Yvette Benavides | Texas Public Radio

Yvette Benavides

Bird Island in Elmendorf Lake was recently cleared of its nesting vegetation for cattle egrets.
David Martin Davies | Texas Public Radio

For about 18 months, after the May 2008 four-alarm fire in the main building at Our Lady of the Lake University displaced my colleagues and me, my temporary office was in the Ayres dormitory.  My windows looked out on the parking lot and Elmendorf Lake itself, the most visible part of which was Bird Island — a massive rookery home to hundreds of egrets and other waterfowl.


The Capitol Building in August, 2019.
Joey Palacios | Texas Public Radio

On Wednesday NPR will broadcast the public impeachment hearings — so listeners won't be hearing the daily programs on Texas Public Radio. The question being explored is: Did President Donald Trump abuse his office and should he be impeached for pressuring Ukraine to investigate a political rival while withholding U.S. aid? Texas Public Radio commentator Yvette Benavides urges Americans to fight off news fatigue, pay attention and be a juror. 


Commentary: Climate Change On The Texas Ballot

Nov 4, 2019
David Martin Davies / Texas Public Radio

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, Texans are voting on 10 proposed changes to the Texas Constitution. Although climate change doesn't appear to be anywhere on the ballot, Texas Public Radio commentator Yvette Benavides says it's there. 


David Martin Davies | Texas Public Radio

Texas Matters first hit the airwaves on Texas Public Radio on Sept. 1, 2000. And each week since Yvette Benavides (my creative partner and wife) and I have produced stories, interviews and commentaries for public radio listeners across Texas.


A bed in the emergency room at University Hospital in San Antonio.
Eileen Pace | TPR News

Texas has the highest uninsured rate for children in the nation. And for the second year in a row the rate got even worse. That’s according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Children advocates are calling attention to these numbers and asking for state leaders to address this problem immediately. They say steps could be taken now – without the legislature to improve access to CHIP and Children’s Medicaid. Patrick Bresette is the Executive Director Children’s Defense Fund-Texas.


Texas politics has never been very accommodating to third parties and their efforts to win votes. The Libertarian party has been perceived as siphoning votes away from the Republican party, and the Green Party from the Democrats.


Last month, millions tuned in to watch the Democratic presidential debates in Miami. Three of the candidates broke into Spanish during the debates at different times. The country reacted.

When the smoke cleared, it was former HUD Secretary and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro who had the most to answer for — for a perceived lack of fluency in his attempt. Texas Public Radio commentator Yvette Benavides sees his code-switching, not as deficient, but as part of a far more complex and authentic story. 

This week, we’ve continued to see the disturbing images coming from the detention centers on the southern border. The families keep making the journey from their home countries to the US/Mexico border, risking family separation—and more. 

David Martin Davies | Texas Public Radio

On Thursday night Congress passed a $4.6 billion emergency border aid bill, but it wasn’t the spending bill that many Democrats in the House said they wanted – including Speaker Nancy Pelosi.


Anna Surinyach | MSF

The situation on the border isn’t getting any better. The flow of asylum seekers from a destabilized Central America is running into a politically charged federal government response that is not focused humanitarian aid.


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