KTEP Local

NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

  Dr. Jim Murphy, Associate Professor in New Mexico State University's Astronomy Department will give us a primer on Mars.  What is the composition of the Martian atmosphere, and how do scientists determine that information?  Martian weather has many similarities with Earth's weather: seasons, dust storms, and weather systems.  The Martian day is also very similar to Earth's 24-hour cycle.

Aired Feb. 7, 2016

  Juan J. Morales is an Associate Professor of English at Colorado State University in Pueblo, and is the author of the new collection of poems, The Siren World.  Juan joins us to tell us about how he approaches poetry in the classroom to students who might not "get it."  Plus, he explains why The Siren World took 7 years to evolve until it was finally published.  

Juan J. Morales reads this week's Poem of the Week:  What I Said Once Time when a Woman Called Me Jose."

Aired Feb. 7, 2016

  Host Daniel Chacon is collecting literary jokes and shares a few.  Be prepared...some of them are just NOT that funny!!

If you know of any literary jokes, share them with Daniel at danchacon@utep.edu.

Aired Feb 7, 2016

UTEP, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, and EPISD are working together to produce a "Dvorak and America" Festival put together by New York writer/producer Joseph Horowitz. This is part of a high-profile initiative involving a host of other nationwide orchestras that form part of Horowitz’s Music Unwound consortium--a project heavily funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

The El Paso Community Foundation’s Jewel Box Series presents an intoxicating Valentine’s Day spectacular inspired by the Roman Fertility Festival. Lupercalia Uber Alles features dramatic vignettes written by Stella Maria Perry and Mackenzie Cochran, with dance choreography by Mindy Chanson, Artistic Director of the Pasithea Dance Co.

  It's February and it's time to start warming up our green thumbs.  In February, we should start planting our roses, planting cool-season annuals for a pop of color...start ordering seeds from seed catalogs...do some last minute pruning...and give a haircut to those tall ornamental grasses.

The Master Gardeners post their monthly garden tips online at http://txmg.org/elpaso/month-by-month-gardening-tips/february/

Aired Feb. 6, 2016

  James Fino is co-executive producer of the Oscar-nominated film "Anomalisa."  In this special online expanded interview, Fino talks about Anomalisa's tough journey from development to the screen while remaining completely independent.  The story was based on a Charlie Kaufman radio play, and Fino explains why the story was tailor made for stop-motion animation.  The realistic animation in this movie created its own challenges, including trays full of individual facial features created with 3D printers.

The film is screening now at local theaters.

Aired Feb 6, 2016


Robert Nachtmann, Dean of the UTEP College of Business, joins us to tell us more about how the College of Business is working to provide students in the El Paso/Juarez with much-needed advanced managerial education and experience. 


UTEP L.I.V.E. is a leadership program series designed to educate and engage UTEP students in discussions about leadership, innovation, vision, and engagement on & off campus.  Louie Saenz talk with Maralyn Doering, Shannon Osborne, and Sergio Rosales about what students can take away from UTEP L.I.V.E.

NASA

  Science Studio continues its exploration of Science Magazine's Top Scientific Breakthroughs of 2015.

Reta Beebe of the New Mexico State University Astronomy Department joins us to tell us about the amazing discoveries the New Horizons spacecraft made about Pluto's nitrogen atmosphere.

Stephen Pate of the NMSU Physics Department untangles Quantum Entanglement, and why particles on an atomic level and smaller appear to follow a different law than Newton's laws of physics.

Aired Jan. 31, 2016

  Renown cultural anthropologist and poet Renato Rosaldo joins us on this program to talk about "The Day of Shelly's Death: The Poetry and Ethnography of Grief" (2014),  a collection of Anthropoesia​ - poems that blend the language of ethnography with that of poetry.  The book reflects on the events that surrounded an October 1981 trip to the Philippines, where Rosaldo's wife Shelly, herself an anthropologist, was killed when she lost her footing and fell off a cliff.  The poems are told in the voices of the people and places surrounding the event...from their two young sons who were left without a mother, to a tricycle taxi driver, to the actual cliff itself.

For our Poem of the Week, Renato Rosaldo reads a selection from "The Day of Shelly's Death."  "Tricycle Taxi Driver" is told from the perspective of the taxi driver who gave Renato and his sons a ride after Shelly's body was recovered.

Aired Jan. 31, 2016

In February, Monica Gomez begins teaching a series of six MCAD/TCA-funded Community Arts Program workshops titled “Yes We Kandinsky!” that will use visual art and music to generate creative writing. 

