KTEP Local

  It's almost time for FLORA FEST at UTEP! John White, the Garden Curator of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens at UTEP will join us to tell us about the FloraFEST speaker, Marcy Scott, author of "Hummingbird Plants s of the Southwest." She will talk on April 22 at 6pm at the UTEP Undergraduate Learning Center about how to "Plant a Hummingbird Haven." John will also talk about the wide variety of native and adapted plants that will be available for sale on April 23 & 24, 9am-4pm each day at the UTEP Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens. 

  The 7th annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Los Angeles is set to roll out the red carpet for guest artists like Angela Lansbury, Elliot Gould, Gina Lollobrigida, and many, many more. The festival features panels, discussions, and over 80 classic films, including "The King and I," "It's a Wonderful Life," and "King of Kings."  Charlie Tabesh, Senior Vice President for Programming at TCM joins us to give us all the details on this festival which takes place April 28-May 1.


Aired April 16, 2016

  Library Gardening Talks

Some talks are on different months. See individual schedules below.

June                Herbs                             Do Me a Flavor – Growing Herbs

July                  Tomato Problems        What’s the Matter With My ‘Maters?

August            Fall Gardening              Fall and Winter Gardening Starts Now!

September     Compost                        Cashing In on Black Gold – Home Composting

The UTEP Department of Theatre & Dance presents Shakespeare's KING LEAR, which tells of the king’s descent into madness as his daughters battle for control of the throne. On this program we'll hear from 2 student actors, Raul Chavez and Brandon Mullenix, who will be taking part in this production which opens April 22. 

  The latest vegan/vegetarian and animal activism news:

The packaged-foods company Pinnacle Foods is increasing the variety of plant-based foods on the market in order to meet growing demand for sustainable food systems.  http://pinnaclefoods.com/

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is reporting the near extinction of the vaquita due to poaching of the totoaba fish.  These fish are widely sought in many cultures for their swim bladders.  Both the totoaba and the vaquita are endangered and protected species, and the vaquita are often swept up in nets by poachers capturing totoaba.  http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/2016/03/07/sea-shepherd-crew-discover-dead-vaquita-totoaba-and-great-white-shark-in-refuge-1800

Whalers in Japan have killed over 300 minke whales since its last Antarctic hunt began in December 2015.  The hunt was done in the name of "scientific research," which is a loophole Japan has used since a moratorium on whaling was instituted in 1986.  http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/2016/03/25/sea-shepherd-condemns-japans-most-recent-violations-of-international-law-1806

Aired April 10, 2016


  Soulful Vegan writer Ellen Kanner is the author of "Feeding the Hungry Ghost: Life, Faith and What to Eat for Dinner," which inspires readers to put extra thought and preparation into their meals.  She is also a contributor to Huffington Post (http://snip.ly/A7v4#http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ellen-kanner/), and writes the Edgy Veggie column for the Miami Herald (http://snip.ly/2a8m#http://www.miamiherald.com/living/food-drink/edgy-veggie/).  

Kanner talks about how she is spreading the word about compassionate lifestyles and delicious vegan meals through her website (http://soulfulvegan.com/), her consulting business, and her columns.

Aired April 10, 2016

  Geologist Ruth Barrett performs exploration and evaluation work for mining and exploration companies.  She has also worked in gold exploration...she has worked at the Johnson Space Center studying lunar rocks and meteorites...she is a pilot, a member of the 99s, and had previously served in the Civil Air Patrol.  She joins us to talk about her varied career and about why women CAN have it all - a career and family.  Barrett also makes a strong argument as to why women are especially well-suited for careers in science and engineering.

Aired April 10, 2016

  PAUL PEDROZA received his BA in Creative Writing from UTEP and is currently teaching English at NMSU. His debut story collection is called "The Dead will Rise and Save Us," and feature stories that take place on the border. Pedroza joins us to tell us more about these stories and about the influence of the desert on his works.http://paulpedroza.com/  Aired April 10, 2016

  Host Daniel Chacón reflects on his 20+ years of teaching at UTEP and on the students who have gone on to have successful writing careers, like Paul Pedroza.  

Aired April 10, 2016

El Paso Comic Con is dedicated to creating awareness and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms through their annual convention, EPCON that celebrates the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. This year, EPCON takes place April 15 through 17, 2016 and will feature special guests Adam West, Burt Ward and Kevin Eastman. Organizer Troy Stegner talks about the event.

Art, science and more meet in Garden of Fluorescent Flowers, the next production in the El Paso Community Foundation’s Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre. Garden of Fluorescent Flowers will be performed at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 10, 2016 in the Philanthropy Theatre, part of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre. Here to tell us all about it is writer-director Alexandra Dipp. 

Norma Martinez

  Does your landscape reflect the beauty of the Chihuahuan Desert? If you think your front yard, back yard, outdoor living space, or patio is a great example of landscaping with native and adapted plants, your landscape may be featured on an El Paso Water Utilities feature called DESERT BLOOMS. Anai Padilla of EPWU joins us to talk about how your wise garden designing can be an example for the rest of El Paso!

