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PODCAST | Rev. Dr. Jayme Mathias, Austin school trustee and American Catholic priest, on Rag Radio

The Hon. Rev. Dr. Jayme Mathias is an East Austin community activist and the first openly-gay member of the Austin school board.

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Rev. Dr. Jayme Mathias, center, with Rag Radio host Thorne Dreyer and, far right, engineer Tracey Schulz, at the KOOP studios in Austin, April 4, 2014. Photos by Roger Baker / The Rag Blog.

Interview by Thorne Dreyer | The Rag Blog | April 15, 2014

The Rev. Dr. Jayme Mathias — an Austin community activist, a priest in the American Catholic Church, and the first openly-gay member of the Austin School Board — joins us on Rag Radio, Friday, April 4, 2014, in a lively discussion of issues ranging from Pope Francis and his emphasis on inclusion, to the threat to public education from privatization and charter schools, to gentrification and displacement of minorities and the poor in East Austin and elsewhere.

Listen to or download the podcast of our April 4, 2014, Rag Radio interview with the Hon. Rev. Dr. Jayme Mathias, here:


Rag Radio is a weekly hour-long syndicated radio program produced and hosted by long-time alternative journalist and Rag Blog editor Thorne Dreyer. The show is recorded at the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, a cooperatively-run all-volunteer community radio station in Austin, Texas. It is broadcast live on KOOP every Friday from 2-3 p.m. (CST) and streamed live on the web.

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Jayme Mathias is Secretary and District 2 Trustee of the Austin Independent School District (AISD) Board of Trustees, representing 55,000 voters primarily in East Austin where he has long been active in community issues like gentrification and immigration reform.

The former pastor of Cristo Rey Catholic Church, which he built into Austin’s largest Spanish-speaking congregation, Rev. Mathias left the Roman Catholic Church to establish Austin’s first American Catholic congregation, the Holy Family American Catholic Church. The American Catholic Church differs from the Roman Catholic Church in its support of gender equality, a non-celibate clergy, and personal conscience on issues like abortion, divorce, and inclusion of the LGBTQ community.

Dr. Mathias is also a member of the Board of Directors of the New Journalism Project, the 501(c)(3) Texas nonprofit that publishes The Rag Blog and sponsors Rag Radio.

Coming up on Rag Radio:
FRIDAY, April 25, 2014: San Antonio poet and playwright Gregg Barrios. Gregg, who wrote for the original Rag, is a 2013 USC Annenberg Getty Fellow and serves on the board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle.
Friday, May 2, 2014: Bruce Dancis, author of Resister: A Story of Protest and Prison during the Vietnam War.

853px-Rag_radio2Rag Radio is hosted and produced by Rag Blog editor Thorne Dreyer who was a founding editor of the original Rag, published in Austin from 1966-1977. Tracey Schulz is the show’s engineer and co-producer.

Rag Radio has aired more than 200 shows since September 2009, on KOOP 91.7-FM in Austin, Texas. Rag Radio is broadcast live every Friday from 2-3 p.m. (CST) on KOOP — and streamed live on the web — and is rebroadcast and streamed on Sundays at 10 a.m. (EST) on WFTE, 90.3-FM in Mt. Cobb, PA, and 105.7-FM in Scranton, PA. Rag Radio is also aired and streamed on KPFT-HD3 90.1 — Pacifica radio in Houston — on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (CST).

After broadcast, all Rag Radio shows are posted as podcasts at the Internet Archive.

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