Louie talks with Ken Forrestal, local actor, director, and foley artist. Forrestal talks about the role foley artists had in providing sound effects for old-time radio dramas, and his role in providing sound effects for the El Paso Playhouse's staged radio play productions. Louie also talks with Morgana Shaw, Hector Dez, and Kathryn Smith-McGlynn about the October Frontera Rep production of "Reentry," a staged docudrama which provides an unflinching look at the lives of Marines getting ready for and returning from combat. With dialogue taken from real interviews of Marines and their families. Aired Oct. 6, 2012.
Louie talks with Michael Vinson about the presentation he gave at UTEP on October 9, "Book Worms in the Old West: Cowboys, Fur Trappers and Other Frontier Readers." Vinson received his master’s degree in the history of the book from the University of Chicago in 1987. He wrote the exhibition catalogue, “Motoring Tourists and the Scenic West,” which was selected the Best Exhibition Catalogue by the Association of College and Research Libraries, and was also selected as one of the Best 50 Western Books of 1989 by the Rounce and Coffin Club. Vinson has consulted on appraisal values for leading auction houses, including Sothebys and Heritage, and has even assisted NASA with consultation services for the widow of the Columbia Space Shuttle Mission Commander. He appraised the rare book library of Sen. Ralph W. Yarborough, as well as major gifts to libraries in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado. He also appeared as an appraiser in the first season of the Antiques Road Show.
In a rebroadcast from Oct. 13, 2012, host Florence Schwein and her guest, fitness and nutrition expert, Patrick Hopkins take listeners through a trip to the grocery store for shopping tips to keep healthy in the third age. More information can be found at www.builtbypatrick.com or at 830-431-1242. This is the second trip to the virtual store. Aired Feb. 2, 2013.
Greg, Liz, and Tom talk with Camilla Fox, founder & executive director of Project Coyote. Fox talks about the government mandated killings of hundreds of thousands of coyotes and other carnivorous predators courtesy of the USDA's Wildlife Services. Wildlife Services often employs cruel methods in trapping and killing these creatures, including the use of traps, poisons, and aerial shooting. www.projectcoyote.org Aired Aug. 26, 2012.
Greg & Liz talk with biologist and animal behaviorist, Jonathan Balcombe, who has written books on animal behavior including "Pleasurable Kingdom" and "The Exultant Ark." He discusses the dilemmas facing many biologists on the topic of animal experimentation, as well as why much of science does not universally accept that animals purposefully seek pleasure through touch, grooming, and eating. www.jonathanbalcombe.comAired Sept. 9, 2012.
Pigeon Shoots - Greg, Tom, and Liz talk with Steve Hindi, founder & president of SHARK (SHowing Animals Respect & Kindness). Hindi is a former hunter & fisherman whose life was transformed after he observed a mass pigeon shoot. He discusses the cruelty and illegality of the practice, and why it convinced him to stop hunting animals. www.sharkonline.org, pashame.comAired 23, 2012.
Greg, Liz, and Tom talk with salamander conservation advocate Matt Ellerbeck, who talks about the threat of salamander habitat destruction caused by urbanization and chemical pollution. He also puts to rest the often-negative perception that amphibians and reptiles receive as "slimy" or "cold-blooded" in the metaphorical sense. www.savethesalamanders.comAired Oct. 14, 2012.
Denise, Bill, and Norma talk about the challenges facing people who aim to create a community garden, as well as how to turn a community garden into a success. They'll also talk about planning a winter garden, and explain why area pine trees continue to die. AiredSept. 22, 2012.