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Spider mites...white flies...grub worms and June beetles...
These are all unwelcome guests in our landscape during the summer months. On this program we'll find out how to keep these buggers under control!  Plus, we'll find out why it's mandatory to follow those directions on pesticide labels.

Read more about controlling grubworms at http://theurbanrancher.tamu.edu/retiredsite/bugs/l1131.pdf.

Aired July 2, 2016

  One film is a blow-up-the-world alien invasion blockbuster. The other is a more intimate woman-versus-shark film. On which movie should you spend your hard-earned movie money? On the next ON FILM, host Charles Horak and Oscar Garza give their opinions on "Independence Day Resurgence" and "The Shallows."  Aired July 2, 2016


UTEP Alumni from around the country and around the world will be gathering on July 16 for the annual ALUMNI PICK-NIC. Here in El Paso, the celebration takes place at Memorial Park.

On the next FOCUS ON CAMPUS, we'll talk with Margie Brickey, Richard Daniel, and John Aranda, who will tell us more about what to expect at this year's event.

The 5th annual UTEP Alumni Pick-Nic on July 16 will be held at 5 p.m. at  Memorial Park, inside Memorial Park Reserve, 3200 Copper.

UTEP Office of Alumni Relations, 915-747-8600, http://alumni.utep.edu/.   $10 Alumni Association members, $14 nonmembers, $8 students, $7 children, $25 family package


Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor made the characters "George" and "Martha" famous, or infamous, in the film adaptation Edward Albee's play WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF.  The El Paso Playhouse will present the original stage version of the play, and we’ll hear a conversation with the play’s director Veronica Frescas and actress Minden Dickson who plays “Martha.”  Performances are Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2, June 24-July 17.  The El Paso Playhouse is located at 2501 Montana.

 

http://www.elpasoplayhouse.com/

 


Improv groups like the Upright Citizens Brigade, Second City, and the Groundlings graduated some of the world's most famous comedians. And shows like "Whose Line is it Anyway" brought improve comedy into our living rooms. On the next THE WEEKEND, we'll talk with Matthew Manriquez and Cesar Huerta about El Paso's own improv group, the El Paso Improv League.

 

https://www.facebook.com/elpasoimprovleague/

 


CECILIA HINOJOSA is a recent UTEP graduate who received her BA in Psychology. Hinojosa will be attending Tufts University this Fall. She joins us on FOCUS ON CAMPUS to talk about the experience she had at UTEP, including researching why diabetics smoke more than the rest of the population. Her future course of study will focus on helping individuals with PTSD.  Hinojosa was recently profiled on the UTEP Magazine.  Read more here: http://www.utepmagazine.com/blog/2016/5/31/student-presents-research-on-capitol-hill

  The latest news in vegan nutrition and animal activism:

Studies show that the blood of vegans has more cancer-fighting abilities than the blood of individuals who follow the standard American diet.  Read more: http://www.riseofthevegan.com/blog/scientists-find-blood-from-vegans-is-eight-times-more-protective-against-cancer

United Egg Producers aim to end chick culling by 2020.  Over 250 million male chicks are culled every year because they are considered unnecessary and cannot lay eggs.  Read more: https://www.thedodo.com/united-egg-producers-end-chick-culling-2020-1851945802.html

Dungeness crab fishermen are being asked to change their practices because whales are being entangled and killed in their nets.  Read more: https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2016/whale-entanglements-06-09-2016.html

Aired June 26, 2016

  Lori Marino is a neuroscientist, an expert in animal behavior & intelligence, and the founder & executive director of the Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy.  As a scientist and an animal advocate, she demonstrates the effective use of science to advance advocacy issues.  Her Whale Sanctuary Project is a multidisciplinary effort to provide a seaside sanctuary for former captive marine mammals.  Orcas and other creatures showcased at aquatic theme parks will have a more natural environment to li  ve out their natural lives.

http://www.whalesanctuaryproject.org/

Aired June 26, 2016

Natural Resources Conservation Service

**Rebroadcast from Jan 27, 2013**

Keith talks with Francisco Molinar, District Conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Molinar is an agricultural engineer, and he talks about water conservation in the desert.  Some crops actually benefit from the hot, dry conditions in the Chihuahuan Desert, but specialized irrigation and  land-leveling techniques will be crucial in conserving water in the future.  Aired June 26, 2016.

  **rebroadcast from June 28, 2015**

Retired educator and writer Azucena Dominguez shares a Poetic License about a first date that never was.

