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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.

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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.

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informative in many areas

By cabreezy1 - Nov 12 2016
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Very informative show on wide array of topics. I've found great books and music by listening in. Especially great for local San Antonio politics.

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12 Ratings
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1

informative in many areas

By cabreezy1 - Nov 12 2016
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Very informative show on wide array of topics. I've found great books and music by listening in. Especially great for local San Antonio politics.

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Texas Matters

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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 Matters: Speaker Dennis Bonnen Caught On Tape

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The 64 minute recording begins with cordial greetings, family talk and other pleasantries. It's June 12 and Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen and Dustin Burrows, then the head of the Texas House Republican caucus, met with Michael Quinn Sullivan at the capitol. Bonnen and Burrows didn’t know that Sullivan — CEO of the conservative political advocacy group Empower Texans — was recording the meeting.

Oct 18 2019

29mins

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Texas Matters: New Laws For Women's Health And Guns

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On Sept. 1, more than 800 new laws that passed in the last legislative session go into effect. Other laws signed by Gov. Greg Abbott went into effect immediately and some laws were written to start with the new year. But most are kicking off at the start of September.

Aug 30 2019

28mins

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Texas Matters: Paul Theroux And A Journey Into Mexico

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Paul Theroux is a novelist and also internationally renowned for his many books about travel. He has spent more than 50 years traveling the globe to chronicle the lives of people in distant lands. This time, he turns his eye on Mexico.

Oct 04 2019

29mins

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Texas Matters: Red River Bridge War

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In July 1931, Texans were wondering if their state was going to war with Oklahoma. The two neighboring states were in a showdown over a bridge over the Red River. While many saw this Red River Bridge War as a farcical episode it was also a watershed moment in history.

Aug 15 2019

29mins

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Texas Matters: Charting Charter Schools And ISDs

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Texas passed its initial charter school legislation in 1995 and the state's first charter schools opened in the fall of 1996.

Jul 12 2019

29mins

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Texas Matters: Green Party Blues, Segregation In Longview And 'Dominicana'

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Texas politics has never been very accommodating to third parties and their efforts to win votes. The Libertarian party has been perceived as siphoning votes away from the Republican party, and the Green Party from the Democrats.

Sep 20 2019

29mins

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Texas Matters: History & Myth Behind 'Maverick'

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How did the family name of a founding father of Texas become synonymous with an independent-minded person? Find out on this episode of "Texas Matters."

Aug 08 2019

29mins

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Texas Matters: Combat In Climate Change, Water For Forgotten Texans & Can Port A Stay Wild?

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The world’s rising heat is creating a serious problem for the United States Military. Despite the fact that the commander in chief, President Donald Trump, calls climate change a hoax – the Pentagon sees it differently. The U.S. top military brass calls climate change as serious threat to national security. The Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community, an annual report on security threats to U.S. interests, concludes that “global environmental and ecological degradation, as well as climate change, are likely to fuel competition for resources, economic distress, and social discontent through 2019 and beyond.” Responding to a Congressional order, the Defense Department issued a report in January that details how climate change will impact the Defense Department missions, operational plans, and installations. But there is another problem for the military with climate change, U.S troops will be forced to contend with the hotter – harsher conditions on the battlefield.

Jul 27 2019

29mins

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Texas Matters: Ann Patchett's Dutch House

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Ann Patchett is back. The acclaimed and beloved author of seven other novels has penned “The Dutch House,” a story about a broken family in a beautiful house — one that becomes the center of a family saga spanning 50 years, and shows the ways in which three generations are influenced by the structure and its exquisite and idiosyncratic contents. The novel is about the ways in which we sometimes have to give up our obsessions, even abandon them, and find a way to forgiveness just the same. Texas Public Radio contributor Yvette Benavides spoke to Ann Patchett about the novel, The Dutch House . It’s published by Harper Collins.

