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Episode 4: All Around Us by Xelena González

On this adventure, come with us and take a look around your neighborhood to see the circles that surround us! Written by Xelena González, illustrated by Adriana Garcia, and published by Cinco Puntos Press. Supplementary materials: Word search Find all the circles! Show notes: Sound effects for this episode can be found at Artlist.iO.Narrated by:…

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The Drag helps Ana Goodwin hold on to the humanity of stories

Ana Goodwin was drawn to the empathetic way The Drag told stories rooted in journalistic integrity. She never wanted to lose the humanity in her storytelling. Goodwin, a rising journalism senior at the University of Texas at Austin, always listened to podcasts during her commute to work or while she was doing housework. When the…

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Hannah Ortega’s journey to write an original children’s story at The Drag

Hannah Ortega always had her sights set on becoming a writer, even before she knew what opportunities awaited her with journalism. The two of us bonded over both dressing up as writers at our respective career days in grade school. The costumes were clear-cut for kids who aspired to become professional athletes, doctors, or astronauts….

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Cecilia Garzella can see a future in audio

Journalism junior Cecilia Garzella became interested in audio storytelling in middle school, but she didn’t listen to a typical science, news, or pop culture podcast. Instead, her first podcast explored a murder case that she now acknowledges was above her paygrade.  “My cousins told me to listen to Serial,” Garzella said. “As a middle schooler,…

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From children’s book borrower to children’s story writer

As a child growing up in Plano, Texas, Jennifer Xia spent her weekends consuming library books. “I would check out, like, 15 at a time,” Xia said.  Xia, a rising senior in the School of Journalism and Media, said she never expected she would write a children’s story of her own one day.  “I think…

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The Drag gives Laurie Grobe a newfound love for journalism

No one loves Lady Bird Johnson more than Laurie Grobe does.  “She is, without a doubt, one of the most incredible people to have ever walked the Earth,” Grobe said. “Oh, my God, I feel like I can spend the rest of my life learning about Lady Bird and things that she did and her…

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Episode 3: ‘Tata’s Earrings’ by Desiree Calderon de Fawaz

On this journey, follow Tata as she explains the magical origin of her earrings to her granddaughter, Maya. Written and illustrated by Desirèe Calderón de Fawaz and published by Amaranto Press. Supplemental material, such as coloring pages and word searches, can be found at thedragaudio.com. Sound effects for this episode can be found at Artlist.io,…

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Episode 2: ‘How to Fold a Taco’

On this adventure, learn the magical art of folding a taco from magicians, wrestlers, and even a dinosaur! Anyone can learn how to fold and eat this yummy treat. Written by Naibe Reynoso, illustrated by Ana Varela, and published by Con Todo Press. Cómo Doblar un Taco de Naibe ReynosoEn este aventura, aprende el arte…

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Ashley and Kenny share their tips for tough interviews

Imagine the pressure attached to producing a new true crime podcast on the heels of the success of “The Orange Tree.” But when you have a partner who has your back, it’s not so bad. Ashley Miznazi and Kenny Jones, co-hosts of The Drag’s next true crime podcast “Delivering Darkness,” first worked together at The…

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Austin

After the Federal Highway Act of 1956, interstate highways all over the country plowed through Black and Latinx communities and when I-35 was constructed in Austin, it cemented a racial divide between the west and east sides of the city. Now that Austin grows in population and popularity, it faces more pressure to redevelop neighborhoods…

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