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Jono Neiger is a conservation biologist, a permaculture educator, and a designer, and he joins us to talk about how the practice of permaculture lends itself to a sustainable environment. Permaculture isn’t just an agricultural practice, but a way to sustainably design buildings, improve food production, and design smarter technology. Neiger is the author of “The Permaculture Promise.” Aired Dec. 4, 2016

***AUDIO IS FORTHCOMING** New York Times-bestselling author Robin Cook joins us to talk about his 2015 medical thriller, Host. Lynn Peirce, a fourth-year medical student, thinks she has her life figured out. But when her otherwise healthy boyfriend, Carl, enters the hospital for routine surgery, she doesn't know it's the last time she will see him whole again. Devastated by Carl's death, Lynn searches for answers. On this program, we'll hear more about the book and about Cook himself. http://www.robincook.com/ Aired Dec 4, 2016

Host Daniel Chacón talks about the amazing Mexican food in El Paso, and why, even though he is looked upon with derision from border residents, he enjoys eating refried beans out of a can. Aired Dec 4, 2016

Jose B. Gonzalez is the author of the new collection "Toys Made of Rock." He joins us to talk about growing up in Connecticut as an immigrant from El Salvador, how stealing an anthology of Shakespeare's works was a transformative experience in his youth, and about the stereotyping he faced in his academic career. http://www.josebgonzalez.com/ Aired Dec 4, 2016

We visit with Margaret Perez, outgoing executive director of the Better Business Bureau in El Paso; and with Marybeth Stevens, incoming executive director of the BBB in El Paso. They join us to talk about how the BBB operates as a neutral 3rd party between the consumer and area businesses. They also talk about how we can protect ourselves from various scams, like the omnipresent Nigerian email scam, IRS scams, and internet scams. http://www.bbb.org/elpaso/ Aired Dec 3, 2016

The El Paso Opera presents holiday themed arias and well known holiday songs at the Plaza Theatre on December 3, 2016 at 8pm. The concert features both out of town and local artists as well as singers from the El Paso Youth Opera. David Holloway, Artistic Director of El Paso Opera provides a preview of the program.

It's a familiar story of Christmas - told with an El Paso flavor. Barrio Christmas will be performed on Saturday December 10 and Sunday December 11 at the Plaza Theatre's Philanthropy Theatre. It's part of the El Paso Community Foundation's Jewel Box Series. Los Actores presents the bilingual production based loosely on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Writer-Director Drime Lockhart, Co-Director Hector Serrano, and Producer David Mills preview the production.

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Maybe you're a fake tree person. Or maybe you like the live ones that you can plant outdoors later. Or maybe you like the one-and-done approach of a cut tree. On this program we'll discuss the pros & cons of the different kinds of Christmas trees, including a few alternatives such as Norfolk Island Pines or Christmas Cacti. Aired Dec. 3, 2016

***AUDIO IS FORTHCOMING** Let the awards season begin! The 22nd annual Critics Choice Awards nominations honor "La La Land" with 12 nominations...and "Arrival” and “Moonlight” with ten nominations each. The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) will honor the year's top films, actors, producers, and directors on December 11, broadcast on A&E. BFCA members Felipa Solis and host Charles Horak talk about their faves and who they think was overlooked. http://www.criticschoice.com/ Aired Dec 3, 2016

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UTEP Political Science professor Gregory Rocha joins us to talk about what lies ahead for President-Elect Trump. Rocha discusses the controversy over the Electoral College, what we can expect from Trump's cabinet choices, and whether he can realistically keep his campaign promises. Part 1 of a 2-part interview (Part 2 airs Dec. 16) Aired Dec 2,2016

Dennis visits with Adam Sebastian, Becky Sebastian, and Jorge Aguilar Cruz to talk about Casa Emmanuel, a group providing care to nearly 90 children in Ciudad Juarez. This children's home is in dire need of monetary donations, as well as donations of clothing, toiletries, medicines, and more. For more information, email Jorge Aguilar Cruz at jorgeluisaguilarcruz@gmail.com , or visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/emmanuelchildrenshome/ Aired Nov. 26, 2016

