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Michelle Delgado, President of the Events Committee; Loretta Lopez, Public Relations, Ad Manager and Treasurer; Aaron Torres, Business Liason; and Lucas Koski, Asset Manager for Artspace discuss life at El Paso’s Roderick Artspace Lofts and plans for 2018.  

Part 2 of our interview with Michelle Delgado, Loretta Lopez, Aaron Torres, and Lucas Koski of the Roderick Artspace Lofts.

Dr. Bruce Bunting, Tshering Yangzom and Tashi Dukpa of the Bhutan Foundation paid a visit to the University of Texas at El Paso as part of the university's Centennial Lecture Series to discuss Bhutan's latest development efforts. Bunting is a member of the board and president of the Bhutan Foundation. He was formerly a managing director and vice president of the World Wildlife Fund and he shares his work experience for WWF and how he transitioned into the Bhutan Foundation. Coincidentally, their interview debuted on December 17th - a nationally recognized holiday in Bhutan!

Dawn Martin Lundy and Angie Cruz were traveling through El Paso when we got the opportunity to sit down with them in-studio for an insightful interview on what it's like to be a wandering poet as well as their latest work! Poet and activist Dawn Lundy Martin earned a BA at the University of Connecticut, an MA at San Francisco State University, and a Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and is a co-founder of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics (CAAPP) at the University of Pittsburgh. Angie Cruz holds a BA in English and MFA in Creative Writing from New York University. She has received numerous grants for her teaching and writing, including the Barbara Deming Award, New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship, Camargo Fellowship, Van Lier Literary Fellowship, and NALAC Fund for the Arts Fellowship. Both are professors at the University of Pittsburgh's Department of English.


Most pets love the holidays as much as kids do, and like small children, we have to keep an eye on them. Dr. Randy Shinaut visits the studio and shares the do's and dont's of holiday treats for your furry family members. Dr. Shinaut also shares travel tips for those who are planning on traveling this holiday season with their pets.

East El Paso music school Sound Stage 9 is set to take over the historic Plaza Theater on December 17, 2017 when they host their biggest event to date, The Future of Music. The young talented musicians from the school will take the stage for a 2 hour show that promises to have you singing along to their renditions of today’s most popular songs. Here to talk about the future of music is Roger Argenis.

Dave Acosta covers entertainment for the El Paso Times. As 2017 comes to an end we figured we’d check in with him to review highlights of this year of which there were many. 

Do you know when it's going to freeze? Or maybe how cold it'll get this winter? Well, neither do we! But that's not going to stop us from sharing on how to protect your plants from the cold winter weather. 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opened this week with little or no new competition for your box-office dollars, but beginning next week you'll have plenty of choices at your local theatre. Host Charles Horak is joined in-studio by frequent On Film contributor, Kyle Alvarado, as they discuss the much-anticipated films The Shape of Water and The Post

To be the most effective advocate for social change, you need to understand the underlying social constructs. Dr. Corey Wrenn, Director of Gender Studies and Lecturer of Sociology with Monmouth University in Northeastern New Jersey, has studied food justice and social change with Colorado State University. She joins us to talk about her book, A Rational Approach to Animal Rights: Extensions in Abolitionist Theory.

Dr. Daniel J. Mindiola, Presidential Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, joins host Russ Chianelli as they discuss Mindiola's studies and his latest research. His research program entails the synthesis of transition metal complexes that possess interesting coordination environments, reactive ligand scaffolds, and unusual electronic and magnetic features. To date, his research group has produced more than 120 peer-reviewed scientific contributions. 

Reading was a big part of the Cortez family, and Saturday's were "pancake days." On this week's book club, we visit with UTEP alumn and author, Phillip Cortez. He shares his memories of the Public Library's Bookmobile and how those Saturday pancake specials gave him the idea for his book Pancakes for Dinner.

Marcus Wicker is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, The Missouri Review's Miller Audio Prize, as well as fellowships from Cave Canem and the Fine Arts Work Center. His second book, Silencer was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017 and is a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. Marcus teaches in the MFA program at the University of Memphis, and he is the poetry editor of Southern Indiana Review and this week we speak with him about his most recent work.

Are you looking for a modern updated approach to your Christmas tree? Or are you brave enough to try a Juniper, Italian Stone Pine or even a Rosemary Bush? Good to Grow hosts share some ideas to help you think outside the box for this holiday season. 

