Keith & Russ talk with Kevin Burgess, Professor of Chemistry, Texas A&M University, College Station TX. Burgess talks about the importance of learning how proteins interact, and which molecules interact best with others. Resulting research has led to advances in fighting HIV, diabetes, and cancer. Burgess also talks about his work with florescent molecules and how they can be used to mark DNA strands or view interactions between proteins inside a cell.
*Audio is forthcoming* Brazilian native JULIANA BARBASSA is the author of "Dancing with the Devil in the City of God: Rio de Janeiro and the Olympic Dream." The book profiles the city of Rio de Janeiro as it struggled with poverty and corruption in preparation for 2016 Olympic Games. http://julianabarbassa.com/Aired Aug. 14, 2016
Host Daniel Chacón talks with Lee Ann Roripaugh, author of the poetry collection "Dandarians." This collection grew out of "word betrayals," English words misunderstood in transmission from her Japanese mother that came to take on symbolic ramifications in her early years. Daniel and Lee talk about the interesting words that they have come to love over the years, and explore how Lee's musical background plays into her poetry's musicality.
For the Poem of the Week, Lee Ann Roripaugh reads the final poem in her collection, Dandarians - "The Violin Thief."
Ilana Lapid is a filmmaker and an assistant professor at New Mexico State University. Her latest project, Yochi, was filmed in Belize with non-actors, and tells the story of two brothers - the younger one who is selectively mute after his grandfather dies, and the older one who turns to poaching to pay his debts.
A fundraising screening of an unfinished version of Yochi will screen at the Plaza Classic Film Festival on Saturday, August 13 at 4 p.m., at the El Paso Community Foundation's Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon. Admission and donations will assist in the film's completion.
Longtime border journalist Diana Washington Valdez joins us on this program to talk about her career. A native of El Paso, she talks about some of the early stories she covered, the groundbreaking work she did in reporting on the missing & murdered women of Ciudad Juarez, and the reporting she currently does for the Digie Zone (http://thedigiezone.com/).
We are invited to pay homage to some of the greatest musicians from our community with The Barrio Soul Mural created by artist Cimi Alvarado.
The mural that features bands such as The Birdland Combo, The Rythmairs, The Nite-Dreamers, The El Paso Drifters, Little Mike , Charlie Miller and the Jives and of course, the man that shared all the music with us, the legendary Steve Crosno is located at 523 S. Campbell in Segundo Barrio between thrid and fourth streets.
Here to tell us all about it, are artist Jesus “Cimi” Alvarado and Kathleen Decker.
It's almost back-to-school time, and maybe your kids' school is thinking of starting up a garden on campus. On this program, we'll hear about the endless possibilities in a school garden tended by students and teachers.
If your school would like assistance from the Master Gardeners on how to get your school garden started, call 915-771-2354.
Adults age 50 & older are invited to take advantage of classes for your second 50 years through OLLI at UTEP. OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) offers a variety of classes including presidential politics, our relationship with food, fishing for seniors, the history of coffee, and much more. On this program, we'll hear from OLLI Publicity Coordinator Susan Sobin and OLLI's Executive Director Ian Wilson of OLLI. Registration for Fall classes is open from August 15-26, and classes begin Sept. 6. For information, call 915-747-8848 or 915-747-6280, or visit http://olliatutep.org/. Aired Aug. 12, 2016
Keith & Russ talk with Jason White, from the Department of Analytical Chemistry at the Connecticut Agricultural Experimental Station. White talks about testing the toxicity of nanomaterials against plants. He has found that smaller particles of nanomaterials such as silver tend to be more toxic than larger particles, especially when they begin to accumulate.
Arlene Pellicane is the author of '31 Days to Becoming a Happy Mom' (www.arlenepellicane.com), one of several books that follow the '31 Day' formula based on Biblical lessons. She joins us to share her life lessons. Aired Aug. 7, 2016
On this program we'll hear a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Jon Meacham, whose portrait of President George H.W. Bush is called 'DESTINY AND POWER: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush.' Meacham used Bush's tape-recorded diaries to shed light on the life & career of this very private man. http://www.jonmeacham.com/
Daniel talks with Heather Hartley, author of the poetry collection "Knock Knock." Heather is the Paris editor for Tin House magazine and curates Shakespeare & Company Bookshop's weekly reading series in Paris. She was also a visiting online MFA professor at the University of Texas at El Paso. Heather talks about how her move to Paris inspired "Knock Knock," and why much of poetry is either about or inspired by travel. In this interview, she also explains why the works of Dr. Seuss were such a huge influence on her poetry, and why humor is so very important in writing poetry. http://www.heatherhartleyink.com/
For today's Poem of the Week, Heather Hartley treats us to a poem from her forthcoming collection, Adult Swim.
