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Author: Imperative Entertainment and Texas Monthly

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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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Trailer:  Boomtown

Trailer: Boomtown

2019-12-0203:196

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.    Boomtown is a 10-part podcast series, with new episodes publishing every Tuesday starting December 10, 2019. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Host Christian Wallace takes us back to his hometown in the Permian Basin, which is nearly unrecognizable to him today. We meet a few of the people whose lives have been upended by the biggest oil boom in U.S. history. Upstart: Find out how low your Upstart rate is at Upstart.com/Boomtown. Native: Get 20% off your first purchase at NativeDeodorant.com, using promo code BOOMTOWN at checkout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dust to Dust | Chapter 3

Dust to Dust | Chapter 3

2019-12-2437:0410

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In the Permian Basin, the rewards of roughnecking come with incredible risk. For one Andrews family, that danger became a true nightmare. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Boobtown | Chapter 5

Boobtown | Chapter 5

2020-01-0734:069

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. Upstart: Find out how low your rate is at Upstart.com/boomtown. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A Thin Line | Chapter 6

A Thin Line | Chapter 6

2020-01-1431:036

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. SimpliSafe: Get free shipping plus a 60-day money-back guarantee at SimpliSafe.com/boomtown Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mojo Magic | Chapter 7

Mojo Magic | Chapter 7

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The Permian Basin is the birthplace of Friday Night Lights. But the historic oil boom threatens beloved high school football traditions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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. SimpliSafe: Get free shipping plus a 60-day money-back guarantee at SimpliSafe.com/boomtown. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Christian talks with renowned business writer Bethany McLean about how the finances of fracking aren't what they're cracked up to be. Upstart: Find out how low your rate is at upstart.com/boomtown. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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. Upstart: Find out how low your rate is at upstart.com/boomtown. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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? Upstart: Find out how low your rate is at upstart.com/boomtown. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Fertility doctor Jan Karbaat was renowned for getting amazing results. Women who were desperate for children would visit him at his Rotterdam clinic and always leave pregnant. But when the clinic closed, rumors began about the methods Karbaat used to achieve his success. The children conceived at the clinic – the Karbaat Kids – began asking difficult questions about what happened to their mothers. What happened in Dr. Karbaat’s clinic? From Somethin’ Else, The Immaculate Deception is a story about a doctor who was determined to create life – by any means possible. Reported and hosted by Jenny Kleeman. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Gangster Capitalism is back. This season, the NRA is in the crosshairs. This past year has rocked the country’s most powerful special interest organization like none other. Internal power struggles have exposed the group’s questionable, and possibly illegal practices which now threaten the nearly 150 year old nonprofit like never before. We’re pulling back the curtain to reveal that this has little to do with guns. It’s about money. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Comments (20)

Don Keith

Really great podcast series. Informative and entertaining, great interviews and the narrator's personal connections made you feel connected too.

Mar 5th
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alex hargrave

Susan's voice is so annoooying.

Feb 25th
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AH

Great podcast that covered multiple angles of a story. I'll be watching for the TV miniseries or movie release in the theaters (it's that good). ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Feb 20th
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Kelly Reay

I'm sad it's over, I've looked forward to each episode! Thank you for the great work you all did, I thought it was a good, balanced look into life in a place that's so important but I never knew about. You're good at the podcast thing, do it again!!

Feb 19th
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Tiffanie Gates

love this podcast

Feb 18th
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Kelly Reay

This whole podcast has been so interesting, I've really enjoyed it! Thank you for all the work you and your team have put into making it!

Feb 11th
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AH

Great podcast!

Feb 2nd
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Carl Doby

Pappy O'Daneil was a Democrat.

Jan 8th
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Vic Underwood

Easy come Easy go!

Dec 27th
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Vic Underwood

Like the History lessons.

Dec 27th
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Jennifer Esparza

I grew up in a small bust town in central Wyoming in the mid 80's. This pod cast hits really close to home. You caputer the community and hearts of the community in a true light. Very genuine. Thank you for giving the everyday real people a voice.

Dec 27th
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lee colleton

The discovery of #oil in Texas, the West and also in the Middle East literally fueled the fires of war. It wasn't merely incidental, as this podcast maintains @ ~7 minutes in

Dec 24th
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ginablv

I'm enjoying the content, but occasionally the background music drowns out the host's voice.

Dec 17th
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Christy Bean Hargrove

this is my life!!!! my Dad all my life, to the ripe ole age of 69 on the road oilfielding and now my HUSBAND!

Dec 12th
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