The Source

David Martin Davies

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The Source is a daily, one-hour call-in talk program that gives listeners in San Antonio the opportunity to call and connect with our in-studio guests and city-wide audience.The Source seeks to give life, context and breadth to the events and issues affecting San Antonio by bringing newsmakers and experts to the public, and highlighting the people being affected by the news of the day.The show is hosted by veteran journalist David Martin Davies.Tune in to The Source for insightful discussion and analysis on topics that matter to residents of the Alamo City.Contribute to the conversation:Call or text during the live show at 833-877-8255.Leave a voicemail at 210 615-8982 anytime. Submissions may be played on-air.Email comments to thesource@tpr.org.

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Pig kidney transplantation: what it means for the future

More than 100,000 people in the U.S. need an organ transplant, but there is a shortage of donors. Could the solution be found in pigs? The early success of the first transplant of a pig kidney into a living human points to a future when xenotransplantation could be routine.

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Mar 30
Was the COVID pandemic a turning point?

It was about this time four years ago that we were all witnessing the spread of COVID-19 and the response —masks, social distancing and a lot of uncertainty. We are still healing from that societal experience. We got some things right and some things wrong. What did we learn from the COVID pandemic?

49m
Mar 28
How gutting the Voting Rights Act increased the voting racial gap

The difference in turnout between white and nonwhite voters has soared since 2008, especially in regions once covered by strict Voting Rights Act protections. A new report from the Brennan Center shows since the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder, the white-Black voter turnout gap has widened.

25m
Mar 27
San Antonio is addressing the removal of unhoused camps

Parts of San Antonio are seeing more and more unhoused encampments. The city is actively trying to remove them saying they are a problem of health and safety. But then these encampments quickly return. What is happening with unhoused encampments? What’s a humane and progressive solution?

24m
Mar 27
Can San Antonio-to-Austin commuter rail get back on track?

Talks are beginning again with hopes to develop a San Antonio-to-Austin commuter rail. The previous Lone Star Rail District effort failed, but could new leadership make the difference?

49m
Mar 26
How to question authority for social change

Asking the right questions can help us think more clearly, be better leaders, have richer conversations, and bridge divides. It’s questions that generate new ideas and solve problems. Asking the right questions helps make better decisions and judgments. So how do you get into the question mindset and challenge conventional thinking?

49m
Mar 25
Trump follows an authoritarian blueprint that threatens democracy

Donald Trump’s campaign promises follow a pattern of other strongmen who have overthrown their nations’ democracies. “The Origins of Elected Strongmen,” explores how parties that promote a leader’s personal agenda threaten democracy.

25m
Mar 21
Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales on Texas Attorney General Paxton's new proposed rule

A proposed rule by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton would allow him to remove some district attorneys who do not provide additional reporting on certain cases. Paxton’s rule would require some district and county attorneys report on prosecuting violent crimes. Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales joins us to give his reaction.

24m
Mar 21
Buy Low - Sell High! How the grocery store could be shaken by dynamic pricing

Dynamic pricing is a strategy that businesses use to change prices based on external factors like market demand, season, supply changes, and price bounding. Product prices can adjust continuously in minutes in response to real-time supply and demand. Now dynamic pricing is coming to grocery stores. What do we need to know?

1s
Mar 20
Is 4 days too weak for the work week to work?

Senator Bernie Sanders is calling for a four-day work week to compensate the labor force for the booming economy for the super wealthy. But some labor experts say the move wouldn't have all the gains being promised.

1s
Mar 20
What's behind falling birthrates and why it matters

Is the U.S. population on the decline and is this a serious threat? The birthrate in many developed nations including the U.S. is falling and is unsustainable. Some countries have adopted policies to encourage parenting. But many young adults aren’t interested in having children.

48m
Mar 19
The U.S. Supreme Court hears Murthy v. Missouri

On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in the case Murthy v. Missouri which centers on protecting the public from election disinformation circulated on social media. What’s at stake for voters and our democracy in a case that has already caused an unprecedented breakdown in communication between federal national security and intelligence agencies and social media companies?

24m
Mar 18
Will Monday be D-day for SB4?

Texas Senate Bill 4 is currently scheduled to take effect no earlier than Monday, March 18 at 4 p.m. CT. The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked by advocates for immigration to prevent the law from being enforced until it can be declared unconstitutional.

24m
Mar 18
What you need to know about Opill

Over-the-counter birth control is being rolled out to pharmacies across the country. It’s called Opill and it was approved by the FDA in July 2023. Advocates say this is a huge step in the right direction when it comes to women’s health and makes birth control accessible to almost everyone.

