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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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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

Is Wind Power In Texas Under Attack? Plus: A Population Boom In The Lone Star State

6/22/2018
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On This episode of "Texas Matters": The Texas population boom. The shrinking White population (9:00). Wind power is clean, cheap and under attack (20:40).

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: Is Wind Power Under Attack & A Population Boom In The Lone Star State

6/22/2018
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On This episode of "Texas Matters": The Texas population boom. The shrinking White population (9:00). Wind power is clean, cheap and under attack (20:40).

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: Legacy Of Poverty & Border Families

6/18/2018
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On This episode of "Texas Matters": 50 years after CBS's Hunger In America exposed San Antonio's poverty Senator John Cornyn on border family separations (10:13). San Antonio rallys against border family separations (11:22). How the Texas Border is the most over policed area in the nation (15:27). A daughter remembers her father's office on the border (24:01).

Duration:00:29:00

Texas Matters: 'The Old Army' On The U.S.-Mexico Border

6/4/2018
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Today’s newspaper headlines tell us about increased U.S. military presence along the U.S. Mexico border, mirroring press reports from a century ago. On this episode of "Texas Matters," Thomas T. “Ty” Smith joins us to discuss new information from Army source documents about the era that’s been largely overlook by military historians. He's the author of “The Old Army in the Big Bend of Texas – The Last Calvary Frontier 1911-1921. "

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: Exploring Medicaid Expansion & 'The Cedar Choppers'

5/21/2018
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On this episode of "Texas Matters," this is one of 19 states to not expand Medicaid when the Affordable Care Act became law. Matthew Buettgens, lead author of the report “ The Implications of Medicaid Expansion in the Remaining States,” joins us to discuss whether or not Medicaid expansion is good for the Lone Star state. Also, author Ken Roberts talks about a tight society of fiercely independent country folk – known as "The Cedar Choppers (10:30)."

Duration:00:28:59