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Do you know when it's going to freeze? Or maybe how cold it'll get this winter? Well, neither do we! But that's not going to stop us from sharing on how to protect your plants from the cold winter weather. 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opened this week with little or no new competition for your box-office dollars, but beginning next week you'll have plenty of choices at your local theatre. Host Charles Horak is joined in-studio by frequent On Film contributor, Kyle Alvarado, as they discuss the much-anticipated films The Shape of Water and The Post

To be the most effective advocate for social change, you need to understand the underlying social constructs. Dr. Corey Wrenn, Director of Gender Studies and Lecturer of Sociology with Monmouth University in Northeastern New Jersey, has studied food justice and social change with Colorado State University. She joins us to talk about her book, A Rational Approach to Animal Rights: Extensions in Abolitionist Theory.

Dr. Daniel J. Mindiola, Presidential Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, joins host Russ Chianelli as they discuss Mindiola's studies and his latest research. His research program entails the synthesis of transition metal complexes that possess interesting coordination environments, reactive ligand scaffolds, and unusual electronic and magnetic features. To date, his research group has produced more than 120 peer-reviewed scientific contributions. 

Reading was a big part of the Cortez family, and Saturday's were "pancake days." On this week's book club, we visit with UTEP alumn and author, Phillip Cortez. He shares his memories of the Public Library's Bookmobile and how those Saturday pancake specials gave him the idea for his book Pancakes for Dinner.

Marcus Wicker is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, The Missouri Review's Miller Audio Prize, as well as fellowships from Cave Canem and the Fine Arts Work Center. His second book, Silencer was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017 and is a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. Marcus teaches in the MFA program at the University of Memphis, and he is the poetry editor of Southern Indiana Review and this week we speak with him about his most recent work.

Are you looking for a modern updated approach to your Christmas tree? Or are you brave enough to try a Juniper, Italian Stone Pine or even a Rosemary Bush? Good to Grow hosts share some ideas to help you think outside the box for this holiday season. 

'Tis the season for film critics groups to announce their favorite films and filmmakers of the year. Among them, the largest critics group in North America, The Broadcast Film Critics Association, has just rolled out their nominations. Felipa Solis, fellow Broadcast Film Critics Association member, joins host Charles Horak as they discuss the nominations for the 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! And if you're looking to get your home ready for the holidays, we have some Christmas tree tips for you. We receive helpful tips from UTEP's Chihuahuan Desert Gardens Curator, and frequent KTEP contributor, John White.

The UTEP department of Theater and dance Proudly presents Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol now through December 17th at the Wise Family Theatre on the UTEP campus.

“Scrooge” John Robledo and “Marley” played by Gabe Kull preview the production.

Suzi Davidoff has been intricately engaged in the West Texas landscape she calls home, creating drawings paintings and prints that reflect both soil and sky and often incorporating found materials including cochineal, clay, natural charcoal and lichen.  Mapping has long been central to her understanding of nature.


A person who goes in for knee surgery is not supposed to come out in a vegetative state. When two medical students try and look into the matter, they run into a dangerous web controlled by high-dollar pharmaceutical companies and non-profit hospitals that turn out to be money mills. This week we hear all about the work of Dr. Robin Cook, author of Host.

Dr. Seung-Hee Yoo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of McGoven Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Russ Chianelli speaks with her as they discuss her field of study in circadian rhythms. 

Gabriel Thompson is an independent journalist who has written for the New York Times, Harper's, New York, Slate, Mother Jones, Virginia Quarterly Review, and the Nation. His articles about labor and immigration have won a number of prizes, including the Studs Terkel Media Award and the Sidney Award. He speaks with host Tim Hernandez about his latest work, Chasing the Harvest: Migrant Workers in California Agriculture.

Special co-host Dennis Woo joins us for this conversation with Louie Saenz, as they speak with Sam Cassiano and George Reynoso on this edition of The Weekend.

Jeffrey Engel is an award-winning American history scholar and the founding director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. He joins us this week to discuss his latest work, When the World Seemed New: George H. W. Bush and the End of the Cold War.


Betty Boyd Caroli joins in conversation with host Louie Saenz to discuss her latest work, Lady Bird and Lyndon: The Hidden Story of a Marriage That Made a President.

