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"Texas Matters" is a weekly half-hour program looking at the issues, newsmakers and culture of Texas. Host David Martin Davies talks directly with policymakers and newsmakers in a lively discussion designed to shed light on issues too often overlooked by other media.More from TPR: Texas Matters »

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Texas Matters: Rethinking Crime and Punishment

On Tuesday, Feb. 19, two hundred survivors of violent crimes from across Texas will come together on the steps of the Texas State Capitol.

Texas Matters: Trump's War of Words on the Border

During President Donald Trump's recent State of the Union Address he paid special attention to the state of the Southern border. "As we speak, large, organized caravans are on the march to the United States. We have just heard that Mexican cities, in order to remove the illegal immigrants from their communities, are getting trucks and buses to bring them up to our country in areas where there is little border protection. I have ordered another 3,750 troops to our southern border to prepare for

Texas Matters: SOS Voter List Advisory & The 'Calaboose'

The Texas secretary of state issued an advisory to county voter registrars saying there was a problem with non-citizens registering to vote and casting ballots in Texas elections. Now, the Mexican American Legislative Caucus is demanding answers. We talk to the caucus' chair Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin. Then, in the days of the Wild West, rowdy cowboys were locked up in what's called a "calaboose." These tiny one-room cells caught the eye of Willam E. Moore, who joins us to discuss (17:24).

Texas Matters: Songs, Stories And The Voice Of Rita Vidaurri

Texas music legend Rita Vidaurri, also known as La Calandria, died Jan. 16. She was 94. On this episode, we listen to a 2004 interview between TPR contributor Yvette Benavides and Vidaurri, who, at 80, was enjoying a second career on stage.

Is It Time To Close The 'Dead Suspect Loophole'?

The 86th Texas Legislature is underway and many are wondering if this is the session when overdue repairs are made to the Public Information Act, including one loophole that helps police departments hide what happens when a suspect dies while in custody.

Texas Matters: Will Texas Close The 'Dead Suspect Loophole'?

As the 86th Texas Legislature begins, many are wondering if this is the session when overdue repairs are made to the state's damaged public information act. This includes a law dubbed the "Dead Suspect Loophole." We talk to the family of an 18-year-old who died while in custody of the Mesquite Police Department. They were told they could not gain access to details relating to Graham's death because of this controversial law.

Texas Matters: 'The Ruthlessly Poetic Singer-Songwriters' Of The Lone Star State

Texas troubadours are part of American music lore. These Lone Star bards have been groundbreakers and hitmakers since the dawn of the commercial music industry and are featured in the book, " Pickers and Poets: The Ruthlessly Poetic Singer-Songwriters of Texas ." Craig Clifford, a professor of philosophy at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, who co-edited the book with Craig D. Hillis join us on this program.

Texas Matters: 'The Ruthlessly Poetic Singer-Songwriters' Of The Lone Star State

Texas Matters: A Grim Look At Sex Trafficking

There are more than 300-thousand victims of human trafficking in Texas including almost 80 thousand minors and youth victims. That's according to a study by the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault at the University of Texas. Human sex trafficking is a multibillion dollar business that has made use of the open internet for marketing and recruiting of victims. This is a look at how sex is sold online – how there are efforts to shut down those online sites – and how the traffickers

Commentary: A Toxic 2018

The end of the year means a look at the word of the year from a variety of dictionaries. The top word, presumably, is a metonym for our collective experience of the year's events. Among the dictionaries that publish these lists is the Oxford. The British publisher's word of the year for 2018 for both the UK and the US is "toxic." Data reveals a 45 percent increase in the number of times people have looked up the word on its website. In a video released by Oxford Dictionaries on Twitter, they

Texas Matters: Nursing Home Crisis, A Texas Bucket List and the Word of the Year

The largest nursing home provider in Texas filed for bankruptcy. Senior Care Centers filed for Chapter 11 protection. The Dallas based company operates about 100 facilities in Texas reported more than $100 million in debt. The company pledged that patient care will not suffer due to its financial woes. However, the Texas Health Care Association, an advocacy group for the long-term care industry, said this bankruptcy sends a signal that the industry that many elderly Texans depend on is in

Texas Matters: Nursing Home Crisis, A Texas Bucket List and the Word of the Year

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