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Dr. Ezra Cappell, Director of the Inter-American Jewish Studies Program at the University of Texas at El Paso, joins us to tell us about the upcoming visit by Art Spiegelman, author of the Holocaust-themed graphic novel Maus.  Spiegelman will be speaking on Wed Oct 19 at 7 p.m. at the UTEP Union Cinema.

Aired Oct 16, 2016

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Zafra Lerman is a Distinguished Professor of Science and Public Policy Emerita at Columbia College in Chicago.  Lerman is a scientist and a humanitarian, and she was recently recognized for her work with the 2016 Andrei Sakharov Award for human rights from the American Physical Society.  She joins us to tell us why she got involved in humanitarian issues...how she managed to sneak out at nighttime to meet with dissidents while visiting the USSR...and how an idea to bring Middle Eastern scientists together grew into the Malta Conferences, which aims to promote peace by bringing together scientists who might otherwise be stifled by their respective governments to build collaborations and partnerships.  

Aired Oct 16, 2016

JoJo Moyes is the author of the bestselling novel "Me Before You," which follows a young woman who becomes a caretaker for a paralyzed young banker, and falls in love.  The sequel to the book, "After You," follows the woman as she grieves the loss of her love, and it follows her journey to try to move on and find love again.  JoJo Moyes joins us on the KTEP Book Club to talk about the success of her bestselling novel and why she wrote a sequel.

JoJo Moyes has a new collection of stories coming out October 18 called "Paris for One."


Aired October 16, 2016

Ana Castillo's book "Black Dove: Mamá, Mi'jo, and Me" was originally to be called "My Mother's Mexico," but it morphed into a collection of personal essays and memoir essays collected from the last 2 decades.  The title of the book was inspired by a mariachi ballad "Paloma Negra," which Ana's mother used to sing around the house.  Ana later saw "Paloma Negra / Black Dove" to mean "black sheep," which is how she, and later her son, felt.   She joins us to share stories from her youth and about her experiences raising a son as a single mother.


Aired Oct. 16, 2016

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso recently received a $351,721 grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and that grant is being used to train TTUHSC El Paso's medical students in hands-on situations at the Sin Fronteras Migrant Clinic.  Migrant farmworkers are a medically-underserved populations, and they receive free medical care while medical students receive valuable training.  We'll visit with Dr. Charmaine Martin, founder of the Longitudinal Primary Care Track; medical student Justin Hartman; and grant coordinator Tracy Leonard.

Aired October 15, 2016

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Irrigation systems can be complicated for the average homeowner, and on this program, we'll hear about why it's important to at least have a basic understanding of irrigation, since the survival of our landscape depends on it!  In addition, we'll also hear how to bring a pop of color back to our landscape now that our trees and shrubs are slipping into dormancy.

Aired October 15, 2016

Host Charles Horak and guest Jeanne Creel had a chance to see "The Girl on the Train" starring Emily Blunt, based on the bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins.  Jeanne read the book - does she feel that the film lives up to the book's standards?  Does Charles think the film stands alone on its own merits?

Plus, Charles & Jeanne heap praise on a couple of British productions that are available for streaming and on DVD or Blu Ray: "The Worricker Trilogy," a spy series starring Bill Nighy and Christopher Walken, and "The Dresser" starring Ian McKellen and Anthony Hopkins.

Aired October 15, 2016

Saturday afternoon at 4, Chris Thile takes over as host of A Prairie Home Companion.  The only live music and variety show aired nationwide today, A Prairie Home Companion is a Saturday night staple, featuring a unique blend of musical performances and comedy.

College students often struggle with juggling classes with family problems, personal problems, or substance abuse.  The UTEP Counseling center offers programs and support to help students better handle everyday stress and more serious issues.  On this program we'll visit with Jorge Marquez of the University Counseling Center, and Terry Williams & Lydia Hernandez of the UTEP Collegiate Recovery Program.


Aired Oct. 14, 2016

KTEP's Tummy Doctor, Dr. Richard McCallum, is joined by Sandra Vexler from the Department of Psychiatry at Texas Tech University Health Science Center at El Paso, to talk about the relationship between our gut and our mental health.  They talk about fascinating studies into fecal transplants which hint that transplanting healthy microbiota into the digestive tracts of unhealthy individuals leads to recovery and possibly improved mental health.

