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Texas Matters is a locally produced news show that spends half an hour each week looking at the issues, newsmakers and culture of Texas.

Texas Matters is a locally produced news show that spends half an hour each week looking at the issues, newsmakers and culture of Texas.
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San Antonio, TX

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Texas Matters is a locally produced news show that spends half an hour each week looking at the issues, newsmakers and culture of Texas.

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English


Episodes

Texas Matters: Historic Drought & The Future Of Water In Texas

5/4/2018
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They tell you in Texas, "don’t curse those rainy days" because you never know when the rain will stop — and stop and stop. On this episode of "Texas Matters," we talk to Seamus McGraw about his new book, “A Thirsty Land: The Making of an American Water Crisis” and what Texans can look forward to as the population grows and the state's water supply dries up.

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: Injustice In The Classroom; Disaster Prep; & The Biggest Little Race In Texas

4/30/2018
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On This episode of "Texas Matters" Racial bias in Texas school districts' discipline and how reform efforts are dropped by the Trump administration. Emergency preparedness items are tax free for the weekend (15:05). The biggest little race in Texas is a .5K for a good cause (19:50).

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: Too Much Plutonium At Pantex & The Great Depression, Deportation

4/20/2018
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On This episode of "Texas Matters": There's too much plutonium in Texas. The Pantex facility near Amarillo has so much of the nuclear material that it has exceeded storage capacity. We look at the forgotten episode in the Great Depression when 500,000 Mexicans and Mexican Americas were forced out of the nation. We'll revisit how the story was covered at the time by three newspapers in San Antonio (09:30).

Duration:00:29:00

Texas Matters: Constitutional Crisis; Maternal Mortality Mishap; & Future Of SNAP

4/13/2018
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On this episode of “Texas Matters”: How are anti-Trump activists preparing for the possibility that President Trump will fire special prosecutor Robert Mueller? New data shows that the Texas maternal mortality problem isn’t as bad as it was thought. So now what (11:10)? How the Farm Bill could take away benefits from the poor in Texas (22:50).

Duration:00:29:00

Texas Matters: 'Kings Of Big Spring'; 'House Built On Ashes'; & 'The Talented Ribkins'

4/6/2018
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On this episode of "Texas Matters": We talk to Bryan Mealer, author of "The Kings of Big Spring." Then Jose Antonio Rodriguez stops by to discuss his book, "House Built on Ashes" (13:00). And finally, "The Talented Ribkins" is reviewed by contributor Yvette Benavides (23:11).

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: FLDS Ranch Raid Remembered & Impact Of Citizenship Question On Census

4/2/2018
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On this episode of Texas Matters we look at: Ten years later: the children from the Yearning For Zion Ranch raid remembered. The impact of the citizenship question on the Texas census count (12:00). Commentator Yvette Benavides looks at the Parkland shooting, the "March For Our Lives" and her own classroom (22:00).

Duration:00:28:57

Texas Matters: Cattle Drives; 1718 Art; & Tequila

3/23/2018
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On this episode of Texas Matters, we look at: The economy of Texas cattle drives. As San Antonio celebrates its tricentennial, we at two stories, beginning with a look at the art of 1718 (10:00). Then, as the Alamo City celebrates its 300th birthday, there will more than a little tequila used in the celebration. Here's the story behind that smooth and firey inebriant and its tie to San Antonio (19:45).

Duration:00:29:00

Texas Matters: Acclaimed Author Luis Alberto Urrea

3/16/2018
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Luis Alberto Urrea was born in Tijuana, Mexico, to a Mexican father and an American mother. The acclaimed author is best known for his novels about the U.S.-Mexico border, including " The Devil's Highway ." On this episode of "Texas Matters," contributor Yvette Benavides talks to Urrea about his latest work, " The House of Broken Angels ," which is based on real-life events.

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: Juan Seguin, A Tejano Knight

3/9/2018
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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."

