KTEP Local

  Host Daniel Chacón reflects on the remarkable abilities of our brain to continue to develop throughout our lives.  Then he talks about the squirt fish, whose brain gradually gets eaten away once it has settled on a permanent home.  The squirt fish serves as an important metaphor as to why we must keep our imaginations active...or else we may eat our own brains like the squirt fish!

Aired May 29, 2016


  Adela Najarro is the author of 2 poetry collections - "Split Geography" and "Twice Told Over."  She is also an English instructor at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California.  She joins us on this program to tell us how she stays active as a Latina poet while she balances a career as an educator and a writer.   Najarro explains that her coursework parallels what she is interested in at the moment, whether it's advancing Latino students' educational opportunities or advocating for social justice.   http://www.adelanajarro.com/

Najarro shares a poem from her collection "Split Geography" - Chicanos in a Museum.

Aired May 29, 2016

Writer Tom Fremantle walked 1,000 miles from El Paso to San Diego along the U.S./Mexico Border.  His companion was a street dog, Pancho.  Tom has created a fund at El Paso Community Foundation for the benefit of three Ciudad Juarez charities, Vision en Accion, Cruz Verde and Colitas Felices, and has written a book, Pancho’s Journey, that captures elements of his 1,000 mile walk.  

El Paso artist Mitsu Overstreet has the distinction of being El Paso's first public artist and since then, he has gone on to do public artwork in other cities including San Francisco and Atlantic City. His latest work brings him back home, to our airport, with a piece entitled The River / El Rio: Both Sides, No Sides that also features the words of two local poets, Bobby Byrd and Sasha Pimentel.

  CONTAINER GARDENING adds a great splash of color to small spaces, and makes gardening accessible to just about everyone! On the next GOOD TO GROW, we'll continue our conversation on container gardening, with a focus on fertilizing, watering, and troubleshooting those pesky bugs.


Aired May 28, 2016

  Two women communicate with each other silently through their apartment windows. This is the basic premise of the short sci-fi film "WINDOWS" by Maru Buendia-Senties, a graduate of UTEP and UT Austin. She joins us on this talk about the finishing touches that she is making on the film before its screening on HBO later this year...and about the need for diversity in filmmaking, both in front of and behind the camera.

An Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign is currenlty underway for the film https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/windows-sci-fi-short#/

Follow developments at https://www.facebook.com/windowscifi/ and on Twitter https://twitter.com/windowsfilm.

Aired May 28, 2016


  Rae Sikora has been a spokesperson for animals, the environment, and human rights for over 30 years.  She is co-founder and co-director of Plant Peace Daily http://www.plantpeacedaily.org/, and she joins us to tell us why the small compassionate choices we make, such as choosing to eat a vegan diet, make a big difference in the long run for the animals and for the planet.  She also talks about the astounding intelligence demonstrated by animals we normally wouldn't think of as "smart."

Sikora will be the guest speaker at the Vegetarian Society of El Paso's Spring Dinner on May 28 at the Country Inn & Suites, 900 Sunland Park Dr.  Reserve your seats at 915-877-3030, or at http://www.vsep.org.

Aired May 22, 2016

  The latest in animal rights and vegetarian/vegan news:

The Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Center for Biological Diversity are pressuring the US Food & Drug Administration to crack down on factory farm meat producers who label their meat "natural," despite the fact that many of their animals live in confinement cages or pens and are injected with growth hormones.  Read more here:  http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/the-animal-legal-defense-fund-and-center-for-biological-diversity-ask-fda-to-protect-consumers-from-misleading-labels-on-natural-foods/

The Humane Society of the United States continues to push Sea World to release their captive orcas to sea side sanctuaries.  Sea World recently announced the end of its orca captive breeding programs.  Read more here:  http://www.humanesociety.org/news/magazines/2016/05-06/big-changes-at-seaworld.html?credit=web_id93480558

Aired May 22, 2016

  Brad Udall is the Senior Water and Climate Research Scientist at the Colorado Water Institute at the University of Texas at El Paso.  Agriculture makes up 80% of all water use in the Western United States.  How can we make water use more efficient for big agriculture and for the regular consumer?  Udall also talks about why Western states have vastly different water rights laws on the books.

