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  In the 1960s & `70s, Los Angeles County Hospital performed tubal ligation procedures on a number of Mexican-American women without their knowledge.  These little-known forced sterilizations led a number of these women to sue the doctors, the state, and the federal government.  The film's producer Virginia Espino joins us to talk more about why she chose to document these women's stories in the documentary, "No Más Bebés," which recently screened on PBS (http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/no-mas-bebes/).  

Espino will make an appearance at a screening of "No Más Bebés" on Wed. March 23 at 5 p.m., at the UTEP Union Cinema.

Aired March 19, 2016

Women’s History Month is being commemorated with numerous events across the country, and UTEP is no exception. A Women's History Conference at UTEP will honor Dr. Kathleen “Kathy” Staudt; Co-Founder of UTEP’S Women’s and Gender Studies Program and The Center for Civic Engagement...and will feature a keynote address by Dr. Patricia Zavella from UC Santa Cruz. Azuri Gonzalez, Maralyn Doering, and Gina Núñez-Mchiri will join us on FOCUS ON CAMPUS to tell us more about this conference taking place April 6 & 7.   


  The latest in animal activism and vegan/vegetarian news:

VegNews reports that MEAT ALTERNATIVES are a booming business.  Allied Market Research predicts an 8.4% increase each year in the meat-alternative market, and fast food restaurants are expected to follow the trend in coming years, by offering meat-free foods for consumers.  Read the report at http://vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=7455&catId=1

Meat and dairy lobbyists are a powerful force in Washington...but make way for PLANT-BASED LOBBYISTS.  The Plant Based Foods Association consists of 23 companies and is lobbying for more plant-based food lunch programs in our schools and for subsidies for plant-based milks.  Learn more about the organization at http://plantbasedfoods.org/?

Researchers at the University of Helsinki have found that OVERFISHING is leading to smaller fish and premature sexual maturity.  Read more at https://www.helsinki.fi/en/news/overfishing-increases-fluctuations-in-aquatic-ecosystems

Aired March 13, 2016


  Susan Richardson is the Arthur Sease Williams Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of  South Carolina.  Richardson studies drinking water quality.  The water that we drink is treated with agents that kill harmful pathogens, but those agents will often oxidize with organic matter to transform into equally-harmful Disinfection Byproducts (DBPs).  Richardson will discuss the research that goes into controlling these DBPs in our drinking water.

Aired March 13, 2016

Stephany Seay, Buffalo Field Campaign


   When we think of the early days of America, we often have a mental image of WILD BUFFALO roaming the plains. Yellowstone National Park is home to one of the few remaining wild populations of bison...and the National Park Service is rounding up hundreds of these bison for slaughter. Stephany Sea of the BUFFALO FIELD CAMPAIGN tells us about the controversial reasons behind this yearly culling which is happening now.  (Stephany was speaking to us from the Stephens Creek bison trap at Yellowstone on March 9 - the bison were being rounded up as she was taping this conversation.)
See photos from the roundup at http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/

Aired March 13, 2016


Minerva Laveaga and Lau Cesarco Eglin helped create the independent literary press, Veliz Books.  They join us on this program to tell us how their backgrounds as writers and publishers have helped contribute to this promising endeavor.  Veliz has published Paul Pedroza's 'And the Dead will Rise and Save Us,' and will also release Jeff Sirkin's 'Travelers Aid Society.'

Lau will read a poem from Sirkin's poetry collection to close out the program.

Learn more about Veliz Books at http://www.velizbooks.com/.

Aired March 13, 2016

JR Hernandez / UTEP News Service

  Guest host Richard Dayoub of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce chats with Patrick Schaefer, the new executive director of the Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness.  The institute is located on the UTEP campus and collects and maps data on the Borderplex region, which consists of Southern New Mexico, West Texas, and Northern Chihuahua.  The Paso del Norte trade route was a north-south and east-west trade route for centuries, and it remains so to this day.  The Hunt Institute aims to find solutions to facilitate cooperation between the two nations. 

Barrio Panther is a literary magazine composed of professors, rock-n-rollers, and graffiti artists that’s here to bring the streets to us. Here to talk about it, are its creators Alex "Rocka" Alvarez, Carlos "Chuck" Espinoza and Dave "Grave" Herrera.   

The El Paso Opera Presents Carmen  on March 17 and 19, 2016 at 7:30 pm in the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Sishel Claverie, our lead who recently performed as Carmen with New Rochelle Opera, Tenor Cooper Nolan who has been praised by Musical America as a “bright, shining tenor” and artistic Director David Holloway, who has served as the Director of the Santa Fe Opera's Apprentice Singer's Program since 2005 talk about the production.

