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THE NEW WAVE is a podcast devoted to the cinema of the American 'New Hollywood' movement that emerged from 1967 through to the early 1980s. Join your host, podcaster and author Tony Black, as he journeys with a range of guests through this incredible era of filmmaking from Bonnie & Clyde all the way to Return of the Jedi, one year at a time... A proud part of the WE MADE THIS podcast network: www.wemadethisnetwork.com
 
The True Crime Reporter™ podcast takes its audience behind the yellow crime scene where few podcasters dare to go. The Dallas-based podcast takes listeners on a journey into darkness guided by Peabody Award-Winning investigative reporter Robert Riggs. Everything is bigger in Texas, and crime is no exception. The 2021 Webby Awards named the True Crime Reporter™ podcast among seven honorees, including Dateline NBC and BBC Sounds for “Best True Crime Podcast.” Hailed as the Internet’s highest h ...
 
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Download the episode Front Row Classics shines the spotlight on one of a true landmark of cinema history. Bonnie & Clyde marked the beginning of a new era of moviemaking. Brandon and Eric discuss the many aspects of how this film ushered in the “silver age of cinema” from 1967-1976. The hosts also pay tribute to legendary performances from a cast i…
 
In this vintage photo from 1993, Peabody Award-Winning Investigative Reporter Robert Riggs stands on a guard tower overlooking Texas Death Row. Poking up behind him to the right of the large spotlight is the steeple of the prison chapel where seven condemned prisoners made their daring break for freedom five years later. 29-year Martin Gurule, a co…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics is thrilled to bring you a special conversation with Mr. Michael Feinstein. Michael is a renowned pianist, singer and historian. He’s also the definitive Ambassador for the Great American Songbook. The interview includes discussion on his personal relationships with some of the greatest contributors to Twenti…
 
Frivolous lawsuits filed by convicted criminals flooded the federal court system in Texas. A prison inmate who regarded himself as the "Perry Mason" of the Texas prison sued for millions of dollars because his Thanksgiving Turkey was served cold. Another sued because his Rice Krispies Cereal did not Snap, Crackle, Pop as advertised. This underscore…
 
Download the episode Christian Blauvelt returns to Front Row Classics to celebrate one of the greatest homefront films of World War II. Brandon and Christian discuss 1943’s The Human Comedy. The movie, based on an original screenplay by William Saroyan, was made at the peak of MGM’s powers during the days of the studio system. Mickey Rooney deliver…
 
Sheriff Parnell McNamara promised his constituents in McLennan County, Texas around Waco that he would actively pursue cold cases. McNamara was elected for a third four-year term in January of 2021. And he has made good on his campaign pledge to open up homicide cases that had been long forgotten. Because as McNamara sees it no one should get away …
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics is happy to welcome Scott McGee! Scott is a senior director of Original Productions at Turner Classic Movies. He joins Brandon to discuss his newest book, “Danger on the Silver Screen: 50 Films Celebrating Cinema’s Greatest Stunts”. The book takes a look at the storied history of stunt work and the men & wome…
 
Cold case investigator Paul Holes played a major role in ending a decades-long reign of terror by The Golden State Killer. First known as The East Area Rapist, a masked psychological sadist assaulted 50 women in Northern California between 1976 and 1979. He progressed from burglaries to vicious sexual assaults in the middle of the night, to bludgeo…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Lady Sings the Blues. Brandon and Eric are joined by Bea Bonner from NPR Illinois’ Community Voices. The hosts discuss Diana Ross’ Oscar nominated performance as the legendary Billie Holliday. The performances of Billy Dee Williams and Richard Pryor are also celebrated. …
 
Doug Feldman’s resume gave no clue that a mass killer was lurking inside him. He graduated from a prestigious university. He was a financial wizard. He was the funniest man in the room at social functions. Everything appeared to be going his way. But beneath Feldman's cool exterior, a volcano was swelling up inside him. First, there were tremors. T…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics is thrilled to welcome Turner Classic Movies’ host, Ben Mankiewicz. Ben has been an on-air host for the channel since 2003. Our interview covers his background in both film and politics. You’ll also learn about some of his most memorable interviews during his tenure with TCM. Brandon and Ben also have fun dis…
 