Aired May 22, 2016

  Kate Schatz is a writer, educator, and feminist, and she joins us on this program to tell us about "Rad American Women A-Z," an alphabet book for children and for everyone.  Women of color and lesser-known revolutionary scientists, musicians, and activists are highlighted in the book, including Rachel Carson, Odetta, and Angela Davis.   http://radamericanwomen.com/

Aired May 22, 2016

David Jerome is a Leadership Teammate with TEDx El Paso, and he joins us to tell us how strong ideas about the border will be shared at upcoming TEDx El Paso talks.  

Richard Dayoub welcomes John Baily, Chapter President of the Omar Bradley Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA); and Gus Rodriguez, Jr., President, Texas-State West, AUSA, as they talk about the importance of this nonprofit in supporting soldiers and their families in El Paso.  The AUSA serves active duty, National Guard, and Reserves, and sponsors events for Fort Bliss soldiers and their families to help them connect with the community.  Individual and  corporate memberships are available.  

redmoonwhitemoonbluemoon is a dance piece exploring themes of the divine feminine created by local dancemaker Sandra Paola Lopez in collaboration with poet Naima Yael Woods and photographer and filmmaker Laura Bustillos Jaquez. This piece happens in two parts over the course of two days.

Dancemaker Sandra Paola Lopez tells us about her creation.

The mission of the Chican@/Latin@ Theatre Series, sponsored by the UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance, is to honor and celebrate the rich culture of the El Paso/Juarez/Las Cruces Borderplex.

Rebecca Rivas is a co-founder, director, and playwright for the Chican@/Latin@ Series and she will also be facilitating an advanced session of the UTEP Theatre and Dance summer camp.

  The UTEP Department of Theatre & Dance is offering Summer Theatre & Dance Camps for youngsters in the community. Acting camps are divided into Beginning and Advanced...and Dance camps are for little ballerinas as young as 4, and more advance dancers ages 7-12. Plus, UTEP is also presenting a Chican@/Latin@ Theatre Series this weekend that will make stops across the community. Adriana Dominguez, Director of Audience Development with the UTEP Department of Theatre & Dance, will join us to tell us more.


Information: 915-747-6213, www.theatredance.utep.edu


All camp registration forms available at www.theatredance.utep.edu.   Beginning acting camps ages 7 to 12, and Advanced acting camps ages 13 to 18.   Young Dancers ages 7 to 12, Tiny Toes camp ages 4 to 6.  Camps are scheduled for June 6-24.

Chican@/Latin@ Theatre Series shows: May 20th at 7pm at the La Fe Cultural Center…May 21st at 7pm at Café Mayapán, and May 22nd at 2:30pm at the UTEP Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall.   

  Aired May 20, 2016.

  Container gardening allows us to grow ornamental plants or vegetables in a small space, such as our front or back patios. On the this program, we'll get a primer on container gardening, with tips on how to pick the right container and the right soil.  Part 1 of a 2-part show.

Great container gardening tips are available at http://m.extension.illinois.edu/containergardening/default.cfm

Aired May 21, 2016

FOCUS ON CAMPUS: Through a Child’s Eyes

May 20, 2016

The El Paso Museum of History is hosting the exhibit "Through a Child's Eyes: Growing Up in El Paso 1880-1950." UTEP played a role in gathering information for the exhibit, which explores how groups of children from the region experienced vastly different educational experiences. Joining us on this program is Charly Vasquez, Yolanda Leyva, Daniel Carey-Whelan, and Lucero Duran (host Louie Saenz is pictured far left). 


  Jennifer K. Richer is Professor and Co-Director of the Cancer Center Pathology Core at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.  She is a UTEP alumnus, and she joins us to tell us about how her early work with parasites led to breast cancer research.  Richer walks us through the role of hormones in cancer cell reproduction, and how her research into hormones targets hormone receptors in cancer cells.

Aired May 15, 2016

  Andrea Cote-Boter is an assistant professor of Creative Writing at the University of Texas at El Paso.  A native of Colombia, she is an award winning poet, having been awarded the National Prize of Poetry from the Universidad Externado of Colombia (2003), and the Puentes de Struga International Poetry Prize (2005) for her debut collection, Puerto Calcinado, Cosas Frájiles y Chinatown a toda hora.  Her latest collection is called La Ruina que Nombro.  Cote-Botero's works have been translated into 7 languages, and on this program, she talks about why the Italian translation is her favorite, and about how her upbringing in a violent region in Colombia inspired her writing.

Aired May 14, 2016

Drug interactions can easily lead to hospitalization or even death.  On this program we'll be joined by local pharmacist Dr. Nick Stark, who'll explain why it's so important to make sure all your medications go through one pharmacy so that the pharmacist can be aware of any interactions.  Herbal remedies and alternative medicine should also be taken into account when one is taking prescription drugs.

