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Is there something you see every day in or around Austin that you want to know more about? Have you always wondered about some aspect of life in Austin or the people who live here? That's why we started our ATXplained project – a crowdsourced reporting project in which we ask you what you want us to investigate and what stories you'd like us to tell. It's simple. You ask a question, we put it to a vote and, if your question gets chosen, a KUT reporter, with your help, will set out to try and answer that question.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 84 Ratings

Is there something you see every day in or around Austin that you want to know more about? Have you always wondered about some aspect of life in Austin or the people who live here? That's why we started our ATXplained project – a crowdsourced reporting project in which we ask you what you want us to investigate and what stories you'd like us to tell. It's simple. You ask a question, we put it to a vote and, if your question gets chosen, a KUT reporter, with your help, will set out to try and answer that question.

    Why do lifeguards at Austin’s pools blow their whistles like that? (archive episode)

    Why do lifeguards at Austin’s pools blow their whistles like that? (archive episode)

    It’s break time. Everyone out of the pool. But what’s that sound?

    • 7 min
    Why are there so many empty stores on The Drag near UT Austin?

    Why are there so many empty stores on The Drag near UT Austin?

    When you walk along The Drag, there’s not much to see in terms of businesses. Sure, there’s some hustle and bustle — students walking to and from class, cars rushing by — but many of the storefronts are empty.

    • 9 min
    Can you raise backyard chickens in Austin even if your HOA says you can’t?

    Can you raise backyard chickens in Austin even if your HOA says you can’t?

    When a person buys a property under an HOA, they’re agreeing to any rules the HOA enacts. But there are state laws that could change things.

    • 11 min
    Black houses are so hot right now in Austin. But are they hotter? (archive episode)

    Black houses are so hot right now in Austin. But are they hotter? (archive episode)

    Does the color of your house make a difference in how energy efficient it is? We try to find out.

    • 8 min
    Is Steiner Ranch really full of swingers?

    Is Steiner Ranch really full of swingers?

    Some neighborhoods around Austin have their own reputation. Most of them are probably not all that accurate.

    • 15 min
    Where have Austin’s Indigenous people gone? (archive episode)

    Where have Austin’s Indigenous people gone? (archive episode)

    We spend a lot of time in Austin talking about how many new people move here. But most of us don’t talk much about the people who came before us — way before us.  If you’ve ever taken a walk along Shoal Creek or gone to Barton Springs on a hot summer day, you’re doing […]

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
84 Ratings

84 Ratings

paydro* ,

Thank you so much

With the exception of that tool from New York that eventually ran away from his students and our city - everyone involved in this program has provided some outstanding narratives. My wife and I grew up in different cities and actually met at A&M (go ahead, laugh) but it didn’t take long for us to declare Austin as our forever home. Literally. We bought a house and everything. I’ll never get tired of learning new things about our city. Thank you so much for this podcast, and keep up the great work!!

Hoodedfantasia ,

I like to learn

Thank you for teaching things about the city that I would never have known... still looking for this “cemetery” seeing as how I drive 183 every day. Also why do drivers here refuse to use there blinkers and constantly swerve out of there lane... it’s so terrifying. I drive a lot for work and sometime I have to swerve because I don’t know what they are doing....what is going on?

E. B. South ,

Great inside view of local stories

As a new Austinite, this show is helping me cross off the several questions I've had about this pretty idiosyncratic town.

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