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: State GOP tries to keep Libertarians off the ballot

David Martin Davies explores how Texas Republican elected officials are seeking to block Libertarians from getting on the ballot. Also, telephone bills are going up, thanks to a veto by Gov. Greg Abbott. And being pregnant in rural Texas can be scary due to the lack of maternity care.

Texas Matters: A green boom in red rural Texas

How could the Inflation Reduction Act help solve the climate crisis? Also, where will those Inflation Reduction Act dollars go? Data analysis says Republican rural congressional districts will get the most jobs out of the act. And as climate change delivers more and bigger natural disasters, how are insurance companies not able to keep up?

Texas Matters: A weatherman takes on climate change

David Martin Davies explores how extreme drought and high heat has gripped Texas. So how bad could it get? And former TV weatherman Maclovio Perez runs for Congress with a platform of taking on climate change now.

Texas Matters: Wildfires, immunization backslide and protecting the gun industry

Wildfires are a growing and significant danger in Texas as the state sees record-breaking heat and prolonged drought. A backslide in childhood immunizations in Texas means old diseases are making a comeback. And how a law passed to protect the gun industry is costing Texas hundreds of millions of dollars.

Texas Matters: Wildfires, immunization backslide and protecting the gun industry

Texas Matters: Climate change is right here, right now

Climate change is giving us triple-digit heat across the state, driving record demand for electricity. But how soon will Texas make the transition to a clean power grid? Also, the drought is squeezing cattle ranchers and they are rushing to bring their herds to market.

Texas Matters: Diagnosis Diabetes

How and why is childhood type-2 diabetes is on the rise? What are the health consequences and barriers to treatment? Why is there no national strategy to respond to the rise in type-2 diabetes?

Texas Matters: Uvalde, guns and the greening grid

Texas Matters: How the Dead Suspect Loophole is being used to cover-up the police response in Uvalde, Congressman Joaquin Castro on new guns laws and the greening of the Texas grid

Texas Matters: Is there a cover-up in Uvalde?

It's been over a week since the tragic school shooting in Uvalde that left 19 students and two teachers dead. And then getting straight answers about what happened, who was responsible and what do we need to do to protect our children has been a hot mess,

Texas Matters: Uvalde 'could have been worse' but it should have been better

How the school shooting in Uvalde is prompting another set of questions about access to AR-15's and other guns.

Texas Matters: Uvalde 'could have been worse' but it should have been better

Texas Matters: The ugly history of lynching

The book "Lynching and Leisure," asks how the public torture and execution of African Americans became a form of entertainment in Texas. What is the legacy of the Texas style of lynching today?