Michael Wallis on StudioTulsa

Investigating an American Myth: Michael Wallis on the Legend of Davy Crockett

On today’s StudioTulsa, writer Michael Wallis discusses his latest book, “David Crockett: The Lion of the West” (Norton), which attempts to discern the truth about this out-sized personality. Wallis says that while most historians concentrate their efforts on the nature of the frontiersman’s controversial death at the Alamo, Crockett also lived an amazing (and somewhat unknown, or else less well-remembered) life: as a scout, hunter, and crack marksman; a champion in Congress for both the poor and the Indians; and as a humorist and storyteller who captivated a nation.

Tulsa’s acclaimed Public Radio interview program is Studio Tulsa. Since its inception more than a decade ago, Rich Fisher has hosted the program, anchoring it with his down-to-earth interviewing style that makes sense of complex issues and uncovers new perspectives on topics we might take for granted. Despite the wide variety of guests Rich has interviewed, many have one thing in common: At some point during the interview, you may hear them say, “That’s a very good question.” It’s hard to sum up the show’s continuing success any better than that.

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