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In this two-part interview, Dr. Griffin Rodgers of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) discusses diabetes as well as many other health issues affecting millions of Americans. For the second half of the show, we revisit with Dr. Leah Whigham in a past interview taped in August of 2016 who discussed the Paso del Norte Institute for Healthy Living.

University Medical Center (UMC) Foundation's Executive Director, Dennece Knight, discusses the amazing strides made in curing kid's cancer, right here at home. 

Whether you're in the market for poinsettias, Christmas cactus, or any other holiday gift, listen in for this recap on shopping tips. 

The holidays are here! Struggling with gift ideas for that special gardener in your life? Listen in for some great gift ideas from Good to Grow's very own Denise Rodriguez and Jan Petrzelka.

John White, Chihuahuan Desert Gardens Curator, joins host Louie Saenz in the studio and shares the do's and dont's of holiday plants.

Since it's opening in May of this year, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has added a variety of diverse programming to El Paso's cinema landscape. Host Charles Horak is joined by the Drafthouse's programming director, Robert Saucedo, and discusses the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema's first year in operation and plans for its future. 

Frequent On Film contributor Jeanna Creel returns to the show and joins host Charles Horak to discuss two recent releases: Tom Ford's "Nocturnal Animals" and John Madden's "Miss Sloane."

The El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival is bringing back the Holiday Movies at the Plaza Theatre. Part of El Paso Live’s new WinterFest, the community foundation will spread some family-friendly holiday cheer by showing old and not-so-old Christmas favorites. Here to talk Christmas movies is Doug Pullen of the El Paso Community Foundation.

The Christmas spirits of hope and giving will come alive tonight from 6 to 10pm when 4,000 luminarias will be aglow on El Paso’s Scenic Drive during the 25th Annual Navidad de La Fe Luminarias. The event is free and open to the public. Vehicles can enter Scenic Drive at Richmond Avenue (eastside of the mountain) beginning at 6pm. Here to give us the details is La Fe’s Estela Reyes.

Jose Skinner's latest book, "The Tombstone Race," features a collection of short stories that take place in our neighbor state of New Mexico. This is his first book after the successful publication of his much acclaimed book, "Flight." He joins host Daniel Chacon in an insightful interview on the work put into this book over the last fifteen years, and what we can expect from him in years to follow. 

2016's Presidential Race dominated every news and social media outlet and as the election night unfolded on November 8, 2016, reactions came from all corners of the globe. UTEP's Political Science Professor, Dr. Gregory Rocha, returns to the studio and joins host Louie Saenz in a post-election discussion. Among their initial reactions to the results of the election, Dr. Gregory Rocha shares his insight on the factors that contributed to President-Elect Donald Trump's win.   

Dr. Keith Pannell and Dr. Russell Chianelli visit with John Ridley, professor of Geology at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.  

Born and raised in El Paso Texas, artist Patrick Gabaldon is a product of the beautiful culture and spirit found here in the borderland. He attributes his colorful and vibrant style to the splashes of color often found amongst the earthy tones that cover the Chihuahua desert.

The El Paso Choral Society brings us two holiday concerts in one tonight at the Abraham Chavez Theater. The show will feature performances of The Gift of Christmas and Handel's Messiah. The show begins at 7pm tonight and here to provide us a preview are Artistic Director Prentice Loftin, and saxophonist Mack Goldsbury.


New York Times-bestselling author Robin Cook joins us to talk about his 2015 medical thriller, Host.   Lynn Peirce, a fourth-year medical student, thinks she has her life figured out. But when her otherwise healthy boyfriend, Carl, enters the hospital for routine surgery, she doesn't know it's the last time she will see him whole again. Devastated by Carl's death, Lynn searches for answers. 

On this program, we'll hear more about the book and about Cook himself.


Aired Dec 4, 2016

Host Daniel Chacón talks about the amazing Mexican food in El Paso, and why, even though he is looked upon with derision from border residents, he enjoys eating refried beans out of a can.

Aired Dec 4, 2016


We visit with Margaret Perez, outgoing executive director of the Better Business Bureau in El Paso; and with Marybeth Stevens, incoming executive director of the BBB in El Paso.  They join us to talk about how the BBB operates as a neutral 3rd party between the consumer and area businesses.  They also talk about how we can protect ourselves from various scams, like the omnipresent Nigerian email scam, IRS scams, and internet scams.


Aired Dec 3, 2016

The El Paso Opera presents holiday themed arias and well known holiday songs at the Plaza Theatre on December 3, 2016 at 8pm.  

The concert features both out of town and local artists as well as singers from the El Paso Youth Opera.

David Holloway, Artistic Director of El Paso Opera provides a preview of the program.

It's a familiar story of Christmas - told with an El Paso flavor.  Barrio Christmas will be performed on Saturday December 10 and Sunday December 11 at the Plaza Theatre's Philanthropy Theatre.  It's part of the El Paso Community Foundation's Jewel Box Series.

