Texas Matters

By David Martin Davies

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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.

Episode Date
Could Texas really be the future of America?
Steven Pedigo gives us his take in a recent 'New York Times' guest essay titled 'Texas is the future of America.' Pedigo is the founding executive director of the LBJ Urban Lab and a professor of practice at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
Oct 15, 2021
How Texas used multi-member districts to weaken minority voting power
Redistricting now and yesterday. How a battle over diluting minority voting power played out 50 years ago.
Oct 08, 2021
TV show 'Texas Country Reporter' celebrates 50 years
This week on Texas Matters: Bob Phillips has been telling Texas stories for 50 years as the Texas Country Reporter.
Oct 01, 2021
Texas Matters: Degrees Of Injustice - The Social Inequity Of Urban Heat Islands
In the United States, areas that are on the low end of the socioeconomic spectrum are exposed to micro climate heatwaves – more often and for longer duration than other parts of the same city. These are urban heat islands and they are lethal to the residents.
Sep 29, 2021
Texas Matters: Homeless Solutions, Trib Fest Questions And Horned Frogs Milestone
The debate over how to best help the homeless. Texas politics takes center stage at the Texas Tribune Fest And efforts to save the Texas horned toad reaches a milestone.
Sep 17, 2021
Texas Matters: Abortion Vigilantes And 'Eliminating' Texas Rapists
The state of Texas is sued by the feds over SB8, the vigilante abortion law. And Gov. Greg Abbott says he can eliminate rape in Texas. We hear why that statement is ridiculously ignorant.
Sep 10, 2021
Texas Matters: Runaway Election Audits And Why Southlake Matters
Could the nonsense of the GOP Arizona election audit come to Texas? How the "Big Lie" won’t die and how it could damage the election system. And a deep dive into the strife at Southlake, Texas and how the battle for those suburb voters can explain what is happening in the Lone Star State.
Sep 03, 2021
Texas Matters: Voting Restrictions Pass, George Floyd Act Won't Be Law, De-Wormer Is Poison And Elon Musk Power
Despite the efforts of Democrats, the Texas House moves forward a voter restriction bill. As new laws go into effect on September 1 — the George Floyd Act wont be one of them. What are we missing? And a livestock de-wormer is the quack medicine of choice for anti-vaxers and it’s making people sick. And billionaire Elon Musk wants to sell Texans electricity.
Aug 27, 2021
Texas Matters: To Mask Or Not To Mask
To Mask or Not To Mask – in the time of a COVID pandemic – Texans vs. Texans face off about how to protect the children from a deadly virus.
Aug 20, 2021
Texas Matters: Mask Rebellion, Candidate Collier And Census Growth
Cities, Counties and School Districts are in open rebellion against Governor Greg Abbott’s ban on mask mandates. The new Census numbers show how Texas is changing. But will redistricting ignore the growing communities of color?
Aug 13, 2021
Texas Matters: Abbott's Botched Border Blockade, Delta Hits Texas and 'Forget The Alamo'
Gov. Greg Abbott looks to get tough on the border but a federal judge tells him to stand down. Texas is hit with another wave of COVID. This time communities are unprepared for the delta variant. And when it comes to the Alamo — who was right — Phil Collins or Ozzy Osbourne?
Aug 06, 2021
Texas Matters: What Makes Huffines Run And The TX-Grid
Don Huffines is challenging Greg Abbott for the Republican nomination for governor by going after his right. And where were you when the lights went out in Texas? A podcast explains the grid and what went wrong.
Aug 02, 2021
Texas Matters: Back To School With Covid And Texas Slavery History Told In Case Law
Covid-19 is surging again – and will get worse just as it’s time to go back to school. What do parents need to know.And the history of Texas slavery – documented in the Texas courts. What the case law tells about this hidden history.
Jul 23, 2021
Texas Matters: Voting in Delaware, The 2003 Quorum Bust And Texas Senate Walk-Out
When it comes to easy voting access, how does Texas compare with Delaware? This isn’t the first time that Democratic lawmakers broke quorum. What happened in 2003?
Jul 17, 2021
Texas Matters: Special Session Culture War
At the start of the special session — from abortion restriction to complaints about social media — most of the items on the governor’s call are the big conservative issues in the culture war.
Jul 09, 2021
Texas Matters: Power Cut-Offs, Hospital Shut-Downs And The Delta Variant
A state block on cutting off electricity has expired. How will this impact the low income households hammered during the pandemic? How one town suffered when they decided lowering taxes is more important than a local hospital. And we are not out of this pandemic yet — we are now facing the delta variant.
Jul 02, 2021
Texas Matters: The State Of Climate Change Denial
The recent legislative session once again was unable to admit that the planet is warming and that this is a problem. And what would it take to break the political lock keeping Texas from addressing climate change.
Jun 25, 2021
Texas Matters: 'On Juneteenth' Explores The Holiday And Its Relationship With Texas
A discussion about Juneteenth and Texas with Pulitzer recognized author Annette Gordon-Reed
Jun 18, 2021
Texas Matters: Use of Force On Refugee Teens; Is There A Border Red Shift?
The Texas border counties are seeing a voting shift towards the Republican Party. What’s behind this political trend? Also, exploring the investigation into a Bexar County deputy who Tased a migrant teen at a refugee shelter.
Jun 14, 2021
Texas Matters: Inside The Arrest of Potential Walmart Shooter, TXGOP at the Q-vention And Democracy In Danger
Suspected of planning a Walmart mass shooting, a Kerrville man is arrested. Now we find out about his Nazi views shared online. Also, Qanon held a convention in Dallas and Texas elected officials showed up. And more than 100 scholars warn that American democracy is in grave danger.
Jun 04, 2021
Texas Matters: Freeze Deaths Undercount, Holy Assault Rifles And Learning From Hitler's Anti-Democracy Moves
This week on Texas Matters: The Deep Freeze deaths were undercounted by Texas, AR-15 assault rifles are holy in a church setting up a massive compound in Central Texas, and what can we learn about the state of America’s democracy by looking at the rise of Hitler?
May 31, 2021