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El Paso Comic Con is dedicated to creating awareness and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms through their annual convention, EPCON that celebrates the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. This year, EPCON takes place April 15 through 17, 2016 and will feature special guests Adam West, Burt Ward and Kevin Eastman. Organizer Troy Stegner talks about the event.

Norma Martinez

  Does your landscape reflect the beauty of the Chihuahuan Desert? If you think your front yard, back yard, outdoor living space, or patio is a great example of landscaping with native and adapted plants, your landscape may be featured on an El Paso Water Utilities feature called DESERT BLOOMS. Anai Padilla of EPWU joins us to talk about how your wise garden designing can be an example for the rest of El Paso!

Contact Anai Padilla at ajpadilla@epwu.org, or call  the Water Conservation TecH2O Center at (915) 621-2000.  If you are submitting a site, please add your name, phone number and address.  The deadline for submissions is April 22.

Aired April 9, 2016

  The Sunset Film Society is celebrating April with an Alfred Hitchcock noir classic, a post-war thriller starring Orson Welles, and a cinematic wonder about a ballerina torn between her passion for dance and the love of her husband.  Jay Duncan joins us on ON FILM to tell us more about the April screenings at the International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana.

Alfred Hitchcock's "Rebecca" (1940) screens April 16 at 2pm.

Carol Reed's "The Third Man" (1949) screens April 23 at 2pm.

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's "The Red Shoes" (1948) screens April 30 at 2pm.

All screenings are preceded by a chapter of a classic 1936 Flash Gordon serial!  Screenings are free.

Plus, on April 17, the Sunset Film Society screens Giuseppe Tornatore's 1988 cinematic love letter, "Cinema Paradiso," at noon at Ardovino's Desert Crossing. 


Aired April 9, 2016

BEYOND MEASURE is a documentary that explores revolutionary ways that certain educational institutions are breaking away from test-driven education to shape a new vision for our classrooms. These are schools that see critical thinking, communication, exploration, experimentation, collaboration, and creativity as the key to good education. The University of Texas at El Paso is one of the institutions featured in the film, and to tell us more is Roger Gonzalez, Chair and Professor of the Engineering Education and Leadership Program at UTEP. The film receives a screening Friday, May 6 at the UTEP Union Cinema.

CLAIRE STARNES is a Vietnam veteran and UTEP alum. She is also a contributor to the book "Women Vietnam Veterans: Our Untold Stories." Approximately 1,200 women from the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy left their mark in Vietnam from 1962 to 1973, and were intelligence analysts, flight controllers, clerk-typists, translators, physical therapists, dieticians and communications specialists. Starnes spent 17 years collecting their stories, and she joins us to share some of her experiences in Vietnam and at UTEP.

Elizabeth O’Hara Williams and Magda Alvarado join us to talk about the upcoming fundraising event for En Voz Alta, “Jewelry for a Voice.”  En Voz Alta is a nonprofit organization that brings together families with children who are hearing impaired.  The fundraising event, which features a silent auction for hand-made jewelry and live entertainment, will use proceeds to help families buy hearing aids for their children.  Jewelry for a Voice will take place Saturday, April 30, 6-9pm.  


  Materials scientists are researching fascinating materials that can revolutionize technology. Matteo Pasquali, Professor of Chemistry and Biomolecular Engineering & Chemistry at Rice University, tells us about graphene - a single layer of carbon atoms that can conduct electricity faster than most metals, and it is thin enough that it can even be sewn into clothing as a fiber to create wearable tech! Graphene can also be "painted" on surfaces, and may eventually help repair damaged tissue with no risk of scarring or rejection. https://pasquali.rice.edu/ Aired April 3, 2016

  Mexican author VALERIA LUISELLI wrote her novel "The Story of My Teeth" in installments in partnership with factory workers at a Jumex juice factory near Mexico City. Recently translated to English, the book is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction. The story follows a character who auctions off teeth of famous historical characters, like Pluto, Virginia Wolf, and Marilyn Monroe. Aired April 3, 2016

  Hosts Daniel Chacón and Tim Hernandez talk about the tradition of Tobacco Readers, men who were hired to read to workers at tobacco rolling factories in Cuba in the 1800s.  What if that tradition was carried on today?  What types of workers would readers read to, and what material would they read?

Aired April 3, 2016

National Poetry Month, which takes place each April, is a celebration of poetry introduced in 1996 and organized by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. Today we feature two El Paso poets, Robin Scofield and Gene Keller, to talk about poetry and how they help develop upcoming poets through the Tumblewords Project. 

