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Advocates for Snake Preservation

  Why do snakes tend to send a shiver up our spines? The Book of Genesis did no favors to the serpent's reputation, and humans tend be genetically wired to be fearful of these creatures. Melissa Amarello, co-founder and director of education of the Advocates for Snake Preservation (ASP) joins us to explain why snakes and their habitats should be protected, and why Rattlesnake Roundups are one of the worst ways to educated the public about rattlers. http://www.snakes.ngo/ Aired March 27, 2016

onegreenplanet.org

  The latest in animal advocacy and vegan news:

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published a report that shows the environmental & health impact of our diets.  By eliminating a diet heavy in meat and dairy, we could eliminate almost $1 trillion per year on health-related coasts, and greenhouse gas emissions would be cut by almost 70%.    Read the complete study here: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2016/03/16/1523119113.full

Conservation groups in Idaho are celebrating the government's decision to hold off on sheep grazing in the Centennial Mountains until they complete an environmental impact study.  Wildlife predators native to the area such as wolves and bears are often killed near these grazing sites.  Read more at http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2016/03/17/conservation-groups-win-reprieve-from-sheep-grazing-on-government-lands/

Hampton Creek, a company that produces animal- and environmentally-friendly food products, is expanding its launching 43 new plant-based food products to Walmart and Target, making alternative food choices more widely available to a larger consumer base at lower prices.  Read more at http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/new-vegan-products-hitting-walmart-and-target/

Aired March 27, 2016

University of Massachusetts Medical School

  Dr. Jean King has a number of impressive titles: Associate Provost for Biomedical Science Research...Professor of Psychiatry, Radiology and Neurology...and Director, Center for Comparative NeuroImaging, University of Massachusetts Medical School.  She talks with us about neuroimaging, which involves looking at the chemistry of the brain in a non-invasive manner.  Research includes having subjects perform specific tasks and performing no tasks at all.  The brain of someone with a psychiatric or neurological disorder will react differently to these experiments than those with no disorder.

Plus, Dr. King will share with us her views on how women can become successful scientists while still raising a family, and why diversity is key in scientific research.

Aired March 27, 2016

  Knock-knock jokes are considered the lowest form of humor.  They are punny, groan-inducing, and rarely ever get a good belly laugh.  Host Daniel Chacon has been researching literary humor and shares some of the worst literary knock-knock jokes he found online.

Aired March 27, 2016

  Connie Voisine is an Associate Professor of English at New Mexico State University, and she's be talking to us while on sabbatical in Belfast, Ireland.  Connie's latest collection of poetry is "Calle Florista," and she calls it her "desert book."  She came to the Chihuahuan Desert from the Northeast, and she shares her experiences of moving from the northern US/Canada border to the southern US/Mexico border, and the bilingual communities she encountered in each.  

For our Poem of the Week, Connie reads "Calle Florista" from the collection of the same name.

http://www.connievoisine.com/

Aired March 27, 2016


Jim Beviglia is the author of "Counting Down the Rolling Stones: Their 100 Finest Songs."  It's the 3rd in his "Counting Down" series (the first two counted down the best 100 tunes of Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen).  Beviglia joins us to tell us why these Stones singles deserve their place in the countdown.

The Siglo de Oro Drama Festival is in its 41st year of celebrating Spanish language dramatic arts from Spain’s Golden Age. The event runs from Wednesday, March 30, 2016 through Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the Chamizal National Memorial Theatre. Katherine Brennand and Victor Mireles talk about this year’s Siglo de Oro Drama Festival.

Empty Bowls is an international grass roots effort to fight hunger. The premise is simple: Potters, craftspeople, educators and members of the community collaborate to create beautiful, handcrafted bowls. Guests receive a one-of-a-kind handcrafted empty bowl – a symbol of the many empty bowls in our community, nation and world – and are then invited to sample the wide variety of delicious soups. Here to tell us about this year’s Empty Bowls event are Mary Scott and Marisela Willits. 

  Vermicomposting involves worms breaking down your kitchen scraps to make rich compost for your potted plants and small gardens. And you don't need a large space to accommodate these little guys!  On this program, we'll find out what kinds of worms you'll need, where you can keep them, and what you can feed them from your leftovers.

This terrific document explains even more: https://extension.usu.edu/files/publications/publication/Sustainability_2012-08pr.pdf

Aired March 26, 2016

 

   Charles talks with Jeanne Creel, former Film Studies lecturer at the University of Texas at El Paso, about the ABC's annual Easter tradition of screening Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 epic, "The Ten Commandments."  They'll talk about why certain movies hold sway only during certain times of the year, and, though it's considered a timeless classic, how "The Ten Commandments" could be considered a metaphor for the Cold War.  Even to this day, Old Testament films ("Noah," "Exodus") reflect the social concerns of the day.

The Ten Commandments screens Sat. March 26 on ABC.

