Best Marfa podcasts we could find (Updated August 2018)
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Marfa Public Radio presents There's Something Out There, a radio documentary series about the strange things that happen in everyday life. The show airs every second and fourth Sunday at 8:00 PM each month on KRTS and KXWT.
 
West Texas Talk is an interview program on Marfa Public Radio, broadcast Thursdays at 6:00 PM and Fridays at 9:00 PM. West Texas Talk features interviews with community members discussing issues that affect the Big Bend region of Texas, along with upcoming local programs and events. You'll also hear from local and visiting, artists, musicians, authors, scientists, and other interesting personalities. Have an idea for a West Texas Talk topic or guest suggestion? Email us at info(at) marfapubl ...
 
Nature Notes explores the natural world of the Llano Estacado and the Chihuahuan Desert. We look at the plants, animals, and ecology of this unique region, as well as places to experience it and people working to conserve it. This free 4 1/2-minute weekly environmental feature is produced by Marfa Public Radio in Marfa, Texas, in conjunction with the Sibley Nature Center in Midland, Texas. Through interviews with scientists and field recordings, Nature Notes reveals the secrets of desert lif ...
 
The Rambling Boy: Stories About Texas is a weekly look at regional history, hosted by Lonn Taylor of Fort Davis. Taylor is a writer and historian who moved to the Big Bend after retiring from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. in 2002. The show is broadcast Monday at 10:06 and 7:06 on KRTS Marfa and KXWT West Texas Public Radio.
 
Award-winning travel writer and novelist C.M. Mayo hosts several podcast series here: "Conversations with Other Writers"; "Marfa Mondays: Exploring Marfa, Texas & Environs in 24 Podcasts 2012-2013"; "Podcasts for Writers," and more.
 
The Rambling Boy: Stories About Texas is a weekly look at regional history, hosted by Lonn Taylor of Fort Davis. Taylor is a writer and historian who moved to the Big Bend after retiring from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. in 2002. The show is broadcast Monday at 10:06 and 7:06 on KXWT West Texas and KRTS Marfa Public Radio.
 
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Oil, especially during war time is a crucial ingredient for success - From lighting towns, houses, and business to running factories, getting troops to the front line, and planes in the air. The British were using so much oil during WWII, they had to bring in expert roughnecks from Texas and Oklahoma to amplify the amount of crude they could pu ...…
 
Oil, especially during war time is a crucial ingredient for success - From lighting towns, houses, and business to running factories, getting troops to the front line, and planes in the air. The British were using so much oil during WWII, they had to bring in expert roughnecks from Texas and Oklahoma to amplify the amount of crude they could pu ...…
 
Dr. Adrian Vega was a professional educator for twenty years before taking a job with the Sewell family of companies as their chief people officer. As part of this job, he serves as an executive board member of the Education Partnership of the Permian Basin. It’s a new nonprofit focused on increasing the awareness of strengths and challenges of ...…
 
The Transom Traveling Workshop returned to Marfa this year. Students from around the country came to learn the craft of radio storytelling from instructors Rob Rosenthal and Matt Largey. In this episode, we highlight radio profiles crafted throughout the week at the workshop. You'll hear from a diverse range of West Texans: Balmorhea couple Sue ...…
 
Everyone knows about Stetson hats, but a lot of people, including Lonn, didn't know that the famous hat company made something besides, well Stetsons. On this edition of the Rambling Boy, Lonn explores the John B. Stetson Hat Company, and a few more of their less common styles.
 
Everyone knows about Stetson hats, but a lot of people, including Lonn, didn't know that the famous hat company made something besides, well Stetsons. On this edition of the Rambling Boy, Lonn explores the John B. Stetson Hat Company, and a few more of their less common styles.
 