In part one of this two-part edition of Perspectives, we visit with Daniel Golden, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and current senior editor for ProPublica. Golden talks about his latest book, Spy Schools: How the CIA, FBI, and Foreign Intelligence Secretly Exploit America's Universities, which exposes how academia has become the center of foreign and domestic espionage. In part two, we hear from Alane Adams. Adams is a children's author, professor, and literacy advocate and is the author of the Legends of Orkney fantasy mythology series for tweens and writes Early American picture books for young children. She speaks about her latest work, The Raven God: The Legends of Orkney Series.

The Tumbleweed Collective returns to the Jewel Box series to present Nocturnal. Nocturnal will explore a wide array of night happenings through dance and recorded and live music.

The night ushers in many ideas such as dreams and fear, refugee and home, romance and heartache, celebration and isolation. Ideas around these themes will be explored in a series of choreographed dances and musical compositions.

Nocturnal will be performed at the Philanthropy Theater on December 9th at 7pm and on December 10th at 2:30pm. Here to tell us about it are Christina Mitchel and Jazmin Ortega.

The holidays are here and if you’re looking for the best books to give in 2017, we’ve got you covered. Joining us today is Theresa Lopez from Barnes and Noble with some ideas for book lovers of all ages. 

Whether you're putting up your Christmas tree, creating a beautiful centerpiece or adorning your door with a festive wreath, winter in a wonderful time to decorate your home with greenery. This edition of Good to Grow focuses all on tips to help you care for your favorite winter plants.

Over the years, El Paso has seen a number of film productions come to town. The behind-the-scenes work required to coordinate the demands of a big budget film shoot is usually the responsibility of the El Paso Film Commission. We visit with their new coordinator, Drew Mayer-Oakes, as he discusses the role of the Film Commission and the services they provide to film productions, both small and big.


Dr. Adriana Dominguez, Director of Audience Development for the Department of Theatre and Dance, joins us again to share details UTEP's production of A Christmas Carol. 

Dr. B. Frank Gupton, Virgina Commonwealth University Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering, shares details on his latest innovative research. He is focused on the development and application of new technologies that will streamline organic synthesis through process intensification. The overall interest is in applying these principals towards the development of new catalyst systems that can be used in concert with continuous chemical processing (flow reactor technology) to streamline the synthesis of pharmaceutical active ingredients (API’s).

Layli Long Soldier is the recipient of the 2015 NACF National Artist Fellowship, a 2015 Lannan Literary Fellowship, and a 2016 Whiting Award. Her poems have appeared in The American Poet, The American Reader, The Kenyon Review Online, and other publications and this week we speak with her about her latest book of poems, Whereas.

How many times have we heard the questions "Are you on Facebook?" or "What's your Twitter account?". Social media is a huge monster, and for many, it's their only source for news. Award-winning reporter Diana Washington Valdez acknowledges that and has launched The Digie Zone - an online source for news and information.


EXIST1981 began as an undergound street-art project in 2000 that has since manifested into fine art, graphic design and a boutique clothing campaign. Whether hanging on a wall or on your body, stuck on a street sign or on a notebok, EXIST 1981 pieces are meant to be accessible to all.

Exist 1981 has recently opened an art venue in downtown El Paso called PDA --a Public Display of Affection for El Paso.

You’ve probably seen the Outpost off of I-10, it’s a black building with a white mural decorated with a bright white cross on the top. The Outpost believes we should use our creative forces to push arts, music and culture across America where we can influence progress. For musicians, it just so happens that they make their livelihood by traversing through the US on tour.

The Outpost is a way to say thank you for the hustle, the blood, the sweat, and the tears that touring bands put in day in and day out. Caroline Vazquez and Marisol McNeil explain the mission of the Outpost.

It's the most wonderful time of the year! With the holiday season in full swing, we share a few gift ideas for gardeners to inspire you as you go about your holiday shopping. Great tips and ideas for the gardeners in your life!

Kyle Alvarado is this week's special guest host for On Film, and he visits with documentary filmmaker Charlie Minn to talk about his latest production, Bullets at the Border. The documentary examines three separate controversial killings along the USA-Mexico border where Mexican nationals were killed by US border agents. The film opens in El Paso at Bassett on December 1, 2017, and will run for a minimum of one week.