El Paso is home to one of the world’s most hardcore flea markets of all time—a punk rock flea market. We’re all familiar with traditional flea markets, with organic soaps, home-made t-shirts and strange antiques. Now imagine the same setting but filled with horror and punk themed items ranging from: art, vinyl, rockabilly items, antiques, band shirts, comics and live music. This ain’t your grandma’s market. 

El Paso Master Gardener Facebook

  Master Gardener Jan Petrzelka joins us to tell us about pruning your rose bushes.  Why do we prune roses, and which canes should we prune?  It's time to get out those pruners and get to work!  

Click here for a helpful document on rose pruning: http://elp.tamu.edu/files/2010/10/Rose-Pruning-Handout-Feb-2010.pdf.

Aired Jan. 30, 2016

  Buildings and landscape play as important a role in movies as do the actors who move in those spaces. On the next ON FILM, Jennifer Hill of the Texas Tech College of Architecture in El Paso joins us to tell us about a monthly film series that highlights the movies that embrace amazing building and landscape design.  Feb 6: Grand Hotel (1932)March 5: Gladiator (2000)April 2: The Last Emperor (1987)May 7: Moonrise Kingdom (2012) Films screen the 1st Saturday of each month at 11am at the El Paso Museum of Art.Information: 915-594-2030. Aired Jan 30, 2016

Juan Sanchez and Tomás Sigala of the El Paso Chamber of Commerce join guest host Richard Dayoub for a talk about FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  FAFSA Night events are being held in February to education parents and students across the City of El Paso about financial help for college available through grants, scholarships, and federal student loans. 

 

Visit http://www.elpaso.org/business-resource/fafsa-nights/ for a complete schedule. 

 

Another program called “Adventure for Your Future” invites middle school students and their parents to learn about the health science field from area professionals on Jan. 30 at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. 

 

Learn more at www.elpaso.org.

 

    

UTEP's Public and Professional Programs (P3) provides continuous education for all ages and all walks of life, including noncredit enrichment courses for youth & adults, independent study online courses, and professional training & development. Louie Saenz talks with Patricia Gabbard, Soco Herrera, and Sam Parthiban about P3 and how it can enrich YOUR life. 

  

  Dr. Brooke Goldner is board certified in psychiatry and neurology, but she is also an expert in nutrition and how the right diet can reverse disease & aging, and improve mental function.  She joins us to tell us about the foods that boost brain power, including fresh fruits & vegetables, flax seed, and walnuts.  She also talks about treating individuals with mental illness who have gone off their meds after treating themselves with the proper nutrition.

Dr. Goldner offers the free online seminar  "Boost Your Brainpower" at  http://www.veganmedicaldoctor.com/free-consultation.html.

Aired Jan. 24, 2016

Fifth Quarter Fresh

  The latest news in animal activism and vegan/vegatarian nutrition:

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has published an article that shows that men on a strict vegetarian or vegan diet are at a remarkable low risk for prostate cancer, one of the most common cancers in men.  Read the article here: http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/103/1/153.abstract

A coalition of animal rights organizations, food safety protection organizations, and whistleblower protection groups have teamed up to file a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of a North Carolina law that punishes whistleblowers and investigators for publishing information on corporate misconduct.  Read the article from the Animal Legal Defense Fund site: http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/coalition-sues-north-carolina-over-constitutionality-of-anti-sunshine-law/

Is the University of Maryland is guilty of using shoddy science (and a corporate partner) to publicize the so-called benefits of a particular brand of chocolate milk for young athletes who have suffered concussions.  Read the press release from the University of Maryland here: http://www.mtech.umd.edu/news/press_releases/releases/5QF/concussions/

Aired Jan. 24, 2016

  Science Magazine recently published the Top Scientific Breakthroughs of 2015, and on this program we'll explore 2 of these breakthroughs.

Kyle Johnson of the UTEP Department of Biological Sciences tells us about the development of an Ebola vaccine which could potentially halt the spread of this deadly virus.  The vaccine actually employs the use of another virus to launch an Ebola protein that our immune systems can fight.  This strategy was previously used for small pox.

