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Gun Rights in Texas

2015-03-29 :: Come and Take It
Length: 36s

The abiding image of Texas is that of the frontier cowboy with a six shooter in his holster and a Bowie knife tucked into his belt. Throughout its history, the Lone Star State has been associated with firearms, and this week we take a look at the history of gun rights in Texas.…

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Crazy Waters of Mineral Wells

2015-03-22 :: Come and Take It
Length: 16s

From its beginning as a small ranch on the edge of the prairie to its rise as a resort town made famous by the curative waters of its artisan wells, Mineral Wells has had a remarkable history, and the Crazy Water Hotel is right at the center of it. This week we look at the amazing story of the Crazy Water of Mineral Wells!…

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Roy P. Benavidez

2015-03-15 :: Come and Take It
Length: 17s

Roy Benavidez left behind the poverty of his south Texas home town of Cuero for a career in the U.S. Army Special Forces. An incredible act of heroism would make him one of the most decorated American soldiers of the Vietnam War, earning him the Medal of Honor and ensuring his place as one of Texas greatest heroes.…

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Audie Murphy

2015-03-08 :: Come and Take It
Length: 28s

Audie Murphy went to from the cotton fields of Texas to the battlefields of Europe to the lights of Hollywood in his all-too-brief life. One of the most decorated soldiers in American history, perhaps his greatest legacy was his work to shed light on post traumatic stress disorder. This week we look at one of the truly great Texas heroes, Audie Murphy.…

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Dazed and Confused

2015-03-01 :: Come and Take It
Length: 33s

Quentin Tarantino called it one of the best films of the 90’s. For many fans, Dazed and Confused represents Texan director Richard Linklater’s mainstream cinema debut and a launching pad for fellow Texan and Academy Award Winner Matthew McConaughey's film career. But this movie tells a wonderful personal story of youth in Texas. And cars. And Foghat. Today we go back in time to Austin, 1976 for Dazed and Confused.…

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James Collinsworth

2015-02-22 :: Come and Take It
Length: 14s

Interred at the Founders Memorial Cemetery in Houston is one of the lesser-known founders of the Republic of Texas. Before the tragic end to his short life, he was a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, the first Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, and an early candidate for President of the Republic. Today we’re talking about James Thompson Collinsworth, on Come and Take It!…

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Stevie Ray Vaughan: Texas Flood

2015-02-15 :: Come and Take It
Length: 18s

"One of the most beloved and influential musicians to ever come from Texas was legendary blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. In the early 1980s, he skyrocketed to fame on the back of his first album, Texas Flood. This week we’re going to talk about this great album, and the legacy of the man behind it.…

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Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and the Day the Music Died

2015-02-08 :: Come and Take It
Length: 25s

Although his career on the national stage was brief, Buddy Holly's influence has been vivid and long-lasting. He and the Big Bopper, both native Texans, gained almost legendary status when they lost their lives in a tragic plane crash on the night of February 3, 1959.…

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The King of Ragtime: Scott Joplin

2015-02-01 :: Come and Take It
Length: 31s

Scott Joplin was one of the most influential musicians and composers in American history. The son of poor black workers in East Texas, he was instrumental in popularizing ragtime music, an early precursor to jazz. Despite his popularity, the critical success and acceptance he craved within classical music circles eluded him, and he died an early death in poverty and obscurity. Nearly 50 years would pass before he became recognized outside of the musical world for his influence on America's music and culture.…

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Dr Pepper

2015-01-25 :: Come and Take It
Length: 30s

When you think about drinking a cold one in Texas, most people probably think about taking a pull off a Lone Star longneck. But for many natives of Texas, the cold beverage of choice is none other than the most original soft drink ever: Dr Pepper.…

