Daniel welcomes Richard Blanco, the poet who read at President Obama's second inauguration. Blanco's latest work is a memoir, "The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood," and he talks about learning about himself while writing about his Cuban immigrant family, and how he had to separate himself from his "poet" self in order to write his memoir. The discussion also focuses on the humor in the book, especially Blanco's musings on the culture clash over American vs Cuban food. http://richard-blanco.com/
Jamie Flores is the Program and Education Director at the El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center. She joins us to tell us about the museum's new children's exhibit, Remember Me: Children of the Holocaust, which is designed to educate children as young as 6 about the Holocaust in age-sensitive, interactive way. Flores also talks about upcoming fundraisers for the museum, including the Tour de Tolerance taking place August 21 at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino.
Linda Calk, Ian Wilson, and Susan Sobin of OLLI at UTEP (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) spend time in the KTEP studios to tell us about many of the fascinating courses available for adults 50 and older. Classes range from Tai Chi, How to Research Your Family Tree, presidential politics and how they have changed history, to Ukulele.
Classes begin Tue. Sept 6, registration is open Aug 15-26. Enroll by phone at 915-747-6280 or 915-747-8848, or visit http://olliatutep.org/
$70 per semester, unlimited classes. Parking passes will be provided.
El Late Nite con Badia is a Television show that takes us back to the Dick Cavvett Days of TV—loads of fun, self-aware to a point of self-mockery, and more than anything—it feels new because it’s so old.
The highlight of the show? Our beautiful border and the people that make it happen. Here to tell us all about it, is the crew that puts it together—Antonio Badia, Gabe Ruiz and Eduardo Espinosa.
Remember Me: Children of the Holocaust is the harrowing story of the Holocaust as told through the eyes of its youngest victims and survivors. Using diaries and survivor testimonies the story unfolds of lives forever changed by bigotry and prejudice.
This exhibit is the El Paso Holocaust Museum's first exhibit designed and curated entirely in-house. This is also EPHM’s first exhibit created entirely about children and for children. Remember Me: Children of the Holocaust will run through October 9 and admission is free.
Here to tell us all about it is Jamie Flores, Programming and Education Director for the El Paso Holocaust Museum.
Cooler summer means an increase in hummingbird activity in the garden! On this program we'll find out some interesting facts about these feisty little hummers, including the remarkable ability to remember your yard if you have yummy feeders or plants...and we'll learn what we can do to keep them in our yards.
A terrific resource for learning about hummingbirds in the Southwest is the book Hummingbird Plants of the Southwest by Marcy Scott.
Adriana Montenegro immersed herself in European art house and French New Wave films in college. She is sharing her love of foreign films with the community in the Cineboom film series. Upcoming films include "Blue is the Warmest Color" (Aug 22), "City of God" (Aug 29), "Pan's Labyrinth" (Sept 5), and many more. Films screen Mondays at sundown at Boomtown, 2430 Wyoming, in the patio.
Jorge Vasquez is the Executive Director of UTEP Special Events, and he joins us to tell us about some of the acts coming to the UTEP campus (Maná, Juan Gabriel, monster trucks), and why it is so difficult to book big-name acts.
The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce has the floor on this program, as guest host Richard Dayoub, President & CEO of the Chamber, welcomes Marybeth Stevens, Chair of the Board of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, and Jackie Butler, Vice President of the Chamber's Government Relations & Education Division. Among other topics, they discuss the Chamber's Inner City Visits to cities like Oklahoma City and Nashville to learn how they were able to revitalize their downtown areas and incorporate those ideas to El Paso's downtown revitalization.
Lisa Versaci and John Papola are the husband-and-wife filmmakers behind "At the Fork." Lisa, a vegetarian, and omnivore John take a trip to factory farms to explore the moral dilemma between how animals are treated at these facilities and why we choose to eat them despite knowing the cruel facts. Oftentimes, its the farmers themselves who encounter the moral dilemmas.
Keith & Russ talk with Kevin Burgess, Professor of Chemistry, Texas A&M University, College Station TX. Burgess talks about the importance of learning how proteins interact, and which molecules interact best with others. Resulting research has led to advances in fighting HIV, diabetes, and cancer. Burgess also talks about his work with florescent molecules and how they can be used to mark DNA strands or view interactions between proteins inside a cell.
