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  Host Tim Hernandez shares an anecdote about presenting poetry (once upon a time ago) to famed poetry editor, Ed Ochester, and reads words of praise for Ochester written by poet Gerald Stern.  

Aired Jan. 17, 2016

  

  Ed Ochester is the editor of the Pitt Poetry Series, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press.  He joins us to talk about the changing world of publishing and why it can be difficult for emerging poets to publish their works.  The Pitt Poetry Series, back when Ochester began as editor (late 1970s), was almost exclusively white, male, and heterosexual.  In the 4 decades since, the Pitt Poetry Series has published poets who better reflect our evolving landscape, including Richard Blanco, Ross Gay, and Etheridge Knight.

For our Poem of the Week, Ed Ochester reads "Poetry" from his latest collection of poetry "Sugar Run Road."

Aired Jan. 17, 2016

You are invited to transform the conductivity of the human body into a controller to activate melodies and beats! Fab Lab is presenting a workshop where parents and kids will gain exposure to interactive design by immersion, and young adults will learn about conductivity, circuits, LEDs, coding, electronic music, looping, and physical computing through direct experimentation. 

The Latinas in Progress Education Series aims to familiarize senior high school Latinas with college and equip them with the means to succeed in their personal and professional life. 

The Paso Del Norte Paranormal Society leads ghost tours throughout El Paso.  Guests Henry Flores and Bonnie Juarez preview two of those tours: The downtown El Paso haunted tour, and the haunted brothel tour.

  Virginia Galarza is the Education Coordinator for the Trans Pecos Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists.  This group of dedicated volunteers are involved in a number of community projects and eventsto help spread knowledge of our Chihuahuan Desert with the public.  Galarza tells us about the upcoming class for Master Naturalist volunteers taking place Wednesdays from 6-9pm, Feb 10-May 18, at the El Paso Garden Center near Memorial Park.  The deadline to register for classes is Monday, February 10.

Information: Matthew Santillan 915-771-2354 for registration information, or go online to http://elp.tamu.edu/event/texas-master-naturalist-program-2/?instance_id=395&ct=t(2016_Jan_Newsletter1_6_2016)

Aired Jan. 16, 2016


ReadyOne Industries provides over 1000 people in the region with employment, in particular, individuals with significant disabilities.  They help manufacture military uniforms for the U.S. Army and corrugated boxes for various businesses.

Learn more about ReadyOne with the company's president and CEO, Tony Martinez.  


The Centennial Museum on the UTEP Campus will begin hosting a series of Saturday Science classes for students in grades K-6. It's a hands-on series of classes that will focus on how the eyes work and how they interpret color.  Hear a conversation with the museum’s Education Curator Kaye Mullins. 

  The latest news in animal activism and veganism/vegetarianism.

Celebrate Veganuary in January!  Learn why a plant-based diet is the best for your health, for humanity, and for the planet.  This international campaign has already enlisted thousands of Americans and British citizens to try a vegan diet for a month.  Take the pledge at http://www.veganuary.com/

Aired Jan. 10, 2016

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  Dr. Brooke Goldner is the best-selling author of 'Goodbye Lupus,' and specializes in psychology and neurobiology. As a teenager, she began suffering from arthritis and debilitating pain. The diagnosis? Systemic Lupus Nephritis. And Stage IV kidney disease. She endured chemotherapy treatments, blood thinner injections, and mini-strokes from her teenage years through medical school. When she embraced exercise and a plant-based diet, her symptoms disappeared. As did the lupus. Hear her fascinating story in this interview.

http://www.veganmedicaldoctor.com/ and follow Dr. Goldner on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DrGoldner

Aired Jan. 10, 2015

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  Robert Scherrer is Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Vanderbilt University.  He joins us to talk about cosmology, dark energy, and dark matter.  We'll also take a brief foray into quantum entanglement.  Read his blog at http://www.cosmicyarns.com/, and read his Wall Street Journal editorial "How to Raise a Scientist in the Xbox Age" at http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-raise-a-scientist-in-the-xbox-age-1450137781.

