Top Dog: An Oral History of “Wishbone”

“No one had ever done this before. No one had ever put a dog in the middle of the Civil War. How do you actually make that happen?”

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Sep 16, 2020
Length: 32 minutes (8,100 words)

The Wildest Insurance Fraud Scheme Texas Has Ever Seen

“Over a decade, Theodore Robert Wright III destroyed cars, yachts, and planes. That was only the half of it.”

Author: Katy Vine
Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Aug 19, 2020
Length: 26 minutes (6,633 words)

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Master Auctioneer?

‘Eight days inside America’s Auction Academy, learning the secrets of “the dynamo from Dallas.”’

Author: Katy Vine
Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Jun 24, 2020
Length: 23 minutes (5,843 words)

How the Pandemic Turned Brené Brown Into America’s Therapist

“But for heaven’s sake, the best-selling author, unapologetic cusser, and fifth-generation Texan would rather not be called that.”

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: May 18, 2020
Length: 28 minutes (7,145 words)

The School Shooting That Austin Forgot

“The anguish that has plagued the Murchison students presages the kind of long-tail trauma that many of today’s witnesses to shootings will be burdened with for the rest of their lives.”

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Mar 19, 2020
Length: 41 minutes (10,305 words)

Trigger

Willie Nelson’s been playing the same guitar — a Martin N-20 classical — for 50 years. In this fantastic profile from 2013, Michael Hall chronicles not only the life and times of Willie and his trusted sidekick, Trigger, but the laborious care and tending of an instrument that is the primary tool of a living musical legend.

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Jan 21, 2013
Length: 25 minutes (6,257 words)

When ‘Angels in America’ Came to East Texas

Homophobia and religiosity divided the town of Kilgore, Texas over the famous play. The divisions also helped liberate some local citizens, allowing them to define their own worldviews apart from that of their parents’.

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Oct 14, 2019
Length: 27 minutes (6,989 words)

The Serial Killer of Laredo

“Last September, law enforcement officers were confounded by a murderer targeting prostitutes along the border. As the investigation intensified, they discovered that the killer had been hiding in plain sight.”

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Sep 18, 2019
Length: 26 minutes (6,543 words)

The Permian Basin Is Booming With Oil. But at What Cost to West Texans?

Sure, a few busy barbers earned $180,000 in one year, and a local Dominos sold more pizzas in its first week than any other grand opening in the chain’s history, but that doesn’t do regular folks much good when roads have become dangerous, crime increased, schools can’t retain teachers, and people who earn over $20 an hour can’t afford to rent an apartment.

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: May 29, 2019
Length: 23 minutes (5,895 words)

Faith, Friendship, and Tragedy at Santa Fe High

Sabika Sheikh came from Karachi to experience the best of being an American high school student and instead got our very worst, leaving two crushed families behind — one Pakistani, one Texan.

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: May 1, 2019
Length: 39 minutes (9,949 words)