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JL Fields is a blogger, cookbook author, and instructor at the Main Street Vegan Academy. She joins us to explain how she walked away from a high-paying position at a nonprofit to become a vegan activist, and how she uses an individual approach to spread a message of compassion and health. http://jlgoesvegan.com/ Aired Nov. 27, 2016

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WWJD? What Would Jedis Do? That's the question Jaehong Kim asked himself when he was designing technology to make water clean and useable for populations that cannot control their water quality. He talks about how his Jedi approach could lead to innovative coatings and treatments to water bottles. Jaehong Kim is Chair of the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department at Yale University. Aired Nov. 27, 2016

US Fish & Wildlife

The latest in vegan and animal rights news. Various animal-related measures were passed across the United States on Election Day, including a bill in Massachusetts which prohibited the confinement of farm animals and the ban of the sale of meat & eggs resulting from these practices. Read more: http://aldf.org/blog/wins-for-animal-protection-in-the-2016-election/ Protections for the Greater Sage-Grouse are being threatened due to the birds' habitat encroaching upon military bases...therefore posing a threat to national security. Read more: https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2016/greater-sage-grouse-11-18-2016.html An El Paso bar has been following an internet trend of having customers gulp down live minnows in their cocktails. The practice bypasses health regulations because the minnows are served on the side, but a petition is being circulated to encourage the bar to cease and desist. The petition is available online at http://www.care2.com/causes/this-el-paso-bar-needs-to-stop-serving-drinks-with-live-fish.html Aired Nov. 27, 2016

Arsinoe, the bright and incisive eight-year-old daughter of King Ptolemy, awakes after a violent coup to find herself abandoned by both her beloved older sister Cleopatra and her indifferent father. Emily Holleman’s Fall of Egypt series begins with the novel “Cleopatra’s Shadows,” which re-imagines the saga of Cleopatra through the eyes of her younger sister. Holleman joins us to tell us more about the book and the extensive research involved in its writing. The next installment in the series, "The Drowning King," will be published in April 2017. http://emilyholleman.com/ Aired Nov. 27, 2016

Emmy Pérez is a California-born writer with roots in El Paso. Her life and career have led her to follow the course of the Rio Grande...from El Paso to the Rio Grande Valley. Her latest collection, "With the River on Our Face," contains sprawling beautiful poems inspired by the Rio Grande,the surrounding environment, immigration, and borders. She joins us on this program to tell us more about the collection and read a few poems. http://www.emmyperez.com/ Aired Nov. 27, 2016

Commuters in El Paso are constantly running into delays due to construction and/or collisions across El Paso's highways and main roads. The METROPIA app is an option for drivers who want to easily plan their commute ... and even earn rewards from local business. Community Manager Tania Chozet, traffic engineer Pablo Bustamante, and advisor Marybeth Stevens join us for this program to tell us more about Metropia, which is a free download on the App Store and at Google Play. http://www.metropia.com/ Aired Sat Dec 26, 2016

Dream Chasers Club is a contemporary art gallery and store that features various local and regional artwork and merchandise. The Dream Chasers Club will be hosting an exhibit that pays tribute to Raphael, Donatello, Leonardo, and Michaelangelo - otherwise known as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

El Paso is home to several local makers and creators and Small Business Saturday was designed to encourage everyone to support small, local businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We’re here today to highlight some of those small businesses that are supporting local artists and makers and to encourage you to shop small and shop local this holiday season. Here with us is Chelsea Evaldie of Chuco Relic and Elena Ruiz of Lalo Elan.