Los Actores presents the bilingual production based loosely on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

Writer-Director Drime Lockhart, Co-Director Hector Serrano, and Producer David Mills preview the production.

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Maybe you're a fake tree person.  Or maybe you like the live ones that you can plant outdoors later.  Or maybe you like the one-and-done approach of a cut tree.  On this program we'll discuss the pros & cons of the different kinds of Christmas trees, including a few alternatives such as Norfolk Island Pines or Christmas Cacti.

Aired Dec. 3, 2016


Let the awards season begin!  The 22nd annual Critics Choice Awards nominations honor "La La Land" with 12 nominations...and "Arrival” and “Moonlight” with ten nominations each.  The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) will honor the year's top films, actors, producers, and directors on December 11, broadcast on A&E.  BFCA members Felipa Solis and host Charles Horak talk about their faves and who they think was overlooked. 


Aired Dec 3, 2016

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UTEP Political Science professor Gregory Rocha joins us to talk about what lies ahead for President-Elect Trump.  Rocha discusses the controversy over the Electoral College, what we can expect from Trump's cabinet choices, and whether he can realistically keep his campaign promises.

Part 1 of a 2-part interview (Part 2 airs Dec. 16)

Aired Dec 2, 2016

Dennis visits with Adam Sebastian, Becky Sebastian, and Jorge Aguilar Cruz to talk about Casa Emmanuel, a group providing care to nearly 90 children in Ciudad Juarez.  This children's home is in dire need of monetary donations, as well as donations of clothing, toiletries, medicines, and more.  

For more information, email Jorge Aguilar Cruz at jorgeluisaguilarcruz@gmail.com, or visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/emmanuelchildrenshome/

Aired Nov. 26, 2016


JL Fields is a blogger, cookbook author, and instructor at the Main Street Vegan Academy.  She joins us to explain how she walked away from a high-paying position at a nonprofit to become a vegan activist, and how she uses an individual approach to spread a message of compassion and health.


Aired Nov. 27, 2016

Yale University

WWJD?  What Would Jedis Do?  That's the question Jaehong Kim asked himself when he was designing technology to make water clean and useable for populations that cannot control their water quality.  He talks about how his Jedi approach could lead to innovative coatings and treatments to water bottles.

Jaehong Kim is Chair of the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department at Yale University.

Aired Nov. 27, 2016

US Fish & Wildlife

The latest in vegan and animal rights news.

Various animal-related measures were passed across the United States on Election Day, including a bill in Massachusetts which prohibited the confinement of farm animals and the ban of the sale of meat & eggs resulting from these practices.  Read more: http://aldf.org/blog/wins-for-animal-protection-in-the-2016-election/

Protections for the Greater Sage-Grouse are being threatened due to the birds' habitat encroaching upon military bases...therefore posing a threat to national security.  Read more:  https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2016/greater-sage-grouse-11-18-2016.html

An El Paso bar has been following an internet trend of having customers gulp down live minnows in their cocktails.  The practice bypasses health regulations because the minnows are served on the side, but a petition is being circulated to encourage the bar to cease and desist.  The petition is available online at http://www.care2.com/causes/this-el-paso-bar-needs-to-stop-serving-drinks-with-live-fish.html

Aired Nov. 27, 2016

Arsinoe, the bright and incisive eight-year-old daughter of King Ptolemy, awakes after a violent coup to find herself abandoned by both her beloved older sister Cleopatra and her indifferent father.  Emily Holleman’s Fall of Egypt series begins with the novel “Cleopatra’s Shadows,” which re-imagines the saga of Cleopatra through the eyes of her younger sister.  Holleman joins us to tell us more about the book and the extensive research involved in its writing.  

The next installment in the series, "The Drowning King," will be published in April 2017.


Aired Nov. 27, 2016

Commuters in El Paso are constantly running into delays due to construction and/or collisions across El Paso's highways and main roads.  The METROPIA app is an option for drivers who want to easily plan their commute ... and even earn rewards from local business.  Community Manager Tania Chozet, traffic engineer Pablo Bustamante, and advisor Marybeth Stevens join us for this program to tell us more about Metropia, which is a free download on the App Store and at Google Play.


Aired Sat Dec 26, 2016

Dream Chasers Club is a contemporary art gallery and store that features various local and regional artwork and merchandise. 

The Dream Chasers Club will be hosting an exhibit that pays tribute to Raphael, Donatello, Leonardo, and Michaelangelo - otherwise known as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  

El Paso is home to several local makers and creators and Small Business Saturday was designed to encourage everyone to support small, local businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

We’re here today to highlight some of those small businesses that are supporting local artists and makers and to encourage you to shop small and shop local this holiday season. Here with us is Chelsea Evaldie of Chuco Relic and Elena Ruiz of Lalo Elan.