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.

The drug war in Mexico continues to takes lives. Streets along the border have become battle fields as cartels challenge each other for territory and clash with the Mexican military forces. Sometimes it takes fiction to explain and decipher the impact of the harsh realities like the drug war. It's able bring to the page the maelstrom of emotions of what’s it like to be collateral damage in this conflict that’s tearing your motherland apart.

Chris Eudaily / TPR News

The state of Texas is making a major change to the management of the iconic landmark the Alamo. The General Land Office is ending its contract with the Daughters of the Republic of Texas to run the Shrine of Texas Liberty.

A new report from Texas Appleseed, Class, Not Court: Reconsidering Texas' Criminalization of Truancy, found that Texas filed approximately 115,000 truancy cases in 2013 - more than twice the number of truancy cases in all other states combined.

The U.S. Labor Department reports that the latest national unemployment rate is 5-point-5 percent. That’s good news for the economy overall and the sluggish recovery. But if you are still one of those without a job then the unemployment rate is 100%. But for minority communities the recovery has yet to arrive.  A coalition of community and labor groups in Texas is calling for the Federal Reserve to focus on full employment and higher wages for blacks, Latinos, native peoples and others in poor neighborhoods who have been left out of the recovery.

The historic corrido "Los Tequileros" is a ballad that tells the true story of tequila smugglers on the Texas Mexico border during Prohibition and a deadly gun fight with the Texas Rangers.

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