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The Best Storyteller In Texas Podcast

Author: Kent Hance

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Host Kent Hance shares insightful, educational and often hilarious stories from
his legendary life as a lawyer, a former U.S. Congressman, a university chancellor, and most notably, a native Texan.

With themes ranging from leadership to politics and great friendships with some colorful characters, this podcast is an opportunity for Hance to share some of his rare, behind-the-scenes experiences and to solidify his unofficial title as The Best Storyteller in Texas.
436 Episodes
In this episode of the "The Best Storyteller in Texas" podcast, Kent discusses the press's role in the political landscape and President Biden's performance. Kent criticizes the media for not holding Biden accountable and failing to ask tough questions. He discusses the potential political futures of Biden, Vice President Harris, and Gavin Newsom. The conversation also touches on issues like the border crisis, the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the influence of social media on news consumption. Additionally, they discuss lighter topics such as golf, workweek trends in Greece, and Texas Tech's new partnership with Adidas. The saying of the day (00:00:27) Kent Hance discusses the role of the press in the current political landscape and the performance of President Biden. The press's failure to ask tough questions (00:01:36) The lack of inquisitive and balanced reporting by the press, particularly regarding President Biden's performance and the Russian hoax. The press's failure to ask about Biden's competence (00:03:08) The press's reluctance to question President Biden's competence and governance, as well as their unequal treatment of different political figures. The press's advocacy and lack of fair reporting (00:05:46) The press's tendency to act as advocates for one side and their failure to ask tough questions to both sides. The press's role in the border issue (00:08:11) The impact of the press on the national and global exposure of the border issue, and Governor Greg Abbott's role in bringing attention to it. The press's responsibility to ask tough questions (00:09:31) The importance of the press to ask tough questions and not be shielded by the White House, as well as the need for self-examination. The press's failure to cover Biden's issues (00:11:51) The press's lack of coverage of Biden's stumbling and potential health issues, and the need for balanced reporting. The press's role in exposing weaknesses in democracy (00:17:15) The press's responsibility to ask tough questions and expose weaknesses in the leadership, as well as the role of Jill Biden in the current situation. The press's failure to challenge President Biden (00:19:55) The press's failure to challenge President Biden's performance and ask tough questions, and the impact of their silence. Biden's Resignation Speculation (00:20:39) Discussion about the possibility of President Biden stepping down and potential successors. Gavin Newsom's Media Coverage (00:21:35) The press's interest in Gavin Newsom and the challenges of Vice President Harris's role. Vice President Selection Process (00:22:18) Debate over Vice President Harris's qualifications and loyalty, and the impact on the presidential election. George Stephanopoulos Interview (00:24:11) Debate over the nature of the interview and its potential impact on public perception. Media's Role and Credibility (00:25:40) Criticism of media's coverage of President Biden's performance and the influence of social media on news consumption. Global Workweek Trends (00:27:54) Discussion on Greece's six-day work week and the potential impact on productivity. Ozempic and Dating Apps (00:27:54) Controversy surrounding the weight loss drug Ozempic and trust issues with dating app profiles. Golf and Independence Day Poll (00:29:37) Anecdotes about golf, including an invitation to play at Wingfoot, and a poll on American pride. Augusta National and Texas Tech (00:30:47) Discussion on invitations to play at Augusta National and Texas Tech's golf program. Texas Tech's Adidas Partnership (00:32:04) Positive feedback on Texas Tech's partnership announcement with Adidas and the role of Patrick Mahomes in the deal. Gary Peterson's Success Story (00:32:44) Reflection on Gary Peterson's achievements and humility. The Importance of Free Press (00:33:12) Thomas Jefferson's quote on the significance of a free press.
In this podcast episode, Gary Peterson shares his journey from his upbringing in Lubbock and Amarillo to his successful career in the oil and gas industry. He discusses his education at Texas Tech University, where he majored in finance and participated in the marching band and ROTC. Peterson reflects on his career trajectory, including his time at Republic National Bank of Dallas and founding Endcap Investments. He also highlights his involvement with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and the Energy Advisory Council. Throughout the conversation, Peterson emphasizes work ethic, community involvement, and the evolving landscape of the oil and gas industry. Gary Peterson's background (00:00:00) Gary's upbringing, education, and early experiences, including his family, school, and military service. Impact of Vietnam War (00:02:15) Gary reflects on the impact of the Vietnam War on his high school experience and the loss of friends. Transition to professional life (00:06:12) Gary discusses his transition from college to professional life, including his job search and early career in banking. Formation of Endcap Investments (00:10:10) Gary explains the formation of Endcap Investments with his three partners and their unconventional academic backgrounds. Success and challenges of Endcap Investments (00:11:33) Gary shares the challenges and success of Endcap Investments, including their work ethic and the current shift in investor attitudes. Future