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How greed is sucking Texas dry.

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In Austin in 1973, politicos and hippies could get together and create violent, visionary horror films for $60,000. So they did. The story of how The Texas Chainsaw Massacre got made.

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Rich students complete their college degrees; working-class students usually don’t. How one school is trying to intervene.

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On the murder of a popular bar owner in a ghost town near the Mexican border.

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On the FBI's failed negotiations with David Koresh and the Branch Davidians in Waco.

Previously: Malcolm Gladwell on the Longform Podcast.

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What really happened in the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion?

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A tale of ambition, motherhood and political mythmaking in the race for governor of Texas.

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How living off food stamps is making South Texans obese but leaving them hungry.

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Returning to Forth Worth after two and a half defection years in the Soviet Union, Lee Harvey Oswald became friends with a Russian emigre family with a son of his age. After Kennedy was shot, they would be called on to translate the Secret Service interrogation of his young Russian wife.

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How volunteer firefighters responded to a lethal West, Texas explosion.

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The family history behind college football’s most talked-about player.

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On the deadly explosion in West, Texas.

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She was Becky Sue Turner, then Lori Erica Ruff. Now she’s Jane Doe.

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On the hundreds of corpses that go unindentified every year along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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On the blurry ethical lines in the part-time Texas state legislature, where politicians and CEO’s are one and the same.

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Adventures in the cosmetics department of a Neiman Marcus in Dallas.

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A profile of the country music legend.

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Solving the mystery of the corpse in the Eleganté Hotel.

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On Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” plaintiff in Roe v. Wade, who left Pro-Choice activism for born-again Christianity and a strange life of financial opportunism.

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An oral history of the University of Texas Tower massacre.

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Grammy-winning liner notes describing the rise, fall, and rebirth of Roky Erickson, who founded the psychedelic rock pioneers The Thirteenth Floor Elevators before a charge stemming from a single marijuana joint landed him in a Texas mental hospital.

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A history of a small Texas town deep in the Chihuahuan desert:

The isolation is such that if you laid out the islands of the Hawaiian archipelago, and the deep ocean channels that separate them, on the road between Marfa and the East Texas of strip shopping and George Bush Jr., you’d still have 100 miles of blank highway stretching away in front of you.

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A profile of Candy Barr–porn star pioneer, burlesque legend, and Texas folk hero.

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One woman’s ordeal with Texas’ new sonogram law.

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A report from Austin, Texas as it turns into a dot-com hotspot.

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The noon chimes in the bell-clock tower rising above him to the building's 307-foot pinnacle sounded: pom-pom-pom-pom . . . 16 notes, high and sweet. Some say the chimes say a poem: "Lord, through this hour "Be Thou my guide, "For in Thy power "I do confide." After the chimes, there is a long pause -- 23 seconds if you hold a wristwatch on it -- time enough for a practiced man to reload three rifles and a shotgun.

“Doc” Quigg’s wire report on the 1966 Texas Tower shooting on the campus of UT-Austin.

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What really happened between the plaintiffs in Lawrence vs. Texas, the case that ended anti-sodomy laws?

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The story of Southwest Airlines.

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A profile of legendary Houston socialite Becca Cason Thrash.

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The low-key swingers of sleepy Amarillo, Texas find themselves relentlessly harassed by a militant Christian group.

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Thirty years after the murder in Abilene, the question remains unanswered.

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In the days after 9/11, Mark Stroman went on a revenge killing spree in Texas. Rais Bhuiyan survived and, a decade later, tried to stop Stroman’s execution.

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In Cleveland, TX, nineteen men and boys gang raped an eleven-year-old girl in an abandoned trailer. This is the story of the victim and her community.

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On the dying city of Port Arthur, Texas, and one man’s fight to save it.

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On the start of the high school football season in Odessa, Texas. An adaptation published alongside the release of Bissinger’s 1990 book of the same name, which lead to the movie and the show.

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The coldest of cases: During 1884-85, seven women and one man were brutally murdered in Austin, Texas.

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The intertwined destinies of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez.

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Odessa High School students know her as “Betty,” a ghost that haunts the auditorium at night.  But few know much about the real Betty, whose 1961 murder was “the most sensational crime in West Texas in its day.”

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Early last year, 10 churches were torched in East Texas. The culprits? Two Baptist teens having a crisis of faith.

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How two love-struck, type A high schoolers almost got away with murder.

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Why did a small-town girl have her family brutally murdered?

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On the mysterious life story of blues icon Blind Willie Johnson and a half-century of attempts to fill in the blanks.

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Three Dallas prostitutes were found dead in as many months. Charles Albright might be the last person you’d suspect–unless you knew about his unique, lifelong obsession.

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Inside the competitive, lucrative, swashbuckling world of DWI attorneys in Houston.

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The arson case that may have led Texas to execute an innocent man.

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At age 17, Bonnie Richardson won the Texas state track team championship all by herself. Then she did it again.