Gun-wielding gang members from Houston burst into a rural bank located a hundred miles north of Houston. The high school-age teenagers graduated from burglaries and drive-by shootings to cold-blooded murder that day. They left behind the bullet-riddled body of an 82-year old woman who was tending her family’s graves. They robbed a bank and shot up …
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics celebrates the 80th anniversary of one of a film that truly epitomizes the word, timeless. Lou Hare, from Guilty Pleasures, joins Brandon and Eric to break down a movie that remains as powerful and relevant as it was in 1942. The hosts discuss the iconic performances, scenes and dialogue that have made Casabl…
 
It was called the Ride Murder. The bullet-riddled body of an unidentified seaman from the Port of Houston, Texas was found dumped in a ditch a few miles away. Two men and a woman used a “honey pot” trap to lure the seaman into their car to rob him. It was one of the most sensational murder trials ever brought in East, Texas. School children paraded…
 
Download the episode We’re thrilled to welcome author & historian, Sloan De Forest to Front Row Classics! Sloan’s most recent release is “The Essential Directors: The Art and Impact of Cinema’s Most Influential Filmmakers”. The book highlights fifty-six of the greatest directors from the silent through the modern era. Brandon and Sloan highlight se…
 
Before Columbine. Before Sandy Hook. Before Virginia Tech. There was the Sniper in the Tower at the University of Texas. America’s first mass murder and school shooting unfolded on live television in Austin, Texas more than a half-century ago. Since then the question has lingered, “Why did he do it?” Gary Lavergne, the author of A Sniper in the Tow…
 
Retired CBS News Anchor Bob Schieffer was the first reporter to interview Kenneth McDuff and cover his crimes in 1966. Back then Schieffer was the police beat reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Schieffer had just returned from a combat assignment covering the Vietnam War when the call came in from homicide detectives. The bullet-riddled bod…
 
Download the episode Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Front Row Classics! We’re celebrating the 70th anniversary of John Ford’s love letter to Ireland, The Quiet Man. Erin McCabe from Front Row Flashbacks joins Brandon and Eric to break down this whimsical, romantic comedy/drama. The Quiet Man makes the most of its Irish locations with some of the most…
 
We usually take our fans inside the crime scene tape of real-life crimes. But in this episode, we are testing out a fictional Texas Ranger superhero named Creed True, inspired by real-life cases. The Texas Ranger became a superhero in pop culture long before Spider-Man and fellow characters from Marvel Comics captured our collective imaginations. T…
 
Download the episode It’s Oscar season on Front Row Classics! We’re celebrating the Academy Awards with the Best Picture winner of 1935, Mutiny on the Bounty. Ryan Lootens, host of Front Row Flashbacks, joins Brandon and Eric to discuss this seafaring epic. The hosts discuss the legendary performances of Charles Laughton and Clark Gable as Captain …
 
Texas kicked off festivities on Texas Independence Day, to commemorate the 2023 Bicentennial of the Texas Rangers. As the Rangers approach their 200th year of service their legend is embodied in the following quote. When Texas Ranger Captain Bill McDonald was sent to Dallas in the 1890s to prevent a scheduled prizefight, McDonald was greeted at the…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics returns to the world of classic television this week. Brandon is delighted to welcome Barry Williams and Christopher Knight (Greg and Peter Brady) to discuss their fun new podcast, The Real Brady Bros. The podcast covers a weekly discussion of a classic episode of The Brady Bunch. Our interview covers the gen…
 
The Bonnie and Clyde gang rode roughshod over the Central United States during the Depression in the 1930s until Texas Ranger Frank Hamer came out of retirement and ended their deadly robbery spree in an ambush. It’s one of many cases that contributes to the worldwide reputation of the Texas Rangers. On March 1st of 2022, Texas kicked off plans to …
 
