Summary: 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.
They tell you in Texas, "don’t curse those rainy days" because you never know when the rain will stop — and stop and stop. On this episode of "Texas Matters," we talk to Seamus McGraw about his new book, “A Thirsty Land: The Making of an American Water Crisis” and what Texans can look forward to as the population grows and the state's water supply dries up.
On This episode of "Texas Matters" Racial bias in Texas school districts' discipline and how reform efforts are dropped by the Trump administration. Emergency preparedness items are tax free for the weekend (15:05). The biggest little race in Texas is a .5K for a good cause (19:50).
On This episode of "Texas Matters": There's too much plutonium in Texas. The Pantex facility near Amarillo has so much of the nuclear material that it has exceeded storage capacity. We look at the forgotten episode in the Great Depression when 500,000 Mexicans and Mexican Americas were forced out of the nation. We'll revisit how the story was covered at the time by three newspapers in San Antonio (09:30).
On this episode of “Texas Matters”: How are anti-Trump activists preparing for the possibility that President Trump will fire special prosecutor Robert Mueller? New data shows that the Texas maternal mortality problem isn’t as bad as it was thought. So now what (11:10)? How the Farm Bill could take away benefits from the poor in Texas (22:50).
On this episode of "Texas Matters": We talk to Bryan Mealer, author of "The Kings of Big Spring." Then Jose Antonio Rodriguez stops by to discuss his book, "House Built on Ashes" (13:00). And finally, "The Talented Ribkins" is reviewed by contributor Yvette Benavides (23:11).
On this episode of Texas Matters we look at: Ten years later: the children from the Yearning For Zion Ranch raid remembered. The impact of the citizenship question on the Texas census count (12:00). Commentator Yvette Benavides looks at the Parkland shooting, the "March For Our Lives" and her own classroom (22:00).
On this episode of Texas Matters, we look at: The economy of Texas cattle drives. As San Antonio celebrates its tricentennial, we at two stories, beginning with a look at the art of 1718 (10:00). Then, as the Alamo City celebrates its 300th birthday, there will more than a little tequila used in the celebration. Here's the story behind that smooth and firey inebriant and its tie to San Antonio (19:45).
Luis Alberto Urrea was born in Tijuana, Mexico, to a Mexican father and an American mother. The acclaimed author is best known for his novels about the U.S.-Mexico border, including " The Devil's Highway ." On this episode of "Texas Matters," contributor Yvette Benavides talks to Urrea about his latest work, " The House of Broken Angels ," which is based on real-life events.
The pantheon of heroes of Texas independence from Mexico includes names many know: Davy Crocket, Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin, Jim Bowie and Juan Seguin. But of these Texan heroes, Seguin’s story may be one of the most interesting, conflicted and inspiring. On this episode of "Texas Matters," we talk to author Bill Neeley about his book, "A Tejano Knight, The Quest of Don Juan Seguin."
On this episode of "Texas Matters," Texas Public Radio contributor Yvette Benavides talks to Jorge Ramos, the lead news anchor for the Spanish-language network Univision. Ramos has won numerous awards for excellence in journalism, including a Cabot Prize and has been named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential people in the world.
On this episode of "Texas Matters," we look at: Politics in the classroom Sam Houston’s Last Days (12:06)
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).
On this episode of Texas Matters, we look at: Deporting veterans Forgiving student debts (07:13) The history of Pearl beer (18:53)
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)
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.