14 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 Imperative Entertainment

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 3.2K Ratings

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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.

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    New Series: America's Girls

    New Series: America's Girls

    The original Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders squad burst onto the field back in 1972—the same year Title IX passed, the same year Deep Throat came out, and a year before Roe v. Wade. Sarah Hepola digs into the untold stories behind the global pop culture phenomenon, from the stripper who allegedly inspired the squad's creation, to a scandalous Playboy cover shoot that was actually a battle over fair wages, to the ongoing debate about sexuality and women’s bodies in a post-#MeToo world. The result is a vibrant mix of history, cultural criticism, and storytelling, featuring interviews with New Yorker writer Jia Tolentino, award-winning novelist Ben Fountain, Oscar-nominated director Dana Adam Shapiro, local television sports legend Dale Hansen, folk-writing hero Joe Nick Patoski, and a whole bunch of cheerleaders whose names you don’t know yet—but should.
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    • 3 min
    Boomtown Follow-up: The One-Two Punch | Chapter 12

    Boomtown Follow-up: The One-Two Punch | Chapter 12

    Christian Wallace talks to some familiar faces from the Boomtown series in an attempt to understand what happened on April 20, 2020—when oil prices went negative for the first time in history.
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    • 42 min
    The Last Frontier | Chapter 11

    The Last Frontier | Chapter 11

    Record-breaking oil production in the Permian Basin has brought the boom to the doorstep of the Big Bend for the first time. Is it too late to save this pristine landscape?

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    • 56 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
3.2K Ratings

3.2K Ratings

blndgrrl ,

Excellent!

I found this podcast after listening to America’s Girls (also by Texas Monthly). My husband and I REALLY enjoyed Boomtown. Extremely well written, full of personal stories and extremely well researched. The host does a fantastic job of giving you some history along with what’s happening now. We listened from beginning to end on a long car trip. Excellent podcast!

OhPharoah ,

Holy Grail

This is the podcast I’ve been searching for. You know, one that’s so well researched, well written, smart, well paced, engaging, AND delivered by a host that doesn’t lead with his ego that I’ll want to nonstop binge until the very end of the last episode? Yeah, this is the one! I highly, highly recommend this podcast.

Jayna89 ,

Nicely done

This series was vastly informative, personal, and unbiased. I quite enjoyed the narrative and direction this story encompassed. Job well done y’all !!

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