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
2:24 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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Texas Matters
11:26 am
Fri April 26, 2013

President And Politicians Rally Community For West, Texas

Gov. Perry at a press conference addressing the explosion in West, Texas.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Officials are still trying to pin down who is responsible for the explosion at the fertilizer plant in West, Texas, but national and state politicians attended a tribute to urge a national sense of community. Also on this show: The Geroge W. Bush Library was dedicated this week, which is bringing up conversation about the meaning of the former president's legacy. As Texas continues to cope with drought conditions, residents who depend on rivers like the San Saba are battling agriculture interests for water rights. The U.S. Supreme Court weighs in on the cross-border Texas-Oklahoma water war.

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Texas Matters
1:39 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Environmental Regulations And Their Role In Preventing Disasters

@vrbruno3 Instagram

Texas Matters: A former environmental inspector talks about regulations and their role in industrial safety following the deadly explosion in West, Texas. Also on this show, an update on the Keystone XL Pipeline, which is hitting some speedbumps along the way.

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Texas Matters
12:28 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

The Confusing And Murky World Of Tax Loopholes In Texas

2012 general election precincts
State of Texas District Viewer

Texas Matters: Taxes are a touchy subject no matter what side you are on, but they exist to raise revenue so closing loopholes is one way to make sure everyone pays a fair share. Also on the show: A look at Tesla Motors effort to open up the Texas market, Texas school districts letting teachers with a CHL carry a gun on campus, and the Texas history behind John Ford's classic film, "The Searchers."

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Texas Matters
1:38 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Kaufman County Killings Have State Officials Increasing Security

Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland addresses the media in January following the murder of Deputy DA Mark Hasse.
Bill Zeeble KERA

Family and friends of the Kaufman County district attorney and his wife who were killed last weekend are starting to move on following a public memorial service. Evidence of a motive is driving the investigation in the direction of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas. Rick Perry is offering a reward for tips that lead to arrests in the case and says authorities should also look at drug cartels; one expert doesn't think that cartel involvement is likely. Finally, an update on the Texas Legislature's budget, which passed the house last night.

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Texas Matters
12:11 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Sorting Out Truth And Fiction In The CSCOPE Controversy

Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative (TESCCC)

Is CSCOPE an education resource designed to help struggling school districts? Or is it a vast anti-American conspiracy that uses Texas classrooms to convert children to Islam and communism?

CSCOPE is an online curriculum management resource developed by the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative (TESCCC), a group made up of the 20 education service centers in the state. The group develops their curriculum framework through several sources.

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Texas Matters
4:50 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Is The Battle Over Whooping Crane Conservation A Fight Over Water Rights?

Whooping cranes
Flickr user sfitzgerald86 cc

Four major players square off in the fight to save whooping cranes; one side wants to save the birds, while the other side sees an invasion of state's rights. Water management is one of the large items on the table for this session of the Texas Legislature, the question then is: What is the best way to solve the problem?

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Texas Matters
1:19 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Texas Matters: How Would Raising The Minimum Wage Affect Texas?

United States Department of Labor

During his last State of the Union address, President Barack Obama proposed raising the national minimum wage to nine dollars an hour and permanently indexing it to the cost of living.

Supporters say it's a way to redistribute income from thriving corporations to workers. Others say it’s a surefire way to kill jobs.

With the most minimum wage workers in the union, Texas would be the state most impacted if the wage increase becomes law.

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Texas Matters
12:30 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Texas Matters: Changing The Beer Laws In Texas One Bottle At A Time

Maggie Villarreal, who owns Blue Star Brewing, and Blue Star employee Alicia Spence (handing the beer) distribute another tasty sample at Views and Brews.
Chris Eudaily TPR

There is speculation that beer is the reason the first human tribes stopped their nomadic wanderings and began to set up permanent settlements. They wanted to plant and cultivate the ingredients to beer.

Even before the first loaf of bread was baked these prehistoric partiers were home brewing their own suds. The settlement’s brew master was the community’s wise man, scientist, doctor and law giver.

Lawmakers vs. Brew Masters

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