How do you narrow down the best-of-the-best “Texas Country Reporter” episodes across 50 seasons and hundreds of episodes? We didn’t know where to start! Instead, we turned to the expert—TCR host Bob Phillips himself—for help with this special collection of episodes, “TCR Classics: Bob’s Picks."
For Enedina Vasquez, Life and Art Were Inseparable
Texas Country Reporter remembers the late artist, whose San Antonio house was covered from corner to corner in art, memories, and poetry.The 175-Year-Old General Store That Came Back From the Brink
Whatever you're looking for, you might just find it at this general store that's been around for over 150 years.Chicken-fried Steak, Just Like Mama Made
After fifty years on the road, the host of Texas Country Reporter recalls his favorite dish at Mary’s Cafe in Strawn.97-Year-Old Lucy Dean Record Is a Queen of Western Swing
The piano teacher turned touring musician from Lockney has been inducted into several halls of fame across the U.S.Forget the Trailer: Weldon Wilson Drove Cattle the Old-fashioned Way
Across U.S. highways and country roads, Wilson was determined to move cattle in a way that honored the men that came before him.My Lifelong Dream Came True at South Padre’s Sea Turtle Inc.
Meet a man whose skateboard business is really ramping up. Turn up the heat on your tastebuds with the “Burger from Hell.” See how one group rehabilitates injured sea turtles, and returns them to their natural habitat.An Inside Look at Lee Miller’s Legendary Boot Shop in Austin
Meet a man preserving a family legacy of spectacular stained glass creations. Visit a museum of the people, by the people, and for the people who love RV’s and travel trailers. Plus, legendary boot maker Charlie Dunn may be gone, but his work lives on through his apprentice.The Best Fried Chicken in Beaumont Was an Underground Secret
Find out why they line up at lunchtime in one southeast Texas courthouse.Cane Syrup Isn’t Just a Thing of the Past
Save room for a breakfast treat that’s pure sweet East Texas tradition.The Crazy Kolache Lady of Calvert
Meet a boisterous baker who makes authentic, Czech kolaches from scratch in Calvert, Texas.A Group of Veterans in Port Arthur Honors Those Who Served
This week on Texas Country Reporter, it’s a salute to the brave men and women of our military. Solve the mystery of a famous photo with help from one police sketch artist. Support our troops with a woman who has ‘stayed the course.’ Plus, see how these veteran veterans honor their fellow soldiers....The Legend of Old Rip Was Pretty Unbelievable
Legend says a horny toad (a.k.a. horned lizard) named Old Rip survived for decades trapped inside a brick of the courthouse in Eastland, Texas. When he was found alive, Old Rip became an instant celebrity.The Tiniest Bank in Texas Didn’t Deal in Change
Take to the skies with some batty Austinites who are really making a splash. Red Bull Flugtag Competition, Austin, TX. Meet an international business student who’s milking her degree for all it’s worth. Plus, visit the smallest bank in America and meet the people who keep it in mint condition.Mineola Was Home to the Oldest Female Barber in Texas
Blanche Harris holds the distinction of “oldest practicing female barber in Texas.” At 89 years old, she still runs a one-chair barbershop out of her garage in Mineola, TX.The Blind Sculptor From Beaumont Who Broke the Mold
Fred Rogers is a a trash sculptor and owns the Cosmic Shed, an art museum for the common folk artists. Clarence Spain has repaired shoes for 69 years in Deep Ellum. Michael Gregory is a blind sculptor. He sculpts what he sees in his mind’s eye.