David Martin Davies

Host, "The Source," "Texas Matters"

David Martin Davies is  a veteran journalist with over 20 years’ experience covering Texas, the border and Mexico. 

He is a contributor to National Public Radio, American Public Media's "Marketplace" and the BBC's "The World."  Davies is also the host of KLRN public television’s weekly interview program "Conversations."  He has written for "The San Antonio Light", "The San Antonio Express-News," "The Texas Observer" and others.

His reporting has been recognized with numerous awards.

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Environment
12:58 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Post-BP Plans For Gulf Coast Restoration

Credit Chris Eudaily / TPR News

It’s been over 4 years since the Deepwater Horizon explosion and BP oil spill. The underwater gusher pumped crude into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days and is considered the worst maritime oil disaster in history. The US Government estimated the total discharge at 5 million barrels. But that number is uncertain and there are some reports that the well site continues to leak oil into the Gulf.

In November 2012, BP and the Department of Justice reached a settlement and in part agreed to a record-setting $4 and a half billion dollars in fines and other payments.

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Texas
12:46 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Growing Income Inequality In Texas

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Texas is certainly the Lone Star State – but it appears to be composed of two different states. One for the wealthy and the other for the impoverished and these states are growing ever further apart.

The income gap in Texas has never been bigger. The incomes of the richest 5 percent of households were 14.3 times greater than those of the poorest 20 percent. – That’s according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

And a new study shows that the rich are getting richer and the poor have a shrinking chance of working their way out of poverty.

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Environment
12:32 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Denton Fracking Ban Heading To Court

Frack Free Denton protest
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 Anti-fracking activists took their concerns to the voters of Denton, Texas in the recent November general election and passed a city fracking ban. It went into effect on December first. But industry leaders and the Texas Rail Road Commission say that doesn’t matter. They say it’s still “drill baby drill” for Denton. The Texas Oil and Gas Association and the Texas General Land Commission are now suing Denton over the frack ban. Cathy McMullan is the president of Frack Free Denton.  

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Environment
12:06 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Is Fracking Linked To Birth Defects?

Chemical warning signs welcome visitors to fracking site in Gonzalez County.
Credit David Martin Davies

A new report released this week adds to the growing evidence that the chemicals associated with fracking and horizontal drilling could be a danger to reproductive health to animals and humans. The study was conducted by the Center for Environmental Health.  Susan C.

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Environment
11:48 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Nordheim Waits For Word On Fracking Fate

Anti-Fracking waste pits protest signs have popped up around Nordheim.
Credit David Martin Davies

Sometime in November the one billionth barrel of oil was pumped out of the Eagle Ford Shale play – that’s according to the research firm Wood Mackenzie.

More than 70 percent of that production has occurred in the last two years.

The milestone comes at a time when oil prices are going through a steep drop. Right now a barrel of U.S. crude is going for under 70 dollars a barrel. And many in the industry have discussed plans to pull back on U.S. shale production.

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The Source - December 2, 2014
5:16 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

The Source: "The Black Box Society"

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There is a lot of information out in cyberspace about you. You don't know who has it. Largely you don't understand how they got it. You don't know how they intend to use it. You don't know if it is accurate.

Your life will increasingly be affected by that data. Will you get that job? Will you be able to get on the airplane?

What is the future of your digital self? What can we do to better regulate the use of our data?

Guest:

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Government
8:13 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

COSA Dist. 2 Candidates Face Off For Dec 9 Run-Off

The race to see who will replace Ivy Taylor on City Council continues. Taylor is now the mayor and the city is still the process of electing the District 2 council person. That person will remain until May - when a whole new city council and mayor is selected. There was an election in November for the seat - but no one claimed more than 50 percent of the vote - so now we are in a run-off. Election day is December 9th. Early voting is already underway.

The guests: 

Keith Toney - he was appointed to the seat by council in August.

Alan Warrick II. 

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Science & Technology
7:49 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

World Stem Cell Summit Comes To San Antonio

The future of medicine will be in San Antonio this week. It's a future where spinal cord injuries are healed and the paralyzed can walk again - a future where body parts and organs are regrown for transplant - a future where diabetes and Parkinson's is a thing of the past and a future where people can live with extended youth.

The World Stem Cell Summit comes to the city with a who's who of the world of breakthrough medicine.

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Government
6:22 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Women, Guns And Domestic Violence

When guns are involved in domestic violence, women die.

Statistics tell us that The presence of a gun makes it five times "more likely that domestic violence will turn into murder." While federal law prohibits a convicted domestic abuser or individual subject to a permanent restraining order from owning a gun - there are loop holes and ways to side step the law.What can be done? The Guest:Lindsay Nichols is a staff attorney with the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a San Francisco-based public interest law center dedicated to preventing gun violence. 

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Government
6:12 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

San Antonio's Transportation Future

In the next 25 years, a million more people will be living in San Antonio.

If you think the roads are crowded now, it's going to get a lot worse, unless the city of San Antonio doesn't takes action.But what can we do beyond building more miles of highways?How do we spur a real mass transit plan?Can we convince people to live closer to their jobs?What new technologies are coming online that will change how we do transportation?The City of San Antonio is starting work on a comprehensive transportation plan. Our guests are:

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