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Testosterone is both blamed and praised for varying human behaviors. How do the biological hormone's actual functions compare to its non-scientific, word-of-mouth history and what's been the impact of these common misunderstandings?


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Tobacco companies used to rule the market with backing from government entities, but are now subjected to numerous restrictions and flat-out bans.


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The controversial debate about the need for and efficacy of vaccinations has resulted in an impasse for people on both sides of the argument. At the core of the discussion is concern for the well being of children. 


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In his book "Beneath a Ruthless Sun," Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gilbert King tells a true story of corruption and institutional bigotry.


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Chicana writer Cherríe Moraga is the author of the literary memoir, “Native Country of the Heart.” It explores not just Moraga’s life, but that of her mother, Elvira.  Elvira was born in 1914. Her father hired 11-year-old Elvira and her siblings as cotton pickers in California. As a young teen, she worked at a Tijuana casino that was frequented by Hollywood stars and mob bosses.

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Some politicians paint such a dire picture of the Texas/Mexico border it’s natural to wonder where all this is leading.


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The San Antonio Book Festival returns in April for a seventh time and with a new executive director: Lilly Gonzalez succeeds festival founder Katy Flato. 

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On Fronteras:

  • A 12-year-old Mexican-American boy who was shot and killed by a Dallas police officer is honored with a public art project and documentary (0:21).
  • American writer, poet, and translator Margaret Randall joins us to discuss translating the collection “The Oval Portrait: Contemporary Cuban Women Writers and Artists” (4:55).
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio library has recently featured cookbooks created by housekeeping staff. Here’s why (14:21).

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On Fronteras:

  • Tackling infant mortality with paternal involvement (0:15).
  • The true story of a father and son’s journey across the U.S.-Mexico border told in a children’s book (14:25).

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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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