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The Last Filibusters

2015-01-18 :: Come and Take It
Length: 23s

At the twilight of the Spanish empire, the province of Texas continued to experience periodic incursions by groups of freebooters known the filibusters. There were the privateers, including Louis Michel Aury and Jean Lafitte, who turned Galveston Island into a haven for revolution and piracy. There revolutionaries such as Mina and Perry, whose Texas incursions would spell their doom. The last of these was led by Dr. James Long, who would see little success in his endeavors, but the impact his and all the filibusters would be felt for years afterwards.…

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Guiterrez-Magee: Texas Filibuster

2015-01-11 :: Come and Take It
Length: 23s

In the 1810s and 1820s, a motley mix of adventurers, revolutionaries, and freebooters known the filibusters staged a series of incursions and invasions into the Spanish territory of Texas. They came to liberate Mexico, to carve out an independent Texas, or just for personal profit and glory, but whatever their cause, they made a lasting mark on the history of Texas. In 1813, Augustus Magee and Bernardo Guiterrez led the most successful filibustering expedition into Texas, establishing the Republic of the North for a brief time before being crushed by Spanish colonial forces.…

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Philip Nolan: The First Filibuster

2015-01-04 :: Come and Take It
Length: 18s

Before the Texas Revolution, before the Fredonia Revolt, indeed even before Mexico gained independence from Spain, an independent Texas was the goal of several groups of headstrong, brave, and perhaps foolhardy invasions by adventurers from America and other countries. These freebooters were known as the filibusters, and many consider Philip Nolan to be the first of many to make their indelible mark on Texas history.…

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William Barret Travis

2014-12-28 :: Come and Take It
Length: 33s

William Barret Travis is one of the great icons of Texas history, but few realize that he experienced such failure and disappointment in his short life. Texas truly was a transformative place for this young man, and the fame and glory he sought in life came with his glorious death. This week we look at the life of Alamo hero William Barret Travis, on Come and Take It!…

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Viva Max

2014-12-21 :: Come and Take It
Length: 38s

There are lots of classic movies about Texas and then there are movies about Texas to which time has not been so kind. Made in 1969, Viva Max! is one of these lesser films. It features an amazing cast of award winners and is based on the writings of one of the brightest minds of his generation. Today we are discussiong, Viva Max! a film about a Mexican general who re-takes the Alamo in a bid to prove his honor.…

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Big Bend

2014-12-14 :: Come and Take It
Length: 27s

Covering over 800,000 acres of far west Texas, Big Bend National Park is the first and largest national park in Texas. Larger than the state of Rhode Island, Big Bend is a diverse and fascinating combination of striking geological formations, rich diversity in plants and wildlife, amazing discoveries from the fossil record, and the darkest skies in all of Texas. This week Come and Take It visits the truly amazing Big Bend National Park!…

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Jim Bowie, Part Three

2014-12-07 :: Come and Take It
Length: 23s

Jim Bowie was a man who lived many lives. He was a swindler, a fighter, a husband, an adventurer, a patriot, and a rebel. His years in Texas had brought him prosperity as well as heartbreak. In 1836, though, would find his ultimate fate and fame as one of the doomed defenders of the Alamo. This week we finish our look at the life and death of one of Texas greatest icons, Jim Bowie.…

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Jim Bowie, Part Two

2014-11-30 :: Come and Take It
Length: 21s

In 1828, Jim Bowie left behind his controversial life in Louisiana to start again in Texas, hoping to find his fortune. He found adventure, prosperity, and heartbreak as well. Most significantly, he found his ultimate fate and fame as one of the doomed defenders of the Alamo. This week we continue our look at the life and death of adventurer, rogue, and Texas icon Jim Bowie.…

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Jim Bowie, Part One

2014-11-23 :: Come and Take It
Length: 35s

Soldier. Adventurer. Knife fighter. Land swindler. Smuggler. Rogue. Hero. All of these words were used to describe Jim Bowie, a man as famous and notorious as the deadly knife that bore his name. Words that paint the picture, but do no not tell the full story of the man who would one day meet his fate at the Alamo. This week we take a look at the early life of one of Texas greatest legends, Jim Bowie…

