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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.

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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

Richard Dayoub talks with El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen about El Paso's Safe City status, the aging police force, traffic safety, and much more.

Aired Oct. 1, 2016

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Michael Rossmann is the Hanley Professor of Biological Sciences at Purdue University.  He joins us to talk about viruses, namely the Zika virus.  The structure of the Zika virus was discovered by a team at Purdue, and this discovery will provide insights for researchers looking to discover a vaccine or a cure.  We'll learn that the Zika virus was first detected decades ago in Ugandan monkeys, but it is a major health concert today because of the virus' cross-species jump to humans.

Aired Oct. 2, 2016

GIRL IN THE WOODS is Aspen Matis's exhilarating true-life adventure of hiking from Mexico to Canada. 

In 2008, Aspen Matis left behind her quaint Massachusetts town for a school far away to escape her childhood as the sheltered baby girl of her family, Aspen wanted to reinvent herself at college. But on her second night on campus, all those hopes were obliterated when Aspen was raped by a fellow student.  Aspen joins us on this program to talk about her experiences, and how her hike up the Pacific Crest Trail changed her life.


Aired Oct. 2, 2016

Martín Espada is a poet and teaches poetry at the University of Massachusetts  Amherst.  His latest collection of poems is "Vivas to Those Who Have Failed," and he reads a number of poems from the collection on the program.  He also talks about his documentary photographer father's influence on his life and work, and about the historical events that make their way into his poems.


Aired Oct 2, 2016


The Rio Grande Cancer Foundation (RGCF) celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and to tell us more about it is Patty Tiscareño, executive director of the RGCF.  Patty explains why screening and early detection is directly responsible for why more people are surviving cancer rather than dying from it.  The RGCF has a new home, 616 N. Virginia (at Wyoming), and will hold numerous classes and support services to cancer patients and their loved ones.  


Aired Oct 1, 2016

AGENCY is an active thought leader in social practice, developing award-winning architectural projects and urban strategies at a variety of scales. The practice draws on the partners’ extensive experience in architectural construction, fabrication, education and independently directed research.

AGENCY currently has several projects underway, including their upcoming Feral Federation show at the Rubin Center which opens on Wednesday, October 5th and a Selfie Wall installation at Chalk the Block. Here to tell us more are AGENCY partners Ersela Kripa and Stephen Mueller. 

The annual Sunset Heights Tour of Homes will be held Saturday, October 8th. This year, 10 locations are on the tour of beautiful historic homes and landmarks in the historic Sunset Heights neighborhood near downtown El Paso.

Residents will open their doors and give guests a personal walk through of these special properties. Here to tell us about this year’s tour are two Sunset Heights residents, Sito Negron and Hal Marcus.

Now is the time to sow your wildflower seeds - poppies, penstemons, bluebonnets, the list goes on and on.  And there's no need to give them any special care...just work them into the soil and give them a drink!  

If you love garlic and have a few spare cloves, put one in a pot or in a ground and you'll eventually have some delicious home-grown garlic for your favorite meals.

And if you love roses, you will want to pay the Municipal Rose Garden a visit (3418 Aurora at Memorial Park).  Most roses are putting on a show right now, and we'll give you some tips on how to keep yours looking great until the season turns.

Aired Oct 1, 2016


  Dr. Bob Blackburn is the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, and he joins us on this program to tell us about the exciting discovery and preservation of a 1920 silent film that authentically portrayed Native Americans in a tale that starred over 300 Kiowa & Comanche actors who used their own tipis, horses, clothing, and traditions to the set.  


Aired October 1, 2016

  Fall is a great time for planting.  Trees and shrubs planted now will be well established by spring’s growing season and endure next year’s heat much better. 

Wildflower seeds should be sown this month into weed-free, well-tilled soil.

Purchase spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils, tulips, anemones, hyacinths, and ranunculus now, to ensure the best selection. 

