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Giant, kitschy roadside attractions dominated American roadways in the 1960s. Among them were fiberglass figurines known as muffler men, drawing travelers into restaurants, auto shops, and even a sandblasting shop off I-35 in Gainesville, Texas. These quirky constructions reveal insights into the history of advertising and America’s attachment to nostalgia.

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Will Brooks finds his story to tell

Perfect silence — the kind that begs you to breathe so you aren’t left alone with it — was hard to find, but Robert Quigley expected an audio story, and it wasn’t going to narrate itself.  The usually quiet buildings on campus bustled with the chatter of students preparing for finals, and thunder growled outside….

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Sara Schleede reflects on her time at The Drag

The first time I ever listened to a podcast, I was 12 years old. My parents, brother, and I were driving through towering pine trees on the way to my father’s hometown of Burlington, Vermont for vacation. My brother had just graduated from Arizona State University, and to me he was completely cosmopolitan, always recommending…

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‘35’ coming May 25

From the people who brought you “The Orange Tree,” “35” tells the stories about Texas beyond the stereotypes. Instead, you’ll hear stories about Texas you don’t already know — through a road trip along Texas’ main artery, Interstate 35.

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Episode 1: Dream Big by Kat Kronenberg

On this adventure, we will journey to the African savanna and meet moody Baboon as he uncovers the – SHHH – secret that helped his animal friends pursue their dreams. Written by Kat Kronenberg and illustrated by Stephanie Dehennin. Supplemental material Please enjoy these coloring pages and other activities while you enjoy the podcast. Butterfly…

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The Drag partners with Planet Texas 2050 for environmental podcast

Aurora Berry and Will Brooks are embarking on an audio journey to tell the stories of the resilience of Texans battling the effects of climate change.  In partnership with Planet Texas 2050, a University of Texas organization that brings together researchers across campus  to find solutions regarding environmental change in the Lone Star State, journalism…

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Upcoming ‘Lady Bird’ podcast to tell former First Lady’s story

Fenced off by barbed wire on a sprawling plot of land at the end of a bumpy red dirt road sits a ranch-style house, off-white with dark red trim, about an hour’s drive from Austin, Texas. That’s my home. We built it when I was in second grade after my dad decided our red double-wide…

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Periscopes out! New episodes of Story Submarine are coming soon

Written by Gwenny Govea, Zoe Judilla and Drew Van Chau Story Submarine is still chugging along. The team, Gwenny Govea, Zoe Judilla, Drew Van Chau, and Miles Crenwelge pictured above, along with the rest of our members are working on two new episodes now.  Look out for the first Story Submarine episode, “Dream Big”, which…

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Listen to This: Learning how to fund a podcast house

One of the reasons I chose journalism as a career is because I decided, at some point in college, that I wasn’t cut out for a nine-to-five desk job, and I wanted a career where I could do something new every day. There are many things I wanted out of my journalism career back then…

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‘Crooked Power’ hosts share their international script writing tips

Crafting a podcast with a whole other person is hard enough; creating a podcast remotely is even harder. When Cesar Perez booked his flight home to Ecuador last summer, him and Maya Fawaz scratched their heads for answers. How on earth were they going to write several hour-long podcast scripts across two countries and several…

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