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Hummingbirds are very popular in El Paso this time of the year. Denise Rodriguez, John White, and Jan Petrzelka share information on these amazing creatures and tips on how to attract them to your garden.

Jo-Anne McArthur, award-winning photojournalist author and educator, has dedicated her work to documenting the plight of animals on all seven continents for over a decade. We Animals is an ambitious project which documents, through photography, animals in the human environment. Her project has become an internationally celebrated archive, and over one hundred animal organizations have benefited from her photography, many of which continue to work closely with Jo-Anne on stories, investigations, campaigns and humane education.

***Original Broadcast Date May 22, 2016***

Brad Udall has an extensive background in water and climate policy issues, including as Director of the Western Water Assessment (University of Colorado), as the first Director of the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment (University of Colorado), and currently as the first senior water and climate research scientist/scholar at the Colorado Water Institute (Colorado State University). This week, he joins us in the studio for an enlightening conversation on water.

***Original Broadcast Date March 27, 2016***

Connie Voisine is an Associate Professor of English at New Mexico State University, and she's been talking to us while on sabbatical in Belfast, Ireland. Connie's latest collection of poetry is "Calle Florista," and she calls it her "desert book." For our Poem of the Week, Connie reads "Calle Florista" from the collection of the same name. Also, your host Daniel Chacón shares some of the worst literary knock-knock jokes he's found online!

http://www.connievoisine.com/

Artist Rheo Santana, also known as Spliffington, will be back in El Paso for her second show at the Dream Chasers Club at 200 S. Santa Fe.

We are all invited to view her pop art aesthetic when her show “Sad Girls Club” opens on Thursday, August 31st. Today my guest is artist Spliffington. 

Under the Same Sky … We Dream is a video and sound installation by artist Erika Harrsch. Under the Same Sky focuses on children who cross borders, both with and without their families, and highlights the conditions of immigrant minors both at the border and within the United States.

The installation is accompanied by a soundtrack with phrases extracted directly from the DREAM Act of 2011 sung by internationally acclaimed Mexican singer Magos Herrera. Artist Erika Harrsch and Kerry Doyle from the Rubin Center discuss the installation.

Denise Rodriguez and Jan Petrzelka keep you informed of the upcoming event "Backyard Basics Workshop." Join us for this workshop and learn how to create a small scale food productions from home!

Summer has come and gone right before our eyes - but that doesn't mean we don't have something in store for you come the fall! Hosts Denise Rodriguez and Master Gardener Jan Petrzelka gear you up for back to school time and share details on classes being offered by the Master Gardeners for the fall.

***Original Broadcast Date November 6, 2016***

We'll revisit Statistics in this episode with Mindy McCann, Professor and Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Statistics at Oklahoma State University.   She'll discuss her early fascination with statistics, and familiarize us with the concepts of Multiple Comparisons, Confidence Intervals, and Error Rates.  McCann will also explain why one can never have a zero-percent error rate in statistical studies.

Aired August 20. 2017

***Original Broadcast Date April 24, 2016***

Ada Limón is the author of the poetry collection "Bright Dead Things," which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.  She calls this her most personal, honest, and truthful collection.  Limón explains why it's her most accessible poetry - it isn't poetry written for fellow poets, it's poetry for everyone.

El Paso has seen its share of film screening series over the years. Many of which are the work and passion of one local film historian, Jay Duncan. This week we visit with Jay, director of the Sunset Film Society, and discuss his long history of presenting films in the borderland and his latest venture in the Sunset Film Society as they just celebrated its 4th anniversary.

Christina and Bobby Estrada were the spark that attracted a resurgence in the Five Points area of El Paso with the opening of Joe Vinny and Bronsons Bohemian Café six years ago. Since then, other entrepreneurs have started creative businesses in the popular central El Paso area.

Here to fill us in on their journey and all that Five Points has to offer is Christina Estrada. 

Kundalini Yoga called by practitioners "the yoga of awareness", aims to cultivate the creative and spiritual potential of a human to uphold values, speak truth, and focus on the compassion and consciousness needed to serve and heal others.

Until recently, El Paso didn’t have a Kundalini yoga teacher. That all changed when Paramdayal Kaur came to El Paso a year ago. Since then, Kundalini has been growing organically.

