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Texas Matters

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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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.


8 Oct 2021

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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.


1 Oct 2021

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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.


29 Sep 2021

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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.


17 Sep 2021

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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.


10 Sep 2021

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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.


3 Sep 2021

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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.


27 Aug 2021

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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.


20 Aug 2021

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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?


13 Aug 2021

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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?


6 Aug 2021

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