I keep finding — or being pointed to — podcasts that make me smile.
Montana author and FP reader Malcolm Brooks (Painted Horses; Cloudmaker) pointed me to The MeatEater Podcast. Michael Punke, who wrote Ridgeline was a featured guest. Enjoyed it a lot. I like a nice, long, meaty (sorry) podcast on a Tuesday night. Was a great show for a hot summer night in The Nugget van on Tuesday…
I’m pretty sure I’ve run across MeatEater’s tracks out there in the media world at some point, but I guess I never followed up the spoor. Till now. I like this outfit. Hunting. Conservation. Food. History. What’s not to like? The podcast is relaxed and discursive — in the Battle of One Hundred in the Hand Episode, they discussed a study on wolf-cougar interaction in the Yellowstone ecosystem which was quite interesting, and pointed out that the massive surge of new firearms purchases have meant a windfall for conservation funding through the mechanism of the Pittman-Robertson Act, which allocates excise taxes on firearms (and ammunition and archery equipment) to state wildlife conservation agencies. Cool thing.
There’s a Netflix show:
Everybody cracks on defense attorneys — until you’re hiding in Honduras and are a desperate man. When the shit hits the fan, you want a thoroughbred, as Tom Russell might say. In fact, he DID say it, in a song about the legendary Houston attorney Racehorse Haynes.
There’s a podcast series about another legendary Houston defense attorney named Dick DeGuerin. DeGuerin has defended some very sketchy dudes. His FP claim to fame is his defense of the late, great Outlaw songwriter, Billy Joe Shaver.
When acclaimed songwriter Billy Joe Shaver shot a man outside a Waco bar, he hired Dick DeGuerin who vowed to fight to prove Shaver was defending his own life. Dick used strong words, a deft strategy and a bit of courtroom theater to persuade the jury to rule in Billy Joe’s favor. The tumultuous proceedings inspired Billy Joe to write his autobiographical song The Wacko from Waco.