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This site will provide additional details, stories, and imagery not found in the podcast, Witnessed: Borderlands. For episode notes, I’ll add dates for new information added, since it’s likely that I will go back to earlier episodes on a regular basis to add a few more details or photos.
BORDERLANDS is the tall-but-true tale of a charismatic outlaw, an iconic small-town sheriff, and the record-setting drug bust that ensnared them both. Set in the rugged Texas borderlands, host Rob D’Amico transports listeners back to the opening salvos of the War on Drugs, when Mexican cartels were first emerging as hyper-violent mega-corporations, the US government was engaging in draconian narcotics crackdowns, and there was so much dirty money swirling across the Rio Grande that even the most incorruptible citizen would be tempted. But as much as BORDERLANDS is the story of guns, briefcases full of cash, and daring smuggling runs — and it is — the show also unearths the secret, hallucinatory, and utterly unique world of remote Far West Texas, where on the right night you might spy naked women wearing only hiking boots dancing in the full-moon light, meet a guitar-strumming Lothario leading a leashed mountain lion into a honky tonk — or even stumble upon a billion-dollars worth of cocaine sitting unguarded in a horse trailer in the center of town. In the tradition of films like No Country for Old Men and novels like Charles Portis’s Gringos, BORDERLANDS mashes up the shockingly real and the deeply surreal, chronicling not just the events of a crime, but digging deep into the mystery and aura of one of America’s most myth-soaked regions.
Oct 19, 2021
Chapter 8: Survival
Nothing really ends in the borderlands.
Oct 12, 2021
Chapter 7: Conspiracy
As a federal trial comes to a swift end, the community in Far West Texas grapples with the truth.
OCT 5, 2021
Chapter 6: Oh Sh*t
Dale and Kelly hit the jackpot, make their first arrest and close in on their second.
SEP 28, 2021
Chapter 5: The Informant
Recently arrived federal agents Dale and Kelly team up to finally get Robert Chambers — then find an unexpected source of help.
SEP 21, 2021
Chapter 4: The Door
Sheriff Thompson tightens his grip on power in Far West Texas, but rumors swirl his reach is even greater than that.
SEP 14, 2021
Chapter 3: Just Say No
Beloved local sheriff Rick Thompson takes on a starring role as an anti-narcotics crusader in the Reagan Administration’s War on Drugs.
SEP 7, 2021
Chapter 2: The Outlaw
As law enforcement starts to sniff around, Robert steps into the shoes of a legendary drug lord.
SEP 7, 2021
Chapter 1: A Wild Place
It’s the 1970s in Far West Texas, and local bad boy Robert Chambers has always found his way to trouble — women, drugs, rock stars, mountain lions. And when cocaine starts flowing across the Mexican border like never before, Robert dives in headfirst.
JUL 26, 2021
The tall-but-true tale of a charismatic outlaw, an iconic small-town sheriff, and the record-setting drug bust that ensnared them both.
HOST Rob D’Amico
REPORTED BY Rob D’Amico
WRITTEN BY Rob D’Amico, Eric Benson and David Waters
SUPERVISING PRODUCER Eric Benson
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER David Waters
FIELD PRODUCERS Ryan Katz, and Travis Bubenik
ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS Leo Schick, Lydia Smith, and Jesse Basham
FACT-CHECKING Alex Yablon
SCORING AND SOUND DESIGN Iain Chambers
ENGINEER Rod Wood
ORIGINAL MUSIC Julian Lynch
Special thanks to Rajiv Golla and Ashleyanne Krigbaum.