Texas Matters

Fridays at 12:30 p.m. & 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 with policymakers and newsmakers to help shed light on issues often overlooked by other media outlets.

David Martin Davies:

Davies is the host of "The Source" and a veteran journalist with more than 25 years of experience covering Texas, the border and Mexico. He is a regular contributor to NPR and American Public Media's "Marketplace." Davies' work has appeared in "The San Antonio Express-News," "The Texas Observer" and other print publications, as well as KLRN public television’s interview program "Conversations."

Texas Matters is made possible by the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures.

David Martin Davies

According to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control drug overdosing is the top cause of death in America for those under 50 years of age.

The opioid epidemic continues to grow worse and that is also true for Texas.

Mark Kinzly is the co-founder of the Texas Overdose Naloxone Initive (TONI) and he's is seeing how street heroin spiked with fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are causing more people to overdose.

Texas Matters Host David Martin Davies asked Kinzly how bad is the opioid crisis in Texas.

Every summer there is a drop in the water level of the Edwards Aquifer. This is one of the most prolific artesian aquifers in the world. It is the main source of drinking water for San Antonio and over two million people.

But when the water level drops too low springs in Central Texas stop flowing.

And the aquifer is about at the point for one special spring that has cultural, historical and spiritual significance.

This Summer you should consider getting out of the old routine and find some new places to enjoy the sun and water of Texas. The new book “The Swimming Holes of Texas” lays out where the best places are in the state to take a cool dip on a hot day. It’s a practical guide to some of our outdoor hidden gems. Filled with photographs by Carolyn Tracy and written by Julie Wernersbach.

It’s published by the University of Texas Press.   

I need a book doctor.

If you haven’t heard that term before, a book doctor is someone who will take a presumably moribund manuscript, put it on a strict regimen of big picture prescriptions – a look with a tongue depressor down the throat of the thing, shining a light there to see about improving development, structure, organization, and flow. The closer, more surgical examination to get at finer, more granular line edits can go to an editor or proofreader. A book doctor looks at the macroeconomics of these created worlds.

 

In 1964 James White opened the Broken Spoke and on most nights you can still find him there welcoming customers and introducing bands with his Broken Spoke manifesto.

The stage at the Spoke has hosted many of country music's greats and hall of fame stars. Author Donna Marie Miller has chronicled the life and times of this historic gem in "The Broken Spoke: Austin's Legendary Honky-Tonk."

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