Louie talks with Norm Garrett about his studies of the integration of Civil War-era African-Americans into mainstream Mexico. His class, "Free Blacks and Fugitive Slaves in Texas and the Southwest," is offered though the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute that is housed on campus at UTEP.
For information on future classes, 915-261-6824 will reach Norm Garrett directly, or you may call 915-747-8848 or 915-747-6280. http://www.olliatutep.org
The UTEP Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens present the 2014 FloraFEST – Native Plant Sale Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, at the Museum, corner of University Avenue and Wiggins Road on the UTEP campus. FloraFEST is the annual fundraiser for the maintenance and operation of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens. Shoppers can visit with local Master Gardeners and other plant experts for advice on how to care for their plants at home. Most of the plants sold at FloraFEST are not available at local nurseries or retailers.
The research of Eli Greenbaum, Associate Professor of Evolutionary Genetics in the Department of Biological Sciences at UTEP. Eli has been studying how African frog species are related to each other and where the species boundaries lie. http://eligreenbaum.iss.utep.edu
The research of Tony Stafford, UTEP Department of English. Dr. Stafford has looked into the consumption of wine by the characters in Macbeth, and why these lines are disputed by some Shakespearean scholars as NOT having been written by Shakespeare. He also talks about the fascination of libraries and gardens in the writings of George Bernard Shaw.
Greg & Tom talk with Anthony Bellotti of the White Coat Waste Project. $12 billion of taxpayer dollars fund animal experimentation in the U.S., and Bellotti is trying to bring awareness to some of the research being supported by this wasteful spending. https://www.facebook.com/whitecoatwaste.
Plus, Greg & Tom talk with the legendary Kinky Friedman, who is inviting everyone to come to a benefit concert for his Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch near Kerrville, Texas, on April 13, 2014. http://utopiarescue.com/
Louie chats with Andy Krafsur, chief executive officer and co-founder of Spira Footwear, Inc. They talk about the history of the company, crowdfunding that helped the company expand internationally, its links to the A+E Networks, including A&E, Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network and other ventures, and the mass-appeal reality series, Duck Dynasty.
Cheryl Garing chats with Rick Villareal from Renew El Paso, and Jessica Bane, Ysleta High School environmental teacher, about new programs that are aimed at teaching at-risk students how to construct renewable energy projects in the El Paso area.
Resident Conductor of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras, Andy Moran previews the 7th annual Downtown KidsPalooza and Side-by-Side Concert – two outstanding family arts events.
Performing songwriter and recording artist, Randy Granger and veteran stage actor Algernon D’Ammassa preview their collaboration on An Iliad – a modern retelling of Homer’s epic that opening in February in Las Cruces to critical acclaim and sold out houses and is now touring New Mexico and other states.
Information: An Iliad Glasbox, 2309 E. Mills Ave March 28 & 29 at 8 pm (575) 545-7613
Award-winning poet and founder of the Tumblewords Project, Donna Snyder, along with performance poet with the El Paso Poetry Project, Viva Flores previews various local April happenings for National Poetry Month.
Bill Hodge returns to the show to talk to us about the different varieties of corn & squash growing at the Master Gardener test garden at the Extension offices. He also explains why we don't need a lot of space to grow our space-hogging vegetables - we can train them to grow UP instead of OUT.
Louie and his guests, UTEP Chihuahuan Gardens curator John White and Texas Forest Service urban forester Oscar Mestas, talk about the area trees and shrubs coming into this spring season, with a hesitant forewarning about a possible cold spell that statistically might affect your trees and shrubs at your home. Regardless of the weather, they talk about the care and feeding of your plants this season.
The research of Stephen Crites of the UTEP Psychology Department. Stephen studies brain function and how we activate "stereotypes" in the brain. Why do some of those stereotypes process incorrectly in some individuals? http://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=6915
The research of Louie Saenz, KTEP's News Director and lecturer at the University of Texas at El Paso. Louie talks about the research behind his upcoming Summer course, "It was 50 Years Ago Today: How the Beatles Changed Media Image and American Pop Culture."
Louie and Dr. Gregory Rocha, UTEP political science professor, discuss the midterm elections that have happened in Texas and that are scheduled around the country, the scenarios that surround the elections, plus musings about world politics and their impacts on the United States.
Russ Chianelli and Rebecca Jean Downey talk about her newest Southwestern sleuth novel, "Devil Eye," which puts fictional hero Penny Larkin on the paranormal path between good and evil, having been hired by the U.S. Marshals' office to root out a gun trafficker before he takes it on the lam into Mexico, but gets herself wrapped up in a complex dilemma.
Denise & Norma talk with Master Gardener and vegetable specialist, Bill Hodge. In the first of a 2-part interview, Bill takes us through a few helpful steps in preparing our soil for planting summer vegetables. He also explains why some vegetables should be started from seed while others can be purchased as seedlings. Bill will be taking part in the upcoming Summer Vegetable Workshop and seedling sale on March 29 at the Ascarate Park Pavilion, 6900 Delta. Register in advance at 915-860-2515.
Norma talks with Miss Marcy of the Dallas band Miss Marcy & Her Texas Sugardaddy's. Marcy is an El Paso native who came back into town to sit and chat about her music. Learn more about Miss Marcy at http://missmarcy.com/.
The Picacho Hills Art in the Garden Tour will be on Sunday, May 18, from 11-4. This event is sponsored by the Artists of Picacho Hills and the Picacho Hills Gardeners. Each garden will have the juried work of 3 or 4 artists on display. If you are looking for some new artwork for your home or for personal adornment, this is a very enjoyable way to shop. If you are looking for new ideas for landscaping, you will enjoy this also. The six gardens will be as varied as the artwork.
Louie introduces you to KTEP's new development director, John Carrillo. He is an El Pasoan who has worked for a decade at the network level for NPR. Carrillo is also a veteran commercial broadcaster and brings that expertise back home to El Paso.
To inquire about underwriting possibilities at KTEP, contact John at 915-747-6299. Visit us at
The research of Kathryn Smith-McGlynn. Kathryn is a visiting professor in the UTEP Department of Theatre & Dance, and she talks about UTEP's collaboration with the Frontera Rep Theatre Co. in researching & presenting "Highway 47," a one-woman show by New York City writer, KJ Sanchez. http://www.fronterarep.org/
Greg & Liz talk with Mark Devries, director of the film "Speciesism: The Movie." Mark talks about his investigation into the ethical and political issues behind factory farming and the abuses that take place in these giant factories. Mark also explains why the making of the movie led to his decision to become a vegan. http://speciesismthemovie.com/
It's time for March Madness, so we are happy to present a rebroadcast of an interview with author and former UTEP & NMSU basketball coach, Rus Bradburd; and legendary former head coach of the University of Arkansas, Nolan Richardson. Rus wrote a biography of Coach Richardson in 2011 called "Forty Minutes of Hell: The Extraordinary Life of Nolan Richardson." Rus talks about why he chose to write about Nolan Richardson, who was the first black coach at a southern school to win an NCAA Championship. Coach Richardson talks about his career path that led to his position as head coach for the University of Arkansas. He was raised in El Paso's Segundo Barrio where he faced some racism, but he experienced a sort of freedom when crossing the border into Mexico.
Originally aired Feb 6, 2010, re-aired March 8, 2014.
Host Noemi Rojas and Dennis talk with Gordon L. Woods, internist and associate professor of medicine at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, and third-year medical student Stephanie Diebold about the new style of medical education that brings the student and the patient closer together.