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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The Source - May 27, 2013
10:01 am
Tue May 28, 2013

The Source: Memorial Day - BRAC, The Legislature And The Civilian Conservation Corps

Texas Parks and Wildlife

In the first segment:

The Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) is looking at another round of real estate adjustments. In the past, BRAC closed San Antonio’s Kelly Air Force Base but it has also expanded the military’s medical operations in the Alamo City.

San Antonio Congressman Joaquín Castro is leading an effort to protect the city’s military assets from future possible cuts.

In the second segment:

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Texas Matters
3:34 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Storm-Insurance Disaster Looms As Hurricane Season Approaches

2008's Hurricane Ike off the coast of Texas.
National Weather Service

The 83rd Legislature is finished on Monday and so far there is no permanent fix for a state-funded storm insurance company as hurricane season approaches. Want to know the secret behind which bills pass and which ones fail? Follow the money. Also on this show: This summer's projected strain on the state's electric grid, and a border reunion between two villages.

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Texas Matters
1:56 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

How Much Scrutiny Is Fair When Seeking To Be Tax Exempt?

Flickr user Rob Chandanais (BlueRobot) cc

A fact that is being overlooked as the IRS scandal plays out is that both conservative and progressive groups were required to answer additional questions. Two Texas groups talk about the extra questionnaire and why they feel they deserve to be tax free. Also on this show: In the last two years, 60 women's health clinics were forced to close, so why did the state have $2.3 million in unspent federal funds, which was available to keep clinics running?

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Texas Matters
2:24 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

President Obama Touches Down In Texas

Though a staunchly Republican state, President Obama has found success in visits to Texas.
Joey Palacios TPR

Texas Matters: President Obama visited Austin on Thursday to promote his jobs and middle class growth strategy. Also on this show: Latino unemployment in Texas, the Boquillas border crossing opens in Big Bend and the last night to pass bills out of the Texas House.

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Texas Matters
1:53 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Whose Job Is It To Oversee Plants Like The One In West, Texas?

Committee hearing on West fertilizer investigation.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Texas Matters: With the investigation into the West fertilizer plant explosion ongoing, the House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee held a hearing to clarify who is responsible for reviewing these kinds of facilities. Also on this show: The chances that Ted Cruz makes a presidential run and the future of high-stakes testing in Texas.

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Texas Matters
11:26 am
Fri April 26, 2013

President And Politicians Rally Community For West, Texas

Gov. Perry at a press conference addressing the explosion in West, Texas.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Officials are still trying to pin down who is responsible for the explosion at the fertilizer plant in West, Texas, but national and state politicians attended a tribute to urge a national sense of community. Also on this show: The Geroge W. Bush Library was dedicated this week, which is bringing up conversation about the meaning of the former president's legacy. As Texas continues to cope with drought conditions, residents who depend on rivers like the San Saba are battling agriculture interests for water rights. The U.S. Supreme Court weighs in on the cross-border Texas-Oklahoma water war.

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Texas Matters
1:39 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Environmental Regulations And Their Role In Preventing Disasters

@vrbruno3 Instagram

Texas Matters: A former environmental inspector talks about regulations and their role in industrial safety following the deadly explosion in West, Texas. Also on this show, an update on the Keystone XL Pipeline, which is hitting some speedbumps along the way.

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Texas Matters
12:28 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

The Confusing And Murky World Of Tax Loopholes In Texas

2012 general election precincts
State of Texas District Viewer

Texas Matters: Taxes are a touchy subject no matter what side you are on, but they exist to raise revenue so closing loopholes is one way to make sure everyone pays a fair share. Also on the show: A look at Tesla Motors effort to open up the Texas market, Texas school districts letting teachers with a CHL carry a gun on campus, and the Texas history behind John Ford's classic film, "The Searchers."

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Texas Matters
1:38 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Kaufman County Killings Have State Officials Increasing Security

Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland addresses the media in January following the murder of Deputy DA Mark Hasse.
Bill Zeeble KERA

Family and friends of the Kaufman County district attorney and his wife who were killed last weekend are starting to move on following a public memorial service. Evidence of a motive is driving the investigation in the direction of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas. Rick Perry is offering a reward for tips that lead to arrests in the case and says authorities should also look at drug cartels; one expert doesn't think that cartel involvement is likely. Finally, an update on the Texas Legislature's budget, which passed the house last night.

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Texas Matters
12:11 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Sorting Out Truth And Fiction In The CSCOPE Controversy

Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative (TESCCC)

Is CSCOPE an education resource designed to help struggling school districts? Or is it a vast anti-American conspiracy that uses Texas classrooms to convert children to Islam and communism?

CSCOPE is an online curriculum management resource developed by the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative (TESCCC), a group made up of the 20 education service centers in the state. The group develops their curriculum framework through several sources.

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