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ILYSM Ep. 38: ‘Spare the Rock’ host Bill Childs on raising the next generation of music listeners

In this week’s episode of “I Love You So Much,” we’re joined by Bill Childs, the host of KUTX’s "Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child," a weekly indie music show for kids that Childs has been hosting — sometimes with his own children, sometimes without them — for more than a decade.

Bill, who is also an attorney who started a small record label along the way, discusses his experience running a multi-generational radio program and how to tap into kids' natural interest in music while introducing them to bands you already love.

Clark Richards comes from a family you may have heard of. He's Ann Richards' son and Cecile Richards' brother, but he's also a passionate percussionist. This week, he talks with Omar Gallaga and Tolly Moseley about this weekend's new sequin-filled show, "A Night in Rio," from Austin Samba, which is North America’s largest samba group.

The Austin Samba School was started in 2001, and has grown to include 160 drummers and dancers who work all year for a culminating performance at Carnaval Brasileiro, an annual Brazilian-themed celebration at the Palmer Events Center.

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The Amazon Books store opened at the Domain Northside in early March, but how does it compare to Austin's current bookstore culture? What does it offer and what's missing? All three book-loving podcast hosts went on a field trip to the store, which is the first Amazon Books store to open in Texas and the 14th to open in the country, to investigate and share their thoughts in this week's episode.

In our Toast recommendation segment, Toll shared her love for Mary Karr's memoir, "Lit," which reveals the authors' struggle with alcohol and sobriety. After a quick trip to California, Omar returned to Austin raving about the TSA pre-check. He says that even though it costs $85, it's good for five years and saved him a sizable amount of time earlier this month. Joining them this week was Clark Richards, who just finished listening to the "Master & Commander" series on Audible.

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  • Live performance songs used in this episode with permission from “Spare the Rock”: Dale Watson’s “Texas Armadillo,” “Moonlit Town” by Dan Zanes and “Be Nice” by Mom and Pop.
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