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Where the West Commences podcast
31 minutes | Jul 6, 2020
The Life and Movies of Jimmy Stewart
This episode explores the life and movies of Jimmy Stewart, and the contribution he made to the film library of American Westerns. We visit Indiana, Pennsylvania, and tour the Jimmy Stewart Museum to delve into his military career and his film legacy.
31 minutes | Jun 1, 2020
Tribute to The Rifleman
The Boys pay tribute to The Rifleman TV Show.
31 minutes | May 18, 2020
The Fate of the Ft.. Worth Five
In a moment of impulsiveness, the core members of the infamous "Hole in the Wall Gang" dressed up and posed for a group picture in a Ft. Worth professional studio. Once that picture was developed, it was posted and circulated into the hands of every law enforcement agency in the country. That photo sealed the doom of this illusive gang, because no longer did the police have to rely on sketches, drawings, and verbal recollections of what these men looked like. They now had an actual photograph of Butch Cassidy and his gang to work from.
29 minutes | May 11, 2020
Tribute to Kirk Douglas
As a tribute to the legendary actor who filmed 18 westerns in his acting career, we celebrate the life and films of Kirk Douglas.
33 minutes | May 4, 2020
The Women of the Wild West
Daring and gutsy men were not alone in leaving their mark on the wild west. A handful of audacious women carved out their names in the western hall of fame. We will single out four of the many women who conquered the west in their own unique way - Annie Oakly, Calamity Jane, Susie Anderson, and Josie Earp.
31 minutes | Apr 27, 2020
Remember the Alamo
March 6, 2020 marked the 184th anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo. In honor of this crucial event in the history of the west, the boys pay tribute to the 13 days of glory at the siege of Alamo.
26 minutes | Apr 20, 2020
The Pony Express
This episode celebrates the short-lived cross-country mail delivery service known as The Pony Express, which operated from April 1860 to October 1861. Daring riders fulfilled the promise of delivering a letter from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, in just ten days by horseback. Riders included such celebrated characters as Buffalo Bill Cody, who signed on at the tender age of 15.
29 minutes | Apr 13, 2020
Keeping Time in the West
Once the railroads became popular with American travelers, the flaws inherent in relying on "Solar Time" for railroad arrival and departure schedules required a remedy. In this episode we delve into the creation of the four standard time zones for the continental US.
34 minutes | Apr 6, 2020
Coast to Coast
The Transcontinental Railroad joined our nation together in 1869, making it possible to travel from New York to San Francisco in less than five days - a mind-boggling improvement over the usual 6-month wagon train ordeal. We salute this amazing achievement and the leap forward it contributed to the settlement of the west.
34 minutes | Mar 30, 2020
The Code of the West
The hallowed traditional cowboy "Code of the West" comes under careful scrutiny, with a point by point analysis of each of the ten behaviors expected of buckaroos in the old west.
26 minutes | Mar 23, 2020
Civil War Medicine
The quality of medical care rendered to wounded soldiers on the battlefield during the American Civil War is explored, as well as lessons learned that greatly improved all aspects of the medical profession for generations to come.
29 minutes | Mar 9, 2020
Tom & Larry serve up clips from the 5 most popular episodes from their first 24 podcasts.
21 minutes | Mar 2, 2020
In this episode we celebrate that essential mode of transportation in the glory days of the wild west - the stagecoach. Along with the railroad and covered wagons, the stagecoach was synonymous with western travel in the 19th century. By today's standards it was cramped, crude, dusty, and bone-jarring, but in its day it was considered a luxury.
29 minutes | Feb 24, 2020
The Future of the Western Genre
There are rumblings in Hollywood that the traditional western as a movie genre is dead. We beg to differ. Tom and Larry offer their theories as to why western films have fallen into disfavor, and what needs to be done to fix it.
22 minutes | Feb 17, 2020
The Great Romances of the West
The wild west wasn't all fist fights and shootouts. Some of our western heroes made time to connect with the ultimate love of their life. In this episode Tom and Larry share some of the epic love stories of the old west, where life was fragile and the future uncertain, making affairs of the heart even more urgent.
20 minutes | Feb 10, 2020
The Great Train Robbery
Tom & Larry give a proper "Thank-You" to the western movie that started it all - and I mean all of it. It kick-started the entire film industry by showing everyone how to tell a story on film. It was made in 1903 and is credited as being the first actual movie. Despite its short 10-minute length, it drew crowds like no other film in the pre-nickelodeon era. And the name of the movie was "The Great Train Robbery".
25 minutes | Feb 3, 2020
The Fastest Gun Alive
The reputation as "the fastest gun alive" was a two-edged sword in the west - you got respect, but you were the target of every hot head determined to claim your title for his own. It is no surprise that no one who wore that title ever lived to see the age of 40. Tom and Larry will critique the top five deadliest pistoliers of the old west, as well as modern day competitors looking to win that same title in national quick draw contests.
19 minutes | Jan 27, 2020
How the West Was Sold
In the next episode we explore the world of advertising and reveal the many ways Madison Avenue co-ops the appeal of "The West" by attaching its cachet to a wide range of products and services, from food to cars, perfume, cell phone carriers, to car insurance and even catheters - yes, that's right - cowboy catheters.
26 minutes | Jan 20, 2020
Levis vs. Wranglers
There is a battle raging in the cowboy world, and we're talking about which brand of jeans you choose to wear. In this episode of WTWC the boys earn their combat pay by stepping right in the middle of the feud between Levis and Wranglers. So, button up your fly and join in the fray.
28 minutes | Jan 13, 2020
Building a Frontier Fort for the Fun of It
The boys recall the summer of '73 & '74 when they built a fully functioning western frontier fort at a Michigan summer youth camp for the enjoyment of campers.
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