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
2:27 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Who Will Benefit Most From The Abortion Momentum In 2014?

Sen. Wendy Davis has been on a roll since her filibuster at the end of June, but what does that mean for her political future?
Senator Wendy R. Davis Facebook

Texas Matters: Abortion legislation gets nearer to Gov. Rick Perry's desk as I type this sentence, but Texas Democrats are still rallying against the bill behind new star Wendy Davis. The fight over abortion in the state is far from over -- even after the bill is signed -- but the debate has now galvanized both Republicans and Democrats in the state as candidates are beginning to announce intent for the 2014 mid-term election. Rick Perry announced he will not run for another term, which is shaking things up across the board.

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Texas Matters
12:57 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

A Literary Trifecta: Austin, Redistricting And Desperation

"Seat of Empire: The Embattled Birth of Austin, Texas" by Jeffrey Stuart Kerr.

Texas Matters: This week's show is literally a literary lament (in one way or another). First, an interview with author Jeffrey Stuart Kerr about how Austin came to become the capitol. Crying foul over redistricting in Texas isn't exclusive to the Democratic party, as it is today, the story of the Republican party's go of it is covered in a new book edited by Gary Keith. Finally, Tom Walker, a writer based in San Antonio, talks about "Signed Confessions," a collection of short stories based on themes of guilt and desperation.

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Texas Matters
1:56 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

The War Of The Worlds On The Texas Senate Floor

State Senator Leticia Van De Putte in the KSTX studio.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Texas Matters: The battle over abortion hit a boiling point in Texas this week and it all started  with a 13-hour filibuster attempt by Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth, which was cut short, continued with Sen. Leticia Van De Putte of San Antonio challenging the Republican (male) dominance of the floor, which finally pushed the room into a frenzy with one ruckus crowd of supporters. This did not sit well with the governor.

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Texas Matters
2:39 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Texas Takes Notice As Supreme Court Closes Out Session

U.S. Supreme Court.
Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) cc

Texas Matters: The United States Supreme Court is wrapping up its session and decisions continue to come down. A ruling has been made in a Texas-Oklahoma water dispute, and a decision is expended soon on a case involving the Voting Rights Act, which could have major implications in Texas. Also on this show: An inside look at Texas Monthly's Best and Worst Legislators 2013 list, and a look at how Mexico's drug war killings are effecting both sides of the border.

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Texas Matters
2:54 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

The Cost Of Not Expanding Medicaid

The 83rd Texas Legislature could not reach an agreement on Medicaid expansion this session.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Texas Matters: A new study by the RAND corporation is examining the economic costs of states who do not expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Also in this episode: Texas voter turnout hits last in the nation in 2010, and how recovery efforts are going in West, Texas.

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Texas Matters
2:09 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Crazy Ants, The New King Of The Hill, And A GOP State Office Shakeup

Dietrich Gotzek, Seán G. Brady, Robert J. Kallal, John S. LaPolla http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0045314

We take a look forward to the 2014 election as there could be room for some new GOP faces in established state offices as campaign funding season kicks off in the middle of June. Fire ants have been the bane of every Texan's existence for a long time, but the stinging pests are now being displaced by crazy ants, which is a good and bad thing.

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Texas Matters
3:34 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Storm-Insurance Disaster Looms As Hurricane Season Approaches

2008's Hurricane Ike off the coast of Texas.
National Weather Service

The 83rd Legislature is finished on Monday and so far there is no permanent fix for a state-funded storm insurance company as hurricane season approaches. Want to know the secret behind which bills pass and which ones fail? Follow the money. Also on this show: This summer's projected strain on the state's electric grid, and a border reunion between two villages.

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Texas Matters
1:56 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

How Much Scrutiny Is Fair When Seeking To Be Tax Exempt?

Flickr user Rob Chandanais (BlueRobot) cc

A fact that is being overlooked as the IRS scandal plays out is that both conservative and progressive groups were required to answer additional questions. Two Texas groups talk about the extra questionnaire and why they feel they deserve to be tax free. Also on this show: In the last two years, 60 women's health clinics were forced to close, so why did the state have $2.3 million in unspent federal funds, which was available to keep clinics running?

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Texas Matters
2:24 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

President Obama Touches Down In Texas

Though a staunchly Republican state, President Obama has found success in visits to Texas.
Joey Palacios TPR

Texas Matters: President Obama visited Austin on Thursday to promote his jobs and middle class growth strategy. Also on this show: Latino unemployment in Texas, the Boquillas border crossing opens in Big Bend and the last night to pass bills out of the Texas House.

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Texas Matters
1:53 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Whose Job Is It To Oversee Plants Like The One In West, Texas?

Committee hearing on West fertilizer investigation.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Texas Matters: With the investigation into the West fertilizer plant explosion ongoing, the House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee held a hearing to clarify who is responsible for reviewing these kinds of facilities. Also on this show: The chances that Ted Cruz makes a presidential run and the future of high-stakes testing in Texas.

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