6 episodes

I-35 runs nearly 500 miles from Laredo to Gainesville, Texas. Driving along I-35 - through 18 counties and cities like Dallas, Austin and San Antonio - you get a good taste of what Texas is all about. “35” follows host Sara Schleede as she takes a road trip along Interstate 35 and documents the stories she encounters along the way, from oil busts and gentrification to cowboy culture and roadside attractions.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 38 Ratings

I-35 runs nearly 500 miles from Laredo to Gainesville, Texas. Driving along I-35 - through 18 counties and cities like Dallas, Austin and San Antonio - you get a good taste of what Texas is all about. “35” follows host Sara Schleede as she takes a road trip along Interstate 35 and documents the stories she encounters along the way, from oil busts and gentrification to cowboy culture and roadside attractions.

    Episode 1: Gainesville

    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. These quirky constructions reveal insights into the history of advertising and America’s attachment to nostalgia. See a photo of Glenn Goode's Big People and the World's Largest Virgin Mary Mosaic: https://thedragaudio.com/gainesville/

    • 34 min
    Episode 2: Laredo

    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 400,000 guests in honor of America’s first president. But what does such a patriotic celebration mean in a city so intertwined in Mexican history? See a photo of Daniella Martinez's Society of Martha Washington dress: https://thedragaudio.com/laredo/ 

    • 28 min
    Episode 3: Cotulla

    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 transformation to pull drivers off the highway and revitalize the community.

    • 29 min
    Episode 4: Chisholm Trail

    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 filled with forgotten stories of the Black cowboys who tamed the Wild West and, later, gained rodeo competition titles across the country.

    • 33 min
    Episode 5: Austin

    Episode 5: 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 in East Austin, and longtime Black and Latinx residents are being pushed out.

    • 36 min
    Trailer: '35'

    Trailer: '35'

    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.

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

KOP Mike ,

Interesting

Wholesome and original. Loved it!

CrissyWVNews ,

Disappointed

Snooze fest so far.

lchenATX ,

Perfect for road tripping

Great reporting! Enjoying the small slices of Texas life so far, can’t wait to hear more!

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