TPR: Texas Matters "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.
TPR: Texas Matters

TPR: Texas Matters

From Texas Public Radio

"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.

Most Recent Episodes

Texas Matters: Texas takes aim at squatters

Texas Senate holds a hearing to draft new anti-squatter laws. The harmful effects of LED lights for some people and the music boxes of Villa Finale.

Texas Matters: Postcards from the 1914 U.S.-Mexico invasion

He was a witness to the U.S.-Mexico War. Not the 1846-to-1848 invasion, but the 1914 U.S. invasion and occupation of Mexico. It was documented by an American postcard photographer. He left behind a compelling visual record of a U.S. atrocity. Susan Toomey Frost joins us to tell the story.

Texans who fought for the Union in the Civil War

During the American Civil War there were Texans who faced persecution and violence for their beliefs, but their courage helped preserve the United States. These Texans defied the Confederacy and fought for the Union.

Texas Matters: Making the West Texas desert bloom

Today on Texas Matters, could the West Texas Chihuahuan desert be greened? One Texan is trying to restore his 320 acres of West Texas hard scrabble into a desert forest.

Texas Matters: After the Smokehouse Creek fire

The Smokehouse Creek fire was the largest wildfire in Texas History burning over a million acres in the Panhandle. The fire has been out for over a month, but the disaster continues. We are going to get an update on the recovery and what needs to happen to prevent other massive wildfires.

Texas Matters: Bildungsroman in West Texas

In Loose of Earth, a story of a tight-knit evangelical family in West Texas, the oldest daughter tries to make sense of the contradictions of the world she is warned about and the world she has to occupy. When her father contracts cancer from "forever chemicals" her world come crashing down. The memoir is Loose of Earth, and we hear from the author Kathleen Dorothy Blackburn.

Texas Matters: The GOP v. H-E-B

This week on Texas Matters.How HEB is too woke for the GOP. Electric vehicles need places to charge. And covering state news just got a big boost.

Texas Matters: Texans will need to adapt to the extreme heat

This week on Texas Matters: The forecast for the coming summer is record breaking heat. It could be a deadly weather disaster that will challenge emergency services and put Texans at risk. And why a Texas plastics company is failing to accurately monitor its toxic discharge into the Gulf.

Texas Matters: Corpus Christi is tapped out

Hillcrest in Corpus Christi is a historic African American neighborhood that has long faced environmental racism but is now confronting displacement from a massive desalination project. Environmentalists point out that the desal, hyper-salty brine discharge will be very harmful to the bay and shouldn't be built.

Texas Matters: The Great American Eclipse of 1878

The last time a total solar eclipse crossed Central Texas was in 1878 – the heyday of the Wild West. That eclipse was crucially important to America's rise as a scientific power and saw many of the era's great scientists (including Thomas Edison) trek out to unsettled lands to witness the event firsthand. On April 8, Texas gets another gander at a solar eclipse—but this time without the train robberies and frontier backdrop.