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.

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Texas Matters
3:06 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Study Says Texans Will Pay About $10 Billion For Other States To Expand Medicaid

Millions of Texans who may have qualified under Medicaid expansion will have to fend for themselves in the ACA marketplace.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: While Gov. Rick Perry has continued his hard line on Medicaid expansion under the ACA, a new study finds that Texas taxpayers will end up paying billions for the other states that do. Never fear, it is now totally fine to say "Merry Christmas" in Texas public schools. Also on this show: Amy Tan talks about the inspiration behind her new book, "The Valley of Amazement."

Texas paying for other state's Medicaid expansion

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Texas History
12:32 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

Texas Matters: Remembering The Dust Bowl

Dust storm approaching Stratford, Texas, 1935.
George E. Marsh Album NOAA

Remembering the lessons of the Dust Bowl. We listen back to an interview with Timothy Egan, author of the book, “The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl.”

Egan's book won the 2006 National Book Award for Nonfiction and the 2006 Washington State Book Award in History/Biography. 

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Texas Matters
4:19 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

'One Day In Dallas,' A KUT Special On JFK's Last Day

JFK walking off Air Force One after landing in San Antonio on Nov. 21, 1963.
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Texas Matters: "One Day in Dallas," a 30-minute special report from KUT based on extensive interviews with Sid Davis, the Westinghouse radio pool reporter in Dallas, and Julian Read, press aide for Texas Gov. John Connally. Both men describe that day in 1963 in vivid detail.

  *More on this story is available from KUT in the related content block below.

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Texas Matters
2:11 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Inside Parkland Hospital & Aboard Air Force One the Day JFK Was Killed

The front page of The Dallas Times Herald after President Kennedy's assassination, on display by the Texas State Archives and Library Commission.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon, KUT News

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 7:21 pm

Before that afternoon fifty years ago, neither Sid Davis nor Julian Read could have expected what they’d be called upon to do – much less that they’d both be eyewitnesses to history. 

Davis was a young radio reporter based in Washington D.C.

Read was on the other side of the journalistic fence, serving as press aide for Texas Gov. John Connally.

But they were both on a press bus in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963 – the day President John F. Kennedy was shot.

After 50 years of virtual silence, Austinite Julian Read recently opened up to KUT about his experience that day. 

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Texas Matters
2:39 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Van De Putte Addition Could Be What Texas Democrats Need For 2014 Challenge

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio.
Office of State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

Texas Matters: Still no official word from the San Antonio state senator, but Leticia Van De Putte has announced that she will make an official announcement next week. Would her addition to the Texas Democratic ticket make the party a serious challenger in 2014? Also on this show: Did race, or clever advertising, decide the winner in a Houston election? A Texas silver mine closes down on the border, causing big headaches for the area.

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Texas Matters
2:02 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Learning From The West Explosion: Safety And Security In Tracking Fertilizer Plants

The first week of school for fall 2013 and West, Texas, is slowly rebuilding their schools after the blast.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Texas Matters: An update on the Texas state fire marshal's online tool to locate ammonium nitrate facilities in the state like the one that exploded in the town of West. Are communities safer from this kind of a disaster? Also on this show: Texas libraries are set to lose federal funding, author Beverly Donofrio on her new memoir.

Ammonium nitrate storage in Texas after the West explosion

On April 17, the town of West, Texas, was leveled by an explosion at the local fertilizer plant.

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Texas Matters
1:33 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Pro-Life Camp Celebrates Appeals Court Ruling On Texas Abortion Restrictions

Pro-life supporters protest outside of the Stand With Texas Women rally in San Antonio this summer.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: Pro-life supporters are pleased with 5th Circuit Court ruling to put HB 2 restrictions into law -- doctors at clinics providing abortions must now have admitting privileges at local hospitals within 30 miles. Also on this show: The Permian Basin is the nation's largest oil production center, Brownsville hopes to make something good from "poorest city" label, and Juárez tries to move beyond its violent past.

5th Circuit Court reverses ruling on admitting privileges

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Texas Matters
9:14 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Voter ID Name Mismatch Affecting Texas Women At The Polls

Early voting is underway for the statewide Constitutional Amendment Election.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Texas Matters: There are reports that the state's new voter ID law is causing problems for women at the polls whose names on their drivers license don't exactly match their voter registration card. A closer look at Prop. 5, the reverse mortgage issue on this year's statewide ballot. Also on this show: Kinky Friedman back in politics, Ted Cruz' father steps into the limelight.

Does new voter ID law disenfranchise women?

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Texas Matters
2:02 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Remember Open-Carry Gun Rights! (At The Alamo)

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Texas Matters: The open-carry gun rights rally on the Alamo grounds will include remarks from Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, arguably the state's most vocal proponent for Second Amendment rights. Also on this show: Leticia Van De Putte talks about the veteran issues on this year's ballot, and more about the strength of the Texas economy, which is the focus of a "Time" magazine article.

Gonzales rallying cry gets San Antonio makeover

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Texas Matters
3:03 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Movement On Govt. Shutdown | Texas Debates New Water Project Fund

Gov. Rick Perry speaks at a press event at Lake Travis to promote Prop. 6, which is on November's ballot.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Texas Matters: There is finally movement on the government shutdown in D.C. but Democrats say it's not enough. While there is plenty of support for Prop. 6, the November ballot item to establish a water fund, there is also a strong current of opposition. Also on this show: GOP candidates in Texas try to stay true to fundamentals and appeal to Latino voters, and the future of execution drugs used in Texas.

Is the end of the government shutdown finally in sight?

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