Laura Cruz-Acosta drops by to talk about the route changes that start on Sunday, September 22, as well as other major and minor issues that face Sun Metro and its ridership every day. She also talks about the Miner Shuttles to and from the transit centers around the city for more convenient transportation to the Sun Bowl Stadium.
In this episode, we revisit a conversation that Louie Saenz had with noted author Barbara Dzikowski on Feburary 23, 2013. Dzikowski had just released her inaugural novel, "Searching for Lincoln's Ghost," a novel that explores the topic of coming-of-age, with the setting being the era of the mid 1960s. Searching for Lincoln's Ghost" is a 2013 Book Readers Appreciation Group Medallion honoree.
Dennis talks with Florence Schwein about life after El Paso Prime Time, where her family is headed and her many experiences here and abroad. Florence taught art history at the Osher Lifelong Institute on campus at UTEP for many years, after retiring as the UTEP Centennial Museum director.
Dennis talks with Mallory Jacobsen, an advocate with the El Paso chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), about the organization, the need for volunteers, and the upcoming NAMI Walks fundraiser set for mid-September. For information, visit http://www.nami.org/sites/NAMIElPaso or call 915-534-5476.
Dennis talks to Ray Abeyta, a T'ai Chi sifu, about the art of T'ai Chi, how the martial art helps cancer survivors focus on healing, and what a Tai Chi beginning student can expect from the very first session.
Dennis chats with Martha Vera, a bone density specialist, about individual bone density, its importance in keeping cancer in check, exercise to bolster bone density and more. Martha is one of the presenters in this year's "Keep On Dancing" conference slated for Saturday, August 24, at the Wyndham Hotel. Information on registration and more at http://rgcf.org.
Louie talks with Meghan Robinson of the Binational Breastfeeding Coalition, which is hosting The Big Latch On public breastfeeding event at Bassett Place in El Paso on Aug. 3. Robinson talks about the myths that may cause some women to forego breastfeeding. Breastfeeding has countless benefits for both the child and the mothers. Robinson also talks about the problems that many moms may face in breastfeeding their infants.
To mark the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War, Dennis re-airs his interview from July 13, 2013, with Robert Medrano, Programs Manager for the USO El Paso. Hear about this important volunteer-based organization that has been providing support for US troops for decades. Hear about volunteer opportunities as well as upcoming events such as the Oryx Challenge cycling event taking place on September 15, 2013 (http://www.raceadventuresunlimited.com/09-15-2013/Oryx-Challenge/647). Robert also talks about the special services available at the USO locations across the region.
Dennis and Science Studio cohost Dr. Russ Chianelli converse with Italians owner and chef Keeley Cheshire and their guest author Rebecca Jean Downey. Ms. Downey is celebrating the release of her new suspense novel, "The Middle Eye," set for a July 2nd release. Keeley and Becky are also collaborating on a fundraiser set for Monday, June 24th, at Italians Restaurant, 5380 N. Mesa. Tickets are available at the restaurant. The fundraiser is for a new local organization, Paso Del Norte Center Of Hope. The center is designed to find safe haven for victims of human trafficking. "The Middle Eye" is available for preorder through Barnes and Noble booksellers and through http://www.tatepublishing.com. Aired June 22, 2013.
Dennis and Science Studio cohost Dr. Russ Chianelli converse with Italians owner and chef Keeley Cheshire and their guest author Rebecca Jean Downey. Ms. Downey is celebrating the release of her new suspense novel, "The Middle Eye," set for a July 2nd release. Keeley and Becky are also collaborating on a fundraiser set for Monday, June 24th, at Italians Restaurant, 5380 N. Mesa. Tickets are available at the restaurant. The fundraiser is for a new local organization, Paso Del Norte Center Of Hope. The center is designed to find safe haven for victims of human trafficking. "The Middle Eye" is available for preorder through Barnes and Noble booksellers and through http://www.tatepublishing.com
With this being the Father's Day weekend (6/16/2013), the producers thought that the interview with former El Paso FBI Special Agent Richard "Dick" Schwein and his son, Rick, would be appropriate, as they share their thoughts of life in El Paso, and for Rick, the thought of being awarded the same medal that his father won, both in the line of duty. The interview originally aired March 3, 2012, with the recording being in late Feburary of that year.
Dennis talks with Estela Reyes, spokesperson and Director of Communications at Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe. Estela talks about the upcoming Father's Day 5K Run/Walk on June 15, 7:30 a.m., at the La Fe Culture & Technology Center, 721 S. Ochoa (rear building). $20 early registration, $25 race day, $5 discounts for teams. Register online at www.raceadventuresunlimited.com. Estela and Dennis also talk about the historic nature of El Paso's Segundo Barrio.
In the 2nd half of the program, Dennis and Louie talk with T.C. Bryant, author of the children's book "The Day God Played with Me!" The storyline was based on a revelatory kite flying adventure he experienced as a child.
