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ILYSM Ep. 39: Ben Wear on Austin’s Electric Scooter Wars of 2018

Electric scooters have taken over the greater downtown Austin in the past few weeks, and not everybody is pleased. One of the skeptics has been Ben Wear, the Statesman's transportation writer, who joined us this week on “I Love You So Much” to talk about the ups and downs, stops and starts of this new-to-Austin form of hitching a ride.

Omar L. Gallaga and Tolly Moseley chat with Ben about what it's like to ride one, what people are saying about them, why they seem to be so popular so quickly and how the city is responding to the hundreds of unpermitted scooters that are already roaming on the streets, sidewalks and bike lanes. Update: Bird and LimeBike have pulled their scooters temporarily from Austin

Tolly and co-host Addie Broyles interviewed Ken Dunn, founder of the Austin-based GoRead.com, an online retail store and community for book lovers and authors. The high school dropout-turned-entrepreneur explains why he left the police force — he was a homicide detective in Canada before ultimately landing in Las Vegas and then Austin — and what drives his mission to end illiteracy through a company that socializes and even gamifies the reading experience. 

Don’t worry; the University of Texas turtles aren’t going anywhere.  (AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF 2014)

On this week’s Webb Report, Eric Webb explains why many University of Texas alums were panicked last week to hear that the beloved turtle pond might be going away. The rumor might have turned out to be fake news, but it showed just how much affection students have for this humble turtle pond. 

In A Toast, our recommendations segment, Omar, who confessed that he's not much of a country music fan, loves Kacey Musgraves' new "Golden Hour" album, an easy-to-listen-to pop country album that has soothed his ears recently. Tolly is hooked on the new Netflix series "Wild Wild Country," the documentary (produced by former Austinites Mark and Jay Duplass) that digs into the nearly unbelievable history of the Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his followers in Oregon. Addie suggested adding two podcasts to your listening list: "Bad with Money with Gaby Dunn," which offers radically honest (and hilarious) conversations about personal and international finance, and "Conversations with People who Hate Me," where host Dylan Marron has offline conversations with people who disagree with him online. 

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