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  Thomas Lux is an acclaimed poet and educator whose latest collection is "To the Left of Time." Lux has been the Poet in Residence at Emerson College from 1972-75, he has taught at the Universities of Iowa, Michigan, and California at Irvin. Lux has also received 3 NEA grants and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Lux joins us on this to talk about his decades-long career, the accessibility of poetry, and his use metaphor.Lux will also read a selection from his latest collection, Cow Chases Boys. Aired June 5, 2016

  Host Daniel Chacón welcomes local kindergarten teacher Jolène M. Espinoza and her daughter, 2nd grader Eliyah Lara  Jolène talks about how she engages her young students in reading, and how the books that she read as a young girl are being used in her classroom today.  Eliyah will also talk about some of her favorite reads.

Aired June 5, 2016

  Local 2nd grader, Eliyah Lara, shares with us an excerpt from her favorite Dr. Seuss book, There's a Wocket in My Pocket!

Aired June 5, 2016


  Your local public library isn't just a place to check out your favorite books.  Library branches hold GED classes, family story time. film screenings, and Career Online High School courses.

Joining us on this program are Margaret Neill, Mark Pumphrey, interim co-directors of the El Paso Public Library, and Jack Galindo, Marketing and Customer Relations Coordinator, to tell us more about what your local library can offer you!  http://www.elpasolibrary.org/


The University of Texas at El Paso is implementing a strategic plan for the future, and on this program we'll hear all about it with Donna Ekal, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies at UTEP. The university is inviting the UTEP community and members of the public to offer their opinions on how UTEP can improve.

Eric Pearson, President and CEO of the El Paso Community Foundation and Keith Townsend, Director of the El Paso Community College Theater and Forensics program discuss the revitalization of local outdoor musical extravaganza, Viva El Paso.

Guitarist extraordinaire and Recording Engineer, Buddy Winston and noted visual artist, Pat Olchefski-Winston announce the grand opening of their joint venture, Star City Studio.  

  Spiders, bees, and wasps...oh my!  Don't reach for that bug spray just yet because some of these critters might be beneficial to the plants in your landscape.  On this program, we'll offer some tips on how to help identify these critters, and how to preserve a specimen for professional identification.  Some helpful links are also available for bug ID:  https://www.facebook.com/ElPasoBugs?fref=nf and http://citybugs.tamu.edu/.

Aired June 4, 2016

  

  Summer films are off to their traditional superhero start. X-MEN APOCALYPSE opened big, but didn't satisfy. THE NICE GUYS stars a couple of Hollywood heavyweights, and delivers a more satisfactory movie-going experience. But the best movie of the summer so far only played in El Paso for a week - A BIGGER SPLASH.
On this program, host Charles Horak and Jeanne Creel offer their thoughts on these releases.

Aired June 4, 2016

  There is still time to plant heat-tolerant summer annuals.  Just be sure to water transplants as needed until roots become established.

Remove faded flowers from plants before they set seed—this will encourage them to continue flowering.

Frequent mowing (every four to five days) is best for your grass and helps to reduce weeds by preventing seed heads from forming. 

A light application of fertilizer every four to six weeks will help keep annual flowers healthy and blooming.


  Westside commuters have experienced lots of delays due to the GO 10 construction project, which aims to eventually improve traffic flow, vehicle capacity, and safety along the I-10 corridor between North Mesa Street and Executive Center Boulevard. Joining us on the next episode of THE WEEKEND will be Bob Bielek, El Paso District Engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation...Blanca Del Valle, Public Information Officer for the Texas Department of Transportation...and Noemi Rojas,


Mediterranean food, dancing, tours, and more will be highlighted at the FEAST OF THE MIDDLE EAST at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, June 4 & 5. Brian Haddad and Mike Sifuentes will join us on this program to give us a preview of the festival and a brief history of how this church found its home in El Paso.  The festival is June 4 from noon-10pm and June 5 from noon-8pm. 


School's almost out, and it's time to start thinking about getting your kids involved in fun and educational SUMMER CAMPS! The Centennial Museum is hosting a number of camps throughout the summer that will focus on our unique cultures, CSI forensics, dinosaurs, and rock formations.  To tell us more is Kaye Mullins, Education Curator for the Centennial Museum at UTEP. 

  Dr. Diana Natalicio is the President of the University of Texas at El Paso.  In addition to a number of awards and accolades, she was recently named by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in 2016.  Dr. Natalicio began her academic career in the social sciences, namely as a linguist.   She joins us on this program to tell us about her time serving on the National Science Board and fighting to get UTEP on par with other high-level universities represented on the board.  The discussion will also touch upon STEM, the rising costs of higher education, and the increasing trend of multidisciplinary education.

Aired May 29, 2016.

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  Adela Najarro is the author of 2 poetry collections - "Split Geography" and "Twice Told Over."  She is also an English instructor at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California.  She joins us on this program to tell us how she stays active as a Latina poet while she balances a career as an educator and a writer.   Najarro explains that her coursework parallels what she is interested in at the moment, whether it's advancing Latino students' educational opportunities or advocating for social justice.   http://www.adelanajarro.com/

Najarro shares a poem from her collection "Split Geography" - Chicanos in a Museum.

Aired May 29, 2016

  Host Daniel Chacón reflects on the remarkable abilities of our brain to continue to develop throughout our lives.  Then he talks about the squirt fish, whose brain gradually gets eaten away once it has settled on a permanent home.  The squirt fish serves as an important metaphor as to why we must keep our imaginations active...or else we may eat our own brains like the squirt fish!