Aired Jan. 10, 2016

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  Host Daniel Chacon argues that comedy writing is much like writing poetry.  He also asks whether all ideas really need to be written down.

Aired Jan. 10, 2015

  Megan Amram is a comedy writer, a powerhouse presence on Twitter, and the author of "Science...for Her!" a book that features a woman-hating fictional Megan Amram who in reality takes down a lot of sexist tropes that exist in women's magazines.  Megan joins us to tell us more about how Twitter launched her writing career (https://twitter.com/meganamram), why she thinks poetry & comedy writing share a sense of subversiveness, and how she managed to get Gloria Steinem to write a blurb for her book!

Watch Megan on the "Smart Girls" webseries with Amy Poehler: http://amysmartgirls.com/series-premiere-experimenting-with-megan-amram/

Aired Jan. 10, 2016

The University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University will present the exhibition, Water! What Is It Good For?, at a timely moment in Southern New Mexico’s climate. Marking three months of post-drought and healthy rainfall in Las Cruces, this show will open on Thursday January 21st and will feature works by Florida-based artist Bethany Taylor and Texas-based artist Brenda Perry. 

The El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Music Festival will feature some of the most incredible musical artists in the world performing in a Month-Long festival that has been an artistic triumph in the region for more than 36 years.

The 2016 Chamber Music Festival seeks to accomplish the goal of insuring that the finest artists in the world not only perform in the region but engage with students in the classroom throughout the region. 

    With rain, wind, snow, and whatever else El Niño throws our way...going out into our garden isn't on top of our priority list! But January is a terrific time to PLAN for the growing season. Master Gardener Jan Petrzelka joins us on GOOD TO GROW to tell us how we can prepare for Spring with a rose pruning demonstration at the Municipal Rose Garden and through Master Gardner-led gardening classes at EPCC!Rose Pruning Demonstrations take place Jan. 30 beginning at 10am at the Municipal Rose Garden across from Memorial Park, and the EPCC Home Gardening in El Paso classes begin Jan. 23. Find registration in formation at http://www.epcc.edu/ContinuingEd/Documents/CE_Registration_Form_(English).pdf or call 915-831-7737. Aired Jan. 9, 2016
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  Jennifer Merin is the founder and president of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ).  She joins us to talk about the various ways women are represented in film, behind the camera, and as critics.  Not all women like the same kinds of films, and the AWFJ provides a broad scope of views from women film critics across the nation.  The AWFJ's EDA Awards also recognize women in a variety of film roles that aren't necessary represented by Oscar, such as Best Female Action Star and Actress Most in Need of a New Agent!

Learn more about the AWFJ and see the complete list of 2015 EDA Awards nominees at http://awfj.org/.

Aired Jan 9, 2016


John Balliew is the President & CEO of El Paso Water Utilities. He joins us to talk about the proposed 11% rate increase that will be put to a vote on January 13. Why do we need the increase, and how will it affect residential and commercial customers?  The Public Service Board will vote on the proposed increase on January 13, 8am, at 1154 Hawkins.


The National Science Foundation funded the GK-12 Program at UTEP, which allowed 9 graduate students the opportunity to experience teaching & communication with students in early-college high school programs across El Paso. We'll learn more about the GK-12 Program at UTEP with Aaron Velasco, Associate Professor, Geological Sciences; Anais Martinez, PhD in Pathobiology; and David Alfaro, graduate student Geophysics.

    Jon Chorover is Professor and Department Head at the Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science at the University of Arizona.  He joins us to tell us about the important research he does into discovering how pollutants such as lead find their way into the soil and are released into the environment, whether as dust particles or into our water systems.  Mine tailings are waste materials from hard-rock mining, and Chorover is researching phytostabilization, which allows for a vegetative "cap" on these tailings, keeping them "trapped" in the soil.

