Texas History

From Texas Standard.

A gas explosion in Dallas last month killed a 12-year old girl and brought new attention to an aging infrastructure. The natural gas supplier, Atmos Energy, says it’s upgrading old steel pipes in the area, but many wonder why it took a deadly explosion to draw attention to the issue in the first place.

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The pantheon of heroes of Texas independence from Mexico includes names many know: Davy Crocket, Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin, Jim Bowie and Juan Seguin.

But of these Texan heroes, Seguin’s story may be one of the most interesting, conflicted and inspiring.

On this episode of "Texas Matters," we talk to author Bill Neeley about his book, "A Tejano Knight, The Quest of Don Juan Seguin."

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On this episode of "Texas Matters," we look at:

  • Politics in the classroom
  • Sam Houston’s Last Days (12:06)

The Waco Siege, Revisited

Jan 29, 2018

With guest host Anthony Brooks.

Twenty-five years after the siege, the Branch Davidian standoff in Waco, Texas returns to TV. We’re talking to the show’s co-creators, Drew Dowdle and John Erick Dowdle, about “Waco.”

This On Point show airs Monday at 11 a.m. EST.


Drew Dowdle, co-creator of ‘Waco’ TV series.

John Erick Dowdle, co-creator of ‘Waco’ TV series.

Lee Hancock, former reporter for the Dallas Morning News who covered the standoff.

From Texas Standard.

One hundred years ago Sunday, a posse made up of Texas Rangers and the U.S. military raided the border village of Porvenir in the middle of the night. The lawmen took 15 boys and men of Mexican descent to a bluff and shot them. The Porvenir Massacre is a little-known dark stain on Texas’ history.

Historian Glenn Justice says the massacre happened during a chaotic time.