If you are looking for something new to listen to, and are burned out on true crime sagas and national news, there is a uniquely Austin podcast bringing you the stories of the people in our city. It’s a great way to learn more about the entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, and others who make this place tick.
“I think a lot of podcasts focus on celebrities, which is great, but I’m more interested in what locals are doing to make the city a more fun and interesting place to live,” says the show’s host, Justin Tallant. “With every episode of Friends in Austin,” I want listeners to learn something new and be entertained. And hopefully get inspired!”
Tallant has one-on-one interviews with Austinites and gets to the heart of some big issues. In a recent episode featuring Laura Huffman, CEO of Austin Chamber of Commerce, topics ranged from food trucks to economic challenges. The pair also touched on the homelessness issue in the city, with Huffman pointing out that it is a “human condition … not just a housing condition.”
The show covers lighter topics, too—like filmmaker Zack Carlson’s hilarious story about the wild and early days of the Alamo Drafthouse and how the Alamo turned a film festival called Fantastic Fest from a sort of joke celebrating films considered unwanted by major festivals, into a legitimate film festival that has now premiered major movies like There Will Be Blood.
New episodes come out every Tuesday and a city this weird and wonderful will never run out of stories. Subscribe on all the major podcast platforms and YouTube.
And don’t forget to enter the podcast’s $3K Giveaway here! One winner will get an awesome prize package of Austin art, music, and food.