Sep 30 2019

15mins

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Texas Matters: CHIP On the Decline, Childhood Trauma And Author Ann Patchett

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Texas has the highest uninsured rate for children in the nation. And for the second year in a row the rate got even worse. That’s according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Children advocates are calling attention to these numbers and asking for state leaders to address this problem immediately. They say steps could be taken now – without the legislature to improve access to CHIP and Children’s Medicaid. Patrick Bresette is the Executive Director Children’s Defense Fund-Texas.

Sep 27 2019

29mins

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Texas Matters: Election 2020, Party Chairs And Beto O'Rourke

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The 2020 Election Season began on Nov. 9 in Texas with the opening of the candidate filing window. The incumbents and hopeful giant slayers have until Dec. 9 to claim their spot on a primary ballot. It’s also the last day for independent candidates to file their declaration of intent to run.

Nov 22 2019

29mins

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Texas Matters: Rodney Reed On Death Row, Rural Hospitals In Crisis And Student Loans

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On Nov. 20, Rodney Reed is scheduled to be executed by the state of Texas. Reed was convicted of raping and killing 19-year-old Stacey Stites in 1996 in Bastrop County. Reed said they were in a consensual relationship and maintains his innocence.

Nov 11 2019

28mins

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Texas Matters: Border Wars And Trump

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In the new book Border Wars: Inside Trump’s Assault on Immigration the authors New York Times journalists Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael D. Shear give us an understanding of recent U.S. immigration policy. We learn what is driving these policies and how well they are working.

Nov 01 2019

29mins

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Commentary: Day Of The Dead And Dead Migrants

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In the United States, the majority of migrant deaths occur in Texas. In 2017, of all the 294 deaths recorded by the U.S. Border Patrol, 104 happened in the Rio Grande Valley. In recent years, many of those who died were unceremoniously and summarily buried in unmarked graves in places like the Sacred Heart Burial Park in Falfurrias, Texas. If Dia de Los Muertos celebrates the lives of the dead, who will remember these migrants?

Nov 01 2019

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Texas Matters: 1,000 Episodes And Looking Back

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Texas Matters first hit the airwaves on Texas Public Radio on Sept. 1, 2000. And each week since Yvette Benavides (my creative partner and wife) and I have produced stories, interviews and commentaries for public radio listeners across Texas.

Oct 28 2019

28mins

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Texas Matters: Speaker Dennis Bonnen Caught On Tape

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The 64 minute recording begins with cordial greetings, family talk and other pleasantries. It's June 12 and Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen and Dustin Burrows, then the head of the Texas House Republican caucus, met with Michael Quinn Sullivan at the capitol. Bonnen and Burrows didn’t know that Sullivan — CEO of the conservative political advocacy group Empower Texans — was recording the meeting.

Oct 18 2019

29mins

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Texas Matters: Paul Theroux And A Journey Into Mexico

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Paul Theroux is a novelist and also internationally renowned for his many books about travel. He has spent more than 50 years traveling the globe to chronicle the lives of people in distant lands. This time, he turns his eye on Mexico.

Oct 04 2019

29mins

Play

Texas Matters: Ann Patchett's Dutch House

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Ann Patchett is back. The acclaimed and beloved author of seven other novels has penned “The Dutch House,” a story about a broken family in a beautiful house — one that becomes the center of a family saga spanning 50 years, and shows the ways in which three generations are influenced by the structure and its exquisite and idiosyncratic contents. The novel is about the ways in which we sometimes have to give up our obsessions, even abandon them, and find a way to forgiveness just the same. Texas Public Radio contributor Yvette Benavides spoke to Ann Patchett about the novel, The Dutch House . It’s published by Harper Collins.

Sep 30 2019

15mins

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Texas Matters: CHIP On the Decline, Childhood Trauma And Author Ann Patchett

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Texas has the highest uninsured rate for children in the nation. And for the second year in a row the rate got even worse. That’s according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Children advocates are calling attention to these numbers and asking for state leaders to address this problem immediately. They say steps could be taken now – without the legislature to improve access to CHIP and Children’s Medicaid. Patrick Bresette is the Executive Director Children’s Defense Fund-Texas.

