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Blanche Weisen Cook is an award winning, New York Times best selling author and most notably the author a trilogy on Eleanor Roosevelt. Weisen Cook is also a distinguished Professor of history at John Jay College in the City University of New York. Her latest book is "Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 3".

http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/faculty/blanche-wiesen-cook

Aired April 2, 2017

Artist Ho Baron has a surreal outdoor sculpture garden at his home at the corner of Aurora and Piedras, that features several of his large-scale works.  Lately, Ho has shifted his focus to dolls and doll parts. Ho Baron talks about the inspiration for his art and how you can tour his home to view his work.

Del Valle is a new play written and preformed by seasoned actor and writer Ned Van Zandt. Del Valle, a true story, is the account of a well-born Texas man who hits bottom in prison.  It’s also a tale of surviving sex, drugs, and rock and roll at the Chelsea Hotel, with Sid and Nancy, and in Hollywood, with Chaka Khan. 

It's all about the grass! With spring officially in the air you may have notice your lawn is starting to get a little color back in its roots. Hosts Denise Rodriguez and John White talk all about grass this week, specifically Bermuda grass, providing tips and tricks to help you get the greenest, healthiest lawn this season. 

Aired April 1, 2017

Being an independent filmmaker can be both challenging and rewarding. One of the first challenges a filmmaker faces is money. Whether the money is needed to start up or finish a film, having the income can mean a world of difference for a filmmaker. The Austin Film Society seeks to alleviate this challenge for Texan filmmakers through grants. Iliana Sosa, Artist Services Manager for the Austin Film Society, talks about the grants the society offers and a grant workshop that is being held in El Paso on April 13th. 

https://www.austinfilm.org/

Aired April 1, 2017

Dr. Louis Brown, assistant professor from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center of Houston at El Paso,  stops by to talk about some of his research in the field of community psychology and the upcoming Public Health Week. 

http://sph.uth.edu

Aired March 31, 2017

The periodic table of elements is like a typewriter for chemists. Like a writer who sits behind a typewriter and uses the keys to create a chemist looks at the periodic table of elements and looks for ways to create. For Professor Gregory Robinson, his creativity comes in the form of creating new molecules.

Vikram Paralkar is a hematologist and researcher at the University of Pennsylvania and it was his medical knowledge along with his fond memories of the bookstores and libraries that he would frequent as a child in Mumbai that inspired his first novel, "The Afflictions".  In his novel, a librarian discovers a medical encyclopedia that describes and details a variety of pseudo diseases.

Aired March 26, 2017 

Cirque du Soleil returns to El Paso with multiple performances of Ovo from April 12 through April 16, 2017 at the Don Haskins Center.  

Ovo, meaning “egg” in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. 

"Vedem: The Underground Magazine of the Terezin Ghetto" is a multi-media traveling exhibit that deconstructs and reinterprets the literary work of a secret society of Jewish boys, who created the longest-running underground magazine in a Nazi camp.

Vedem was their voice, their defiance, and their connection to life before. Using pop-art graphics, drawings and paintings, and the prose and poetry of teenage prisoners in Terezin, the exhibit breaks down the original pages of Vedem then reconstructs them in the form of a contemporary magazine. 

Have you ever wanted to start a school garden? Well you're in luck! Host Denise Rodriguez and garden curator John White talk all about school gardens. Providing tips, pointers and advice, Denise and John give you all the information and encouragement you need to start your own school garden.   

Aired March 25, 2017

TCM cable channel has been a go to for classic movie lovers. While TCM allows movie lovers to enjoy the classics in the comfort of their own homes, TCM also recognizes the importance of the communal experience in watching a film with fellow film enthusiasts.  It is for that reason that TCM hosts the TCM Classic Film Festival and remains one of the important film festivals for the classics. Charlie Tabish, TCM's Senior Vice President for Programming discusses this years film festival that will run from April 6-9 in Hollywood. 

http://filmfestival.tcm.com/

Aired March 25, 2017

UTEP's Early Music Ensemble, directed by Dr. Lindsey Macchiarella, stops by the studio to talk about their upcoming concert on Friday. March 31st 2017. The Early Music Ensembles brings to life the music of the Renaissance through instruments used primarily during those times. Their concert will be held at The Speak Easy in downtown El Paso. Enjoy a preview of their concert as they perform pieces in this week's Focus On Campus. 

Aired March 26, 2017

Recently there has been a rise in antibiotic resistant bacteria. In order to address this rising concern a new approach has been developed, antisense antibiotics.  Dr. Bruce Geller, professor of microbiology at Oregon State University is one of the leading researchers in this new approach and he discusses what exactly are antisense antibiotics. 

http://microbiology.science.oregonstate.edu/content/bruce-geller

Aired March 19, 2017

Winston Groom is a best selling author of sixteen books including the New York Times bestseller "Forrest Gump" which stayed on the list for 21 weeks and was adapted into the film "Forrest Gump" starring Tom Hanks. Along with being a novelist Groom is also a renowned author of history. In his latest novel, "El Paso", Groom melds fiction with history telling the tale of a thrill-seeking Bostonian railroad tycoon who finds himself pitted against Pancho Villa amongst the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution. 

http://www.winstongroom.com/

Aired March 19, 2017

Stephen Kessler is a poet and translator. Through him and his translations the works of poets such as Julio Cortázar and Jorge Luis Borges have been able to live on and shared with a new generation of readers. He mostly recently translated the poems of Julio Cortázar, whom he personally knew, in  "Save Twilight: Selected Poems". Kessler is an expert translator able to capture the essence of Cortázar's poems without getting lost in translation. 

http://www.stephenkessler.com/index.html

Aired March 19, 2017

On Thursday, March 23rd and Saturday, March 25th, 2017 the El Paso Opera will present Gioachino Rossini’s Cinderella at the Abraham Chavez Theatre.

