Episode 16: Austin Enthusiasm and Fearlessness | Dani Thomas

Dani Thomas has a great story of how she came to Austin — she travelled around with a bluegrass band she met here, and eventually came back and worked the door at the legendary Broken Spoke. She has great stories from that time, and about how she came to work at South by Southwest, left… Read more & Listen »

Episode 15: Film From the Streets | Layton Blaylock

Layton Blaylock is a filmmaker and cinematographer who has been a part of the local film scene since the late ‘70s. Today we talk about the movies that every Austinite needs to see, including Dazed and Confused, the stoner classic that Layton actually worked on. We also talk about Layton’s award-winning documentary, Art From the… Read more & Listen »

Episode 14: Austin Fitness | Mike O’Hara

Today we got the chance to talk to talk to Mike O’Hara, the owner of Bigger, Faster, Stronger Training in South, South Austin. Mike played junior college football at Cisco and hoped to become a strength and conditioning coach in a football program somewhere, but instead he fell in love with training. Mike is exceptionally good at what he does, and in 2012, 2014, and 2016 he was voted Austin’s Best Personal Trainer by Austin Fit Magazine. Last year, his gym was also voted Best Strength and Conditioning Gym. Mike believes that everyone is an athlete, and it’s his job to bring their inner athlete out.

Episode 13: Exploring Austin’s Bar Scene | Bridget Dunlap

In this episode we are privileged to hear from Bridget Dunlap. Bridget is a local serial entrepreneur. She has opened numerous bars around Austin, and is probably the most famous for pioneering Rainey Street. She has since expanded to East Austin and other locations and will even be bringing her unique creative vision to bars in the RiNo District of Denver, Colorado — her first out-of-Austin expansion. Bridget is down-to-earth, absolutely fearless, and clearly brings a mother’s love to each of her businesses.

Episode 12: Austin Higher Education Past, Present and Future | Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette

Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette is the president and CEO of Huston-Tillotson University right here in Austin. She has a fascinating story, and through our conversation we get to learn a lot about Austin’s oldest university, which was actually founded as two separate universities in the 1870s. Dr. Colette started out as a black, female engineer in the 1970s- the only one in her graduating class. She spent 17 years as a corporate IT executive before she realized that her heart was in higher education. She has lived an inspiring life and has been a military wife, raised two children, and has been a pioneer and advocate for women and the black community.

Episode 11: Insight from an Austin Artist | Zulu

Zulu is best known as a celebrity tattoo artist — he has tattooed Bruce Willis and Queen Latifah, just to name a couple — but he is so much more than that. Zulu was the first African-American to open a tattoo shop in the United States, and he is famous, not just for his art, but for his unique approach. His motto is, “I never put a tattoo on you, I bring the tattoo out of you.” In today’s episode we are blessed to hear his wise insight on many topics, and especially to hear him talk about why he loves living in Austin.

Episode 10: Urban Farming in Austin | Max Elliott

Max Elliott is the CEO and Co-founder of Urban Roots, a local youth development non-profit, that teaches kids leadership and entrepreneurial skills, by allowing them to intern on an urban farm. Urban Roots interns learn how to grow, harvest, prepare, and even sell food, and they get the chance to lead adult volunteers every week. I really enjoyed talking to Max about his work with Austin’s youth, and in Austin’s food scene; I hope you’ll enjoy it too.

Episode 9: Crossfit and Community | Jeremy Thiel

Crossfit Central is one of the most successful crossfit boxes in the world, and its owner, Jeremy Thiel is the Austinite behind its success. Jeremy is also an entrepreneur, intellectual, coach, husband and dedicated father. Today he talks to us about goals, fitness, family, and why he is happy to call Austin home.

Episode 8: Running in Your Undies | Karen Rabon and Krista Fredrick

Karen Rabon and Krista Fredrick swear they’ve known each other in a past life. Karen’s son was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis and Krista was also born with the disease. On today’s show, they discuss what neurofibromatosis does to the human body and why they’re running in their undies to bring awareness to this disease.

Episode 7: Your Health is Everything | Krisstina Wise

Krisstina Wise grew up in Arizona, but fell in love with Austin in the mid-90’s, and hasn’t looked back since. Krisstina has built a very successful entrepreneurial career, but it came at a cost, when one day her body simply gave up on her. Desperate for answers, Krisstina went to doctor after doctor, pill after pill, before striking the right answer: Our body heals itself, we just need to give it the right lifestyle tools to succeed. Now, Krisstina incorporates the importance of her health before anything else, and teaches others how to be healthy, and wealthy, so that they never, ever find themselves in such a state of despair and confusion.