of oil and gas industry (00:14:50) Gary discusses the evolving oil and gas industry and its future prospects, emphasizing cleaner production methods. Global expansion and investor base (00:18:21) Gary talks about the global expansion of Endcap Investments and their diverse investor base, including sovereign wealth funds. Early investors and business relationships (00:19:05) Gary highlights the early investors in Endcap Investments and the importance of previous business relationships. These are the timestamps covered in the podcast episode transcription segment. Why should we invest money with you? (00:20:17) Gary Peterson discusses raising funds for his first fund and the article about the rise and fall of Republic National Bank of Dallas. The fall of First National Dallas (00:20:49) Discussion about the real estate market plummeting and the president of First National Dallas. Involvement in sports (00:22:05) Gary Peterson's personal experiences and involvement in sports, including football and swimming. Investing in professional sports teams (00:22:22) Gary Peterson's investment in the Texans and Astros, and his involvement in the sports industry. Attributes of success (00:27:21) Gary Peterson attributes his success to hard work, fear of failure, and giving back to the community. Business operations and staying private (00:29:29) Discussions about the company's operations, being privately held, and reasons for remaining private. Biggest deals and creating Plains All American (00:30:13) Gary Peterson discusses significant deals and the creation of Plains All American, a major crude oil gatherer and transporter. Transition from finance to success (00:33:03) Gary Peterson's journey from financial struggles to achieving success, with mentions of the influence of good people and giving back. Support for Texas Tech and involvement in sports (00:36:13) Gary Peterson's support for Texas Tech, including contributions to the Matador Club, and excitement for the upcoming football season. Concerns about the country and the value of grassroots schools (00:39:46) Gary Peterson expresses concerns about the country's division and praises Texas Tech as a grassroots, solid school. Jokes and Funny Stories (00:40:30) Speaker 2 shares anecdotes about telling jokes and funny stories in class, creating a lively atmosphere. Guest Speakers (00:41:16) Speaker 1 discusses the guest speakers in the class, including notable personalities like governors, CEOs, and a NASA flight director. College Experiences (00:42:51) Speaker 1 shares a personal college experience about a challenging economics class and the importance of persistence. Academic Subjects (00:44:31) Discussion about the diversity of students in the class, including finance, engineering, and accounting majors, and their experiences with tough subjects. Time Management and Multitasking (00:46:42) Speaker 1 shares his time management techniques, including multitasking while working out, emphasizing the value of not wasting time.  
In this episode of "Kent Hance: The Best Storyteller in Texas," Kent delves into a variety of topics, including historical events, business strategies, and current news stories. He discusses the importance of diverse thinking, highlighted by a quote from General Patton. The conversation also covers Napoleon's ill-fated invasion of Russia in 1812 and the War of 1812 between the U.S. and Britain. Additionally, they touch on modern issues such as Americans' vacation habits and the challenges of adapting to technological changes in business. The episode concludes with a humorous anecdote about a criminal who refused to return stolen beer.
In this episode, Kent delves into a range of topics, from historical events like the Battle of Bunker Hill and the Watergate break-in to current issues such as Hunter Biden's conviction and political fundraising. Hance shares his insights on political strategies, the cost of visiting Disney parks, and the challenges of running a restaurant. The conversation is a blend of historical analysis, political commentary, and personal anecdotes.
Originally released May 1, 2021 In this episode: How does a kid go from living in a rundown tenement, performing at the bottom of his class, to becoming a Yale-educated, renowned neurosurgeon serving as U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development? Dr. Carson credits much of his success to a wise and persistent mother, a TV quiz show, and a good education. He shares his belief in the power of prayer and affirms, “The person who has the most to do with what happens to you in life is you.”
Kent shares what he believes to be the most demeaning thing in politics.
In this episode of "Kent Hance: The Best Storyteller in Texas," Kent Hance delves into various topics, starting with the leadership and impact of Generals George Patton and Earl Rudder during World War II. He highlights their contributions to military history and Texas A&M University. The episode also features a clip of 100-year-old WWII veteran Castor Salemi sharing his service experiences. Hance adds humor with an anecdote about an accidental bombing and discusses political views, severe weather in West Texas, tipping culture, business competition, and TV game shows, offering a rich mix of history, humor, and cultural insights.
In today's fast-paced world, staying focused is a challenge, especially with the overwhelming flood of information. Young people, in particular, struggle to stay attentive amidst the noise. It's crucial to filter sources of information to avoid the drastic consequences of misinformation, which can even lead to severe outcomes like wars. Tune into the episode for a deep dive into focus in the information age.
Alann Webb was a hero of World War II and his story deserves to be heard.  
Kent shares a story about a man who was described by the jailer as looking like a “Big 'ol Grape.” He then explains why he waited a bit before securing the man’s release from jail.
Classic Bob Bullock

