The Gulf Podcast

Principal Investigator
Dr. Jen C. Brown, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

The Gulf Podcast is a nonfiction audio storytelling podcast that shares stories of people and nature along the Texas Gulf Coast. Dr. Jen Brown created the podcast, which is sponsored by the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies.

Season One came out in 2020-2021. Episodes cover a range of topics, from the history of Kemp’s ridley sea turtle recovery efforts and a woman who spent twenty years patrolling endangered brown pelican nesting grounds in Corpus Christi Bay to the Billy Sandifer Big Shell Beach Cleanup and the history and future of oysters of the Gulf Coast. Student production assistant Maxwell McClure (currently a Graduate Research Assistant at HRI) helped with oral history transcription and produced two of his own episodes for Season One.

Season Two (“Watersheds”) is currently in production and scheduled to release next year. Watersheds will explore coastal water issues and the importance of freshwater inflow by highlighting the people and places that make the Gulf Coast special.

In addition to sharing stories, another goal of this project is to collect and preserve oral histories in the TAMU-CC Bell Library Special Collections as well as share them on a digital archives.

The Gulf Podcast was inspired by HRI's founder, Ed Harte, a journalist and newspaper editor whose love of nature and conservation drove him to endow the Institute as his lasting gift to the Gulf of Mexico. The podcast seeks to tell some of the untold history of the natural resources of the Coastal Bend and the people whose lives are intertwined with them.

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