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On this week’s NPR Special, State of the Re-Union host Al Letson ventures to Austin, Texas, a place he says prides itself on being weird.
Letson explores how Austin is wrestling with maintaining its countercultural feel due to the success that has ushered in new development and population growth. The episode also explores the boom of trailer eateries, the Cathedral of Junk and the Make Austin Normal movement, a counter to the "Keep Austin Weird" movement.
Berlin attracts many creatives seeking a Mecca for their expression, but not all end up pursuing their dreams in the public eye.
Chris Glass, from Atlanta, Georgia, says his love of singing has taken a more private route.
"I was sitting at dinner with friends in a restaurant. The question was 'What’s your favorite song?' Everyone would answer what their favorite song was, and luckily I knew quite a few lyrics, and I was able to sing the song, and it just became one of my games actually."
Geekettes cofounders Jess Erickson and Denise Philipp didn’t set out to stimulate a movement that would sweep across Europe and spill into the United States. They just had a gut feeling that women were hungry, as they themselves were, and wanted to create a platform in response to that need.