The research of Elsa Villa, Co-Director of the Center for Research in Engineering & Technology Education, and Research Assistant Professor in the UTEP College of Education. Villa is researching the disparity of Latinas in computer science and engineering and how creating "affinity spaces" could inspire more confidence in women pursuing these careers.
Louie and guest co-host, Diajesma (DJ) Orozco, interview Frank Leal of the UTEP Department of Theatre & Dance. Frank will play the part of Scrooge in the department's annual production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Performances are Dec 14 at 2:30pm, Dec 20 at 7:30pm, and Dec 21 at 2:30pm & 7:30pm, at the Wise Family Theatre in the Fox Fine Arts Building. Info: 915-747-5118.
Denise & Norma talk about how to care for your favorite holiday plants. Poinsettias are tropical plants, so they need to stay moist and have a well-lit area. Norfolk pines are fragile-looking plants that thrive indoors, but they'll dry up and turn brown if they are neglected. Amaryllis are flowering bulbs you can enjoy during the holidays and then plant in your garden. Cyclamens might not be a plant you'd recognize by name, but they also make terrific gifts for the holidays.
The research of Roger V. Gonzalez of the UTEP Department of Mechanical Engineering. Gonzalez is Director of the new Leadership Engineering Program in the UTEP College of Engineering which is help shaping the 21st century engineer with training in entrepreneurship and business acumen. Gonzalez also talks about his research into the loading conditions of the human knee.
The research of Benjamin C. Flores, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and former Dean of the Graduate School at UTEP. Flores is researching next-generation radar systems that will be used in automobiles in the future to make them more autonomous.
KTEP's Reading Club continues with a highly-entertaining interview with James Ellroy, author of "Perfidia." The book begins on the eve of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, and all the characters in the book don't really have any redeeming qualities. Ellroy offers a few words of advice on what you should do before you forget about your life and immerse yourself in this 600+ page book ("make sure the dog has water"), and he also explains why he eschews technology and why atom bombs are "cool." http://jamesellroy.net/
Louie talks with Rabbi Stephen Leon of the UTEP Religious Studies Program and Senior Pastor at Congregation B'Nai Zion. Rabbi Leon talks about the hidden Jewish tradition that is still being practiced by some members of the Latino community whose Jewish ancestors had to conceal their religious practices in fear of being prosecuted. Rabbi Leon also gives us a preview of an upcoming concert by Sarah Aroeste, who sings & performs in Ladino, the Judeo-Spanish dialect that originated by Spanish Jews after their expulsion from Spain in 1492. That concert is Monday, Dec. 8 at 7pm, at Congregation B'Nai Zion, 805 Cherry Hill Lane. Learn more at 915-833-2222, or visit http://www.saraharoeste.com/gig/
Daniel & Ben talk with Kseniya Melnik, author of the short story collection "Snow in May." The stories are set during the Soviet Union in the far eastern Russian town of Magadan, where Kseniya spent her youth before coming to America. Kseniya shares some of her early memories of Magadan, and why the town served her stories so well. One of her stories is a fictional account about the true-life tale of Russian singer Vadim Kozin, who was sentenced by the Stalinist regime to the labor camps of Magadan for mysterious reasons. (The song heard immediately after the interview is Kozin's "Druzhba.") http://www.kseniyamelnik.com/
Our poem of the week is Dylan Thomas' "And Death Shall Have No Dominion," read by UTEP MFA student, Sam Calvin Brown. (Today's guest, Kseniya Melnik, was recently short-listed for the Dylan Thomas Prize for her book, "Snow in May.")
Today's Poetic License comes from writer and retired teacher, Azucena Dominguez. She shares an early childhood memory of her brother - "My Brother, My Hero."
And...Daniel reflects on how those books sitting on your shelves that you've never read are waiting for the right time for you to read them.
In a rebroadcast from Jan. 18, 2014, Denise & Norma talk with Master Gardener Marianela Milner, co-chair of the Ascarate Vegetable Garden. Hear about the different crops grown at the garden, the community educational opportunities the garden provides, and how the harvested crops benefit our local food bank. The public is invited to meet the Master Gardeners working the gardens on Mondays & Thursdays, 7-11 a.m., at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Information at 915-860-2515.
The research of Lorenzo Candelaria of the UTEP Department of Music. Candelaria researches litergical musicology with an emphasis on 16th century liturgical music. He studies how people "pray" through music, for example, through Gregorial chant.
The research of Erika Mein from the UTEP College of Education, Departmetn of Teacher Education. Mein discusses the research that goes into literacy/biliteracy studies, and explains why writing is crucial in understanding and learning.
