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The latest vegetarian/vegan and animal rights news:

The Animal Legal Defense Fund has settled a lawsuit with the organizer of a coyote killing contest in Kansas.  Read more here: http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/coyote-killing-contest-organizer-settles-lawsuit/

The Center for Biological Diversity and the Animal Welfare Institute are suing the United States Department of Agriculture and US Fish & Wildlife over the unintentional killing of ocelots as part of their long-running program to exterminate nuisance coyotes, bears, bobcats, and other wildlife in Arizona & Texas.  Read more at http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2016/ocelot-05-26-2016.html

Tyson Foods, the country's largest meat processor, is investing in Beyond Meat, a company that offers plant proteins and meatless options to consumers.  Tyson Foods's investment is just another example of the growing popularity of plant-based foods.  Read more at http://ir.tyson.com/investor-relations/news-releases/news-releases-details/2016/Beyond-Meat-and-Tyson-Foods-Announce-Investment-Agreement/default.aspx

Aired Oct 23, 2016

What does it mean for a university to have sustainability practices?  At New Mexico State University and the University of Texas at El Paso, efforts are underway to reduce energy costs and they are already showing significant results.  We'll visit with Joni Newcomer, Communications & Sustainability Manager at NMSU; and Luis G. Perez, Manager of Campus Sustainability and Energy Conservation at UTEP.  They'll discuss the successes at their respective campuses, and what they hope to achieve in the future.

Aired Oct. 23, 2016


AZAR NAFISI is the author of the bestseller "Reading Lolita in Tehran," which told the story of how, against the backdrop of morality squads and executions, she taught The Great Gatsby and other classics to her eager students in Iran.

Her followup book is "The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books," which blends memoir and polemic with readings of her favorite American novels:  Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Sinclair Lewis's Babbitt, and Carson McCullers's The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.  


Aired Oct 23, 2016

  Dr. Wendy A. Suzuki is a Professor of Neural Science and Psychology in the Center for Neural Science at New York University.  Her latest book is "Healthy Brain, Happy Life: A Personal Program to Activate Your Brain and do Everything Better."  We'll hear about the personal journey that led to the creation of this book, and ways we can stimulate our hippocampus to keep our brains active to keep our imagination and creativity flowing.   http://www.wendysuzuki.com/ Aired Oct 23, 2016

Artist Tom Lea was an artist, muralist, author, war correspondent, novelist, and historian.  And he made El Paso his home.  Adair Margo was a longtime friend to Tom Lea, and she is the founder of the Tom Lea Institute, which is celebrating Tom Lea Month in October.  Adair shares her memories of Tom and his 2nd wife Nancy, and tells us about an exhibit at the UTEP Centennial Museum that will showcase the writings of Tom's first wife Nancy, who died at a young age.  

For information on Tom Lea Month events, visit http://tomlea.com/

Aired Oct 22, 2016

UTEP Creative Writing professor, Jeff Sirkin discusses his debut poetry collection, Travelers Aid Society, released earlier this year by El Paso publishers, Veliz Books.

Painter, Steve Hastings shares his personal passage through the light and shadow of life as an artist.  

Tree troubles come in all shapes and sizes.  The ones in this program have to do with caterpillar identification, a concern over peeling tree bark, and an unusual growth at the base of a mulberry tree.  Listen in to unravel these mysteries!

Aired Oct 22, 2016

Scott Murray, Film Liaison for the nonprofit Film Las Cruces, joins us on this program to tell us how this new office is working to bring more film productions to the region...whether they be multi-million dollar blockbusters or independent shoots.   New Mexico has been very attractive to filmmakers across the region, but most of the business is drawn to Albuquerque or Santa Fe.  Film Las Cruces is working to bring jobs to the southern part of the state.


Aired Oct 22, 2016

UTEP graduate student Brenda Luna is partnering with Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), a faith-based Quaker organization with a commitment to the public interest.  Brenda is joined on this program by Hanna Evans, domestic policy associate with FCNL.  They will discuss the importance of comprehensive bilateral immigration reform.  Not walls, not open borders, but effective ways that the courts, the community, and the legislature can reasonably allow refugees, victims of violence, and human trafficking victims to seek asylum within our borders.  