Tailgating can sometimes be the best part of college football home games.  The UTEP Office of Alumni Relations has been hosting tailgate parties at Kidd Field this season, and to tell us more about them is Maribel Villalva, Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations, and John Aranda, President of the Alumni Association.  Each tailgate features food from local restaurants, music, and lots of family fun, and they begin 2.5 hours before kickoff.  

For more information on Alumni Tailgates, visit http://alumni.utep.edu/tailgate

Aired Sept 30, 2016

Jaime Chavez and Kathleen Bombach from El Paso Community College join us to tell us about upcoming Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations at EPCC.  Events include a Veterans event at the Valle Verde Campus on Sept 27 from 10am to 2pm...Read-Ins at the Valle Verde CAmpus on October 15 from 11am-1pm...and a Mentor's Dinner on Oct 14 at the EPCC AdDministrative Services Center.  

For more details, visit EPCC on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/EPCCNews/ or call 915-831-3324.

Aired Sept. 24, 2016

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Jorge Aguilar, embassador for Casa Emmanuel Children's Home in Ciudad Juarez, joins us to talk about the important work the Children's Home does in providing a stable environment for children and their parents by providing meals, classes, and other comforts.  Casa Emmanuel is in need of financial donations, as well as donations of toiletries, clothes, and nonperishable food.  

To schedule a donation, contact Jorge Aguilar at jorgeluisaguilarcruz@gmail.com, and learn more about Casa Emmanuel on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/emmanuelchildrenshome.

Aired Sept. 24, 2016

The latest news in Animal Rights and Vegetarianism/Veganism:

US dairy producers are being asked to pay $52 million in an antitrust class action suit after being accused of slaughtering thousands of cows to reduce milk supplies and inflate prices.  Read more at Compassion Over Killing: http://cok.net/blog/2016/09/dairy-industry-price-fixing-settlement/

Compassion is not only good for our psychological health, but for our physical well-being.  Research is showing that a compassionate lifestyle can add years to our lives.  Read more at One Green Planet: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/how-showing-compassion-for-animals-can-improve-your-health/

A US Congressman has introduced a proposal to ban body-gripping traps (leg-holds and snares) by Wildlife Services.  Read more at the Center for Biological Diversity: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2016/wildlife-traps-09-08-2016.html

Aired Sept 25, 2016

Naomi Sophia Call is an author, yoga teacher, nutritionist & consultant, and is the producer & co-director of "Called to Rescue."  She joins us to tell us why she was inspired to tell the story of the compassion she encountered at the country's many farm animal sanctuaries.  The animals on the sanctuaries were rescued from the cruel treatment at factory farms and slaughterhouses, and Naomi shares the stories of the rescued animals and the people whose lives they touched.  


Aired Sept 25, 2016

Systems Ecology Laboratory

Craig Tweedie is director of the UTEP Environmental Science & Engineering Program.  He has traveled all over the world, from the Antarctic to the Arctic studying the impact of climate change on various ecosystems.  He joins us on the program to tell us about the big impact a warming climate has played in Alaska and in the Arctic.  A look back at a half century of research shows that northern Alaska's coastal erosion has increased by 25%-30% in the last 50 years...some regions are losing 8-10 meters of coastline a year.  And an area of ice the size of Texas in the Arctic no longer exists.

Aired Sept 25, 2016

National Geographic

  The last of the pristine seas offer a fascinating glimpse into our past and an inspiring vision for the future. In "PRISTINE SEAS: Journeys to the Ocean’s Last Wild Places," National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala takes readers on a dazzling journey to ten of these astounding locations, showing what we have to gain by protecting our seas.  Sala joins us on this program to tell us more about the Pristine Seas program and the book. 