Aired May 29, 2016

Writer Tom Fremantle walked 1,000 miles from El Paso to San Diego along the U.S./Mexico Border.  His companion was a street dog, Pancho.  Tom has created a fund at El Paso Community Foundation for the benefit of three Ciudad Juarez charities, Vision en Accion, Cruz Verde and Colitas Felices, and has written a book, Pancho’s Journey, that captures elements of his 1,000 mile walk.  

El Paso artist Mitsu Overstreet has the distinction of being El Paso's first public artist and since then, he has gone on to do public artwork in other cities including San Francisco and Atlantic City. His latest work brings him back home, to our airport, with a piece entitled The River / El Rio: Both Sides, No Sides that also features the words of two local poets, Bobby Byrd and Sasha Pimentel.

  CONTAINER GARDENING adds a great splash of color to small spaces, and makes gardening accessible to just about everyone! On the next GOOD TO GROW, we'll continue our conversation on container gardening, with a focus on fertilizing, watering, and troubleshooting those pesky bugs.

http://m.extension.illinois.edu/containergardening/default.cfm 

Aired May 28, 2016

  Two women communicate with each other silently through their apartment windows. This is the basic premise of the short sci-fi film "WINDOWS" by Maru Buendia-Senties, a graduate of UTEP and UT Austin. She joins us on this talk about the finishing touches that she is making on the film before its screening on HBO later this year...and about the need for diversity in filmmaking, both in front of and behind the camera.

An Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign is currenlty underway for the film https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/windows-sci-fi-short#/

Follow developments at https://www.facebook.com/windowscifi/ and on Twitter https://twitter.com/windowsfilm.

Aired May 28, 2016

MASTER GARDENER TALKS - Saturdays at 9am on the Deck at Ardovino's Desert Crossing

July 9: Susan Feeny "Container Gardening - Getting Potted"

July 23: Doc Stalker "Rain Water Harvesting - Even in El Paso!"

Aug 13: Mary Ann McCravey "Good Bugs, Bad Bugs"

Aug 27: Lou Ellen Clement "Vermiculture - Wiggly Squigglies in the Garden"

Sept 10: Jim Hastings "Fried Green Tomatoes"

  •   The El Paso County Master Gardener program is a very successful volunteer training program that has been used in all fifty states and even some foreign countries. 

 

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  Rae Sikora has been a spokesperson for animals, the environment, and human rights for over 30 years.  She is co-founder and co-director of Plant Peace Daily http://www.plantpeacedaily.org/, and she joins us to tell us why the small compassionate choices we make, such as choosing to eat a vegan diet, make a big difference in the long run for the animals and for the planet.  She also talks about the astounding intelligence demonstrated by animals we normally wouldn't think of as "smart."

Sikora will be the guest speaker at the Vegetarian Society of El Paso's Spring Dinner on May 28 at the Country Inn & Suites, 900 Sunland Park Dr.  Reserve your seats at 915-877-3030, or at http://www.vsep.org.

Aired May 22, 2016

  The latest in animal rights and vegetarian/vegan news:

The Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Center for Biological Diversity are pressuring the US Food & Drug Administration to crack down on factory farm meat producers who label their meat "natural," despite the fact that many of their animals live in confinement cages or pens and are injected with growth hormones.  Read more here:  http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/the-animal-legal-defense-fund-and-center-for-biological-diversity-ask-fda-to-protect-consumers-from-misleading-labels-on-natural-foods/

The Humane Society of the United States continues to push Sea World to release their captive orcas to sea side sanctuaries.  Sea World recently announced the end of its orca captive breeding programs.  Read more here:  http://www.humanesociety.org/news/magazines/2016/05-06/big-changes-at-seaworld.html?credit=web_id93480558

Aired May 22, 2016

  Brad Udall is the Senior Water and Climate Research Scientist at the Colorado Water Institute at the University of Texas at El Paso.  Agriculture makes up 80% of all water use in the Western United States.  How can we make water use more efficient for big agriculture and for the regular consumer?  Udall also talks about why Western states have vastly different water rights laws on the books.

Aired May 22, 2016

  Kate Schatz is a writer, educator, and feminist, and she joins us on this program to tell us about "Rad American Women A-Z," an alphabet book for children and for everyone.  Women of color and lesser-known revolutionary scientists, musicians, and activists are highlighted in the book, including Rachel Carson, Odetta, and Angela Davis.   http://radamericanwomen.com/

Aired May 22, 2016


David Jerome is a Leadership Teammate with TEDx El Paso, and he joins us to tell us how strong ideas about the border will be shared at upcoming TEDx El Paso talks.  


Richard Dayoub welcomes John Baily, Chapter President of the Omar Bradley Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA); and Gus Rodriguez, Jr., President, Texas-State West, AUSA, as they talk about the importance of this nonprofit in supporting soldiers and their families in El Paso.  The AUSA serves active duty, National Guard, and Reserves, and sponsors events for Fort Bliss soldiers and their families to help them connect with the community.  Individual and  corporate memberships are available.  

redmoonwhitemoonbluemoon is a dance piece exploring themes of the divine feminine created by local dancemaker Sandra Paola Lopez in collaboration with poet Naima Yael Woods and photographer and filmmaker Laura Bustillos Jaquez. This piece happens in two parts over the course of two days.

Dancemaker Sandra Paola Lopez tells us about her creation.

The mission of the Chican@/Latin@ Theatre Series, sponsored by the UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance, is to honor and celebrate the rich culture of the El Paso/Juarez/Las Cruces Borderplex.

Rebecca Rivas is a co-founder, director, and playwright for the Chican@/Latin@ Series and she will also be facilitating an advanced session of the UTEP Theatre and Dance summer camp.

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