1s
Mar 14
What you can do to save our democracy

We’ve seen the stories about leading political figures trying to tear up the Constitution and tear down our democracy. This is a very real and serious threat. So how do real patriots push back to make a difference and heal our democracy?Where is the blueprint for empowering citizens to organize and step up – before it’s too late?

48m
Mar 13
Poor People's Campaign calls on voters to end "death by poverty"

Poverty is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. A growing number of poor and low-wage people in Texas are coming together to demand the passage of public policies that will end the crisis of death by poverty. In Texas 33% of the electorate must deal with issues of poverty, including low pay, high rent and no health care. But what can be done?

1s
Mar 12
Questions raised about ICE deporation flights

Everyday ICE Air takes to the not-so-friendly skies. These are federal government deportation flights that don’t always take their passengers out of the country. The workings of the deportation flights are hidden from view of the public, but they are the result of big contracts with private companies.

24m
Mar 11
Uvalde families react to the Prado Report that clears police of blame

An investigator for the city of Uvalde found that notwithstanding the many failures from police officers during the 2022 school shooting, they did not violate protocol and acted in good faith. The report finds that no punishment is warranted despite the fact that 19 children and two teachers died. Do you think there should be some accountability for the Uvalde police?

24m
Mar 11
Remembering Joyce Slocum and her leadership in public radio

Texas has lost a champion for press freedom and a leader at Texas Public Radio.Joyce Slocum died this week from complications from colon cancer. We are going to take some time to remember and celebrate Joyce who told us to dare to listen, be civil in our discourse and to be inclusive.

48m
Mar 07
San Antonio's transportation future

Is San Antonio on the right track when it comes to transportation? The fast growing city is in the slow lane when it comes to fostering walkable, bike-friendly neighborhoods. Should there be a redesign of streets to make them safe and accessible for everyone – with less emphasis on accommodating cars and trucks? How do we get there from here?

48m
Mar 06
Columnist Cary Clack on race, redemption and hope

In his Express News column Cary Clack has taken on the big topics of the day— from Donald Trump, Joe Biden, the death of George Floyd, and the mass shooting of schoolchildren in Uvalde. But he’s also turned his writing eye inward, frequently reflecting on the local community and the people who have inspired him.

48m
Mar 05
Type 2 diabetes in children

With Type 2 diabetes, cells do not respond to insulin in the body creating insulin resistance. Healthy weight and a balanced diet are important for children to maintain as they develop.

48m
Mar 04
How the border became 2024's top political football

Both President Biden and presidential candidate Donald Trump will be on the Texas Mexico border on Thursday. The issues of border security and immigration have become two of the top issues in the race for the White House and races down ballot. But that doesn’t mean the candidates are sticking to the truth.

48m
Feb 29
How to witness nature's grand spectacle, the 2024 total solar eclipse

A full solar eclipse in April will bring a fantastic sight to 13 states – from Texas to Maine. But Texas could have the best seats.If you are looking for your chance to be in the 115-mile-wide path of totality, time is running out to make plans to see this spectacular event.

48m
Feb 28
As legal battles loom, understanding IVF

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a complex assisted reproductive technology that many couples turn to for growing their families. But the future of IVF is murky after the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that frozen embryos are children. We’ll hear from a San Antonio fertility clinic about how they help their clients.

1s
Feb 27
Remembering Rep. Frank Tejeda and how he changed San Antonio politics

There are multiple locations in San Antonio named after Frank Tejeda Jr. He was a marine, decorated Vietnam veteran and a San Antonio politician who represented the Texas 28th Congressional District. He died from cancer while in office. His younger Juan Tejeda has authored a family memoir and biography of his brother.

1s
Feb 26
5 ways the earth could meet its end

Scientists believe 5 scenarios are astrophysically possible when thinking about the end of the world.

49m
Feb 22
Fasting can teach us to do without in a world of overconsumption

The act of fasting has ancient roots and can be found in all major religions. More broadly, fasting marks a departure from daily routine and a reassessment of one's priorities.

1s
Feb 21
Americans who work longer have shorter life expectancies according to research

Employees in the United States work longer than employees in other countries. But those who work longer, also have shorter life expectancies. So what’s the solution?

49m
Feb 20
Has driving at night become more dangerous?

An ophthalmologist from the Baylor College of Medicine is spreading awareness on the dangers of driving at night.

1s
Feb 18