The Transom Traveling Workshop returned to Marfa this year. Students from around the country came to learn the craft of radio storytelling from instructors Rob Rosenthal and Matt Largey. In this episode, we highlight radio profiles crafted throughout the week at the workshop. You'll hear from a diverse range of West Texans: patrons who frequent ...…
 
The word liar has always been inflammatory in Texas. Travelers to Texas in the 19th century were warned with the saying, "Call a man a liar in Vermont and he'll say, "You're another." Call a man a liar in Texas and he's likely to kill you." According to Lonn, there's a difference between lies and damn lies - and as it stands now, there are a lo ...…
 
The word liar has always been inflammatory in Texas. Travelers to Texas in the 19th century were warned with the saying, "Call a man a liar in Vermont and he'll say, "You're another." Call a man a liar in Texas and he's likely to kill you." According to Lonn, there's a difference between lies and damn lies - and as it stands now, there are a lo ...…
 
He was an unlikely candidate to become one of Texas' most famous intellectuals. Reared on an East Texas farm, Walter Prescott Webb was, at 40, unemployed, having failed out of a University of Chicago doctoral program. Then, in 1931, he published “The Great Plains.” The book brought a groundbreaking perspective to the American West, and its hist ...…
 
On this episode, Ryan Paradiso speaks to poet Donika Kelly about her debut poetry collection, Bestiary. Kelly will read at the St. George Pavilion on Sunday, August 5th at 7:30 pm. Hosted by Ryan Paradiso for KRTS
 
This year is the 50th anniversary of Hemisfair, the world's fair that lit up downtown San Antonio from April 6 through October 6, 1998. On this edition of The Rambling Boy, Lonn talks about his experience setting up and working for the Hemisfair.
 
This year is the 50th anniversary of Hemisfair, the world's fair that lit up downtown San Antonio from April 6 through October 6, 1998. On this edition of The Rambling Boy, Lonn talks about his experience setting up and working for the Hemisfair.
 
“I wandered through many very strange lands, lost and naked. This is the only thing that a man who left there naked could bring back.” In 1527, with hundreds of his countrymen, Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca sailed for the Gulf of Mexico. Their aim was “La Florida,” and their mission was conquest – to expand, and enrich, the Spanish Empire. Their f ...…
 
On this episode, Rachel Monroe speaks to Lannan resident Charles Rice-González about growing up in the Bronx and his first novel, Chulito. The writer will read at 7:30 pm on Sunday, July 29 at the St. George Pavilion. Hosted by Rachel Monroe for KRTS
 
Someone in Fort Davis is dropping coins around town, and we're not talking pennies and nickels - More like Irish pounds, Philippine five-peso pieces, and French twenty-five centimes. On this edition of the The Rambling Boy, Lonn looks into this mysterious figure and draws a parallels between dropping coins and the true generosity of people.…
 
Someone in Fort Davis is dropping coins around town, and we're not talking pennies and nickels - More like Irish pounds, Philippine five-peso pieces, and French twenty-five centimes. On this edition of the The Rambling Boy, Lonn looks into this mysterious figure and draws a parallels between dropping coins and the true generosity of people.…
 
On this episode, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association president Bobby McKnight speaks to Elise Pepple. McKnight talks about his life growing up in West Texas, ranching and its future. He also discusses what he says are misconceptions of the industry and the latest news for TSCRA. Hosted by Elise Pepple for KRTS…
 
For the past couple of years there have been news stories about mysterious tunnels radiating from the basement in El Paso's Sunset Height's neighborhood. On this edition of the Rambling Boy, Lonn explores the history behind the Turtle House, tunnels, and Chinese immigrants in El Paso.
 
For the past couple of years there have been news stories about mysterious tunnels radiating from the basement in El Paso's Sunset Height's neighborhood. On this edition of the Rambling Boy, Lonn explores the history behind the Turtle House, tunnels, and Chinese immigrants in El Paso.
 
