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 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 25 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.

David Martin Davies

Donald Trump is the president elect. The Republican captured the most electoral votes. But Hillary Clinton won the popular vote. There are many people who fear what a Trump presidency will do and they are taking to the streets to protest.

In Texas these anti-Trump protests are erupting and hitting the streets every major city. These have been peaceful but loud emotional outbursts.

Forrest Wilder is the editor of the Texas Observer a progressive and respected news magazine.

David Martin Davies

The recent discovery of a massive oilfield in West Texas has many in the region on edge. Some are anticipating on a flow of jobs to the area but others are concerned that the drilling will spoil the desert’s beloved springs.

Scuba diving into the San Solomon Springs is like exploring a coral reef – except it’s in the middle of the West Texas Chihuahuan desert.

The water is crystal clear and filled with fish. They swim right up to the divers and surround them.

Texas has never seen an early voting surge like this before. Driven by the acrimonious contest between presidential candidates Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, voting lines have been long ever since early voting kicked off on October 24th.

With 38 electoral votes, second only to California, keeping Texas a red state is critical to Republican plans  of retaking the White House. This is true for this Tuesday and into the future.

Joseph Henry “T Bone" Burnett was born in St. Louis but grew up in Fort Worth, and has had a far reaching influence on the Texas “Third Coast Music” scene – but also in modern rock – country – Americana – and film – TV sound tracks.

Burnett is a musician, songwriter, producer and activist for musicians to be paid for their work in the digital age.

The night of December 6th 1991 – Four girls – ages 17, 17, 15 and 13 were working and hanging out at a “I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt!” store in Austin.

Eliza Thomas, Amy Ayers and sister Jennifer and Sarah Harbison were forced to strip, they were tied up, they were murdered – the shop was set on fire and the case is unsolved.

25 years after that night – it’s still a deep dark mystery.

“Who Killed These Girls? Cold Case: The Yogurt Shop Murders” explores in rich detail the kills and the flawed prosecutions of four suspects.

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