METRO PODCAST | Thorne Dreyer : Aralyn Hughes, performance artist & ‘Queen of Austin Weird,’ on Rag Radio

Noted Austin storyteller Hughes is the editor of ‘Kid Me Not: an anthology by child-free women of the ’60s now in their 60s.’

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Performance artist Aralyn Hughes, with Rag Radio’s Tracey Schulz, left, and host Thorne Dreyer, at the KOOP studios in Austin. Photo by Roger Baker / The Rag Blog.

Interview by Thorne Dreyer | The Rag Blog | June 2, 2014

Our Rag Radio podcast features Austin performance artist, storyteller, and visual artist Aralyn Hughes, whose new book is Kid Me Not: an anthology by child-free women of the ’60s now in their 60s.

Listen to or download the podcast of our May 23, 2014, Rag Radio interview with Aralyn Hughes here:

Rag Radio is a weekly hour-long syndicated radio program produced and hosted by long-time alternative journalist and Rag Blog editor Thorne Dreyer. The show is recorded at the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, a cooperatively-run all-volunteer community radio station in Austin, Texas. It is broadcast live on KOOP every Friday from 2-3 p.m. (CST) and streamed live on the web.

Aralyn Hughes, known to many as the “Queen of Austin Weird,” has long been an Austin icon; for years Aralyn could be seen driving a pink, pig-themed art car, accompanied by her pet pot-bellied pig.

A performance artist, storyteller, and visual artist, Aralyn is the editor of Kid Me Not: an anthology by child-free women of the ’60s now in their 60s, a book in which a group of baby boomers (who are also her friends) reflect on how newfound liberation — thanks especially to the advent of the birth control pill — affected them and shaped their lives. Aralyn is also the subject of Love in the Sixties, a documentary film by Amparo Carcia Crow that is currently in production.

Aralyn Hughes has been a successful businesswoman, a lobbyist at the Texas State Capital, and a member of “every board and commission in Austin, Texas.” She was co-author of In the West, a long-running Austin theater piece in the ’80s that went on tour, played Kennedy Center, and was later adapted into the movie, Deep in the Heart. Aralyn has been featured on HGTV, the CBS Morning News, and the Discovery Channel as an ambassador for “Austin Weird.”

853px-Rag_radio2Rag Radio is hosted and produced by Rag Blog editor Thorne Dreyer who was a founding editor of the original Rag, published in Austin from 1966-1977. Tracey Schulz is the show’s engineer and co-producer. And we are honored to have noted investigative journalist Ken Martin is our apprentice.

Rag Radio has aired more than 200 shows since September 2009, on KOOP 91.7-FM in Austin, Texas. Rag Radio is broadcast live every Friday from 2-3 p.m. (CST) on KOOP — and streamed live on the web — and is rebroadcast and streamed on Sundays at 10 a.m. (EST) on WFTE, 90.3-FM in Mt. Cobb, PA, and 105.7-FM in Scranton, PA. Rag Radio is also aired and streamed on KPFT-HD3 90.1 — Pacifica radio in Houston — on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (CST).

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  • Historian, activist & pioneering feminist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of Outlaw Woman: A Memoir of the War Years, 1960-1975.
  • Acclaimed novelist Sarah Bird, author of Above the East China Sea.
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