Greg, Liz, and Tom talk with Kathy Stevens, founder & director of the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, and author of "Animal Camp: Lessons in Love and Hope from Rescued Farm Animals." Kathy talks about the victims of animal hording that end up on her sanctuary, and why animal hording is so difficult to categorize as "animal cruelty." She also shares some of her favorite stories from "Animal Camp," and about the various ways the animals at the sanctuary touch human lives. http://casanctuary.org
Ben talks to his co-host Daniel Chacon about Daniel's brand new novel, "Hotel Juarez: Stories, Rooms and Loops." Now that Daniel has taken the plunge into short fiction, will he ever write novels again? Daniel also talks about why his way of writing can often be described as sparse or minimalist, and why the Stanislavski method of acting inspires his writing process. He also discusses a couple of the stories in the book, "Mujeres Muertas" and "Mais, Je Suis Chicano.” In the online-only extended interview, Daniel also talks about the story “Broca’s Area.” Click here to view the NPR book review of Hotel Juarez http://www.npr.org/2013/03/21/174976074/book-review-hotel-juarez. Aired June 9, 2013.
Theater Director, Joel Anguiano and Actress, Marilyn Wallace preview the El Paso Community College Performers Studio Summer Repertory 2013, which brings Broadway to El Paso with four summer productions.
Denise & Norma welcome back Regional Urban Forester Oscar Mestas of the Texas A&M Forest Service. Oscar gives us some watering tips for trees, which are especially important in these harsh drought conditions. He also talks about the State of Texas' decision to move Texas Arbor Day from February to the first Friday in November, a time of the year which is ideal for planting trees, especially for us in the Chihuahuan Desert region. Oscar also talks about the exciting tree climbing competitions that arborists from across the nation and around the world participate in to demonstrate their skills. Miguel Pastenes is an arborist who is a 6-time Texas Tree Climbing Champion, and is ranked 2nd in the nation. To view Miguel Pastenes on a work climb, visit
Louie talks with Steve Elliot, Laura Castaneda, Doug Mitchell, and Angel Cancino about the Dow Jones Multimedia Journalism Academy, a training program for journalism instructors at Hispanic-serving colleges and universities. They talk about the challenges of audio reporting versus print journalism. The final projects will be available at http://borderzine.com. Visit the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MultimediaTrainingAcademy
Louie talks with journalist Alfredo Corchado, who is the author of "Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent Into Darkness." Corchado is the Mexico Bureau Chief of the Dallas Morning News. Corchado talks about his early career in journalism and about his mother's influence on his life & career. A native of Mexico, Corchado studied in El Paso, yet decided to return to Mexico to be a reporter. He talks about an experience in which he received a death threat in Mexico City on the very night he was to celebrate an award. Corchado also explains why holding a U.S. passport may actually be a form of protection against narcos who might want him dead...a protection his Mexican colleagues do not have.
In a rebroadcast from April 10, 2010, Florence Schwein talks with Samuel Riccillo, director of the Biosemiotic Research Laboratory at UTEP. Ricillo talks about the role of human communication in the neurosocial evolution of the brain. He talks about the development of early childhood communication, and about a recent study involving researching the thinking process from low-level abstraction to high-level abstraction. Riccillo also explains why talking to yourself isn't necessarily a bad thing!
Rebecca Rivas, Visiting Assistant Professor of Voice and Movement with the UTEP Department of Theater and Dance discusses the upcoming staged readings of two Chicano plays and the Summer Theater and Dance Camps.
Alfredo Corchado, Mexico bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News, and noted expert on immigration, drug violence, and foreign policy between the U.S. and Mexico talks about the release of his new book Midnight In Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent into Darkness.
Denise & Norma talk with Oscar Mestas, Regional Urban Forester with the Texas A&M Forest Service. Oscar talks about why our trees often don't respond right away to severe environmental events, such as a hard freeze or an ongoing drought. Trees often display distress months or even years later, and trees in distress often invite pests and disease. Aired June 1, 2013.
In a rebroadcast from March 1, 2013, Louie talks with Richard Pineda, Associate Professor of Communication at UTEP, and newly-named director of the Sam Donaldson Center for Communication Studies on the UTEP campus. Pineda talks about the Sam Donaldson Center and what it offers to students and faculty. He also talks about his plans for the Center, which include a speaker series and creating an advisory board. Pineda also talks about the politics of immigration, amnesty, and the Mexican presidency, and how the border is uniquely affected by these issues.
Charles welcomes film historian Jay Duncan for a remembrance of stop-motion animation pioneer, Ray Harryhausen. Harryhausen is responsible for the remarkable animation work on films such as "7th Voyage of Sinbad," "Jason and the Argonauts," and "Mysterious Island." Harryhausen died May 7, 2013, at the age of 92. http://rayharryhausen.com, http://archive-editions.com/. Aired May 25, 2013.
Denise & Norma talk with Oscar Mestas, Regional Urban Forester with the Texas A&M Forest Service. Oscar talks about i-Tree Eco, a project which measures the cost benefits of trees in an urban community, such as air pollution reduction or energy savings. El Paso will be part of this study beginning on June 9, and researchers will be descending on 250 randomly-selected plots of land within the city limits to conduct their study. If your property is chosen to be part of the study, you will receive a postcard from the City of El Paso that you can mail back with permission to allow researchers onto your property. To learn more about i-Tree Eco, visit http://www.itreetools.org/eco/index.php, or call Oscar Mestas at 915-834-5610.
Greg & Tom talk with Carolyn Merino Mullin, Executive Director of the National Museum of Animals & Society, and Abbie Rogers, Collections Manager at the museum. They talk about a current exhibition at the museum, "Un-Cooped," which explores the cultural attitudes society holds towards the chicken, one of the most undervalued of all domesticated animals. Carolyn & Abbie talk about how most of us aren't exposed to chickens as our ancestors once were, so we don't tend to think twice about the abuse they suffer at factory farms. They also discuss the chicken-related colloquialisms we work into our every day language: "don't be a chicken," "she flew the coop," "don't get cocky," etc. To learn more about the exhibit, visit http://uncooped.org. Aired May 26, 2013.