On this episode, Travis Klunick speaks to Lannan resident Ed Pavlić about his forthcoming novel, Another Kind of Madness. Pavlić has written eight collections of poetry and two critical studies. He is a professor of English and African American studies at the University of Georgia. The writer will read at the St. George Pavilion on Sunday, July ...…
 
On this episode, we hear personal stories crafted at the Legacy Storytelling Workshops. The project is a pilot venture of the Midland Storytelling Festival geared toward encouraging people to tell their own stories. The workshop was facilitated by resident storyteller Sue Roseberry who provided instruction on the process of sharing the stories ...…
 
On this edition of the Rambling Boy, Lonn looks back on the life of Perry Cozzen, who passed away in his sleep in the early morning hours of June 28, at his home in Fort Davis. Lonn describes his friend as kind, caring, thoughtful, generous, as well as slightly old fashioned; attributes that made Cozzen a friend of many in the Big Bend.…
 
On this edition of the Rambling Boy, Lonn looks back on the life of Perry Cozzen, who passed away in his sleep in the early morning hours of June 28, at his home in Fort Davis. Lonn describes his friend as kind, caring, thoughtful, generous, as well as slightly old fashioned; attributes that made Cozzen a friend of many in the Big Bend.…
 
On this episode, we hear personal stories crafted at the Legacy Storytelling Workshops. The project is a pilot venture of the Midland Storytelling Festival geared toward encouraging people to tell their own stories. The workshop was facilitated by resident storyteller Sue Roseberry who provided instruction on the process of sharing the stories ...…
 
Bobbie Louise Hawkins was a Texas writer that no one thought of as a Texas writer. On this edition of the Rambling Boy, Lonn explores the life and work of the writer, and looks at how the events of Hawkins' childhood inspired her work, Back To Texas.
 
Bobbie Louise Hawkins was a Texas writer that no one thought of as a Texas writer. On this edition of the Rambling Boy, Lonn explores the life and work of the writer, and looks at how the events of Hawkins' childhood inspired her work, Back To Texas.
 
On this episode, Diana Nguyen speaks to fellow reporters Sally Beauvais and Carlos Morales about the zero-tolerance policy, family separation, and the path to reunification. The story of family separation at the southwest border goes back to at least April, when U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the administration's "zero tolerance" ...…
 
For Native Americans in the Southwest, agave was the staff of life. Slow-roasted, agave hearts were converted into sweet food, and nomadic peoples cached dried agave for lean winter months. Agave fiber was used in baskets and mats. The plant is famous today for distilled spirits – tequila, mezcal – and Native peoples also fermented agave, likel ...…
 
Lonn has been musing recently about a long-lasting phenomenon; the continuing popularity of Larry McMurtry's 1985 novel, Lonesome Dove. On this edition of The Rambling Boy, Lonn attempts to dissect this phenomenon.
 
Lonn has been musing recently about a long-lasting phenomenon; the continuing popularity of Larry McMurtry's 1985 novel, Lonesome Dove. On this edition of The Rambling Boy, Lonn attempts to dissect this phenomenon.
 
On this edition of West Texas Talk, Laura Copelin speaks with Lannan poet-in-residence Stephen Motika - His first book of poems, Western Practice, was published by Alice James Books in 2012. Motika is also the author of three poetry chapbooks: Arrival and at Mono(2007), In the Madrones (2011), and Private Archive (2016); editor of Tiresias: The ...…
 
Temperatures linger well above 100 – the outback bustles with scorpions, rattlesnakes and tarantula hawk wasps. Summer in West Texas is fierce. But, in this arid land, it also means the happiest of prospects: rain. Between May and September, the North American monsoon brings the majority of our region's annual precipitation. For both wildlife a ...…
 
On this edition of the Rambling Boy, Lonn recounts the life and his friendship with Marvin Watson, who recently passed away.
 
On this edition of the Rambling Boy, Lonn recounts the life and his friendship with Marvin Watson, who recently passed away.
 
On this episode we hear from the world's first woman to become a certified maestra tequilera. Bertha González Nieves started the small batch tequila company Casa Dragones in 2008, with the hopes of elevating how people consume and think about tequila. Since then, the brand has gained a loyal following. "We're trying to open the curtain and show ...…
 
On this episode, we talk to Andy Cloud, the director for the Center for Big Bend Studies. He discusses the importance of the Genevieve Lykes Duncan Site, where archaeologists have unearthed artifacts that shed light on the Paleoindian way of life in West Texas. Cloud also talks about the center's partnership with Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de ...…
 
