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Davy Crockett and the Ghosts of the Wild Frontier

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Few figures of America's westward expansion loom larger than Davy Crockett. True, that's due in part to Disney's larger-than-life portrayal of the “King of the Wild Frontier,” but he was actually a legend in his own time, too. In a new book about Crockett, the writer Bob Thompson chronicles the frontier legend's life and legacy, from his humble beginnings in eastern Tennessee, to his days as a celebrity politician, and of course his heroic death at the Alamo. Thompson joins us on Monday recount both the reality and the myth of Crockett's life.

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Bob Thompson was a longtime feature writer for the Washington Post and the editor of its Sunday Magazine. His first book is called Born On a Mountain Top: On the Road with Davy Crockett and the Ghosts of the Wild Frontier [Amazon|Indiebound].

Terry Gildea comes to KUER from San Antonio where he spent four years as a reporter and host at Texas Public Radio. While at KSTX, he created, produced and hosted the station's first local talk show, The Source. He covered San Antonio's military community for the station and for NPR's Impact of War Project. Terry's features on wounded warriors, families on the home front and veterans navigating life after war have aired on Morning Edition, Weekend Edition and All Things Considered. His half-hour radio documentary exploring the burn unit at Brooke Army Medical Center was honored by the Houston Press and the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters. Prior to his position in San Antonio, Terry covered Congress for two years with Capitol News Connection and Public Radio International . He holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Washington and a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. Terry enjoys spending time with his wife and two young sons, fixing bicycles and rooting for his hometown Seattle Mariners.