafts is a good story.

The best stories are produced by a team of local producers for on-air and online distribution. BYO is broadcast on All Things New Orleans, and as a biweekly podcast on wwno.org

Bring Your Own is a production of Laine Kaplan-Levenson, Liam Daniel Pierce, and Nina Feldman. email them at bringyourownstories@gmail.com.

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Bring Your Own
4:24 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Bring Your Own Presents: 'A First For Vegas'

Proof that the night Riot recounts in this story DOES exist.
Credit Riot Mueller

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org.

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9:18 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Bring Your Own Presents: 'A Little Lost'

The Skelding/Sumner clan, summer 2014. Emily's parents are in the back, with Emily next to her mom, on the left.
Credit Emily Skelding

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, eight storytellers have seven minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org.

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Bring Your Own
5:41 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Bring Your Own Presents: 'The Sweet Fruit of Patience'

Lee circa the Rush/rabbit era, seen here with his dog.
Credit Lee Rubin

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org.

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Bring Your Own
9:09 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Bring Your Own Presents: 'Blind Drive'

Selling watermelons out of pickup truck on Davis Parkway, Mid-City New Orleans.
Credit Bart Everson / Wikimedia Commons

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org.

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Bring Your Own
6:55 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Bring Your Own Presents: 'The Couple That Saws Together Stays Together'

Radio producer Eve Abrams gets her live storytelling on.
Credit Eve Abrams

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org.

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Bring Your Own
6:57 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Bring Your Own Presents: 'Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend'

Kristin (second from right) in the 'Diamond' era of her childhood...not to be confused with the current Diamond era of her adulthood.
Credit Kristin Swanson

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org.

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Bring Your Own
11:43 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Bring Your Own Presents: 'We Love You'

Annie's grandparents, in all their glory.
Credit Annie Freitas

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org.  

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Bring Your Own
11:57 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Bring Your Own Presents: 'The Kid'

Storyteller James Hamilton.
Credit James Hamilton

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org.

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Bring Your Own
6:00 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Bring Your Own Presents: 'Something Fishy'

Laine on the eve before her surgery.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org.

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Bring Your Own
4:13 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Bring Your Own Presents: 'Lessons From A Glass House'

Jess's parents looking out from the glass house windows.
Credit Jess Placzek

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org.

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