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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.

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

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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.

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.

    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
    Life and Death on the Rig | Chapter 4

    Life and Death on the Rig | Chapter 4

    In the Permian Basin, the rewards of roughnecking come with incredible risk. For one Andrews family, that danger became a true nightmare.
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    • 34 min
    Dust to Dust | Chapter 3

    Dust to Dust | Chapter 3

    A devastating bust transforms the Permian from a promised land into a wasteland. Then, thanks to a quiet, unassuming Texas oilman named George Mitchell, the region comes roaring back.
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    • 41 min
    Rise of the Permian | Chapter 2

    Rise of the Permian | Chapter 2

    We go back to 1923, and the Santa Rita No. 1, the well that put West Texas oil on the map. We recount the beginnings of rowdy boomtowns and the swaggering wildcatters whose influence would eventually lead all the way to the White House.
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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

wlh_TX ,

Excellent Program

Thanks Christian Wallace for your excellent reporting and storytelling. A special thanks to Texas Monthly for introducing me to this wonderful program. I’ll be telling everyone I know

R.P. McMurphry ,

Ambitious and Insightful

The author takes on the difficult task of amalgamating an entire region’s cultural quirks into to a coherent and articulate portrait of the soul of the West Texas Oilfield and its people. Told through the scrupulous and discerning eye of a native son of the Permian basin, Boomtown lingers on the people and their motivations long enough to pierce through the tough roughneck exterior, stereotypes and flamboyant stories to provide a beating heart to a misunderstood place.

Bruceki ,

Great podcast

Love the podcast ... glad someone is telling the story of west Texas

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