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While writing a chapter on animal rights of an ethics text book, philosophy professor James Brusseau began asking how the animal studies could reflect back to reveal human truths. In his new book - Dignity, Pleasures, Vulgarity: Philosophy and Animal Rights - he pursues that question as it ranges from an accessible look at today’s philosophy of animal ethics, to an investigation of what we can learn about ourselves in the midst of thinking about animals.

Professor and archeologist Darius Arya shares with us his expertise in “scratching the surface” and what exactly happens “when in Rome.” He has appeared as guest lec­turer, expert and host in numer­ous doc­u­men­taries  for Dis­cov­ery, His­tory and National Geo­graphic chan­nels, and has been cited in arti­cles in CNN, Time, The Guardian and BBC.

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Texas and cowboy boots go hand in hand - what’s a vegan living in El Paso to do? Kat Mendenhall, certified vegan lifestyle coach, shares her journey in creating her line of vegan cowboy boots.

Political scientist Dr. Gregory Rocha returns to our studio to discuss President Trump’s first 100 days in office.

Often in our relationships, one person eats one way while the other completely different. We visited with Zoe Eisenberg, co-author of The Lusty Vegan, who shares tips and tricks for inter-pallet partnering. 

If you grew up in the 60's, you remember hearing about hate and violence against certain people because of their color or beliefs. More than half a century later, we are still faced with similar problems. We visit with Hal Marcus and Sabri Agachan from the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest as they share the institute's mission.


Apr 14, 2017

Dr. Joe Heyman, the director of UTEP's Center for Inter-American and Border Studies (CIBS), stops by the studio to discuss book "U.S. Mexico TransBorder Region" in which he is both a contributor and editor for. The book will have its official release presentation on Tuesday, April 18, at 5 PM at the UTEP library. 

AIRED April 14, 2017

Hormones play a very important part in your body. The study of hormones is known as endocrinology. In this episode Professor Bert O'Malley M.D. shares his knowledge in the field of endocrinology.

Daniel Grandbois is an author of poetry and prose. His absurdist humor has earned him the nickname of trickster poet. His latest work "A Revised Poetry of Western Philosophy"  is a unique collection of poetry in the guise of philosophy and humor. 

For over 30 years, KCOS has hosted an annual Art Auction in support of public television. The KCOS Art Auction gives local artists the opportunity to display their best work while giving viewers the chance to bid on their favorite pieces.

Emily Martin Loya, KCOS General Manager, and artist Hal Marcus have the details.

El Paso Pro-Musica has a lot happening! As part of the Young Artists Develmopment Series, Trio Jinx is in town for several performances and a special Young Artist Development Concert will take place on Saturday April 8, 2017 at 5:00 pm at UTEP's Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall.

There’s also a new Center for Arts Entrepreneurship at UTEP, and El Paso Pro Musica’s final concert of the season is just around the corner. 

Who doesn't like the sight of a butterfly or a hummingbird visiting a garden. While the visit of these creatures may be a nice surprirse did you know they can also be beneficial to your garden? 

Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift were two of the biggest film stars of the 1950's. However the two had a very complicated relationship.  The play "Idol" by Joel Murray re-imagines the encounter the two mega stars had with each other while exploring each actors passion and insecurities.

Dr. Gina Núñez-Mchiri, director of the Women's and Gender Studies program at UTEP, and company join host Louie Sanez to talk about the Women's History Month conference at UTEP happening next week. 

How does the brain work? How do brain cells communicate? Is there a way to curb appetite by tapping into brain cells? Could there possibly be entire symphonies stored in our head?  Melissa Chee, assistant professor of neuroscience from Carleton University at Ottawa Canada. answers these questions and more on this week's program.


Aired April 1, 2017

Blanche Weisen Cook is an award winning, New York Times best selling author and most notably the author a trilogy on Eleanor Roosevelt. Weisen Cook is also a distinguished Professor of history at John Jay College in the City University of New York. Her latest book is "Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 3".


Aired April 2, 2017

Artist Ho Baron has a surreal outdoor sculpture garden at his home at the corner of Aurora and Piedras, that features several of his large-scale works.  Lately, Ho has shifted his focus to dolls and doll parts. Ho Baron talks about the inspiration for his art and how you can tour his home to view his work.

Del Valle is a new play written and preformed by seasoned actor and writer Ned Van Zandt. Del Valle, a true story, is the account of a well-born Texas man who hits bottom in prison.  It’s also a tale of surviving sex, drugs, and rock and roll at the Chelsea Hotel, with Sid and Nancy, and in Hollywood, with Chaka Khan. 

It's all about the grass! With spring officially in the air you may have notice your lawn is starting to get a little color back in its roots. Hosts Denise Rodriguez and John White talk all about grass this week, specifically Bermuda grass, providing tips and tricks to help you get the greenest, healthiest lawn this season. 

Aired April 1, 2017

Being an independent filmmaker can be both challenging and rewarding. One of the first challenges a filmmaker faces is money. Whether the money is needed to start up or finish a film, having the income can mean a world of difference for a filmmaker. The Austin Film Society seeks to alleviate this challenge for Texan filmmakers through grants. Iliana Sosa, Artist Services Manager for the Austin Film Society, talks about the grants the society offers and a grant workshop that is being held in El Paso on April 13th. 


Aired April 1, 2017

Dr. Louis Brown, assistant professor from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center of Houston at El Paso,  stops by to talk about some of his research in the field of community psychology and the upcoming Public Health Week. 


Aired March 31, 2017

The periodic table of elements is like a typewriter for chemists. Like a writer who sits behind a typewriter and uses the keys to create a chemist looks at the periodic table of elements and looks for ways to create. For Professor Gregory Robinson, his creativity comes in the form of creating new molecules.

Vikram Paralkar is a hematologist and researcher at the University of Pennsylvania and it was his medical knowledge along with his fond memories of the bookstores and libraries that he would frequent as a child in Mumbai that inspired his first novel, "The Afflictions".  In his novel, a librarian discovers a medical encyclopedia that describes and details a variety of pseudo diseases.

Aired March 26, 2017 

Cirque du Soleil returns to El Paso with multiple performances of Ovo from April 12 through April 16, 2017 at the Don Haskins Center.  

Ovo, meaning “egg” in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. 

"Vedem: The Underground Magazine of the Terezin Ghetto" is a multi-media traveling exhibit that deconstructs and reinterprets the literary work of a secret society of Jewish boys, who created the longest-running underground magazine in a Nazi camp.

Vedem was their voice, their defiance, and their connection to life before. Using pop-art graphics, drawings and paintings, and the prose and poetry of teenage prisoners in Terezin, the exhibit breaks down the original pages of Vedem then reconstructs them in the form of a contemporary magazine. 

Have you ever wanted to start a school garden? Well you're in luck! Host Denise Rodriguez and garden curator John White talk all about school gardens. Providing tips, pointers and advice, Denise and John give you all the information and encouragement you need to start your own school garden.   

Aired March 25, 2017

TCM cable channel has been a go to for classic movie lovers. While TCM allows movie lovers to enjoy the classics in the comfort of their own homes, TCM also recognizes the importance of the communal experience in watching a film with fellow film enthusiasts.  It is for that reason that TCM hosts the TCM Classic Film Festival and remains one of the important film festivals for the classics. Charlie Tabish, TCM's Senior Vice President for Programming discusses this years film festival that will run from April 6-9 in Hollywood. 


Aired March 25, 2017

UTEP's Early Music Ensemble, directed by Dr. Lindsey Macchiarella, stops by the studio to talk about their upcoming concert on Friday. March 31st 2017. The Early Music Ensembles brings to life the music of the Renaissance through instruments used primarily during those times. Their concert will be held at The Speak Easy in downtown El Paso. Enjoy a preview of their concert as they perform pieces in this week's Focus On Campus. 

Aired March 26, 2017

Recently there has been a rise in antibiotic resistant bacteria. In order to address this rising concern a new approach has been developed, antisense antibiotics.  Dr. Bruce Geller, professor of microbiology at Oregon State University is one of the leading researchers in this new approach and he discusses what exactly are antisense antibiotics. 


Aired March 19, 2017

Winston Groom is a best selling author of sixteen books including the New York Times bestseller "Forrest Gump" which stayed on the list for 21 weeks and was adapted into the film "Forrest Gump" starring Tom Hanks. Along with being a novelist Groom is also a renowned author of history. In his latest novel, "El Paso", Groom melds fiction with history telling the tale of a thrill-seeking Bostonian railroad tycoon who finds himself pitted against Pancho Villa amongst the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution. 


Aired March 19, 2017