Sabrina Leboeuf

Sara Schleede hits the road with upcoming podcast ’35’

As a senior graduating in May, Sara Schleede is transforming her connection to Interstate 35 into a long-form podcast titled “35.” The five-episode podcast will explore the histories and stories along I-35 within the state of Texas, and it’s set to air just in time for Schleede’s graduation. Schleede hopes listeners will learn about aspects of Texas they didn’t know before and gain a better vision of what the state beholds.

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Meet the next pair of true crime podcasters at The Drag

Since the success of “The Orange Tree,” we’ve been on the lookout for our next duo of stellar true crime podcasters — and now we’ve found them. Ashley Miznazi and Kenny Jones are the latest additions to our team, and they’ll be producing our next true crime podcast on the 2018 Austin serial bombings.

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The Drag hires Katey Outka as senior producer

Katey Outka has a legal pad filled with podcast ideas, and she’s bringing them to The Drag this January as our full-time senior producer. Outka is an expert storyteller. Over the years, she has taken on roles as a multimedia journalist, an editor and a social media manager. She knows what stories are worth telling…

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Student Spotlight: Estefania Rodriguez interviews high-profile subject with ‘Crooked Power’ hosts

Estefania Rodriguez joined the “Crooked Power” team in September, eager to dive deeper into a story about press freedom in Latin America.

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9 audio tips from ’35’ host Sara Schleede

The Drag asked Schleede to share her go-to audio storytelling tips. Here are her top nine pieces of advice.

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Vampires don’t suck: ‘Request Pending’ explores the reclamation of the Twilight Saga fandom

There’s nothing quite like watching a teenage girl engage in a love triangle between a vampire and a werewolf. Thanks to Kristen Stewart’s elongated pauses between sentences and Robert Pattinson’s extra-pale skin and swooshed hair, the Twilight Saga has earned itself a special place in cinematic history, regardless of whether you enjoy the series or…

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‘The Orange Tree’ hosts set sail for new endeavors

The Drag would not be what it is today without Haley Butler and Tinu Thomas. In January 2019, they became The Drag’s first-ever podcasters at the start of their last semester in college. Between classes, the pair began crafting a podcast called “The Orange Tree.” It was to be a longform true-crime podcast about the…

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Student Spotlight: Madison Olson leads her peers with a level head … and a puppy

Each Wednesday night, the capstone class convenes on Zoom for its scheduled meeting. Some students join with dinner in hand given the 6 p.m. start time. Journalism senior Madison Olson usually shows up with her dog, Winston. It’s Olson’s way of keeping an eye on her 4-month-old toy Australian Shepherd while also leading the newsroom,…

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Former intern Maya Fawaz joins ‘Crooked Power’

Maya Fawaz couldn’t stay away from The Drag for long. Just weeks after completing her summer internship, she rejoined the team on Sept. 8  to help produce our upcoming podcast “Crooked Power.” During her summer internship, Fawaz grew her love for podcasting. By the end of the internship, she was reconsidering her original career goal…

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‘Request Pending’ host reflects on end of season one

For the past three months, “Request Pending” host Sara Schleede cultivated a weekly podcast exploring the internet’s most unique communities. With the single click of a button on Friday afternoon, it all came to an end. The last episode of season one was finally published.  “I’m really excited for this episode,” Schleede said. “I think…

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