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.

Ryan Loyd / TPR News

When Governor Greg Abbott gave his first State of the State Address to the Texas Legislature on February 17 he told the lawmakers that education is his top concern – particularly early education with Pre-K.

“To begin the process of improving our schools and advancing our students, we must improve early education. That’s why I am declaring early education as my first emergency item as governor.”   

And on Thursday bi-partisan legislation was filed to begin implementing that vision.


Disney's film "McFarland, USA" stars Kevin Costner, and is based on the true story of coach Jim White. White undergoes a transformation after working at predominantly Latino high school where many of the children also work in the fields.

Warner Bros. Pictures

44 days – that’s how long it took a Warner Bros. movie crew to shoot the movie "Giant" in Marfa, Texas. The wooden skeleton of the set's mansion is all that stands today, but the film continues to have a lasting impact on the West Texas town.  

The epic – directed by George Stevens - starred Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean. And it also put the Lone Star State in a starring role.

Older than the county courthouses – older than even the Alamo – older than anything built in Texas is the ancient rock art. These mysterious glyphs, paintings, and hand prints are the most visible signs left by the peoples who roamed Texas and Northern Mexico before the arrival of the Europeans.

Ryan Loyd / TPR News

There are 254 counties in Texas and every one has a particular building that is a symbol of state government power, authority and justice. It’s the county courthouse. They are literally at center of the county seat and are delivering a deliberate message through architecture about society’s relationship to government and the community’s aspirations. 

The book "The Courthouses of Central Texas" by Brantley Hightower takes a unique comparative look at the courthouses.