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  Guest host Kyle Alvarado welcomes Oscar Garza, Creative Associate with the new Alamo Drafthouse in El Paso, to tell us more about the cinema's long-awaited opening in El Paso.  The theatre offers special screenings of new, classic, and independent films, specialty food & drinks served by a ninja staff, trivia nights for movie buffs, and much more!  The Alamo Drafthouse will have a Grand Opening on Friday, May 6, with the opening of Captain America: Civil War.  https://drafthouse.com/el-paso

Aired April 30, 2016

Join KTEP Sunday afternoon at 2pm for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.  This 13-week series features music recorded during the festival's 2015 summer season.

Click here for more information about the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.


  The latest news in animal activism and veganism:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has ended its Red Wolf Recovery Program.  The Center for Biological Diversity has sued the agency under the Freedom of Information Act in order to find out why.  Read more at http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2016/red-wolf-04-11-2016.html.

A new nonprofit has been introduced to help introduce more plant-based and lab-grown meat alternatives for a growing consumer base.  The Good Food Institute (GFI) works with scientists, investors, and entrepreneurs to make groundbreaking good food a reality.  Learn more at http://www.thegoodfoodinstitute.org.

Southern Roc Airedales is a puppy mill operating in McIntosh, New Mexico, and undercover video taken by the Animal Legal Defense Fund has revealed deplorable living conditions for the dogs being bred at this facility.  Read more at http://aldf.org/blog/legally-brief-neuter-the-puppy-mills/

Aired April 24, 2016


   Wayne Pacelle is the President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States.  He was one of our first guests on ACT Radio over a decade ago, and he joins us for the first of a 2-part interview to talk about what could be the end of confinement of animals at factory farms.  More and more restaurants are sourcing their food from companies that adopt humane practices in food production, and more and more consumers are relying less on a meat-based diet.  Laws such as California's Proposition 2, which outlaws confining and inhumane battery cages, are just the start of what is becoming a world-wide trend.

Wayne Pacelle is the author of "The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers are Transforming the Lives of Animals."


Aired April 24, 2016

Alan Bassindale


  Alan Bassindale is the retired Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching, at Open University, a distance & learning university based in Milton Keynes, England.  With a current enrollment of over 200,000, this experiment in open enrollment has expanded opportunities of higher education to a world-wide community.  Bassindale talks about the advantages and challenges to this educational institution which was modeled on American universities.  http://www.open.ac.uk/

Aired April 24, 2016

  Ada Limón is the author of the poetry collection "Bright Dead Things," which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.  She calls this her most personal, honest, and truthful collection.  Limón explains why it's her most accessible poetry - it isn't poetry written for fellow poets, it's poetry for everyone.  http://adalimon.com/

For our Poem of the Week, Limón reads "How to Triumph Like a Girl," which was recently awarded the Pushcart Prize.

Aired April 24, 2016

The El Paso Playhouse presents “Romeo and Juliet,” a play based on Shakespeare’s classic tragedy with an LGBTQ twist.  Playwright Adam Dever, Director Vanessa Keyser, and Georgia Varela join us to tell us more about this unique production which actually allowed actors to make their own imprint on their characters through their personal experiences.  Performances are May 13-June 4, Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2, at 2501 Montana.  

The Telling Project is a theatrical event featuring veterans sharing their stories with the community.  The Telling Project stops by El Paso in May, and we’ll hear more about these productions which take place May 18 at 7pm at the Chamizal National Memorial, May 21 at 7pm at Fort Bliss, and May 24 at 7pm at Bel Air High School.  

The University of Texas at El Paso ranks #12 in the U.S. among Hispanic-serving institutions in producing PEACE CORPS volunteers.  Donna Ekal, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies; and Gary Frankwick, Associate Dean of the College of Business Administration, are returning Peace Corps volunteers.  They’ll share their experiences from their time in the Peace Corps, and explain UTEP’s role in recruiting future volunteers. 

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema opens their first El Paso location at Montecillo on Friday, May 6, 2016.  Guests can reserve their seats online and tickets are also on sale for the Alamo Drafthouse's soft opening training days from April 25 through May 4. 

