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Host Daniel Chacón welcomes Dr. Brian Yothers as co-host for this week's edition of Words on a Wire when the two speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Matteson. Matteson is a professor of English and legal writing at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City and will be this year's keynote speaker at UTEP’s 33rd annual Literature Lecture. Before the big event, however, we got the opportunity to speak with Matteson about his book Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father.

The campus event will be held on April 5, 2018, at 7 PM at the Undergraduate Learning Center.



 Louie talks with Howard Campbell, UTEP Sociology and Anthropology chair, about his ongoing study of narcocorridos, a specialized version of songwriting that has its roots that date back at least a century and can be traced as a storytelling tool to Iberian talespinners.

The Porous Borders Symposium, will take place March 29 – April 1, 2018 in El Paso and Juarez. This  gathering brings together prominent scholars and architects to the U.S.-Mexico border to discuss a timely topic. 

A solitary 60-foot flagpole hoisting a large-scale white, cotton flag can now be seen on the El Paso–Juárez horizon. Embroidered on either side of the flag is the illustration of a “Mexican” golden eagle and an “American” bald eagle, each emblematic of their respective nation’s patriotism.

 This site-specific artwork, created by Texas-based artist and Black Cube Fellow Adriana Corral, stands as counter-monument for the Rio Vista Farm, a facility most notably recognized as a key processing center for the Bracero Program. 

For anyone who grew up in Mexico or along the U.S. border, the Mexican wrestler-turned film star, El Santo is a familiar character. The man who wore a silver mask in over fifty films would have been 100 now, and his first film, Santo Contra El Cerebro del Mal, has just been restored and will soon be available to see again. This week, we've visited with Viviana Garcia Besné as she tells us about the film's recent restoration project.

Dr. William R. Stockwell is an emeritus professor at Howard University Department of Chemistry and is currently doing some collaborative research in El Paso studying the atmosphere. Dr. Stockwell has made several fundamental discoveries in atmospheric chemistry through laboratory, computer modeling, and field experiments. He is an internationally recognized expert in Eulerian air quality models.

We often hear stories of men going through mid-life crises buying sports cars or doing whatever it takes to make them feel young. But how about buying a sailboat and heading off to become a competitive sailor? On this week's two-part book club, we visit with historian Nathaniel Philbrick to discuss his book, Second Wind. Then, we switch gears and visit with the queen of thrillers, Lisa Gardner and her latest Look for Me.

Barbara Jane Reyes is the author of Invocation to Daughters. She was born in Manila, Philippines, raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is the author of four previous collections of poetry, Gravities of Center (2003), Poeta en San Francisco (2005), Diwata (2010), and To Love as Aswang (2015). We had the privilege of speaking with her this week to discuss her latest collection of poetry.

Going green is not just for St. Patrick's Day! Whether you're planting trees or expanding your vegetable garden, we'll give you some design tips on how to make it happen.

Part two of our conversation with Jennifer Merin, President and founder of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists. 

Courtesy of Art Works for Change

Senior Curator at the El Paso Museum of Art, Dr. Patrick Shaw Cable discusses a current exhibition titled Ethics Excess Extinction, in which contemporary art explores the reality of endangered animals.

While visiting her home in El Paso from her second home in Paris, France, international award-winning artist, Ann James Massey discusses the completion of her latest masterpiece, The Blessing of the Animals.

Have you ever considered fostering an animal? In as little as two weeks, you can help an animal transition into its fur-ever home! This week, we visited with animal activist, philanthropist, former Wall Street investor and now the new Executive Director of the Humane Society of El Paso, Luke Westerman. He discussed big plans HSEP has in mind for the upcoming year, as well as many long-term goals for our city. 

For more information on how you can volunteer, foster, or adopt visit HSElPaso.org

Roberto Cao, professor of science at the University of Havana, was this week's guest and discussed how he got his start in science as well, as well as what led him to his particular interest in nitric oxide. 

In light of the recent Texas primaries, we feature two authors in this edition of Perspectives as their works explore past and present cultural/political climates. Steve Phillips, author of Brown in the New White, and Elaine Weiss, author of  The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, are our guests on this week's book club.

