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
2:52 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

The Source: The Father Of Electronic Music Visits San Antonio & URBAN-15

SA Composer George Cisneros of Urban-15 (left) with modern music legend Morton Subotnick in the KSTX Studios
David Martin Davies TPR

Ground-breaking avant-garde composer and musician Morton Subotnick has been called the father of electronic music and is a visionary who predicted the age of non-linear interactive media.

Subotnick is in San Antonio for a series of concerts and workshops and he continues to educate and enlighten audiences around the world with non-traditional structures of music.

"Silver Apples on the Moon" was released in 1967 and was the first time that someone produced an album almost solely in post-production. It was certainly ahead of it’s time, and may even be ahead of our time.

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Federal Government
10:50 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Mixed Reviews For Sen. Ted Cruz’s D.C. Debut

Ted Cruz in a September 2012 photo.
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Sen. Ted Cruz has been on the job seven weeks, and in that short time he’s made a big splash in Washington D.C. Speculation about the dynamic freshman legislator is blistering the blogosphere, and many are wondering if the Republican Party can control Cruz.

The Senate Armed Services Committee hearings for defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel were already tough, but then it was Cruz’s turn he turned up the heat.

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Texas Matters
12:20 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Cruz And Stockman Waste No Time Mixing It Up In D.C.

Ted Cruz in a September 2012 photo.
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Ted Cruz and Steve Stockman have quickly established themselves as vocal and active members of Congress, and their gusto is ruffling some feathers. How much do we know about the cost of state lawmaker pensions? Apparently not much, but why not? Debate about changing the way electric utilities get paid; should they be paid for capacity? Quail hunting used to be a part of everyday life, but quail populations have been declining for the past 25 years.

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The Source
2:56 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

The Source: Street2Feet Giving The Homeless A Running Chance

SAMMinistries

The problem of homelessness is massive and complex and it seems impossible to find a solution that’s going to solve the problem for one and all.

San Antonio is working on dealing with the issue with Haven for Hope by providing shelter, counseling and help with finding work, but for some of the homeless, they are finding the road back from living on the street by lacing up a pair of shoes and running.

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Border & Immigration
12:20 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Immigration Reform A Small Part Of President's Address, Divided Reaction

The White House

While President Barack Obama covered a lot of territory in last night’s State-of-the-Union, one topic that’s being scrutinized is immigration reform. 

It took President Obama almost exactly an hour to deliver the annual address and 2 minutes and 18 seconds of it was dedicated to immigration reform.

“And right now, leaders from the business, labor, law enforcement, and faith communities all agree that the time has come to pass comprehensive immigration reform,” he said.  

A round of applause

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Texas Matters
12:02 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Texas Matters: The Story Of Education Funding Turns Another Page

The nine justices of the Texas Supreme Court in January 2013, Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson, who is from San Antonio, is seated in the middle.
State of Texas

Texas education funding is ruled unconstitutional, and Attorney General Greg Abbott is expected to appeal the case to the Texas Supreme Court. There are opposing views in the legislature on whether to immediately act to address the issue, or wait until the court forces it. Gov. Perry is causing a stir with his radio ads in California that try to lure companies to the Lone Star State, and one columnist from San Francisco says this is generating some interesting conversation.

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The Source
3:15 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

The Source: Carlton Soules, The Voice Of Caution On City Council

District 10 City Councilman Carlton Soules is consistently an opposing voice in the council chamber.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

There are aggressive programs underway in San Antonio to redevelop downtown, push education opportunities, improve transportation, deal with water issues, be on the cutting edge of green initiatives and attract job providers.

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San Antonio Tourism
9:09 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Gen. Travis Re-Opens The Alamo Gift Shop

The Alamo is now being operated by the Texas General Land Office
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

After months of being closed for renovation, the gift shop at the Alamo is reopening on Friday with dramatic flare. 

"The Alamo Gift Shop is vital to the daily operations because the Alamo derives most of its funding from proceeds from the gift shop," said Mark Loeffle with the Texas General Land Office, which now has control over the landmark.

He said the new Alamo gift shop is loaded with unique Alamo souvenirs for the tourist looking for that special relic of the shrine of Texas liberty.

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Immigration Reform
7:45 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Castro Testifies At Committee Hearing On Immigration Reform

Though he just announced his re-election bid with the promise that he's "not going anywhere," Castro continues to be in the national spotlight.
Ryan Loyd TPR

During the first hearing on immigration of the 113th Congress, House Republicans honed in on seeking a middle ground  between “mass deportation” of undocumented immigrants and providing a path to citizenship. 

The Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia, called it the question of the day.

“Are there options that we should consider between the extremes of mass deportation and a pathway to citizenship?" Goodlatte asked San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro.

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State Park Funding Shortfall
11:53 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Putting Money Back Into Texas State Parks

Texas Parks and Wildlife

Texas lawmakers are looking to save Texas state parks from closing down by making sure that taxpayer funds intended for state parks get there. 

When you go to a sporting goods store and buy a canoe there is a little tax that supports the Texas park system, since a person would be likely to enjoy paddling that canoe on Texas state waterways.

Over the years the state diverted that park tax money and held it in order to balance the state budget on paper.

In the current state budget, $184 million pegged for parks was diverted to help balance the overall budget.

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