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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Episode Music

ArtistTrack
T Bird and the BreaksTake Time
The Flying Burrito BrothersSin City
The Octopus ProjectMusic is Happiness
The Octopus ProjectHalf a Nice Day
The Octopus ProjectHold the Ladder
The Octopus ProjectLoud Murmuring
The Octopus ProjectI Saw the Bright Shinies
This Will Destroy YouThreads
Willie NelsonWhiskey River (Live)
Willie NelsonThere’s a Little Bit of Everything in Texas
Doug SahmGroover’s Paradise
Abandoned WarehouseCome Alone
Explosions in the SkyWelcome Ghosts (Adem Mix)
BalmorheaSettler
RatatatAlps
Dale WatsonDrag and Fly
The Fabulous ThunderbirdsC-Boy’s Blues
HarlemFriendly Ghost
Marti BromUnproclaimed Love
Golden BoysMr. Dickles
Wendy ColonnaIs it True
NakiaWorld of Love