Texas Matters

Fridays at 3:30 p.m., Saturdays at 6:30 a.m., and Sundays at 9:30 p.m.

Texas is a big state with a growing, diverse population and as the population grows, the issues and challenges facing its residents multiply.  Texas Matters is a statewide news program that spends half an hour each week looking at the issues and culture of Texas.

Texas Matters is hosted by David Martin Davies, who talks directly with policymakers and newsmakers in a lively discussion designed to shed light on issues often overlooked by other media.

David Martin Davies:

Davies is the host of "The Source" and a veteran journalist with over 20 years’ experience covering Texas, the border and Mexico. He is a regular contributor to NPR and American Public Media's "Marketplace." Davies also has written for "The San Antonio Light", "The San Antonio Express-News," "The Texas Observer" and others, and hosted KLRN public television’s interview program "Conversations."

Texas Matters is made possible by the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures.

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  The terrorist attacks on 9-11 dramatically changed the U.S. Mexico border. The border was hardened and crossing became a burdensome process. There are concerns that with this latest wave of international terror attacks that the border will again undergo a metamorphosis that will make travel more difficult and further cut off the cross cultural flow across the Rio Grande. Already there are calls from politicians for more security – a bigger wall – and a stronger military style presence to protect America.

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Texas is known for being an energy producing state, but while many still associate the state with oil and natural gas, others are catching up with the state's renewable energy bonanza. Texas is leading the nation in the production of wind power. In fact there's so much wind power being generated at night that one energy company, TXU, has created a program to provide free electricity to consumers who sign up for this particular plan.

But that plan does have considerably higher priced electricity metered during the daytime. 

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome  is just one of the reasons why Texas has an infant mortality rate that’s among the worst for industrialized nations. Other reasons include large portions of poverty in the state and many in the population who don't have access to health care. The state also has a problem with the death rate for women who die in child birth.

Premature birth is the leading cause of infant death. Even those who survive an early birth can face lifelong health problems, including cerebral palsy and developmental delays.

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Veterans Day is Wednesday, November 11 – and this year the Veterans Administration is asking us to do something different on that day. They want to make it a day to record an interview with a veteran in your life and send that interview to be saved at the Library of Congress.  The Veterans History Project will collect, preserve and make accessible the oral and written histories of those who served in America’s conflicts. Bob Patrick is the director of the Veterans History Project.


Many people know that during World War II, the United States created a system of internment camps for resident aliens from Japan as well as American citizens of Japanese descent.