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E17S4  When Windfalls and Riches Await

The Cowboy Up Podcast

Release Date: 10/20/2023

E47S4  Fine Dining with Authentic Foodie, Buffalo Bill Cody show art E47S4  Fine Dining with Authentic Foodie, Buffalo Bill Cody

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Who better to explore the culinary legacy of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody than Steve Friesen, the Director of the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave for over 25 years? Friesen joins us to introduce his newest book, “” Buffalo Bill’s culinary roots began on the American Plains with simple foods such as cornbread, fried “yellow-legged” chicken, and hardtack. While leading buffalo-hunting expeditions and scouting, he discovered gourmet dining. As his fame increased, so did his desire and opportunities for fine dining; his early show business career allowed him to dine at some of the...

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E46S4  Behind the Scenes of Dude Ranching with Russell True show art E46S4  Behind the Scenes of Dude Ranching with Russell True

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What’s it like to grow up on a dude ranch? Few people can answer that question. One of them is Russell True, who grew up on the in Tucson and eventually became owner and manager.  Our newest podcast team member, Steven Clauson, interviews Russell about his experiences as and how dude ranching has evolved over the decades. By the way, Russell was inducted into the Dude Ranch Hall of Fame in January 2024. "In my opinion the world needs more good people and more of the culture of the American West. The world’s fascination with cowboys and the West is for good reason." -

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E45S4 Trash Talk: For Cowboys, Dudes, and Everyone on Earth show art E45S4 Trash Talk: For Cowboys, Dudes, and Everyone on Earth

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It’s estimated that we consume a credit card of plastic every week. Alarming on one hand, too easy to ignore on the other hand. But we all share the problems of garbage, no matter how we vote or where we live. How pervasive are these problems and can we do anything about them? Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist  says, you bet we can! The author of the new eye-opening book, “Total Garbage: How We Can Fix Our Waste and Heal Our World,” Humes joins Russell and Alan to highlight what innovative people are doing to help our planet and what we can in our daily lives.

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E44S4 The Last Cowboys show art E44S4 The Last Cowboys

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It’s a challenging life, cowboying and relying on the range for your living. And if you saddle up regularly in the rodeo circuit, you have one heck of a challenging and busy life. Just ask the Wright family. That's exactly what Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Branch did when he was assigned to write a story about them. Cowboys? Rodeos? Branch, who grew up in the West, was all in. In fact, he turned the New York Times story into a book about the Wrights called the “.” He chats with our podcast cowboys about the Wrights, the future of cowboying, and what life is like on the...

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E43S4 The Platte River Raids show art E43S4 The Platte River Raids

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It was 1864, and Northern Plains Indians were not pleased with settlers migrating from east to west along the Oregon, Bozeman and Overland Trails. Thus began a series of attacks and robberies on unsuspecting emigrants winding their way along the Platte River. Shots rang out and arrows whizzed as miners, doctors, farmers, families, and war widows rallied their covered wagons together. As historian journalist relates in her new book “Emigrant Tales of the Platte River Raids,” some of those involved had familiar names – Brown, Boone, Earp, Kelly, Larimer, Ringo, Rousseau and more. She...

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E42S4 Unbridled Genetics: The Power of Equine DNA Testing show art E42S4 Unbridled Genetics: The Power of Equine DNA Testing

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How cool would it be to build your perfect horse down to their DNA? Can it even be done? Christa Lafayette has an answer to that question. The founder and CEO of , Christa knows that breeding horses is not only an art but a science -- one that lets breeders, as well as all horse lovers, see horses in a new way. Genetic testing can identify potential health risks and prevent disease. It can optimize coat color and performance abilities. Christa joins Russell and Alan to delve into the cutting-edge genetic technologies that go beyond the standard DNA panels required by breed associations,...

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E41S4 Trailblazers: The Story of the Buffalo Soldiers show art E41S4 Trailblazers: The Story of the Buffalo Soldiers

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In this episode, historian and author John Langellier saddles up to the ranch to speak with Russell and Alan about the Buffalo Soldiers, the African American soldiers who served from 1866 into the 20th century.  From their origins in the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments to their invaluable contributions settling the frontier, John highlights their struggles, triumphs and enduring legacy. A few attended West Point. Others helped develop our national parks. Still others served in foreign countries. Many are buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Give a listen as cowboys and historian uncover...

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E40S4  Polo, Ponies, & Players: A Look at the Oldest Equestrian Sport show art E40S4  Polo, Ponies, & Players: A Look at the Oldest Equestrian Sport

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Believe it or not, polo was first played in Persia, perhaps as early as 6 B.C. or as late as 1 A.D. Originally a training game for the king’s calvary, polo morphed into a game with four riders per side rather than 100 riders per side! The first polo game in the U.S. took place in 1876 in New York. The following year the Westchester Polo Club was formed. Now, polo is played around the country, including the Southwest. Our guests today both play the game. , a large and small veterinarian located in Scottsdale, AZ, is founder and developer of the , also located in Scottsdale with an...

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E39S4  Meet the Real Gidget! show art E39S4  Meet the Real Gidget!

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At age 14, Kathy Zuckerman discovered the surfer culture in Malibu, CA. Soon, this wave-catching teen had earned the nickname “Gidget.” The Hollywood versions of Gidget, played by such stars as Sandra Dee, Sally Field, and Karen Valentine, were loosely based on Zuckerman’s life. But how did that happen? And what brought her to the White Stallion Ranch in Tucson, Arizona years later? The real Gidget chats with Russell about how it all went down.  

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E38S4 - It's all about preserving the western way of life and the great cowboy tradition.  Can we tell you about the DRA? show art E38S4 - It's all about preserving the western way of life and the great cowboy tradition. Can we tell you about the DRA?

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 DRA stands for the Dude Ranch Association which not only preserves the great Dude Ranch and guest ranch businesses in this country, but also topreserve the Western tradition and the cowboy experience ... We sometimes say with a smile it may take the western way of life to preserve Western civilization! So today join the gentlemen Cowboys as they visit with Colleen Hudson as she tells us the story of the Dude Ranch Foundation and how they seek to do to help the young men and women who want to carry on both the business and tradition of this great way of life.

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