Aired Jan. 3, 2016

  For more than two decades author T.J. ENGLISH has chronicled the American underworld. His latest book is 'Where the Bodies Were Buried: Whitey Bulger and the World That Made Him,' which covers this notorious Boston mobster's trial while also uncovering the government corruption that was partly responsible for Bulger's crimes.  He joins us to tell us why corruption and organized crime go hand-in-hand, and why the Irish mob can draw parallels to the narco wars in Mexico.

http://www.tj-english.com/

Aired Jan. 3, 2016

Co-founders Editors & Publishers of Veliz Books, Minerva Laveaga Luna and Laura Cesarco Eglin discuss this new independent literary press dedicated to discovering, publishing and promoting work from emerging and established authors.

Hard Road Trio members, Steve Smith, Chris Sanders and Anne Luna announce the release of their latest CD, Smoke and Redemption.

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  Master Gardener Jan Petrzelka joins us on this program to talk about the upcoming EPCC Home Gardening in El Paso program which takes place Saturdays at 10:30am, Jan. 23-Feb 27, at the EPCC Val Verde campus.  Info:  http://www.epcc.edu/ContinuingEd/Documents/CE_Registration_Form_(English).pdf, or call 915-831-7737.

Plus, learn how we can become citizen volunteers and assist the Master Gardeners as they begin their winter pruning at the Municipal Rose Garden.

Aired Jan. 2, 2016

Christmastime makes us think of sweets, sparkling lights, and time together with family and friends. And many of these sentiments have been shared on the page and on the screen. David Ruiter of UTEP's English Department joins us to talk about some of the best tales of the season.    

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  The latest news from the animal rights community:

Wild Earth Guardians reports on a federal court's decision to reject Wildlife Services' plans to escalate wolf killings in the state of Washington.  Read the report here: http://www.wildearthguardians.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=12261&news_iv_ctrl=1194#.VnrAJfkrK70

The Animal Legal Defense Fund has released their 10th annual Year End Report on how states rank when it comes to animal protection laws.  Read the report here: http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/2015-report-released-best-worst-animal-protection-laws-by-state-ranked-1-50/

Scientists in China have discovered a mutation in bacteria that makes them practically entirely resistant to even the most potent antibiotics.  Read this report from DW.com: http://www.dw.com/en/scientists-discover-new-antibiotic-resistant-gene-mcr-1-in-china/a-18861469

Aired Dec. 27, 2015

  Robin Lamont is an actress with a decades-long career, who found time to act as an investigator into animal rights abuses, and later became an Assistant District Attorney who prosecuted those who committed such crimes.   She used the knowledge she gained throughout her experiences to write the successful series of novels known as the Kinship Series.  The first book, The Chain, focused on investigators looking into abuse on factory farms.  Her latest book, The Trap, takes her fictional investigators into the wild, where the federal agency known as Wildlife Services is indescriminately killing millions of coyotes, bears, wolves, and birds.  She talks about the inspiration behind her books and the shocking information she discovered about Wildlife Services while she was researching the subject.  http://www.thekinshipseries.com/

Aired Dec. 27, 2015

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  Gregg Garfin is an associate professor in climate, natural resources and policy in the University of Arizona’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment.  He joins us to tell us about the projections for a significantly warmer climate in the Southwestern United States in the next century.  He also explains why a monsoon doesn’t necessarily have to do with precipitation, and how an especially strong El Niño weather system can actually affect the Earth’s rotation.

Aired Dec. 27, 2015

  Saul Hernandez is a graduate student earning an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Texas at El Paso.  He is a transplant from San Antonio, and he joins us to tell us about why he chose UTEP to further his education, and to share the original poem, "Tortillas."

Aired Dec. 27, 2015

  Christopher David Rosales is a fiction writer whose debut novel SILENCE THE BIRD, SILENCE THE KEEPER is set in a part of Los Angeles that isn't on any tourist pamphlets. Rosales aims to prove with this book that civil strife and urban warfare is REAL warfare...as real as the wars we fight overseas. http://www.christopherrosales.com/

Aired Dec. 27, 2015

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