Lou’s Bodega

Episode 5: Austin

After the Federal Highway Act of 1956, interstate highways all over the country plowed through Black and Latinx communities. When I-35 was constructed in Austin, it cemented a racial divide between the west and east sides of the city. Now that...

Myrtis Dightman, Sr. as rodeo clown.

Episode 4: Chisholm Trail

Today, I-35 is one of the country’s main freight highways, but before it existed, a different path fed America: The Chisholm Trail. 1 out of 4 of the cowboys driving cattle up to Kansas along the Chisholm Trail were Black men, and Texas’ history is...

Statue of President Lyndon B. Johnson

Episode 3: Cotulla

Cotulla, Texas has used its place on the Eagle Ford Pass, an oil and natural gas field, to keep its economy afloat. However, the latest oil bust has turned Cotulla to a new form of revenue: heritage tourism. Now the sleepy small town is undergoing a...

Daniella Martinez in dress

Episode 2: Laredo

Interstate 35 begins in the border city of Laredo, and its role as a major port of entry has made it more than just an economic hub. Since 1898, it’s been home to Washington’s Birthday Celebration, a month-long series of events attracting over...

Episode 1: Gainesville

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...

The Drag Audio 35 podcast logo

‘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.

Traffic jam at night

Pandemic postpones podcast production

While “American Bloodline” is put on hold, a new podcast about the internet emerges. Even throughout all the chaos and uncertainty brought upon by the COVID-19 outbreak, The Drag is still reporting on and producing the many great...