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How did the family name of a founding father of Texas become synonymous with an independent-minded person?

Find out on this episode of "Texas Matters."


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Julissa Arce graduated at the top of her high school class in San Antonio and went on to succeed in college, before becoming a star of Wall Street. Arce was vice president for Goldman Sachs by the time she was 27 years old — all this while also being an undocumented immigrant living in fear of being deported. She spoke to Texas Public Radio contributor Yvette Benavides.


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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).


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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On This episode of "Texas Matters"

  • Racial bias in Texas school districts' discipline and how reform efforts are dropped by the Trump administration.
  • Emergency preparedness items are tax free for the weekend (15:05).
  • The biggest little race in Texas is a .5K for a good cause (19:50).


On this episode of "Texas Matters":

  • We talk to Bryan Mealer, author of  "The Kings of Big Spring." 
  • Then Jose Antonio Rodriguez stops by to discuss his book, "House Built on Ashes" (13:00).
  • And finally, "The Talented Ribkins" is reviewed by contributor Yvette Benavides (23:11).


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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," 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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On this episode of Texas Matters:

  • LGBTQ candidates on Texas ballots for the 2018 midterm elections.
  • Nazis on Texas college campuses (08:14).
  • Old Texas folk yales of Lincoln visiting slaves (19:03).


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