Hospitals of Providence Memorial Campus, Sierra Campus and East Campus have been recognized by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) and the Department of State Health Services for achieving one of the highest reported rates in the state for its work to protect newborns from Hepatitis B virus infection. Joining us on this program are Sandra Olivas and Sonia Lopez, RNs with the Mother-Baby Unit at the Hospitals of Providence. Over 99% of babies born in the Sierra and East campuses are immunized against Hepatitis B.
Guest host Richard Dayoub welcomes El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles for a conversation about crime prevention, racial profiling, the consequences of drunk driving, and plans for a memorial for fallen officers.
The Texas epic "Giant" celebrates its 60th anniversary this year with a special screening at this year's Plaza Classic Film Festival, Saturday, Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. "Giant" was one of actor Robert Nichols' earliest roles, and in this 2008 recording from that year's Plaza Classic Film Festival, he shares the memories he made shooting this classic with Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, and James Dean.
UTEP Economics Professor Jim Holcomb doesn't just run numbers in the classroom, he times them down to a millisecond when he serves as a national championship swimming official. Holcomb was recently invited to officiate at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials in Omaha, Neb. He joins us on this program to tell us about the experience and about his lifelong love of swimming. Aired Aug. 5, 2016
Keith talks with Allen Hermann, a physicist who has worked and taught at universities such as the University of Colorado and Tulane University, and at scientific hubs such as the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Solar Energy Research Institute. Hermann talks about his past groundbreaking research, how he missed a chance at making millions with one of his discoveries, and about his rewarding life as a jazz trombonist.
Writer Sarah Hepola is an alcoholic. In her memoir "BLACKOUT: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget," she documents with honesty and humor, the blackouts she experienced. What did she say? How did she meet that guy? The memoir documents her stumbling into the sober life she never wanted. She talks with Louie Saenz on this week's Book Club about her experiences. http://sarahhepola.com/
Daniel talks with poet & critic, Edward Hirsch, about his latest book, A Poet's Glossary, which is not so much a book of definitions as it is an exploration of the history of the terms and how those terms interrelate to each other. Hirsch explains why it took 15 years to compile the information for this book, and why he believes it can still be more expansive (it's already over 700 pages long). We'll learn about the terms "Duende," "Flarf," and "Spam Poetry."
This week's Poem of the Week is read by our guest, Edward Hirsch. He reads "To Poetry."
Many children in foster care are bounced back and forth between family members and foster homes. Many of those youth who are not adopted or returned to their families "age out" of the system. Project FUTURE is providing opportunities for these young adults to find meaningful work experiences through a 6-week law-related internship with El Paso County. Hear more about this exciting program on THE WEEKEND with Louie Saenz. Our guests are Assistant County Atorney Marilyn Mungerson, Lily Stroud of the Legal Charitable Foundation of El Paso, and Taylor Alaniz, a former ward of the state and participant in Project FUTURE
The El Paso Playhouse, El Paso's longest running theatre company, will soon present the Tracy Letts play "AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY." On the this program, we'll visit with Veronica Frescas, Mario Rodriguez Alvarado, and Carlos del la Garza-Garcia of the El Paso Playhouse. They'll tell us more about the production and will share with us why the theatre is an experience unlike any other. August: Osage County will be performed August 5-28, with shows on Fridays & Saturdays at 7pmand Sundays at 2pm. Information is available at http://www.elpasoplayhouse.com and 915-532-1317. The Playhouse will also present the final performance of "All in the Timing," an evening of comedy sketches, tonight (July 30) at 8pm.Aired July 30, 2016
Jimmy B. Vigo, PhD, discusses the upcoming publication of his book titled Reckless Speculations & Twisted Thoughts: Exposing the False Conflict between Science & Religion – an exploration of the nature of human consciousness.