Aaron Velasco of UTEP's Department of Geological Sciences tells us about the discovery that magma plumes can go as deep down as the core-mantle boundary of the Earth...where the outer liquid core intersects with the rock mantle.

http://www.sciencemag.org

Aired Jan. 24, 2016

  Host Daniel Chacón remembers 2 poets who died within days of each other this month.  The famed Chicano poet Francisco X. Alarcón died on January 15, and award-winning American poet C.D. Wright died in her sleep on January 12.  Daniel opens the show with a poem by Alarcón, and reflects on a 2012 "Words on a Wire" interview with C.D. Wright.

Aired Jan. 24, 2016

  Host Daniel Chacón reads a poem by the late C.D. Wright, who died in her sleep on Jan. 12, 2016.  The poem is excerpted from Deepstep Come Shining.

Aired Jan. 24, 2016

  Writer and Vanderbilt University associate professor Lorraine Lopez joins us on this program to tell us about her novel "The Darling."  The protagonist, Caridad, is in love with "dead, white men"...specifically dead, white authors such as Chekhov, Flaubert, Nabokov, and Thomas Hardy.  Lopez explains why this novel grew out of the idea of cross-dressing:  male authors who inhabited female personas in their writing.  

http://www.lorraine-lopez.com/

Aired Jan. 24, 2016

Karl Whitaker, artist and “art agitator” commissioned 30 artists from Tucson, El Paso/Las Cruces and Albuquerque to make large prints, without a set theme.  The project is called the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta and it will be on exhibit at the El Paso Museum of Art from January 31st through May 22nd, 2016. 

From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley, the hit NPR radio program that showcases America’s best young classical musicians, is seeking local talent for its live show recording on June 4, 2016 at Plaza Theatre. 

Norma Martinez

  Master Gardener Jan Petrzelka joins hosts Norma Martinez & Denise Rodriguez for a talk about roses.  Grandiflora...Floribunda...Hybrid Teas...we'll give you a crash course on these types of roses.  Plus, Jan will help dispel the myth that roses require a lot of maintenance.  Our climate is ideal for growing roses.

Learn more about Earthkind at http://www.earthkind.com/; a helpful document on roses is available at http://txmg.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/elpaso/files/2010/08/Roses-For-The-Desert.pdf;  and download this rose pruning document http://elp.tamu.edu/files/2010/10/Rose-Pruning-Handout-Feb-2010.pdf.

And Like the El Paso Master Gardeners on Facebook!  https://www.facebook.com/El-Paso-Master-Gardeners-148950588460436/

And, don't forget about the Rose Pruning Demonstration open to the public on Jan. 30, 10am-2pm, at the Municipal Rose Garden near Memorial Park.  Bring your bypass pruners, sturdy clothes, and thick gardening gloves for hands-on practice!

Aired Jan. 23, 2016

Blue Flower Arts

  American poet C.D. Wright died January 12, 2016, at age 67.    She published over a dozen books, including ShallCross(2016); and One With Others(2011), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was nominated for a National Book Award.  Wright was a guest on a January 2012 episode of "Words on a Wire" and we share that interview with you here.  Wright talks with hosts Daniel Chacon and Benjamin Alire Saenz about how her poetry has changed over the years, and why her book "One with Others" became the closest thing to a novel she has ever written.

  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, or OLLI, at UTEP is offering another semester of classes for El Pasoans age 50+. The 2016 Spring session offers classes as varied as Women in Politics, Daily Aristotle, and The Great American Songbook.  Susan Sobin & Ian Wilson join us to tell us about the new semester of classes. 

Registration continues through Jan. 29, courses begin Feb. 8.   

Val Altounian, Science Magazine

  Science Magazine recently reported on the Top Scientific Breakthroughs of 2015, and on this episode of Science Studio, we'll learn about two of them: CRISPR Gene Editing Technology, and Reproducibility in Psychology.

Charlotte Vines and Colin Bill of the UTEP Department of Biological Sciences, tell us how CRISPR allows scientists to deliberately edit DNA to stop the expression of a particular protein.  Drs. Vines and Bill are attempting to use this technology to knock out a gene that sends T-cell leukemias into the brains of children where they are virtually undetectable and untreatable with chemotherapy.

Dr. Lawrence Cohn of the UTEP Psychology Department explains the variability of research findings in the field of psychology.  Various research groups often try to replicate the same study, yet there is much variability in their findings.  Dr. Cohn explores the causes behind the variability.

http://www.sciencemag.org

Aired Jan. 17, 2016.

  

  Host Tim Hernandez shares an anecdote about presenting poetry (once upon a time ago) to famed poetry editor, Ed Ochester, and reads words of praise for Ochester written by poet Gerald Stern.  

Aired Jan. 17, 2016

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