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.

Fame is the coin of the realm in today's media world where the unaccomplished Kardashians are exalted and everyone is only a YouTube video infection away from enjoying the quick-to-fade-glitter of celebrity.

But what is fame? Is it just having your name on the lips of the masses? Why do so many today want to be well known? Or can one be famous to just one person?

The poem "Famous" is one of Naomi Shihab Nye’s most famous works. Shihab Nye has written more than two dozen books of poetry. Her poem "Famous" has been illustrated in a new book by Lisa Desimini.

Despite a lawsuit and objections from Governor Greg Abbott Syrian refugees are being resettled in Texas.

Nearly 30 governors across the U.S. vowed to block Syrian refugees since the Paris attacks last month. But no state has taken as aggressive a stance as Texas. Attorney General Ken Paxton took the Obama administration to court earlier this month over claims that federal officials and resettlement agencies haven't shared information about arriving refugees.

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The Pearsall Independent School District is waiting for word if it will be shut down. The school district 60 miles south of San Antonio had its accreditation revoked. And the community is trying to come to grips with what a closure could mean for their children and their future.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

  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. 

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