Poor Mr. Dore: A Local Tale Through The Lens of The Frontier Thesis

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The killing of PJ Dore as he stood talking to friends in front of the Westville, Oklahoma Post Office in 1914 was the result of a clash of cultures, a part of the history of the American West. As seen through the on-going debate of the Frontier Thesis, the story, which has taken on the stuff of local legend, illustrates two opposing views of the American West. Listen in!

The Great American Desert

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You won’t find it on any map, at least not anymore, but the Great American Desert played a pivotal role in the shaping of the history, geography and myth of the American West. It’s disappearance coincided with the closing of the American frontier. Find out more about this overlooked place…

Before He Was The Hangin’ Judge: Isaac Parker

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There’s a renewed interest in Fort Smith, Arkansas’ famous Hamgin’ Judge, Isaac Parker. He wasn’t just the “Law West of Fort Smith.” Before his time as a dispenser of frontier justice, he was a Congressman with a progressive streak. Learn ore about his fascinating life before his tenure at Court!

PoliSci: Term Limits

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Are you a fan of Congressional term limits? Maybe, not so much? Well, in this episode of Within The Realm we talk to a Political Science professor about the issue. He’s studied it since the beginning of legislative term limits back in the 90s. Hear his take on term limits and their effect on governing.

Arthur Stilwell: Railroads and Voices From Beyond

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Arthur was a mover and shaker. He was an innovator in the advertisement and insurance businesses, making a comfortable living for himself. He had a vision; connecting Kansas City to the Gulf of Mexico, a vision he saw through. Many towns including were built along his new rail line, two of which bore his name. He was a Captain of Industry – and he owed it all to the…voices.