Classic Bob Bullock


Today in "Kent's Clips," Kent shares a classic story about the 38th Lieutenant Governor of Texas, Bob Bullock. Governor Bullock was in a foul mood one day, and Kent ended up catching the brunt of it.
In this episode, Kent delves into the Trump trial, rigorously analyzing the judge's potential biases and the media's influence on public perception. He explores the trial's implications for future politics and elections, as well as the contentious issue of immunity for ex-presidents. Additionally, the episode examines a study on preferred living states, providing a comprehensive blend of legal analysis and societal insights.
Rick Perry Part 3

Rick Perry Part 3


This episode was originally published Nov 22, 2022: Kent wraps up his visit with Rick Perry, who talks about his two years as Texas lieutenant governor and his accomplishments as Texas’ longest continuously serving governor. Perry tells us why being Texas governor was the best job he’s ever had, why being Secretary of Energy in the Trump administration was the most interesting, and ticks off some impressive accomplishments at DOE that have made America substantially safer, stronger, and more competitive.
Rick Perry Part 2

Rick Perry Part 2


This episode was originally published in Nov 2022: Kent again talks with former Texas Governor Rick Perry. What was it like to go from being a Paint Creek boy who’d seldom left home to flying C-130s for the Air Force in Europe? Perry tells how a 30-inch rainfall changed the trajectory of his life, discusses his early days in politics, reflects on the rewards of volunteering, and shares one of the most valuable lessons from his public service career. With all its drama, why does Perry prefer the Texas political arena over Washington, DC?
This episode was originally published in November 2022. Kent chats with a Texas statesmen, former Governor and U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry about a range of topics: Perry’s upbringing in the remote West Texas town of Paint Creek; how his parents, coaches, and scoutmaster positively influenced his life; and the iconic small-town cultural experience of six-man football. The secretary reveals the three things he knew he wanted from life at age 16, discusses his years at TAMU, and reveals a point of pride from his long public service career.
The Drunken Aussie

The Drunken Aussie


A classic story that shows how important it is to get accurate information before making a decision.
A Truck and a Toe Job

A Truck and a Toe Job


When a congressman from Louisiana found himself in trouble, a friend attempted to assist him. It's easy to see why the press didn't believe his excuse.
Today in Kent's Clip: Kent shares stories about Bill Clinton and John McClain
In this episode, Kent delves into a medley of subjects, from the solemnity of Memorial Day to the soaring costs of groceries. The discussion also veers into the realm of service animals, with quirky tales of unconventional ones like peacocks and snakes. Additionally, the episode is peppered with discussions about community innovations, including a giant Monopoly board.
This week's Fan Favorite is from Jan 2024. In this episode, tune in to hear Kent's keynote address delivered to the Salesmanship Club of Dallas. Established in 1920, the Salesmanship Club of Dallas stands as a nonprofit service organization dedicated to fostering fellowship, philanthropy, and the overall welfare of the broader Dallas community. For over a century, the Salesmanship Club of Dallas has been unwavering in its commitment to spearheading innovation and making a lasting impact on the holistic well-being of children.