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Texas Matters

English, Public affairs, 1 season, 63 episodes, 1 day, 6 hours, 26 minutes
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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.
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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.
3/30/202428 minutes, 59 seconds
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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.
3/22/202428 minutes, 59 seconds
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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.
3/15/202429 minutes, 29 seconds
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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.
3/8/202429 minutes, 28 seconds
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Texas Matters: How electric co-ops energized rural Texas and recovery after the wildfires

Today on Texas Matters: The largest wildfire in Texas history torches over a million acres. How you can help in the recovery. And how the electric co-op movement energized rural Texas.
3/2/202429 minutes, 29 seconds
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Texas Matters: AG Paxton's office in disarray

Today on Texas Matters: Turmoil in the attorney general’s office is ripping apart the AG Medicaid Fraud Division.With Abortion on the ballot Annie’s List sees 2024 as a big year to elect progressive women. And money is running out for the Affordable Connectivity Program.
2/4/202429 minutes, 26 seconds
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Texas Matters: Unfair school finance and Golden Pennies

Many Texas families have been fighting for school funding equity for 50 years. But wide disparities in funding still exist. Texas Public Radio's education reporter, Camille Phillips, explains the problem and why it's been difficult to solve.
1/26/202429 minutes, 28 seconds
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Texas Matters: The COVID surge, border buoys and hidden treasure

This week on Texas Matters: Covid cases are on the rise. How Texans can protect themselves with a vaccination.What does it mean that the Texas buoys are still in the Rio Grande? The Texas Tribune launches a pro-democracy reporting project. And there’s a million-dollar treasure hidden somewhere in Texas or New Mexico. Are you smart enough to find it?
1/19/202429 minutes, 29 seconds
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Texas Matters: Obamacare surges and tacos take over America

Today on Texas Matters— Obamacare is seeing a surge in Texas and across the nation. Why is the Affordable Care Act succeeding despite claims from the right?And Mexican food is now American food. How tacos conquered the United States.
1/12/202429 minutes, 30 seconds
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Texas Matters: Toxic politics on the border and how football helped Uvalde heal

Today on Texas Matters—Politics takes center stage over the mass migration at the border. And how high school football helped Uvalde heal.
1/5/202429 minutes, 28 seconds
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Texas Matters: Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Evading the Texas Abortion Ban

A documentary report on how people in Texas are forced to travel to other states for abortions and exploring the challenges, costs and repercusions of the journey.
12/29/202329 minutes, 30 seconds
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Texas Matters: Hand counting GOP 2024 primary ballots could be inaccurate, slow and costly

This week on Texas Matters: A Texas county will hold its Republican primary election old school. The vote-counting will all be done by hand. Why are they doing this and what are the concerns? There are a lot of guns in Texas—but what does that mean for reducing life expectancy?And the story of a legendary Texas wrestling family comes to the big screen. But is it fact or fiction?
12/22/202329 minutes, 29 seconds
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Texas Matters: SB4 and Abbott's border power play

What’s in SB 4 and how does it fit into Governor Abbott’s plan to challenge the power of the federal government?
12/15/202329 minutes, 27 seconds
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Texas Matters: Which states are making voting too hard?

Today on Texas Matters—How suppressed are the voters of Texas? A new book breaks down which states make voting too hard.How are families impacted by the Uvalde massacre living with the grief and the aftermath?Some school districts have programs to teach kids how to protect themselves from abuse, but there is a problem.
12/8/202329 minutes, 27 seconds
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Texas Matters: Is the grid winter-ready? How SB4 will impact children of the undocumented; and the greed behind the book bans.