In a rebroadcast from April 10, 2010, Florence Schwein talks with Samuel Riccillo, director of the Biosemiotic Research Laboratory at UTEP. Ricillo talks about the role of human communication in the neurosocial evolution of the brain. He talks about the development of early childhood communication, and about a recent study involving researching the thinking process from low-level abstraction to high-level abstraction. Riccillo also explains why talking to yourself isn't necessarily a bad thing!
Dennis, John Bricker and Randy Chinaut talk about your pets, vaccinations, road trips with your pets, and more. For more information, it is suggested that you talk frankly with your veterinarian about specific issues and problems. To report an animal incident, call Animal Control at 915-842-1000 or 915-842-1001.
Dennis talks with Susie Gorman, Development Director of the West Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Gorman talks about an upcoming fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association, "The Longest Day," which asks members of the community to take part in an activity of their choice from sunrise to sunset on the longest day of the year - June 21 - to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Association. Register online at www.alz.org, $35 registration fee.
Gorman also talks about how the Alzheimer's Association supports both individuals suffering from Alzheimer's and their caregivers, and offers encouragement for people who wish to become ambassadors for advocacy.
In this encore presentation, host Florence Schwein talks with Dr. Marc Cox of the Border Biomedical Research Center at UTEP. He talks about why men should not feel shame in being tested for prostate cancer - the disease affects 1 in 6 American men. Dr. Cox also talks about researching contaminants in the Rio Grande, and why certain chemicals and drug residues in our water system could act as endocrine disrupters. http://faculty.utep.edu/Default.aspx?alias=faculty.utep.edu/coxlab
Dennis talks to Laura Cruz-Acosta, Sun Metro Director of Communications, and Margaret Schroeder, El Paso City Engineering and Construction Management, about two upcoming public meetings that will address the upcoming Mesa St. construction of bus stations along an eight-mile route from Downtown El Paso to the Westside Transit Terminal on Remcon Circle. The meetings are scheduled for Monday, May 6, at Mesita Elementary School, from 5:30-7:30 pm; and Tuesday, May 7, at Morehead Middle School, from 6-8 pm. For more information, you may call Sun Metro Customer Relations at (915)533-3333 during regular business hours.
Also on the show, from January 4, 2013, host Louie Saenz talks to renowned radio host and author Ken Hudnall about one of his recent books, "History and Mystery of the Rio Grande." His website is http://kenhudnall.com
Dennis talks with veterinarians John Bruker and Randy Shinaut about the El Paso Veterinary Association's 28th annual Community Awards Banquet. They also talk about good & bad breeding practices, the personal relationships they have with their pets, and they share some unusual stories from their practices.
The Community Awards Banquet is Tuesday, May 7, at 6 p.m., at the Camino Real Hotel. Tickets are $40. 915-593-1712, www.epvma.org
Dennis Woo talks with Art Anchondo, Business Development Advisor of the South West Texas Border Small Business Development Center Network; and Joseph Ferguson, Associate Director of the SBDC. They talk about how local businesses can become more involved in exports of goods & services through the International Business Summit, taking place Friday, May 10, at the El Paso Community College Administrative Services Center, 9050 Viscount. Info 915-831-7742 or http://elpasosbdc.net/training/seminars/international-business-summit/ Registration is encouraged, space is limited.
Today's show also includes an episode of "Focus on Campus" which did not air as scheduled on Friday, April 19, 2013, due to special coverage from NPR News of the pursuit of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. Louie talks with UTEP English professor Mimi Gladstein, and Victor Mireles, president of Mireles Creative. Gladstein is the co-author with Silvia Cohen of "El Paso - The Wild West Welcomes Holocaust Survivors," now available in Spanish. Mireles is the designer of the El Paso Holocaust Museum & Study Center, located at 715 N. Oregon. Gladstein & Mireles talk about the history behind El Paso's Holocaust museum, which is one of only 13 in the U.S.
UTEP Political Science, the UTEP Global Relations Organization, and the Holocaust Museum are sponsoring a talk by Gilbert Tuhabonye, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide in 1993. Thursday, April 25, 6:30 p.m., Quinn Hall on the UTEP campus, Room 212. Info: 915-351-0048, www.elpasoholocaustmuseum.org.
In a rebroadcast from April 13, 2013, Dennis Woo talks with Suzie Vargas, Associate Director of Programs for the Alzheimer's Association. Find out how everyday forgetfulness is different than dementia or Alzheimer's Disease, and learn what signs to look for that might be indicative of Alzheimer's. Vargas encourages the community to not turn away if symptoms arise and instead educate yourself by calling the Alzheimer's Association (1-800-272-3900) or visiting their online resources to know what steps to take to learn how to live with the disease, whether you are a patient or a caregiver. www.alz.org/westtexas.
Dennis Woo talks with Nancy Ontiveros, Director of Marketing for Homegrown El Paso; and Charles Dodds, President of Homegrown El Paso. they talk about the 200+ businesses that are members of the nonprofit organization, Homegrown El Paso, which promotes a vibrant climate for locally-owned independent businesses in El Paso. They discuss the importance of buying locally.