Visitors will be able to meet several El Paso artists and see their work as part of El Paso's ninth annual Artists Studio Tour.  The tour takes place over two consecutive weekends.  The weekend of April 23 and 24 covers Downtown, Westside and Upper Valley studios, and April 30 and May 1 is for studios in Central El Paso and San Elizario.  Artist Candy Mayer talks about the Artists Studio Tour.

  Shoppers at the FloraFest Native Plant Sale on the UTEP campus are taking home fantastic native & adapted shrubs, trees, and perennials.  But what do we do once we get them home?  Where do we plant them?  On this program, we'll determine the perfect spot for that shade tree, or where you can plant that shade-loving columbine or sun-loving sage.

Aired April 23, 2016

  Texas played a tremendous role in NASA's ambitions to get a man to the moon. The Texas Archive of the Moving Image has collected a number of broadcasts, films, and home movies that were not readily available to the public that document man's journey to the moon and the role that Texas played in that endeavor. On the next ON FILM, Afsheen Nomai, curator of the online exhibit A JOURNEY TO THE MOON THROUGH TEXAS, will share some of the stories behind those films, which are available for viewing at http://www.texasarchive.org/a_journey_to_the_moon/Aired April 23, 2016

McMaster University

  Michael A. Brook was the recent recipient of the Frederic Stanley Kipping Award in Silicon Chemistry by the American Chemical Society.  Brook is also a Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  On this program, host Keith Pannell travels to San Diego to talk with Brook about silicon chemistry.  We're more familiar with silicon chemistry than you might think.  Those products that moisturize our hands, keep our hair soft and our sheets silky are made that way because of silicon.  


Aired April 17, 2016

Tim Z. Hernandez

  Words on a Wire host Tim Z. Hernandez remembers the late Chicano poet and educator, Francisco X. Alarcón, who passed away January 15, 2016.  Alarcón was an influence to a young, shy, Tim Hernandez, and here he shares the story behind this photo.

Aired April 17, 2016

  In 2010, a bill was passed in the Arizona legislature that became one of the strictest anti-immigration laws in the nation: Arizona SB 1070.  State law enforcement officers would have the right to stop any individual to check on their immigration status, leading to accusation of racial profiling.

Protests began almost immediately across the nation, and poets made their voices heard on a Facebook post created by the late Chicano poet & educator, Francisco X. Alarcón (https://www.facebook.com/PoetryOfResistance/).  The countless poems were compiled and released in a new collection called "Poetry of Resistance: Voices for Social Justice," edited by Alarcón and Odilia Galvân Rodríguez.  Odilia joins us on this program to tell us more about the collection and about the role of poetry in addressing social justice issues.

Aired April 17, 2017

Ardovino's Desert Crossing is proud to host Love Lines a solo art exhibition by Jennifer Hill. Love Lines explores graphic possibilities, daydreams and other ruminations. Artwork will feature a series of large sumi ink drawings on paper that explore sleep, love and hieroglyphics. 

The Border Art Residency enables artists to pursue their craft without the worry of immediate sales or an outside job to pay for housing expenses. Artists selected for the program are able to achieve a greater degree of personal growth by concentrating on individual goals. They also share progress with local students, educators and the public and today, we’ll meet this year’s artist in residency, Alejandro Almanza Pereda.

  It's almost time for FLORA FEST at UTEP! John White, the Garden Curator of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens at UTEP will join us to tell us about the FloraFEST speaker, Marcy Scott, author of "Hummingbird Plants s of the Southwest." She will talk on April 22 at 6pm at the UTEP Undergraduate Learning Center about how to "Plant a Hummingbird Haven." John will also talk about the wide variety of native and adapted plants that will be available for sale on April 23 & 24, 9am-4pm each day at the UTEP Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens. 

  The 7th annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Los Angeles is set to roll out the red carpet for guest artists like Angela Lansbury, Elliot Gould, Gina Lollobrigida, and many, many more. The festival features panels, discussions, and over 80 classic films, including "The King and I," "It's a Wonderful Life," and "King of Kings."  Charlie Tabesh, Senior Vice President for Programming at TCM joins us to give us all the details on this festival which takes place April 28-May 1.


