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Executive Director of the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, Patty Tiscareño and Board Member, Jeanne Foskett discuss the 20th Anniversary of the organization, which routinely integrates the arts in their ongoing service to the community.

Author and former New Yorker, Michael Haley, previews his newly published novel No More Dancing the Jig – a story of transcendence through special friendships.

  Water restrictions lead us to water on certain days of the week...but how much do you water?  On this program, we'll get tips on how to correctly water your trees, and how to choose the right equipment to efficiently water your grass and shrubs.  

For more information, visit these valuable online resources:  http://wateruseitwisely.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Landscape-Watering-Guide.pdf  and http://ag.arizona.edu/pubs/water/az1298/

Aired Feb 27, 2016

  The Las Cruces International Film Festival is a 5-day festival that will feature films from all over the world, appearances by filmmakers, and workshops for aspiring filmmakers. Guest appearances include actor Danny Trejo, best known for his role in "Machete," who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.KEAGAN CARNES, Artistic Director of the Las Cruces International Film Festival, join us on this program to share more details.The festival runs March 2-6, and more information can be found at http://www.lciffest.com/.

Aired Feb 27, 2016

Alexander Wright and Michael Alden join us to tell us about V-Day celebrations in El Paso which will include performances of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues.  Performances are Feb 26 & 26 at the Hyatt Place Hotel, 6030 Gateway East…and Feb 28 at Tricky Falls, 209 South El Paso.  

Eliseo Duran and David Lopez of the El Paso Parks & Recreation Department join us to tell us about the El Paso Senior Games, which enters its 34th year in 2016.  Seniors can compete in Huachas, Running, Swimming, Race Walking, Pickle Ball, and much, much more.  Visit the Parks & Rec Department on Facebook to learn more!  

Charlie Minn is a documentary filmmaker who has covered border issues ranging from the drug wars to an unsolved massacre in Las Cruces to local high school sports championships.  Minn joins us on FOCUS ON CAMPUS to talk about MEXICO’S BRAVEST MAN, his profile of Julian Leyzaola, the controversial former police chief of Ciudad Juarez who served from 2011-2013.   

Tuesday at 6pm, join KTEP together with NPR News for special coverage of Super Tuesday.  Ari Shapiro and Rachel Martin will host the special. Primaries and caucuses are held in these states and territories on Tuesday: Alabama, Alaska (GOP), American Samoa (DEM), Arkansas, Colorado, Democrats Abroad, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Wyoming (GOP)

Join KTEP weekday morning at 9am for the Texas Standard.  Texas Standard is a one-hour daily news magazine that provides a source for expansive coverage of state, national and international news - from a distinctly Texas perspective.


  Sarah H. Tolbert is Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science at the University of California, Los Angeles.  She joins us to tell us about her research into building nanoscale materials for use in rapidly-charging batteries.  Most cell phone batteries take a few hours to charge.  Electric vehicles also take several hours to charge.  Tolbert's research would make it easier for ions to travel through these nano-porous networks to deliver a charge at a significantly faster rate.


Aired Feb. 21, 2016

Library of Congress, Casa de Colores

  JUAN FELIPE HERRERA is the Poet Laureate of the United States. Before that he was Poet Laureate of California. And before that he was a Fresno poet who was inspiring the dreams and imaginations of thousands of children, their parents, and fellow poets. Herrera joins us again on WORDS ON A WIRE to talk about his Laureateship and how his life has changed (and how it hasn't) since he was appointed Poet Laureate of the U.S. in 2015.

Juan Felipe Herrera's works are inspired by social events, and for our Poem of the Week, he reads the poem "I'll Take a Bullet for You" inspired by the words of a police officer spoken during the San Bernardino shootings.

As part of his Laureateship, Herrera is trying to encourage everyone to express themselves through their words.  You can join the voices by contributing your expressions at the Library of Congress's Casa de Colores, established by Herrera.  https://www.loc.gov/poetry/casadecolores/

Aired Feb 21, 2016

Tomas Ovalle for the Los Angeles Times

  Before Juan Felipe Herrera was Poet Laureate of the United States, he was just a Fresno poet, just like our hosts, Daniel Chacon and Tim Z. Hernandez.  They share their memories of Herrera from "back in the day."

Aired Feb. 21, 2016

The Hal Marcus Gallery is celebrating it’s 20 year anniversary with a show called “20/20 Visionary,” 20 Years, 20+ New artists. The show opens on Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 5 to 9 pm and will be on display through Friday, June 3, 2016. Hal Marcus and his daughter Adelaide Marcus talk about the show.

The larger-than-life Pop Art of Reggie Watterson’s Texas Pop Art is currenlty covering the walls at The Art Avenue Gallery, El Paso’s newest contemporary art gallery. Watterson creates multi-level color combinations by using the hues in fruit and vegetables as the main focus of his canvas, some as large as 48” x 48”. The show will be up until February 25, 2016.  Kimberly Vanecek, owner of the Art Avenue Gallery talks about the show. 

  Weeds are a pesky problem.  There are so many different kinds of weeds sprouting in our landscape, it can be overwhelming.  However, all we really need to know is whether a weed is broadleaf or grassy.  Once we figure that out, we can determine the best solution for eliminating them from our yards.   

Here are some helpful links on weed types, control, and prevention.  https://pender.ces.ncsu.edu/2014/02/applying-pre-emergent-herbicides-to-lawns/http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/pests/pdf/hgic2310.pdf  (If you have question about how this information translates to us here in the southwest, call the Texas AgriLife Extension at 915-771-2354!)