Today on Texas Matters—Should we be worried about the grid? How a tough winter could mean blackouts again in Texas. Also, what the SB4 "Show me Your Papers Law" means for children of the undocumented in Texas. AND how a school board meeting in Texas exposes the greed behind the outrage over schoolbooks.
12/1/202329 minutes, 26 seconds
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Texas Matters: 'The Common' and writing from the farm worker community

11/25/202329 minutes, 28 seconds
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Texas Matters: Uvalde and the deadly power of the AR-15 exposed

This week on Texas Matters: Why are horrible photos from Uvalde and other mass shootings being published? Despite what the Supreme Court ruled, homosexuality is still against the law in Texas. And how is the new Texas “show me your papers law” going to impact the state?
11/17/202329 minutes, 26 seconds
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Texas Matters: Why is Texas violent?

Is Texas an ultraviolent state? Why are certain types of violence more common in Texas than in other parts of the industrialized world?
11/10/202329 minutes, 29 seconds
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Texas Matters: Will Brent Brewer be executed based on junk science?

This week on Texas Matters: Brent Brewer says he’s sorry for a murder he committed 33 years ago but says junk science is why he's on Texas Death Row.
11/4/202329 minutes, 27 seconds
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Texas Matters: Pirates of the Texas Coast

For centuries, the shoreline between Galveston and Tallahassee was marked by the desperate deeds of men who fought for God, gold, and glory.The Gulf Coast has seen its share of seafaring warriors and miscreants.
10/13/202329 minutes, 29 seconds
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Texas Matters: Building Biden's border wall

Today on Texas Matters: In a major reversal – the border wall is back – now under President Biden. How Texas school children see the banning of books and how an album changed Texas music 50 years ago.
10/6/202329 minutes, 29 seconds
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Texas Matters: DPS delays Uvalde firing, Hill Country water saver and Texas book ban

After the Uvalde school massacre, the slow walking of the firing of a Texas Ranger spotlights the lack of transparency about how the DPS failed. With rapid growth during a record drought, what can be done to keep the Texas Hill Country from running out of water? And book bans in Texas are getting worse.
10/1/202329 minutes, 29 seconds
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Texas Matters: Paxton strikes back and Venezuelans at the border

Today on Texas Matters: Ken Paxton strikes back. After being acquitted from impeachment charges the Texas Attorney General is promising to crush his political enemies. Also, why are Venezuelans coming to the border en masse, and how is TPS going to help many of the Venezuelan asylum seekers?
9/24/202329 minutes, 29 seconds
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Texas Matters: Buoy legal battle, pro-Paxton tweets for sale and Mark Gonzalez takes on Ted Cruz

Today on Texas Matters—The buoys are back – in fact they never left. What is happening with the legal battle over the border barrier? How to get paid for tweeting about Ken Paxton. It could be illegal.And Mark Gonzalez—the Corpus Christi progressive D.A. is now running for Senate.
9/9/202329 minutes, 28 seconds
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Texas Matters: New laws and Paxton on trial

This week on Texas Matters: a look at some of the new laws now in effect in Texas and some of the significant ones that didn’t. And gearing up for the Ken Paxton Senate impeachment trial. Will Texas voters watch and care?
9/1/202329 minutes, 28 seconds
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Texas Matters: Grid worries and why the U.S. shouldn't invade Mexico

Today on Texas Matters: Some scary hours with the Texas grid during the summer heat. What is happening? And Republican candidates for president say they’ll invade Mexico. Why that is a terrible idea?
8/25/202329 minutes, 28 seconds
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Texas Matters: The struggles of life in a border colonia

It's estimated that half a million people live in colonias along the Texas-Mexico border. These communities lack basic needs for the residents, including running water, storm drainage and sewage. What are the challenges of living in a colonia? Who is responsible for improving the substandard conditions?
8/18/202329 minutes, 29 seconds
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Texas Matters: Mexico demands buoys be removed

This week on Texas Matters: Mexico makes it clear they want the buoys out of the Rio Grande. The San Antonio Police Department's use of its mental health unit examined. And records show that the San Antonio Police Department failed in policing its problem cops.
8/14/202329 minutes, 29 seconds
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Texas Matters: Up close to the buoy barrier

