Episode 37: Launch

LAUNCH! That’s our theme this episode, taking you on a journey into new horizons.  Meet Plano resident Phil Pollacia who played a key role in the early days of NASA’s space program – and two women launching the Plano pickleball craze. Finally, we take you behind the scenes at North Texas Performing Arts –  as one of us attempts to launch their community acting career in Scrooge- the Musical.

Episode 36: Voices | Diwali in Plano

In India, Diwali is like Christmas, Thanksgiving  Halloween and New Year all rolled into one big holiday.  It’s kind of a big deal in Plano, too, for our 23,000 South Asian residents. We talked to five Plano residents to learn more about the Festival of Lights.

Episode 34: School Safety

When it comes to school safety, how secure are Plano ISD schools? We take an in-depth look at what school and police officials are doing to keep kids safe, and meet some dads who are pitching in to help. Plus, mum’s the word for our curiosity, a look at a homecoming tradition.

Episode 33: Libraries Out Loud

We’re headed to the library … and we’re not going quietly! Find out why the Plano Public Library is more than books – way more – and how the library can help you find a job, research your ancestors, meet new people, learn a language, take up a new hobby AND save you money. Plus, meet the super-sorters getting ready for the annual book sale … and get on board the library’s sweet new ride.

Episode 32: Men Gone Wild

In this episode, we turn the spotlight on MEN GONE WILD in Plano. Meet a few of Plano’s hardest working, standout males … Starting with a visit to Metroflex Gym – where the workouts are old school and hard core. Next, a sneak peek at Drag Queen Bingo, an event attracting sellout crowds to downtown Plano. Finally, meet Keishon Ireland, Plano ISD’s elementary school teacher of the year for 2018 — and learn why kids love having this guy in the classroom.

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Episode 31: Plano Farm Life

We take a look at Plano farm life, both past and present. Spring brought new life to the Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano this year – as well as a heartbreaking reminder of the struggles that faced the area’s original settlers. We take a look back at Plano’s rural roots in this episode. Plus – if you’ve ever driven by Wells Brothers farm store and wondered what’s inside – you’ll find out, because we take you there to meet Richard Wells for our Plano Podcast Curiosity. Finally, meet one of Plano’s historic characters: a sheep breeder, poker player and national celebrity Ammie Wilson.

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Episode 30: Troubled Waters Plano

We’re navigating troubled waters in Plano, following a chlorine burn that led Erin Brockovich to call out our water system as unsafe. We help you sort out the fears from the facts. Plus, we visit Plano ISD’s little known museum, and meet a Plano resident who shares a message of gratitude from the people of the Netherlands for their American liberators.

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Episode 29: Plano Property Taxes Unplugged

Plano property taxes: they’ve skyrocketed, taxing some Plano families out of their homes. Why are they so high? And where is the money going? We talk to three elected officials in Plano to find out. Plus, we introduce you to this episode’s Character – a real sweetheart who’s helping vulnerable animals in Plano. And finally, we take on a burning question about Plano’s proper demonym.

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Episode 28: Domestic Violence | Plano Issues and Resources

The mass shooting September 11, 2017 sent a grim reminder: domestic violence happens in Plano. We find out how Hope’s Door /New Beginnings and Plano
PD help victims – and even batterers – toward a better life. Meet our Plano character,  former NBA player and Plano resident Stephen Howard who’s inspiring and mentoring the next generation. Plus, we bust a Super Bowl myth and show you how to shop to fight domestic violence.

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