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I'm Jacob Vaughn, a journalist based out of North Texas. Some people call me Cob and this is the CobCast.

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I'm Jacob Vaughn, a journalist based out of North Texas. Some people call me Cob and this is the CobCast.

    At Dallas QAnon Convention, Conspiracy Theories Run Wild and Reporters Kicked Out - CobCast Ep. 10

    At Dallas QAnon Convention, Conspiracy Theories Run Wild and Reporters Kicked Out - CobCast Ep. 10

    Inside the Omni Dallas Hotel were guests who traveled far and wide to attend the QAnon convention this weekend, but across the street gathered a choir. They had set up a piano and were singing in unison. "Singers of Dallas believe in love over fear," read their banner.

    For the Turtle Creek Chorale, which organized the gathering, every concert should have a message. They sing about injustices and intolerance and the people harmed by both.

    Sean Baugh, the artistic director, said he chose songs such as “Make Them Hear You” from the musical Ragtime and “Let There Be Peace On Earth” because they speak to peace, coming together and finding common ground.

    “It’s been a very long time since we’ve felt the need to do something like this,” Baugh said. “The choruses like ours during COVID kind of learned we lost our voice a little bit and so coming out of COVID, we know we have to speak on issues and injustice and intolerance, and so here we are today to sing and put some good in the world.

    "We’re just trying to bring a little joy and counteract some of those messages that are being put out today in Dallas."

    Those messages were on full display inside the QAnon-linked For God & Country Patriot Roundup over the Memorial Day weekend.

    • 20 min
    A QAnon Convention Is Coming to Town. Some Dallasites Want it Canceled. - CobCast Ep. 9

    A QAnon Convention Is Coming to Town. Some Dallasites Want it Canceled. - CobCast Ep. 9

    When a friend sent her an article about an upcoming political convention in Dallas, the QAnon-linked "For God & Country Patriot Roundup," Colleen Morgan thought the name sounded like a misnomer.

    “Patriots are people who love the country, but these people are putting [Former President Donald Trump] above the country, a person above the Constitution,” she said. “They’re not true patriots to me.”

    That's why Morgan and other Dallas residents are calling for the convention's cancellation. She hopes a petition she started will help persuade hotels hosting the convention to drop it altogether.

    This is an audio adaptation written, recorded and produced by me, based on reporting I did for the Dallas Observer.

    • 16 min
    North Texans Weather Winter Storm Uri – CobCast Ep. 8

    North Texans Weather Winter Storm Uri – CobCast Ep. 8

    As North Texas residents grappled with the cold, they extended a helping hand to their neighbors.

    This is an audio adaptation written, recorded and produced by me, based on reporting I did for the Dallas Observer. This episode also acts as Weekly Story Roundup No. 9 (2/16/21-2/19/21). You can find links to the stories below.

    Music and photography by Jacob Vaughn

    Dallas' Homeless Sheltered in Downtown Convention Center Amid Winter Storm
    https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/people-experiencing-homelessness-housed-at-kay-bailey-convention-center-11987456

    Lights Out: Texans Scramble to Stay Warm Amid Widespread Power Outages
    https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/texans-scramble-as-powers-out-11987644

    Dallas Residents Defy Winter Storm to Help Neighbors in Need
    https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/dallas-residents-defy-winter-storm-to-help-neighbors-in-need-11988036

    Boil Advisories, Busted Pipes and Low Pressure: Water Problems Hit North Texas After Storm
    https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/winter-freeze-affects-texas-water-systems-11988309

    • 15 min
    Annual Count of Dallas, Collin County's Homeless Population Delayed – CobCast Ep. 7

    Annual Count of Dallas, Collin County's Homeless Population Delayed – CobCast Ep. 7

    An annual census of homeless people in Dallas and Collin counties that helps the city determine how its homeless programs are working will still take place during the COVID-19 pandemic, although at a later date, over a longer time period and with far fewer people doing the counting.

    This is an audio adaptation written, recorded and produced by me, based on reporting I did for the Dallas Observer. You can find a link to the story below.

    Music and photography by Jacob Vaughn

    https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/annual-count-of-dallas-collin-countys-homeless-population-delayed-11977636

    • 15 min
    University of Dallas Backs Professor Who Criticized Biden Nominee for Being Trans – CobCast Ep. 6

    University of Dallas Backs Professor Who Criticized Biden Nominee for Being Trans – CobCast Ep. 6

    The University of Dallas, a Catholic school, is standing by one of its professors after he wrote a post online that criticized President Joe Biden’s decision to appoint a trans woman, Dr. Rachel Levine, as assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human services.

    Levine could make history as the first openly trans federal official to be confirmed by the Senate. That didn’t sit well with UD’s chair of its political philosophy department, David Upham.

    In a now-deleted Facebook post, Upham identified Levine by her former name, repeatedly referred to her as male and described as her being “surgically mutilated” in her transition to becoming a trans woman.

    A trans graduate of the university, who met their wife of over 33 years there and whose three children attended the college, took offense to the post and penned an open letter asking UD to get rid of Upham.

    This is an audio adaptation written, recorded and produced by me, based on reporting I did for the Dallas Observer. You can find a link to the stories below.

    Music and photography by Jacob Vaughn

    https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/catholic-school-university-of-dallas-defends-profs-anti-trans-post-online-11983002

    • 13 min
    Demonstrators Gather in Dallas To Protest U S Actions in Middle East (2020) – CobCast Ep. 5

    Demonstrators Gather in Dallas To Protest U S Actions in Middle East (2020) – CobCast Ep. 5

    Considerably more than 100 North Texans turned out Saturday afternoon in Dealey Plaza to protest the United States' continued presence in Iraq and the recent American airstrike that killed Iran's top general, Qassem Soleimani, and four of his associates.

    As the protesters waved their signs and chanted their chants, people in cars zoomed passed them on Main Street. Some honked in solidarity, others rolled down their windows, gave protesters the middle finger and yelled "Trump!"

    This is an audio adaptation of a story I wrote for the Dallas Observer last year. The link to the story by the same title can be found below.

    Music and photography by Jacob Vaughn

    https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/demonstrators-gather-in-dallas-dealey-plaza-to-protest-us-actions-in-middle-east-11838559

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