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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 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.

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San Antonio, TX

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Texas PR

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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.

Language:

English


Episodes

Texas Matters: Mexican American voices in Texas music

9/23/2022
Based on interviews with legendary recording stars and with newcomers who are crafting their own sound, Kathleen Hudson' recent book documents the musicians' stories.

Duration:00:29:25

Texas Matters: The Race For Agriculture Commissioner

9/18/2022
On this Texas Matters, the race for Texas Agriculture Commissioner. David Martin Davies talks to the candidates.

Duration:00:29:28

Texas Matters: DPS Uvalde accountability; mass shootings rise; Democrat voter registration surge

9/9/2022
The DPS head promises state troopers that no one will lose their job after Uvalde. It’s been a year since permitless carry happened in Texas, and shootings have gone up. And voter registration data shows that Democrats could break their losing streak in November.

Duration:00:29:22

Texas Matters: Paxton causing election insecurity, grifters and Election Day friction

8/26/2022
TPR's David Martin Davies looks at how a new ruling by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton threatens election security. Grifters are cashing in on false claims of election fraud. And the big impact of little inconveniences on voters.

Duration:00:29:25

Texas Matters: Gillespie County and The Democracy Erosion Engine

8/19/2022
David Martin Davies explores how when election workers are threatened, democracy is threatened. Also, how the Democracy Erosion Engine works and how its working specifically in Texas.

Duration:00:29:29

Texas Matters: State GOP tries to keep Libertarians off the ballot

8/13/2022
David Martin Davies explores how Texas Republican elected officials are seeking to block Libertarians from getting on the ballot. Also, telephone bills are going up, thanks to a veto by Gov. Greg Abbott. And being pregnant in rural Texas can be scary due to the lack of maternity care.

Duration:00:29:24

Texas Matters: A green boom in red rural Texas

8/5/2022
How could the Inflation Reduction Act help solve the climate crisis? Also, where will those Inflation Reduction Act dollars go? Data analysis says Republican rural congressional districts will get the most jobs out of the act. And as climate change delivers more and bigger natural disasters, how are insurance companies not able to keep up?

Duration:00:29:26

Texas Matters: A weatherman takes on climate change

8/2/2022
David Martin Davies explores how extreme drought and high heat has gripped Texas. So how bad could it get? And former TV weatherman Maclovio Perez runs for Congress with a platform of taking on climate change now.

Duration:00:29:19

Texas Matters: Wildfires, immunization backslide and protecting the gun industry

7/22/2022
Wildfires are a growing and significant danger in Texas as the state sees record-breaking heat and prolonged drought. A backslide in childhood immunizations in Texas means old diseases are making a comeback. And how a law passed to protect the gun industry is costing Texas hundreds of millions of dollars.

Duration:00:29:28

Texas Matters: Climate change is right here, right now

7/15/2022
Climate change is giving us triple-digit heat across the state, driving record demand for electricity. But how soon will Texas make the transition to a clean power grid? Also, the drought is squeezing cattle ranchers and they are rushing to bring their herds to market.

Duration:00:29:21

Texas Matters: Diagnosis Diabetes

6/30/2022
How and why is childhood type-2 diabetes is on the rise? What are the health consequences and barriers to treatment? Why is there no national strategy to respond to the rise in type-2 diabetes?

Duration:00:28:54

Texas Matters: Uvalde, guns and the greening grid

6/17/2022
Texas Matters: How the Dead Suspect Loophole is being used to cover-up the police response in Uvalde, Congressman Joaquin Castro on new guns laws and the greening of the Texas grid

Duration:00:29:25

Texas Matters: Is there a cover-up in Uvalde?

6/3/2022
It’s been over a week since the tragic school shooting in Uvalde that left 19 students and two teachers dead. And then getting straight answers about what happened, who was responsible and what do we need to do to protect our children has been a hot mess,

Duration:00:29:25

Texas Matters: Uvalde 'could have been worse' but it should have been better

5/27/2022
How the school shooting in Uvalde is prompting another set of questions about access to AR-15's and other guns.

Duration:00:28:52

Texas Matters: The ugly history of lynching

5/20/2022
The book "Lynching and Leisure," asks how the public torture and execution of African Americans became a form of entertainment in Texas. What is the legacy of the Texas style of lynching today?

Duration:00:29:19

Texas Matters: Why Abbott wants Plyler v. Doe overturned

5/16/2022
Plyler v. Doe is the landmark Supreme Court case that held states — such as Texas — could not charge tuition to undocumented children for free public K–12 education. Gov. Greg Abbott wants that overturned.

Duration:00:29:25

Texas Matters: The run-up to the AG runoff

5/6/2022
Both Democrats and Republicans need to finalize who will be their nominees for Texas attorney general. Meanwhile, the incumbent Ken Paxton is showing he is vulnerable to defeat in November.

Duration:00:29:25

Texas Matters: What Makes Greg Abbott Tick?

4/22/2022
Who is Greg Abbott? The man in the governor’s office is a mystery to most Texans.Does Greg Abbott have the makings of an authoritarian? An expert on dictators doesn’t like what she sees. And Bringing back the Republic of Texas. How a failed revolt in the 1990’s is remembered today and how the secession fantasy lives on.

Duration:00:29:14

Texas Matters: Ted Cruz's insurrection And Melissa Lucio's execution update

4/4/2022
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is coming under intense scrutiny for his role on Jan. 6 to overthrow the presidential election results in favor of Donald Trump. And Melissa Lucio is now less than a month away from being executed by Texas. There’s growing pressure to recognize that no crime was committed.

Duration:00:28:53

Texas Matters: Why can't Texas have a green grid?

3/25/2022
Texas has everything it needs to be a green energy powerhouse. There’s an abundance of wind and solar. There are entrepreneurs creating cutting edge sustainable tech. But what Texas is lacking is political leadership.

Duration:00:28:56