Aired Oct. 8, 2016

Luis Alberto Urrea is a Mexican-American poet and novelist...though he may not look like one.  He joins us on this program to tell us how his mixed upbringing and unhappy family situation isolated him as a young person, and how the isolation spurred his love of writing.  As an adult, he suffered some life-altering events that led him to hit rock bottom. He began writing "Wandering Time" after he felt he was close to death.  It was published in 1999.


Aired October 9, 2016

"A WORLD ELSEWHERE: An American Woman in Wartime Germany" by Sigrid MacRae is the extraordinary story of MacRae’s parents: her father, who died fighting for the Germans on the Russian front during World War II, and her newly widowed American mother’s journey with her six young children through war-torn Germany to reach the Allies.


Aired Oct 9, 2016

Newspaper libraries filled with old files and news clippings are called "morgues," and every Sunday in the El Paso Times, Trish Long shares Tales from the Morgue.  She joins us on this program to tell us some fascinating and long-forgotten tales of El Paso history, including the B-36 Bomber that crashed into the Franklin Mountains in 1953...the very first airline hijacking that ended at the El Paso airport...and El Paso's penchant for being Ground Zero for Hollywood divorces for celebs such as Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield.  

Hamilton: An American Musical is a musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, with music, lyrics and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda.  KCOS-TV, our local PBS affiliate, invites you to a preview of a documentary about the making of Hamilton, titled Hamilton's America.

The special event takes place on Monday, October 10th at the Alamo Drafthouse and attendees will get to see a 40 minute sneak peak before the full documentary airs on PBS on Friday, October 21st.  Emily Martin Loya, General Manager of KCOS-TV tells us about the event.

Each year Chalk the Block brings more than 40,000 people to downtown El Paso to enjoy a sidewalk chalk art competition, temporary art installations, street performances, live music, and local art and food vendors.

This year’s Chalk the Block takes place October 14 - 16 and includes a fire breathing dragon, a sad clown lounge singer and a selfie wall.  

Ben Fyffe from the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department of El Paso provides the details.

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The El Paso Master Gardeners are keeping busy this weekend with activities and garden talks at the Fall Home & Garden Show at the Convention Center this weekend (Oct 8-9).  We'll hear what the Master Gardeners will be up to, and about their experiments growing Asian vegetables in their test & demonstration gardens.

Aired Oct 8, 2016

Area filmmakers frequently have to make the 3 1/2-hour drive to Albuquerque to find good paying work.  Tax incentives in New Mexico far outweigh those offered in Texas, and a group of filmmaker advocates and a city councilman are working to change that.  We'll talk with District 1 Representative Peter Svarzbein, Jesus Nuñez of DoubleScope Films and Carlos Corral of MindWarp LLC.  They'll tell us about a recent rally at City Council and what the City is doing to help area filmmakers. 


Aired Oct. 8, 2016

Richard Dayoub talks with El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen about El Paso's Safe City status, the aging police force, traffic safety, and much more.

Aired Oct. 1, 2016

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Michael Rossmann is the Hanley Professor of Biological Sciences at Purdue University.  He joins us to talk about viruses, namely the Zika virus.  The structure of the Zika virus was discovered by a team at Purdue, and this discovery will provide insights for researchers looking to discover a vaccine or a cure.  We'll learn that the Zika virus was first detected decades ago in Ugandan monkeys, but it is a major health concert today because of the virus' cross-species jump to humans.

Aired Oct. 2, 2016

GIRL IN THE WOODS is Aspen Matis's exhilarating true-life adventure of hiking from Mexico to Canada. 

In 2008, Aspen Matis left behind her quaint Massachusetts town for a school far away to escape her childhood as the sheltered baby girl of her family, Aspen wanted to reinvent herself at college. But on her second night on campus, all those hopes were obliterated when Aspen was raped by a fellow student.  Aspen joins us on this program to talk about her experiences, and how her hike up the Pacific Crest Trail changed her life.


Aired Oct. 2, 2016

Martín Espada is a poet and teaches poetry at the University of Massachusetts  Amherst.  His latest collection of poems is "Vivas to Those Who Have Failed," and he reads a number of poems from the collection on the program.  He also talks about his documentary photographer father's influence on his life and work, and about the historical events that make their way into his poems.


