Within The Realm Host Steve Garrett Presented a talk on the Ozark Giraffe style homes for the Adair County Genealogical and Historical Association on February 16. The title of the talk was :The Endangered Ozark Giraffe.”

“I’ve been in love with these type homes for a long time,” said Garrett. “Each year we lose more and more of them. They are something unique to our part of the world and they say a lot about what kind of people we are.”

Garrett is available to speak on the Ozark Giraffe House and other subjects related to the podcast. To schedule a presentation send an invitation to


A new book, Catch Me Or Kill Me: The Saga of Charles Parrott, One of America’s Best Bank Robbers, was the topic of a recent podcast episode for Within The Realm. The story of Charles Parrott is one that most people from Steve’s hometown are familiar with. Tales of the more than two dozen bank robberies pulled of by Parrott are the stuff of legend around those parts.

“I was approached by Susan, Charlie’s daughter, to read the book,” said Garrett. “She really brought the story to life.”

The book is the result of an eight year journey by the robber’s daughter, sifting through old newspaper, reading letters and interviewing the friends and accomplices of her father. “It was sometimes dangerous, sometimes sad and sometimes funny,” she said, “But always interesting.”

After several conversations between the author and the podcaster, Garrett was asked to write a forward for the book. “Our little part of the world here is unique,: he said. “To fully understand Charlie’s story, you need to understand how we think around here, our values and perspectives. That’s what I set out to do in the forward. Susan seems pleased with it, so that’s all the praise I need.”

Garrett explained that the Cookson Hills has been a wild place that has been called home by Zeke Proctor, Ned Christie and Pretty Boy Floyd. “Charles Parrott was the last of that breed,” Garrett said. “Each one of those guys is described as a hero or a villian, depending on who you happen to be talking to. Charlie was well thought of by many. The old timers say he was a pretty good fella, he just like to rob banks.”

There a lot of gray area for people to live in around these parts, he said.

The book has been the subject of speculation for years, ever since a story about Charlie ran in US magazine in 1982. Two other writers were unable to complete the work but through the encouragement of her father’s friends, Susan took up the challenge,

“He really wanted that book to come out,” she said. “Now he’s got what he wanted.”

The book is available at or in local bookstores in Northwest Arkansas.

Here Steve’s interview with Susan Parrott about one of the most prolific bank robber in American history at or where ever you find your podcasts.


Within The Realm has been making its appearance regularly on the GoodPods Indie charts. Goodpods is a podcast player and discovery app which allows users to listen to their favorite shows, follow friends to see what they listen to, share podcast recommendations and find new podcasts that haven’t hit your radar yet.

“It’s exciting to see your name on the charts,” said WTR host Steve Garrett. “There’s a lot of time, effort and a lot of yourself put into every episode, so it’s nice to see others reacting to that.”

Within The Realm started just over four years as a badly needed creative outlet for its host. It survived the pandemic and is closing in on it’s 100th episode. Asked to describe his podcast, Garrett replied, “It’s about that bit of overlooked history or the stories within our reach, the overlooked stuff, and how it can have real meaning for us and our lives.”

“I appreciate #GoodPodsHQ for including the Indie category for podcasts,” Garrett said. “I am committed to the idea that podcasts can give a voice to anyone that has the heart to put one together. GoodPods gets that.”

Within The Realm is released every other Monday on Apple, Stitcher, Spotify, Amazon and most podcast outlets or subscribe at www,


January 5, 2022

As teased in our last post, we are welcoming a sponsor to our show. J and J Property Services, owned by listener Joe Burchett, provide installation of swimming pool safety equipment. Their products feature Katch A Kid brand fences, nets and covers, a brand with a 50 year track record of providing peace of mind to pool owners with kids and pets.

“We appreciate the support J and J Property Services has shown us,” said WTR host Steve Garrett. “We do this because we love it, but it’s nice to have others believe in our show, too.”

I’ve been around pools my whole life, my kids were swimmers, so pool safety is important to me. It’s fitting that our first sponsor would be an outfit that provides such an excellent product with great service.”

J and J Property Services can be reached at for consultations. Remember to use promo code WITHIN to let them know you heard about them on the podcast.


December 9, 2021

AS 2021 is quickly coming to a close, Steve Garrett, host of Within The Realm is making plans for 2022.

“We’re always on the hunt for good stories, ways to expand our listenership and ways to just get better at this,” said Garrett. “I’m really looking forward to next year. We have quite a few great episodes in the works,”

Content isn’t the only thing on Garrett’s mind. “We’re going to be adding our first sponsor,” he said. “I’m picky about what I would want to be featured on the podcast. When you take on a sponsor, you’re making a statement – about what it is you stand for. With this first sponsor, I think we’ve found a compatible partner.”

More to come on the new sponsor later.

Garrett stated WTR will be starting its fifth year bringing stories to listeners. “I still get a thrill when I see the numbers. It’s a good feeling to know you’re providing something of value to folks out there. Circumstances were a lot different when we started in 2018.”

Learning how to use the medium of podcasting and the technological aspects of recording and posting episodes was challenging. “Sometimes it’s still challenging, but we keep moving forward, learning a bit more everyday, ” he said.

Garrett said he’s looking forward to working with his new sponsor and any more that fit WTR’s profile that come along the way. “I’m going to tell these stories and put out this podcast, regardless, : Garrett said. “It’s nice to have a little help getting it all together.”

WITHIN THE REALM Observes a CEntury of Women’s Suffrage on Latest Episode

November 1, 2020

This election year marks 100 years since the 19th Amendment gave the right to vote to American women. To mark the occasion, WTR host Steve Garrett prepared a very special episode.

