Episode 27: Home for the Holidays, Plano

Will you be home for the holidays in Plano? If so, we’ve got you covered with this episode. Guests share the very best Plano offers in food, festivities, faith and ways to give as the season begins. Our Curiosity takes you back to the Great Texas Snow of 1929 – and shares how your family can commemorate that historic event: at Lantern Light at the Heritage Farmstead this year. And finally, our Character is pretty special. In fact, it’s a pair that you’ll want to stay on the good side of this holiday season.

Happy Holidays, Plano!

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Episode 26: A Tale of Two Planos

It’s our tale of two Planos. Either Plano’s a great city on track for an even better future … or, Plano is headed to hell in a hand basket.  Two completely different narratives are leading Plano residents to choose sides. We look at how divisiveness brings out the worst in us, and offer insights on how to improve our communication across the aisle … with help from a political consultant and an expert in dispute resolution.  Plus, we introduce you to the Great Bobcat Debate … and a Plano character who unites us to care for those in need. 

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Episode 25: Plano Family Plots

Just in time for Halloween … we take you on a spooky tour of Plano family plots, the pioneer cemeteries of Plano. From tiny family plots tucked in quiet corners, to Plano Mutual, the sprawling final resting place for thousands of souls we visit with the living, telling tales of the departed. Learn the dark and tragic tale from Plano’s past that’s the origin story of one graveyard, and uncover the hidden stories behind headstones, of the founding families’ heartbreaking losses, resilience and faith. Finally, we meet a few of passionate Plano citizens who are working to preserve and restore these historic treasures — including one who’s earned the title of “the Cemetery Lady of Collin County.”

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Episode 24: The Hurricane Harvey Response

When Hurricane Harvey struck, Plano responded. We’ll hear creative ways Plano residents stepped up to help, go behind the scenes at Allen, TX based Trusted World, where donations are sorted and shipped to Houston. We talk to a Plano church that’s the hub for a nationwide recovery effort and ask Plano’s emergency management team for tips on weathering a disaster. Plus, an exclusive tour of the Interurban’s Car 360 from Motorman Jack, and a taste test of a throwback frozen confection — available only in Plano.  

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Episode 23 : Late Night Plano

Plano night life – no, it’s not an oxymoron!  Brixton, Scruffy Duffies, Brick Road Theatre, Hyena’s Comedy Club and even the Texas Pool- we catch the Friday night vibe. From 80’s hair band Metal Shop; to a Patsy Cline tribute performance by Julie Johnson;  as well as American Idol finalist Josh Wright – music makes the scene in this episode. Plano Firefighter Marco Banuelas is our featured character, giving us a glimpse behind the scenes, and plenty of entertainment. Chiborken, anyone?

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Episode 22: Steve Stoler

Steve Stoler has seen Plano from both sides now – as a TV news reporter covering the Collin County beat for two decades, and now as the city’s media spokesperson.  And Steve’s got stories – from the breaking national news he witnessed firsthand, to his longtime friendship with Plano’s own “Doctor Doolittle.”  Hear his behind-the-scenes tales, in this episode.  

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Episode 21: Sleepless Nights | TEDxPlano

Hear from those who have dared the many sleepless nights to create a TEDxPlano experience, all for the love of “ideas worth spreading.” Do you have what it takes to deliver a TEDx Talk, or organize a TEDx event? Find out, as we go behind the scenes at TEDxPlano, the annual event that draws hundreds of devotees from across North Texas.

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Episode 19: Play Ball, Plano | Bill Van Horn

It’s the start of Spring softball and baseball season in Plano. All across our city ball fields are packed with excited parents, hopeful players and a team of umpires ready to get the games underway. In this Plano Podcast Extra, we meet umpire Bill Van Horn who has spent his life devoted to the love of the game.

Episode 18: Mabrie Griffith Jackson and Marshall Jackson

Mabrie Griffith Jackson and Marshall Jackson weren’t born in Plano, but they got here as soon as they could.

Mabrie and Marshall know Plano. They opened up to us about Plano politics, Plano football, the Thunderbird Roller Rink, and all that came with growing up here in the 1970’s. Get the inside story on their relationship and why they’re excited about the future. Spoiler alert, that future probably includes more episodes of Marshall TV.

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Episode 16 : Plano Podcast Extra | Nick Bridwell

After Nick Bridwell of Plano Magazine interviewed us for an upcoming story, we turned the tables and interviewed him. Listen in on the conversation, in this bite-sized Plano Podcast Extra.

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