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: Veteran Journalist Jorge Ramos On President Trump

3/2/2018
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On this episode of "Texas Matters," Texas Public Radio contributor Yvette Benavides talks to Jorge Ramos, the lead news anchor for the Spanish-language network Univision. Ramos has won numerous awards for excellence in journalism, including a Cabot Prize and has been named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential people in the world.

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: Politics In The Classroom & Sam Houston's Final Days

2/23/2018
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On this episode of "Texas Matters," we look at: Politics in the classroom Sam Houston’s Last Days (12:06)

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: LGBTQ Candidates On Texas Ballots; Nazis On Campus; & Untold Tales Of Lincoln

2/16/2018
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On this episode of Texas Matters: LGBTQ candidates on Texas ballots for the 2018 midterm elections. Nazis on Texas college campuses (08:14). Old Texas folk yales of Lincoln visiting slaves (19:03).

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: Deporting Veterans, Student Debt; & History of Pearl Beer

2/9/2018
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On this episode of Texas Matters, we look at: Deporting veterans Forgiving student debts (07:13) The history of Pearl beer (18:53)

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: Bail Reform; Border Wall; & Colonia Poverty

2/2/2018
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On this episode of Texas Matters: Cash bail in Texas is called unconstitutional (:52) Charges of corruption in construction of the border fence (7: 00) DACA recipients oppose deal on border wall (15:38) Border Colonia residents live in extreme poverty (20:46)

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: White, Valdez Vye For Democratic Gubernatorial Nomination

1/26/2018
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The next big Texas election isn't that far away. The primaries are March 6 and early voting begins Feb. 20. On this episode of Texas Matters, we talk to two Democratic candidates running for their party’s nominations: Andrew White and Lupe Valdez.

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: Maternal Mortality Rates; Women In Texas Politics; & Juvenile Sex Abuse Scandal

1/5/2018
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This week on "Texas Matters," we look at a major flaw in the way maternal mortality rates in Texas are tracked (00:25). Also, why are more women running for office in the state (7:53)? And, finally, we examine what's behind a new sex abuse scandal in the Texas juvenile justice system (17:39).

Duration:00:29:00

Texas Matters: What Tin Pan Alley Says About Life In 'The Wild West'

12/29/2017
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The song “Life in the West” became popular in the 1840s. The lyrics, written by American poet George Pope Morris, evoke the call of the fertile promised land and celebrates the freedom of living so close to nature. On this episode of Texas Matters, we'll discuss popular songs of the American West with Peabody-winning music scholar Michael Lasser .

Duration:00:28:58

Texas Matters: Christmas Stories From Lone Star State

12/22/2017
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There may not be snow in San Antonio but its still Christmas time in Texas. And sharing your favorite childhood story of the holidays with your own children is a way to keep the spirit of Christmas strong. On this Texas Matters we'll visit some Texas Christmas traditions and hear classic stories of the holidays with Texas storyteller John Henry Faulk, and San Antonio writer Yvette Benavides.

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: 2018 Election Preview, Observations Of A Harvey Tent City

12/15/2017
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The filing deadline has come and gone for Texas political candidates who are running in the 2018 mid-terms. On this episode of "Texas Matters," we'll look at the re-election bids of Gov. Greg Abbott and Senator Ted Cruz with KERA's Christopher Connelly (0:41); allegations of sexual harassment by Texas Congressman Blake Farenthold (1:49); the 2018 midterms with Harvey Kronberg, founding editor of the Quorum Report (3:00); the return of tourism along the Texas coast (16:46); and a commentary...

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: Issues Of Equity After Hurricane Harvey

12/8/2017
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Hurricane Harvey isn't the first major storm to hit Texas and it won’t be the last. So what can we learn from looking at how past disasters were handled to do a better job of making sure that the vulnerable get the help they need? We spoke with Steve Kroll-Smith, a professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and author of two books looking at Hurricane Katrina’s recovery, about this recovery, and then TPR contributor Yvette Benavides reflects on the holiday...

Duration:00:28:59

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