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Texas Observer/Audm Audio Stories

Audio versions of Texas Observer stories, brought to you by Audm. – Genetic genealogy is helping to crack cold cases and identify victims left nameless for decades. The process is surprisingly effective—and controversial.  Dallas’ paltry public transit system makes … Read More


The Wall

The Texas Observer has covered the expansion of the Texas-Mexico border wall for more than a decade. As property owners’ rights have been gobbled up, cameras have been planted by federal agents in wildlife refuges and ecological damage inflicted by … Read More

border everywhere

AUDIO: Melissa del Bosque and Rachel Poser on Border Patrol’s Unchecked Mission Creep

Listen to reporter Melissa del Bosque and Harper's editor Rachel Poser discuss del Bosque's groundbreaking feature, “Checkpoint Nation.”

On October 8, the Texas Observer published a powerful look at what’s come to be known as the border zone — a buffer of about 100 miles that runs along any U.S. border — where U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been given … Read More

Texas Legislature

Election 2018: Races to Watch

The 2018 midterm elections could be among the most competitive in Texas in recent memory. When early voting starts on October 22, Texans will have their first chance to cast a vote for or against President Trump’s administration, for or … Read More

Texas Politics

#TXSen: Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke

Beto O’Rourke vs. Ted Cruz All our U.S. Senate race coverage in one place. Beto O’Rourke captivated audiences at town halls and online for more than a year in his bid to unseat the least popular senator in Washington D.C. … Read More