Contact Anai Padilla at ajpadilla@epwu.org, or call  the Water Conservation TecH2O Center at (915) 621-2000.  If you are submitting a site, please add your name, phone number and address.  The deadline for submissions is April 22.

Aired April 9, 2016

  The Sunset Film Society is celebrating April with an Alfred Hitchcock noir classic, a post-war thriller starring Orson Welles, and a cinematic wonder about a ballerina torn between her passion for dance and the love of her husband.  Jay Duncan joins us on ON FILM to tell us more about the April screenings at the International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana.

Alfred Hitchcock's "Rebecca" (1940) screens April 16 at 2pm.

Carol Reed's "The Third Man" (1949) screens April 23 at 2pm.

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's "The Red Shoes" (1948) screens April 30 at 2pm.

All screenings are preceded by a chapter of a classic 1936 Flash Gordon serial!  Screenings are free.

Plus, on April 17, the Sunset Film Society screens Giuseppe Tornatore's 1988 cinematic love letter, "Cinema Paradiso," at noon at Ardovino's Desert Crossing. 


Aired April 9, 2016

BEYOND MEASURE is a documentary that explores revolutionary ways that certain educational institutions are breaking away from test-driven education to shape a new vision for our classrooms. These are schools that see critical thinking, communication, exploration, experimentation, collaboration, and creativity as the key to good education. The University of Texas at El Paso is one of the institutions featured in the film, and to tell us more is Roger Gonzalez, Chair and Professor of the Engineering Education and Leadership Program at UTEP. The film receives a screening Friday, May 6 at the UTEP Union Cinema.

CLAIRE STARNES is a Vietnam veteran and UTEP alum. She is also a contributor to the book "Women Vietnam Veterans: Our Untold Stories." Approximately 1,200 women from the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy left their mark in Vietnam from 1962 to 1973, and were intelligence analysts, flight controllers, clerk-typists, translators, physical therapists, dieticians and communications specialists. Starnes spent 17 years collecting their stories, and she joins us to share some of her experiences in Vietnam and at UTEP.

Elizabeth O’Hara Williams and Magda Alvarado join us to talk about the upcoming fundraising event for En Voz Alta, “Jewelry for a Voice.”  En Voz Alta is a nonprofit organization that brings together families with children who are hearing impaired.  The fundraising event, which features a silent auction for hand-made jewelry and live entertainment, will use proceeds to help families buy hearing aids for their children.  Jewelry for a Voice will take place Saturday, April 30, 6-9pm.  


  Materials scientists are researching fascinating materials that can revolutionize technology. Matteo Pasquali, Professor of Chemistry and Biomolecular Engineering & Chemistry at Rice University, tells us about graphene - a single layer of carbon atoms that can conduct electricity faster than most metals, and it is thin enough that it can even be sewn into clothing as a fiber to create wearable tech! Graphene can also be "painted" on surfaces, and may eventually help repair damaged tissue with no risk of scarring or rejection. https://pasquali.rice.edu/ Aired April 3, 2016

  Mexican author VALERIA LUISELLI wrote her novel "The Story of My Teeth" in installments in partnership with factory workers at a Jumex juice factory near Mexico City. Recently translated to English, the book is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction. The story follows a character who auctions off teeth of famous historical characters, like Pluto, Virginia Wolf, and Marilyn Monroe. Aired April 3, 2016

  Hosts Daniel Chacón and Tim Hernandez talk about the tradition of Tobacco Readers, men who were hired to read to workers at tobacco rolling factories in Cuba in the 1800s.  What if that tradition was carried on today?  What types of workers would readers read to, and what material would they read?

Aired April 3, 2016

National Poetry Month, which takes place each April, is a celebration of poetry introduced in 1996 and organized by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. Today we feature two El Paso poets, Robin Scofield and Gene Keller, to talk about poetry and how they help develop upcoming poets through the Tumblewords Project. 

We are all invited to Join Opera UTEP on April 3, 2016 for a free concert featuring selections from their spring production, Speed Dating Tonight! The concert also includes other "first date" songs, duets and ensembles from popular operas and Broadway shows.  UTEP visiting assistant professor of voice and opera Cherry Duke and student singer Mauricio Perusquia provide the details.

  Master Gardeners and the El Paso Rose Society have been hard at work in recent months to get the 1200 roses at the Municipal Rose Garden ready for display.  They will be hosting a public tour of the garden on April 9, 10am-2pm, and Patrick O'Brian and Estela Loy will join us to tell us more.  Patrick & Estela are co-chairs of the Master Gardener Rose Committee.

The Municipal Rose Garden is located at 3418 Aurora, across from Memorial Park.


Aired April 2, 2016

  Predictions are that Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will surpass the $1 billion mark globally.  Host Charles Horak welcomes Kyle Alvarado to talk about why this poorly-reviewed film with countless subplots is more of a means to launch a franchise than to stand on its own as a singular piece of filmmaking.

Charles and Kyle also talk about the future of the Marvel & DC comic book movies and why they seem to be much darker in a post-9/11 world.

Aired April 2, 2016

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


  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.


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.