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 we look at:

  • Ten years later: the children from the Yearning For Zion Ranch raid remembered.
  • The impact of the citizenship question on the Texas census count (12:00).
  • Commentator Yvette Benavides looks at the Parkland shooting, the "March For Our Lives" and her own classroom (22:00).


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On this episode of Texas Matters, we look at:

  • The economy of Texas cattle drives. 
  • As San Antonio celebrates its tricentennial, we at two stories, beginning with a look at the art of 1718 (10:00).
  • Then, as the Alamo City celebrates its 300th birthday, there will more than a little tequila used in the celebration. Here's the story behind that smooth and firey inebriant and its tie to San Antonio (19:45).


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Luis Alberto Urrea was born in Tijuana, Mexico, to a Mexican father and an American mother. The acclaimed author is best known for his novels about the U.S.-Mexico border, including "The Devil's Highway."

On this episode of "Texas Matters," contributor Yvette Benavides talks to Urrea about his latest work, "The House of Broken Angels," which is based on real-life events.


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The pantheon of heroes of Texas independence from Mexico includes names many know: Davy Crocket, Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin, Jim Bowie and Juan Seguin.

But of these Texan heroes, Seguin’s story may be one of the most interesting, conflicted and inspiring.

On this episode of "Texas Matters," we talk to author Bill Neeley about his book, "A Tejano Knight, The Quest of Don Juan Seguin."


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On this episode of "Texas Matters," Texas Public Radio contributor Yvette Benavides talks to Jorge Ramos, the lead news anchor for the Spanish-language network Univision.

Ramos has won numerous awards for excellence in journalism, including a Cabot Prize and has been named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential people in the world. 


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