This week on Texas Matters—a trip down the Rio Grande to see the buoy barrier and meet with the people it’s supposed to stop. How the Eagle Pass City Council pushed back on Operation Lone Star. And climate change is making water more precious, so will Texans be paying more at the tap.?
8/6/202329 minutes, 29 seconds
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Texas Matters: Operation Lone Star examined

This week on Texas Matters - How Operation Lone Star is being felt in Eagle Pass. Abbott is building his own border wall. Texas is using spyware on the border—and maybe beyond.
7/30/202329 minutes, 28 seconds
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Texas Matters: The historic heat wave scorches the homeless, prisoners and workers

Texas is gripped with extreme heat that’s putting lives at risk. Should President Biden step in to protect Texas outdoor workers? And the Texas GOP makes the voting system less secure and easier to cheat.
7/26/202329 minutes, 29 seconds
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Texas Matters: SAPD lawsuit, mass shooting school bus and Omnibase ticket nightmares

This week on Texas Matters, a school bus tour is highlighting the mass shootings of Texas; with climate change disasters now the norm, some Houston residents are transforming their homes into emergency hubs; and a state program to help people to pay traffic tickets is punishing the low income further into debt.
7/17/202329 minutes, 28 seconds
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Texas Matters: Abbott's Floaties, Solar Saves Texas and Banning Forensic Hypnosis

As border communities celebrate a victory against building a border wall, Abbott’s floating river barrier is about to be built. Solar power is saving the Texas grid during the record-breaking heat wave and Texas leaders aren’t happy about that. And how forensic hypnosis was finally banned from Texas Courtrooms.
6/30/202329 minutes, 29 seconds
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Texas Matters: Will Hurd runs for POTUS and Texas school finance is an ugly mess

Former San Antonio Rep Will Hurd is now running for president and taking aim at Donald Trump. We hear from Hurd. And Texas Monthly’s Forrest Wilder is trying to make sense of the mess that is the Texas public school funding system.
6/24/202329 minutes, 28 seconds
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Texas Matters: Can Abbott eliminate property taxes?

Governor Greg Abbott is fully behind a plan to completely eliminate property taxes in Texas. Property taxes fund public services like schools and hospitals. With no state income tax, Texas would have to rely on sales tax which would likely have to increase. Lt. Gov Dan Patrick is calling Abbott’s plan a fantasy.
6/11/202329 minutes, 28 seconds
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Texas Matters: Voting rights and the right to strip

How the Texas legislature dealt with voting rights (it's not all bad news), and a stripper takes on San Antonio's anti-nudity ordinance.
6/4/202329 minutes, 25 seconds
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Texas Matters: Inside Attorney General Ken Paxton's pending impeachment

What’s the latest with Attorney General Ken Paxton, his alleged crimes and possible impeachment? What are the charges? What is the impeachment process? Who could be the next Texas Attorney General?
5/26/202329 minutes, 29 seconds
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Texas Matters: Rep. Colin Allred on challenging Ted Cruz for Senate

Roll Call's "Inside Elections" has changed the rating for Sen. Ted Cruz’s re-election bid from "Solid Republican" to "Battleground." Cruz is now seen as vulnerable, and Dallas Democratic Congressman Colin Allred is running to replace him. We hear from Allred about why he thinks Texas voters will pick him and send Cruz packing. Could the fate of Senate control ride on this election?Also, how Texas is getting ready for electric cars.
5/19/202329 minutes, 28 seconds
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Texas Matters: Senator Gutierrez and a legislative update

The Texas legislative session is getting closer to wrapping up. Is there any progress on gun safety, abortion exceptions and making the grid reliable? And the battleground over Texas History is now at Texas State Historical Association. Can the state turn away from the old Lone Star myths and towards the facts of the state’s founding?
5/13/202329 minutes, 28 seconds
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Texas Matters: The doctor who stood up to SB8

