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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


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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


Texas Matters: DACA, Democrats, Deals And Trump

9/8/2017
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This week President Trump announced through Attorney General Jeff Sessions the end of the Obama-era DACA program, which protected young undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children from deportation. “The DACA program was implemented in 2012 and essentially provided a legal status for recipients for a renewable two-year term, worker authorization and other benefits, including participation in the Social Security program, to 800,000 mostly adult illegal aliens,” Sessions said. “The...

Duration: 00:08:49


Texas Matters: 'Violated - Exposing Rape At Baylor Univeristy'

9/5/2017
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As the world's largest Baptist university, Baylor is unabashedly Christian. There is a strict code of conduct for all students that forbids, with the threat of expulsion, any sex outside of marriage, alcohol drinking, drug use, pornography and other acts. Students weren't allowed to dance on campus until 1996. During the last several years, however, Baylor officials were hiding a dark secret: Female students were being sexually assaulted at an alarming rate by members of the school's...

Duration: 00:29:00


Texas Matters: Audie Murphy - War Hero, Movie Star, PTSD Sufferer

8/23/2017
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Audie Murphy the icon wasn't born on the big screen, but on the battlefields of Europe. Murphy, a diminutive boy of 17, lied about his age to join the Army--the only branch that would take him--and went on to become the most distinguished and decorated warrior of World War II. Pretty good for a poor Texas boy, who was the son of sharecroppers. It was in San Antonio that the young man would discover his fame, reportedly gobsmacked at the idea that thousands people knew his name. He was...

Duration: 00:28:59


Texas Matters: How's Life In Libery City Von Ormy

8/9/2017
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In the last legislative session a bill to limit city annexations seemed on its way to passing the senate but then it was filibustered by Senator Jose Menendez (D-San Antonio). But for supporters of the anti-annexation movement it was a minor setback. The item was resurrected in the current specials session and it quickly passed the Senate. City annexations is an area of concern for many, especially for those who live in unincorporated areas outside of big cities. These are the communities...

Duration: 00:09:55


Texas Matters: Concerns Build On Border Wall Environmental Impact

8/8/2017
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Donald Trump ran for president with chant “build that wall” and the promise that Mexico would pay for it. However, getting Mexico to foot the bill for the controversial barrier doesn’t seem to be happening and the wall’s construction still needs to win congressional approval. On Thursday Texas Senator John Cornyn rolled out legislation that appears to back away in part from the Trump promise of a big beautiful wall that would stretch across the entire U.S. Mexico Border. The Republican...

Duration: 00:29:00


Texas Matters: Cutting Teen Pregnancy Funds And Looking For Maternal Mortality Answers

7/21/2017
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Segment #1 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently began notifying teen pregnancy institutions that their federal funds are being cut to the tune of about $200 million. Many of these programs were awarded five-year grants during the Obama administration but now, they are told one year of funding remains. Texas has the highest number of teen parents in the nation and the state has the fifth highest rate of teen pregnancy. Texas is also number one for repeat teen...

Duration: 00:28:59


Texas Matters: Texas vs. California

7/4/2017
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Segment #1 California is restricting publicly funded travel to four more states because of recent laws that California leaders view as discriminatory against gay and transgender people. All totaled, California now bans most state-funded travel to eight states – including Texas. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott this month signed a law that allows child welfare providers to deny adoption because of “sincerely held religious beliefs,” a provision that critics interpreted as permitting adoption agencies...

Duration: 00:28:59


Texas Matters: Confusion With Texas Voters And A Check-Up For Healthy Women Texas

6/23/2017
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How Election Day Chaos Hurts Texas Voters Long wait times, confusion about voter ID and questions about voter registration – these are just three of the barriers that potential voters ran into during the last November General Election. That’s according to a new report from the Texas Civil Rights Project , a voting right advocacy group. Cassandra Champion is a staff attorney for the Texas Civil Rights Project and helped write the report “Texas Election Protection 2016: An overview of the...

Duration: 00:28:59

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