Vegans want to end the killing of animals. Scientists say livestock are accelerating climate change. COVID-19 is ravaging meat-packers. Texas beef is under fire—but all across the industry, from the pasture to the butcher case, a vision of more sustainable burgers and briskets is beginning to come into focus.
Articles by Eric Benson
Apr 15, 2020 — By Eric Benson
And they've been dangerously slow to respond to the coronavirus.
Apr 3, 2020 — By Eric Benson
An interview with Dell Medical School's William Tierney on getting the National Guard to deliver groceries and the fear of “crying wolf."
Feb 17, 2020 — By Eric Benson
Rhodes was an unproven 27-year-old chef when he launched Indigo, a tiny restaurant with a radical concept in a low-income Houston neighborhood. Now it's one of the hottest kitchens in the country.
Aug 2, 2019 — By Eric Benson
Will Hurd is exactly the kind of politician the Republican party’s establishment once dreamed about being their future. In March 2013, the Republican National Committee, reeling from defeat in the 2012 elections, published a postmortem report laying out an agenda for a new kind of…
Jul 8, 2019 — By Eric Benson
New PBS space-race documentary ’Chasing the Moon’ highlights her challenges as the only woman in Mission Control.
Jun 27, 2019 — By Eric Benson
Without state funding for census outreach, communities across Texas are trying on their own to make sure everyone gets counted.
May 28, 2019 — By Eric Benson
A Q&A between filmmaker David Modigliani and Texas Monthly's Eric Benson, who followed O'Rourke for the 2018 'Underdog' podcast.
May 9, 2019 — By Eric Benson
In the series’ debut episode, a trio of military veterans from the Valhalla Club invite comedian and TV host Jordan Klepper into the ring.
Mar 12, 2019 — By Eric Benson
The outspoken congressman left a promising career in the CIA and became a rising Republican star. But his political balancing act is dicier than ever.
Feb 5, 2019 — By Eric Benson
John Cornyn may be vulnerable and 2020 looks even better than 2018 for Democrats—but who will run?
Nov 18, 2018 — By Eric Benson
The El Pasoan who would be senator isn’t done yet.
Oct 24, 2018 — By Eric Benson
Is Thomas J. Henry an unrepentant huckster, or is he a righteous warrior for the little guy? Can he be both?
Oct 3, 2018 — By Eric Benson
It’s the greatest honor the Houston-based cancer immunologist can imagine—even more than playing onstage with Willie Nelson.
Sep 19, 2018 — By Eric Benson
Brownsville police officer Valerie Rivas was charged with smuggling her undocumented boyfriend. She’s been acquitted. He’s likely to be deported.
Aug 20, 2018 — By Eric Benson
In his latest book, the author doesn't pull punches with either political party.
Jun 22, 2018 — By Eric Benson
David and Nathan Zellner have made it as indie filmmakers in their own under-the-radar way. Now they’re going mainstream (sort of), with the Robert Pattinson–starring western ‘Damsel.’
Jun 18, 2018 — By Eric Benson
The Democratic Senate candidate led a march to the new Tornillo facility holding immigrant children, but he doesn't have a full picture of what's going on inside.
From a breastaurant to a thriller featuring puppets, here are eight movies from Texans to watch this summer.
Apr 25, 2018 — By Eric Benson
The rural noir, in which working-class investigators tackle in-your-face racism in East Texas, may be on the verge of cancellation.
Dec 21, 2017 — By Eric Benson
The El Paso congressman is waging a long-shot campaign to prove a Democrat can win in Texas.
Dec 21, 2017 — By Eric Benson
Texas football made the former ’Friday Night Lights’ actor a heartthrob. Will a Texas tragedy make him a bona fide star in 'Waco'?
Sep 1, 2017 — By Eric Benson
Serving up smoked-kimchi-and-chicken stew in the middle of the storm.
You’ve probably heard about the bathroom bill—and you’re going to hear a lot more—but here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the legislature and the politicians, lobbyists, agitators, and donors who really run the show.
Oct 19, 2016 — By Eric Benson
Jim Allison has always gone his own way—as a small-town-Texas kid who preferred books to football, and as a young scientist who believed the immune system could treat tumors when few others did. And that irreverence led him to find a potential cure for cancer.