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UT vs. A&M: The Great Texas Rivalry

2014-11-16 :: Come and Take It
Length: 34s

The history of Texas is littered with great rivalries. The Spanish vs. the French. Texas Rangers vs. the Comanche. Santa Anna vs. Everyone. But today, as we approach the American Thanksgiving holiday, weʼre going to talk about what is, perhaps, the greatest rivalry in the history of the world: the Univeristy of Texas Longhorns vs. the Aggies of Texas A&M.…

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The Goodnight-Loving Trail

2014-11-09 :: Come and Take It
Length: 27s

To many people, Texas is cowboys and cattle drives. The image of tough, independent men driving a massive herd of longhorns across desolate country while facing impossible odds is universally iconic. But cattle drives werenʼt just a bunch of cowboys getting together and aiming a herd of cows north. They were highly profitable and well organized business ventures that followed carefully crafted and scouted trails. One of the most famous of these was the Goodnight-Loving trail, named after two classic Texas characters: Oliver Loving and Charles Goodnight, who forged an epic friendship that has become as legendary as their trail.…

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The Free State of Galveston

2014-11-02 :: Come and Take It
Length: 22s

This week we return to the early part of the 20th century to the city of Galveston. In the years after the hurricanes of 1900 and 1915 devastated the town, the island worked hard to revive itself as a port and a tourist destination The acceptance of alcohol and other vices played a major part of the recovery of the city, and had an indellible affect on Galveston and Texas history. Today we talk about the Free State of Galveston, on Come and Take It!…

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Haunted Texas: Hotels

2014-10-25 :: Come and Take It
Length: 30s

It is that time of year again, when our minds turn to the strange, bewildering, and sometimes downright creepy parts of history. There is no shortage of ghost stories in Texas, and—perhaps strangely, perhaps conveniently—many of them revolve around places that are trying to attract people to spend their money. Today we are talking about Haunted Texas hotels.…

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Cortina Troubles

2014-10-19 :: Come and Take It
Length: 35s

In 1859, tensions between longtime Tejanos and newcomer Americans in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas exploded into a conflict that became known as the Cortina Troubles. These revolved around a Tejano named Juan Nepomuceno Cortina, the so called Red Robber of the Rio Grande. Unlike many of the conflicts in the Rio Grande Valley, the motivation behind the Cortina Troubles was not one of territory or borders but social equality and a clash of cultures still felt today.…

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Santa Anna: Part 2

2014-10-12 :: Come and Take It
Length: 35s

Defeat at the hands of Texas rebels on the field of San Jacinto has left Mexican leader Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna disgraced and discredited, and his country mired in political and economic chaos. But he would rise from the ashes many times before his ambition finally overreached his usefulness.…

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Santa Anna: Part 1

2014-10-05 :: Come and Take It
Length: 35s

No man dominated the political life of the first decades of Mexico's existence like Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. But from his earliest days as a Spanish soldier to the field of San Jacinto, Santa Anna's glory was tied to Texas as much as it was to Mexico. Today we look at the early life and rise to power of the infamous Santa Anna, the Napoleon of the West.…

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Jefferson: Queen City of the Bayou

2014-09-28 :: Come and Take It
Length: 38s

Today, Jefferson is a quiet little vacation community in the forests of East Texas. But not so long ago, it was the sort of rowdy saloon and riverboat town where Mark Twain would feel right at home. Cotton was king and this city—hundreds of miles from the coast—gained a reputation as a miniature New Orleans. This lasted until the Army Corps of Engineers opened up the Red River and turned what was once a thriving port city into just another out-of-the-way town. A classic boomtown, Jefferson went from nothing to a thriving metropolis to a near ghost town in less than 40 years.…

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Forgotten Republics of Texas

