Actor Robert Nichols, best known for his appearances on sci-fi classics "This Island Earth" and "The Thing from Another World," passed away on March 21, 2013, at age 88. One of Nichols' earliest films was the 1956 epic, "Giant," starring Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor. In this conversation recorded on August 20, 2008, at the very first Plaza Classic Film Festival, Charles talks on stage with Robert Nichols about what it was like to film this masterpiece with Hudson, Taylor, and James Dean. Aired April 6, 2013.
Louie welcomes Tom Fullerton back into the studio to talk about the border economy. Fullerton is a Professor of Economics & Finance with the UTEP College of Business. He talks about the UTEP Border Region Modeling Project (http://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?alias=academics.utep.edu/border), as well as the urban revitalization of downtown El Paso, and about the changes happening on the UTEP campus, both aesthetically and academically. Fullerton also talks about why so many young people migrate out of El Paso after college only to return, and about the job prospects for recent graduates. Aired March 30, 2013.
Dennis Woo talks with Nancy Ontiveros, Director of Marketing for Homegrown El Paso; and Charles Dodds, President of Homegrown El Paso. they talk about the 200+ businesses that are members of the nonprofit organization, Homegrown El Paso, which promotes a vibrant climate for locally-owned independent businesses in El Paso. They discuss the importance of buying locally.
Homegrown El Paso is holding its annual fundraising dinner on Tuesday, April 2, at the El Paso Club (18th floor of the Chase Bank Building downtown). The special guest at the dinner is new UTEP football coach, Sean Kugler. For tickets call Nancy Ontiveros at 915-240-8804, or visit www.homegrownelpaso.com.
Denise, Bill, and Norma talk with Dave Turner, vegetable specialist with the Texas Master Gardeners and president of the Master Gardeners Association. It's part 1 of our Tomato Show, and Turner will talk about how we should prep our soil and why now is the ideal time to plant our tomatoes instead of later in the season. Turner also explains what differentiates indeterminate tomatoes from determinate tomatoes. Aired March 30, 2013.
Louie talks with Stacey Sowards, Associate Professor at the UTEP Department of Communication. Sowards was recently named one of the Top 25 Women Professors in Texas (http://onlineschoolstexas.com/top-college-professors-in-texas/women/), and was a recent recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Teaching Award from the Western States Communication Association. Sowards talks about the 3-year grant that allows her to take her students to Indonesia to coordinate the program "Enhancing Behavior Change Through Conservation Programs." She also talks about the impact that language has on people, and why words are so powerful when it comes to motivation. Aired March 29, 2013.
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
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or April Perez at email@example.com.