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This story was originally published by The Big Bend Sentinel. When Alejandro left Honduras on April 15, it was out of desperation. Dire economic conditions in his country had left the 25-year-old migrant unable to afford medical treatment for his 18-month-old daughter who was born with a clubfoot. “In Honduras …
Undocumented Immigrants Continue to Be Expelled Under Title 42 | The Texas Observer
When Alejandro left Honduras on April 15, it was out of desperation.
Fighting Anti-Trans Legislation Takes a Toll on Texas Kids and Families
A record-breaking wave of anti-LGBTQ bills have been introduced by state legislatures across the country this year. Texas lawmakers filed the most of any state, the majority of them attacking trans youth.
How the San Antonio Police Are Rethinking Mental Health
A new documentary on policing in San Antonio makes a simple suggestion: Instead of arresting mentally ill people, listen to them.
The Internet Broke Democracy. To Fix It, Design for Human Rights.
"What we’re seeing with the major platforms right now is a scrambled attempt to rebuild the plane while the plane is being flown."
‘Ghosts of Sugar Land’ Tracks a Texan’s Path to ISIS
In this contemplative, vulnerable new documentary, a group of friends try to understand why their former classmate embraced radical Islam.
Mr. Reynolds' Opus
Walk into composer Graham Reynolds’ East Austin studio, and the first thing you’ll notice, perhaps surprisingly, is the books.
Two Houston Archives Gather Harvey Memories for Historians of the Future
They’re a time capsule of the destruction wrought by the deadliest storm to hit Texas since 1919.
'Seadrift' Dredges Up a Little Known—and Deeply Disturbing—Texas Story
An electrifying new documentary captures a forgotten conflict in the sleepy coastal community of Seadrift.
Elizabeth McCracken’s ‘Bowlaway’ Spins a Dark, Magical Tale of Love, Loss and Bowling
“They found a body in the Salford Cemetery, but aboveground and alive.” That thunderbolt of a sentence opens Elizabeth McCracken’s new novel and sets the tone for what’s to follow: a story equal parts sorrow and wonder, magical realism and cold, hard reality.
Plight at the Museum
The best Texas history museum you’ve never heard of is staring down a financial crisis. Will it survive?
Strangest State: August 2018
An armadillo lived up to its name (Spanish for “little armored one”) when it survived three gunshots and sent a man to the hospital.
A New Documentary on Texas Labor History Offers a Much-Needed Infusion of Hope
“A Strike and an Uprising” chronicles two big wins for labor activists facing long odds.
Author Michael Pollan on the Power and Promise of Psychedelics
" Platitudes are truths that have been drained of emotion."
The Ghosts of Abandoned Texas Buildings Rise Up in an Eerie New Photo Book
“Lost, Texas” features starkly beautiful photos of once-thriving rural Texas towns.
The Time-Traveler's Guide to the Lower Pecos
Hidden away on private land in Southwest Texas is some of the oldest and best-preserved prehistoric rock art in the world. The Rock Art Rendezvous offers a rare glimpse.
‘TransMilitary’ Is the LGBT Advocacy Film Middle America Needs to See
The documentary shines brightest when it shows trans soldiers simply going about their lives.
Back-to-back record flooding along the Brazos River has forced people in Richmond to make an excruciating choice: Stay or go?
'Under Surveillance' Author on the Hidden Costs of Being Watched
Randolph Lewis’ new book focuses on the “soft-tissue damage” caused by living in a surveillance state.
Book Reviews: William S. Burroughs, Letters, and a Life
The Beat writer from the Midwest spent some time in Texas. Here's my commentary on an examination of that time, along with a review of a new volume of his letters.
'Another Book, Another Month, Another Day Closer to You'
Some 65,600 mothers are incarcerated nationwide, a 131-percent increase since 1991.
Native Groups Open New Front Against Border Coal Mine
Tribal leaders say binational coal companies are mining on sacred ancestral lands. Native Texans, joined by other Native American allies and environmental advocates, led a nearly 200 person march in Eagle Pass on Saturday against the Dos Republicas Coal Partnership. The group beat drums, sang, chanted and danced in traditional …
Portland Vigil for Teens Draws Hundreds
The incident sent shockwaves through Portland, a small town just outside of Corpus Christi, and the nation. State and national gay rights groups have speculated that the women were shot...
Mourning in Houston
It was either belly up to the bar for $4 scotch and waters or gaze dejectedly at the TV monitors.
New Life for the Klan
A Supreme Court ruling declaring cross-burning to be protected speech reignites a long-dormant KKK cell outside of Houston.