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Crooked Power: The History of Rafael Correa

On Sept. 30, 2010, chaos ripped through the South American nation of Ecuador – my home. To this day, the date is fresh on Ecuadorians’ minds. We remember it as 30S, short for 30 de septiembre.  Then-president Rafael Correa, who served as president from 2007 to 2017, confronted an angry mob of revolting policemen. Through…

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The “Devilish Deeds” Map

In 1885, the Servant Girl Annihilator preyed upon the city of Austin’s domestic servants and sent an otherwise tranquil city into a state of distrust and near bedlam with eight violent murders carried out with an axe.  The University of Texas opened its doors in September of 1883, a mere 15 months prior to when…

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Moody Students Named Finalists in NPR’s 2022 College Podcast Challenge

NPR launched a college podcast challenge that individually landed two Moody College of Communication students, and staff members of The Drag, a spot as top 10 finalists.  Marissa Greene, journalism junior, is one of two finalists from UT with the submission of her podcast Meet Mariachi Paredes. Greene’s story covers the UT Austin’s mariachi ensemble…

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Coming soon: Devilish Deeds

The trailer for the upcoming podcast Devilish Deeds by The Drag Audio Production House. In 1885, a few years before Jack the Ripper went on a killing spree in London, an axe-wielding killer stalked the streets of the dusty frontier town of Austin, Texas. The victims, mostly Black women who worked as servants for Austin’s…

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The Future Of Audio Storytelling at ISOJ 2022

Hi! I am Cesar Perez, the director of Crooked Power, which is set to release this summer. I wanted to write this post because I need to tell you about a brilliant conference I attended over the weekend. The International Symposium on Online Journalism — ISOJ — hosted a panel about the future of audio…

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5 Music Podcasts You Need to Listen To

Every music junkie’s favorite debate is ranking an artists’ discography or bickering about knowing an artist before their friend did. Now, what if there was a way to hear other people’s debacles about all things music?  The Drag has curated the top 5 music podcasts you need to be listening to. They might even make…

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A Conversation with The Women of ‘Devilish Deeds,’ The Drag’s newest podcast

The Drag’s Megan Parker and Meena Anderson intend to change the manner in which serial killings are discussed with ‘Devilish Deeds,’ a new podcast coming soon from The Drag.  Throughout our Q&A, the hosts expanded on a variety of interesting topics related to the podcast and additionally provided advice for future student content creators.  Q:…

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Wildflowers

I drove to the Lady Bird Wildflower Center on a Saturday afternoon, playing Dolly Parton’s “Wildflowers” in my car. A little on the nose, I know, but it’s also a song about growing up and leaving home.   In hindsight, maybe the day after a Texas ice  storm wasn’t the best time to go to a…

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A Sit Down With One of UT’s Brightest Audio Minds

This year, The Drag’s very own Aurora Berry impressively won third place and secured $1,500 in scholarship funds for her entries “TikTok Protest” and  “Let’s do the Time Warp again!”  “This is a pleasant dream,” said Berry, as she shares her thoughts upon first seeing the email revealing her third-place finish.  “I’ll check it again…

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Climate Change Reporter Says To Hold Off On Walking Into The Ocean

I’ve been a reporter covering climate change and extreme weather in Texas for about a year now for an upcoming podcast from The Drag called “Planet Texas.” When I tell people what I do, they crinkle their foreheads and nod gravely. Older people talk about how they love Generation Z; how we’re going to change…

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