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Stories from Texas are written for and recorded for the Texas Standard radio program. They're written by W.F Strong and edited for broadcast by Texas Standard producers.



Texas Standard airs Monday through Friday on more than 25 public radio stations across Texas. Visit texasstandard.org/listen to find when it airs where you are.

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Stories from Texas are written for and recorded for the Texas Standard radio program. They're written by W.F Strong and edited for broadcast by Texas Standard producers.



Texas Standard airs Monday through Friday on more than 25 public radio stations across Texas. Visit texasstandard.org/listen to find when it airs where you are.

    Love Letter to Scarlett

    Love Letter to Scarlett

    Two years ago I introduced you to my then 3-year-old daughter, Scarlett. My Valentine. She was a late arrival in my life and particularly special because I grew up with all boys and had only boys, until she came along. She’s introduced me, for the first time, to the wonderful world of little girls. Scarlett’s...

    • 4 Min.
    The Impeachment and Conviction of Texas Governor Jim Ferguson

    The Impeachment and Conviction of Texas Governor Jim Ferguson

    It’s hard not to like the down-home folksy style that made Texas Governor Jim Ferguson so enormously popular 100 years ago. After all, he was known as “Farmer Jim.” He often said, “Civilization begins and ends with the plow.” Ferguson was a mesmerizing speaker and storyteller and was splendidly fluent in the dialects of rural...

    • 6 Min.
    Three Texas Myths That Won’t Die

    Three Texas Myths That Won’t Die

    In my travels around the state I run into people now and then who have deeply held convictions about Texas that are simply untrue. They hold to myths that have been nurtured by well-intentioned souls since San Jacinto days, and it breaks my heart to tell them they are mistaken, but not for long. I...

    • 5 Min.
    The Republic of Texas is No More

    The Republic of Texas is No More

    Later this year, way later this year, we’ll mark the 175th year of Texas statehood. That will be on December 29th. That’s the day in 1845 that Texas officially joined The United States of America, or, as the proudest of Texans say – the day the U.S. was allowed to join Texas. Though the 29th...

    • 6 Min.
    The Man Who Led The Battle Against Yellow Fever

    The Man Who Led The Battle Against Yellow Fever

    By W. F. Strong I’m walking on the veranda of the Gorgas Building at Texas Southmost College in Brownsville. It’s named for the famous Army physician, William Gorgas, who was sent here to Fort Brown in 1882. This building was already here when he was. It was the hospital he ran. What he would learn here, and...

    • 6 Min.
    The Distance In Smoots

    The Distance In Smoots

    By W. F. Strong Shakespeare told us that “some have greatness thrust upon them.” Such was the case for Oliver Smoot. He was born in Bexar County, Texas, and there was nothing in his formative years to predict the events that would push him into international prominence. Oliver was a fine student and his academic...

    • 4 Min.

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