Louie talks with John White, curator of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens at the UTEP Centennial Museum. John gives us the lowdown on holiday plant care, including the care of poinsettias, Christmas cacti, and live or cut Christmas trees. He also talks about why we shouldn't sing the praises of the parasitic, poisonous mistletoe! John also fills us in on holiday snacks such as pecans, and why the drought is affecting the supply. Aired Dec. 15, 2012.
Host Dennis Woo talks with Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack and her mother, Vangie Soza. Marquez-Sharpnack & Soza are co-authors of the "Muy Bueno Cookbook," and they talk about the family history and cultural traditions that led to this publication featuring over 100 recipes. They will be present at a booksigning & reading on Sat. Dec. 22, 2-4 p.m., at The Bookery, 10180 Socorro Rd. Treats featured in the cookbook will also be available. www.muybuenocookbook.com.
Dennis also talks with Estela Reyes, Director of Communication with Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, about the Navidad de La Fe Luminarias & Canned Food Drive event taking place Sat. Dec. 15, 6-10 p.m., along Scenic Drive. Scenic Dr. is closed to traffic during this event, except for westbound traffic. El Pasoans are invited to enjoy the display of luminarias and bring canned food or financial donations to benefit needy and hungry families in the region. www.lafe-ep.org, 915-545-7190.
Louie talks with photographer Teun Voeten, whose latest publication is "Narco Estado: Drug Violence in Mexico." He talks about his career covering war zones and areas of sociopolitical conflict, as well as his time covering the drug wars in Ciudad Juarez. Aired Dec. 14, 2012.
Dennis talks with Erin Pavolko from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) El Paso. Pavolko talks about efforts to remove the stigma from mental illness and instead treat its sufferers with sympathy and support. NAMI El Paso is a nonprofit grassroots organization that educates family members and those who suffer from mental illness. Free support groups are available Mondays from 7-9 p.m., at the University Behavioral Health Center, 1900 Denver Ave. NAMI offices are located at 4615 Alameda. For more information about their programs, call 915-534-5478, 915-534-5476, or visit www.nami.org/sites/namielpaso. Aired Dec. 8, 2012.
Greg, Liz, and Tom talk with James McWilliams, agricultural historian and author of "Just Food: Where Locavores get It Wrong and How We can Truly Eat Responsibly." McWilliams talks about the negatives to localizing food systems, including the cruelty behind slaughtering animals for food. He also explains why the locavore movement is often less about food than it is an anti-globazation protest. McWilliams also talks about the saga of Bill & Lou, two oxen at Green Mountain College in Vermont, who sparked an international debate over sustainable agriculture and the eating of animals. Part 1 of a 2-part interview. http://james-mcwilliams.comAired Dec. 9, 2012.
Russ talks with Xiaoqin "Elaine" Li, professor of Physics at the University of Texas at Austin. She introduces us to quantum dots, colloids, and the field of plasmonics, and how they can be used to create more efficient light sources. www.ph.utexas.edu/person/li_xiaoqinAired Dec. 9, 2012.
Louie talks with Laurie Paternoster, owner of Lynx Exhibits; and Deborah Chaney, Education Director at Lynx Exhibits. Laurie & Deborah talk about this unique El Paso museum which offers fun & educational traveling exhibits which invite families to immerse themselves in hands-on activities. Hear about some new exciting exhibits coming in January 2013.
Lynx Exhibits is located at 301 W. Overland in Downtown El Paso. 915-533-5330, www.lynxexhibits.com.
Louie talks with Kerry Doyle, interim director of the Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center for Visual Arts at UTEP. Doyle talks about the Rubin Center's role in exhibiting art and multi-media projects from around the world, and about upcoming events and exhibits. 915-747-6151, http://rubincenter.utep.edu
The Rubin Center hosts Dutch photojournalist & anthropologist Teun Voeten for "Narco Estado: Drug Violence in Mexico," Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. Voeten has taken photos in zones of conflict from around the world, including Mexico.
Louie talks with Catherine McCorry-Andalis, Associate Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Student Affairs at UTEP. McCorry-Andalis talks about her role as Dean of Students in getting all undergraduates and graduate students engaged in campus activities outside the classroom. She also discusses how UTEP welcomes and accommodates non-traditional students such as military veterans, single parents, older students, and international students. www.utep.edu/studentlife, 915-747-5648.
In a rebroadcast from April 28, 2012, host Florence Schwein talks with Mary Haskins, widow of El Paso basketball coaching legend, Don Haskins. Mary Haskins talks about meeting Don Haskins while they were both students at Oklahoma A&M in Stillwater, Oklahoma. After they were married 1951, they moved to Artesia NM, and later traveled to Texas where Don not only taught basketball, but drove a school bus and served as school principle in Benjamin TX and Hedley TX. After an additional basketball coaching stint in Dumas TX, the Haskins ended up in El Paso in 1961, where Don Haskins led Texas Western to a historic win over the University of Kentucky at the 1966 NCAA Championships. Mary Haskins also shares more stories about the 2006 film about that groundbreaking basketball game, having dinner at the White House with President George W. Bush and the First Lady Laura Bush, and about her 50+ years living in El Paso.
Louie talks with Emma Montes and Brian Ceely, UTEP students majoring in Theatre Arts. They talk about their roles in the upcoming stage production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," presented by the UTEP Department of Theatre & Dance. Performance dates are December 16 & 22 at 2:30 p.m., and December 21 & 22 at 8 p.m. http://theatredance.utep.edu, 915-747-5118.