Stories from Deep in the Heart

We are students, teachers, and producers working together - deep in the heart of Texas - to create radio documentaries about the people and places that shape our lives. This is a project of Texas Folklife, a state-wide non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and presenting the diverse cultures and living heritage of the Lone Star State. Generous funding provided by the City of Austin's Cultural Arts Division & Telecommunications & Regulatory Affairs GTOPS, Texas Commission on the Arts, Humanities Texas, the Still Water Foundation, and major funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes a great nation deserves great art.

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Yesterday the STORIES FROM DEEP IN THE HEART team dashed to Pflugerville’s Connally High School to visit the brand new student-run cooking show, COOKING WITH CONNALLY, as they begin post-production. Our very own STORIES alum, Chef Mike Erickson, has been working tirelessly with his students to get the show off the ground—-and now it’s taking off!

What makes this show so unique - and why STORIES & TEXAS FOLKLIFE is proud to be one of its supporters - is its one of the few cooking shows entirely produced, developed, and cooked by high school students. Connally High’s film, TV, and media students, with the help of teacher Humberto Perez, work together to edit and distribute the show. Culinary students will have a chance to perfect their food skills while they explore cuisines & cultural heritages from across the globe—-from a show about Dia De Los Muertos to the varied flavors from China, to Louisina Cajun cooking.

We wanted to take a moment to congratulate Connally High students - and their teachers Chef Mike Erickson and Humberto Perez - for pulling together this exceptional collaboration among the media tech & culinary students. 

You can learn more about COOKING WITH CONNALLY on their website: Also, check back on our blog as we continue to blog about our friends at Connally High. GO COUGARS! 

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