Fort Worth Cold Case detectives solved the murder of 17-year old Carla Walker after it had gone cold for nearly five decades. They analyzed old evidence using genetic genealogy and new DNA extraction technology pioneered by Othram, a forensic genealogy lab in the Woodlands a suburb of Houston. Othram matched the DNA to a test submitted to a genealo…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics closes out February with one of the most popular films from the filmography of Stanley Kubrick. Brandon and Eric discuss the legendary dark comedy, Dr Strangelove. Zaknafein Luken joins us this week to celebrate the sheer hilarity and audacity of this Cold War comedy. The hosts also discuss the timely themes …
 
This is a story about two botched murder attempts by hired hitmen. And what happened when 65-year old Joyce Sturdivant took matters into her own hands. One of the most common forms of homicide is when one half of a couple kills the other. Women are usually the victims of this form of homicide. Only one percent of male victims are killed by a partne…
 
Download the episode “Front Row Classics , once again, enters the world of screwball comedy with Howard Hawks’ comedy classic, Bringing Up Baby. Brandon and Eric welcome back Brett and Vanessa from Beyond the Mouse to discuss this zany piece of cinema history. The hosts discuss the frenetic performances of Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant who fully…
 
The men and women of the Texas Highway Patrol work alone, often at night, on remote stretches of highway. They drive distinctive black and white cruisers and SUV’s with bright gold emblems in the shape of Texas on the side doors. If a traffic stop turns bad, help might be a hundred miles away. For example in 2021 Texas Department of Public Safety T…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics welcomes television writer and historian Jim Colucci to celebrate one of the most groundbreaking series in television history. Brandon recently had the pleasure of speaking to Jim about the history and legacy of All in the Family, as touched upon in his latest book. The two cover topics such as the shows’ inc…
 
The Los Zetas drug cartel ambushed two Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents on a dangerous stretch of highway on February 15, 2011. Special Agent Victor Avila was severely wounded. His partner, Jaime Zapata, was killed. Zapata was the first U.S. enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in Mexico since the murder of DEA agent Enriq…
 
Download the episode “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate”. Front Row Classics ends January with one of the seminal films of the 1960s. We’re breaking down 1967’s Cool Hand Luke. Noah Henry of P4P :An MMA Podcast joins Brandon and Eric to take a look at one of Paul Newman’s greatest performances. Cool Hand Luke was one of the pioneering f…
 
Former NYPD Detective Randy Jurgensen walked a beat in Harlem all the way into Hollywood’s greatest crime dramas of all time. His walk of fame started when William Friedkin, the director of The French Connection asked Jurgensen to demonstrate how to put a suspect against a wall for the “pat down”. Friedkin hired Jurgensen as the film’s technical co…
 
In Cold Blood - Analysis Welcome back to THE NEW WAVE, a podcast all about the American 'New Hollywood' cinema movement from 1967 through to the early 1980s. Join your host, Tony Black, as he continues his journey through the New Wave cinema of 1967, this time joined by Frame to Frame co-host Andy Williams, to discuss Richard Brooks' dark adaptatio…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics is celebrating 100 episodes! We’re incredibly grateful to our listeners for embracing us and supporting our efforts in keeping classic film alive. Brandon and Eric are also celebrating the 60th anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird. This legendary film is beloved by multiple generations thanks to its lessons o…
 
When a woman’s head bobbed to the surface on Lake Waco in Central Texas no one had the slightest clue about who she was or how she died. An autopsy revealed that she had been decapitated and there was no sign of the rest of her body in the lake. As veteran Texas Ranger John Aycock began to learn more about the woman’s life (profilers call it victim…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics is taking a look at the 1961 Best Picture winner, West Side Story. On the heels of Steven Spielberg’s remake, Brandon and Eric explore the legendary film based on the 1957 Broadway musical. We take a look at all aspects of the amazing production, from the camerawork to the talented cast. The hosts spotlight t…
 
