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  The American Chemical Society (ACS) is the world's largest scientific society, and this year they will be selecting a new president to serve in 2017.  On this program, we'll hear from this year's candidates: Peter K. Dorhout, Vice President for Research at Kansas State University, and Thomas R. Gilbert, Acting Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Northeastern University.  The candidates will talk about some of the issues important to the chemical community, including the rising unemployment rates of newly-graduated chemists.

Learn more about the candidates at http://www.peterdorhoutacs.com/ and https://sites.google.com/site/thomasgilbertacs/.

Aired Sept 4, 2016

  J.A. Jance's 2015 novel DOWNFALL revisits Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady, who is both pregnant AND facing a re-election bid as she investigates the case of what could be a murder/suicide or double homicide in Arizona.  Jance joins us on the  KTEP Book Club on PERSPECTIVES to tell us more about the book and how she weaves her personal life into her stories.


Aired Sept 4, 2016

  Joseph Somoza is a former English professor at Texas Western (now known as UTEP).  He joins us on this show to share his early memories of El Paso, his Spanish roots, his transition from pre-med to English, and his "backyard poetry" which is reflected in his new collection "As Far as I Know," published by Cinco Puntos Press.

Aired Sept 4, 2016


Gardening tools are some of the most handy ways to keep a landscape in check, whether is a nifty weed hoe or a bulb planter. On this program, we'll talk about some of our favorite gardening tools!

Aired Sept 3, 2016

  Henry C. Trost was one of the most iconic architects of the Southwest, and he is responsible for over 200 buildings in El Paso, including the Camino Real, the Cortez Building, and El Paso High School.  The Texas Trost Society works to promote Trost's legacy and to educate the public about the importance of preserving these historically important buildings.  Joining us on this program are Max Grossman, Vice Chair of the El Paso County Historical Commission, and Malissa Arras, Executive Director of the Texas Trost Society.


Aired Sept 3, 2016

  The U.S. Army has a strong presence in El Paso thanks to Fort Bliss.  The presence will be felt even more when UTEP hosts Army on September 17 at the Sun Bowl.  To tell us more about this highly-anticipated football game and about El Paso's special relationship with Fort Bliss is Chris Park of UTEP Athletics and LTC Craig Childs of Fort Bliss.  The game will include discounts for military, free giveaways to fans, and lots of fun.

Tickets are available at http://www.utepathletics.com/, at 915-747-6150, and at the UTEP Ticket Center.

Aired Sept 3, 2016

Meet the vecinos of calle Mango through the eyes of twelve-year-old Esperanza. Her story tracks the ups and downs we all face during the tricky times of adolescence. We are invited to join the UTEP Department of Theater and Dance as they bring the stories of Sandra Cisneros’ critically acclaimed novel The House on Mango Street to life on stage. 

El Paso High School is 100 years old and the fourth installment of their Legacy Series program focuses on “100 Years of Excellence in the Arts”. The program takes place on Thursday, September 8, 2016 with Felipa Solis as the featured speaker. 

  Throughout the decades, the cinema has not shied away from addressing political or social issues, whether directly or metaphorically.  The Sunset Film Society is screening classic films whose messages are still relevant today.  To tell us more is Sunset Film Society Founder Jay Duncan.

Films screen Saturdays at 2pm at the International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana.  http://www.sunsetfilmsociety.org

  • Sept 3: Gabriel Over the White House (1933)
  • Sept 10: The Boy with Green Hair (1948)
  • Sept 17: The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
  • Sept 24: On the Beach (1959)

Aired Sept 3, 2016

 As of August 1, individuals with a Texas concealed handgun license are allowed to carry concealed handguns on public university campuses throughout the state.  To tell us more about the CAMPUS CARRY law and how it applies to UTEP is Gary Edens, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Catie McCorry Andalis, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students. 


