FORTitude FW is a Fort Worth centric podcast hosted by JW Wilson and Brinton Payne. Each Friday a new episode is released featuring a guest with a FTW tie. From TCU sports to news, politics, entertainment and everywhere in between FORTitude covers Fort Worth. Listen to stories of everyday Fort Worthians doing extraordinary things and those Fort Worthers with athletic and artistic achievements that are national and internationally loved.
FORTitude - Where the Stories Never Die
Markus Kypreos, founder of Blackland Distillery
Markus Kypreos, founder of Blackland Distillery, tends the Fortitude bar. This former attorney, turned chef, turned sommelier, and now distiller, Markus, a local, shares how he created one of FW's fastest growing brands. Looking for a great time, Blackland Distillery reigns as one of city's coolest bars, best distillery's, and best date spots. A fantastic look into the world of alcohol from a hellava cool guy. He even lets us try the juice. Cheers!
Chann McRae - Director Roxo Racing, City of Austin Cop, Former Pro Road Cyclist
Chann McRae, former professional road cyclist, current cop for Austin PD, and now, new Director for Roxo Racing, Fort Worth's newest professional women's cycling team. McRae raced with powerhouse pro teams Mapei, Mercury-Viatel, and US Postal, where he raced alongside the sport's giants. His successes in the sport accompany a fascinating career. As director of new pro women's team, Roxo Racing, McRae sets his sights on podiums across the US, then the world. If you're a fan of cycling, sports, amazing athletes, or inspiring people, please check out this Fortitude episode. Chann McRae does not disappoint!
Chris Cassidy - Astronaut / Navy Seal Part 2
Chris Cassidy - Navy Seal/Astronaut
Marshall Harris - Artist
Marshall Harris, artist extraordinaire, joins Fortitude for a big/little culture lesson. Harris, a former TCU football Hall of Famer turned NFL'er, discovered early on that he had a unique talent for creating art. His creativity bore the legendary Flying TCU logo and we hear the story behind it. His incredible photo-realistic graphite drawings have drawn the attention of collectors worldwide and have garnered him awards o'plenty. He earned accolades for his realistic saddle drawings, but Harris is much broader in scope. Harris details his recent artist residency/mentor project in Paris, France, which changed his life. If you are looking to be wowed, this episode deserves your attention. Let's go art!
Eddie Brown FW Weekly Staff Writer
Who's Watching The Judges? FW Weekly staff writer, Eddie Brown joins Fortitude to detail his lengthy investigation into judicial misconduct involving several of Tarrant County's top judges. Have more than 200 people been convicted of crimes and incarcerated by an ineligible judge? In this interview, Brown names names and outlines an alarming trend in the Tarrant County judicial system of utilizing retired judges or "personal friends" to preside over cases in which they are legally not qualified to do. The implications are tremendous and begs the question, Who is Watching the Judges? Your tax dollars have a right to know.