West Texas Talk:
Personal Essays from UTPB’s Boom or Bust Project

Downtown Midland (Carlos Morales / Marfa Public Radio)

For this episode, we’re highlighting personal essays from UT PB’s Boom or Bust project, which aims “to help promote understanding Permian Basin’s energy and economic resources from a humanistic perspective.”

The essays from Andrea Harbin, Beckwith Thompson, Brittany Thomas, and H.D. Whatley reveal a glimpse into how economic growth and downturns affect residents in the Permian Basin. 

About Diana Nguyen

Diana Nguyen produces the interview program West Texas Talk. She is particularly interested in exploring the intersection of range life, high-brow art, and the vast oil fields of West Texas.

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West Texas Talk is broadcast Thursdays at 6:00 PM and Fridays at 9:00 PM.
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