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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: 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

The History And The Myth Behind The Name 'Maverick'

12/1/2017
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How did the family name of a founding father of Texas become synonymous with an independent-minded person? From 1957 to 1962, American TV viewers could turn to their TV sets and watch a different kind of Western (one that was part comedy), called "Maverick." "Maverick" initially starred James Garner as a gambler rogue from Texas who was as quick with his fists as he was with his wits. The TV series and the titular character draw liberal inspiration from an actual figure in Texas history,...

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: Criminalizing Homelessness; Post Harvey Cry For Help; & A Digital Dragnet

11/17/2017
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This week on Texas Matters: How a city's effort to criminalize homelessness can perpetuate the problem for people living on the streets (0:30). The mayor of Port Aransas testifies about how Hurricane Harvey left his city is in ruins and how they need help (6:48). The Texas National Guard is scooping up cell phone calls and data without warrants or oversight (14:55). Guest commentator Yvette Benavides talks about the problem of sexual harassment in plain sight (23:04).

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: A Right To An Education

11/10/2017
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The San Antonio v. Rodriguez case challenged the use of local property taxes to fund school districts. But a 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973 to uphold the funding structure has led to what many have called "discriminatory" and "fundamentally unfair." On this "Texas Matters," we look at how this decision might have created a system of separate and unequal schools that, some argue, while not directly based on race, creates disparities along racial lines.

Duration:00:28:59

How Prop 2 Will Make Home Equity Borrowing More Expensive

11/7/2017
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Texas voters are being asked to go to the polls and decide on seven constitutional amendments. These propositions vary from offering a p roperty tax exemption (Prop 1) for partially-disabled veterans who received a donated home to allowing banks and credit unions (Prop 7) conduct host savings promotion raffles to promote savings by offering prizes. “Texas Matters” is zeroing in on Prop 2, which — in a nutshell — changes Texas home equity lending provisions.

Duration:00:29:00

Texas Matters: Russian "Troll Factory" Pushing Texas Secession

10/20/2017
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The fantasy of Texas national independence has been stoked for decades but in recent years it has found an ally with Russia. An investigation into a popular pro-Texas secession Facebook page found that it was run by Russians. "The Heart of Texas" Facebook page was operated by an online "troll factory" called the Internet Research Agency based in St Petersburg, Russia. The operation produced thousands of memes with the intent to juice right wing paranoia. The posts were populated with fake...

Duration:00:12:08

Texas Matters: Police, Death And Excited Delirium

10/20/2017
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On April 19, 2015, San Antonio police officers were called to the home of Noble and Jennifer Cooper to help deal with their adult son Norman. Norman was having some type of psychotic episode. He was highly excited, pacing back and forth without a shirt, shouting about Jesus and the gospel. Eleven minutes after police arrived Norman Cooper was hit with the first of nine stun gun charges. Cooper’s heart then stopped and emergency medical techs were unable to restart it. In the course of an...

Duration:00:28:32

Johnny Cash And The Story Behind Folsom Prison Blues

10/13/2017
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Folsom Prison Blues is a country/rockabilly song that expresses the laments of a fictional inmate at Folsom Prison who wishes he could ride a nearby train away from his confinement and to San Antonio. Johnny Cash wrote the song in 1953 while stationed in Germany serving in the Air Force. Cash was inspired to pen the song after seeing the Hollywood drama film “Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison.” In 1954 Cash recorded the song at Sun Records, the Memphis legendary music studio owned and...

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: Post Hurricane Harvey And A Future Of Super Storms

10/6/2017
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Governor Greg Abbott estimates that the damage from Hurricane Harvey will total between $150 billion to $180 billion. Harvey will be more costly than epic Hurricanes Katrina or Sandy, which devastated New Orleans in 2005 and New York City in 2012. As global temperatures continue to rise, climate scientists have said this is what we should expect—more huge storms, with drastic impacts. Though scientists are still wrestling with some of the specifics of how climate change is impacting...

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: What Graham-Cassidy Could Mean For Texas

9/22/2017
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The clock is ticking for Republican leaders in Washington D.C. to pass their latest ObamaCare repeal bill. There is a September 30th deadline to have a new law in place before the budget reconciliation. And the U.S. Senate is set for a possible vote next week on a bill sponsored by Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana. If passed and signed into law by President Trump the Graham Cassidy bill would create winners and losers among the 50 states. Each...

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: Nuclear Anxiety In The Time of Trump

9/15/2017
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Texas is the home of the Pantex Facility in Amarillo, an important part of the Department of Energy's nuclear weapons complex. The Pantex Plant is the primary United States nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly facility that aims to maintain the safety, security and reliability of the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile. Things are getting very busy again at Pantex. The Pantex Plant is one of three nuclear weapons sites in the United States being considered to produce plutonium “pits,”...

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: When Confederate Statues Come Down

9/8/2017
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Confederate monuments are continuing to be dismantled in Texas. Last week San Antonio removed an obelisk dedicated to fallen confederate soldiers. Undercover of the night the commemorative cairn was evicted from Travis Park in downtown San Antonio. Also this week the Dallas City Council voted to relocate a statue of confederate General Robert E. Lee. And in August the University of Texas suddenly took down four statues from a prominent grassy area of campus. The figures of General Robert...

Duration:00:19:12

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