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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 PR

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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: The Dignity Of Work And The Novel 'Valentine'

6/5/2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has delivered a stunning blow to the economy. Millions of Americans are finding themselves out of work. Millions of other Americans are being told they are essential workers – even though previously they were seen as low skilled and low paid.

Duration:00:29:00

Texas Matters: Mail-In Ballot Battle, Civil Rights And Presidential Politics Of Rioting

6/5/2020
This week the Texas Supreme Court handed down a decision on the contentious issues of voting in person during a pandemic.

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: Rising Support For Anti-Democracy Miltiary Dictatorship

6/5/2020
This week federal law enforcement officers in riot gear fired rubber bullets and tear gas containers at protesters outside the White House. On the White House grounds President Donald Trump adopted a defiant stance while directing state governors to "dominate the streets" and warning if they didn’t he would deploy the United States Military and "solve the problem for them."

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: Post-COVID Playbook For Recovery

5/18/2020
Gov. Greg Abbott is trying to restart the Texas economy with the relaxation of social distancing guidelines and allowing many businesses to reopen to the public.

Duration:00:29:00

Texas Matters: Political Campaigning In The Time of Coronavirus

5/8/2020
For weeks Texas has been locked down due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The efforts to implement social distancing and slow the spread of the deadly virus forced schools and many businesses to close. This also drove political campaigns to freeze just as Texas was gearing up for one of the toughest general elections in decades. But now that Governor Greg Abbott is allowing more businesses to open their doors, what is happening with political campaigns and their efforts to persuade potential...

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: Joe Ely — A Songwriter In The Pandemic

5/1/2020
Like everyone else, singer-songwriter Joe Ely has struggled to find a new normal in the time of the coronavirus pandemic. Playing live is not possible, of course, much to the disappointment of his many fans who appreciate Joe Ely on the stage — his energy, his musical talent and the joy he exudes when he performs.

Duration:00:29:15

Texas Matters: Oil Price Drop, First Responders And 1918 Flu Poems

4/24/2020
This week the price of oil went below zero. Today the price is up into the positive range but still not high enough for most Texas oil producers to make a profit.

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: Voting By Mail, How To Save The Post Office And Nonprofits Max Out

4/22/2020
This week a Texas judge said he will confirm that voters fearful of contracting COVID-19 should be allowed to use mail-in ballots during elections in July and November.

Duration:00:29:00

Texas Matters: Elections In A Pandemic, Coronavirus Special Session And Chickens

4/14/2020
Citing the state’s stay-at-home order, the Texas secretary of state is instructing municipalities to delay their May 2 elections.

Duration:00:29:00

Texas Matters: Disabilities In The Pandemic, Fighting For Mail-In Ballots And Facing Our Masks

4/14/2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is particularly alarming for those people with disabilities. Many are in environments like treatment centers and group homes were the virus can easily spread. Also a number of them have underlying medication conditions that can complicate treatment. But more alarming is that some states have issued medical guidance that unlawfully discriminates against people with intellectual disabilities and brain injuries.

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: Addicted In A Pandemic, Pregnant and COVID-19

3/27/2020
The United States is now the new global epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak and now leads the world in confirmed cases. As of Thursday more than 82,000 people have been identified as infected and nearly 1,200 people have died in the United States.

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: The Great Coronavirus Shutdown Of 2020

3/23/2020
With a rising number of COVID-19 cases in Texas and a dire prediction of overwhelmed hospitals – on Thursday March 19 Gov. Greg Abbott explained how quickly the situation was developing.

Duration:00:29:15

Texas Matters: Pass The Biscuits, Pappy - Part Two

3/13/2020
It took just 62 days for Wilbert Lee O'Daniel to go from being a hillbilly flour salesman on the radio to the most powerful politician in Texas. While O'Daniel never achieved any major historic accomplishments while in office, he was fantastically talented at generating controversies and winning elections.

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: Pass The Politics, Pappy

3/6/2020
Wilbert Lee O‘Daniel was a two term Governor of Texas and a U.S. Senator. But before, during and after that, he was a flour salesman on the radio with a hillbilly band. O‘Daniel ran for Governor as a successful businessman who was sick and tired of professional politicians and fed up with corporate media. The political establishment thought O ‘Daniel was a joke until he beat them – and changed politics in Texas. Many people are familiar with a portrayal of Pappy O'Daniel played by actor...

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: Texas Socalism And Climate Change Literature

3/5/2020
There’s a lot of talk about socialism these days. If you are like me, you are getting email after email warning about the dangers of socialism ideas and how this political/economic school of thought clashes with traditional Texas values. But Texas does have some history of socialism.

Duration:00:29:15

Texas Matters: Prairie View A&M Still Fighting For Voting Rights

3/5/2020
As early voting is underway in Texas for the Super Tuesday primary – there is no early voting happening on the campus of Prairie View A&M in Waller County in South East Texas.

Duration:00:29:16

Texas Matters: The Great Texas Textbook War

2/14/2020
In 2018, the 15-member Texas State Board of Education voted to streamline the social studies curriculum. They kept in that Moses informed the American founding documents, the defenders of the Alamo were “heroic” and they cut out Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller.

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: Alzheimer's Disease And Latinos

2/11/2020
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that by 2060 the number of Latinos age 65 and older is expected to nearly quadruple, and Latinos will face the largest increase in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias cases of any racial/ethnic group in the United States.

Duration:00:29:00

Texas Matters: When Texas Impeached; The Real Chicken Ranch Remembered

1/24/2020
Do you remember learning about Texas history in grade school, and reading one sentence in the text books stating Texas impeached Governor James Ferguson? Then we learned his wife MA Ferguson was elected governor years later — and that’s all we got about this very curious event.

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: Voter Registration Woes, Refugees Banned And Bloomberg

1/17/2020
Texas residents have until Feb. 3 to register to to vote in the “Super Tuesday” March primaries. But they have to do it in person. However, the League of Women Voters of Texas is looking to eventually change that. The non-partisan, pro-democracy organization filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday claiming that Texas violated the National Voter Registration Act by not providing voter registration with online driver’s license applications. Grace Chimene is the president of the League of Women...

Duration:00:29:13