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My thoughts on border culture, community, and diverse storytelling – meet the season 3 Darkness host

My name is Jackie Ibarra and I’m the host of season 3 of Darkness. It’s a true crime podcast about the life and death of Mark Kilroy, a University of Texas pre-med student with a bright future. In 1989, Mark took a trip down to South Padre Island to celebrate the end of midterms and Spring…

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Lady Bird and LBJ’s first date at The Driskill Hotel

Lady Bird Johnson could never remember the date of her first date with the future president of the United States, Lyndon Baines Johnson. She guessed it was sometime at the very end of August or beginning September. So right around now would be the 88th anniversary of that first date.  Last Sunday, I visited The…

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Reflecting on a summer at The Drag

Written by Sarah Brager My name is Sarah, and I just finished my summer internship at The Drag. As I’m getting ready to start my sophomore year in the School of Journalism and Media, I feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to work alongside such an amazing team of students and faculty and…

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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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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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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 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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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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