'Tis the season for film critics groups to announce their favorite films and filmmakers of the year. Among them, the largest critics group in North America, The Broadcast Film Critics Association, has just rolled out their nominations. Felipa Solis, fellow Broadcast Film Critics Association member, joins host Charles Horak as they discuss the nominations for the 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! And if you're looking to get your home ready for the holidays, we have some Christmas tree tips for you. We receive helpful tips from UTEP's Chihuahuan Desert Gardens Curator, and frequent KTEP contributor, John White.

The UTEP department of Theater and dance Proudly presents Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol now through December 17th at the Wise Family Theatre on the UTEP campus.

“Scrooge” John Robledo and “Marley” played by Gabe Kull preview the production.

Suzi Davidoff has been intricately engaged in the West Texas landscape she calls home, creating drawings paintings and prints that reflect both soil and sky and often incorporating found materials including cochineal, clay, natural charcoal and lichen.  Mapping has long been central to her understanding of nature.


A person who goes in for knee surgery is not supposed to come out in a vegetative state. When two medical students try and look into the matter, they run into a dangerous web controlled by high-dollar pharmaceutical companies and non-profit hospitals that turn out to be money mills. This week we hear all about the work of Dr. Robin Cook, author of Host.

Dr. Seung-Hee Yoo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of McGoven Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Russ Chianelli speaks with her as they discuss her field of study in circadian rhythms. 

Gabriel Thompson is an independent journalist who has written for the New York Times, Harper's, New York, Slate, Mother Jones, Virginia Quarterly Review, and the Nation. His articles about labor and immigration have won a number of prizes, including the Studs Terkel Media Award and the Sidney Award. He speaks with host Tim Hernandez about his latest work, Chasing the Harvest: Migrant Workers in California Agriculture.

Special co-host Dennis Woo joins us for this conversation with Louie Saenz, as they speak with Sam Cassiano and George Reynoso on this edition of The Weekend.

Jeffrey Engel is an award-winning American history scholar and the founding director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. He joins us this week to discuss his latest work, When the World Seemed New: George H. W. Bush and the End of the Cold War.


Betty Boyd Caroli joins in conversation with host Louie Saenz to discuss her latest work, Lady Bird and Lyndon: The Hidden Story of a Marriage That Made a President.

In part one of this two-part edition of Perspectives, we visit with Daniel Golden, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and current senior editor for ProPublica. Golden talks about his latest book, Spy Schools: How the CIA, FBI, and Foreign Intelligence Secretly Exploit America's Universities, which exposes how academia has become the center of foreign and domestic espionage. In part two, we hear from Alane Adams. Adams is a children's author, professor, and literacy advocate and is the author of the Legends of Orkney fantasy mythology series for tweens and writes Early American picture books for young children. She speaks about her latest work, The Raven God: The Legends of Orkney Series.

The Tumbleweed Collective returns to the Jewel Box series to present Nocturnal. Nocturnal will explore a wide array of night happenings through dance and recorded and live music.

The night ushers in many ideas such as dreams and fear, refugee and home, romance and heartache, celebration and isolation. Ideas around these themes will be explored in a series of choreographed dances and musical compositions.

Nocturnal will be performed at the Philanthropy Theater on December 9th at 7pm and on December 10th at 2:30pm. Here to tell us about it are Christina Mitchel and Jazmin Ortega.

The holidays are here and if you’re looking for the best books to give in 2017, we’ve got you covered. Joining us today is Theresa Lopez from Barnes and Noble with some ideas for book lovers of all ages. 

Whether you're putting up your Christmas tree, creating a beautiful centerpiece or adorning your door with a festive wreath, winter in a wonderful time to decorate your home with greenery. This edition of Good to Grow focuses all on tips to help you care for your favorite winter plants.

Over the years, El Paso has seen a number of film productions come to town. The behind-the-scenes work required to coordinate the demands of a big budget film shoot is usually the responsibility of the El Paso Film Commission. We visit with their new coordinator, Drew Mayer-Oakes, as he discusses the role of the Film Commission and the services they provide to film productions, both small and big.


Dr. Adriana Dominguez, Director of Audience Development for the Department of Theatre and Dance, joins us again to share details UTEP's production of A Christmas Carol.