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ILYSM Ep. 54: Joshua Bingaman on following his passions with Helm Boots and Progress Coffee

What if you followed your dream, no matter how unlikely it was and how many people told you it was crazy? Joshua Bingaman did it twice, creating two uniquely Austin businesses, Progress Coffee and Helm Boots.

In this week’s episode of “I Love You So Much: The Austin360 Podcast,” Joshua tells co-hosts Tolly Moseley and Addie Broyles about what inspired him to start each of them and why the creative synergy of around 2008-2010 in Austin led to so many successful offshoots from some of Austin’s best artisans.

Austin360 restaurant critic Matthew Odam talks to Addie and co-host Omar L. Gallaga about the blowback from his article about the state of BBQ in Lockhart, Texas. Matthew received a flood of reader feedback and even messages from town leaders, but he stands by his review that stated the meat mecca has missed a step as Central Texas brisket has changed the game.

In this week’s Webb Report, social media editor Eric Webb gives us the lowdown on the upcoming FieriCon, a pub crawl happening in Austin this October for fans of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” host Guy Fieri. Is it a big put-on or are these real donkey-sauce enthusiasts with plans to party?

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As always, we wrap up the episode with our recommendations in a “A Toast.” Tolly recommends a compelling documentary you can find on Netflix, “The Last Laugh,” which features Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, David Cross and war survivors opining on how comics approach extremely sensitive subjects, specifically The Holocaust. Joshua Bingaman recommends Michael Chabon’s recent book of essays about fatherhood, “Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces.” And Addie suggests “Daughters of the Dust,” Julie Dash’s 1991 film about the Gullah community of coastal South Carolina, which visually inspired Beyoncé’s “Lemonade.”

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