Episode 22

Busted: Brash Stories From Texas and New Mexico

Explore the hardscrabble times, places, and people of Texas and New Mexico in our panel discussion titled Busted: Brash Stories from Texas and New Mexico. Authors Joshua Wheeler and Bryan Mealer join Alta contributor and Los Angeles Times columnist Gustavo Arellano to recount the booms, busts and bold characters of life in the Southwestern United States. Busted was recorded on March 7, 2019 at The Huntington Library in San Marino, California and is presented in partnership with the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West

Read a condensed transcript of this event.


Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West Director Bill Deverell on stage at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California on March 7, 2019.Blaise Zerega
Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West Director Bill Deverell introduces “Busted: Brash Stories from Texas and New Mexico.”
A map of the basins, reefs, and platforms that make up the Permian Basin in Texas.Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.
A map of the basins, reefs, and platforms that make up the Permian Basin in Texas.
"Busted" moderator Gustavo Arellano quizzes authors Bryan Mealer and Joshua Wheeler on their books about the American Southwest—and the characters that shaped the landscape.Blaise Zerega
Authors Bryan Mealer and Joshua Wheeler discuss the booms and busts of the American Southwest with moderator Gustavo Arellano.