Ah, the holidays — a time for love and good cheer, for snowflakes that stay on your nose and eyelashes. For full-blown panic attacks in department stores brought on by a particularly perplexing Secret Santa pick.
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An encore presentation of a 2001 conversation Louie had with John O. West, the late UTEP English professor and folklorist. West shares personal stories about the holiday traditions he observed & celebrated, and talks about the holidays foods that make the season so special, especially here on the border. Aired Dec. 21, 2013.
U.S. Army Gen. Keith Alexander, commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, director of the National Security Agency (NSA), testifies during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, in June.
An encore presentation of Florence's exclusive 2010 conversation with Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus! Santa & his lovely wife offer insight on their preparations for their Christmas deliveries. Mr. & Mrs. Santa talk about the robots that are helping the elves in Santa's Workshop, how technology is helping Rudolf and the other reindeer keep to their schedule, and how Santa can manage to eat all those cookies! Aired Dec. 21, 2013.
In a rebroadcast from March 16, 2013, Bill, Denise, and Norma talk with Mike Hardiman, forecaster with the National Weather Service in Santa Teresa, and regional coordinator of the Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS). Hardiman talks about how the community can get involved in measuring rainfall (and the lack of it) and reporting it online to be used by National Weather Service meteorologists, the USDA, researchers, and many others. March is CoCoRaHS's annual recruitment drive, and they are trying to increase the number of El Pasoans and others in the region to report their rainfall. www.cocorahs.org.
Charles talks with fellow Broadcast Film Critics Association member, Cynthia Farah Haines, about the BFCA's nominations for the Critics' Choice Awards. They talk about their favorite films and about the films that didn't get a nod. The Critics' Choice and other early awards shows like the Golden Globes often help decide the nominations for the "big one" - the Academy Awards.
Joel (left) and Ethan Coen wrote and directed <em>Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O Brother Where Art Thou?, No Country for Old Men</em>, <em>A Serious Man</em> and <em>True Grit.</em> Their latest film is<em> Inside Llewyn Davis.</em>
Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week: