Greg, Liz, and Tom talk wit Lauren Berger, program associate with the policy think tank Brighter Green.Lauren talks about the documentary "What's for Dinner" which explores the rising consumption of meat in China (http://wfdinner.com/). We'll also find out why meat-eating is associated with status, and why the increase of a meat-based diet around the world will harmfully impact societies and economies. http://www.brightergreen.org/
And Liz wishes to share this Thanksgiving link with our listeners: "I Will Survive Thanksgiving." Enjoy, and happy holidays!
Keith & Russ talk with Dr. Oscar Alzate, Senior Director of Proteomics, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso. Alzate explains proteomics and how proteoms relate to Alzheimer's. He also engages Keith & Russ in a conversation about the restrictions of scientific research in America and whether it's beneficial to the populace.
Daniel welcomes guest co-host Nancy Lechuga, a local poet, for a conversation with Juan Ochoa, author of the novel "Mariguano," a book set on the South Texas/Mexico border during the Reagan-era War on Drugs. Juan talks about the similarities between his characters and his own experiences observing corruption and the drug trade on the border. Juan also explains why he believes the Reagan-era policies led to the large drug organizations of today.
For today's Poem of the Week, guest co-host Nancy Lechuga reads 3 short poems by the Russian poet, Vera Pavlova: "Am I Lovely? Of Course!", "He Marked the Page with a Match," and "I am in Love, Hence Free to Live." http://verapavlova.us/
For this week's Poetic License, Los Angeles poet and literary event coordinator Jessica Ceballos has a conversation with writer Chiwan Choi about his recent book, "It was Always the Weight of Everything," which is a social experiment in publishing. Chiwan began writing it on Facebook, has published it digitally, and is making it available for free to everyone. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/theweightofeverything.
Denise, Bill, and Norma advise on the best ways to protect your potted patio plants from the cold weather. Denise also gives us an update on the new class of Master Gardeners, and tells us why now is the best time to get your soil tested by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. Learn more at 915-860-2515.
Charles talks with Jeffrey Mills, founder & director of the nonprofit Documentary Alliance, which is producing the film "Before the Curtain Rises," which documents the rise & fall of the Interstate Theatre chain in Texas. El Paso's Plaza and Palace (Alambra) Theatres were part of the chain, and the restoration of the Plaza Theatre plays a central role in the film. Jeffrey talks about why the movie theatre palaces were just as important to the movie-going experience as the movies themselves.
In a rebroadcast from Sept. 21, 2013, Louie talks with former journalist Hugh Aynesworth, who was 32 years old when he was working with the Dallas Morning News when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. He shares his experiences from that fateful day. Aynesworth is author of "November 22, 1963: Witness to History." http://www.hughaynesworth.com/
In a rebroadcast from Nov. 9, 2012, Louie talks with Keith Erekson, Assistant Professor of History at UTEP, about his recent book, "Everybody's History: Indiana's Lincoln Inquiry and the Quest to Reclaim a President's Past." The book examines the story of the researchers in the 1920's & 1930s who worked to fill in the missing chapters of Abraham Lincoln's life, namely his boyhood years in Indiana, where he lived from age 7 to 21. http://www.keitherekson.com/books/everybodys-history/
Louie talks with David Cantwell, author of "Merle Haggard: The Running Kind." Cantwell talks about how country incorporated rock & pop that allowed musicians to communicate with their listeners, and how Merle Haggard used that blend to entrance his listeners. Cantwell also talks about how country music has evolved over the years, an evolution that is oftentimes controversial. Cantwell reads the introduction to the book, "Merle Haggard: The Running Kind."
Dennis also talks with Estela Reyes, Public Information Officer with Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, about the 22nd annual Navidad de La Fe Luminarias display along Scenic Drive on Dec. 14, 6-9 p.m. Drivers and pedestrians are asked to donate cash or canned, non-perishable food as they view the luminarias and the living Nativity scene while they travel westbound on Scenic Drive. For information or to volunteer, contact Estela Reyes at 915-545-7226 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit La Fe on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/CentroDeSaludFamiliarLaFe.
Bill & Norma talk about what we should be doing in our yards, landscapes, and indoor spaces in November...including planting cool-season annuals such as snapdragons and pansies. We'll also find out about the special care indoor plants and potted outdoor plants need when the weather gets cooler.
Charles talks with Charles Leinberger, Associate Professor of Music at UTEP, and author of "Ennio Morricone's The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly." Leinberger talks about they ways that music can sneak by unnoticed in a movie, and about the very obvious ways music gets noticed. The composing of music for films has changed over the years. What are the advantages or disadvantages of using music in the public domain versus original music or popular music? Leinberger also talks about meeting the legendary film composer Ennio Morricone.
Louie talks with book editor Kathleen Staudt, Ph.D., and book contributor Jose Villalobos, Ph.D., about their new collaborative collection titled, "A War That Can't Be Won: A Binational Perspective." Staudt co-edited the book with fellow UTEP political scientists Tony Payan, Ph.D., and Anthony Kruszewski, Ph.D. The collection of articles debates the ongoing binational war on drugs, and why current strategies may not be working in practice, but only on paper.
The book is available through Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.
Greg & Liz talk with Seth Tibbott, founder of Tofurky. Seth talks about his fascination with tempeh and the different ways to flavor and prepare it, and how it led to his creation of a tofu/gravy concoction that later became Tofurky. The Tofurky recipe has been tweaked over the years, and the brand now includes deli slices, sausages, pot pies, and pizzas. http://www.tofurky.com/
Louie and Sergio Troncoso catch up on a few years since Troncoso last visited "Perspectives."
Troncoso teaches writing workshops at the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, and is a resident faculty member of the Yale Writers’ Conference.
The son of Mexican immigrants, Sergio Troncoso was born and grew up in the unincorporated neighborhood or colonia of Ysleta on the outskirts of El Paso, Texas. His parents built their adobe house, and the family lived with kerosene lamps and stoves and an outhouse in the backyard during their first years in Texas.
His books and esssay collections include: "Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence," "From This Wicked Patch of Dust," "Crossing Borders: Personal Essays," "The Nature of Truth," and "The Last Tortilla and Other Stories," which garnered the author the prestigious Premio Aztlan Literary Prize.
Troncoso reads from "From This Wicked Patch of Dust" and "Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence."