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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.
 
Those who face the greatest adversity tell the most enlightening stories. Hall of Fame Paralympic athlete, the first “nearly unassisted” paraplegic to summit Mt Kilimanjaro and the founder of One Revolution Foundation Chris Waddell chats with members of the adaptive community regarding some of life’s most enduring questions: am I a victim or a survivor, is the situation overwhelming or a challenge, am I alone or part of a team and do I have one strategy or many? One Revolution’s Nametags Edu ...
 
"Facing Race: Stories & Voices" is a special series of oral histories recorded at the 2014 Facing Race National Conference in Dallas, TX. Featuring an array of thinkers and advocates sharing their personal stories and formative experiences, the series illustrates the many paths and experiences of racial justice work. Episodes will be released weekly, starting in June 2016, and are available on the Race Forward site (https://www.raceforward.org/media/facing-race-stories-voices), or listeners ...
 
Trouble with the Truth is the podcast produced by Lana Estemirova in partnership with the Justice for Journalists Foundation. Lana talks to brave and resilient journalists from around the world who face persecution just for doing their job and lets her audience hear voices that usually remain hidden behind the curtain.
 
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Ann Cody is Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the State Department, but she was also one of the top wheelchair athletes for years. She’s been shaping this world one way or another since the ‘70’s.By Chris Waddell
 
Bob is a US Army veteran and served from 1976-1978 when he sustained a spinal cord injury in an automobile accident. Post-injury he moved to California and earned a degree in Broadcast Journalism from California State University, Long Beach. As an athlete, he twice won the Los Angeles Marathon and represented the United States at the Paralympic Gam…
 
Josh George moves fast. At the age of four he traded in walking for rolling and then turned those wheels into wings, constantly striving to move faster. Josh has won five Paralympic medals, is a six-time world champion, world record holder, and has won multiple major marathons. Along the way he has become a sought after motivational speaker, and an…
 
David Martin Davies speaks with Republican State Rep. Lyle Larson about why he’s done with the Texas Republican Party and why he's endorsing Democrat Mike Collier for lieutenant governor; Records from the primary show that the new Texas voting restrictions are causing massive disenfranchisement and huge racial disparities; Why is the state of Texas…
 
Dana lost her leg to cancer, but leaving her abusive marriage was more difficult than cancer recovery and amputation. An educator at heart, she’s shifted to empower others to extract themselves from abusive relationships. Those efforts go well beyond words as she recently finished her first marathon.…
 
Kendall Gretsch is not one to go to sleep without solving the problem. In Tokyo, she solved a math problem of epic proportions to make up four minutes and four seconds to win by a half a chair length. That she won shouldn’t be surprising, she’s already won numerous gold medals in her second sport of cross-country skiing because originally her class…
 
The DPS head promises state troopers that no one will lose their job after Uvalde. It’s been a year since permitless carry happened in Texas, and shootings have gone up. And voter registration data shows that Democrats could break their losing streak in November.By David Martin Davies
 
Ray is the kind of guy who solves problems. In his first Paralympic Games, he lined up next to the fastest starter in the world for the 100 meters. Not wanting the other guy’s start to affect his race, he closed his right eye so he couldn’t see him. It ended in his first gold medal.By Chris Waddell
 
Rob Balucas is an ‘every-man joe’ who was thrust into extraordinary circumstances in 2015 when a cycling accident rendered him paraplegic. At the time he was training for his first half IRONMAN triathlon the very next weekend. He vowed to return and raced in 3 sprint-distance triathlons as a paratriathlete that following year.Since then he’s compet…
 
David Kiley, aka DK, began his love affair with basketball straight out of the womb. Raised in Costa Mesa in SoCal, DK played the sport from morning to evening on the hoop his dad hung from the garage roof or on any outdoor court that he could walk or ride his bike to. Playing and practicing solo and alone was a habit he enjoyed and while dreaming …
 
Marlon Shirley was the first amputee sprinter under 11 seconds for the hundred meters. He stood on top of the world with gold in 2000 and 2004, but his story of being the son of a prostitute and a pimp, of running with gangs, of adoptinon, of breaking the Paralympic high jump record before he even knew what the Paralympics were and the story of red…
 
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