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ILYSM Ep. 49: why we love grackles, Austin’s other mascot

To help kick off our Austin360 Grackle Week, this week’s grackle-themed episode of “I Love You So Much: The Austin360 Podcast” brings stories from fellow Austinites who interact with this loud and prolific bird species on an everyday basis.

Judith Bailey, who is a volunteer birding guide with the Travis Audubon Society, joined co-host Addie Broyles for a conversation about the biology, geography and behavior of grackles and what it was like playing herself in a grackle-themed Fusebox Festival performance earlier this year.

Heloise Gold talks to video journalist Reshma Kirpalani what she's learned about Grackles while working on an April Fusebox Festival performance of "Grackle Call," an audiovisual performance inspired by Austin's birds. 

Judith Bailey (right), a volunteer bird birding guide with the Travis Audobon Society, talked about the birds on the Austin360 "I Love You So Much" podcast, along with co-host Addie Broyles (left). (Omar L. Gallaga - American-Statesman Staff)

We also get to hear a story from longtime Austinite Brady Coleman, whose life was actually saved by a grackle. (No, really.)

Tolly Moseley and Omar L. Gallaga join in on the bird chatter in a conversation about whether grackles should replace bats as the true mascot of the city, in a nod to Grackle Week stories by Pam LeBlanc and Nicole Villalpando. Bats, the hosts pointed out, are more like the benevolent flying friend of the night, not unlike Santa, that you see only once in a while, but grackles are the unavoidable, sometimes annoying but also charming friend you run into everywhere.

Austin actor and lawyer Brady Coleman had his life saved by a grackle once. You can hear the story on Austin360's "I Love You So Much" podcast.

In our “Toast” recommendation segment, Omar says that “Bao,” the new animated short from Pixar, is reason enough to buy a ticket to see “Incredibles 2.” The full-length feature is good, he says, but the short about a mother and her anthropomorphic dumpling is unforgettable. Addie suggested listening to Jonathan Van Ness’ podcast, “Getting Curious,” in which the “Queer Eye” host interviews experts in various fields to satisfy his seemingly never-ending curiosity. Tolly recommended Hannah Gadsby’s “Nanette,” the soul-searching comedy special on Netflix that is about so much more than making the audience laugh.

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