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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 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: Radical Reporter Dick Reavis

12/2/2022
He was a courageous and at times controversial reporter who got up close and personal covering the Texas Ku Klux Klan, Branch Davidians, Biker Gangs and Mexico’s Zapatistas. Dick Reavis was a radical-turned-reporter who took the toughest assignments in Texas. What did he learn along the way?

Duration:00:29:26

Texas Matters: Dachka's Story, U.S. Allies Stuck in Afghanistan and Boerne's 'International Bridge.'

11/25/2022
We hear a migrant's story and learn about her journey from Haiti to the U.S. And trapped in Afghanistan—how Texans are trying to help allies escape the Taliban. Plus, Boerne's 'International Bridge.'

Duration:00:29:28

Texas Matters: The Teacher Shortage

11/18/2022
David Martin Davies discusses the Texas teacher shortage with TPR Education Reporter Camille Phillips.

Duration:00:29:26

Texas Matters: The Ghost of Frank J. Robinson - The Weight of Evidence

11/11/2022
David Martin Davies continues the story of East Texas voting rights advocate Frank J. Robinson who died in 1976 under mysterious circumstances.

Duration:00:29:28

Texas Matters: Where Are All The Early Voters?

11/4/2022
David Martin Davies reports there are more election deniers on the ballot in Texas than any other state, and one group of Republicans is pushing back.When it comes to how hard it is to vote, Texas has gone from bad to worse.And will young people turn out to vote this election?

Duration:00:29:00

Texas Matters - The Ghost of Frank J. Robinson

10/28/2022
When East Texas voting rights advocate Frank J. Robinson died under mysterious circumstances in 1976, his death was first called a murder. However, then officials said it was a suicide. This is a true crime story that deals with voting rights, violent racism and jusitce.

Duration:00:29:28

Texas Matters: Rep. Larson's crossparty endorsement and voter suppression concerns

10/21/2022
David Martin Davies speaks with Republican State Rep. Lyle Larson about why he’s done with the Texas Republican Party and why he's endorsing Democrat Mike Collier for lieutenant governor; Records from the primary show that the new Texas voting restrictions are causing massive disenfranchisement and huge racial disparities; Why is the state of Texas sending election monitors to Harris County.

Duration:00:29:29

Texas Matters: Gov. Thomas Campbell And The Progressive Era In Texas

10/14/2022
Thomas Mitchell Campbell was the 24th Governor of Texas. He was a progressive and reformer that broke the back of conservatives who didn't want public funded education or regulation of the railroad.

Duration:00:29:28

Texas Matters: Justice Ignored

10/6/2022
Texas Matters highlights the deep reporting by Paul Flahive into a how Texas failed a young girl who was in the foster care system, was trafficked and eventually died.

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