Aired Oct 2, 2016


The Rio Grande Cancer Foundation (RGCF) celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and to tell us more about it is Patty Tiscareño, executive director of the RGCF.  Patty explains why screening and early detection is directly responsible for why more people are surviving cancer rather than dying from it.  The RGCF has a new home, 616 N. Virginia (at Wyoming), and will hold numerous classes and support services to cancer patients and their loved ones.  


Aired Oct 1, 2016

AGENCY is an active thought leader in social practice, developing award-winning architectural projects and urban strategies at a variety of scales. The practice draws on the partners’ extensive experience in architectural construction, fabrication, education and independently directed research.

AGENCY currently has several projects underway, including their upcoming Feral Federation show at the Rubin Center which opens on Wednesday, October 5th and a Selfie Wall installation at Chalk the Block. Here to tell us more are AGENCY partners Ersela Kripa and Stephen Mueller. 

The annual Sunset Heights Tour of Homes will be held Saturday, October 8th. This year, 10 locations are on the tour of beautiful historic homes and landmarks in the historic Sunset Heights neighborhood near downtown El Paso.

Residents will open their doors and give guests a personal walk through of these special properties. Here to tell us about this year’s tour are two Sunset Heights residents, Sito Negron and Hal Marcus.

Now is the time to sow your wildflower seeds - poppies, penstemons, bluebonnets, the list goes on and on.  And there's no need to give them any special care...just work them into the soil and give them a drink!  

If you love garlic and have a few spare cloves, put one in a pot or in a ground and you'll eventually have some delicious home-grown garlic for your favorite meals.

And if you love roses, you will want to pay the Municipal Rose Garden a visit (3418 Aurora at Memorial Park).  Most roses are putting on a show right now, and we'll give you some tips on how to keep yours looking great until the season turns.

Aired Oct 1, 2016


  Dr. Bob Blackburn is the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, and he joins us on this program to tell us about the exciting discovery and preservation of a 1920 silent film that authentically portrayed Native Americans in a tale that starred over 300 Kiowa & Comanche actors who used their own tipis, horses, clothing, and traditions to the set.  


Aired October 1, 2016

Tailgating can sometimes be the best part of college football home games.  The UTEP Office of Alumni Relations has been hosting tailgate parties at Kidd Field this season, and to tell us more about them is Maribel Villalva, Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations, and John Aranda, President of the Alumni Association.  Each tailgate features food from local restaurants, music, and lots of family fun, and they begin 2.5 hours before kickoff.  

For more information on Alumni Tailgates, visit http://alumni.utep.edu/tailgate

Aired Sept 30, 2016

Jaime Chavez and Kathleen Bombach from El Paso Community College join us to tell us about upcoming Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations at EPCC.  Events include a Veterans event at the Valle Verde Campus on Sept 27 from 10am to 2pm...Read-Ins at the Valle Verde CAmpus on October 15 from 11am-1pm...and a Mentor's Dinner on Oct 14 at the EPCC AdDministrative Services Center.  

For more details, visit EPCC on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/EPCCNews/ or call 915-831-3324.

Aired Sept. 24, 2016

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Jorge Aguilar, embassador for Casa Emmanuel Children's Home in Ciudad Juarez, joins us to talk about the important work the Children's Home does in providing a stable environment for children and their parents by providing meals, classes, and other comforts.  Casa Emmanuel is in need of financial donations, as well as donations of toiletries, clothes, and nonperishable food.  

To schedule a donation, contact Jorge Aguilar at jorgeluisaguilarcruz@gmail.com, and learn more about Casa Emmanuel on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/emmanuelchildrenshome.

Aired Sept. 24, 2016

Naomi Sophia Call is an author, yoga teacher, nutritionist & consultant, and is the producer & co-director of "Called to Rescue."  She joins us to tell us why she was inspired to tell the story of the compassion she encountered at the country's many farm animal sanctuaries.  The animals on the sanctuaries were rescued from the cruel treatment at factory farms and slaughterhouses, and Naomi shares the stories of the rescued animals and the people whose lives they touched.  


Aired Sept 25, 2016