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Happy New Year from Good to Grow! This year, we want to push you out of your comfort zone and try something new in your garden. Hosts Denise Rodriguez and John White share some new ideas you can incorporate into your garden to kick off 2018.

The new year brings with it a batch of fresh titles at the Film Salon, a monthly series located at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Kyle Alvarado is your host for this edition of On Film as he interviews the Film Salon founder, and your regular host for On Film, Charles Horak. They discuss the Salon's two newest series that kick off tonight and run through April 2018.

Dr. Vernon Carruthers is a professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Carruthers' expertise on parasites seeks to understand survival strategies employed by microbial pathogens during infection. We discuss his recent studies and discoveries on parasites on this edition of Science Studio.

Javier Zamora was born in La Herradura, El Salvador in 1990. In 1999, Javier migrated through Guatemala, Mexico, and eventually the Sonoran Desert. Before a coyote abandoned his group in Oaxaca, Javier managed to make it to Arizona with the aid of other migrants. We visit with Zamora to discuss his first full-length collection, Unaccompanied, which explores how immigration and the civil war have impacted his family. 

Werc is an artist who was born in Ciudad Juarez, and grew up in El Paso, TX. He began his career here on the border.

His love for the U.S./Mexico border can be seen in his mural “El Paso Port-All”, a 90x10 foot acrylic and mosaic piece exhibited at the entry of the Stanton Street International Bridge. His murals can be seen around southern California, and throughout the United States and Mexico. 

Robert Holguin’s day job has him holding down the news desk at KFOX TV and it also has him covering interesting El Pasoans via his Built in the Borderland series where he gives us some deeper dives into El Paso’s culture scene. Today we invited Holguin to compare notes with us and to shed a little more light on our lovely city and it’s creative community.


People living with obesity face a number of obstacles, including discrimination and obesity bias. And the cause of their obesity is not always reduced to just choice or lack of motivation.  On this program, we'll visit with Leah Whigham, Executive Director of the Paso del Norte Institute for Healthy Living, who'll educate us on evidence-based approaches to improving health and reducing the causes of obesity in our community.


If you're thinking of adding a tree to your landscape, we'll offer tips on how to find that perfect tree in the nursery, and what to do when you bring it home.  Our guest is Mickey Merritt, West Texas Regional Urban Forester.

The year may be coming to a close but there's a long line of excellent 2017 films still being released in El Paso theaters. Host Charles Horak and frequent On Film contributor Jeanne Creel discuss two upcoming releases with a number of similarities between them - Aaron Sorkin's Molly's Game and I, Tonya

It’s that time of the year where we preview the upcoming El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Festival. 2018’s festival celebrates incredible musical events, community collaborations, and musical outreach. 

This year's Chamber Music Festival begins on January 4 and here to tell us all about it is Felipa Solis from El Paso Pro-Musica.

Part 2 of our interview with Felipa Solis previewing the 2018 El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Festival.

Joyce Tischler, affectionately known as “the Mother of Animal Law,” is the co-founder of the Animal Legal Defense Fund and was ALDF’s executive director for twenty-five years. Currently, as ALDF general counsel, Joyce is responsible for in-house legal matters, as well as writing, lecturing on, and promoting the field of animal law. Animals have always been a very important part of Joyce’s life and she has devoted her career to the development and advancement of animal law. We had so much to discuss, that our conversation barely scratched the surface! ACT Radio hosts Tom, Greg and Liz opted to have Joyce on for two consecutive shows in order to further discuss her work and success in animal law.
Part 1 of 2.

Dr. Carlos Bertulani is a Brazilian and American theoretical physicist and professor at the Department of Physics of the Texas A&M University-Commerce. He graduated with his Ph.D. from the University of Bonn and is working on nuclear physics and nuclear astrophysics. Dr. Bertulani joins hosts Keith Pannell and Russ Chianelli in-studio as they discuss his recent studies and discoveries in the area of physics.

Marta McDowell lives, writes and gardens in Chatham, New Jersey. Her garden writing has appeared in popular publications such as Woman’s Day, Country Gardening and The New York Times. Scholars and specialists have read her essays on American authors and their horticultural interests in the journals Hortus and Arnoldia. McDowell joins us and shares details on her latest book, The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder, which tells the tale of the plants and places of the beloved author of the Little House series.

On this special edition of Words on a Wire, Daniel Chacón has the privilege of having multiple talented poets all together in our studio. He speaks with Cynthia Guardado, Lauren Espinoza, and María Teresa López Avedoy the winner and finalists of the Pellicer-Frost Binational Poetry Prize. Poets from the US and Mexico competed and the winners were invited to Juarez and El Paso for a reading and a ceremony to honor their accomplishment.