2014-09-21 :: Come and Take It
Length: 32s

The Texas Revolution was only one of many rebellions that caught fire during independent Mexico’s first turbulent decades. Even before 1835—and certainly after—there were different efforts within Texas itself to create separate republics. This week, we talk about two of those: the Republic of Fredonia and the Republic of the Rio Grande. These republics were both a cause to, and a result of, the Texas Revolution in some very surprising ways.…

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Year One

2014-09-14 :: Come and Take It
Length: 47s

A little over one year ago, the first episode of Come and Take It was released to the world. Now, with 52 weekly episodes under our belt, we talk about the show's origins, how we got where we are today, and a little about where we want to go in the future.…

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The Hurricane of 1900

2014-09-07 :: Come and Take It
Length: 35s

One hundred fourteen years ago today, the Hurricane of 1900—sometimes known as Isaacs Storm or just the Galveston Hurricane—was and remains the deadliest natural disaster in United States history. A fifth of the population of the barrier island at the southern end of Galveston Bay was lost, and the true cost of this deadly storm is nearly impossible to measure. Why was it so deadly, and how did it become intrinsically linked with the name Isaac Cline?…

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Captain Joe and the Storm of 1919

2014-08-31 :: Come and Take It
Length: 30s

The South Texas city of Corpus Christi was once considered a natural refuge from hurricanes. In 1919, though it bore the brunt of a massively powerful storm which devastated the city and killed hundreds, including two of Texas first game wardens who gave their lives rescuing citizens. Today we look at the remarkable story of Captain Joe Williams and the Storm of 1919, on Come and Take It!…

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J. Erik Jonsson and the Plan for Dallas

2014-08-24 :: Come and Take It
Length: 28s

He was an engineer, a pioneer, an inventor, a businessman, and a leader. He came to Texas to help found what became Texas Instruments. He played a central role in shaping the city's reaction to the Kennedy assasination, and was called upon by the people of Dallas to fill a civic role as mayor. His years as mayor would help heal the wounds caused on that fateful November day and transform Dallas into a modern cosmopolitan city. Today we discuss J. Erik Jonnson, visionary and architect of the Plan for Dallas.…

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Tejano Heroes of the Texas Revolution

2014-08-17 :: Come and Take It
Length: 32s

When you ask 'Who are the great leaders of the Texas Revolution?', the names Houston, Austin, Bowie, Crockett, and Travis come to mind right away. But just as important to the birth of Texas are the Tejanos—Texans of Spanish descent—who took up arms against the tyranny of Santa Anna. Today we look at Juan Seguín, José Navarro, and Lorenzo de Zavala, just a few of the Tejano heroes of the Texas Revolution.…

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Great Texas Movies

2014-08-10 :: Come and Take It
Length: 1m 3s

From the earliest days of film to the big budget blockbusters and home-grown auteurs of modern cinema, Texas has played a long and critical role in the history of film-making. This week we look at some of the great films and film stars of Texas.…

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Texas During the Great War

2014-08-03 :: Come and Take It
Length: 35s

The First World War had a profound impact on the Lone Star State. From the men and women who served to its role as a training ground for soldiers and aviators, Texas played a significant part in the American war effort. What is often overlooked about World War I is the negative effect on Texas’ German population. As the world observes the centennial of this most terrible of wars, we take look back at the experience of Texas during the Great War.…

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Monumental Texas: Odds and Ends

2014-07-27 :: Come and Take It
Length: 27s

We have talked about monuments of the Texas Centennial celebration, built to commemorate some of the most important events in Texas history. But not all monuments in Texas are so grand. Many seek to honor famous Texans or the triumphs of the common man. Sometimes we just build monuments to things we like.…

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Texas Tribes: Part Two

2014-07-20 :: Come and Take It
Length: 30s

Though the Comanche may have had the most impact on Texas History and the Caddo likely had the longest contact with European settlers, there are many other Native American tribes who made their mark. These tribes run the gamut from settled, farming groups to the horse-culture plains dwellers. From the Jumano and Apache of the far west to the Wichita and Kiowa of the plains, to the Cherokee who arrived just before the Revolution, all of these native peoples have a lasting legacy in Texas.…

