Texas Matters

Fridays at 12:30 p.m. & 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 with policymakers and newsmakers to help shed light on issues often overlooked by other media outlets.

David Martin Davies:

Davies is the host of "The Source" and a veteran journalist with more than 25 years of experience covering Texas, the border and Mexico. He is a regular contributor to NPR and American Public Media's "Marketplace." Davies' work has appeared in "The San Antonio Express-News," "The Texas Observer" and other print publications, as well as KLRN public television’s interview program "Conversations."

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

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Today’s newspaper headlines tell us about increased U.S. military presence along the U.S. Mexico border, mirroring press reports from a century ago.

On this episode of "Texas Matters," Thomas T. “Ty” Smith joins us to discuss new information from Army source documents about the era that’s been largely overlook by military historians. He's the author of “The Old Army in the Big Bend of Texas – The Last Calvary Frontier 1911-1921."


The Texas Tribune

On this episode of "Texas Matters," this is one of 19 states to not expand Medicaid when the Affordable Care Act became law. Matthew Buettgens, lead author of the report “The Implications of Medicaid Expansion in the Remaining States,” joins us to discuss whether or not Medicaid expansion is good for the Lone Star state. Also, author Ken Roberts talks about a tight society of fiercely independent country folk – known as "The Cedar Choppers (10:30)."


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They tell you in Texas, "don’t curse those rainy days" because you never know when the rain will stop — and stop and stop.

On this episode of "Texas Matters," we talk to Seamus McGraw about his new book, “A Thirsty Land: The Making of an American Water Crisis” and what Texans can look forward to as the population grows and the state's water supply dries up.


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On This episode of "Texas Matters"

  • Racial bias in Texas school districts' discipline and how reform efforts are dropped by the Trump administration.
  • Emergency preparedness items are tax free for the weekend (15:05).
  • The biggest little race in Texas is a .5K for a good cause (19:50).


Texas Department of HHS

On This episode of "Texas Matters":

  • There's too much plutonium in Texas. The Pantex facility near Amarillo has so much of the nuclear material that it has exceeded storage capacity. 
  • We look at the forgotten episode in the Great Depression when 500,000 Mexicans and Mexican Americas were forced out of the nation. We'll revisit how the story was covered at the time by three newspapers in San Antonio (09:30).


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