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Do you enjoy the outdoors? How would you like to explore some of the wonders of the Las Cruces/El Paso area and be back by noon? Kevin Bixby of the Southwest Environmental Center shares more on the "Back by Noon" program, as well as many others the organization has to offer.

Immigration reform has always been a political football in our American system. This week, we feature a conversation with Dylan Corbett, Director of the Hope Border Institute, who tells us about efforts underway to help immigrants in our border region.

UTEP's very own professors Irasema Coronado and Zita Arocha tell all as they prepare a group of students they will be taking to Cuba as a study abroad course offered this summer to learn more about the country.

The Prospector's Gaby Velasquez.

Corey Bailey and Pamela Johnson join us to share what El Paso can expect on the upcoming 11th annual Gospel Explosion. This concert features music, dance, and poetry all inspired by gospel music held at the UTEP Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall.

In part one of this two-part episode, Dr. Sally Perry, Executive Director of the Sinclair Lewis Society and Associate Dean at Illinois State University, talks about the 1935 book "It Can't Happen Here." On the second half, UTEP graduate student and PhD. candidate David Robles, along with UTEP history professors Dr. Sam Brunk and Yolanda Leyva tell the audience what they can expect at UTEP's Borderlands History Complex.

Lobbyists are no strangers to Congress and one national organization is helping students learn the ropes  of it all. Brenda Luna and Katie Breslin from the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) join us in the studio as they share their ongoing efforts with students on improving immigration reform.

Local pharmacist Nick Stark addresses common concerns and questions many may face when being prescribed new medications, or assisting a loved one with pharmaceutical care. Stark is also the Owner/President of Stark Health Consulting and the Founder of Less Money More Travel.

Hector Garcia is an evolutionary psychologist and he will be sharing his ideas about the nature of god and religion based on our evolutionary psychology. He will also be discussing his book "Alpha God: The Psychology of Religious Violence and Oppression". Garcia is from  the Veterans Administration in San Antonio and an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio. 

https://evolution-institute.org/profile/hector-garcia/

Aired March 3, 2017

On the first half of Perspectives, New York Times Best Selling author Sandra Brown joins to discuss her newest book "Sting". Brown is the author of 68 New York Times Best Sellers, she has more than a million copies of her books worldwide and her work has been translated into 34 languages.  
http://sandrabrown.net/

On the second half of Perspectives, New Your Times Bestselling author J.A. Jance dicusses her new book "Downfall", the latest installment in her Joanna Brady series. 

http://www.jajance.com/jajance.com/joanna-brady.html

Aired March 5, 2017 

Host Tim Z. Hernandez speaks to returning guest the author Kate Schatz to discuss her newest book "Rad Women Worldwide", the follow up to her book "Rad American Women A-Z". Plus the Poet Laureate of Texas, Laurie Ann Guerrero joins in on the conversation and provides a Poetic License. 

http://radamericanwomen.com/

http://www.arts.texas.gov/initiatives/texas-state-artist/current-state-artists/#guerrero

Aired March 5, 2017

El Dorado High School art teacher, Candie Printz and her students have been on a journey inspired by a book that focuses on positive impacts within your community. In the spirit of this book, teachers were encouraged to submit project ideas to improve their community. Candie proposed that her students adopt a section of desert to clean up and create art with found objects from their clean up site. 

La Mujer Obrera hosts FLOR Y CANTO: Telling Our Stories, on International Women's Day, Wednesday, March 8th at 12pm at Cafe Mayapan.

The community is invited to a dialogue featuring local female innovators in the arts such as historian and writer, Dr. Yolanda Leyva, musician Amalia Mondragón, poet Gris Muñoz, and artist Christian Cardenas.

With spring and tree blossoms starting to bloom you may considering planting a tree yourself. But what tree is the right tree for you? Hosts Denise Rodriguez and John White are joined by Oscar Mestas to talk about tree selection. Mestas is a certified arborist and municipal specialist and the former regional forester for Texas A&M Forest service.  

Aired March 5, 2017

Documentary films do more than just document, the transport the viewer to places and expand our view of the the world creating a unique experience. The recently completed documentary, "The Tenth Step", is an example of a documentary that provides that experience to the viewer. " The Tenth Step" chronicles one man's journey to retrace a life spent in extreme adventuring in and around the Himalayas. The film serves both as a documentary and an engrossing memoir. Charles Horak is joined by Gerry Moffatt, the films director and subject, and Pia Saengswang the film's writer and producer.

http://www.thunderdragonmedia.org/the-tenth-step-trailer/

Aired March 5, 2017

John White is the garden curator at the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens on the UTEP Campus.  He joins us to talk about the plants, trees, and shrubs that have transformed the UTEP campus, and about fall planting. Aired October 23, 2015.  

For centuries mankind thought there was a distant planet out there beyond from what was already known, Planet X. Well it turns out there is a planet out there, what was once thought to be Planet X is now known as Planet 9. Professor Mike Brown from  CalTech joins Dr. Pannell to discuss his discovery of the distant Planet 9. Mike Brown is a Professor of Planetary Astronomy at the California Institute of Science. He will provide some illumination on Planet 9. 

http://www.caltech.edu/news/caltech-researchers-find-evidence-real-ninth-planet-49523

http://web.gps.caltech.edu/~mbrown/

Aired. Feb 26, 2017

Hollie Overton talks about her childhood, how her Texas upbringing has influenced her work, and her journey to becoming a writer. Her first novel "Babydoll", a thriller, is already causing quite a stir catching the attention of authors such as  international best seller Tess Gerritsen. 

