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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.