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The Drag: Stories showcases excellent audio storytelling from students at the University of Texas at Austin.

The Drag: Stories The Drag

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 30 Ratings

The Drag: Stories showcases excellent audio storytelling from students at the University of Texas at Austin.

    More than just an object

    More than just an object

    Matthew Held, Kaiya Little, and Ella Barnes all have something in common: Inanimate objects. They’ve all got a special connection to their possessions. For Matt, it’s hunting knives. For Kaiya, it’s a dream catcher. Ella, who hosts this episode, explores these connections we have with inanimate objects – inspired by her love for her grandparents’ dark side of the moon vinyl.

    • 14 min
    Highways suck. What can we do about it?

    Highways suck. What can we do about it?

    Being stuck on a highway during rush hour traffic is no one’s idea of a good time, but adding more lanes should help. Right? The Texas Department of Transportation is currently expanding the section of I-35 that runs through Austin, TX, which might sound like a good thing. But adding more lanes actually just makes traffic worse over time. So why do we keep doing it? And what’s the alternative? Aislyn Gaddis talks to a political satire TikToker and two local advocacy groups — Rethink35 and Reconnect Austin — to try and find out.
    SHOW NOTES
    Walkable neighborhoods provide health, environmental and financial benefits - The Washington Post
    Can Removing Highways Fix America’s Cities? - The New York Times
     

    • 17 min
    Data Dives: Investigating The New York Times' bestseller lists

    Data Dives: Investigating The New York Times' bestseller lists

    Whether you’re an avid reader or haven’t finished a book since high school, chances are you’ve seen books with the words “a New York Times Best Seller” on the cover. Have you ever wondered what it takes to earn this stamp of approval, or why so many books are somehow No. 1 best sellers? In this special episode from Data Dives, host Carolyn Parmer explains the complicated process of how the Times constructs its best-seller lists — what the public knows about it, that is. 

    • 19 min
    Introducing 'Forsaken'

    Introducing 'Forsaken'

    Introducing a new series from The Drag: "Forsaken."
    "Forsaken" is a series that explores the systems that both enhance and oppress the lives of the more than 29 million people living in Texas. Each episode will address issues that Texans face each day – the good and the bad. We’ll explore the criminal justice system, Texas politics, civil rights, social issues and even a little bit of history. Texas is the second-most diverse state in the nation and has equally diverse stories to tell. As the legendary late Texas singer Billy Joe Shaver sings: “You fathers and you mothers / Be good to one another / Please try to raise your children right / Don’t let the darkness take ‘em / Don’t make ‘em feel forsaken / Just lead ‘em safely to the light.”
    The first two episodes of "Forsaken" drop Thursday, March 7.
    Follow "Forsaken" on:
    Apple Podcasts Spotify Or your favorite podcasting app!

    • 5 min
    Where to hear live music in the 'Live Music Capital of the World'

    Where to hear live music in the 'Live Music Capital of the World'

    This season features stories from the May 2023 Travel Podcasting class at the University of Texas at Austin.
    You’ve probably heard Austin referred to as the live music capital of the world, but where should you actually go to hear some live music? Madison Myers and Molly-Jo Tilton highlight a few of Austin’s more intimate music venues. Ryan Olszewski and Carolyn Parmer highlight an off-the-beaten path live music spot. Heather Stewart and Sofia Vargas Karam look at places to hear electronic music in Austin.

    • 17 min
    Austin Travel: Furry friends, campus tips and unconventional transportation

    Austin Travel: Furry friends, campus tips and unconventional transportation

    This season features stories from the May 2023 Travel Podcasting class at the University of Texas at Austin.
    In today’s episode, we’re talking about some general travel tips if you’re visiting Austin. Kevin Baskar and Carolyn Parmer highlight things to do near the University of Texas campus, if you find yourself in our neck of the woods. Christy Crawford and Sofia Vargas Karam give you tips on where to go if you’re traveling with your dog. And Paula Levin-Coon and Madison Myers talk about two unique ways to get around town – pedicabs and ebikes. 

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

RoniPols ,

Delightful & Insightful

Sara Schleede, my compliments to the chef!!
The pandemic forced us to stay home, but it was truly delightful exploring different online communities through Request Pending. Sara so thoughtfully weaves through anecdotes and presents each online community in a nuanced light. Listen to this podcast, you won’t be disappointed. I look forward to listening to Sara’s upcoming podcast.

Evan JK ,

engaging and critical

request pending is a fantastic podcast, delving deep into unconventional and interesting stories that the internet has to offer. it’s a very good spin on covering online culture.

haleymbutler ,

if you like RadioLab, you’ll love this podcast

Sara is an excellent host and her curiosity about the world is both admirable and engaging! The wide range of topics is why I will listen to this podcast all the way through

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