Lisa Kemmerer, professor of philosophy and religions at Montana State University Billings, is a philosopher-activist. She is best known for her work for animal rights and liberation, where she works largely at the crossroads between speciesism and other social justice issues. Graduate of Reed, Harvard, and Glasgow University (Scotland), Kemmerer has written/edited nine books. 

http://www.lisakemmerer.com/

Purdue University image/courtesy of Kuhn and Rossmann research groups

***Original Broadcast Date October 2, 2106*** 

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 August 13, 3017

***Originally Aired October 9, 2016***

Luis Alberto Urrea is a Mexican-American poet and novelist...though he may not look like one.  He joins us on this program to tell us how his mixed upbringing and unhappy family situation isolated him as a young person, and how the isolation spurred his love of writing.  As an adult, he suffered some life-altering events that led him to hit rock bottom. He began writing "Wandering Time" after he felt he was close to death.  It was published in 1999.

http://www.luisurrea.com/

Aired August 13, 2017

When we adopt a companion animal, we often overlook the inevitable - all good things come to an end. As our companions approach the end of their life, it can be a painful experience for both us and them. Dr. Jessica Pierce, author of The Last Walk: Reflections on Our Pets at the End of Their Lives, is our guest and explores the difficulty many of us face when loosing our beloved furry family members, and how to best cope with it all.

There is now an official El Paso-Bethel, Alaska, connection.  Native dancers in both communities have established an exchange of cultures through their art—Matachin dancers from El Paso, and Yupik dancers from southwestern Alaska.

It all comes to together at this weekend’s San Lorenzo Fiesta where El Pasoans can see a Yupik dance performance for the first time in our area. 

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UTEP, also known as OLLI, is all about providing learning opportunities for senior adults, 50 years of age and older on UTEP's scenic campus. OLLI registration runs August 14 – 25, 2017. 

Ian Wilson, director of the OLLI program and teacher of the upcoming Brazilian music class, Romy Hawkins, master of metal embossing art and painter Rosario Ponte who will be teaching an oil painting class discuss the program and their classes.

The monsoon rains may have refreshed your garden but they also invited some unwelcome guests: weeds. Hosts Denise Rodriguez and Master Gardner Jan Petrzelka talk all about weed control. Plus they discuss garden maintenance for the last days of summer and monsoon season. 

Systems Ecology Laboratory

***Original Broadcast September 25, 2016***  

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.  

***Original Broadcast December 4, 2016***

Jose B. Gonzalez is the author of the new collection "Toys Made of Rock."  He joins us to talk about growing up in Connecticut as an immigrant from El Salvador, how stealing an anthology of Shakespeare's works was a transformative experience in his youth, and about the stereotyping he faced in his academic career.  

Rudy Guttierrez, El Paso Times

Bill and Mary Anna Clark talk about their recently-opened independent bookstore, the Literarity Book Shop located in PepperTree Square on North Mesa.

Part 2 of our interview with Bill and Mary Anna Clark from the Literarity Book Shop.

***Originally Aired on march 16, 2013***

Marriage and divorce is often portrayed on the big screen even becoming the central plot point for some movies. In her book I Do and I Don't: A History of Marriage in the Movies, author Jeanine Basinger explores the many ways in which Hollywood has tackled the tricky subject of marriage. 

Laurelee Blanchard is the author of Finding Paradise: Lelaini Farm Sanctuary of Maui. The book chronicles Blanchard's unique journey from corporate America to non profit animal rescue. 

*** Originally aired December 4, 2016***

Jono Neiger is a conservation biologist, a permaculture educator, and a designer, and he joins us to talk about how the practice of permaculture lends itself to a sustainable environment.  Permaculture isn’t just an agricultural practice, but a way to sustainably design buildings, improve food production, and design smarter technology.

Neiger is the author of “The Permaculture Promise.” 

Aired July 30, 2017

Author Linda Fairstein is a international best-selling author of a series of crime novels featuring Manhattan prosecutor Alexandra Cooper. Fairstein speaks to host Louie Saenz about her early ambition to become a writer and her background as a former prosecutor and how it helped inspired her novels. She discusses her newest novel Deadfall and her new book series for young readers. 

***Originally Aired August 28, 2016***

Ross Gay is a American poet and author of 3 books.   His latest collection, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, was the winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, was  a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award.  Ross joins us on this program to talk about why Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude is all about elegy with healthy doses of joy.

Ross will also read to us "To My Friend's Big Sister" from his collection Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude.

http://www.rossgay.net/

Aired July 30,2017

The Original Great American Rockabilly Riot will take over the El Paso County Coliseum over the Labor Day weekend. The festival will be headlined by seminal psychobilly band Tiger Army. Nick 13, lead singer of Tiger Army talks about the inspiration for their music.

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