Tom & Greg talk with filmmaker Karol Orzechowski, director & producer of "Maximum Tolerated Dose," a feature-length documentary which follows the scientists & researchers who worked directly with animal experimentation in laboratories, and whose ethical concerns caused them to chose a different path. Orzechowski talks about the experiences of some of these scientists, and explains why much of the research done on lab animals is not medical nature. www.maximumtolerateddose.org
Plus, Adirenne Lusk, coordinator of the Texas Veg Fest in Austin TX, gives us a brief overview of the April 6 event which features a tremendous lineup of live music, food, cooking demos, guest speakers, and more. www.texasvegfest.com
It's time for March Madness, so we are happy to present a rebroadcast of an interview with author and former UTEP & NMSU basketball coach, Rus Bradburd; and legendary former head coach of the University of Arkansas, Nolan Richardson. Rus wrote a biography of Coach Richardson in 2011 called "Forty Minutes of Hell: The Extraordinary Life of Nolan Richardson." Rus talks about why he chose to write about Nolan Richardson, who was the first black coach at a southern school to win an NCAA Championship. Coach Richardson talks about his career path that led to his position as head coach for the University of Arkansas. He was raised in El Paso's Segundo Barrio where he faced some racism, but he experienced a sort of freedom when crossing the border into Mexico.
Originally aired Feb 6, 2010, re-aired March 23, 2013.
In observance of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Dennis continues his conversation with Dr. Navkiran Shokar and Maria Chaparro of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. In this extended online interview, they discuss why colorectal cancer affects such a broad swath of the population. Dr. Shokar also describes the pros & cons of the 3 exams which are used to detect colorectal cancer: a stool home test, a colonoscopy, and a flexible sigmoidoscopy. She also goes through the risk factors of colorectal cancer and the steps we can take to lower our risk.
Dr. Shokar and her colleagues will be presenting a lecture on colorectal cancer which will also feature a large, walk-thru colon, on Wednesday, March 27, 5:30-6:30pm, Room 1200 of the Medical Education Bldg of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, 5001 El Paso Dr. RSVP at 915-757-3178 ext 302, or email Maria Chaparro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While visiting El Paso, award-winning, internationally-known visual artist, Ann James Massey, talks about her recovery from a severe injury to her painting hand and her career as a master of realism before returning to Paris, France, her home since 1994.
In a rebroadcast from Sept. 25, 2010, Norma & Bill talk with Mark Muegge, associate professor and extension entomologist with Texas A&M. Muegge talks about the different plants and colors that attract butterflies to our landscapes, and about the types of butterflies we can commonly find in El Paso. He also talks about the kinds of plants we can sacrifice to the caterpillars so they can voraciously feed and eventually metamorphose into butterflies! For more information, visit the North American Butterfly Association, www.naba.org. Aired March 23, 2013.
Charles talks with Bobby Gutierrez, senior lecture at the UTEP Department of Communication, about UTEP's Film Studies courses. Gutierrez explains why his classes are not all about sitting back and watching a movie every week, but teaching students about the language of filmmaking and understanding a filmmaker's vision. He also explains why Film Studies attracts students of all degree plans, not just liberal arts. To view the course load for a minor in Film Studies at UTEP, visit http://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=66291. Aired March 23, 2013.
Louie talks with John White, curator of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens at the Centennial Museum on the UTEP campus. John talks about why El Paso is such a tricky place for spring planting, especially with strong winds, a possibility of a late freeze, and the quick rise in temperatures in April. John also gives us a preview of the FloraFEST, the annual native plant sale that benefits the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens, taking place April 27 & 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., outside the Undergraduate Learning Center, next to the Centennial Museum. The public will be able to purchase colorful plants, trees, and shrubs that use a minimal amount of water. The FloraFEST also includes guest speaker, author & botanist George Miller, who will deliver a talk on April 26 at the UTEP Undergraduate Learning Center. Learn more at www.museum.utep.edu, or call 915-747-5565.
Host Dennis Woo talks with Dr. Navkiran Shokar of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC). Dr. Shokar talks about colorectal cancer awareness and why this disease s entirely treatable and even preventable with the proper screening. She talks about Accion, an outreach program developed by TTUHSC to increase awareness about colorectal cancer screening to senior centers, churches, clinics, and uninsured members of the community. Learn more at http://www.ttuhsc.edu/fostersom/accion/default.aspx, or call 915-745-4496.
In the 2nd half of the program Dennis talks with April Perez of the Metropolitan Community Church of El Paso. The church is presenting a fundraising performance of the Jon Marans play "The Temperamentals," which focuses on gay political activism in the 1950s. Funds from the performance will go to the construction of a new church building. The performance is Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m., at the El Playhouse, 2501 Montana. Ticket information is available by contacting Beverly Cotton at email@example.com, or April Perez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bill, Denise, and Norma talk with Mike Hardiman, forecaster with the National Weather Service in Santa Teresa, and regional coordinator of the Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS). Hardiman talks about how the community can get involved in measuring rainfall (and the lack of it) and reporting it online to be used by National Weather Service meteorologists, the USDA, researchers, and many others. March is CoCoRaHS's annual recruitment drive, and they are trying to increase the number of El Pasoans and others in the region to report their rainfall. www.cocorahs.org.
Greg, Tom, and Liz talk with Jenny Brown, co-founder & director of the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. Brown explains how a childhood bout with cancer and the companionship of a cat awakened her awareness to the inner lives of animals. As an adult, Brown did undercover investigations of factory farms to try to expose the abuses at these facilities. Brown also talks about trying to convince people that there really is no difference between our beloved companion animals and the animals at factory farms who eventually end up on our grocery shelves as bacon or ground beef. www.woodstocksanctuary.org
Host Dennis Woo welcomes back Laura Cruz-Acosta, Marketing & Public Affairs Coordinator for Sun Metro. Cruz-Acosta talks about ways El Pasoans can take advantage of the 6 Park and Ride facilities across town, including an additional one that is being constructed in East El Paso. Cruz-Acosta also talks about new routes that Sun Metro is servicing, as well as the services available to individuals with special needs. www.sunmetro.net, 915-533-3333. Aired March 9, 2013.
David Grabarkewitz, Executive Director of the El Paso Opera, along with Desiree Mays, resident speaker and storyteller for The Santa Fe Opera since 1995, discuss the upcoming production of The Barber of Seville.
The Barber of Seville Thursday, March 14 and Saturday, March 16 at 7:30pm www.epopera.org
Socorro Diamondstein, Cultural Funding and Technical Assistance Coordinator with the City’s Museums and Cultural Affairs Department provides details of the upcoming grant application cycle for city-funded arts projects.
Denise, Bill, and Norma talk about preparing for spring gardening. It's time to cut back some of that dead winter's growth on our perennials. Denise also talks about the right type of soil mixture for our gardening beds and container plants. Aired March 9, 2013.