When you hear the phrase "Keep Austin Weird," it's easy to forget who exactly the keepers of weirdness are. That's why you should get to know Anna Barr, who's been running a second-hand toy shop in south Austin — Anna's Toy Depot — for 30 years, and started the business as a toy delivery service to child care centers, driving a UPS-sized van behind her. But it's so much more than “weirdness” Anna peddles. With a passion for therapy, Anna has devoted much heart and know-how to an area of healing we should all probably do a little more of: play therapy. On this week's episode of "I Love You So Much," Anna shares her remarkable story, one that exemplifies the original DNA of Austin.
Also on the show: special effects wizard Mike Angelo Torres has directed commercials for brands like Red Bull, Coke Coca Cola, Reebok, and Doritos, as well as several music videos for folks you may have heard of (Lil Wayne). But three years ago, he and his wife also built, ran, and donated an entire aquaponic farm to the Central Texas Food Bank. Mike talks to us about his passion for food and food photography, and what it's like to create those Matrix-y 360-degree freeze frame shots (he's one of the only people in Texas that runs a motion control system).
Austin-based rapper SaulPaul is not only an insane freestyler (as you'll hear in the opening of this week's show), he is a musician with a message. From four felonies to a 4.0 from UT Austin, he is on a mission to inspire - especially young people. In the wake of his new album, "We Dream in 3D," he joins us for our "Advice for Austinites" segment to answer listener questions about finding kids' music that isn't lame, and how to inspire jaded teens.
And finally: "Justice League." Into it? Nope? Whatever your feelings, Eric Webb has some in this week's Webb Report. According to him, some obscure members of DC's Justice League should have their own moment in the spotlight at this precise cultural moment. Let's see if you agree.
We conclude as always with A Toast, our recommendations of things we feel you should be checking out right now! Addie recommends the Flying Armadillo Disc Golf Club in San Marcos, Omar recommends RIDE Indoor Cycling, and Tolly recommends the true crime podcast "Dirty John."
- Anna's Toy Depot and their philosophy of play.
- Visual storytelling from Mike Torres at Gold Motion Control
- SaulPaul is so inspiring.
- Did Rotten Tomatoes single-handedly tank "Justice League?"
- Flying Armadillo: check it out.
- RIDE: first class is free!
- "Dirty John:" the podcast, and the LA Times series it's based on.
- How to contact us and more info on the podcast.
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