Learn more at https://www.fcnl.org/about/policy/issues/immigrants-refugees, or contact Brenda Luna at bdlunabravo@miners.utep.edu.

Aired Oct 21, 2016

October 17-21, 2016 is Chamber Week in the State of Texas.  To commemorate the celebration, Richard Dayoub, President & CEO of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, welcomes members of the Chamber family to the program: Jackie Butler, Vice President of Government Relations & Education...Minda Villareal, Vice President of Business Development...and Patrick Espinoza, Director of Marketing & Communications.  They join us to tell us about the important role the Chamber plays in the community, by reaching out to area businesses, the military community, and area organizations.  


Aired Oct 15, 2016

Dr. Ezra Cappell, Director of the Inter-American Jewish Studies Program at the University of Texas at El Paso, joins us to tell us about the upcoming visit by Art Spiegelman, author of the Holocaust-themed graphic novel Maus.  Spiegelman will be speaking on Wed Oct 19 at 7 p.m. at the UTEP Union Cinema.

Aired Oct 16, 2016

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Zafra Lerman is a Distinguished Professor of Science and Public Policy Emerita at Columbia College in Chicago.  Lerman is a scientist and a humanitarian, and she was recently recognized for her work with the 2016 Andrei Sakharov Award for human rights from the American Physical Society.  She joins us to tell us why she got involved in humanitarian issues...how she managed to sneak out at nighttime to meet with dissidents while visiting the USSR...and how an idea to bring Middle Eastern scientists together grew into the Malta Conferences, which aims to promote peace by bringing together scientists who might otherwise be stifled by their respective governments to build collaborations and partnerships.  

Aired Oct 16, 2016

JoJo Moyes is the author of the bestselling novel "Me Before You," which follows a young woman who becomes a caretaker for a paralyzed young banker, and falls in love.  The sequel to the book, "After You," follows the woman as she grieves the loss of her love, and it follows her journey to try to move on and find love again.  JoJo Moyes joins us on the KTEP Book Club to talk about the success of her bestselling novel and why she wrote a sequel.

JoJo Moyes has a new collection of stories coming out October 18 called "Paris for One."


Aired October 16, 2016

Ana Castillo's book "Black Dove: Mamá, Mi'jo, and Me" was originally to be called "My Mother's Mexico," but it morphed into a collection of personal essays and memoir essays collected from the last 2 decades.  The title of the book was inspired by a mariachi ballad "Paloma Negra," which Ana's mother used to sing around the house.  Ana later saw "Paloma Negra / Black Dove" to mean "black sheep," which is how she, and later her son, felt.   She joins us to share stories from her youth and about her experiences raising a son as a single mother.


Aired Oct. 16, 2016

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso recently received a $351,721 grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and that grant is being used to train TTUHSC El Paso's medical students in hands-on situations at the Sin Fronteras Migrant Clinic.  Migrant farmworkers are a medically-underserved populations, and they receive free medical care while medical students receive valuable training.  We'll visit with Dr. Charmaine Martin, founder of the Longitudinal Primary Care Track; medical student Justin Hartman; and grant coordinator Tracy Leonard.

Aired October 15, 2016

Artist, illustrator and cartoonist, Nacho L. Garcia, Jr., discusses his career of more than 40 years producing distinctive images, including his popular political “nachotoons”.

Part 2 of Monica Gomez' interview with artist, illustrator and cartoonist, Nacho L. Garcia, Jr.

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Irrigation systems can be complicated for the average homeowner, and on this program, we'll hear about why it's important to at least have a basic understanding of irrigation, since the survival of our landscape depends on it!  In addition, we'll also hear how to bring a pop of color back to our landscape now that our trees and shrubs are slipping into dormancy.

Aired October 15, 2016

Host Charles Horak and guest Jeanne Creel had a chance to see "The Girl on the Train" starring Emily Blunt, based on the bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins.  Jeanne read the book - does she feel that the film lives up to the book's standards?  Does Charles think the film stands alone on its own merits?

