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‘Nothing was done’ | Queer Texas Ep. 2

After Cameron Wright confessed to assaulting Aliah Hernandez in 2014 in a New Braunfels, Texas hotel room, both the officer assigned to Aliah’s case and Aliah’s friends and family thought it was an open-and-shut case. But two grand juries declined...

The story behind the AMBER Alert system

Everyone’s familiar with AMBER Alert — the notifications sent out when a child is missing or kidnapped and in danger. But what many don’t know is that the system was created because of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, who was abducted while riding her...

The state of sex education in Texas

The mostly conservative state of Texas is not necessarily known for its promotion of sex education in schools — it’s actually not even required to be taught at all. In this episode, Mackenzie Matwick talks to the Austin Independent School District’s...

Exonerated and released from death row

Anthony Graves was only 26 years old when he was arrested for a crime he didn’t commit. Accused of murdering a family of six in Somerville, Texas, Graves was sentenced to death, solely on the testimony of a man who later confessed to acting alone...

Blog: Introducing ‘Forsaken’

I grew up in Smithville, Texas, a small town about 45 miles southwest of Austin. When I was a kid, in the mid-1990s, the population was around 4,000 people. Smithville is one of those towns where everyone knows everyone, for better or for worse...