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Texas Tribes: Part One

2014-07-13 :: Come and Take It
Length: 28s

Long before the arrival of Europeans, the land that eventually became Texas was occupied by a diverse array of native people. The interactions of these people with the Europeans shaped both the culture and history of the state. In this episode, we look at some of the tribes that predominated the eastern half of Texas.…

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Cabeza de Vaca

2014-07-06 :: Come and Take It
Length: 25s

You could make the case that written Texas history began with a man named Cabeza de Vaca, who made history as much as he wrote it down. His 4000-mile journey, from the Florida coast through Texas to the Pacific coast of Mexico—most of it walking—is one of the earliest undertaken by a European in Texas.…

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Texas Beer

2014-06-29 :: Come and Take It
Length: 41s

The history of Texas may be bathed in blood, but it’s also soaked in beer. From small in-house and community breweries, to an explosion of regional operations in the late 1800s, and through the peak dominance of Big Beer in the mid-20th century, beer is as Texan as the bluebonnet or the armadillo. So pop the top off a longneck and start sippin’, pardner: we’re talking the history of Texas Beer.…

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Willie Nelson: Part 2

2014-06-22 :: Come and Take It
Length: 27s

He’s a legend, an outlaw, an entertainer, and the epitome of what it is to be Texan. Today we conclude our discussion of Willie Nelson in the modern years.…

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Willie Nelson: Part 1

2014-06-15 :: Come and Take It
Length: 32s

Few people embody the Texan ideal like legendary country music artist Willie Nelson. He is an icon of country music and one of the most recognizable Texans of all time. This week we examine his life, from his childhood in Texas, to the height of his success as the leader of Outlaw Country. We are proud to present this two parter on the life of the legend, Willie Nelson, on Come and Take It!…

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The Spanish Missions in Texas

2014-06-08 :: Come and Take It
Length: 38s

The Spanish mission system had a critical role in the early exploration and settlement of Texas. The system's purpose was to bring European civilization and Christianity to Native American tribes inhabiting Spanish Texas. Today we take a special look at the history of missions in the New World, its origins, and the influence it played in the development of the Lone Star State This week we are joined by our friend Stephen Guerra of The History of the Papacy podcast to look at the rich and fascinating history of the Texas Missions.…

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Mier Expedition

2014-06-01 :: Come and Take It
Length: 30s

In 1842, war between the Republic of Texas and Mexico reignited, leading to a series of disastrous invasions back and forth across the border. Today we look at the compelling story of the Mier Expedition and the infamous Black Bean incident.…

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Monumental Texas: Centennial

2014-05-25 :: Come and Take It
Length: 18s

The touchstones of Goliad, the Alamo, and San Jacinto still resonate today. They're more than just stories in the history books, though; they have a physical presence, too: the monuments of the Texas Centennial.…

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San Antonio Military Aviation

2014-05-18 :: Come and Take It
Length: 27s

We all know that the birthplace of aviation in the US is at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, where the Wright Brothers took their historic flight in 1903. But would you believe that the birthplace and incubator of American military aviation was in the historic Texas city of San Antonio? From one officer teaching himself how to fly the Wright Flyer to the global reach of Joint Base San Antonio in the 21st century, we look at San Antonio, the birthplace of American military aviation.…

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The Commemorative Air Force

2014-05-11 :: Come and Take It
Length: 20s

From their beginnings as a group of aircraft enthusiasts in the Rio Grande Valley pooling their money to purchase a surplus World War 2 fighter, the Commemorative Air Force has grown into a nationwide organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of history’s greatest warbirds.…

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A Most Pleasing Shape

2014-05-04 :: Come and Take It
Length: 25s

The borders of Texas run for nearly 3000 miles, from the Gulf of Mexico, the length of the Rio Grande, the New Mexico desert, the great plains, the Red River, the piney woods in the east, and down the Sabine River. All of these borders have evolved over time and their tale is the tale of Texas history. The result is a most pleasing shape.…