Vanessa Angélica Villarreal was born in the Rio Grande Valley borderlands to formerly undocumented Mexican immigrants. Her work has recently appeared in Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, Epiphany, Southern Indiana Review, PBS Newshour and elsewhere. This week, we visited with Ms. Villarreal to discuss her latest book of poems, Beast Meridian, which follows a first-generation Mexican-American girl in crisis surviving the painful experiences of a racialized girlhood, cultural displacement, generational trauma, familial loss, economic struggle, and violence.


It makes sense that healthier employees means less sick days, and it encourages them to participate in employee wellness plans. This week we visited with Dr. Leah Whigham, of the Paso del Norte Institute for Healthy Living, and Gigi Shamaley, of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, as we discussed a blueprint for building a healthy workplace! 

The entertainment industry has been rocked by allegations of sexual harassment and assault against some of the industry's most powerful filmmakers. The ensuing outrages fueled solidarity among women and a cultural moment that has rippled far beyond the world of movies and television. This week, we began a two-part conversation with Jennifer Merin, President and founder of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, as we discuss the allegations ripping through the entertainment world and the positive movements working to change the way women are treated.

Part 1 of 2.

Former County Judge Veronica Escobar defeated five other challengers to get the nomination for the 16th Congressional seat in November. But the fall election may be a tougher nut to crack according to political experts. This week we visited with political scientist Dr. Gregory Rocha to discuss this recent primary election, as well as what to look out for come November.

Long-brewing rancor between authors Lillian Hellman and Mary McCarthy bubbled over when McCarthy called Hellman a liar on The Dick Cavett Show. “Every word (she) writes is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the,’” McCarthy claimed. Hellman sued. The nasty literary feud is the inspiration for Hellman v. McCarthy, the next presentation in the El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre. 

Part 2 of our interview with playwright and actress Camilla Carr.

Susan M. Lunte, of the University of Kansas Department of Chemistry, visits with us and discusses her area of expertise and recent studies. Lunte’s research group focuses on microanalytical methods and microchip-based diagnostics for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.

Sue Lunte Research Group

He was born into money and privilege, and the son of one of the most powerful journalists in Ohio. But Chester Seltzer was afflicted with wanderlust. This week we visited with UTEP alum and journalist, Robert Seltzer to discuss his book about the life of his wandering father who fell in love with Mexico and adopted the pen name Amado Muro.

Debut poet and former student of our prestigious writing program here at the University of Texas at El Paso, Steve Lambert is this week’s guest as we discuss his first collection of poetry titled Heat Seekers. Lambert’s is the recipient of two Pushcart Prize nominations, Best of the Net nomination, and was a Rash Fiction Award finalist. He currently lives in Northeast Florida, with his wife and daughter, where he works in a library and teaches part-time at the University of North Florida.

“It’s All About Her. Period.” This is the latest project launched by the Junior League of El Paso. They partnered with #HappyPeriod here in El Paso and together gathered over 1,000 menstrual hygiene kits for low-income and homeless women. Jennifer Giese and Praveen Patel of the Junior League of El Paso visit with us to discuss this project as well as others designed to help our community. 

In the past, we’ve encouraged you to plan your garden. Well, now is the time to put on your gardening gloves and get it done! This week, hosts shared tips on composting, veggies and flowers for your spring and summer gardens.

The Oscars, more formally known as the Academy Awards, are set to broadcast this weekend. The winners announced will join a list that includes some famous and rather infamous winners. Jack Fields, writer for Turner Classic Movies and GoldDerby, as we look back on the awards show history.

When we hear the term “street photography,” most of us get images of homeless people or old buildings. This week we visited with David Smith Soto, acclaimed street photographer, as he shared details on his latest upcoming exhibit. We also visited with Centennial Museum director Daniel Carey-Whalen and Professor Zita Arocha as they discussed Centennial exhibits, and an esteemed professor who will talk about past and present US-Cuba relations.

Photographer, Richard Baron previews The Empire of Texas – the first museum showing of 39 black and white images opening at the El Paso Museum of Art in March. 

Part 2 of our interview with photographer Richard Baron.