“My great-grandmother was one of those women who got to vote that year,” Garrett said. “Some of the menfolk were a little chaffed that women could vote and she was pretty adamant about it. Some of the City fathers had what we would call an intervention with my Great-granddad about getting a handle on that willful wife of his. Granddad thought he had it handled, but…”

To find out how it all went down, listen into “A Century of Women’s Suffrage: Mona Casts Her Ballot” on Within The Realm.


WTR Host Featured On Shaping Opinion Podcast

November, 2019

Within The Realm host Steve Garrett was featured in the Thanksgiving episode of Shaping Opinion podcast with Tim O’Brian.

“Tim’s goal was to talk about being grateful, especially in time when it’s hard,” said Garrett. “I think his episode has given us all something to consider.”

Garrett said he has been working through a personal tragedy, the loss of his son Jacob. “There are a lot of emotions that you go through, but I am grateful that he was mine for the time we had him,” he said.

A link to the Shaping Opinion episode is listed below.

Out of Tragedy Emerges Gratitude

Fletcher Hardware Closes Doors, Within The Realm Reflects On Interview With Owner

November 3, 2019

Fletcher Hardware, the oldest business in the City of Stilwell, Oklahoma, closed it’s doors for the last time yesterday (Saturday, Nov. 2.) The Store had been at the same location, in the 100 block of Division Street, since 1906, when the store had been moved to the new railroad city from Mayes, Cherokee Nation.

A tour of the store and an interview with the current owner Bill Roedenbeck was featured in an episode of the podcast last year.

“The place was a real institution,” said WTR host Steve Garrett. “it was a family store that tied our town’s history back to the days of Indian Territory and Judge Parker’s Court,  They certainly aren’t building businesses like that anymore.”

The interview with owner Roedenbeck highlighted the values that went into making the family run business a local institution, said Garrett. A link to the episode is provided here:

Within The Realm’s newest episode features interview with author Micheal Wallis

October 1, 2019

My interview with Micheal Wallis, the author of “David Crockett, The Lion of the West was immediately having a chat with an old friend.  Taking time out of his busy schedule, working on his 20th book, a biography of the “Bandit Queen” Belle Starr, Wallis was warm, inviting and entertaining.

The interview was done for an episode of Within The Realm, “Go Ahead: Crockett Takes on the President,” released on September 30.

My goal was to discuss the political career of David Crockett which featured his opposition to Indian Removal and an ugly break with Andrew Jackson. We were able to accomplish that.  The political courage displayed by Crockett, according to wallis, was an outgrowth of his personal credo: “Always be sure you are right; Then Go Ahead.”

Wallis delivered a great interview rich with insight into the subject of David Crockett’s break with Jackson, which ended his political career and directly led to his death in Texas. But he delivered a lot more.

In addition to our discussion about Mr. Crockett, we spoke a little bit about some of his other books, his work as a voice actor with the Cars franchise and where we grew up and how Davy Crockett crashed into our lives as an entertaining, larger than life figure when we were kids, but how we came to admire the man as we saw the real Crockett.

It was like talking with an old friend, a kindred spirit. It’s an interview I won’t soon forget.

Check out our show notes section for more info on Wallis’ other books. He’s an entertaining and engaging writer. You’ll enjoy them.


Within The Realm podcast to return in February for Season 3

Within The Realm with Steve Garrett is currently working on a new season of episodes for the coming spring. The new season will continue the wide range of topics offered up by the podcast, but hopefully will also offer up a few surprises.

“We’re always learning new tricks to improve the podcast,” said host Steve Garrett. “Our goal is to provide an outstanding listening experience that is entertaining as well as educational and inspirational.”

The idea grew out of the stories he shared with friends. They centered on wild characters he has known or strange circumstances that defy belief.

“I would tell these stories about my experiences and people would doubt that all these colorful things could happen to one guy,” he said. “I decided to turn there stories , all that are within my realm of experience, into a podcast.”

Some of the stories have featured an elite female Highland games athlete, a husband and wife team of personal trainers that give their stories about living with Crohn’s Disease and living with someone living with Crohn’s Disease and a colt revolver that is said to have belonged to cowboy performer Will Rogers, now a family heirloom.

“The revolver story was special. A good friend of mine inherited this revolver from his Dad who had inherited it from his uncle. It had this story that it had been owned by Will Rogers. I grew up in Will Rogers country, so this story really appealed to me. We set out to do some detective work to verify this story,” he said.

“You’ll have to listen to the podcast to find the answer,” he offered.

Garrett said he is looking forward to bringing another season of similar content to the podcast. “We have some really great stories yet to tell,” he said.

Within The Realm is available on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify. You can contact Steve Garrett at the show’s website,


New Podcast Episode features up and coming Kansas City singer-songwriter Courtney Ann Hall

The latest episode of the Kansas City-based podcast Within The Realm (released November 16, 2018) features a story about Courtney Ann Hall, an emerging songwriter-performer on the local scene. The episode features an interview with Hall and the audio engineer overseeing the recording of her EP, Alex Garnett.

“I was lucky enough to be in the audience the night Courtney sang her first original song for an audience,” says Within The Realm’s host Steve Garrett. “Now, just barely a year later and she has developed into a capable act and has released a single, with a full EP soon to follow. That’s a meteoric rise!”

Hall has been a regular performer at NKC’s The RINO’s Monday Night “Song Lab” and has recently performed for a Sofar Sounds event and other venues around the Metro. Her single, “Bottom Shelf,” was released earlier this month (available on Spotify and other streaming music sources) and will deliver a complete EP in early 2019.

Within the Realm features stories from off the beaten path but finds relevance in each of them. The podcast’s website can be found at



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