Aired Sept 25, 2016

DANA GIOIA is the current Poet Laureate for the State of California. He joins us on this program to tell us how his mixed background (Italian & Mexican) inspired his works, and why he believes poetry must be accessible to all, not just academics and other poets. Gioia's latest collection is 99 POEMS: NEW & SELECTED. http://danagioia.com/

Aired Sept 25, 2016

  Women, children, and men are all affected by sexual or domestic violence.  The YWCA's annual event, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, is a men-only march meant to put them in the shoes of women to raise awareness of sexual & domestic violence. This year's event is Oct 20 at San Jacinto Plaza, and we'll hear more about the event and about other programs offered by the YWCA with Secret Wherret, Sharon Robinet, and Kayla Suarez. More details: 4:30pm registration, 6:30pm walkhttp://www.ywca.org/wam16 or call 915-533-2311 Aired Sept 24, 2016

Born and raised in El Paso, Roberto Cortez has been a Private Chef for 18 years. He’s had the honor of being the Personal Chef to Microsoft’s Paul Allen, Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith and Eddie Murphy, just to name a few. He was also chosen to design and make Lady Gaga’s birthday cake.

Currently his attention is focused on his new book that will be out later this year and creating creative food events that explore new dining experiences for El Pasoans. Here to talk food and El Paso, is chef Roberto Cortez.

It’s time for another season of magnificent music by El Paso Pro-Musica.  This year’s season kicks-off with a performance by the Grammy Award Winning Ying String Quartet with Zuill Bailey in celebration of their newest CD release, "Re-Imagined: Schumann/Beethoven."

Here to tell us about the upcoming season is El Paso Pro Musica’s Executive Director, Felipa Solis.

Having trouble making the transition to fall gardening because your summer crops are still going strong?  We'll find out how you can manage both on today's program.   And with the cooler weather on the way, fill that empty space in your yard with a tree - fall is the best time for planting!  And if you love spring-flowering bulbs, get those into the ground now.

Aired Sept 24, 2016

  "Sully" spent 2 weeks at the top of the box office...and Oliver Stone's "Snowden" has been causing a stir.  What do our local film experts have to say about these films?  Broadcast Film Critic Association member Felipa Solis & film aficionado Kyle Alvarado weigh in on what's showing at our local cinemas. Aired Sept 24, 2016

The new School of Pharmacy at UTEP offers a unique curriculum that involves students in research, immerses them in Spanish to help navigate through our bi-cultural region, and immerses them in real-world experiences.  We visit with Jackie Navarrete, director of the Office of Experiential Education with the UTEP School of Pharmacy.  Learn more about the school and its degree program at http://pharmacy.utep.edu/.

Aired Sept 23, 2016

Roatán Institute for Marine Sciences

  Coral reefs worldwide are under stress due to a combination of manmade and natural causes.  Coral bleaching results from warming oceans and other stresses, and on this program we'll visit with Jennifer Keck, Education & Research Coordinator, Roatán Institute for Marine Sciences, Anthony's Key Resort, Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras.  The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef stretches from Mexico down to Honduras, and Keck explains how the Institute has been monitoring the health of the reef at the Bay Islands.  She also talks about a coral nursery program that aims to propagate new reefs from coral fragments attached to a PVC pipe "tree."


Aired Sept 18, 2016

  Moises Arreola, Eurydice Saucedo and Veronica Frescas of the El Paso Playhouse stop by to talk about the new production of "Our Lady of La Tortilla."  Shows are Fridays/Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm, Sept 16-Oct 9, at 2501 Montana.  915-532-1317, http://www.elpasoplayhouse.com

Aired Sept. 17, 2016

  Bestselling author of nonfiction books and well-known gender expert SUSAN SHAPIRO BARASH (www.susanshapirobarash.com) has crossed over to become a novelist with her debut novel “Between the Tides” under her pen name SUSANNAH MARREN (www.susannahmarren.com).  The book explores the dark secrets that haunt families—even the ones who seem to have it all.  BETWEEN THE TIDES explores family loyalties, mother/daughter bonds, the unspoken rivalries in friendships between women, and the constant tension between freedom and commitment.

Aired Sept. 18, 2016