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Love Field

2014-04-27 :: Come and Take It
Length: 28s

Love Field, located six miles north of downtown Dallas, has been central to Texas aviation history since 1917. Whether training pilots for both world wars, ushering in commercial aviation to the state, or playing its own part in the tragedy of the JFK assassination, Love Field has had many historic moments.…

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The Runaway Scrape and San Jacinto

2014-04-20 :: Come and Take It
Length: 39s

After the fall of the Alamo and the massacre at Goliad, Texans fled east to stay one step ahead of Santa Anna's pursuit. The Runaway Scrape, as it came to be known, would have a lasting legacy in the history of the Lone Star State, and would lead to one of the most stunning reversals of fortune in all of history, the Battle of San Jacinto, where Texans turned and faced Santa Anna and won their independence.…

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Texas City Disaster

2014-04-13 :: Come and Take It
Length: 27s

Early on the morning of April 16, 1947, the booming port of Texas City, Texas, became the site of the deadliest industrial accident in American history.…

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Political Myths and Legends of Texas

2014-04-06 :: Come and Take It
Length: 29s

Texas is a big state with a rich history, so naturally it attracts some big and rich myths and legends, especially political ones. This week we look at the facts and history behind some of the myths and legends in the Lone Star State.…

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Texas Rangers Baseball

2014-03-30 :: Come and Take It
Length: 29s

For many years there has been debate in the state about which Major League baseball team is the “true” baseball team of Texas. At either end of the I-45 corridor sit two great franchises with amazing histories, the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers. This week we take a look at highs and lows of the heroes of the diamond in Arlington, TX, the Texas Rangers.…

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Most Hallowed Ground: Goliad

2014-03-23 :: Come and Take It
Length: 29s

The Presidio Nuestra Señora de Loreto de la Bahía,more commonly known as Goliad, has a long history as some of the most fought over ground in Texas. For over a century, the Presidio, or fortress, at Goliad had been one of the most important military installations in Texas, and was the center of several bloody battles. The most famous of these was on March 27, 1836, Palm Sunday, when the Texan garrison of Goliad, under Col. James Fannin, was marched out of the presidio and executed by their Mexican captors. This massacre would spur Texas forces on in their fight for independence. This week we Remember Goliad!…

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Texas Rangers Part Two

2014-03-16 :: Come and Take It
Length: 29s

The men who filled the ranks of the early Texas Rangers were of a unique breed, and many went on to serve the Republic and State of Texas in greater roles.…

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Texas Rangers Part One

2014-03-09 :: Come and Take It
Length: 29s

While today the Texas Rangers are a branch of the Department of Public Safety, their roots stretch back to the loosely-organized militia that ranged the frontier in Texas during the late 1800s. A unique breed of self-sufficient soldiers, the Rangers went toe-to-toe with Indians, Mexican troops, and outlaws to become legendary.…

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John Wayne's The Alamo

2014-03-02 :: Come and Take It
Length: 34s

Fifteen years in the making, The Alamo was a dream project for legendary Western star John Wayne. Through trials and tribulations, Wayne assembled a cast and crew in South Texas and created a sprawling epic that for many years was the defining vision of most famous battle in Texas history. Today we discuss the fabulous story of this classic film and its own impact on the story of Texas.…

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Whataburger

2014-02-23 :: Come and Take It
Length: 28s

In 1950, Harmon Dobson founded a hamburger stand that would become a Texas institution. Join us as we discuss the history of Whataburger, on Come and Take It!…

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Loving County

2014-02-16 :: Come and Take It
Length: 20s

A few miles past the middle of nowhere, deep in the desert of west Texas is Loving County, the least populous county in the United States. Yet this tiny place has a rich and fascinating history, and a unique character that is as big as Texas! Travel with us to Mentone, Tx, as we explore the story of Loving County, America's emptiest county, the ultimate in Small Town Texas!…

