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.

State of Texas DPS

It was in October of 2012 that a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter joined in a hot pursuit in the Rio Grande Valley. Officers suspected that pick-up truck they were chasing was loaded with bales of marijuana. To bring an end the chase a sniper in the helicopter fired 15 times at the tires of the truck.  

Texas Parks and Wildlife

With whistles and "whoops" Mark Lange is calling to and directing Ira one of his bird dogs. Ira is a brown and white German short haired pointer. She is happily romping through the tall South Texas grass searching for a covey of Bobwhite quail. But this is a different kind of bird hunt Lange is Texas Parks and Wildlife Biologist 

“She a little close running dog and she won’t range out too far,” said Lange.

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.