Category Archives: Radio

Taco Land!! (on the radio)

Screenshot of Ram from Laura Escamilla-Fouratt's 1996 Documentary

Screenshot of Ram Ayala from Laura Escamilla-Fouratt's 1996 Documentary

This Sunday, listen for Taco Land on NPR weekend edition (7am & 10am).  If you miss the segment live, you can listen to the archived story online – and be sure to check out with all of the Taco Land stories, photos and videos, that folks have been uploading to the site.

A shot from across the street during a day show at TacoLand. Look at that tree!  (photo courtesy Katherine Strickland)

Taco Land during a day show. Look at that tree! (photo - Katherine Strickland)

Taco Land was an amazing place with an enormous story, and we hope we’ve captured some key elements of the place and it’s iconic proprietor, Ramiro “Ram” Ayala on the Radio.  One that we only vaguely make reference to is the monumental oak tree that covered the amazing outdoor patio and hung down over the San Antonio river, so I have to include this photo that was uploaded to our site.

We’ve received some nice voicemail memories about Taco Land.  I hope we get a few more of these from folks (888-910-2555).  This one is a nice PG version of a “ribauld” Taco Land tale.

(photo by Patrick Watson)

(photo by Patrick Watson)

Everyone we’ve met from San Antonio has been incredibly welcoming and generous with their memories of Ram and Taco Land, and we’d like to thank them and anyone else who was a part of this place for sharing that with us. If we missed you in San Antonio, please keep adding your stories to the website.

And if you had your own hallowed hall of rock, that you wish you could go back to (even if your liver, you eardrums, your parents and your priest are relieved that you can’t), we hope you’ll add it to the Place + Memory site, as well.

RABBIT HUTCH airs on NPR, extras now online

Ann Venz at the organ at the Rabbit Hutch restaurant

Ann Venz at the organ at the Rabbit Hutch restaurant

(Ann Venz talks about the music at the Rabbit Hutch restaurant)

Want more?!? Check out Rabbit Hutch out-takes and extras on our Radio Stories page.

NPRlogo The first radio piece in our Place + Memory summer series aired Saturday, July 18, 2009. Missed it? Listen in at the Weekend Edition website.

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Our First Radio Piece — The Rabbit Hutch — Airs Saturday on NPR!

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Our radio story on the Rabbit Hutch restaurant in Logan, AL — the first in the Place + Memory series of pieces for National Public Radio — airs this Saturday (July 18, 2009) on Weekend Edition.

Visit NPR’s Station Finder to locate an NPR radio station in your area. You can also listen online at Weekend Edition Saturday.

Call the Project memory hotline with your story of a loved-location-lost today! 888-910-2555

UPDATE– We Need Your Help!!

The radio story on the Rabbit Hutch is now slated to air in late June on NPR’s Weekend Edition (we’ll announce the actual date here as soon as we have it). We’re honing in on ideas for our second radio story, and the web designers are working to have the online map ready for folks to start adding their own lost place/memories in just a couple of weeks.

A Treasure from the past: old menu from The Rabbit Hutch Family Restaurant in Logan, AL

A Treasure from the past: old menu from The Rabbit Hutch Family Restaurant in Logan, AL

NOW– we need your stories!
We’re looking for more stories for the radio series, and for the online map. Stories of places gone but dearly remembered—that have left their mark on you so clearly—just their mention brings them instantly back to life and you feel compelled to share them. Places that have ceased to be, except in our memories. It might be the factory that was once the heart-beat of your hometown; the dive bar where you saw your first punk band, had your first drink; the quirky country restaurant specializing in everything rabbit; your grandparents farm that is now a shopping mall …

Below are some questions and ideas to get the ideas and memories flowing.  Leave your comments here, or better, send us an email: placeandmemory@bigshed.org


About Your Memory:

specifically, where was it?
what was it called?
how would you categorize it? (using the list below or by adding a new one)
Give us a brief description
What’s the strongest memory you have of the place?

Businesses (restaurants, stores, shops, bowling alleys, barber shops, etc.)
Cites and towns
(razed by nature, land re-purposed for water/power, etc.)
Schools and churches
(closed, consolidated, etc.)
Neighborhoods that have disappeared
(re-developed, gentrified, aged, etc.)
Natural environments
(mountains, lakes, rivers, parks, views, beaches, islands)
Roads and bridges
(country roads, state highways, ferries)
Public/private gathering places
(street corners, people’s homes, etc.)
Other countries
(changes in government, war, natural disaster)
Buildings and monuments (or other large public edifices like statues, stadiums, public facilities)