20 episodes

Vanishing Postcards is a documentary travelogue in which listeners are invited on a road trip exploring the hidden dives, traditions, and frequently threatened histories that can be discovered by exiting the interstates. Named one of the Best Podcasts of 2021 by Digital Trends.

Vanishing Postcards Evan Stern

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 137 Ratings

Vanishing Postcards is a documentary travelogue in which listeners are invited on a road trip exploring the hidden dives, traditions, and frequently threatened histories that can be discovered by exiting the interstates. Named one of the Best Podcasts of 2021 by Digital Trends.

    Bonus - A Christmas Postcard, "Remembering Charles Kuralt"

    Bonus - A Christmas Postcard, "Remembering Charles Kuralt"

    Heralded as "The Walt Whitman of American Television," Charles Kuralt while sharing a drink with a cameraman aboard a 1967 flight high above Ohio sparked upon an idea. "By God," he said. "Next time we go somewhere, we ought to drive and find out what's really going on in this country!" For nearly three decades he would do just that, inviting viewers to follow him "On the Road" as he showcased the extraordinary stories of everyday Americans. In tribute to this fine storyteller whose legacy helped inspire Vanishing Postcards, host Evan Stern is honored to perform a reading of an essay in which Kuralt shifted his gaze inward to share his memory of a Christmas before "worldliness and wisdom set in." Featuring the exquisite musical backing of pianist and arranger Kathleen Landis, it is our hope that this piece might provide an opportunity to pause and revisit a few Christmas memories of your own. 


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    • 13 min
    15. Postcard from Fort Worth - "Stockyard Songs and Stories"

    15. Postcard from Fort Worth - "Stockyard Songs and Stories"

    In this final episode of Vanishing Postcards' inaugural season, we pay a visit to Fort Worth's famed Stockyards. A historic district where western identity is embraced without the slightest hint of a wink, here rodeos are hosted each and every weekend, while crowds clamor for the fajitas at JT Garcia's before hitting the dance floor at Billy Bob's. But more than party central, it's probably the only place you can count on seeing longhorn steers paraded through the streets, and take pleasure in introducing you to a few good people who are making The Stockyards' history a tangible experience through stories, songs and honest to goodness work.

    Fort Worth Stockyards

    The Cowtown Opry

    Miss Devon Dawson and "Outlaw" Jessie Robertson


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    • 31 min
    14. Postcards from Ghosts - "Weeping Women and the Ghoulish Side of Galveston"

    14. Postcards from Ghosts - "Weeping Women and the Ghoulish Side of Galveston"

    It deserves mentioning that today's episode features visits to not one but two haunted houses, a cat that's likely lived more than nine lives, and the tale of a spirit that's rumored to wander the banks of the Rio Grande. Whether you're a skeptic or a believer, the adrenaline we experience when hearing spooky tales has a magical way of bringing us closer. Beyond this, ghost stories also often provide reminders of our history, and enable some to confront the fears and demons that lurk in our own imaginations. Many of these elements are at work in the fables featured in today's episode. Above all else, they're also pretty darned fun... 

    Historic Galveston Ghost Tours

    Charles Adams Mansion

    Xavier Garza




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    • 31 min
    Introducing: "Fascination Street"

    Introducing: "Fascination Street"

    We're pleased to introduce our listeners to Fascination Street, an interview podcast hosted by Texas based broadcaster, Steve Owens. "I'm fascinated by stories," says Owens. "Walk with me as I share them." In his more than 250 episodes, Steve has spoken with a diverse roster of individuals including the departed Ed Asner, Tiger King's Carole Baskin, humorist Kinky Friedman, and recently Vanishing Postcards' very own Evan Stern. In this excerpt, Evan shares a bit about his personal background, and creative journey that led to the creation of Vanishing Postcards. To hear the entire interview, and check out more of Steve's many engaging offerings, find and follow Fascination Street wherever you get your podcasts. 

    Fascination Street


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    • 8 min
    13. Postcard from Oakville - "Dobie Dichos and Legends in Live Oak County"

    13. Postcard from Oakville - "Dobie Dichos and Legends in Live Oak County"

    The village of Oakville sits hidden in plain sight along an isolated stretch of I-37 between Corpus and San Antonio. Founded in 1856 by a hearty group of Irish settlers, at its  zenith this one-time stagecoach station boasted a population of 400, claimed seven saloons and was a notorious site of brutal frontier justice. But while one could perhaps get away with calling this tiny community a ghost town, each year some of Texas's finest writers gather here to share stories under the stars in homage to Live Oak County's great Poet Laureate- J. Frank Dobie. Featuring a retelling of one of Dobie's great campfire legends, Sancho's Return, this episode invites listeners to experience the magic of this unique celebration of western letters now hailed as "The Greatest Little Literary Festival in Texas." 
    Dobie Dichos
    Donna Ingham
    Lee Haile

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    • 33 min
    12. Postcard from Rosenberg - "The Boldness of Black Cowboys"

    12. Postcard from Rosenberg - "The Boldness of Black Cowboys"

    Mention the word “cowboy” today and you might think of Gary Cooper in High Noon, or Gene Autry singing under “starry skies.” Indeed, one can’t overstate the impact Hollywood, comic books, and showmen like Buffalo Bill played in shaping the mythology of the American West. What is rarely reflected in too many of these depictions, however, is that in the 1800s, alongside countless Mexican vaqueros, one out of every four cowboys were black- many of them ex  slaves. In this episode, we’ll introduce you to two extraordinary cowboys, Larry Callies and Myrtis Dightman Jr., who are not only working hard to change perspectives surrounding these narratives, but whose stories are epic on their own terms.
    http://www.blackcowboymuseum.org/
    Prairie View Trail Riders Association

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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
137 Ratings

137 Ratings

Brainwave Podcaster ,

Love the voices

Vanishing Postcards is an audio introduction to parts of Texas most of us don’t know. The focus, interviewing, editing and script transitions are handled at a professional level. Well done!

CharmingTNGal ,

Professional Storytelling!

Love the premise of this show! I started with the episode in Seaton and loved the way you could still hear the banter of the dance hall while guests were interviewed. Well done!

TACIIIBC ,

Must Listen

My son 36 lives in Salado and has an old soul turned me on to this. I just binged the entire series. Texas is a big state and can’t wait for more stories. I grew up in Dumas but live in Abilene now. Visited and played golf all over this great state and it still blows my mind how big and different we are based on the region we live in or where we were raised. Keep feeding us these great stories.

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