If you're thinking of adding a tree to your landscape, we'll offer tips on how to find that perfect tree in the nursery, and what to do when you bring it home. Our guest is Mickey Merritt, West Texas Regional Urban Forester. http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu/TexasBigTreeRegistry/ http://www.wtufc.org/ https://www.facebook.com/WestTexasUrbanForestryCouncil/ Aired Nov. 26, 2016

Film aficionado Kyle Alvarado joins host Charles Horak to discuss two recent releases: "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" and "Moonlight." Does "Fantastic Beasts" spend too much time setting up a franchise, and does "Moonlight" live up to its critical acclaim? Plus, Kyle & Charles share some other cinematic picks for your holiday weekend. Aired Nov. 26, 2016

The UTEP Occupational Program is looking for caregivers of individuals ages 12-21 with Down Syndrome who are willing to discuss the use of technology. Graduate students Vanessa Buckler & Katherine Pearson join us to tell us how their research may help develop apps that both caregivers and children can use to improve communication through technology. If you are a caregiver and are interested in participating in the study, email Katherine at klmcfarlane@miners.utep.edu . Learn more at http://www.utep.edu/chs/ot/ and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UTEPOT/ Aired Nov. 25, 2016

Most of us have heard of Einstein's Theory of Relativity. And many of us have also heard of quantum theory. Why don't these two theories correspond to each other? On this program we'll visit with Ken Wharton of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at San Jose State University. He'll explain why he wants to recast quantum theory in a way that's compatible with our current knowledge of Space and Time. He'll also tell us why the laws of physics work the same forwards as backwards. Aired Nov 20, 2016

In 1901, William Thomas Cox released "Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods," and in 2015 these scary tales were retold by Hal Johnson. On this program, Hal talks about the shadow-feeding Snoligoster...and the spiny-backed Hodag...creatures which will thrill and chill readers of all ages. Hal joins Louie to talk about the inspirations behind these fearsome creatures. Aired Nov 20, 2016

Carole Firstman's father was an eccentric researcher who traveled extensively studying scorpions and spiders. Her childhood was full of adventure, but she and her father became estranged when Carole was a teenager. Their attempts to reconcile their relationship in her late 20s led to the material that inspired her memoir, Origins of the Universe and What It all Means. Carole joins us to tell us more about her relationship with her father and her book's road to publication. https://carole-firstman.com/ Aired Nov 20, 2016

Blake Barrow is the Executive Director of the Rescue Mission of El Paso. He joins us to tell us more about the move to their new location at 209 Lee St near Downtown El Paso, and how he turned his love of Texas BBQ into a catering business and soon-to-be restaurant called the Hallelujah BBQ, which is staffed by those served by the Rescue Mission. Follow the Rescue Mission on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RMElPaso/ Aired Nov. 19, 2016

This year's Hunger Benefit for Casa de Peregrinos (Emergency Food Program) features a reading by United States Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera. The event will be held on Saturday November 19th at New Mexico State University. Live music will be provided by Maria McCullough and Yahví Pichardo of Carambola Community Music. Here to tell us about this event, and to update us on the happenings at Carambola are Maria McCullough and Yahvi Pichardo.

Shoppers and art lovers will discover the finest art and crafts made by more than 80 artists and crafts people from El Paso and beyond at the 47th annual Las Artistas Art & Fine Crafts Show. The show takes place November 19 and 20th, 2016 at the Epic Railyard Event Center. Here to tell us more are Jorge Calleja and Helen Dorion from Las Artistas.

Texas Forest Service

Did you know that El Paso is an urban forest with over 1 million trees? On this program we visit with the new West Texas Regional Urban Forester, Mickey Merritt, who'll tell us the duties of an urban forester, and he'll share some tips on tree selection. Links to the West Texas Urban Forestry Council: http://www.wtufc.org/ , https://www.facebook.com/WestTexasUrbanForestryCouncil/ , http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu/ Aired Nov 19, 2016

*Re-broadcast from April 23, 2016* Texas played a tremendous role in NASA's ambitions to get a man to the moon. The Texas Archive of the Moving Image has collected a number of broadcasts, films, and home movies that were not readily available to the public that document man's journey to the moon and the role that Texas played in that endeavor. Afsheen Nomai, curator of the online exhibit A JOURNEY TO THE MOON THROUGH TEXAS, will share some of the stories behind those films, which are available for viewing at http://www.texasarchive.org/a_journey_to_the_moon/ . Aired Nov 19, 2016

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