ILYSM Ep. 41: Are Austin crawfish boils controversial?

Are crawfish spring’s most perfect communal meal, or are they too much work for too little payoff? “I Love You So Much” podcast hosts Omar L. Gallaga, Addie Broyles and Tolly Moseley discuss the growing number of crawfish boils in Central Texas, why even upscale restaurants and wineries are getting in on this trend and how much is too much to charge for what has always been a food for the people.

Why are 11 women, some who have never distance-cycled before, pedaling 1,700 miles from Seattle to San Diego this summer? Savannah Nauwelaers and Grace Pfeffer came to the “I Love You So Much” studio to tell us about how a coffee conversation about sex trafficking inspired this epic Pedal the Pacific bicycle journey, which started last year and raised more than $60,000 for the Refuge, a 48-bed facility near Bastrop that will serve survivors of the quickly growing sex trafficking industry in Texas. This year’s goal? $250,000.

Shutterbugs is a kids' photography studio in South Austin that hosts after-school classes and camps for budding artists or kids who simply want to explore a new hobby. (Contributed by Shutterbugs)

Kids are naturally creative, so it’s no wonder they love taking pictures with our phones. Jon Chamberlain was a stay-at-home dad for four years before he started Shutterbugs, a kids’ photography studio where young Austinites learn photo basics and the art of saying yes to their creative selves. In this week’s episode, he talked with Addie about cultivating kids’ artistic instincts, with or without a fancy camera.

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In this week’s Toast, Austin360 features editor Sharon Chapman joined Addie and Tolly to share her love of the ATX Television Festival and how it inspired her to rewatch “Felicity,” the late 1990s show featuring the breakout role for Keri Russell, who will be at this year’s TV fest in a few weeks. Addie loved Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman’s latest film, “Tully,” about a new mother’s struggle with postpartum depression and a night nurse who comes to help, and Tolly shared her recommendation to see “Performance Park,” a tarot-inspired interactive theatrical experience at the Vortex that closes later this month.

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