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  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

  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

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. 

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  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

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  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.   

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  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.

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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

  

  Ed Ochester is the editor of the Pitt Poetry Series, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press.  He joins us to talk about the changing world of publishing and why it can be difficult for emerging poets to publish their works.  The Pitt Poetry Series, back when Ochester began as editor (late 1970s), was almost exclusively white, male, and heterosexual.  In the 4 decades since, the Pitt Poetry Series has published poets who better reflect our evolving landscape, including Richard Blanco, Ross Gay, and Etheridge Knight.

For our Poem of the Week, Ed Ochester reads "Poetry" from his latest collection of poetry "Sugar Run Road."

Aired Jan. 17, 2016

You are invited to transform the conductivity of the human body into a controller to activate melodies and beats! Fab Lab is presenting a workshop where parents and kids will gain exposure to interactive design by immersion, and young adults will learn about conductivity, circuits, LEDs, coding, electronic music, looping, and physical computing through direct experimentation. 

The Latinas in Progress Education Series aims to familiarize senior high school Latinas with college and equip them with the means to succeed in their personal and professional life. 

The Paso Del Norte Paranormal Society leads ghost tours throughout El Paso.  Guests Henry Flores and Bonnie Juarez preview two of those tours: The downtown El Paso haunted tour, and the haunted brothel tour.

  Virginia Galarza is the Education Coordinator for the Trans Pecos Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists.  This group of dedicated volunteers are involved in a number of community projects and eventsto help spread knowledge of our Chihuahuan Desert with the public.  Galarza tells us about the upcoming class for Master Naturalist volunteers taking place Wednesdays from 6-9pm, Feb 10-May 18, at the El Paso Garden Center near Memorial Park.  The deadline to register for classes is Monday, February 10.

Information: Matthew Santillan 915-771-2354 for registration information, or go online to http://elp.tamu.edu/event/texas-master-naturalist-program-2/?instance_id=395&ct=t(2016_Jan_Newsletter1_6_2016)

Aired Jan. 16, 2016


ReadyOne Industries provides over 1000 people in the region with employment, in particular, individuals with significant disabilities.  They help manufacture military uniforms for the U.S. Army and corrugated boxes for various businesses.

Learn more about ReadyOne with the company's president and CEO, Tony Martinez.  


The Centennial Museum on the UTEP Campus will begin hosting a series of Saturday Science classes for students in grades K-6. It's a hands-on series of classes that will focus on how the eyes work and how they interpret color.  Hear a conversation with the museum’s Education Curator Kaye Mullins. 

  The latest news in animal activism and veganism/vegetarianism.

Celebrate Veganuary in January!  Learn why a plant-based diet is the best for your health, for humanity, and for the planet.  This international campaign has already enlisted thousands of Americans and British citizens to try a vegan diet for a month.  Take the pledge at http://www.veganuary.com/

Aired Jan. 10, 2016

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  Dr. Brooke Goldner is the best-selling author of 'Goodbye Lupus,' and specializes in psychology and neurobiology. As a teenager, she began suffering from arthritis and debilitating pain. The diagnosis? Systemic Lupus Nephritis. And Stage IV kidney disease. She endured chemotherapy treatments, blood thinner injections, and mini-strokes from her teenage years through medical school. When she embraced exercise and a plant-based diet, her symptoms disappeared. As did the lupus. Hear her fascinating story in this interview.

http://www.veganmedicaldoctor.com/ and follow Dr. Goldner on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DrGoldner

Aired Jan. 10, 2015

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  Robert Scherrer is Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Vanderbilt University.  He joins us to talk about cosmology, dark energy, and dark matter.  We'll also take a brief foray into quantum entanglement.  Read his blog at http://www.cosmicyarns.com/, and read his Wall Street Journal editorial "How to Raise a Scientist in the Xbox Age" at http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-raise-a-scientist-in-the-xbox-age-1450137781.

Aired Jan. 10, 2016

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  Host Daniel Chacon argues that comedy writing is much like writing poetry.  He also asks whether all ideas really need to be written down.

