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.

In Texas, from 1891 to 1922, there was a systematic and routine practice of the burning of African American men at the stake. It happened so often that the state averaged one fatal burning a year during that 31-year period. These didn’t happen in the backwoods in secret by hooded men, but in town squares in daylight with local politicians leading the cheering mobs.

Chris Eudaily / TPR News

Part of the Texas poet laureate’s job is to introduce the power of poetry to every corner of the state. And that’s a charge that current Texas Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla takes very seriously.

Tafolla is launching a project called Planting Poet Trees – sowing seeds of inspiration in Texas Public Schools. She’s looking for schools that are dealing with shrinking budgets and underfunded libraries that she can engage with to participate in writing projects and poetry workshops.

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar, 7th MPAD


The worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9-11 happened in Texas. Nov 5 2009 – Nidal Hasan opens fire at Fort Hood. How did this happen, that an outspoken radicalized madman could do so much deadly damage?  

How were red flags missed? The book Death on Base - The Fort Hood Massacre tell the story that the Army didn’t want revealed. 

Death on Base is an in-depth look at the events surrounding the tragic mass murder and an investigation into the causes and influences that factored into the attack.

Migration Policy Institute

While GOP presidential front runner Donald Trump is touting his plan for a massive border wall that would bear his name and stretch the entire two-thousand mile border from Brownsville to San Diego, new numbers are coming to light that show that illegal immigration continues to be on the decline.

The Washington, D.C.-based Migration Policy Institute released "An Analysis of Unauthorized Immigrants in the United States by Country and Region of Birth."

After World War II, Mexican American veterans returned home to lead the struggle for civil rights.

Many of their stories have been recorded by the Voces Oral History Project founded and directed by Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez at the University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism.

In her new book “Texas Mexican Americans and Post War Civil Rights Rivas Rodriguez tells the stories of three lesser known battles in Mexican American civil rights in Texas.