The El Paso Opera production will follow world-renowned director Garnett Bruce’s adaptation of Rossini’s 1816 fairytale Cinderella and will be set in 1930s Hollywood. The opera is sung in Italian with both English and Spanish projected subtitles provided. Here to tell us all about it is Artistic Director David Holloway.

Montoya-Grams is the brainchild of Indie/Latin band ,Fatigo's, frontman, Mike Montoya. The concept is simple, you fill out a questionnaire based on your loved one, and Mike Montoya gets to work on creating a song written and recorded completely from scratch, tailored to the person's taste in music, known as a Montoya-Gram. Here to tell us about writing songs about and for people he’s never met is Mike Montoya.

Cherry tomatoes, slicing tomatoes, grapevine, heirloom....with so many types and varieties of tomatoes how do you choose the right tomato for you and your garden? Luckily hosts Denise Rodriguez and John White talk all about tomatoes to help you select the right tomato for you including where to purchase some. 

Aired March 18, 2017

The title of "Producer" in film and television credits has long been overlooked or associated with misconceptions on what exactly a producer does. Well the Producers Guild of America has been working to increase awareness of the organizations and the roles that producers play. One of the ways that the organization is working to increase awareness is through its podcast, "Produced By". Host Charles Horak speaks to the executive producer and host of the podcast, Kevin Fairchild.

http://www.producersguild.org/

Aired March 18, 2017 

Claire Starnes is a Vietnam veteran and UTEP alum. She is also a contributor to the book "Women Vietnam Veterans: Our Untold Stories." Approximately 1,200 women from the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy left their mark in Vietnam from 1962 to 1973, and were intelligence analysts, flight controllers, clerk-typists, translators, physical therapists, dieticians and communications specialists. Starnes spent 17 years collecting their stories, and she joins us to share some of her experiences in Vietnam and at UTEP. Original Air Date: April 1, 2016Re-aired: March 17, 2017  

Asteroids! What do you know about asteroids? Well it turns out we can learn plenty from asteroids but there is a particular reason why asteroids have become the front and center of attention recently. As it turns out asteroids can be source of precious metals, many of which do not exist here on earth. CFA Astronomer Martin Elvis of the Smithsonian Institute at Harvard is one of the leading advocates in the mining of asteroids and discusses the reason for and benefits of mining asteroids. 

https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/news/su201418

Aired March 12, 2017

Award winning author Tami Hoag joins the conversation on Perspectives this week. Known as the "Queen of Suspense", Hoag is a #1 international bestselling author of more than thirty books, more than 40 million copies of her book are in print in more than thirty languages. Her latest novel is "The Bitter Season". 

http://tamihoag.com/

Aired March 12, 2017

What would happen if you were a Black man and woke up as a White man, how would your life be different? This is the premise of Nigerian writer, A. Igoni Barrett's novel "Blackass". His novel has been compared to Franz Kafka's "The Metamorphsis" but as Barrett reveals, there is more to his novel. Join host Daniel Chacon as he has a conversation with Barrett about his novel and his inspiration and intentions for the novel.  

Aired March 12, 2017

Southern New Mexico’s Theatre Dojo performs Killing Buddha, an original play with music, as part of the El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre.

Killing Buddha will be performed at 2:30 pm on Sunday March 12, 2017 in the Philanthropy Theatre. The play is based on a legend in which the historical Buddha encounters a serial killer in search of atonement.  Here to tell us all about it is writer-director Algernon D’Ammassa and musician Randy Grainger.

El Paso’s Fab Lab has a new home in downtown El Paso. Located on the ground level of the new ArtSpace lofts, their core belief is that the tools and resources to actualize creative ideas should be available to as many community members as possible. 

Summer movie season may be two months away but with warm temperatures and movies like "Logan" making their debut, it almost seems like summer came early. Join host Charles Horak and frequent On Film contributor Jeanne Creel as they discuss the movies "Logan" and "Get Out", the summer movie season comes early! 

Aired March 11, 2017

Dr. Ronald J. Weber, Director of the Humanitites Program & the Masters of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies Program at UTEP discusses the unique study abroad program in Rome that provides the opportunity for students to preserve historic monuments through digital media.

 http://romanmonuments.utep.edu/     Aired March 10, 2017  

Award winning film director Keegan Kuhn talks about his latest film "What the Health," a ground breaking feature length documentary that uncovers the impact of processed foods has on our personal health and greater community, and explores why leading health organizations continue to promote the industry despite countless medical studies and research.

If what's holding you back from adopting a plant-based diet is that you can't imagine a life without bacon, now's the perfect time to learn about some of the terrific plant-based bacon recipes. Leinana Two Moons talks about her new cookbook "Baconish."

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