Homegrown El Paso is holding its annual fundraising dinner on Tuesday, April 2, at the El Paso Club (18th floor of the Chase Bank Building downtown). The special guest at the dinner is new UTEP football coach, Sean Kugler. For tickets call Nancy Ontiveros at 915-240-8804, or visit www.homegrownelpaso.com.
In observance of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Dennis continues his conversation with Dr. Navkiran Shokar and Maria Chaparro of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. In this extended online interview, they discuss why colorectal cancer affects such a broad swath of the population. Dr. Shokar also describes the pros & cons of the 3 exams which are used to detect colorectal cancer: a stool home test, a colonoscopy, and a flexible sigmoidoscopy. She also goes through the risk factors of colorectal cancer and the steps we can take to lower our risk.
Dr. Shokar and her colleagues will be presenting a lecture on colorectal cancer which will also feature a large, walk-thru colon, on Wednesday, March 27, 5:30-6:30pm, Room 1200 of the Medical Education Bldg of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, 5001 El Paso Dr. RSVP at 915-757-3178 ext 302, or email Maria Chaparro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Host Dennis Woo talks with Dr. Navkiran Shokar of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC). Dr. Shokar talks about colorectal cancer awareness and why this disease s entirely treatable and even preventable with the proper screening. She talks about Accion, an outreach program developed by TTUHSC to increase awareness about colorectal cancer screening to senior centers, churches, clinics, and uninsured members of the community. Learn more at http://www.ttuhsc.edu/fostersom/accion/default.aspx, or call 915-745-4496.
In the 2nd half of the program Dennis talks with April Perez of the Metropolitan Community Church of El Paso. The church is presenting a fundraising performance of the Jon Marans play "The Temperamentals," which focuses on gay political activism in the 1950s. Funds from the performance will go to the construction of a new church building. The performance is Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m., at the El Playhouse, 2501 Montana. Ticket information is available by contacting Beverly Cotton at email@example.com, or April Perez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Host Dennis Woo welcomes back Laura Cruz-Acosta, Marketing & Public Affairs Coordinator for Sun Metro. Cruz-Acosta talks about ways El Pasoans can take advantage of the 6 Park and Ride facilities across town, including an additional one that is being constructed in East El Paso. Cruz-Acosta also talks about new routes that Sun Metro is servicing, as well as the services available to individuals with special needs. www.sunmetro.net, 915-533-3333. Aired March 9, 2013.
In a rebroadcast from Nov. 12, 2012, Florence continues her virtual shopping trip with nutrition & fitness professional, Patrick Hopkins. They talk about the different types of soups available at the grocery, and why some varieties may contain too much sodium. Patrick explains why homemade soups are much healthier than those in a can or in a pouch. Florence & Patrick also visit the frozen food aisle and the dairy case. Is there a difference between brown & white eggs? Are egg substitutes a healthy alternative? Plus, Florence & Patrick also talk about the many varieties of milk, and which might be best for you. www.builtbypatrick.com
In a rebroadcast from Nov. 3, 2012, Florence continues her virtual shopping trip with fitness & nutrition expert, Patrick Hopkins. Today, they visit the popular central aisles of the grocery story. Pasta, noodles, and quinoa can often be good choices when prepared with healthy veggies and fresh herbs. Florence & Patrick also discuss whether there really is a difference between brown & white rice. They also talk about whether canned meats or canned fruits should be in our shopping baskets, and what kind of chips & snacks we can enjoy without too much guilt. Part 5 in a continuing series. www.builtbypatrick.com. Aired Feb 23, 2013.
In a rebroadcast from Oct. 27, 2012, Florence continues her virtual shopping trip with fitness & nutrition professional, Patrick Hopkins. They talk about healthful choices in the bread, pasta, and rice aisles, and discuss what peanut butters and jellies or preserves would make great toppings. They also talk about the high sugar content of many juices and sodas. This interview is the 4th in a continuing series. Aired Feb. 16, 2013.
In a rebroadcast from October 20, 2012, Florence continues her conversation with fitness and nutrition professional, Patrick Hopkins. Hopkins has been helping Florence and her listeners with their shopping lists, and this week they talk about cured & processed meats and sugary foods. www.builtbypatrick.com. Aired Feb. 9, 2013.
In a rebroadcast from Oct. 6, 2012, Florence welcomes fitness & nutrition expert Patrick Hopkins for a virtual tour through a grocery store to pick the best and healthiest foods for optimum health. (The first in a series of conversations). www.builtbypatrick.comAired Jan. 26, 2013.
In a rebroadcast from April 20, 2010, Florence Schwein welcomes back attorney and senior advocate, Stephanie Townsend Allala. Allala specializes in elder law, and she touches on the recent changes in Medicaid & Medicare in the State of Texas. She also explains why seniors don't have to lose their home to the state if they have to receive 24/7 care at a nursing facility. Allala points out that good legal advice can save families thousands of dollars as well as emotional suffering. www.elpasoelderlaw.com, 915-257-0420.