Norma Martinez

  John White, Garden Curator of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens at UTEP, returns to give us a preview of some of the amazing native and adapted plants & trees that will be available at next month's Native Plant Sale (April 23-24).  Hear about the Angelita Daisies, Blackfoot Daisies, Zinnias, Penstemons, Oaks, etc, that you can use to beautify your landscape!

Denise will also give us some details on the March 19 Summer Vegetable Workshop & Sale taking place at the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension.  Information & registration available online at http://txmg.org/elpaso/event/2016-summer-vegetable-workshop-plant-sale/ or by calling 915-771-2354.

Aired March 12, 2016

  Late winter and early spring are usually when the cinematic dregs show up at the cinema, but two exceptions are in theatres now.  Jeanne Creel joins us to tell us about the PG-rated Disney animated film "Zootopia" and Tina Fey's latest release, "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot."  These films play to entirely different audiences - find out which plays best for you!

Plus, if you can't make it to a movie theatre, Jeanne offers a streaming alternative for Shakespeare fans...and Charles makes a few suggestions if you still are suffering from "Downton Abbey" withdrawal.

Aired March 12, 2016

  If you made $54,000 or less in 2015, you are eligible for free tax preparation courtesy of the VITA program. On the next FOCUS ON CAMPUS, Ruby Alvarez of GECU and Alfonso Soto, CPA and tax law attorney, tell us more about the free tax prep opportunities available to the community both on and off the UTEP campus.

Dogs aged 7 and older are considered seniors, and just because they aren't adorable little puppies doesn't mean they can't still be your best friend! On the next EL PASO PRIME TIME, veterinarian Dr. Judy Morgan joins us to tell us the advantages to adopting a senior pet. 

David Holloway is the new Artistic Director of El Paso Opera.  Holloway is also the director of Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Singers Program.  Holloway joins us to tell us about El Paso Opera’s upcoming production of “Carmen,” with performances March 17 & 19 at 7:30pm at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. 

  John White, Curator of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens at UTEP, joins us to tell us about the upcoming SunSCAPE workshop, which plans to educate participants in irrigation, landscape design, plants, trees, and ways to garden in harmony with the desert.  The class is March 12, 8am-4:30pm, at the UTEP Centennial Museum, and information is available by calling Kaye Mullins at 915-747-8994.  The deadline to apply is Thu March 10.  

Aired March 5, 2016

Discovery Institute

  Stephen C. Meyer is director of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture in Seattle.   A former geophysicist and college professor, he has authored the New York Times best seller 'Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design' (HarperOne, 2013), as well as 'Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design' (HarperOne, 2009).  He joins us on the next Science Studio to talk with Keith Pannell and guest co-host Ricardo Bernal to talk about why he believes Intelligent Design best explains the complexity of life over Darwin’s theory of evolution.  


Aired March 6, 2016

  GIRL WAITS WITH GUN is based on the true 1914 story of three sisters whose buggy is run down by a belligerent silk factory owner and the dispute that follows. The book's author, AMY STEWART, joins us on WORDS ON A WIRE to tell us more about the book's real-life inspiration and her desire to write historical fiction after writing 6 books of nonfiction.

Aired March 6, 2016

  In our Words on a Wire interview with Amy Stewart, she mentions how she relates to readers in book clubs.  Host Tim Hernandez shares his love of book clubs, and talks about some experiences he's had when book clubs have discussed his books.

Aired March 6, 2016

  El Paso native and theatre professional Adriana Lopez Villareal joins us to talk about how she theater and why she believes in sharing her knowledge with youth.  Adriana is also a poet, and she will read the original poem, Como Emborrachar mi Corazón.

Aired March 6, 2016

UTEP has entered a new generation of student engagement and professional preparation. The university's ambitions new plan aims to engage students from the moment they enroll through their post-graduation professional careers. To tell us more about UTEP's Quality Enhancement Plan, Associate Provost David Ruiter and Associate Director of Creative Studios Steve Varela join us on the next FOCUS ON CAMPUS.

The Juilliard String Quartet is coming to El Paso on Saturday, March 12. Of note is that the cellist, Joel Krosnick is retiring after this season after 42 years with the Quartet, and this will be one of his final performances. He also happens to be Zuill Bailey's teacher from his days at Juilliard and has been his mentor over Zuill’s career. Here to tell us all about it is Felipa Solis of El Paso Pro Musica.