There is much more to multi award winning bestselling poet Richard Jarrett's work. On this episode of Words on a Wire, Jarrett speaks with host Daniel Chacón about his influences and inspirations. Join in and find out how Jarrett made the switch between being a psychologist to a poet, how his small town in which he lives in and the people who inhabit it inspire and encourage his work and how he translates life experiences into surreal almost mystical poetry.  Jarrett's latest book of poetry is titled "A Hundred Million Years of Nectar Dances". 

Aired Feb. 26, 2017

With spring around the corner it's easy to start feeling anxious to go out and start gardening and try new gardening tips, tricks and techniques. Luckily the El Paso Master Gardeners have have many events planned to spring up your interest in the coming weeks. You can meet the Master Gardeners at the Home and Garden Show (March 10-12) or you can attend a Sunscape class (915-747-8994 to register for the March 11th program). Plus Denise Rodriguez and John White tackle weeds, giving tips on how to handle the weeds that may have sprung up in your garden.  

http://txmg.org/elpaso/events/

Aired Feb. 25, 2017

The bold acrylic abstractions of Ricardo Chavarria emanate and pulse with color, light, and a unique internal energy, which seems to both radiate and move back within itself.

Chavarria uses plastic syringes and squeeze bottles to apply his thick paint. The resulting creations are the product of an interesting tension of processes: improvisation of color and design choices evolving within the strict parameters of an initial center point and grid system, and time-intensive labor producing a uniform surface akin to manufactured rubber.

Ricardo Chavarria talks about his art and technique.

Desconocida Unknown Ukjent is an international art project by Norwegian artist Lise Bjørne Linnert that utilizes a mass collaboration, the stitching of nametags to protest the murder of women in Ciudad Juaréz, Mexico and in remembrance of similar crimes worldwide.

Host Charles Horak is joined by Jay Duncan, local film historian and director of the Sunset Film Society. On this episode of On Film, Duncan talks about the Sunset Film Society's  March series which will spotlight El Paso. El Paso has hosted major movie productions and the March series will show 3 films that brought major actors to the border and made El Paso a star. 

http://www.sunsetfilmsociety.org/

David Sanchez and Monica Zuniga from the UTEP Human Resource department stop by the studio to talk about the the Employee Assistance Program: Ignite a Spark. This program is a series of online seminars that is meant to foster creativity. David and Monica all talk about other resources and training opportunities that the UTEP Human Resource department offers for all employees. 

Aired Feb. 24, 2017

People who can learn in groups can do better than those individually, that is the driving concept behind Peer Led Team Learning (PLTL). This week on Science Studio Dr. Pratibha Varma-Nelson, a world authority in the concept of PLTL, discusses the importance of PLTL and how it functions. 

http://pltlis.org/recognition-of-dr-pratibha-varma-nelson/

Aired Feb. 19, 2017

Dr. Nigel Hamilton is a historian and author of various biographies including biographies of President John F Kennedy and President Bill Clinton. On this episode of Perspectives Dr. Hamilton discusses his latest book "Commander in Chief: FDR's Battle with Churchill 1943". This most recent book is part two of the trilogy, "FDR at War". 

Aired Feb. 19, 2017

Ocean Vuong is a poetry phenomena. His first and only book, thus far, titled  "Night Sky with Exit Wounds" is a poetry best seller.  Vuong joins host Daniel Chacón to discuss his book, his upcoming writing projects and his creative process.

http://www.oceanvuong.com/ 

Aired. Feb 19, 2017

One year ago, The Desert Triangle Carpeta brought together artists from the entire southwest to share their love of printmaking with the region. This year, they will continue to showcase excellent printmakers from Mexico City, Oaxaca, San Antonio and El Paso, during their Postre Prints show at the Purple Gallery in downtown El Paso. 

The annual V-Day El Paso production of the 'Vagina Monologues' by Eve Ensler celebrates 16 years in El Paso on February 24th, 2017 at Touch Bar & Nightclub (800 E. San Antonio Avenue) and February 25th and 26th at the Hyatt Place Hotel (6030 Gateway Blvd East).

Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8pm with a Sunday matinee at 2:30pm. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to a local non-profit in El Paso that raise awareness of violence against women and sexual assault. Here to tell us all about this year’s production of the Vagina Monologues is Alexander Wright. 

The temperatures might be warming up but that doesn't meant that your garden is safe from freezing temperatures. Host Denise Rodriguez is joined by Garden Curator of the UTEP Centennial Museum and Gardens.  John White to discuss cold weather tips for your garden. 

Aired Feb. 18, 2017

The El Paso Symphony is presenting the multimedia project "Copeland In Mexico" featuring a special screening of the 1935 Mexican film "Redes" paired with a live performance of the film's musical score by renowned Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas. Host Charles Horak is joined by Revueltas scholar Roberto Kolb to discuss this special intersection of music and cinema. 

http://www.epso.org/season.sstg

Aired. Feb 18, 2017

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