CW Ayon The One Man Band performs Sun. Dec 14 at the Blue Moon Bar in Radium Springs NM...Sat Dec 20 at the Cloudcroft Moose Bar in Cloudcroft NM...Jan 9 & 10 at Grace O'Malley's in Ruidoso NM...and Fri Jan 16 at Vintage Wines in Mesilla NM.
Christian music star Jennifer Knapp talks about her childhood struggles, her devotion to her faith, her meteoric rise in the Christian music scene, and the challenges she faced within the industry when she came out. KTEP's Reading Club continues with Jennifer Knapp's "Facing the Music." http://www.jenniferknapp.com/ To view Jennifer performing "Remedy" from her newest album "Set Me Free, click here:
Louie talks with Niamh Minion of the Study Abroad Program at UTEP. She will talk about how UTEP students can take advantage of the opportunity to study in Bhutan for a semester. Joining Niamh are 3 Bhutanese students who are studying at UTEP.
Greg & Tom talk with Rebecca Gilbert, author of "It's Easy to Start Eating Vegan! Yummy Plants 101." Rebecca is a former professional figure skater whose career was sidelined by debilitating joint inflammation. After unsuccessful surgeries and medical treatments, she discovered that she was having an inflammatory response to a protein found in dairy products. After going vegan for 3 weeks, her condition virtually disappeared. She created the website http://yummyplants.com/ to help ease the transition for others who might be thinking of choosing a more compassionate lifestyle.
Plus, the ACT Radio gang has a few recommendations if you are planning on cooking a compassionate Thanksgiving meal. Gardein Holiday Roast and Tofurky are both available at Sprouts Farmers Market on Sunland Park Drive. The Holiday Roast is $12.99 and easily feeds four or five people. The Tofurky Feast contains one Tofurky Roast, Savory Gravy,Wild Rice-Whole Wheat Bread Crumb Stuffing, a Tofurky Jurky Wishstix and a Vegan Fudge Brownie. It sells for $19.99 and serves six. The Tofurky Roast can also be purchased separately.
Have a Happy and Compassionate Thanksgiving, and if you'd like to hear a complete version of the song that wrapped up today's show, Ms. Gobbler's "I Will Survive," check it out here!
It's time to be thinking about the holidays, and you can decorate your house for Fall with some items you may find littering your own (or your neighbor's) landscape! Norma & Denise talk about ways to make your home naturally festive, plus they'll also give you some tips on picking that Christmas tree that will go on sale right after Thanksgiving. Live tree, cut tree...which should YOU chose? Plus...we also give thanks to El Paso Master Gardeners, who have worked so hard to educate the community this past year. Make sure to visit (and Like) them on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Paso-Master-Gardeners/148950588460436
Saul Bass was a graphic designer whose movie posters and motion picture title sequences were instantly recognizable. The Man with the Golden Arm...Vertigo...Psycho...Anatomy of a Murder. Charles talks with Jan-Christopher Horak (no relation), the author of a comprehensive book about the life & work of Saul Bass. Chris explains how Saul Bass made the transition from advertising artist to one of Hollywood's greatest artists, and we'll also hear about the unresolved controversy over whether Saul Bass - NOT Alfred Hitchcock - was responsible for the famous shower scene sequence in "Psycho."
In this online-only extended interview, we'll learn more about why Bass' minimalist design was so foreign to the Hollywood imagery of the day, and why Otto Preminger and other directors were so drawn to Bass' designs.
Plant spring-flowering bulbs, if you haven’t already done so. Be sure that tulips and hyacinths have received 8 to 12 weeks of chilling in your refrigerator prior to planting.
Use cuttings from your yard to decorate for the holidays. Always remember to use good pruning techniques when taking cuttings—don’t destroy the natural form and beauty of the plant. Small branches from pine trees provide greenery, and berries from holly or nandina make beautiful accents on any holiday table.
As we mark the 51st anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, we are posting for you an interview Louie Saenz conducted with American journalist Hugh Aynesworth, who was an eyewitness to that dark day in American history.
The research of Philip C. Goodell of the UTEP Department of Geological Sciences. Goodell talks about the entrepreneurial efforts put forth in helping companies search for and mine uranium and precious metals. Learn about the Center for Entrepreneurial Geosciences at http://science.utep.edu/cegs/.
The research of Chintalapalle Ramana, Associate Professor in the UTEP Department of Mechanical Engineering. Ramana is researching the need for better materials, i.e. coatings and nanomaterials, that can efficiently withstand radiation.
Louie talks with Jamie Williams, Education Director with the El Paso Holocaust Museum & Study Center. Jamie explains how the Holocaust Museum works with UTEP and other area organizations in spreading the word of tolerance to children as young as 8 to students at the university level. http://www.elpasoholocaustmuseum.org/index.sstg