On this episode, Rachel Monroe speaks to writer Claire Vaye Watkins about her upbringing, growing up in California, and her mother's influence on her writing. She is the author of the novel Gold Fame Citrus and the short story collection Battleborn. Claire Vaye Watkins will read at the Crowley Theater on Sunday, June 3 at 6 pm. Hosted by Rachel ...…
 
On this episode, Sally Beauvais speaks with writer Elmaz Abinader about her family's dislocation from Lebanon to the United States, and how that has informed her work. Abinader is an award-winning author of two volumes of poetry, This House, My Bones and In the Country of My Dreams, and a memoir, The Children of the Roojme: A Family’s Journey f ...…
 
It's been a staple for as long as people have lived within its range. From Texas to the Mexican interior, agave has been food, fiber and drink, and its distilled spirits – tequila, mezcal – have been called “the spirit of Mexico.” Demand for those spirits is surging – agave is now very big business. It could be “loved to death.” A coalition of ...…
 
On this episode, we speak to artist and composer Tarek Atoui and curator Jennifer Burris. Marfa Live Arts, in collaboration with Fieldwork Marfa, will showcase his "examination of sound, place, and the social practice of improvisation across the varied landscapes of Marfa" during Marfa Sounding. This will be the third and final year of this pro ...…
 
On this episode, Diana Nguyen speaks to Ben English. He's an eighth generation Texan who moved to the Big Bend when he was two years old. At one point, his grandparents ran the the old Lajitas Trading Post, while he worked and lived on ranches. He went on to become a DPS trooper and is now retired. He finally ended up back in the region a few y ...…
 
Bison-hunting on the plains, agave-roasting in the desert – throughout its epic sweep, Native American life in our region was most often nomadic. One place stands apart. La Junta – the confluence of the Rio Grande and Rio Conchos – was long the site of agrarian villages. It was here, too, that Europeans first occupied the Big Bend, in Spanish m ...…
 
On this episode, Rachel Monroe speaks to writer David Ulin about how his experiences in New York and Los Angeles influenced his writing. They discuss two of his non-fiction works, The Myth of Solid Ground: Earthquakes, Prediction, and the Fault Line Between Reason and Faith, and Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles. The writer spent se ...…
 
On this episode, William "Chase" Peeler talks about his research on music and its vital role in community and identity building in Terlingua. Peeler received his doctorate in ethnomusicology at the University of Colorado Boulder. His dissertation is called “On the Porch: Music and Community in Terlingua, Texas.” He is currently working on turni ...…
 
Shining peaks and blood-red desert wastes. Canyons that overwhelm the human scale. Big Bend National Park is an international destination, and a West Texas wonder. Its landscapes have the power to awe and humble. But scientists have found that these landscapes also tell a vivid story of the past: of seawaters teeming with life, of lush forests ...…
 
On this episode, Diana Nguyen speaks to two artists with work debuting this weekend in Marfa. First, internationally acclaimed artist Haroon Mirza joins us to talk about stone circle, his newest work with Ballroom Marfa. "The work features black marble boulders that produce patterns of electronic sound and light from energy generated by solar p ...…
 
Bluebonnets along a roadway, Indian blankets in the chaparral – wildflower viewing is a rite of spring in the Lone Star State. And the opportunities here are almost inexhaustible. A Texan can see a quarter of all the wildflowers in the U.S. without leaving the state. How would a botanist go about cataloging this abundance? In April 2018, Alpine ...…
 
In this interview, Jana La Brasca speaks to writer Lesley Stern about her background and work. Stern was born and raised in Zimbabwe, and currently teaches at the University of California San Diego. She is the author of Dead and Alive: The Body as a Cinematic Thing, The Smoking Book, The Scorcese Connection, and is co-editor of Falling For You: ...…
 
LA-based musician Kelsey Lu says that when tried to reproduce the raw feeling of performance while recording her debut EP Church in the studio, it just didn't work. So she recorded it live, from inside of Brooklyn’s Holy Roman Catholic Church. Lu's a vocalist and classically-trained cellist. She works on film soundtracks, and hosts a monthly sh ...…
 
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