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Britt Johnson

2014-02-09 :: Come and Take It
Length: 14s

African-American frontiersman Britton Johnson became a legend on the Texas Frontier for bravery and perseverance in setting out alone into Comancheria to search for his captured wife and children. Through two years of trial and heartache, he not only succeeded in liberating his family but several other captives as well. This week we learn about the life and death of a true Texas Original, Britton Johnson!…

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Camels of Camp Verde

2014-02-02 :: Come and Take It
Length: 18s

Starting in 1855, the U.S. Army experimented with camels as pack animals in the arid plains and hills of West Texas. While the evaluations seemed to go well, eventually the whole idea was abandoned and the U.S. Camel Corps became a footnote in the history of the Lone Star State.…

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Creed Taylor

2014-01-26 :: Come and Take It
Length: 26s

Present at the first and last battles of Texas, Creed Taylor was a soldier, ranger, father, and possibly even an outlaw. Join us this week as we discuss one of the most interesting lives in Texas history.…

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Reconstruction in Texas Part 2

2014-01-19 :: Come and Take It
Length: 34s

This week we finish our examination of the Reconstruction Era by looking at the Lee-Peacock Feud in the Corners Region north of Dallas, one of the bloodiest conflicts during the era. We also see the rise and fall of the Radical Republicans, and the legacy of the Reconstruction.…

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Reconstruction in Texas Part 1

2014-01-12 :: Come and Take It
Length: 22s

The summer of 1865 found Texas in a state of chaos as the Civil War came to an end. It was the start of a decade that brought more conflict and violence than even the previous four years of war had, with the political and social future of the state in the balance. This week we present the first episode in a two part series as we look at the first years of Reconstruction in Texas.…

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Texas BBQ

2014-01-05 :: Come and Take It
Length: 39s

Other places claim to have the best barbeque, but only Texas has the rich variety of different styles and techniques to be the Barbeque King of the World!…

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Indianola

2013-12-29 :: Come and Take It
Length: 16s

"Of the many ghost towns in Texas, none died as tragic a death as Indianola." Join us today as we examine the amazing history of Indianola, the Queen City of Texas. In only 45 years, this town on Texas coast went from a tiny drop off point for the German settlements to become the second largest port in the state before its tragic descruction from two terrible hurricanes. Today it is only a wind swept historical site and fishing pier, but Texas will never forget the city that became know as "The Mother of Western Texas".…

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Panna Maria

2013-12-22 :: Come and Take It
Length: 20s

In 1854 the first Polish colony was founded in America, right here in Texas! We discuss the journey, hardships, and history of these amazing Texans.…

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The Civil War in Texas

2013-12-15 :: Come and Take It
Length: 22s

From 1861 to 1865, the flag of the Confederacy flew over Texas as its sixth flag. While war raged in the other Southern states, it rarely touched Texas directly. The impact of this terrible conflict would continue to be felt in the Lone Star State into modern times.…

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The Great Commanche Raid of 1840

2013-12-08 :: Come and Take It
Length: 25s

For most of Texas' early history, the Comanche people were the most powerful Indian tribe in the state and the Southern Plains, and the great fear of Texan settlers was that they would join together and strike deep into the heart of the state. In 1840, conflict with the Republic of Texas would see the Comanche and their allies do just that, as they launched the largest raid against European settlement in US history, a raid all the way from the Panhandle to the Gulf. Today on Come and Take It, we discuss The Great Raid of 1840 and the history of the Comanche in Texas.…

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Johnson Space Center and Space City, U.S.A.