*Audio is forthcoming* Brazilian native JULIANA BARBASSA is the author of "Dancing with the Devil in the City of God: Rio de Janeiro and the Olympic Dream." The book profiles the city of Rio de Janeiro as it struggled with poverty and corruption in preparation for 2016 Olympic Games. http://julianabarbassa.com/Aired Aug. 14, 2016
Host Daniel Chacón talks with Lee Ann Roripaugh, author of the poetry collection "Dandarians." This collection grew out of "word betrayals," English words misunderstood in transmission from her Japanese mother that came to take on symbolic ramifications in her early years. Daniel and Lee talk about the interesting words that they have come to love over the years, and explore how Lee's musical background plays into her poetry's musicality.
For the Poem of the Week, Lee Ann Roripaugh reads the final poem in her collection, Dandarians - "The Violin Thief."
Ilana Lapid is a filmmaker and an assistant professor at New Mexico State University. Her latest project, Yochi, was filmed in Belize with non-actors, and tells the story of two brothers - the younger one who is selectively mute after his grandfather dies, and the older one who turns to poaching to pay his debts.
A fundraising screening of an unfinished version of Yochi will screen at the Plaza Classic Film Festival on Saturday, August 13 at 4 p.m., at the El Paso Community Foundation's Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon. Admission and donations will assist in the film's completion.
Longtime border journalist Diana Washington Valdez joins us on this program to talk about her career. A native of El Paso, she talks about some of the early stories she covered, the groundbreaking work she did in reporting on the missing & murdered women of Ciudad Juarez, and the reporting she currently does for the Digie Zone (http://thedigiezone.com/).
We are invited to pay homage to some of the greatest musicians from our community with The Barrio Soul Mural created by artist Cimi Alvarado.
The mural that features bands such as The Birdland Combo, The Rythmairs, The Nite-Dreamers, The El Paso Drifters, Little Mike , Charlie Miller and the Jives and of course, the man that shared all the music with us, the legendary Steve Crosno is located at 523 S. Campbell in Segundo Barrio between thrid and fourth streets.
Here to tell us all about it, are artist Jesus “Cimi” Alvarado and Kathleen Decker.
It's almost back-to-school time, and maybe your kids' school is thinking of starting up a garden on campus. On this program, we'll hear about the endless possibilities in a school garden tended by students and teachers.
If your school would like assistance from the Master Gardeners on how to get your school garden started, call 915-771-2354.
Adults age 50 & older are invited to take advantage of classes for your second 50 years through OLLI at UTEP. OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) offers a variety of classes including presidential politics, our relationship with food, fishing for seniors, the history of coffee, and much more. On this program, we'll hear from OLLI Publicity Coordinator Susan Sobin and OLLI's Executive Director Ian Wilson of OLLI. Registration for Fall classes is open from August 15-26, and classes begin Sept. 6. For information, call 915-747-8848 or 915-747-6280, or visit http://olliatutep.org/. Aired Aug. 12, 2016
Keith & Russ talk with Jason White, from the Department of Analytical Chemistry at the Connecticut Agricultural Experimental Station. White talks about testing the toxicity of nanomaterials against plants. He has found that smaller particles of nanomaterials such as silver tend to be more toxic than larger particles, especially when they begin to accumulate.
Arlene Pellicane is the author of '31 Days to Becoming a Happy Mom' (www.arlenepellicane.com), one of several books that follow the '31 Day' formula based on Biblical lessons. She joins us to share her life lessons. Aired Aug. 7, 2016
On this program we'll hear a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Jon Meacham, whose portrait of President George H.W. Bush is called 'DESTINY AND POWER: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush.' Meacham used Bush's tape-recorded diaries to shed light on the life & career of this very private man. http://www.jonmeacham.com/
Daniel talks with Heather Hartley, author of the poetry collection "Knock Knock." Heather is the Paris editor for Tin House magazine and curates Shakespeare & Company Bookshop's weekly reading series in Paris. She was also a visiting online MFA professor at the University of Texas at El Paso. Heather talks about how her move to Paris inspired "Knock Knock," and why much of poetry is either about or inspired by travel. In this interview, she also explains why the works of Dr. Seuss were such a huge influence on her poetry, and why humor is so very important in writing poetry. http://www.heatherhartleyink.com/
For today's Poem of the Week, Heather Hartley treats us to a poem from her forthcoming collection, Adult Swim.
Hospitals of Providence Memorial Campus, Sierra Campus and East Campus have been recognized by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) and the Department of State Health Services for achieving one of the highest reported rates in the state for its work to protect newborns from Hepatitis B virus infection. Joining us on this program are Sandra Olivas and Sonia Lopez, RNs with the Mother-Baby Unit at the Hospitals of Providence. Over 99% of babies born in the Sierra and East campuses are immunized against Hepatitis B.
Guest host Richard Dayoub welcomes El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles for a conversation about crime prevention, racial profiling, the consequences of drunk driving, and plans for a memorial for fallen officers.