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#188: Texas Wildflowers

21 minutes

If road trips in Texas in the spring are known for anything, it’s the vast swaths of glorious color that line the shoulders and medians, from bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes to sunflowers and foxglove. This week we look at the fascinating stories behind Texas Wildflowers.


#187: CATI Watches: Tower

22 minutes

In 1966, the University of Texas in Austin was the site of America’s first mass school shooting. Today we’re talking about the 2016 documentary Tower, in which filmmaker Keith Maitland uses a unique blend of animation, historical footage, and interviews with victims, witnesses, and participants to tell the engrossing story of what happened on that fateful day from the perspective of the people that were there.


#186: Houston Soul Part Two: Archie Bell, Billy Preston, and the Kashmere Stage Band

20 minutes

Houston has a long history of producing amazing soul, blues, jazz, and funk music. Previously we looked at the history of the legendary Peacock Records, but this week we look at a few more Houston soul and funk legends, Archie Bell, Billy Preston, and the Kashmere Stage Band.


#185: The Lonely Grave of Lee Harvey Oswald

15 minutes

On November 25th, 1963, in a humble grave dug for William Bobo in Ft. Worth, Texas, one of the nation’s most notorious assassins was laid to rest. Today, we’re discussing the lonely grave of Lee Harvey Oswald.


#184: Bill Paxton

20 minutes

It takes a big man to fill the shoes of a Texas hero, even if it’s only make believe. And it takes a big love of art, film, and people to live the life of Texas’ own astronaut big brother space marine.


#183: Texas Movie Palaces

27 minutes

The grand movie houses of Texas come in many shapes and sizes. Some started as vaudeville palaces like the Hoblitzelle Majestics, but some have always been movie houses from their very first day. Regardless of their origin, all the theatres we’re looking at today have made their mark on Texas history (and our hearts).


#182: Great Texas Teachers: Hightower Kealing and Edward Blackshear

21 minutes

Edward Blackshear and Hightower Kealing were two of Texas’ first African American collegiate administrators. They played key roles in the founding of the first of Texas’ Historically Black Colleges and Universities. They pioneered the way for educators across the state and left a lasting impression on Texas.


#181: Houston Soul Part One: Peacock Records

16 minutes

In the 1960s, Houston was home of the largest and most successful African-American-owned record label in the country. It established Houston as one of the great homes for American soul music.


#180: Bessie Coleman

10 minutes

There have been many great women in Texas history. Some were pioneers who scraped out an existence at the edge of the prairie like Jane Long. Others were reached the top of the male-dominated political world, like Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, or Kay Bailey Hutchins. Today we’re going to take a look at the life of Bessie Coleman, a native of small town Texas who became the first African-American woman pilot in American history. (This was originally recorded for a history podcast collage.)


#179: Anson Jones

30 minutes

He was an Eastern doctor who sought to restore his fortune in Texas, rising to become a respected statesman, and the last President of the Republic of Texas.

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