Aired June 26, 2016

 

  **Re-broadcast from June 28, 2015**

  

  Daniel talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Tracy K. Smith.  She has written her first memoir, Ordinary Light, and she talks about why she waited many years to write about the death of her mother.  She also explains why the memoir allowed her to explore the subject of race and to reflect on how her parents lived & coped in the segregated South.  And in this online-only extended interview, Tracy reflects on the conflicts she encountered between religion and reason in her upbringing.

Tracy K. Smith also reads today's Poem of the Week: "In Brazil" from the collection Duende.

Aired June 26, 2016

The Museums & Cultural Affairs Department is building a public collection of artwork created by El Paso Area artists that recognizes the artistic talent and cultural diversity in El Paso.  The artwork becomes a part of the City of El Paso Art Collection and is placed in City buildings for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public.  Pat Dalbin of the City of El Paso’s Public Art Program talks about how local artists can become involved.

El Paso’s EME Design Studio, is marking their fifth anniversary by bringing home national awards and recognition for work done for El Paso businesses. EME Design Studio just won their second national Silver ADDY at the National American Advertising Awards. Here to talk design is Joel Martinez of EME Design Studio.

  How are your TOMATOES handling the heat? If you are over- or underwatering them, they may crack. Or the leaves may brown if they suffer a bacterial or fungal outbreak. We'll help you solve some tomato issues on this program.  Click on this link for more information on troubleshooting your tomato troubles!  http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/vegetable/problem-solvers/tomato-problem-solver/

Aired June 25, 2016

 

   The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is a welcome addition to El Paso's cinematic landscape...and the FILM SALON will be screening its monthly series of films at Alamo beginning the first Saturday of July...with The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Host Charles Horak will be the GUEST on this program, as guest host Kyle Alvarado gets all the details for us.  

The Alamo Drafhouse Cinema is located at 250 E. Montecillo, and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre screens Saturday, July 2, at 7:30pm.  Admission is $3.  More information: http://www.filmsalon.org/

Aired June 25, 2016

  With El Paso sweltering in triple-digit heat, we need to protect our turf, trees, and container plants from heat stress. On his program, we'll talk about the importance of watering deeply to help our plants make it through June!

Aired June 18, 2016

  Two very different movies open in theatres recently - the big budget fantasy flick that was WARCRAFT, and the old-school scary film THE CONJURING 2. Are they worth your time and money? Find out on this program as host Charles Horak and guest Kyle Alvarado offer their expert opinions.

Aired June 18, 2016

Allan J. Jacobson Group

  **re-broadcast from Jan. 20, 2013**

Keith & Russ talk with Allan J. Jacobson, Professor of Chemistry, and Director of the Texas Center for Superconductivity, at the University of Houston.  Jacobson briefly explains the nature of superconductivity - when certain materials are cooled below a certain temperature, they lose all resistance to electricity, they repel magnetic fields, and become perfect conductors of electricity.  Though it's not fully understood how these superconducting materials work, the Texas Center for Superconductivity is looking into ways to get materials to become superconductive at higher temperatures.  http://tcsuh.com/

Aired June 19, 2016.

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  Host Daniel Chacón talks about the ways we infuse metaphor into images or language.  He uses as an example the metaphorical possibilities of the image of a flower growing in cracked concrete.  Often, metaphor is often imposed on images and words when it isn't necessarily implied by the author.

Aired June 19, 2016

  Keith Leonard is a visiting lecturer in Creative Writing at Indiana University.  He grew up in Martha's Vineyard, where the town's isolation, in stark contrast with the booming tourist season, later inspired his words.  His debut collection is called "Ramshackle Ode."  Leonard's odes are a means to work through difficulty to reach a measure of joy.  

For our Poem of the Week, Keith Leonard reads "In the Headwinds of a Fable" from Ramshackle Ode.

*this is an online-only extended version of the interview that aired on KTEP*

Aired June 19, 2016


The MUSTARD SEED CAFE began with "a grain of faith the size of a mustard seed," according to Executive Director Christi Brown.  This nonprofit pay-what-you-can cafe allows for people of all walks of life to eat a delicious meal...whether you are an impoverished student or single parent who can only pay $2, or a local professional who can pay it forward by offering more than the suggested price.  Christi Brown joins us to explain why the café thrives on donations of food and money, and on community partnerships.  The Mustard Seed Café is located at 1140 N. Saint Vrain, and is open Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11am-2pm. 

