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Amalia Mondragon is a fronteriza vocalist born in East Los Angeles and raised in the farmlands of La Union, New Mexico.

She grew up singing and playing the clarinet and trumpet and has been a part of our regional music scene for several years to include a stint as lead vocalist for Grammy nominated group, The Chamanas. She is currently performing as an independent solo artist and is about to release a cumbia song on Halloween Day. 

November is Cactus Appreciation Month! We spoke to Peter Beste of the El Paso Cactus and Rock Club as he informed us of an upcoming event where you can learn more about these native perennials. 

What kid doesn't like to rattle those pots and pans? Well, it certainly paid off for one UTEP professor. Dr. Andy Smith, Director of Percussion, visits the studio and shares details on Batuquê Trio - a blend of Latin jazz styles, from the folkloric roots of Cuban and Brazilian music to contemporary trends in Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and Caribbean jazz.

Vegans are often known as compassionate people, wanting to help the environment, improve one's health, and reduce animal suffering. But they often don't know the best ways to get others to adopt a similar lifestyle. We speak with Tobias Leenaert about his new book How to Create a Vegan World: A Pragmatic Approach, which leaves well-trodden animal advocacy paths and takes a fresh look at the strategies, objectives, and communication of the vegan and animal rights movement.

Sara Seager, astrophysicist and planetary scientist at MIT, has dedicated her research on theory, computation, and data analysis of exoplanets. Her research has introduced many new ideas to the field of exoplanet characterization, including work that led to the first detection of an exoplanet atmosphere.

Host Daniel Chacón and guest co-host Roberto Santos speak with writer and El Paso native Christine Granados on her newest book, Fight Like a Man and Other Stories We Tell Our Children. Granados portrays life in the parched landscape of El Paso as the setting for this book of stories about people navigating their way through dysfunctional lives with the help of friends and family.


We've all been alerted to the dangers of I.T. theft. Did you know that our kids spend 6-8 hours a day on the Internet? And 38% percent of toddlers and babies under the age of 2 have used a mobile device. On this edition of The Weekend, host Louie Saenz speaks with Cyber Security Specialist Brian Jalep, who talks about these statistics as well as other alarming facts.

As the beautiful fall colors begin to make their appearance, there are many ways you can incorporate ornamentals and natural elements into your home decor. Learn how to use seasonal plants to make your home warm and inviting for the season!

Texas is one of the largest and most geographically diverse states, and you'd be hard-pressed to see even a fraction of the state over a lifetime of travel. But do not fret The Wild Texas Film Tour, a new short film showcase, will help bring the state to you. We speak with the tour's host Ben Masters to get a preview of this showcase as it heads to El Paso.

Marfa Live Arts will present two special events with renowned Japanese sound artists Akio Suzuki and Aki Onda in Marfa on October 25 and 26, 2017. 

Both events in Marfa are free and are part of fu-rai—a seven-city North American tour.  Aki Onda previews the event.

Shakespeare On The Rocks kicks off their season on October 28, 2017.  Featured performances this year are Antony and Cleopatra, Much Ado About Nothing and Richard III.

All performances are at the Chamizal National Memorial Theater and begin at 7pm on Saturdays and 2:30pm on Sundays. Here to tell us about this year’s season are Daniel Rios and Katie Taylor.

Inti St. Clair

Beto v. Cruz: The Fight for 2018, a two-part documentary currently being shot while out on tour with the candidates. Steve Mims is the cinematographer and producer of the project.

Though self-breast exams can sometimes give you false positives, mammograms are shows to cut breast cancer deaths by 40%. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, we speak with Dr. Sarah Friedewald, Division Chief of Breast and Women's Imaging at Northwestern University, to learn more about the advances in screening technology and the latest findings in breast cancer research.

Robert Scherrer is Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Vanderbilt University. We discuss his work and research on dark matter, dark energy, and Robert's other interest and profession as a science fiction writer.

Author José Antonio Rodríguez is well known for his extensive work in poetry. However, on this edition of Words on a Wire, we venture away from the poetry and delve into his newest (and first) memoir titled House Built on Ashes.

Along with the cooler weather, we often see the return of some familiar garden pests this time of year. County Extension Agent Denise Rodriguez and Master Gardener Jan Petrzelka share some tips on how to rid your home of these unwelcome visitors.