We are all invited to Join Opera UTEP on April 3, 2016 for a free concert featuring selections from their spring production, Speed Dating Tonight! The concert also includes other "first date" songs, duets and ensembles from popular operas and Broadway shows.  UTEP visiting assistant professor of voice and opera Cherry Duke and student singer Mauricio Perusquia provide the details.

  Master Gardeners and the El Paso Rose Society have been hard at work in recent months to get the 1200 roses at the Municipal Rose Garden ready for display.  They will be hosting a public tour of the garden on April 9, 10am-2pm, and Patrick O'Brian and Estela Loy will join us to tell us more.  Patrick & Estela are co-chairs of the Master Gardener Rose Committee.

The Municipal Rose Garden is located at 3418 Aurora, across from Memorial Park.


Aired April 2, 2016

  Predictions are that Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will surpass the $1 billion mark globally.  Host Charles Horak welcomes Kyle Alvarado to talk about why this poorly-reviewed film with countless subplots is more of a means to launch a franchise than to stand on its own as a singular piece of filmmaking.

Charles and Kyle also talk about the future of the Marvel & DC comic book movies and why they seem to be much darker in a post-9/11 world.

Aired April 2, 2016

Advocates for Snake Preservation

  Why do snakes tend to send a shiver up our spines? The Book of Genesis did no favors to the serpent's reputation, and humans tend be genetically wired to be fearful of these creatures. Melissa Amarello, co-founder and director of education of the Advocates for Snake Preservation (ASP) joins us to explain why snakes and their habitats should be protected, and why Rattlesnake Roundups are one of the worst ways to educated the public about rattlers. http://www.snakes.ngo/ Aired March 27, 2016


  The latest in animal advocacy and vegan news:

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published a report that shows the environmental & health impact of our diets.  By eliminating a diet heavy in meat and dairy, we could eliminate almost $1 trillion per year on health-related coasts, and greenhouse gas emissions would be cut by almost 70%.    Read the complete study here: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2016/03/16/1523119113.full

Conservation groups in Idaho are celebrating the government's decision to hold off on sheep grazing in the Centennial Mountains until they complete an environmental impact study.  Wildlife predators native to the area such as wolves and bears are often killed near these grazing sites.  Read more at http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2016/03/17/conservation-groups-win-reprieve-from-sheep-grazing-on-government-lands/

Hampton Creek, a company that produces animal- and environmentally-friendly food products, is expanding its launching 43 new plant-based food products to Walmart and Target, making alternative food choices more widely available to a larger consumer base at lower prices.  Read more at http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/new-vegan-products-hitting-walmart-and-target/

Aired March 27, 2016

University of Massachusetts Medical School

  Dr. Jean King has a number of impressive titles: Associate Provost for Biomedical Science Research...Professor of Psychiatry, Radiology and Neurology...and Director, Center for Comparative NeuroImaging, University of Massachusetts Medical School.  She talks with us about neuroimaging, which involves looking at the chemistry of the brain in a non-invasive manner.  Research includes having subjects perform specific tasks and performing no tasks at all.  The brain of someone with a psychiatric or neurological disorder will react differently to these experiments than those with no disorder.

Plus, Dr. King will share with us her views on how women can become successful scientists while still raising a family, and why diversity is key in scientific research.

Aired March 27, 2016

  Knock-knock jokes are considered the lowest form of humor.  They are punny, groan-inducing, and rarely ever get a good belly laugh.  Host Daniel Chacon has been researching literary humor and shares some of the worst literary knock-knock jokes he found online.

Aired March 27, 2016

  Connie Voisine is an Associate Professor of English at New Mexico State University, and she's be 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."  She came to the Chihuahuan Desert from the Northeast, and she shares her experiences of moving from the northern US/Canada border to the southern US/Mexico border, and the bilingual communities she encountered in each.  

For our Poem of the Week, Connie reads "Calle Florista" from the collection of the same name.


Aired March 27, 2016

Jim Beviglia is the author of "Counting Down the Rolling Stones: Their 100 Finest Songs."  It's the 3rd in his "Counting Down" series (the first two counted down the best 100 tunes of Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen).  Beviglia joins us to tell us why these Stones singles deserve their place in the countdown.

The Siglo de Oro Drama Festival is in its 41st year of celebrating Spanish language dramatic arts from Spain’s Golden Age. The event runs from Wednesday, March 30, 2016 through Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the Chamizal National Memorial Theatre. Katherine Brennand and Victor Mireles talk about this year’s Siglo de Oro Drama Festival.