Aired Sept 2, 2016

  Mark Renfield is an author and vegan chef whose new book "Healing the Vegan Way" walks vegans or vegans-to-be through delicious, filling recipes that take readers from salads to vegan sloppy joes and beyond!  Reinfeld talks about why "food activism" is probably the best way to get people turned on to a plant-based, compassionate lifestyle.  http://veganfusion.com/

Aired Aug. 28, 2016

WildEarth Guardians

  The latest vegan-related news and animal activism.

Millennials are behind the meteoric rise of veganism in Europe.  Read more at http://veganenthusiasts.com/2016/08/19/millennials-driving-a-rise-of-veganism/

Krill-based omega supplements are depleting the Antarctic of a specials critical to aquatic life and other Antarctic life.  Read more at http://www.onegreenplanet.org/environment/omega-supplement-killing-marine-animals/

The Texas Hornshell is a mussel that is being recommended for endangered species protection due to damming and overuse of the Rio Grande.  Read more at  https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2016/texas-hornshell-08-09-2016.html

Aired Aug. 28, 2016

Oregon State University

**Rebroadcast from Feb. 24, 2013**  

Keith talks with May Nyman, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Oregon State University.  She talks about her time at Sandia National Laboratories researching nuclear waste management and using titanium dioxide to quickly and more efficiently absorb radioactive strontium, neptunium, and plutonium.  She also talks about the benefits of virtual collaboration with other universities on conducting research. 


Aired Aug. 28, 2016.

  Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter was born at a time doctors rarely washed their hands or used anesthesia. In the bestselling book DR. MÜTTER’S MARVELS: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz explores the previously untold life story of this young, handsome and ambitiously brilliant surgeon whose talents in the operating room and lectures halls were unrivaled in his lifetime.  www.aptowicz.com Aired Aug. 28, 2016

  Ross Gay is a American poet and author of 3 books.   His latest collection, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, was the winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, was  a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award.  Ross joins us on this program to talk about why Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude is all about elegy with healthy doses of joy.

Ross will also read to us "To My Friend's Big Sister" from his collection Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude.


Aired Aug. 28, 2016


  Richard Lange is the President of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and dean of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.  He joins us to talk about why TTUHSC's success is greatly due to community involvement, and about the extensive collaboration the medical center takes part in across the region.  Dr. Lange also talks about plans for an upcoming dental school in El Paso.

Learn more about El Paso's medical school at http://elpaso.ttuhsc.edu/.

Aired Aug. 27, 2016

  People living with obesity face a number of obstacles, including discrimination and obesity bias. And the cause of their obesity is not always reduced to just choice or lack of motivation.  On this program we'll visit with Leah Whigham, Executive Director of the Paso del Norte Institute for Healthy Living, who'll educate us on evidence-based approaches to improving health and reducing the causes of obesity in our community.


Aired Aug. 27, 2016

The Let There Be Rock school is a brand new music school that looks to provide young musicians with a path toward improving their skill set.

As a performance-based school, kids come and take private lessons, are then paired up with a band, once they're in a band, they name their band and have rehearsals every week, just like the pros do. Here to tell us about Let There Be Rock is Pepe Clarke.

A 'Giant' Story explores the film’s main themes along with its ties to El Paso.

The exhibit at the El Paso Museum of History includes authentic costumes worn by Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean and Rock Hudson, photos, production art and documents as well as memorabilia from the collections of El Pasoan Wally Cech, who worked as a waitress on the Marfa shoot, and Nancy Hamilton, who covered the movie’s El Paso premiere at the Plaza Theatre on November 8, 1956 for the El Paso Times.

Ben Fyffe details the exhibit.


  Oleander might not be toxic to those little aphids who swarm the plant in the spring, but it is toxic to humans and to pets. The ingestion of 1 leaf can cause severe illness or even death. If you have pets, you may wonder what plants in your landscape might be toxic. You may also be surprised as to the number of plants on that list. 

On this program, we'll hear about some of the plants that may be harmful to your domestic animals, and why you shouldn't necessarily panic and yank everything in your yard out of the ground!

