The Blaze Foley Biopic, Through the Eyes of His Greatest Muse

“Nearly thirty years after he died in relative obscurity, songwriter Blaze Foley is on the verge of newfound fame thanks to an Ethan Hawke–directed biopic. In a series of dispatches from her time on set, Sybil Rosen, widely known as Foley’s muse, ponders the widening divide between the man and the legend.”

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Sep 17, 2018
Length: 15 minutes (3,977 words)

Who’s Killing Buck Birdsong’s Cows?

Someone poisoned eighteen of the Birdsong family’s calves in the past four years by feeding them a mysterious grain. But who? And why? Texas Monthly writer-at-large Leif Reigstad digs into a confounding true-crime cold case with no leads, no motive, no patterns, and no suspects.

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Aug 24, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,317 words)

Schlitterbahn’s Tragic Slide

Can a man be convicted of second-degree murder for building a water slide? Where’s the line between thrill-seeking and willful negligence? After indictments following the death of 10-year old Caleb Schwab on the “Verrückt” slide at Schlitterbahn water park, we’re going to find out.

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Jul 20, 2018
Length: 29 minutes (7,450 words)

The Jackie Robinson of Rodeo

Christian Wallace profiles Myrtis Dightman, the first black cowboy to qualify for the Professional Rodeo Association National Finals.

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Jun 22, 2018
Length: 35 minutes (8,866 words)

The Doting Father Who Robbed Armored Cars

Federal authorities struggled to identify the team of violent criminals who were robbing armored cars in Houston, Texas. When they finally got their break, the news shocked some local people, and not everyone believes it.

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Apr 1, 2018
Length: 29 minutes (7,475 words)

What We Lost in Austin Bombing Victim Draylen Mason

Draylen Mason was more than good at everything he did, he was brilliant. He was a musical prodigy who wanted to be a neurosurgeon, and just days after he died, he was accepted to Oberlin Conservatory of Music. At Texas Monthly, Michael Hall tries to make sense of a senseless death.

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Apr 12, 2018
Length: 15 minutes (3,800 words)

Voices From The Storm

The story of Hurricane Harvey, as told by 28 Texans who helped their state through its darkest hour.

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Oct 1, 2017
Length: 52 minutes (13,241 words)

The Drug Runners

Northern Mexico’s indigenous, rural Tarahumara are some of the world’s best endurance runners. Facing drought and famine, some members of this reclusive tribe have been lured into carrying drugs into the US for Mexican cartels ─ literal drug runners. As cartel violence worsens and groups take over the tribes’ lands to grow marijuana and opium poppies for the drug-hungry West, the Tarahumara’s fate is uncertain, but it doesn’t look good.

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Jul 1, 2017
Length: 28 minutes (7,224 words)

Showtime at the Alamo

Tim League, the creator of the Alamo Drafthouse chain of cinemas, strives to make moviegoing great again.

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Jul 1, 2017
Length: 20 minutes (5,196 words)

The Shelf Life of John Mackey

Whole Foods’ eccentric founder changed the way Americans consume food. Can he survive the Wall Street forces that now want to consume him?

Author: Tom Foster
Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Jun 15, 2017
Length: 33 minutes (8,335 words)