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Highlighting ‘Black Austin Matters’

A Q&A with Dr. Lisa Thompson and Dr. Richard Reddick Why does Black Austin matter? Well, two UT Austin professors, Dr. Lisa Thompson and Dr. Richard Reddick, decided to band together to build a podcast that seeks to share stories of the local Black community and lets the guest guide the conversation through a wide…

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Celebrating Black History Month with The Drag

Here at The Drag, we take finding our voice seriously. Whether it be a certain fluctuation of tone in a true crime podcast, or standing up for what we believe in on campus and beyond. February is meant for the celebration of Black voices all around the world, and the rich history that contributes to…

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Introducing: Season Two of Darkness

It’s the spring of 2018, and the city of Austin gears up for the annual South by Southwest Festival, which draws tens of thousands of people from across the world for a few weeks of film, music, tech and more. While the venues rush to prepare the stages and the city flings open its doors, one young man prepares to make his own headlines. A devastating package bomb explodes at a home in the Austin suburbs, and law enforcement officials think it’s an isolated incident. Within days, the Austin community and the entire nation find there is plenty to worry about as a trail of destruction rips through the city. Following the first season of the true-crime podcast The Orange Tree, season two of Darkness tells the story of Austin’s serial bomber.

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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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