Austin, TX: Growing Pains

Unlike places that have been thrown into a state of crisis by a disaster, Austin, Texas, has been thrown into crisis by success. Its population has skyrocketed, but along with the economic advantages has come a considerable identity crisis. Austin has long prided itself on its funkiness, and many residents have grown worried new development and growth might jeopardize the city’s countercultural “feel.” In this hour, SOTRU looks at the tension between “keeping Austin weird” and its growing success.


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    Austin is known for innovative thinking and the trailer eatery movement is no exception. SOTRU examines this mobile cuisine culture and the people making it happen.
  • The Bravest Thing

    While recording the radio show in Austin, State of the Re:Union host Al Letson asked a handful of residents, “What is the bravest thing you’ve ever done?”

Episode Music

Artist Track
T Bird and the Breaks Take Time
The Flying Burrito Brothers Sin City
The Octopus Project Music is Happiness
The Octopus Project Half a Nice Day
The Octopus Project Hold the Ladder
The Octopus Project Loud Murmuring
The Octopus Project I Saw the Bright Shinies
This Will Destroy You Threads
Willie Nelson Whiskey River (Live)
Willie Nelson There’s a Little Bit of Everything in Texas
Doug Sahm Groover’s Paradise
Abandoned Warehouse Come Alone
Explosions in the Sky Welcome Ghosts (Adem Mix)
Balmorhea Settler
Ratatat Alps
Dale Watson Drag and Fly
The Fabulous Thunderbirds C-Boy’s Blues
Harlem Friendly Ghost
Marti Brom Unproclaimed Love
Golden Boys Mr. Dickles
Wendy Colonna Is it True
Nakia World of Love

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