Ben Fountain On His Newest (And Prescient) Novel About Haiti

Ben Fountain On His Newest (And Prescient) Novel About Haiti

In his newest novel Devil Makes Three, Ben Fountain creates a gripping tale that takes place in Haiti in the aftermath of the 1991 coup which saw President Jean-Bertrand Aristide deposed by military forces. The story is told from the perspective of three characters trying to navigate their way through

By Jessica Montoya Coggins
A Note From The Editor

A Note From The Editor

It’s my pleasure to welcome you to the Texas Signal Media Foundation, a nonprofit newsroom devoted to creating honest public interest reporting by and for the new Texas majority. We are the outgrowth of a company that was founded in 2019 to fill a critical gap in our political

By Jessica Montoya Coggins
When Global Reproductive Rights Groups Step In

When Global Reproductive Rights Groups Step In

For decades, international organizations devoted to reproductive healthcare have operated in some of the harshest autocracies and authoritarian regimes around the world. Now, thanks to new laws that have reshaped where abortion can and cannot be accessed in the United States, places like Texas are receiving attention from those organizations.

By Jessica Montoya Coggins
An Environmentally Friendly Mardi Gras In Galveston

An Environmentally Friendly Mardi Gras In Galveston

Laissez les bons temps rouler! Galveston wraps its Mardi Gras celebrations on February 13, with an estimated attendance of over 350 thousand revelers throwing more than 3 million of the traditional beads at one another. While the raucous partying and parading winds down as more somber Lenten observances begin, students

By Meredith Nudo
Discrimination In Dress Codes Across Texas Schools

Discrimination In Dress Codes Across Texas Schools

According to a new study from the ACLU of Texas over half of the public schools in the state enforce dress codes and grooming policies that discriminate against students. Most of these policies target public school students based on their gender or racial identity. This review by the ACLU of

By Jessica Montoya Coggins
Anna Meriano’s YA Series Centers An Untypical Texas

Anna Meriano’s YA Series Centers An Untypical Texas

By Meredith Nudo  Anna Meriano can make pigs fly.  OK, so maybe not literally. But miniature marranitos do factor into Leonora “Leo” Logroño’s first explorations into her family’s brujaría heritage in Meriano’s Love Sugar Magic series of middle grade fantasy novels, flitting and floating about with careless

By Meredith Nudo
In Politics, Abortion Takes Center Stage

In Politics, Abortion Takes Center Stage

As the country gears up for another election in November, there are several concerns that will be top of mind for voters. But perhaps the issue that could make the biggest difference is one that became front and center as states like Texas moved to restrict it: abortion.  Texas is

By Jessica Montoya Coggins