Charles and Jeanne also recommend the following spiritually-inspired films:

Babette's Feast (1987) / The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) / Philomena (2013) / The King of Kings (1927) / Ben Hur(1959) / Saving Grace (2000) / Noah (2014) / Exodus:Gods and Kings (2014)

More recommendations can be found at http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/

Aired March 26, 2016 (originally aired April 4, 2015)


  It has been 50 years since the Texas Western Miners made history by winning the NCAA Basketball Championship under Coach Don Haskins. The UTEP Alumni Association is gathering memories from El Pasoans and former El Pasoans who lived through the experience. We'll talk with Richard Daniel and 2 alumni who share their memories from 1966, Pam Pippen and Kenny Capshaw.  

  Rolando Pablos, President & CEO of the Borderplex Alliance, talks with guest host Richard Dayoub about the important work the organization is doing to bring economic prosperity to the region.  When a new company is shopping around for a new market, it wants to make sure it moves to a city with good schools, a viable workforce, good quality of life, strong infrastructure, and access to capital.  Pablos explains how the Borderplex Alliance works with the City of El Paso, the City of Las Cruces, the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, and other groups to attract economic growth to the border region.

http://www.borderplexalliance.org/

Aired March 19, 2016

    Cisplatin is a commonly used cancer drug, but use its use in children sometimes leads to permanent hearing loss.  Tim Hanson, Professor of Statistics, Department of Statistics, University of South Carolina, joins us to tell us how statistics is making it possible for health professionals to determine whether the drugs are indeed harmful and whether alternative treatment is preferable for these young patients.

Aired March 20, 2016

  

  Leticia Hernández-Linares is a San Francisco-based poet, spoken word artist, musician, and "artevista."  Her latest collection is called "Mucha Muchacha."  Leticia explains how the Esquivel song "Mucha Muchacha," though annoying, still sparked memories of her partying abuelita that inspired her words.  The book incorporates language play, music, and testimonio.  

Leticia will also read the call-and-response poem, "Mucha Muchacha."  Feel free to join in!

http://joinleticia.com/

If you'd like to hear examples of Leticia's music and words, visit https://www.reverbnation.com/leticiahernandezlinares

Aired March 20, 2016

El Paso’s True Food Buying Club is dedicated to providing access to local and organically grown produce to the El Paso community. Through this club they aim to bring awareness to the benefits of eating a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables and the environmental food issues that surround us.  

The 9th Annual Downtown KidsPalooza is happening on Saturday March 19, 2016 until 5:00pm. Downtown KidsPalooza is an all-day family event organized by the El Paso Symphony Orchestra with the support of their Family Fun Partners.  Downtown area arts organizations join forces to present a day of fun for families throughout the downtown area. Here to give us the full scoop is Rosemary Flores from the El Paso Symphony Orchestra.

El Paso Master Gardener Facebook

  It's tomato time! If you've been itching to get tomatoes planted in your vegetable garden, wait no longer. On this program, we'll share some helpful tips for planting vegetables and herbs this spring.  We'll also find out how to protect our vegetables from El Paso's winds, and Denise Rodriguez also shares a neat trick on how to shorten a tall, leggy tomato plant...without the use of pruners!

Aired March 19, 2016

  In the 1960s & `70s, Los Angeles County Hospital performed tubal ligation procedures on a number of Mexican-American women without their knowledge.  These little-known forced sterilizations led a number of these women to sue the doctors, the state, and the federal government.  The film's producer Virginia Espino joins us to talk more about why she chose to document these women's stories in the documentary, "No Más Bebés," which recently screened on PBS (http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/no-mas-bebes/).  

Espino will make an appearance at a screening of "No Más Bebés" on Wed. March 23 at 5 p.m., at the UTEP Union Cinema.

Aired March 19, 2016


Women’s History Month is being commemorated with numerous events across the country, and UTEP is no exception. A Women's History Conference at UTEP will honor Dr. Kathleen “Kathy” Staudt; Co-Founder of UTEP’S Women’s and Gender Studies Program and The Center for Civic Engagement...and will feature a keynote address by Dr. Patricia Zavella from UC Santa Cruz. Azuri Gonzalez, Maralyn Doering, and Gina Núñez-Mchiri will join us on FOCUS ON CAMPUS to tell us more about this conference taking place April 6 & 7.   

VegNews.com

  The latest in animal activism and vegan/vegetarian news:

VegNews reports that MEAT ALTERNATIVES are a booming business.  Allied Market Research predicts an 8.4% increase each year in the meat-alternative market, and fast food restaurants are expected to follow the trend in coming years, by offering meat-free foods for consumers.  Read the report at http://vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=7455&catId=1

Meat and dairy lobbyists are a powerful force in Washington...but make way for PLANT-BASED LOBBYISTS.  The Plant Based Foods Association consists of 23 companies and is lobbying for more plant-based food lunch programs in our schools and for subsidies for plant-based milks.  Learn more about the organization at http://plantbasedfoods.org/?

