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.

Going to the Emergency Room in Texas and you should brace yourself for some surprises – even you have great insurance coverage. According to a new report Texans are Charged More Than 650% The Going Rate Of Medicare For ER  services. Jamie Dudensing is the CEO of the Texas Association of Health Plans.

Two months ago the EPA announced a major step forward in addressing air quality concerns and climate change with the Clean Power Plan. It established the first ever national limits on carbon pollution from power plants. Critics such as Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton have attacked the plan as unworkable and too big a burden on the economy.

Thousands of immigration born in other counties are finding their way to Texas. And they are doing so at a rate that’s out pacing native Texas births. The lion’s share are now coming from Asia. This could be the greatest alteration in the state population growth trend since statehood.

David Martin Davies

Four years ago the Texas legislature recognized that concussions in High School football had become ab epidemic and needed to be addressed.  That’s when HB 2038 was was passed and signed into law. That put in place the “Return to Play” protocol. It requires a doctor’s approval for a player to return to the field following a concussion.  But did the law do any good?

David Martin Davies

In the pantheon of Texas football, few rank higher than former University of Texas coach Darrel Royal.

“As a smart aggressive teacher who believes in hard-nosed football, Royal has led Texas to new heights on the grid iron,” says a nameless announcer in a black-and-white coaching film from the early 1960s. In the film, a young Royal lays down the law when it comes to tackling: