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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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Some Hispanic-Americans, born in the U.S., who have applied for an American passport have been accused of fraud and are being jailed in immigration detention centers. Andre Segura, the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, joins Texas Matters to discuss the issue. Also, paid sick leave is at the center of debate in Texas (14:40).


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Will an ambitious $12 billion project called the Texas Spine protect the Gulf Coast from future hurricane storm surges and who will pay for it? We'll hear from Len Waterworth, a retired coloniel in the Army Corp of Engineers, and Brandt Mannchen, with the Sierra Club.  Then, Texas turtle meat is now off the menu in Asia now that the shell-shocked reptile is protected (17:41). And can Bitcoin make it rain money again in Rockdale? (22:41).


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Hurricane Harvey was followed by a massive release of highly toxic chemicals in the coastal area. Ilan Levin, Texas Director of the Environmental Integrity Project, joins us to discuss how better to prepare for future disasters.

Then, Texas Observer environment reporter Naveena Sadasivam (14:46) will talk about a nine-part series called "Shallow Watters," which looks at the impact of global warming on the Rio Grande River.


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The cattle drive of the Old West was all about connecting the $4 cow in San Antonio with the $40 market in Kansas — and making that connection depended on cowboys.  For these saddle tramps, the cattle drive was just a job, but somehow it became an American myth.

Tim Lehman’s "Up the Trail" reveals that reality was vastly different than the American myth told in dime novels, TV shows and in song.


On this episode of "Texas Matters":

  • A re-examination of a 1985 murder raises questions about the use of blood spatter evidence and how murder convictions are minted in Texas. 
  • An effort to build the country's largest wind farm might be in jeopardy but is wind energy the answer?
  • Some believe U.S. politicians have failed to address the threat of global warming and sea level rise. But one expert believes both sides are closer than you might think.
  • So what exaclty is a pickle? That's what is being argued in a Texas court. 


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