Researchers at the University of Helsinki have found that OVERFISHING is leading to smaller fish and premature sexual maturity.  Read more at https://www.helsinki.fi/en/news/overfishing-increases-fluctuations-in-aquatic-ecosystems

Aired March 13, 2016

  

  Susan Richardson is the Arthur Sease Williams Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of  South Carolina.  Richardson studies drinking water quality.  The water that we drink is treated with agents that kill harmful pathogens, but those agents will often oxidize with organic matter to transform into equally-harmful Disinfection Byproducts (DBPs).  Richardson will discuss the research that goes into controlling these DBPs in our drinking water.

Aired March 13, 2016

Stephany Seay, Buffalo Field Campaign

 

   When we think of the early days of America, we often have a mental image of WILD BUFFALO roaming the plains. Yellowstone National Park is home to one of the few remaining wild populations of bison...and the National Park Service is rounding up hundreds of these bison for slaughter. Stephany Sea of the BUFFALO FIELD CAMPAIGN tells us about the controversial reasons behind this yearly culling which is happening now.  (Stephany was speaking to us from the Stephens Creek bison trap at Yellowstone on March 9 - the bison were being rounded up as she was taping this conversation.)
See photos from the roundup at http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/

Aired March 13, 2016

    

Minerva Laveaga and Lau Cesarco Eglin helped create the independent literary press, Veliz Books.  They join us on this program to tell us how their backgrounds as writers and publishers have helped contribute to this promising endeavor.  Veliz has published Paul Pedroza's 'And the Dead will Rise and Save Us,' and will also release Jeff Sirkin's 'Travelers Aid Society.'

Lau will read a poem from Sirkin's poetry collection to close out the program.

Learn more about Veliz Books at http://www.velizbooks.com/.

Aired March 13, 2016

JR Hernandez / UTEP News Service


  Guest host Richard Dayoub of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce chats with Patrick Schaefer, the new executive director of the Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness.  The institute is located on the UTEP campus and collects and maps data on the Borderplex region, which consists of Southern New Mexico, West Texas, and Northern Chihuahua.  The Paso del Norte trade route was a north-south and east-west trade route for centuries, and it remains so to this day.  The Hunt Institute aims to find solutions to facilitate cooperation between the two nations. 

Barrio Panther is a literary magazine composed of professors, rock-n-rollers, and graffiti artists that’s here to bring the streets to us. Here to talk about it, are its creators Alex "Rocka" Alvarez, Carlos "Chuck" Espinoza and Dave "Grave" Herrera.   

The El Paso Opera Presents Carmen  on March 17 and 19, 2016 at 7:30 pm in the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Sishel Claverie, our lead who recently performed as Carmen with New Rochelle Opera, Tenor Cooper Nolan who has been praised by Musical America as a “bright, shining tenor” and artistic Director David Holloway, who has served as the Director of the Santa Fe Opera's Apprentice Singer's Program since 2005 talk about the production.

Norma Martinez

  John White, Garden Curator of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens at UTEP, returns to give us a preview of some of the amazing native and adapted plants & trees that will be available at next month's Native Plant Sale (April 23-24).  Hear about the Angelita Daisies, Blackfoot Daisies, Zinnias, Penstemons, Oaks, etc, that you can use to beautify your landscape!

Denise will also give us some details on the March 19 Summer Vegetable Workshop & Sale taking place at the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension.  Information & registration available online at http://txmg.org/elpaso/event/2016-summer-vegetable-workshop-plant-sale/ or by calling 915-771-2354.

Aired March 12, 2016

  Late winter and early spring are usually when the cinematic dregs show up at the cinema, but two exceptions are in theatres now.  Jeanne Creel joins us to tell us about the PG-rated Disney animated film "Zootopia" and Tina Fey's latest release, "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot."  These films play to entirely different audiences - find out which plays best for you!

Plus, if you can't make it to a movie theatre, Jeanne offers a streaming alternative for Shakespeare fans...and Charles makes a few suggestions if you still are suffering from "Downton Abbey" withdrawal.

Aired March 12, 2016


  If you made $54,000 or less in 2015, you are eligible for free tax preparation courtesy of the VITA program. On the next FOCUS ON CAMPUS, Ruby Alvarez of GECU and Alfonso Soto, CPA and tax law attorney, tell us more about the free tax prep opportunities available to the community both on and off the UTEP campus.

Dogs aged 7 and older are considered seniors, and just because they aren't adorable little puppies doesn't mean they can't still be your best friend! On the next EL PASO PRIME TIME, veterinarian Dr. Judy Morgan joins us to tell us the advantages to adopting a senior pet. 

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