Here are some helpful online resources:  https://hort.purdue.edu/ext/poisonousplants.htmlhttp://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plantshttp://www.cceoneida.com/home-and-garden/factsheets/plants-and-fungi/toxic-plants/

Aired Aug 27, 2016

  Princess Leia in Star Wars...Furiosa in Fury Road...Mammy in Gone with the Wind...

What do these characters have in common?  They are strong female characters in film.  The Alliance for Women Film Journalists has compiled a list of the top 55 women in cinema - the Wonder Women.  Jennifer Merin, founder and president of the AWFJ joins us on this program to tell us more.


Aired Aug. 27, 2016

  MINERPALOOZA is UTEP's welcome-back event for its students. On this program, Christian Corrales will tell us about all the events and live bands that will be taking part in UTEP's biggest tradition taking place August 26.




  *Rebroadcast from Feb 10, 2013*

Keith talks with Gregory O.D. Smith, Chairman of URENCO United Kingdon, and Chief Cultural Officer at URENCO Group.  At the time of this interview in 2012, Smith was president and CEO of EURENCO, a uranium enrichment company located in Eunice, New Mexico.  Smith talks about the large, fast centrifuges that separate uranium-238 from uranium-235 and result in an enriched uranium product for nuclear power plants. www.eurenco.com

Aired Aug 21, 2016

  Inspired by a true story, Amy Stewart came across an old news story about an old buggy accident at the turn of the century.  She spun that story into the tale of Constance and her sisters, who had been living a quiet life to hide a family secret...until a belligerent silk factory owner runs down their buggy and brings the sisters back into the spotlight.  Stewart joins us on this program to tell us more about what inspired the story.


Aired Aug. 21, 2016

  *Rebroadcast from Oct. 12, 2014*

Taking a page from Richard Blanco's memoir and his frequent reference to The Brady Bunch, host Daniel Chacón offers HIS thoughts on The Brady Bunch and how it was NOTHING like his life at home, and how it was presciently reflective of today's modern family. 

Aired Aug. 21, 2016


  *Rebroadcast from Oct. 12, 2014*

Today's Poem of the Week is "The Red Poppy" by Louise Glück, read by local poet, Nancy Lechuga.

Aired Aug. 21, 2016


  *Rebroadcast from Oct 12, 2014*

  Daniel welcomes Richard Blanco, the poet who read at President Obama's second inauguration.  Blanco's latest work is a memoir, "The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood," and he talks about learning about himself while writing about his Cuban immigrant family, and how he had to separate himself from his "poet" self in order to write his memoir.  The discussion also focuses on the humor in the book, especially Blanco's musings on the culture clash over American vs Cuban food.  http://richard-blanco.com/

Aired Aug 21, 2016

  Jamie Flores is the Program and Education Director at the El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center.  She joins us to tell us about the museum's new children's exhibit, Remember Me: Children of the Holocaust, which is designed to educate children as young as 6 about the Holocaust in age-sensitive, interactive way.  Flores also talks about upcoming fundraisers for the museum, including the Tour de Tolerance taking place August 21 at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino.

Learn more about the museum, its exhibits, and its fundraisers at http://www.elpasoholocaustmuseum.org/, or call 915-351-0048.

Aired Aug 20, 2016

  Linda Calk, Ian Wilson, and Susan Sobin of OLLI at UTEP (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) spend time in the KTEP studios to tell us about many of the fascinating courses available for adults 50 and older.  Classes range from Tai Chi, How to Research Your Family Tree, presidential politics and how they have changed history, to Ukulele.  

Classes begin Tue. Sept 6, registration is open Aug 15-26.  Enroll by phone at 915-747-6280 or 915-747-8848, or visit http://olliatutep.org/

$70 per semester, unlimited classes. Parking passes will be provided.

Aired Aug. 20, 2016

El Late Nite con Badia is a Television show that takes us back to the Dick Cavvett Days of TV—loads of fun, self-aware to a point of self-mockery, and more than anything—it feels new because it’s so old.

The highlight of the show? Our beautiful border and the people that make it happen. Here to tell us all about it, is the crew that puts it together—Antonio Badia, Gabe Ruiz and Eduardo Espinosa.