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#196: Peggy Hull

17 minutes

Pioneering journalist Peggy Hull came to Texas in 1916 to break the glass ceiling and become America’s first female war correspondent.


#195: Nacogdoches and the Birth of the Marx Brothers

19 minutes

Some runaway mules, a distracted crowd, and an irritated vaudeville musical act. How did America’s most famous family of comedians get their start in the oldest town in Texas? This well we talk about Nacogdoches and the birth of the Marx Brothers!


#194: CATI Watches: Hell or High Water

30 minutes

We’ve discussed in the past the hit-or-miss nature of accurately representing Texas in film and television. Every once in awhile, a film comes along that’s so dead on—so perfectly Texan—that we can’t help but get excited about it. Against a backdrop of struggling farms and oil boomtowns in West Texas, Hell or High Water weaves a familiar tale of the little guy striking back against the system that has done him and his family wrong. Layered over that simple plot is a wonderful cast of Texan characters which ring very, very true.


#193: Tales of Texas Past

25 minutes

Frontier justice, a wizard with a whip, a scandalous apparition, and a bull tied to murder. This week we take another journey into history with more Tales of Texas Past


#192: Ben Milam

19 minutes

Davy Crockett, William Barrett Travis, Jim Bowie… These are the best-known heroes of the Alamo, and their sacrifice along with their compatriots at that old mission would set the stage for the final, decisive Texan victory at San Jacinto. Without the vision and actions of one man, the Alamo might never have been in Texas hands at all.


#191: Claire Chennault and the Flying Tigers

38 minutes

He was the founder and leader of the Flying Tigers, a band of mercenary pilots who defended China against the Japanese onslaught during World War II and inspired the imagination of the American public. This week we talk about the life of Texan aviation legend Claire Chennault.


#190: Pantera

33 minutes

They started out as a nondescript glam band, then became one of the top heavy metal bands of all time. Drug abuse eventually led to the end of the band, and even greater tragedy struck the members afterwards. Today, we’re talking about the original Cowboys From Hell.


#189: Texas Trail Drivers: In Their Own Words Vol. 3

31 minutes

In 1924, George Saunders, the president of the Cattle Drivers Association, published a two-volume book compiling first hand stories from experienced trail drivers and their life on the plains. This is our third installment reading selections from this fascinating historical document.


#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.

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