2013-12-01 :: Come and Take It
Length: 24s

The story of Texas has always been about self-reliance and living on the edge of the frontier. There is no better example of this than the crucial role that Texas---and the Houston area in particular---have played in the United States’ manned space flight program.…

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The Fracas at Daileyville

2013-11-24 :: Come and Take It
Length: 15s

In 1880's South Texas, a feud boiled over into one of the worst gunfights you've never heard of, The Fracas at Daileyville.…

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JFK—Beyond Dealey Plaza

2013-11-17 :: Come and Take It
Length: 16s

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, TX. For an entire generation, where you were on November 22, 1963 is one of the defining points of their lives. Its continuing legacy is felt both psychologically and physically through the very geography of the city.…

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Deep Ellum and the Dallas Live Music Scene

2013-11-10 :: Come and Take It
Length: 19s

From its early days as the birthplace of Texas Blues to its rebrith as a home for alternative music, Deep Ellum has always been a significant cultural touchstone for Texas. Join us as we explore the fascinating history of the "deep end of Elm" and its dramatic contemporary resurgence.…

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Six Flags - The Entertainment Capitol of Texas

2013-11-03 :: Come and Take It
Length: 20s

The Six Flags Entertainment Corp. is the world’s largest theme park corporation, with dozens of parks and attractions all over the world. To most people, the phrase “six flags” means nothing more than a corporate branding. But for generations of Texans, there truly is only one “Six Flags” theme park, and it’s located at 360 and I-30 in Arlington, Texas. Join us as we take a look back at Six Flags Over Texas – The Entertainment Capitol of Texas…

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Ghost Stories of Texas

2013-10-27 :: Come and Take It
Length: 26s

A special Halloween episode, exploring some of the best known ghost stories tied directly to Texas History.…

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Texas Boomtowns

2013-10-20 :: Come and Take It
Length: 16s

In this show, we take a look at the phenomenon of the boomtown, including the most famous examples, the Texas Oil Boomtown. We look at Wink, Tx, a tiny spot in the middle of the West Texas desert which transformed overnight from a horse pasture into a bustling and wild city of 20000. We also look at the current Fracking boom going on today and talk about what oil boomtowns and the oil industry in Texas means to us.…

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The Last Great Pirate of the Caribbean - Jean LaFitte

2013-10-13 :: Come and Take It
Length: 12s

On this show, we look at the life and legend of Jean Lafitte, the last great pirate of the Caribbean. We examine the mysteries and contradictions of his life and death, the legacy he left, and what he means to Texas and Texans.…

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Tough Guys, Wildmen, and Heroes: The Legends of Texas Wrasslin'

2013-10-06 :: Come and Take It
Length: 18s

The wild and woolly history of professional wrestling in Texas, from Wild Bull Curry and the Funks to the Von Erichs and Stone Cold Steve Austin. We examine the facinating legacy of the wrestlers and promotions of the Lone Star State.…

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The Battle of Gonzales - The First Battle of the Texas Revolution

2013-09-29 :: Come and Take It
Length: 19s

On October 2, in the village of Gonzales near San Antonio, Texian colonists resisted the attempt by the Mexican officials to sieze a small cannon, challenging the Mexican soldiers to "Come and Take It". Fighting broke out, becoming the last straw in the relationship between Texas and the Mexican government of Santa Anna. This tiny skirmish would set Texas on the road to independence. The flag they fought under would inspire this revolution as well as this podcast.…

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Flagship of the Texas Navy

2013-09-22 :: Come and Take It
Length: 17s

Second in her class but first to launch, the _U.S.S. Texas (BB-35)_ is a veteran of both world wars and the pride of the Texas Navy. The only ship of her class still afloat, she's made history and seen history, and still has plenty to share in her role as a museum ship. Join us as we discuss her incredible journey and what she means to us and the people of Texas.…

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L'expérience française au Texas

2013-09-08 :: Come and Take It
Length: 20s

We explore the French experience in Texas and why France is one of the "Six Flags Over Texas". What did the French attempts at exploring and colonizing Texas bring to developing the culture and history of Texas?…

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Come and Take It

Come and Take It is a talk show about Texas, by Texans. Three friends born and raised in Texas share their views on the state's history, culture, and just what it means to be Texan.

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