If you like Country-Western bars you’ll want to check out Boots.  This play features a more or less friendly bunch of characters the likes of which you’re no doubt familiar.  Sure, there’s drinkin’, after all, it’s a bar, but by and large things are fine until greed steps in and threatens to break up our happy patrons and wipe out the bar.   If you enjoy a puzzle you’ll like the twists and turns of this story.  Here to give us the lowdown on Boots, are playwrights Stephanie Karr and Mark Watts.

The Film Salon is a monthly screening series devoted to the celebration of classic and important films. The Film Salon has found a new home at the Alamo Drafthouse. Charles Horak has cultivated a discerning audience of cinephiles and those looking to expand their awareness of cinema history.  Horak will continue to curate The Film Salon’s programs and provide commentary before and after each film.  Here to tell us about the move and how you can get tickets to the next show is Charles Horak.


The Dream Act is controversial in many circles as it would pave the way to residency and citizenship for many undocumented immigrants in the U.S.  One local filmmaker has decided to share his experiences in the feature-length production, El Sueño.  Humberto Castro, acts in and co-produced the film with director Brian Thompson.  Humberto & Brian are also joined by actress Diajesma Orozco to talk about this story about 2 young undocumented young adults struggling to find the American Dream.  The film has received screenings in El Paso and Miami, and will screen in Washington D.C. in July.

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The latest news in animal rights and plant-based diets:

Mercy for Animals recently posted amateur video documenting cases of cruelty at a Tyson Foods plant in Tennessee.   The poultry industry has been encouraged by many animal rights groups to change they way they process & breed the 8 billion chickens we consume in the U.S.  Read more and view the video here:  http://www.mercyforanimals.org/

Santa Cruz Biotechnology must pay a $3.5 million penalty for animal welfare violations.  They were sued under California's new animal cruelty law and unfair competition law.    The facility can no longer use animals covered by the Animal Welfare Act in their research.  Read more here:  http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/cost-of-animal-cruelty-skyrockets-animal-research-facility-to-pay-unprecedented-3-5-million-penalty-over-animal-welfare-violations/

The Center for Biological Diversity has created Extinction Food Labels to mirror the nutritional facts labels on many food items.  The labels reveal the REAL cost of what we eat, including the costs of carbon emissions, habitat loss, and water pollution.  Learn more at http://extinctionfacts.org

Aired June 12, 2016

  Lauren Ng is an ordained minister and a vegan recipe blogger.  Her path to veganism began while studying at seminary.  She shares with us why her Christian values and her compassionate diet go hand in hand, and why we should have compassion for all creatures on the earth.  Check out Lauren's food blog, One Happy Table at http://www.onehappytable.com, and read her post "The Church Potluck, Reimagined" at http://www.ourhenhouse.org/2014/07/the-church-potluck-reimagined/ .

Aired June 12, 2016.

  Host Tim Z. Hernandez praises guest Ire'ne Lara Silva, and relates her use of words to the Mexican curandera María Sabina, who believed in the power of introspective, sacred words to eradicate illness.

Aired June 12, 2016

  Ire'ne Lara Silva is the author of the poetry collection "Blood Sugar Canto," which uses words to help face the fears about diabetes and to offer hope and healing to fellow sufferers.  Silva insists that our bodies are not just physical machines, but they must be holistically healed in order to thrive.  

For our Poem of the Week, Ire'ne Lara Silva will read "Grace," which is a moving portrait of a foot exam.

https://irenelarasilva.wordpress.com/

Aired June 12, 2016


CASTNER RANGE has a rich military history. Fort Bliss acquired the land and used it as a firing range. But leftover unexploded ordinance has left much of the land off limits to the public. The 7000+ acres that make up Castner Range has roads, trails, ancient rock art and natural beauty that has led many community members and organizations to push to designate Castner Range as a National Monument. To tell us more about this initiative are Scott Cutler and Richard Teschner with the Castner Range National Monument Initiative.  


Commuters traveling to and from West El Paso have already encountered lots of construction. On this program, we'll meet with Noemi Rojas from the GO 10 Project, Mandra Ryan of the Border West Expressway, and Jennifer Wright from the Texas Department of Transportation. They'll explain what all the orange barrels are there for, and offer some tips on making your commute a little less stressful.   They also warn that it’s going to get worse before it gets better…but it will be worth the wait!

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