KTEP Local

  Tom, Liz, and Greg talk with Mark Hawthorne, author of "Bleating Hearts: The Hidden World of Animal Suffering" and "Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism."  When Mark decided he wanted to become an activist for animals, he found there were materials he could use for guidance.  He interviewed over 100 activists from across the globe and is sharing what he has learned.  Mark also shares how running with the bulls in Pamplona and an Indian retreat helped him on his path to veganism and activism.  http://www.markhawthorne.com/

Aired April 12, 2015.

Well known El Paso artists, educators and arts advocates, Willie Ray Parish and Becky Hendrick, talk about their time in the border area and their retirement plans.

Part 2 of our interview with artists Willie Ray Parish and Becky Hendrick.

  Louie talks with Ryan Saenz and Leslie Ramirez about the UTEP Medical Professions Organization, which provides support & information to the UTEP family about medical and health professions by providing opportunities for its members to interact with practicing professionals in each field.  Weekly meetings take place Wednesdays at 5 p.m. each semester at the UTEP Physical Sciences Building.  On Friday, April 10, at 5:30 p.m., the MPO hosts a Speed Mentoring event at the Mike Loya Building on the UTEP campus, allowing students to talk one-on-one with area physicians.  Learn more about this event and the organization at https://www.facebook.com/groups/utepmpo/.

Aired Fri. April 10, 2015.

After a nation-wide search, The City of El Paso recently selected Tracey Jerome as the new Director of the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and today, we’ll get to talk to Ms. Jerome about her vision for the El Paso arts community. 

Empty Bowls El Paso is a community art action to help eliminate hunger in the El Paso County that was started by the EPCC Student Art Society 11 years ago. Mary Scott and Violet Urquidez talk about this year's event to benefit El Pasoans Fighting Hunger.

The Neon Desert Music Festival,  Creative Kids and MIMA music have come together to create Border Beats, a children’s music program that will launch this spring at Providence Memorial Hospital. Today we’ll learn more about the program and how local musicians can particpate. 

  Denise & Norma talk with John White, garden curator for the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens on the UTEP campus.  John gives us a sneak preview of the types of trees that will be offered at the annual Native Plant Sale taking place April 24 & 25 at the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens.   Oaks, desert willows, Mexican buckeyes, and a whole lot more will be offered, with proceeds benefitting the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens.  Visit the Centennial Museums and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens on Facebook for more information https://www.facebook.com/CentennialMuseumandChihuahuanDesertGardens

  Aired April 4, 2015.

Louie talks with Johnnie Rivers and Jon Shapiro about The Battle of El Dorado.  3 historically Black colleges with outstanding marching bands will be coming to El Paso to compete at the Sun Bowl. Alcorn State, Mississippi Valley State, and Prairie View A&M will be putting on a show for the ages at The Battle of El Dorado, taking place May 2 at Sun Bowl Stadium. http://www.sportsxinc.com

Aired April 3, 2015

  Guest host Russ Chianelli welcomes Dr. Donald Moss, author of the book ALZHEIMER'S: MY JOURNEY TO A NEXT GENERATION TREATMENT.  Moss explains how an  chemical discovered in an old laboratory  freezer led to the discovery of MSF, a potential cure for Alzheimer's.  Despite the hope that this drug may bring, patients may never get a chance to take it due to obstacles in FDA approval protocols and patent law.

Aired March 28, 2015.

Mother of Pearl Vinyl is now more than an all vinyl record store, they have just expanded to becoming an indie record label that recently celebrated the release of their first album by a band called Part-Time at an unofficial showcase at the South by Southwest music festival. Back from the celebration is Eddie Cepeda of Mother of Pearl Vinyl.

The 8th Annual Downtown KidsPalooza is happening today, March 28, 2015 until 5:00pm in downtown El Paso. This event is an all-day family event organized by the El Paso Symphony Orchestra with the support of their Family Fun Partners. We talk with Pam Kinley From the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and Andy Moran from the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra about KidsPalooza.

Mark Paulda is an El Paso based photographer with a passion for capturing bold and vibrant images throughout the world. While the rest of the world is still discovering Bhutan, Paulda is working to make his way back a third time. This time, however, he will be sharing his passion and talent with the Bhutanese and teaching them the art of photography to empower them to tell their own story. 

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   Denise & Norma welcome back Jan Petrzelka, President of the Master Gardener Association.  Jan shares essential tips in growing a successful vegetable garden in containers.  What kind of soil should you look for?  What size container?  What signs of distress will a plant display if it needs water?  Plus, Jan & Denise tell us their favorite varieties of tomatoes and peppers.  Need more tips?  Visit http://txmg.org/elpaso/publications/growing-tomatoes-2/

Aired March 28, 2015.

  Louie talks with Carolina Franco and Elisa Garrido, UTEP Art Majors who are representing the Tom Lea Institute.  The Institute is hosting mural tours the last Thursday of each month, and the public is invited to view the history of El Paso through the eyes and art of Tom Lea.  Tours meet at noon in front of the historic Federal Court House, 511 East San Antonio.  Private tours are also available.  The next scheduled tour takes place Thursday, April 30th at noon.  Murals include Tom Lea’s “Pass of the North,” Carl Callejo’s “Our History,” and John Valadez’s “A Day in El Paso.”  Tours available in English, Spanish, and French.

RSVP to 533-0048, or email egarrido@tomlea.net or cfranco@tomlea.net.  

Aired March 27, 2015.

