Texas Matters

Fridays at 12:30 p.m. & Sundays at 9:30 p.m.

Texas is a big state with a growing, diverse population and as the population grows, the issues and challenges facing its residents multiply. "Texas Matters" is a statewide news program that spends half an hour each week looking at the issues and culture of Texas.

"Texas Matters" is hosted by David Martin Davies, who talks with policymakers and newsmakers to help shed light on issues often overlooked by other media outlets.

David Martin Davies:

Davies is the host of "The Source" and a veteran journalist with more than 25 years of experience covering Texas, the border and Mexico. He is a regular contributor to NPR and American Public Media's "Marketplace." Davies' work has appeared in "The San Antonio Express-News," "The Texas Observer" and other print publications, as well as KLRN public television’s interview program "Conversations."

Texas Matters is made possible by the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures.

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On This episode of "Texas Matters":

  • What makes a successful protest?
  • Civility in the age of viral video and viral hate (21:27).

 


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On This episode of "Texas Matters":

  • The Texas population boom.
  • The shrinking White population (9:00).
  • Wind power is clean, cheap and under attack (20:40).


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On This episode of "Texas Matters":

  • 50 years after CBS's Hunger In America  exposed San Antonio's poverty
  • Senator John Cornyn on border family separations (10:13).
  • San Antonio rallys against border family separations (11:22).
  • How the Texas Border is the most over policed area in the nation (15:27).
  • A daughter remembers her father's office on the border (24:01).


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Today’s newspaper headlines tell us about increased U.S. military presence along the U.S. Mexico border, mirroring press reports from a century ago.

On this episode of "Texas Matters," Thomas T. “Ty” Smith joins us to discuss new information from Army source documents about the era that’s been largely overlook by military historians. He's the author of “The Old Army in the Big Bend of Texas – The Last Calvary Frontier 1911-1921."


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On this episode of "Texas Matters," this is one of 19 states to not expand Medicaid when the Affordable Care Act became law. Matthew Buettgens, lead author of the report “The Implications of Medicaid Expansion in the Remaining States,” joins us to discuss whether or not Medicaid expansion is good for the Lone Star state. Also, author Ken Roberts talks about a tight society of fiercely independent country folk – known as "The Cedar Choppers (10:30)."


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