Did you know that 1 in 15 children is exposed to domestic violence? Diana Hastings and Kayla Suarez of YWCA El Paso Del Norte Region visit us and share their organization's efforts to help stop family violence.

Executive Director of the Tom Lea Institute, Lisa M. Pugh; Education and Curatorial Associate of the El Paso Museum of Art, Kevin Burns; and Director of the El Paso Museum of Archaeology, Jeff Romney preview activities taking place in the second half of Tom Lea Month. 

Part 2 of our interview on State of the Arts discussing Tom Lea Month activities.

You wouldn't think much is going on in rural New Mexico about vegan nutrition, but you'll be surprised to hear about what one dedicated couple has accomplished. Victor and Karla Flores work for Vegan Outreach, a New Mexico based non-profit organization working to end violence towards animals and seek a future where sentient animals are no longer exploited as commodities. This week, they share with us their experiences and efforts towards their cruelty-free lifestyle.

Dr. Nadia Herrera is a UTEP alum and it was here on campus where she first began her study in structural biochemistry. Working and studying alongside her mentor Dr. Ricardo Bernal, Dr. Herrera went on and got her Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology and for this edition of Science Studio, we hear about this young lady's progress as an undergraduate researcher, to Ph.D. and up the threshold of her career.

Host Tim Hernandez features a conversation with award-winning author, editor, and co-host Daniel Chacón! They discuss a new collection book of poetry by Andres Montoya, now published posthumously decades after Montoya's passing at the young age of thirty. 

Every October the streets of Downtown El Paso become canvasses for artists to display their chalk masterpieces at the Chalk the Block. This year marks Chalk the Block’s 10 year anniversary.

To celebrate, the downtown arts festival will feature installations from near and far including Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree. The Chase music stage will be headlined by El Conjunto Nueva Ola who will bring their Cumbia clandestine sounds from el planet Lucha to El Paso. 

Mariachi Craze nonprofit organization in conjunction with Mariachi Alegre and Mariachi Tapatio will present its third annual Border Folk Festival mariachi music workshops and concert series.

The event takes place at Eastlake High School on October 12 and 13. Here to tell us all about it is Hector Rodriguez and Kevin Telles.

September has long been the month to release movies into theaters that weren't big enough contenders to slug it out against the summer tent-pole titles. But that doesn't mean there aren't films and theaters hoping to make the big money in the fall. On Film contributor Oscar Garza joins us in studio to discuss the new film "Kingsman: The Golden Circle," and whether it's worth seeing on the big screen, and review the Netflix original film "Okja," which is changing the industry's paradigm of how films get financed and distributed.

Your name is "Juan," but your teacher calls you "John." You want to be respectful, so you don't correct her. What's in a name? Dr. Adriana Dominguez, Director of the Audience Development for the Department of Theatre and Dance, answers this question as well as discuss the upcoming play "Lengua" to kick off this new season of Focus on Campus.

On this edition of Science Studio, we feature a different kind of guest - a nurse! The first nurse to ever be in the studio with us, Pat Castiglia, former Dean of Nursing at the University of Texas at El Paso, shares with us her extensive study and practice in the nursing field as well as what her future endeavors hold in this science realm.


Host Tim Hernandez speaks non-fiction author and always riveting conversationalist, Steven Church. Church's exciting and compelling new book One with the Tiger speaks about violent encounters between man and beast, and what we might learn from these instances about ourselves.


DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival, affects approximately 800,000 people. Because of President Trump's recent decision to cancel DACA, we invited Joe Heyman from UTEP's Center for Inter-American and Border Studies to better inform our public on important dates for DACA participants, as well as their legal rights. On the second half of this show, we also feature a brief conversation with John White, Garden Curator for the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens.

The El Paso Museum of Art presents Gardens of Earthly and Unearthly Delights, a rich and exciting exploration of the garden and its fertile connections to art, life, and culture.

The exhibit showcases works selected exclusively from EPMA’s collection of more than 7,000 pieces of European, American, Mexican, and contemporary art. Gardens of Earthly and Unearthly Delights will remain open to the public through January 7, 2018.