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Arts & Culture Videos

Here is a set of conservation-related videos about Texas poets, authors, cartoonists, and singer/songwriters.

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Profiles - Themes - Regions - Arts & Culture

Robin Doughty, an Austin professor and historian, shares his poems about whooping cranes.

John Graves, the noted author from Glen Rose, explains his view about the difference between literature and propaganda, and then reads a passage from his book Hard Scrabble that chronicles the long and rather tortured relationship among men, agriculture and the earth.

Pete Gunter, a philosophy professor from Denton, sings his satirical song about the Texas Water Plan of the 1960s and 1970s, which promised to pump water from the Lower Mississippi River to the arid lands of the Texas Panhandle.

Gary Oldham, a cotton farmer and textile manufacturer from the Panhandle town of Samnorwood, reads a poem that his greatgrandfather wrote in the 1870s about the woes, eerily familiar today, of losing money on the cotton farm.

Bill Oliver, a singer and songwriter from Austin, recalls his career of entertaining and educating families with environmentally themed songs, and then sings a popular and funny ballad about litter and pollution called "Don't Mess with Texas".

Bill Oliver, the musician, here sings his popular song, "Barton Springs Eternal" about Austin's beautiful and vulnerable aquifer, springs, stream and pool.


Gary Oliver, a political cartoonist and singer/songwriter from Marfa, remembers drawing cartoons that lampooned bureaucrats and industrialists in the style of the popular movie "Men in Black" during hearings on nuclear energy and waste.

Gary Oliver, the musician from Marfa, sings a marching song lamenting and satirizing the nuclear energy industry, especially the risks of radioactive waste in transit to disposal sites.

Daniel Quinn, the Houston author of the Ishmael trilogy, explains his belief about the importance of protecting both the earth and her people, and then reads a passage from his recent novel, Tales of Adam, about the need to have and pass on an appreciation for the connection between the earth and humans.

Fran Sage, an English professor and poet in Alpine, reads her poem about the bittersweet experience of living, and growing old, among the wildlife and landscape of her much-loved high West Texas desert.

Ben Sargent, the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist at the Austin American-Statesman, explains how his drawings work with symbols, often caricatures of individual politicians, to make funny but memorable points about environmental policy.

Andy Wilkinson, a singer/songwriter from Lubbock, sings a piece in homage to Sandstone Champagne, the sweet, and perhaps undervalued, Ogallala groundwater that made the Panhandle bloom.



Conservation History Association of Texas
Texas Legacy Project

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