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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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    • 4.9 • 61 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 Is It Legal To Be Topless In Public In Austin?

    Why Is It Legal To Be Topless In Public In Austin?

    One ATXplained listener wanted to know how women going topless at public pools came to be popular in Austin.

    • 11 min
    Why Are There So Many Caterpillars Hanging From The Trees This Spring?

    Why Are There So Many Caterpillars Hanging From The Trees This Spring?

    Remember the movie Die Hard? It’s kinda like that.

    • 7 min
    Who Is Herman the Singing Plumber?

    Who Is Herman the Singing Plumber?

    A plumber. Who sings? As part of our Hi, Who Are You? spinoff, we get introduced to Herman Bennett.

    • 12 min
    Who Is Buried In This Cemetery On 51st Street In Austin?

    Who Is Buried In This Cemetery On 51st Street In Austin?

    Who will remember you when you die? Family? Friends? We got a question about a cemetery in Central Austin for ATXplained. It got KUT’s Matt Largey thinking about what happens when people are forgotten.

    • 11 min
    Why Do Some People Not Develop Cedar Allergies For Years?

    Why Do Some People Not Develop Cedar Allergies For Years?

    It’s January, so that means cedar fever is at its peak. Amid a global pandemic, this is the last thing we need. But here we are. KUT’s Nadia Hamdan answers this question about the annual trial in Central Texas.

    • 10 min
    Who Has The Ninja Style And Kung Fu Grip To Spray-Paint Austin's Most Visible Graffiti?

    Who Has The Ninja Style And Kung Fu Grip To Spray-Paint Austin's Most Visible Graffiti?

    The words would appear on the bridge overnight. The artist would come and go like a ninja. But who is it? And why did they do it?

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 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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