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
12:54 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

What Will We Learn From New Transparency In Privately-Run Texas State Jails?

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Texas Matters: A court has ruled that privately-run jails are, in effect, governmental bodies when it comes to Texas open records law, so what will be uncovered from the new level of transparency that these institutions must follow? Will the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association be ready to pay out in the event of a destructive hurricane? Also on this show: Whooping crane populations along the coast and a new ocelot kitten in South Texas.

Privately-run jails must now open up records

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Texas Matters
4:01 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

How The Affordable Care Act Is Affecting Texas

David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: On this week's episode, we look at the ways the Affordable Care Act is affecting Texas, from a South Texas county that will be relying on the plan to service its employees, to efforts to get more of Texas' uninsured residents signed up for Obamacare.

Brooks County drops health coverage

Brooks County is in South Texas near the coast. It's not exactly on the border, but near enough to be heavily impacted by the cost of illegal immigration.

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Texas Matters
12:26 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Looking Back At This Week's Same-Sex Marriage Ruling In Texas

Same-sex marriage activists, including Carlos Soto, holding a flag, gathered in front of the Bexar County Courthouse Wednesday night after the ruling.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Texas Matters: We recap the ruling and reaction in the case challenging Texas' ban on same-sex marriage and a look at the history behind the ban. Also on this show: A new UT/Texas Tribune poll shows how the state is changing. What do outsiders think of Texas politics? Groups push Gov. Perry to regulate stun guns in schools. And how the cold is affecting sea turtles on Padre Island.

Ruling comes down in Texas same-sex marriage case

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Texas Matters
1:44 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Ted Nugent, Opposition Research & The Race For Railroad Commissioner

What could be better than the two frontrunners for governor attacking each other? Add outspoken rocker Ted Nugent to the mix.
Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: The addition of rocker/conservative-activist Ted Nugent to the campaigning in the race for governor only served to add fuel to an already blazing fire. More on opposition research and it's role in modern campaigning, and how hydraulic fracking in North Texas could play a role in the race for railroad commissioner. Also on this show: Air quality in the Eagle Ford Shale, and a look at the next generation of Texas oil field workers.

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Texas Matters
1:34 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Spotlight On Texas Same-Sex Marriage Ban In Run Up To March Primaries

The two Texas couples challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage (from left to right): Cleo DeLeon and Nicole Dimetman, and Victor Holmes and Mark Phariss.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: More from the hearing in San Antonio Wednesday in the case challenging the Texas ban on same-sex marriage. Arguments have been made and a federal judge is now formulating a decision. If the judge strikes down the ban, the case will be immediately appealed to the conservative U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. A comprehensive look at all the issues leading into the March primary election. Also on this show: How the border region is reacting to political ads.

Same-sex marriage debate hits Texas

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Texas Matters
1:46 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

The History Of The Texas Right Wing

Texas A&M University Press

Texas Matters: Republicans have dominated statewide elections in Texas for two decades, so what is the secret to their success? A new book examines their sometimes controversial journey to statewide domination. Also on this show: A new campaign is trying to sway lawmakers into expanding Medicare under the ACA.

How do they do it? Republican domination in Texas

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Texas Matters
1:41 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Should Creationism Be Taught In Texas Schools? One Charter System Already Does

Michelangelo Wikimedia Commons

Texas Matters: "Demand response" is helping alleviate drain on Texas power grids. All the Republican candidates for lieutenant governor say they support teaching creationism in Texas public schools and one charter system is defying a Supreme Court ruling by doing just that. Also on this show: Same-sex marriage in Texas? And the new Texas Almanac is out.

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Texas Matters
1:19 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Davis Campaign Hits Rocky Trail With Video/Backstory Shakeup

Wendy Davis at a Rackspace campaign stop in San Antonio last year.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Texas Matters: Wendy Davis had a lot of fires to put out in her election campaign this week. First, a Dallas Morning News story questioned some of the specifics in her backstory, then a video was released of Battleground Texas employees appearing to mock Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott's disability. Also on this show, the man whose group is responsible for taking the undercover video defends his group's actions and tactics.


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Texas Matters
1:42 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

The Cost Of A Statewide Campaign In Texas

Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott released fundraising numbers this week, leading to a bigger conversation about the cost of campaigning in Texas, which considering the size of the state and inclusion of two of the top 10 media markets is expensive to say the least. Also on this show: Marijuana in Texas, prescription drugs from Mexico, ACA navigators and Google invests in a Texas wind farm.

Release the numbers! Campaign finance in Texas

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Texas Matters
2:45 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

From Death Row To A Family Pet: 'Things I've Learned From Dying'

Texas Matters: Law professor and author David Dow has had a unique experience with death and has compiled those diverse experiences into a new book. As an attorney, Dow has been part of over 100 cases where those on trial were facing death row, defending -- often unsuccessfully -- those who are facing their own end and who are coming to terms with what that means for their loved ones. Dow uses those experiences along with the death of people close to his family to give a look into the way relationships transform in the face of death.

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