Sep 27 2019

29mins

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Texas Matters: Green Party Blues, Segregation In Longview And 'Dominicana'

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Texas politics has never been very accommodating to third parties and their efforts to win votes. The Libertarian party has been perceived as siphoning votes away from the Republican party, and the Green Party from the Democrats.

Sep 20 2019

29mins

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Texas Matters: Fewer Voting Sites, Foster Care And Daniel Johnston Remembered

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One of the most effective ways to keep people from voting for the political opposition is to not give those voters a place to go vote. The recipe is easy; make it easy for your side to vote – make it difficult or impossible for the other side to vote.

Sep 13 2019

29mins

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Texas Matters: New Laws For Women's Health And Guns

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On Sept. 1, more than 800 new laws that passed in the last legislative session go into effect. Other laws signed by Gov. Greg Abbott went into effect immediately and some laws were written to start with the new year. But most are kicking off at the start of September.

Aug 30 2019

28mins

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Texas Matters: Time Of Death And The Execution Of Larry Swearingen

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On Wednesday, August 21, the State of Texas prepared to execute Larry Swearingen. He was convicted of the abduction, rape and murder of Melissa Trotter, a 19-year-old college student in Montgomery County.

Aug 23 2019

28mins

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Texas Matters: Red River Bridge War

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In July 1931, Texans were wondering if their state was going to war with Oklahoma. The two neighboring states were in a showdown over a bridge over the Red River. While many saw this Red River Bridge War as a farcical episode it was also a watershed moment in history.

Aug 15 2019

29mins

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Texas Matters: History & Myth Behind 'Maverick'

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How did the family name of a founding father of Texas become synonymous with an independent-minded person? Find out on this episode of "Texas Matters."

Aug 08 2019

29mins

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Texas Matters: 2020 Voter Trends And Voting Rights Act

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It was in 2003 when Republicans took the majority of the Texas House of Representatives. The GOP had already won the Governor's seat and control of the Senate. The House was the last piece of the state government to secure the trifecta that’s been in place ever since. Controlling all three vital centers of state power makes it much easier for the dominate party to pursue its agenda and essentially operate without aggressive oversight. This was not unlike how the Democrats ran Texas when they had a power trifecta during their era of single party rule which ended in 1994.

Aug 02 2019

29mins

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Texas Matters: Combat In Climate Change, Water For Forgotten Texans & Can Port A Stay Wild?

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The world’s rising heat is creating a serious problem for the United States Military. Despite the fact that the commander in chief, President Donald Trump, calls climate change a hoax – the Pentagon sees it differently. The U.S. top military brass calls climate change as serious threat to national security. The Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community, an annual report on security threats to U.S. interests, concludes that “global environmental and ecological degradation, as well as climate change, are likely to fuel competition for resources, economic distress, and social discontent through 2019 and beyond.” Responding to a Congressional order, the Defense Department issued a report in January that details how climate change will impact the Defense Department missions, operational plans, and installations. But there is another problem for the military with climate change, U.S troops will be forced to contend with the hotter – harsher conditions on the battlefield.

Jul 27 2019

29mins

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Texas Matters: Killer Heat Waves, Sea Level Rise And Climate Food Choices

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July 2019 isn't over yet and it's on track to deliver the hottest temperatures ever recorded since the dawn of weather tracking. It's beating the previous record month which was June 2019.

Jul 19 2019

29mins

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Texas Matters: Charting Charter Schools And ISDs

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Texas passed its initial charter school legislation in 1995 and the state's first charter schools opened in the fall of 1996.

Jul 12 2019

29mins

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Commentary: Spanish For President

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Last month, millions tuned in to watch the Democratic presidential debates in Miami. Three of the candidates broke into Spanish during the debates at different times. The country reacted. When the smoke cleared, it was former HUD Secretary and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro who had the most to answer for — for a perceived lack of fluency in his attempt. Texas Public Radio commentator Yvette Benavides sees his code-switching, not as deficient, but as part of a far more complex and authentic story.

Jul 12 2019

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