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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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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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Commentary: Sympathy For The Non-Voter

11/10/2018
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The mid-term election turnout numbers in Texas have left many breathless. It’s being described as a new high water mark for the state which has a record of lack-luster voter participation. But this week Texas could be looking at a turnout of over 50 percent of registered voters. But that also means about half of the people who could vote didn’t. TPR’s David Martin Davies takes a look at maybe why that is. In the 1990’s MTV worked really hard to make voting cool. They drafted their trend...

Duration:00:05:09

Texas Matters: Can The South Texas Wild Horse Desert Survive

11/10/2018
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Dimmit County is in Southwest Texas, on the border with Mexico. It was once occupied by the Comanche until they were driven out by the Texas Rangers. The county was created by Texas in 1858 by taking pieces of Bexar, Webb, Maverick and Uvalde counties and named it after the Texas revolutionary Phil Dimitt – but the law misspelled his name. The land is mostly flat with lots of brush, sandy loam soil. It’s called the Wild Horse Desert. Today Dimmit county has a population of just over two...

Duration:00:29:00

Texas Matters: Pre-Existing Conditions; Border Troops; & Asylum-Seekers

11/2/2018
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Election Day is Tuesday, and health insurance for those with pre-existing conditions is a major issue. Then, the number of troops sent to the U.S.-Mexico border has now reached World War I levels, and what to make of it (09:45). And finally, contributor Yvette Benavides was at a bus station in San Antonio, where dozens of asylum-seekers from Central America were sent (15:45).

Duration:00:29:00

Texas Matters: Voter Suppression In Texas?

10/26/2018
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Hays County officials had only scheduled three days early voting at Texas State University, despite wait times as long as three hours. The Texas Civil Rights Project alleges voter suppression. Democratic Congressman Lloyd Doggett joins us to discuss the issue. Then, Leah Aden of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund joins us to talk about a 1979 case that went to the U.S. Supreme Court claiming students were not residents and should not be allowed to vote (8:30). And finally, producer Tim Smith...

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: Julian Castro For President? Yes ... Maybe

10/19/2018
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It was Oct. 15, 2015. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was in San Antonio, holding a rally with then-Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, the Alamo City's former mayor. Since then, Castro exited his cabinet position. He joins us to discuss his time on the campaign trail, as well his own possible presidential run in 2020.

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: Paxton's Legal Limbo; Yard Sign Seizure; & Indigenious People's Day

10/12/2018
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When Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced his re-election bid, he highlighted many of his accomplishments from his years in office. What he left out was his indictment on three felony charges. We talk to Texas Observer staff writer Michael Barajas about his case. Then, a homemade political yard sign caught the attention of Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. So much so, it was seized by police (11:00). And finally, here in Texas, folks opt to observe Indigenous People’s Day...

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: Democratic Lt. Gov. Hopeful Mike Collier

10/5/2018
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Texas lieutenant governor is said to be the most powerful political office in the state. Its occupant controls the work of the Texas Senate and controls the budgeting process as a leader of the Legislative Budget Board. We talk to Democrat candidate Mike Collier.

Duration:00:28:55

Texas Matters: San Antonio History Forged By Global, Military Forces

9/28/2018
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Three hundred years ago, San Antonio was a military outpost called the New World — a place that was far away, unexplored and uncertain. Char Miller, a W. M Keck professor of environmental analysis at Pomona College in Claremont California and author of "San Antonio A Tricentennial History," joins us to discuss the Alamo City's past on this "Texas Matters."

Duration:00:28:55

Texas Matters: Culture Of Sexual Assualt; Bail Reform & 'Whiners' Need Not Apply

9/21/2018
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Washington Post opinion writer Elizabeth Bruenig writes about an accusation of rape that happened in her high school in Arlington in 2006 (:38). Then, Susanna Pringle, legal director of the Texas Fair Defense Project, talks about bail reform in Texas (19:12). And finally, Gary Scout wrote a job ad encouraging "whiners" need not apply (23:20).

Duration:00:29:00

Texas Matters: An Underground American Dream

9/14/2018
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Julissa Arce graduated at the top of her high school class in San Antonio and went on to succeed in college, before becoming a star of Wall Street. Arce was vice president for Goldman Sachs by the time she was 27 years old — all this while also being an undocumented immigrant living in fear of being deported. She spoke to Texas Public Radio contributor Yvette Benavides.