When you hear about violent crime, do you think to yourself, “it would never happen to me?” When 29-year old Colleen Reed went to a self-service car wash in Austin, Texas none of her family or friends thought it would be the last time they would see her. Reed never imagined that serial killer Kenneth McDuff was stalking her. McDuff is featured in t…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics kicks off 2022 with a visit from one of the most renowned and trusted voices in the film community. Brandon is thrilled to welcome Leonard Maltin to the podcast. Mr. Maltin discusses his new book, “Starstruck: My Unlikely Road to Hollywood”. The interview covers his many interactions with both legendary and l…
 
After listening to our episodes about serial killer Kenneth McDuff, you have no doubt that McDuff is what FBI profiler Roy Hazelwood described as a textbook psychopath. But it’s not only criminals that are psychopaths. CEOs of major corporations, politicians, and entertainers score high on the checklist of psychopathic behavior. Think about your wo…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics is ending 2021 with a look back at some of our best episodes and greatest moments. Brandon and Eric reminisce about our discussions, guests and interviews that made this year so memorable. We covered five decades of film in almost every possible genre. Many thanks to our friends at the Front Row Network and b…
 
In this “Best Of True Crime Reporter™”, we take you back to the first episode in our series about serial killer Kenneth Allen McDuff. It was a Webby Award Honoree for Best True Crime Podcast in 2021. McDuff is the only criminal in Texas history to have received three death sentences. Yet he got out of prison under a cloud of corruption after murder…
 
The Dirty Dozen - Analysis Welcome back to THE NEW WAVE, a podcast all about the American 'New Hollywood' cinema movement from 1967 through to the early 1980s. Join your host, Tony Black, as he continues his journey through the New Wave cinema of 1967 joined once again by Wynter Tyson, podcaster and film programmer, to discuss Robert Aldrich's grit…
 
What is it about Waco, Texas? A whirlwind of bizarre events and violence seems to dump all sorts of strange creatures into Central Texas. Whether it is serial killers on the hunt for victims or the Branch Davidian Cult ending in a fiery inferno, it spins out true crime stories that are stranger than fiction. Investigative reporter Robert Riggs and …
 
Reflections in a Golden Eye - Analysis Welcome back to THE NEW WAVE, a podcast all about the American 'New Hollywood' cinema movement from 1967 through to the early 1980s. Join your host, Tony Black, as he continues his journey through the New Wave cinema of 1967 joined by Wynter Tyson, podcaster and film programmer, to discuss John Huston's psycho…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics celebrates the holiday season with what many consider to be the definitive film version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Brandon and Eric are joined by Jay Hoffman and Anna McFarland to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the 1951 UK version starring Alastair Sim as Scrooge. The hosts discuss the aspects …
 
Murder Mayhem & Meth -- The Real Life Breaking Bad In Texas If you were a fan of the Breaking Bad TV series, get ready to listen to the real version in Texas. The TV series featured a fictional high school chemistry teacher named Walter White diagnosed with a deadly brain tumor who manufactures high-grade meth in order to put away cash for his fami…
 
In the Heat of the Night - Analysis Welcome back to THE NEW WAVE, a podcast all about the American 'New Hollywood' cinema movement from 1967 through to the early 1980s. Join your host, Tony Black, as he continues his journey through New Wave cinema of 1967 joined by Russ Hugo, podcaster and film fan, to discuss the searing Civil Rights drama from N…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics celebrates the holiday season with some of the most festive movies from the last century. Brandon welcomes back celebrated film historian and author, Jeremy Arnold to discuss his book, “Christmas in the Movies: 30 Classics to Celebrate the Season”. The book covers classic holiday films from the thirties throu…
 
In the previous episode of True Crime Reporter™ Texas Ranger Files, we told the story of brave Rangers who kept up the pursuit of kidnappers while their car was being riddled with gunfire and was engulfed in flames. Thirteen-year-old Amy McNiel the daughter of the pioneer in the development of the first hand-held calculator was kidnapped by five me…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics commemorates the 80th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack with the Best Picture winner of 1953, From Here to Eternity. Brandon and Eric are joined by Mia Tiffany. Mia is the host of her own classic movie reaction channel on YouTube called Movies with Mia. The discussion includes the Oscar-worthy performanc…
 
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