Chikage Windler, chief meteorologist at CBS Austin, has seen a lot of crazy weather over the last year, but even with our hurricanes, snow and ice, the weather here isn’t quite as intense to keep up as in her native Oklahoma.
Chikage has spent two decades forecasting the weather in cities across the U.S., but in this week’s episode of “I Love You So Much: The Austin360 Podcast,” she explained why Austin is the perfect place for her to raise her kids and be challenged in her field. The avid runner and Facebook livestreamer joined hosts Omar L. Gallaga and Addie Broyles to talk about raising two kids in Austin while also keeping the city informed about breaking weather news at all hours of the day.
Statesman travel and features editor Kristin Finan has launched a new essay series called Family Mixtape, but there’s a catch: She’s not writing the stories. She wants to read essays from everyday Austinites on what it means to be a family, even if it’s not biological. In a segment in this week’s podcast, Finan explains why she wanted to start the project and how you can submit a story. (Hint: Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org)
In our Advice for Austinites segment, Hector Gonzalez, who works with the statewide healthy living non-profit It’s Time Texas, joined us in the studio to share some advice on staying healthy beyond the January resolutions.
Joe Gross visited us to talk about “Waco,” a new miniseries about David Koresh on the Paramount Network starring Taylor Kitsch, a former “Statesman Shots” guest. Along with Tolly and Omar, they discusses the evolution of this news event and the lead actor who portrays the cult leader.
Omar recommended Stephen King’s 2012 book, “The Wind Through the Keyhole,” which isn’t a new book, but it’s the most recent one in King’s Dark Tower series. Addie explained why the new episodes of “Grace & Frankie,” already in its fourth season, have Addie busting a gut with her favorite septuagenarians. Chikage recommended all things Georgetown, especially the shopping and restaurants around the square. She said that she and her family will often go up there for lunch at Sweet Lemon Inn & Kitchen and then spend the afternoon tooling around.
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