Aired April 16, 2016

  Library Gardening Talks

Some talks are on different months. See individual schedules below.

August            Fall Gardening              Fall and Winter Gardening Starts Now!

September     Compost                        Cashing In on Black Gold – Home Composting

West Side

Van Doren Library – Tina Wolfe, MG Coordinator; Lisa Martinez, Librarian

915-875-0700; martinezlx@elpasotexas.gov

Third Tuesdays: 5:30 p.m.

The UTEP Department of Theatre & Dance presents Shakespeare's KING LEAR, which tells of the king’s descent into madness as his daughters battle for control of the throne. On this program we'll hear from 2 student actors, Raul Chavez and Brandon Mullenix, who will be taking part in this production which opens April 22. 

  The latest vegan/vegetarian and animal activism news:

The packaged-foods company Pinnacle Foods is increasing the variety of plant-based foods on the market in order to meet growing demand for sustainable food systems.  http://pinnaclefoods.com/

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is reporting the near extinction of the vaquita due to poaching of the totoaba fish.  These fish are widely sought in many cultures for their swim bladders.  Both the totoaba and the vaquita are endangered and protected species, and the vaquita are often swept up in nets by poachers capturing totoaba.  http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/2016/03/07/sea-shepherd-crew-discover-dead-vaquita-totoaba-and-great-white-shark-in-refuge-1800

Whalers in Japan have killed over 300 minke whales since its last Antarctic hunt began in December 2015.  The hunt was done in the name of "scientific research," which is a loophole Japan has used since a moratorium on whaling was instituted in 1986.  http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/2016/03/25/sea-shepherd-condemns-japans-most-recent-violations-of-international-law-1806

Aired April 10, 2016


  Soulful Vegan writer Ellen Kanner is the author of "Feeding the Hungry Ghost: Life, Faith and What to Eat for Dinner," which inspires readers to put extra thought and preparation into their meals.  She is also a contributor to Huffington Post (http://snip.ly/A7v4#http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ellen-kanner/), and writes the Edgy Veggie column for the Miami Herald (http://snip.ly/2a8m#http://www.miamiherald.com/living/food-drink/edgy-veggie/).  

Kanner talks about how she is spreading the word about compassionate lifestyles and delicious vegan meals through her website (http://soulfulvegan.com/), her consulting business, and her columns.

Aired April 10, 2016

  Geologist Ruth Barrett performs exploration and evaluation work for mining and exploration companies.  She has also worked in gold exploration...she has worked at the Johnson Space Center studying lunar rocks and meteorites...she is a pilot, a member of the 99s, and had previously served in the Civil Air Patrol.  She joins us to talk about her varied career and about why women CAN have it all - a career and family.  Barrett also makes a strong argument as to why women are especially well-suited for careers in science and engineering.

Aired April 10, 2016

  PAUL PEDROZA received his BA in Creative Writing from UTEP and is currently teaching English at NMSU. His debut story collection is called "The Dead will Rise and Save Us," and feature stories that take place on the border. Pedroza joins us to tell us more about these stories and about the influence of the desert on his works.http://paulpedroza.com/  Aired April 10, 2016

  Host Daniel Chacón reflects on his 20+ years of teaching at UTEP and on the students who have gone on to have successful writing careers, like Paul Pedroza.  

Aired April 10, 2016

Art, science and more meet in Garden of Fluorescent Flowers, the next production in the El Paso Community Foundation’s Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre. Garden of Fluorescent Flowers will be performed at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 10, 2016 in the Philanthropy Theatre, part of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre. Here to tell us all about it is writer-director Alexandra Dipp. 

El Paso Comic Con is dedicated to creating awareness and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms through their annual convention, EPCON that celebrates the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. This year, EPCON takes place April 15 through 17, 2016 and will feature special guests Adam West, Burt Ward and Kevin Eastman. Organizer Troy Stegner talks about the event.