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.

For those who lawfully want to enter the United States the first question is about obtaining a visa – but for many getting one is virtually impossible. That is the heart of the problem for the U.S. immigration system according to a report released this week by the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation.

The paper titled “The Inefficient U.S. Immigration System: A Texas Perspective” examines the breakdowns with the U.S. immigration system and recommends state based solutions.

Katherine Fidler is the author of the report.

OPERATION STREAMLINE:

Texas coal mining, the spread of fire ants, the growth of light pollution, the shrinking migration of monarch butterflies, the reduction of Hill Country springs, sprawl of cities and colonias in Texas. They all add up to a raft of massive environmental challenge for the Lone Star State and included in the book “The Texas Landscape Project: Nature and People.”

Monarch butterflies are vanishing from America’s backyards at an alarming rate. This could have devastating consequences for the ecosystem as well as the food supply.

Now the National Wildlife Federation is looking to help the monarchs by turning I-35 into an oasis that they can follow on their migration.

Collin O’Mara is the president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation.

As part of an ongoing battle between Planned Parenthood and the Texas Medicaid program, just over six months ago the state of Texas cut off funding to a planned parenthood affiliate for an HIV prevention program.

The move came two months after Texas Republican leaders announced they would kick Planned Parenthood out of Medicaid.  That was a pronouncement spurred by a set of hoax undercover videos that sought to portray Planned Parenthood selling aborted fetal tissue.

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This week Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick doubled down in his stance against transgender students in Texas school districts using the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. Patrick wants public schools in Texas to force children to use the bathroom that matches their birth certificate gender.

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