Aired  Feb 20, 2016

  Julian Leyzaola was hired as the police chief of Ciudad Juarez in 2011 at the height of drug cartel violence. Leyzaola drastically reduced the murder rate in his 2 years in office, yet the means by which he achieved these results could have involved corruption, civil rights abuses, and even murder.
Filmmaker Charlie Minn joins us to talk about his latest production, MEXICO'S BRAVEST MAN, which opens locally at Premiere Cinemas in Bassett Place on Feb 26http://www.mexicosbravestman.com/

Aired Feb 20, 2016

The HUB OF HUMAN INNOVATION is a local nonprofit which supports emerging entrepreneurs with mentorship and tools to help boost their business to the next level. On this edition of EL PASO PRIME TIME, we'll hear a conversation with the Hub's new President & CEO, Joe Wardy.

Dance faculty, staff, and students at UTEP are gathering their talents for an upcoming production of Stravinsky's Firebird and an original work called My Mozart.  Trisha Holmes and Brandon Ray Alba are two students who will be featured in the production, and they'll join us on FOCUS ON CAMPUS to talk about this exciting program which will play at the Wise Family Theatre from Feb 12-21. 

  Physician, author, and nutrition expert Dr. Michael Greger joins us on this program to talk about his latest book, HOW NOT TO DIE.  Is health care really the 3rd leading cause of death in American?  Dr. Greger makes the argument that it is...but it doesn't have to be.  Most deadly diseases like heart disease, Type II Diabetes, and certain cancers are preventable with a healthy lifestyle and the adoption of a plant-based diet.   

Read more of Dr. Greger's recommendations for a long and healthy life at http://nutritionfacts.org/.

Dr. Greger will be the guest speaker at the Vegetarian Society of El Paso's Winter Vegan Buffet, Sat. Feb 20, at 6:30pm, at the Country Inn & Suites, formerly the Sunland Park Holiday Inn.  The dinner is sold out.  http://vsep.org/

Aired Feb. 14, 2016

  In a rebroadcast from a June 2011 interview, host Keith Pannell interviews Barry Marrs, Chief Technical Officer with Athena Biotechnologies Inc.  Marrs describes the fascinating ways bacteria reproduce, and how the cost of ethanol can be significantly cut by using bacteria that function under higher temperatures.

Aired Feb 14, 2016

Conservation CATalyst

  The latest in animal rights and plant-based nutrition:

Conservation CATalyst and the Center for Biological Diversity share a new video of a rare jaguar siting.  "El Jefe," the only known wild jaguar in the U.S., has been roaming the Santa Rita Mountains near Tucson AZ for 3 years, but his habitat may be in danger from a Canadian mining company with plans to develop an open pit copper mine nearby.  Read the article and see the video at http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2016/jaguar-02-03-2016.html

Target is joining the growing number of companies offering meat-free alternatives to consumers, making compassionate shopping choices more available and affordable to a growing number of consumers.  Read the article from vegan.com: http://www.vegan.com/posts/target-vegan-meats/

The Center for Biological Diversity reports that American taxpayers have lost over $1-billion over the last decade on programs that allow livestock to graze on public lands.  Livestock owners pay less today to graze their animals than they did in 1981.  Read the article at http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2015/grazing-01-28-2015.html

Aired Feb 14, 2016

  Maceo Montoya is an artist, writer, and educator, and his newest novella is "You Must Fight Them," which centers on a half-white, half-Mexican man who returns to his northern California hometown to reconnect with the Chicana girl he worshipped in high school.  He must first, however, fight her tough brothers before he can date her.

Tim Z. Hernandez

  Hosts Tim Hernandez and Daniel Chacon talk about the tendency for may writers to paint, and vice versa.  Tim had started out as a visual artist before turning primarily to writing.  Daniel channels his creative visual energy to photography.

Aired Feb. 14, 2016

The El Paso Museum of Art, the Consulate General of Mexico in El Paso, and Fundación Sebastian present Knot: The Art of Sebastian/El arte de Sebastian. The recent artworks by renowned Mexican sculptor Sebastian investigate the infinite possibilities in knotted and interlaced structures derived from cosmology and quantum physics. 

Art en Vivo is a live screen-printing project hosted by Proper Printshop. Every Thursday night, they invite a different artist/designer to hand print an edition of 50 posters. All they ask is that the artist pays for the paper and the artwork preparation (if necessary). Then, they sell the prints at the show, and split the profits. Any leftover prints are divided equally between Proper and the artist/designer. 

Photo by: Helen Battersby, gardendesign.com

  The design of one's landscape is just as important as what's planted in it. On this program, we'll talk about garden design trends, like monochromatic color schemes, using veggies as landscape accents, outdoor living spaces, and lighting options.

Aired Feb. 13, 2016

Kathleen Bombach of El Paso Community College and Jaime Chavez of UTEP’s Department of Communication join us to talk about Black History Month events being presented by EPCC.   Events include film screenings, theatre & music performances, and read-ins.   Most events take place at the EPCC Administrative Services Center at 9050 Viscount, and read-ins take place at various EPCC campuses.  

Eurydice Saucedo of the El Paso Playhouse joins us to talk about the upcoming production of “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen.  Performances are Feb 19-March 12, Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm.  The El Paso Playhouse is located at 2501 Montana.  

  UTEP students have the opportunity to learn where the great masters of literature wrote. Through the UTEP STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM, students will have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Shakespeare or other European writers in Paris & London.  Daniel Chacon and David Ruiter talk about the adventures awaiting some very lucky students.

NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

  Dr. Jim Murphy, Associate Professor in New Mexico State University's Astronomy Department will give us a primer on Mars.  What is the composition of the Martian atmosphere, and how do scientists determine that information?  Martian weather has many similarities with Earth's weather: seasons, dust storms, and weather systems.  The Martian day is also very similar to Earth's 24-hour cycle.

Aired Feb. 7, 2016