He stood up to Gov. Greg Abbott and SB8 when he performed an illegal abortion, and he dared people to sue him — and they did. Dr. Alan Braid tells his story to TPR's David Martin Davies.
5/4/202329 minutes, 29 seconds
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Texas Matters: State Senator Gutierrez on Legislative Session and taking on Senator Ted Cruz

How making illegal voting a felony is part of a Republican campaign to supress voting. And an update on the developments at the Texas legislature from Democrat State Senator Roland Gutierrez and how he is working on gun safety with the families of Uvalde who lost children in the school shooting. Also Gutierrez sizes up running for Senate against Republican Ted Cruz.
4/30/202329 minutes, 29 seconds
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Texas Matters: Ending Countywide Voting and Stifling Renewable Jobs in Texas

On Texas Matters: The assault continues on free and fair elections by the Texas legislature.Many citizen complaints to the Texas Commission on Evironmental Quality could be ignored in the future.And why Texas could be making big bucks in the new green economy but state leaders are holding it back.
4/21/202329 minutes, 28 seconds
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Texas Matters: The seige at Waco and today's anti-government movement

Remembering what happened at Waco 30 years ago and how it leads to today’s right wing anti-government movement.
4/14/202329 minutes, 29 seconds
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Texas Matters: How the TX-GOP is targeting fair elections

For 20 years a Texas business man has been wining and dining Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas with secret super luxury vacations at the most exotic places on the planet. And how Republican backed bills in the state legislature could end free and fair elections in Texas.
4/7/202329 minutes, 28 seconds
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Texas Matters: Saving the Texas Observer and Can Public Radio save local news?

This week on Texas Matters - How will the Texas Observer survive? What happened at the state's scrappy liberal magazine?And can public radio save local news?
3/31/202329 minutes, 29 seconds
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Texas Matters: Trump's popularity unshaken in Texas

As Trump prepares for possible indictment, how do Texans view the former President? And Texas Congressman Tony Gonzales is back from a delegation to Mexico.
3/24/20230
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Texas Matters: Leaving ERIC, Train Derailments and Flaws with the Death Row System

Texas is preparing to leave ERIC – a system that protects the voter rolls from cross state double voters. Could a Texas town be the next East Palestine rail disaster? And flaws in the system that sends people to Texas death row.
3/17/202329 minutes, 27 seconds
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Texas Matters: Child Brides, Legal Pot and Abbott's Big Government

Child brides forced to marry much older men. How it continues to happen in Texas and the effort to shut it down. Could this be the legislative session where marijuana is decriminalized? There’s reason for pro-pot hope. And how Governor Abbott and state leaders are big on big government when it comes to running Texas cities.
3/10/202329 minutes, 28 seconds
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Texas Matters: Anti-Chinese bill gains steam, GOP baby bonus and bringing 313 back from the dead

A bill to ban Chinese citizens and government from buying Texas land gains steam among Republicans.The Texas legislature tries to revive a controversial corporate tax cut that critics say is hazy at best.And a Republican bill would give massive breaks to large families, but only if the parents are straight property owners who’ve never been divorced.
3/4/202329 minutes, 25 seconds
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Texas Matters: Voting is still hard, Abbott's Bail Crackdown, Vouchers mean dollars

Despite promises to make voting easy but "cheating hard," Texas remains one of the toughest states to vote in. If Texas lawmakers create a program that lets families use state funds to pay for private school, who would be the most likely to use it? And for years the National Guard patrolled the southwest border now the Pentagon is looking for an off-ramp.
2/24/202329 minutes, 28 seconds
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Texas Matters: Abbott's State of the State reaction and an update on The Slocum Massacre

This week on Texas Matters – Governor Greg Abbott delivers the state of the state address. He continues his attacks on the term “woke” and trumpets his support for school vouchers. We have reaction. Also new historic documents have been uncovered shedding light on the Slocum Massacre when an east Texas Black community was wiped out by a white mob.
2/17/202329 minutes, 28 seconds
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Texas Matters: Abbott Pushes for School Vouchers