Plus, Charles & Jeanne heap praise on a couple of British productions that are available for streaming and on DVD or Blu Ray: "The Worricker Trilogy," a spy series starring Bill Nighy and Christopher Walken, and "The Dresser" starring Ian McKellen and Anthony Hopkins.

Aired October 15, 2016

Saturday afternoon at 4, Chris Thile takes over as host of A Prairie Home Companion.  The only live music and variety show aired nationwide today, A Prairie Home Companion is a Saturday night staple, featuring a unique blend of musical performances and comedy.

College students often struggle with juggling classes with family problems, personal problems, or substance abuse.  The UTEP Counseling center offers programs and support to help students better handle everyday stress and more serious issues.  On this program we'll visit with Jorge Marquez of the University Counseling Center, and Terry Williams & Lydia Hernandez of the UTEP Collegiate Recovery Program.


Aired Oct. 14, 2016

KTEP's Tummy Doctor, Dr. Richard McCallum, is joined by Sandra Vexler from the Department of Psychiatry at Texas Tech University Health Science Center at El Paso, to talk about the relationship between our gut and our mental health.  They talk about fascinating studies into fecal transplants which hint that transplanting healthy microbiota into the digestive tracts of unhealthy individuals leads to recovery and possibly improved mental health.

Aired Oct. 8, 2016

Luis Alberto Urrea is a Mexican-American poet and novelist...though he may not look like one.  He joins us on this program to tell us how his mixed upbringing and unhappy family situation isolated him as a young person, and how the isolation spurred his love of writing.  As an adult, he suffered some life-altering events that led him to hit rock bottom. He began writing "Wandering Time" after he felt he was close to death.  It was published in 1999.


Aired October 9, 2016

"A WORLD ELSEWHERE: An American Woman in Wartime Germany" by Sigrid MacRae is the extraordinary story of MacRae’s parents: her father, who died fighting for the Germans on the Russian front during World War II, and her newly widowed American mother’s journey with her six young children through war-torn Germany to reach the Allies.


Aired Oct 9, 2016

Newspaper libraries filled with old files and news clippings are called "morgues," and every Sunday in the El Paso Times, Trish Long shares Tales from the Morgue.  She joins us on this program to tell us some fascinating and long-forgotten tales of El Paso history, including the B-36 Bomber that crashed into the Franklin Mountains in 1953...the very first airline hijacking that ended at the El Paso airport...and El Paso's penchant for being Ground Zero for Hollywood divorces for celebs such as Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield.  

Hamilton: An American Musical is a musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, with music, lyrics and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda.  KCOS-TV, our local PBS affiliate, invites you to a preview of a documentary about the making of Hamilton, titled Hamilton's America.

The special event takes place on Monday, October 10th at the Alamo Drafthouse and attendees will get to see a 40 minute sneak peak before the full documentary airs on PBS on Friday, October 21st.  Emily Martin Loya, General Manager of KCOS-TV tells us about the event.

Each year Chalk the Block brings more than 40,000 people to downtown El Paso to enjoy a sidewalk chalk art competition, temporary art installations, street performances, live music, and local art and food vendors.

This year’s Chalk the Block takes place October 14 - 16 and includes a fire breathing dragon, a sad clown lounge singer and a selfie wall.  

Ben Fyffe from the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department of El Paso provides the details.

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The El Paso Master Gardeners are keeping busy this weekend with activities and garden talks at the Fall Home & Garden Show at the Convention Center this weekend (Oct 8-9).  We'll hear what the Master Gardeners will be up to, and about their experiments growing Asian vegetables in their test & demonstration gardens.

Aired Oct 8, 2016

Area filmmakers frequently have to make the 3 1/2-hour drive to Albuquerque to find good paying work.  Tax incentives in New Mexico far outweigh those offered in Texas, and a group of filmmaker advocates and a city councilman are working to change that.  We'll talk with District 1 Representative Peter Svarzbein, Jesus Nuñez of DoubleScope Films and Carlos Corral of MindWarp LLC.  They'll tell us about a recent rally at City Council and what the City is doing to help area filmmakers. 

Aired Oct. 8, 2016