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.

The song “Life in the West” became popular in the 1840s. The lyrics, written by American poet George Pope Morris, evoke the call of the fertile promised land and celebrates the freedom of living so close to nature. 

On this episode of Texas Matters, we'll discuss popular songs of the American West with Peabody-winning music scholar  Michael Lasser.


There may not be snow in San Antonio but it's still Christmastime in Texas. Sharing your favorite childhood story of the holidays with your own children is a way to keep the spirit of Christmas strong.

On this Texas Matters, we'll visit some Texas Christmas traditions and hear classic stories of the holidays with Texas storyteller John Henry Faulk and San Antonio writer Yvette Benavides.


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The filing deadline has come and gone for Texas political candidates who are running in the 2018 mid-terms.

On this episode of "Texas Matters," we'll look at the re-election bids of Gov. Greg Abbott and Senator Ted Cruz with KERA's Christopher Connelly (0:41); allegations of sexual harassment by Texas Congressman Blake Farenthold (1:49); the 2018 midterms with Harvey Kronberg, founding editor of the Quorum Report (3:00); the return of tourism along the Texas coast (16:46); and a commentary from Yvette Benavides (21:48) about what life was like in those coast towns before Harvey.

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Hurricane Harvey isn't the first major storm to hit Texas and it won’t be the last.

So what can we learn from looking at how past disasters were handled to do a better job of making sure that the vulnerable get the help they need?

We spoke with  Steve Kroll-Smith, a professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and author of two books looking at Hurricane Katrina’s recovery, about this recovery, and then TPR contributor Yvette Benavides reflects on the holiday season on this episode of "Texas Matters."


How did the family name of a founding father of Texas become synonymous with an independent-minded person?

Find out on this episode of "Texas Matters."


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