  Louie talks with Brendan Reilly, MD, author of ONE DOCTOR: Close Calls, Cold Cases, and the Mysteries of Medicine. Dr. Reilly takes us on his medical rounds on a recent winter. He tells us the story of a cheerful Croatian grandfather with untreatable bladder cancer...his father who is the last stages of cancer...the mental decline of his mother...and the memory of a cold case that continues to haunt him. 

Aired March 21 & 22, 2015

  Dennis talks with New York Times bestselling author, Dr. Barbara De Angelis about her latest book, "SOUL SHIFTS: Transformative Wisdom for Creating a Life of Authentic Awakening, Emotional Freedom, and Practical Spirituality."  De Angelis explains why the vibrations we put out into the world are picked up by those surrounding us, and our inner transformations must be vibrational.  As her website explains, SOUL SHIFTS is a "practical handbook for awakening, and a brilliant re-visioning of the journey of personal and spiritual transformation."  Learn more about the book and Dr. De Angelis at http://barbaradeangelis.com/

Aired March 21, 2015

  Greg, Liz, and Tom welcome vegan chef Kristina Addington, the "Vegan Temptress." Kristina won an episode of Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen (http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/cutthroat-kitchen.html), and she used the winnings to buy her food truck, V-Grits.  Kristina tells us about the challenges she faced on Cutthroat Kitchen, and the challenges she faced as a vegan in the South, where bacon and lard reign supreme!  Learn more about Kristina at http://www.vgrits.com/ and https://about.me/VeganTemptress, where you can link to her Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!

(Today's closing music is A Tribe Called Quest's "Ham n' Eggs")

Aired March 22, 2015.

Former Director of the El Paso Museum of Art, Michael Tomor, talks about the course of his career from El Paso native to sought-after expert in the world of visual art.

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Part 2 of our interview with former Director of the El Paso Museum of Art, Michael Tomor.

  Denise & Norma talk with Jan Petrzelka, President of the El Paso Master Gardeners Association, about gardening in containers, specifically, herbs and vegetables.  How do you get herbs started in containers?  What type or size container is right for your plant?  

Learn more about container gardening in small spaces at the upcoming workshop "Summer Vegetables in Small Spaces," taking place March 28.  A sale of herbs & vegetables is part of the workshop!  Learn more and register here: http://txmg.org/elpaso/event/summer-vegetables-in-small-spaces-and-annual-plant-sale/.  Deadline to register is March 26.

Aired March 21, 2015.

  Louie talks with UTEP students Cynthia Alvarez and Roger Canales about the UTEP Department of Theatre & Dance production, ESPERANZA RISING, which tells the story of a privileged girl living in Mexico who, after a tragedy, must cross into the U.S. to labor as a farm worker. Performances are March 20-21, 26-28 at 7:30pm, March 22 & 29 at 2:30pm​ at the UTEP Wise Family Theatre.  Information available at 915-747-5118, or visit them on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/UTEP-Department-of-Theatre-and-Dance/132721790087612

Aired March 20, 2015

  Dennis talks with David Soucie, author of "Malaysia Flight 370: Why it Disappeared and Why it is Only a Matter of Time Before this Happens Again."  Soucie explains the challenges airlines face in cutting safety features when meeting a budget, and why battery life on the black boxes is so short.  

Plus, Dennis welcomes Nicole Portwood, Vice President of Marketing for Tito's Handmade Vodka.   Nicole talks about this exciting Texas-made product and the 3 Tito's Vodka-inspired chocolate truffles created for the Meet the Maker Program.  http://www.titosvodka.com

Aired March 14, 2015.

The annual South by Southwest Music Festival brings thousands of bands to Austin, TX every year in March. For us in El Paso, it means an upsurge in live music as bands make a stop to play in our town on their way to and from South By Southwest. Today, Bobbie Welch of local venue Tricky Falls and Patrick McNeil from Splendid Sun Productions give you a round up of what March has in store for us when it comes to live music. 

The word Varekai means “wherever” in the Romany language of the gypsies.  This production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to those who quest with infinite passion along the path that leads to Varekai. Varekai. Cirque du Soleil's latest arena touring production, will perform in El Paso at the Don Haskins Center from March 18-22, 2015 for seven performances. Today we talk to Vanessa Napoli of Cirque du Soleil about Verikai.

  Louie welcomes Mariana Schenk to tell us about the opportunity entrepreneurial students at UTEP will soon have to create a mock startup in an extreme hands-on environment. The UTEP 3 Day Startup Program is taking place March 20-22 on the UTEP campus Learn more at http://utep.3daystartup.org/

Aired March 13, 2015


  Greg & Liz talk with Natalie Prosin, Executive Director of the Nonhuman Rights Project, an organization that is working to achieve legal rights for certain nonhuman animals.  In the wake of Ringling Brothers' decision to phase out elephants from their circuses, Natalie explains why elephants, chimpanzees, cetaceans, and other cognitively-advanced animals deserve to be granted "legal personhood" as opposed to "legal thinghood."  And "personhood" does NOT mean that these animals would be considered "people."  

Learn more about the Nonhuman Rights Project at http://www.nonhumanrightsproject.org/

Aired March 8, 2015.

Xochitl Rodriguez with The Caldo Collective announces El Paso’s first ever public Frijol Feast featuring a filmmaker, a dancer and a musician vying for micro-finding.


Playwright, producer and director, 17-year-old Alexandra Dipp, along with her mother, Suzanne Dipp introduce the premier of her dramatic play, Cardboard House Dreams, in the El Paso Community Foundation’s Jewel Box Series.  


  Denise & Norma continue their conversation with Ken Futrell of Ewing Irrigation.  What do you need to know if you're switching out an existing irrigation system?  Ken also talks about the different types of polypipe, emitters, and bubblers that would work best for your landscape.

Aired March 7, 2015.