Duration:00:29:00

Texas Matters: Fetal Tissue, SCOTUS & The Future Of Reproductive Rights

9/7/2018
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A federal judge recently blocked a Texas law requiring the burial or cremation of fetal tissue resulting from an abortion or miscarriage. Jonathan Saenz, an attorney for Texas Values, is an advocate for tough anti-abortion laws. Molly Duane, an attorney for the Center for Reproductive Rights, sued Texas over the legality of the fetal tissue law. They join us on this episode of Texas Matters.

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: South Texans Denied Passports & Paid Sick Leave At Center Of Debate

8/31/2018
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Some Hispanic-Americans, born in the U.S., who have applied for an American passport have been accused of fraud and are being jailed in immigration detention centers. Andre Segura, the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, joins Texas Matters to discuss the issue. Also, paid sick leave is at the center of debate in Texas (14:40).

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: Texas Spine, Endangered Turtles & Bitcoins

8/24/2018
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Will an ambitious $12 billion project called the Texas Spine protect the Gulf Coast from future hurricane storm surges and who will pay for it? We'll hear from Len Waterworth, a retired coloniel in the Army Corp of Engineers, and Brandt Mannchen, with the Sierra Club . Then, Texas turtle meat is now off the menu in Asia now that the shell-shocked reptile is protected (17:41). And c an Bitcoin make it rain money again in Rockdale? (22:41).

Duration:00:28:58

Texas Matters: Hurricane Harvey Pollution & The Future Of The Rio Grande

8/17/2018
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Hurricane Harvey was followed by a massive release of highly toxic chemicals in the coastal area. Ilan Levin , Texas Director of the Environmental Integrity Project, joins us to discuss how better to prepare for future disasters. Then, Texas Observer environment reporter Naveena Sadasivam (14:46) will talk about a nine-part series called "Shallow Watters," which looks at the impact of global warming on the Rio Grande River.

Duration:00:29:00

Texas Matters: Behind The Myths Of The Old West

8/10/2018
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The cattle drive of the Old West was all about connecting the $4 cow in San Antonio with the $40 market in Kansas — and making that connection depended on cowboys. For these saddle tramps, the cattle drive was just a job, but somehow it became an American myth. Tim Lehman’s "Up the Trail" reveals that reality was vastly different than the American myth told in dime novels, TV shows and in song.

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: Real 'CSI' Crisis, Climate Talk & Pickle Politics

7/30/2018
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On this episode of "Texas Matters": A re-examination of a 1985 murder raises questions about the use of blood spatter evidence and how murder convictions are minted in Texas. An effort to build the country's largest wind farm might be in jeopardy but is wind energy the answer? Some believe U.S. politicians have failed to address the threat of global warming and sea level rise. But one expert believes both sides are closer than you might think. So what exaclty is a pickle? That's what is...

Duration:00:29:00

Texas Matters: Transparency & Death Row — What's To Hide?

7/20/2018
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This week on "Texas Matters," we look at the death penalty. Texas has executed 553 prisoners since capital punishment resumed in 1976, which is more than any other state. Over 11 years, Michelle Lyons watched 278 men and women take their last breath at the hands of the state. Lyons joins us to discuss her experiences witnessing executions first as a newspaper reporter and then working for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in the book, “Death Row: The Final Minutes.”

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: Is Hyperloop The Future Of Transportation Or Just A Pipe Dream?

7/13/2018
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On this episode of "Texas Matters," we discuss the Dallas Fort-Worth Regional Transportation Council's plan to study bringing hyperloop to the DFW area. Steven Duong joins us to discuss the issue. He is the Hyperloop Texas project lead for AECOM , a Fortune 500 engineering and construction firm.

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: Civil Protests & Protesting Civility

6/29/2018
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On This episode of "Texas Matters": What makes a successful protest? Civility in the age of viral video and viral hate (21:27).

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: Civil Protests & Protesting Civilty

6/29/2018
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On This episode of "Texas Matters": What makes a successful protest? Civility in the age of viral video and viral hate (21:27).

Duration:00:28:59