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Friday Night Lights

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 led to the movie and the show.

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A Changed Woman

A survivor of conversion therapy gets the wedding of her dreams.

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The Churn

A Texas border town fails to keep up.

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Candy

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

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Who Stole the Water?

How greed is sucking Texas dry.

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They Came. They Sawed.

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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Who Gets to Graduate?

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

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A Death in the Texas Desert

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

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Sacred and Profane

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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Fire Behavior

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

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Can Wendy Davis Have It All?

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

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Too Much of Too Little

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

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Lee Harvey Oswald Was My Friend

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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The Line of Fire

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

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The Long Con: How The Manziels Conquered America

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

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Love and Loss in a Small Texas Town

On the deadly explosion in West, Texas.

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She Stole Another’s Identity and Took Her Secret to the Grave. Who Was She?

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

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Ghosts of the Rio Grande

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

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For John Carona, Conflicts and Interests

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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Lip Shtick

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

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The Devil in George Jones

A profile of the country music legend.

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The Body in Room 348

Solving the mystery of the corpse in the Eleganté Hotel.

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The Accidental Activist

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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96 Minutes

An oral history of the University of Texas Tower massacre.

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Liner Notes: Roky Erickson's 'True Love Cast Out All Evil'

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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The Republic of Marfa

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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The Right Not to Know

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

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Austin, We Have a Problem

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

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Report on Texas Tower Shooting

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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Two Men in Texas

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

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Luv and War at 30,000 Feet

The story of Southwest Airlines.

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Hi, Society!

A profile of legendary Houston socialite Becca Cason Thrash.

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He Who Casts the First Stone

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

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Who Killed Mary Eula Sears?

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

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Could You Forgive the Man Who Shot You in the Face?

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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The Girl from Trails End

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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The Avenging Angel

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

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Capital Murder

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

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Life on the Line

The intertwined destinies of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez.

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A Kiss Before Dying

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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Church Burners

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

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The Killer Cadets

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

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Flesh and Blood

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

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The Soul of a Man

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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See No Evil

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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Getting Off

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

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Trial By Fire

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

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The Power of One

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