Aired Jan. 10, 2015

  Megan Amram is a comedy writer, a powerhouse presence on Twitter, and the author of "Science...for Her!" a book that features a woman-hating fictional Megan Amram who in reality takes down a lot of sexist tropes that exist in women's magazines.  Megan joins us to tell us more about how Twitter launched her writing career (https://twitter.com/meganamram), why she thinks poetry & comedy writing share a sense of subversiveness, and how she managed to get Gloria Steinem to write a blurb for her book!

Watch Megan on the "Smart Girls" webseries with Amy Poehler: http://amysmartgirls.com/series-premiere-experimenting-with-megan-amram/

Aired Jan. 10, 2016

The University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University will present the exhibition, Water! What Is It Good For?, at a timely moment in Southern New Mexico’s climate. Marking three months of post-drought and healthy rainfall in Las Cruces, this show will open on Thursday January 21st and will feature works by Florida-based artist Bethany Taylor and Texas-based artist Brenda Perry. 

The El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Music Festival will feature some of the most incredible musical artists in the world performing in a Month-Long festival that has been an artistic triumph in the region for more than 36 years.

The 2016 Chamber Music Festival seeks to accomplish the goal of insuring that the finest artists in the world not only perform in the region but engage with students in the classroom throughout the region. 

    With rain, wind, snow, and whatever else El Niño throws our way...going out into our garden isn't on top of our priority list! But January is a terrific time to PLAN for the growing season. Master Gardener Jan Petrzelka joins us on GOOD TO GROW to tell us how we can prepare for Spring with a rose pruning demonstration at the Municipal Rose Garden and through Master Gardner-led gardening classes at EPCC!Rose Pruning Demonstrations take place Jan. 30 beginning at 10am at the Municipal Rose Garden across from Memorial Park, and the EPCC Home Gardening in El Paso classes begin Jan. 23. Find registration in formation at http://www.epcc.edu/ContinuingEd/Documents/CE_Registration_Form_(English).pdf or call 915-831-7737. Aired Jan. 9, 2016
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  Jennifer Merin is the founder and president of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ).  She joins us to talk about the various ways women are represented in film, behind the camera, and as critics.  Not all women like the same kinds of films, and the AWFJ provides a broad scope of views from women film critics across the nation.  The AWFJ's EDA Awards also recognize women in a variety of film roles that aren't necessary represented by Oscar, such as Best Female Action Star and Actress Most in Need of a New Agent!

Learn more about the AWFJ and see the complete list of 2015 EDA Awards nominees at http://awfj.org/.

Aired Jan 9, 2016


John Balliew is the President & CEO of El Paso Water Utilities. He joins us to talk about the proposed 11% rate increase that will be put to a vote on January 13. Why do we need the increase, and how will it affect residential and commercial customers?  The Public Service Board will vote on the proposed increase on January 13, 8am, at 1154 Hawkins.


The National Science Foundation funded the GK-12 Program at UTEP, which allowed 9 graduate students the opportunity to experience teaching & communication with students in early-college high school programs across El Paso. We'll learn more about the GK-12 Program at UTEP with Aaron Velasco, Associate Professor, Geological Sciences; Anais Martinez, PhD in Pathobiology; and David Alfaro, graduate student Geophysics.

    Jon Chorover is Professor and Department Head at the Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science at the University of Arizona.  He joins us to tell us about the important research he does into discovering how pollutants such as lead find their way into the soil and are released into the environment, whether as dust particles or into our water systems.  Mine tailings are waste materials from hard-rock mining, and Chorover is researching phytostabilization, which allows for a vegetative "cap" on these tailings, keeping them "trapped" in the soil.

Aired Jan. 3, 2016

  For more than two decades author T.J. ENGLISH has chronicled the American underworld. His latest book is 'Where the Bodies Were Buried: Whitey Bulger and the World That Made Him,' which covers this notorious Boston mobster's trial while also uncovering the government corruption that was partly responsible for Bulger's crimes.  He joins us to tell us why corruption and organized crime go hand-in-hand, and why the Irish mob can draw parallels to the narco wars in Mexico.

http://www.tj-english.com/

Aired Jan. 3, 2016

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