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March 9, 2023

Pumped: Food, fuel and the future of Texas – A Texas Standard special

By: David Brown

We don’t think of gas stations much, yet they are fixtures across Texas, and tell us a lot about who we are and where we’re going. There are more than 11,000 of them scattered across the state – along major highways and tiny backroads alike, they fuel up long haul trucks, hungry commuters and sometimes whole communities.

In some ways, the gas station is the backbone of our economy and the center of conversation and community. In other ways, they’re a blight on the landscape and, many feel, a soon-to-be anachronism. “Pumped: Food, fuel and the future of Texas” is an exploration of an often-overlooked staple of our life.


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December 7, 2023

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December 6, 2023

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December 5, 2023

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December 4, 2023

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December 1, 2023

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November 30, 2023

What’s behind the massive oil spill in the Gulf?

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