Painter Rhonda Dore has been working on painting after painting, exploring her love for color, watching it unfurl in her studio and take on shapes and brushwork we haven't seen from her before. It's been blooming slowly across wood and canvas for months, and soon it will be time to share it when her solo show opens on Thursday, March 10th at the Art Avenue Gallery. 

  The HOLLYWOOD SHORTIES were America's smallest professional basketball team. The team consisted of working actors in Hollywood who also happened to be little people. The team launched in the 1950s and continued to play into the 1980s. Hear their story with "The Hollywood Shorties" director, Ryan Steven Green on this edition of ON FILM. Ryan had a personal connection with the Shorties - his uncle was a little person who played with the team and who also played an Ewok in Return of the Jedi.   http://hollywoodshorties.net/

Aired March 5, 2016

UTEP's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETaL; http://cetal.utep.edu) hosts its 13th International Sun Conference on Teaching and Learning at UTEP on March 17-18, 2016, with about 90 presentations and 200 attendees expected from several states and countries.  Attendees can register at the conference or get a reduced rate by registering online by March 11.  CETaL Director Dr. Larry Lesser joins us to tell us more about our region's premier educational conference (http://cetal.utep.edu/sun/).

  Dr. Patricia Tallman has worked professionally in the Environmental Engineering industry, and her experiences eventually led her to adopt a vegan diet for environmental and ethical reasons.  She joins us to talk about her new book, The Restore-Our-Planet Diet, to better inform readers about the environmental impact of what we consume.  The numbers are staggering.  If the entire planet adopted a Western diet, we would need 4 planet Earths to produce the needed resources to feed humans on just 1 Earth.  And, if we look on a smaller scale, it takes over 1700 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of ground beef.  Join us for this enlightening conversation.  


Aired Feb 28, 2016.

Center for Biological Diversity, Robin Silver

  The latest in animal activism and vegan-related news:

The National Park Service has begun the controversial decision to rounding up hundreds of bison inside Yellowstone National Park to be systematically slaughtered.  Cattle ranchers complain that bison compete with their herds for grass, and that bison carry brusellosis, a disease which causes livestock to spontaneously abort.  Read an op-ed piece about the decision in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/15/opinion/the-bison-roundup-the-government-wants-to-hide.html?_r=0

The Animal Legal Defense Fund has scored a victory that sets a precedent for endangered animals in captivity.  As a result of the suit, 4 tigers and 3 lemurs have been ordered removed from a roadside zoo where they were living under unacceptable conditions.  Read the article here: http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/aldf-scores-first-victory-in-an-endangered-species-act-lawsuit-on-behalf-of-endangered-animals-in-captivity/

The Center for Biological Diversity is reporting that the number of endangered Mexican Gray Wolves in New Mexico and Arizona have decreased to under 100, likely due to illegal killings, low survival rates of pups, and possibly inbreeding due to a diminishing gene pool.  Read the article here: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2016/mexican-gray-wolf-02-18-2016.html

Aired Feb 28, 2016

  Vanadium is a little-known chemical element and a transition metal.  It is also an element that's currently being tested for use in anti-diabetic agents.  Vanadium compounds are shown in clinical trials to normalize blood glucose levels.  Debbie Crans, a Professor of Chemistry at Colorado State University, will join us to tell us more about this common element which can be found in soils, seeds, water, and even your mug of beer.

Aired Feb. 28, 2016

  JJ AMAWORO WILSON is the author of the novel DAMNIFICADOS, which is set in a building that was inspired by the unfinished skyscraper known as the Tower of David. This tower is home to squatters of various backgrounds and nationalities who create their own communities, schools, bakeries, and even a militia. Blend this with elements of magical realism including mystical wolves, biblical floods, and multilingual ghosts, and you have a debut novel that's impossible to escape.https://jjawilson.wordpress.com/  Aired Feb 28, 2016

  Hosts Daniel Chacon and Tim Hernandez talk about getting lost in the landscape of a book.  Daniel explains how he felt he was trapped in Caracas' Tower of David (known as the world's tallest slum) while he was reading JJ Amaworo Wilson's debut novel "Damnificados," whose setting is inspired by the building.  And Tim shares a story of getting caught up in a landscape of his own creation.

Aired Feb 28, 2016

David Brown, host of Texas Standard, joins us to talk about the history behind this show and about bringing the show to El Paso listeners.  Texas Standard will air Mondays through Fridays at 9 a.m. beginning February 29 on KTEP!