Aura is a solo musical recording by Nancy Lorenza Green who plays Indian, Native American, and Ocarina flutes combined with chimes, bells and rain stick.

The music invites us to listen, reflect and relax. Aura was made possible by an MCAD Artist Incubator grant that supports the creation of new work by El Paso artists in all disciplines.  

The Father Rahm Segundo Barrio Person of the Year Award recognizes an individual or organization committed to the betterment, works and service to the cultural, historical, economic, educational and social empowerment of the Segundo Barrio, and its inhabitants, values and unique experience. 

This year their recipient is local artist, Gaspar Enriquez.  He joins Gracie Cain from Segundo Barrio's Sacred Heart Church to discuss the award.

  El Paso County Master Gardeners are hosting weekly gardening talks at El Paso Public Library branches, monthly Gardening 101 Workshops at the Multipurpose Center, weekly appearances at the Ardovino's Farmers Market beginning Memorial Day Weekend, and much, much more.  On this program, we'll learn how your Spring gardening can be enriched by the knowledge of these community volunteers.


Aired May 14, 2016

  The 2nd annual Plaza Classic Film Camp invites kids ages 9 to 15 to conceive, write, storyboard, shoot, and edit their own films.  Doug Pullen, Program Director with the El Paso Community Foundation, and Juan Ferret, Film Camp organizer, join us to talk about this two-week intensive camp which focuses on the fundamentals of filmmaking, animation, acting, directing, and editing.  The camp takes place Aug 1-5 and Aug 8-12 from 9am-4pm, at the Main Library downtown, and the deadline to register is July 25.   

Register online at plazaclassic.com/summer_camp or by phone at 915-533-4020.  $300 before July 17, $325 after July 18.  Cost includes materials, lunch, snacks.  Limited scholarships available to El Paso & Juarez residents, deadline for scholarship application is July 10.

Aired May 14, 2016

Host Richard Dayoub, President & CEO of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce talks about the job opportunities available for military veterans and their spouses with Carla Miller with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Allison Armendariz with the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce.  Fort Bliss recently hosted nearly 3200 service members and their spouses in March at a Hiring Our Heroes event.  Selected participants receive up to 12 weeks of on-the-job training.  


  The latest news in vegan nutrition and animal activism:

Another elephant has lost its life in the Cambodian tourist trade.  Read more at https://www.thedodo.com/sambo-elephant-ride-death-cambodia-1756955909.html

The Fish and Wildlife service is required to prepare a recovery plan for Mexican Gray Wolves by 2017.  Only 97 wolves remain in the wild.  Read more at http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2016/mexican-gray-wolf-04-26-2016.html

In the heart of Texas cattle country, Midland Memorial Hospital is encouraging its patients to adopt a plant-based diet for the treatment and prevention of disease.  Hear this report from The Texas Standard:  http://www.texasstandard.org/stories/veggies-in-cattle-country-texas-hospital-formally-promotes-plant-based-diet/

Aired May 8, 2016

  We welcome back Wayne Pacelle, president & CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, and author of The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers are Transforming the Lives of Animals.  He explains why an economy focused on more humane behavior - safari photo tours vs game trophy hunting, or human-centered circuses vs 3-ring circuses with elephants, tigers, and bears - is far more successful than an economy centered on inhumane practices.  


Aired May 8, 2016

  Dave Steele spent 30 years as an employee of Shell Oil, having spent many years searching for hydrocarbon sources across the globe.  He talks to us about the conventional ways of drilling for oil and the unconventional methods, which include hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."  Is there an advantage or disadvantage to each method?  Plus, he explains why the price of oil is mostly driven by global politics, not by supply & demand.

Aired May 8, 2016

  J. Mae Barizo is the author of the poetry collection "The Cumulus Effect."  J. Mae is not only a poet but a classically-trained musician.  She explains how musical elements apply to her minimalist style of poetry, and she talks about her sound-text performances which meld words and music.  http://www.jmaebarizo.com/

A recent New York Times article took us into Barizo's kitchen.  Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/04/dining/the-changing-face-of-j-mae-barizos-kitchen.html?_r=0

Aired May 8, 2016

The Mothership Mandala is a mural that is dedicated to all the beautiful mothers of sister cities, El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. The mural was made possible by a grant from the Caldo Collective and was created with the help of the Winchester house and youth from the Pride Center. Muralist Dave “Grave” Herrera talks about the project.