Jenifer Tharani enjoys creating evidence-based nutrition education materials. She received her master's degree in Nutrition from Texas State University and become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and founded Archaic Nutrition & Lifestyle. She has hands-on experience in food service, recipe development and analysis, nutrition content development, clinical research, and community nutrition. Jenifer joins us to share some healthy nutrition tips for the holidays.


Did you know that El Paso is an urban forest with over 1 million trees?  On this program, we visit with West Texas Regional Urban Forester, Mickey Merritt, who'll tell us the duties of an urban forester, and he'll share some tips on tree selection.


You may not know the name Saul Bass, but if you're a movie lover you've no doubt seen his work. The iconic graphic designer and filmmaker brought avant-garde design aesthetic to Hollywood classic, and a new book is the first is the first exhaustive study of both the man and his work. Jan-Christopher Horak, author of Saul Bass: Anatomy of Film Design, visits with us as we delve into the life and work of Saul Bass.

Michelle Delgado, President of the Events Committee; Loretta Lopez, Public Relations, Ad Manager and Treasurer; Aaron Torres, Business Liason; and Lucas Koski, Asset Manager for Artspace discuss life at El Paso’s Roderick Artspace Lofts and plans for 2018.  

Part 2 of our interview with Michelle Delgado, Loretta Lopez, Aaron Torres, and Lucas Koski of the Roderick Artspace Lofts.

Dr. Bruce Bunting, Tshering Yangzom and Tashi Dukpa of the Bhutan Foundation paid a visit to the University of Texas at El Paso as part of the university's Centennial Lecture Series to discuss Bhutan's latest development efforts. Bunting is a member of the board and president of the Bhutan Foundation. He was formerly a managing director and vice president of the World Wildlife Fund and he shares his work experience for WWF and how he transitioned into the Bhutan Foundation. Coincidentally, their interview debuted on December 17th - a nationally recognized holiday in Bhutan!

Dawn Martin Lundy and Angie Cruz were traveling through El Paso when we got the opportunity to sit down with them in-studio for an insightful interview on what it's like to be a wandering poet as well as their latest work! Poet and activist Dawn Lundy Martin earned a BA at the University of Connecticut, an MA at San Francisco State University, and a Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and is a co-founder of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics (CAAPP) at the University of Pittsburgh. Angie Cruz holds a BA in English and MFA in Creative Writing from New York University. She has received numerous grants for her teaching and writing, including the Barbara Deming Award, New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship, Camargo Fellowship, Van Lier Literary Fellowship, and NALAC Fund for the Arts Fellowship. Both are professors at the University of Pittsburgh's Department of English.


Most pets love the holidays as much as kids do, and like small children, we have to keep an eye on them. Dr. Randy Shinaut visits the studio and shares the do's and dont's of holiday treats for your furry family members. Dr. Shinaut also shares travel tips for those who are planning on traveling this holiday season with their pets.

East El Paso music school Sound Stage 9 is set to take over the historic Plaza Theater on December 17, 2017 when they host their biggest event to date, The Future of Music. The young talented musicians from the school will take the stage for a 2 hour show that promises to have you singing along to their renditions of today’s most popular songs. Here to talk about the future of music is Roger Argenis.

Dave Acosta covers entertainment for the El Paso Times. As 2017 comes to an end we figured we’d check in with him to review highlights of this year of which there were many. 

Do you know when it's going to freeze? Or maybe how cold it'll get this winter? Well, neither do we! But that's not going to stop us from sharing on how to protect your plants from the cold winter weather. 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opened this week with little or no new competition for your box-office dollars, but beginning next week you'll have plenty of choices at your local theatre. Host Charles Horak is joined in-studio by frequent On Film contributor, Kyle Alvarado, as they discuss the much-anticipated films The Shape of Water and The Post

To be the most effective advocate for social change, you need to understand the underlying social constructs. Dr. Corey Wrenn, Director of Gender Studies and Lecturer of Sociology with Monmouth University in Northeastern New Jersey, has studied food justice and social change with Colorado State University. She joins us to talk about her book, A Rational Approach to Animal Rights: Extensions in Abolitionist Theory.

Dr. Daniel J. Mindiola, Presidential Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, joins host Russ Chianelli as they discuss Mindiola's studies and his latest research. His research program entails the synthesis of transition metal complexes that possess interesting coordination environments, reactive ligand scaffolds, and unusual electronic and magnetic features. To date, his research group has produced more than 120 peer-reviewed scientific contributions. 

Reading was a big part of the Cortez family, and Saturday's were "pancake days." On this week's book club, we visit with UTEP alumn and author, Phillip Cortez. He shares his memories of the Public Library's Bookmobile and how those Saturday pancake specials gave him the idea for his book Pancakes for Dinner.