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#314: Texas Rock: Garage Bands and Psychedelia

47 minutes

Texan Englishmen, Bob Dylan clones, and freakout cowboys! Today we take a look at some of the obscurities of Texas music, 60s Garage bands and psychedelia.


#313: Ima Hogg

32 minutes

The First Lady of Texas was no joke. A woman who cared about the cultural and mental well-being of her beloved home state and spent her life working for it, today we’re talking about Ima Hogg.


#312: CATI Watches: All the Way

30 minutes

In the year after JFK’s death, Texan Lyndon Baines Johnson became President and was faced with guiding the country through massive political change while simultaneously seeking re-election.This week we talk about the 2016 HBO movie (based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning play) about this fascinating period.


#311: Best of Come and Take It: Ysleta Mission

17 minutes

The Mission Ysleta del Sur Pueblo is more than just a pretty church in Texas’ westernmost city. It was the oldest European settlement in the territory and remains the longest continually-operating Catholic mission in Texas. Its long history and rich contributions to the culture are great examples of the deep roots that the Spanish and Native Americans have in the Lone Star State.


#310: Jim Hogg

28 minutes

He was the first governor to be born in Texas. He fought for the people of his beloved home state against the corporate giants of his time, a true rags to riches story. Without him, the history of Texas could have been filled with tales of fraud and malfeasance in the railroad industry. Today we’re talking about Big Jim Hogg.


#309: Martin de Leon

23 minutes

He was the only empresario of a predominantly Mexican colony in Texas, and his influence on the Lone Star State was great.


#308: Best of Come and Take It: Roy P. Benavidez

25 minutes

Sgt. Benevides has been in the news recently, with support to rename Fort Hood in his honor. We thought this would be a good time to pull this gem from the archives and shine some light on this Texan hero. Roy Benavidez left behind the poverty of his south Texas home town of Cuero for a career in the U.S. Army Special Forces. An incredible act of heroism would make him one of the most decorated American soldiers of the Vietnam War, earning him the Medal of Honor and ensuring his place as one of Texas greatest heroes.


#307: Green Dewitt

19 minutes

Though he might not be as famous as Stephen F. Austin and he missed the Texas Revolution, without Green DeWitt establishing his colony, the first battle of the Texas Revolution would have happened somewhere else, or not at all! And we wouldn’t have a show name. This week we talk about empresario Green DeWitt.


#306: Best of: H. Ross Perot

34 minutes

Though he’s best known for his impressive 3rd party run for president in the 1990s, he was also a successful businessman both before and after. He’s a man who refused to accept the status quo and tried his best to put a dent in the universe.


#305: Best of: Fat Men Clubs of Texas

24 minutes

From the 1860s to the 1920s, a strange phenomena took hold across the country and in Texas. Those years were the era when the surest sign of wealth and prosperity in a man was tied to his girth. This week we look at the wild world of the Fat Mens Clubs of Texas.

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