Empty Bowls is an international grass roots effort to fight hunger. The premise is simple: Potters, craftspeople, educators and members of the community collaborate to create beautiful, handcrafted bowls. Guests receive a one-of-a-kind handcrafted empty bowl – a symbol of the many empty bowls in our community, nation and world – and are then invited to sample the wide variety of delicious soups. Here to tell us about this year’s Empty Bowls event are Mary Scott and Marisela Willits. 

  Vermicomposting involves worms breaking down your kitchen scraps to make rich compost for your potted plants and small gardens. And you don't need a large space to accommodate these little guys!  On this program, we'll find out what kinds of worms you'll need, where you can keep them, and what you can feed them from your leftovers.

This terrific document explains even more: https://extension.usu.edu/files/publications/publication/Sustainability_2012-08pr.pdf

Aired March 26, 2016


   Charles talks with Jeanne Creel, former Film Studies lecturer at the University of Texas at El Paso, about the ABC's annual Easter tradition of screening Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 epic, "The Ten Commandments."  They'll talk about why certain movies hold sway only during certain times of the year, and, though it's considered a timeless classic, how "The Ten Commandments" could be considered a metaphor for the Cold War.  Even to this day, Old Testament films ("Noah," "Exodus") reflect the social concerns of the day.

The Ten Commandments screens Sat. March 26 on ABC.

Charles and Jeanne also recommend the following spiritually-inspired films:

Babette's Feast (1987) / The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) / Philomena (2013) / The King of Kings (1927) / Ben Hur(1959) / Saving Grace (2000) / Noah (2014) / Exodus:Gods and Kings (2014)

More recommendations can be found at http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/

Aired March 26, 2016 (originally aired April 4, 2015)

  It has been 50 years since the Texas Western Miners made history by winning the NCAA Basketball Championship under Coach Don Haskins. The UTEP Alumni Association is gathering memories from El Pasoans and former El Pasoans who lived through the experience. We'll talk with Richard Daniel and 2 alumni who share their memories from 1966, Pam Pippen and Kenny Capshaw.  

  Rolando Pablos, President & CEO of the Borderplex Alliance, talks with guest host Richard Dayoub about the important work the organization is doing to bring economic prosperity to the region.  When a new company is shopping around for a new market, it wants to make sure it moves to a city with good schools, a viable workforce, good quality of life, strong infrastructure, and access to capital.  Pablos explains how the Borderplex Alliance works with the City of El Paso, the City of Las Cruces, the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, and other groups to attract economic growth to the border region.


Aired March 19, 2016

    Cisplatin is a commonly used cancer drug, but use its use in children sometimes leads to permanent hearing loss.  Tim Hanson, Professor of Statistics, Department of Statistics, University of South Carolina, joins us to tell us how statistics is making it possible for health professionals to determine whether the drugs are indeed harmful and whether alternative treatment is preferable for these young patients.

Aired March 20, 2016


  Leticia Hernández-Linares is a San Francisco-based poet, spoken word artist, musician, and "artevista."  Her latest collection is called "Mucha Muchacha."  Leticia explains how the Esquivel song "Mucha Muchacha," though annoying, still sparked memories of her partying abuelita that inspired her words.  The book incorporates language play, music, and testimonio.  

Leticia will also read the call-and-response poem, "Mucha Muchacha."  Feel free to join in!


If you'd like to hear examples of Leticia's music and words, visit https://www.reverbnation.com/leticiahernandezlinares

Aired March 20, 2016

El Paso’s True Food Buying Club is dedicated to providing access to local and organically grown produce to the El Paso community. Through this club they aim to bring awareness to the benefits of eating a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables and the environmental food issues that surround us.  

The 9th Annual Downtown KidsPalooza is happening on Saturday March 19, 2016 until 5:00pm. Downtown KidsPalooza is an all-day family event organized by the El Paso Symphony Orchestra with the support of their Family Fun Partners.  Downtown area arts organizations join forces to present a day of fun for families throughout the downtown area. Here to give us the full scoop is Rosemary Flores from the El Paso Symphony Orchestra.

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  It's tomato time! If you've been itching to get tomatoes planted in your vegetable garden, wait no longer. On this program, we'll share some helpful tips for planting vegetables and herbs this spring.  We'll also find out how to protect our vegetables from El Paso's winds, and Denise Rodriguez also shares a neat trick on how to shorten a tall, leggy tomato plant...without the use of pruners!

Aired March 19, 2016