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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Texas Matters
2:46 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Politicians Step Forward With Plans For Border, Minors: Cornyn, Cuellar, Cruz File Bills

A U.S. Border Patrol watch tower overlooking the entrance of the Anzaldua's County Park near Mission, Texas.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: Republican lieutenant governor candidate Dan Patrick supports speeding up the immigration hearing process for unaccompanied minors housed in Texas; but Democrat Leticia Van De Putte says it is a death sentence. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is also putting forward a plan. Also on this show: Texas Nationalist Movement calls for day of action, how payday lending stays unregulated, blues great Johnny Winter dies.

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Texas Matters
2:40 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Militia Groups Stand Firm On Providing Border Security

Texas Matters: A Texas militia group takes border security into their own hands. Also on this show: Bill Powers out at University of Texas, Phil Collins on why he loves the Alamo.

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Members of a militia group have issued an action alert and have gathered south of San Antonio for what they call Operation Secure our Border. The commander of the militia group is 37-year-old Chris Davis. This interview was recorded on July 3.

Who watches the militiamen?

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Texas Matters
4:44 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Documentary Report: The Surge In Immigration From Central America

The streets of Comayagüela, Honduras.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: A radio documentary investigating the increase in the number of immigrant refugees, many of them unaccompanied minors, that are turning up at the Texas-Mexico border. The greatest percentage of migrant youth are coming from Honduras.

Arriving in Texas

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Texas Matters
4:13 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Texas Tries To Deal With Surge In Immigrants, Refugees

David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: As Texas politicians continue to put the federal government under fire to do something about border security and the recent immigrant surge, what is happening to those who are already here or those who continue to come? Also on this show: On Juneteenth, Texas before racial equality.

Humanitarian crisis at the border

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Texas Matters
2:08 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Looking At Both Sides Of "Reparative Therapy"

Texas Matters: In their new platform, the Republican Party of Texas has called for a right to reparative therapy – a controversial method that claims to turn gay people straight. We look deeper into this therapy practice that critics say doesn’t work.

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Texas Matters
2:24 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Documentary Report: Problems Facing Texas State-Supported Living Centers

Residents outside a housing unit of the San Antonio State Supported Living Center.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: This week we explore the current state of Texas state-supported living centers (SSLC), which house people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. How are these centers doing five years after the U.S. Department of Justice discovered inadequate conditions and care? The story of Sean Yates, who escaped from the Corpus Christi SSLC and was later found dead. What is the future of SSLCs in Texas?

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Texas Matters
3:20 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Children Fleeing Violence In Central America Land In Texas

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees report Children On The Run is available at: www.unhcrwashington.org/children
Credit UNHCR Washington

Texas Matters: The Texas-Mexico border is seeing a human wave of children from Central America, but what can be done about it? Texas moves to privatize a big part of the foster care program, but will it make the troubled system any safer for the children? Also on this show: Is Texas ready for online voter registration?

Unaccompanied (immigrant) minors

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Texas Matters
1:41 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Paxton & Branch Jockey For Position In Republican Attorney General Runoff

Republican attorney general candidates Ken Paxton (left) and Dan Branch.
Campaign photos

Texas Matters: While a lot of attention has been paid to the lieutenant governor runoff, the Republican attorney general runoff between Ken Paxton and Dan Branch is turning out to be equally intriguing. Also on this show: It's a runoff election, so turnout is likely going to be very low.

Enough about lieutenant governor, how about the attorney general runoff?

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Texas Matters
2:17 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Border Trust & The Democratic Primary Runoff For U.S. Senate

Early voting for the 2014 primary runoff starts Monday, May 19.
Credit David Martin Davies / TPR News

Texas Matters: How much information should DPS and border patrol share with landowners along the Texas-Mexico border? The primary runoff for U.S. Senate in the Democratic Party is between two candidates with little statewide name recognition: One is a party establishment outsider who wants to impeach the president and the other is an entrepreneur who is originally from Lebanon.

Border surge intelligence debate

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Texas Matters
1:38 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Stories About Motherhood & Family From A San Antonio Writer's Group

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Texas Matters: On this Mother’s Day weekend we honor our life givers, our moms. But that mother-offspring relationship is frequently complicated and always intense. We hear five true stories about mothers and mothering written by a San Antonio group of women writers called The Next Chapter.

As these women write and share their stories, discovering the beauty and power of their own words, we encourage you, other women and men, to find your voices and write your own story. There’s no greater heirloom to leave to the next generation.

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