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.
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.”
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.
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?
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.
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.
Feelings are running high over Plano’s upcoming May 6 election. At the center of the fury: homeowners up in arms over high-density apartments built or approved in Plano in recent years. They fear too many apartments will drag down schools, snarl traffic and affect our quality of life. We look at the question of apartments – good or bad for Plano? And we separate fact from fiction.
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.
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.
We’re sending a Plano Podcast Valentine to one of our Plano’s most beloved characters: Officer Arthur G Parker Jr., better known as “OP”, school resource officer at Clark High School. He has made a positive impact on the lives of thousands of kids in Plano.
Parker, who has been with the Plano Police Department for 31 years, was the department’s Officer of the Year for 2015, making him the first school resource officer in department history to receive that award. He’s also the only Officer in Plano we’re aware of that has a Facebook Fan page.
If you haven’t met Officer Parker yet – or heard him play his harmonica, or watched him dance, or listened to him rap – you won’t want to miss this episode.