Could this be the legislative session that passes school vouchers? And what does that mean for public education in Texas?
2/4/202329 minutes, 27 seconds
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Texas Matters: The Debt Ceiling, Rep Chip Roy and the Trillion-Dollar Coin

The United States government has hit the limit on borrowing more money. The U.S. Treasury is taking extreme steps to prevent a default while Republicans in Congress, led by Hill Country Representative Chip Roy, say they are ready to bring the nation to default unless cuts are made to Social Security and other spending.
1/20/202329 minutes, 56 seconds
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Texas Matters: How Climate Change is driving up food prices

The price of food is on the rise and the reason is climate change. A new report looks at how a warming planet is impacting how Texas is able to produce food. And a new study exposes how Texas based Exxon knew in the 1970's that their product would cause climate change and they covered it up.
1/13/202329 minutes, 27 seconds
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Texas Matters: Can Biden Bring Order To the Border?

President Biden announced the hardening of immigration restrictions Thursday, including the expansion of Title 42 programs to remove people quickly without letting them seek asylum. This is an attempt to address one of his administration’s most politically vulnerable issues as the Republican party takes over Congress and heads into campaigning for 2024.
1/8/202329 minutes, 28 seconds
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Texas Matters: Uvalde, Lives Lost, Lies Told, Accountability on Hold

The world changed when an 18-year old gunman entered Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. School mass shootings are not new but Uvalde was different not only because of the ease of access to deadly weapons of war for the mentally unstable but also because of the multiple failures by the Texas DPS and other law enforcement to confront the gunman and save the students' lives.
12/30/202229 minutes, 23 seconds
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Texas Matters: The doctor who stood up to SB8

He stood up to Gov. Greg Abbott and SB8 when he performed an illegal abortion, and he dared people to sue him — and they did. Dr. Alan Braid tells his story to TPR's David Martin Davies.
12/16/202229 minutes, 29 seconds
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Texas Matters: Radical Reporter Dick Reavis

He was a courageous and at times controversial reporter who got up close and personal covering the Texas Ku Klux Klan, Branch Davidians, Biker Gangs and Mexico’s Zapatistas. Dick Reavis was a radical-turned-reporter who took the toughest assignments in Texas. What did he learn along the way?
12/2/202229 minutes, 29 seconds
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Texas Matters: Dachka's Story, U.S. Allies Stuck in Afghanistan and Boerne's 'International Bridge.'

We hear a migrant's story and learn about her journey from Haiti to the U.S. And trapped in Afghanistan—how Texans are trying to help allies escape the Taliban. Plus, Boerne's 'International Bridge.'
11/25/202229 minutes, 28 seconds
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Texas Matters: The Teacher Shortage

David Martin Davies discusses the Texas teacher shortage with TPR Education Reporter Camille Phillips.
11/18/202229 minutes, 30 seconds
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Texas Matters: The Ghost of Frank J. Robinson - The Weight of Evidence

David Martin Davies continues the story of East Texas voting rights advocate Frank J. Robinson who died in 1976 under mysterious circumstances.
11/11/202229 minutes, 28 seconds
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Texas Matters: Where Are All The Early Voters?

David Martin Davies reports there are more election deniers on the ballot in Texas than any other state, and one group of Republicans is pushing back.When it comes to how hard it is to vote, Texas has gone from bad to worse.And will young people turn out to vote this election?
11/4/202229 minutes
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Texas Matters - The Ghost of Frank J. Robinson

When East Texas voting rights advocate Frank J. Robinson died under mysterious circumstances in 1976, his death was first called a murder. However, then officials said it was a suicide. This is a true crime story that deals with voting rights, violent racism and jusitce.
10/28/202229 minutes, 28 seconds