11 episodes

In a rugged corner of West Texas, billionaire wildcatters and roughnecks are fueling an oil boom so big it’s reshaping our climate, our economy, and our geopolitics.

This modern-day gold rush has sent both big oil companies and scrappy start-ups scrambling to secure a piece of the action. Texas Monthly’s Christian Wallace follows characters along every rung of the oil field ladder, from the executive cutting billion-dollar deals to the itinerant pipeline worker risking life and limb, and from the traveling exotic dancer following the trail of money to those who worry that our planet is on a path to destruction. Meet the people cashing in and those just trying to get by as the world around them is turned upside down.

Boomtown is a 10-part podcast series, with new episodes publishing every Tuesday starting December 10, 2019.

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Boomtown Imperative Entertainment

    • Documentary

In a rugged corner of West Texas, billionaire wildcatters and roughnecks are fueling an oil boom so big it’s reshaping our climate, our economy, and our geopolitics.

This modern-day gold rush has sent both big oil companies and scrappy start-ups scrambling to secure a piece of the action. Texas Monthly’s Christian Wallace follows characters along every rung of the oil field ladder, from the executive cutting billion-dollar deals to the itinerant pipeline worker risking life and limb, and from the traveling exotic dancer following the trail of money to those who worry that our planet is on a path to destruction. Meet the people cashing in and those just trying to get by as the world around them is turned upside down.

Boomtown is a 10-part podcast series, with new episodes publishing every Tuesday starting December 10, 2019.

To see how we use your data, visit https://www.endeavoraudio.com/privacy-policy.

    The Mitchell Paradox | Chapter 10

    The Mitchell Paradox | Chapter 10

    No oil and gas baron since John D. Rockefeller has made more of an impact on society than George P. Mitchell. But this son of poor Greek immigrants who died a billionaire wanted to leave a legacy beyond oil and gas.

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    • 48 min
    A Dark Horizon | Chapter 9

    A Dark Horizon | Chapter 9

    Christian talks with renowned business writer Bethany McLean about how the finances of fracking aren't what they're cracked up to be.

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    • 40 min
    Wild West Texas | Chapter 8

    Wild West Texas | Chapter 8

    The uneasy alliance between ranchers and the oil industry goes all the way back to the early wildcatting days in West Texas. But today, that relationship is more fraught than ever.
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    • 57 min
    Mojo Magic | Chapter 7

    Mojo Magic | Chapter 7

    The Permian Basin is the birthplace of Friday Night Lights. But the historic oil boom threatens beloved high school football traditions.
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    • 43 min
    A Thin Line | Chapter 6

    A Thin Line | Chapter 6

    During booms, the Permian Basin sees a rise in prostitution charges. But misperceptions and stereotypes about sex work have led to policies that may actually harm the women involved.

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    • 34 min
    Boobtown | Chapter 5

    Boobtown | Chapter 5

    We explore a different kind of boom in the Permian Basin. Meet the women working at a lingerie coffee shop, a “breastaurant,” and two area strip clubs.

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    • 36 min

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