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Dogs aged 7 and older are considered seniors, and just because they aren't adorable little puppies doesn't mean they can't still be your best friend! On the next EL PASO PRIME TIME, veterinarian Dr. Judy Morgan joins us to tell us the advantages to adopting a senior pet. 

David Holloway is the new Artistic Director of El Paso Opera.  Holloway is also the director of Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Singers Program.  Holloway joins us to tell us about El Paso Opera’s upcoming production of “Carmen,” with performances March 17 & 19 at 7:30pm at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. 

  John White, Curator of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens at UTEP, joins us to tell us about the upcoming SunSCAPE workshop, which plans to educate participants in irrigation, landscape design, plants, trees, and ways to garden in harmony with the desert.  The class is March 12, 8am-4:30pm, at the UTEP Centennial Museum, and information is available by calling Kaye Mullins at 915-747-8994.  The deadline to apply is Thu March 10.  

Aired March 5, 2016

Discovery Institute

  Stephen C. Meyer is director of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture in Seattle.   A former geophysicist and college professor, he has authored the New York Times best seller 'Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design' (HarperOne, 2013), as well as 'Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design' (HarperOne, 2009).  He joins us on the next Science Studio to talk with Keith Pannell and guest co-host Ricardo Bernal to talk about why he believes Intelligent Design best explains the complexity of life over Darwin’s theory of evolution.  


Aired March 6, 2016

  GIRL WAITS WITH GUN is based on the true 1914 story of three sisters whose buggy is run down by a belligerent silk factory owner and the dispute that follows. The book's author, AMY STEWART, joins us on WORDS ON A WIRE to tell us more about the book's real-life inspiration and her desire to write historical fiction after writing 6 books of nonfiction.

Aired March 6, 2016

  In our Words on a Wire interview with Amy Stewart, she mentions how she relates to readers in book clubs.  Host Tim Hernandez shares his love of book clubs, and talks about some experiences he's had when book clubs have discussed his books.

Aired March 6, 2016

  El Paso native and theatre professional Adriana Lopez Villareal joins us to talk about how she theater and why she believes in sharing her knowledge with youth.  Adriana is also a poet, and she will read the original poem, Como Emborrachar mi Corazón.

Aired March 6, 2016

UTEP has entered a new generation of student engagement and professional preparation. The university's ambitions new plan aims to engage students from the moment they enroll through their post-graduation professional careers. To tell us more about UTEP's Quality Enhancement Plan, Associate Provost David Ruiter and Associate Director of Creative Studios Steve Varela join us on the next FOCUS ON CAMPUS.

The Juilliard String Quartet is coming to El Paso on Saturday, March 12. Of note is that the cellist, Joel Krosnick is retiring after this season after 42 years with the Quartet, and this will be one of his final performances. He also happens to be Zuill Bailey's teacher from his days at Juilliard and has been his mentor over Zuill’s career. Here to tell us all about it is Felipa Solis of El Paso Pro Musica.

Painter Rhonda Dore has been working on painting after painting, exploring her love for color, watching it unfurl in her studio and take on shapes and brushwork we haven't seen from her before. It's been blooming slowly across wood and canvas for months, and soon it will be time to share it when her solo show opens on Thursday, March 10th at the Art Avenue Gallery. 

  The HOLLYWOOD SHORTIES were America's smallest professional basketball team. The team consisted of working actors in Hollywood who also happened to be little people. The team launched in the 1950s and continued to play into the 1980s. Hear their story with "The Hollywood Shorties" director, Ryan Steven Green on this edition of ON FILM. Ryan had a personal connection with the Shorties - his uncle was a little person who played with the team and who also played an Ewok in Return of the Jedi.   http://hollywoodshorties.net/

Aired March 5, 2016

UTEP's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETaL; http://cetal.utep.edu) hosts its 13th International Sun Conference on Teaching and Learning at UTEP on March 17-18, 2016, with about 90 presentations and 200 attendees expected from several states and countries.  Attendees can register at the conference or get a reduced rate by registering online by March 11.  CETaL Director Dr. Larry Lesser joins us to tell us more about our region's premier educational conference (http://cetal.utep.edu/sun/).

  Dr. Patricia Tallman has worked professionally in the Environmental Engineering industry, and her experiences eventually led her to adopt a vegan diet for environmental and ethical reasons.  She joins us to talk about her new book, The Restore-Our-Planet Diet, to better inform readers about the environmental impact of what we consume.  The numbers are staggering.  If the entire planet adopted a Western diet, we would need 4 planet Earths to produce the needed resources to feed humans on just 1 Earth.  And, if we look on a smaller scale, it takes over 1700 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of ground beef.  Join us for this enlightening conversation.  


Aired Feb 28, 2016.

Center for Biological Diversity, Robin Silver

  The latest in animal activism and vegan-related news:

The National Park Service has begun the controversial decision to rounding up hundreds of bison inside Yellowstone National Park to be systematically slaughtered.  Cattle ranchers complain that bison compete with their herds for grass, and that bison carry brusellosis, a disease which causes livestock to spontaneously abort.  Read an op-ed piece about the decision in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/15/opinion/the-bison-roundup-the-government-wants-to-hide.html?_r=0

The Animal Legal Defense Fund has scored a victory that sets a precedent for endangered animals in captivity.  As a result of the suit, 4 tigers and 3 lemurs have been ordered removed from a roadside zoo where they were living under unacceptable conditions.  Read the article here: http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/aldf-scores-first-victory-in-an-endangered-species-act-lawsuit-on-behalf-of-endangered-animals-in-captivity/

The Center for Biological Diversity is reporting that the number of endangered Mexican Gray Wolves in New Mexico and Arizona have decreased to under 100, likely due to illegal killings, low survival rates of pups, and possibly inbreeding due to a diminishing gene pool.  Read the article here: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2016/mexican-gray-wolf-02-18-2016.html

Aired Feb 28, 2016

  Vanadium is a little-known chemical element and a transition metal.  It is also an element that's currently being tested for use in anti-diabetic agents.  Vanadium compounds are shown in clinical trials to normalize blood glucose levels.  Debbie Crans, a Professor of Chemistry at Colorado State University, will join us to tell us more about this common element which can be found in soils, seeds, water, and even your mug of beer.

Aired Feb. 28, 2016

  JJ AMAWORO WILSON is the author of the novel DAMNIFICADOS, which is set in a building that was inspired by the unfinished skyscraper known as the Tower of David. This tower is home to squatters of various backgrounds and nationalities who create their own communities, schools, bakeries, and even a militia. Blend this with elements of magical realism including mystical wolves, biblical floods, and multilingual ghosts, and you have a debut novel that's impossible to escape.https://jjawilson.wordpress.com/  Aired Feb 28, 2016

  Hosts Daniel Chacon and Tim Hernandez talk about getting lost in the landscape of a book.  Daniel explains how he felt he was trapped in Caracas' Tower of David (known as the world's tallest slum) while he was reading JJ Amaworo Wilson's debut novel "Damnificados," whose setting is inspired by the building.  And Tim shares a story of getting caught up in a landscape of his own creation.

Aired Feb 28, 2016

David Brown, host of Texas Standard, joins us to talk about the history behind this show and about bringing the show to El Paso listeners.  Texas Standard will air Mondays through Fridays at 9 a.m. beginning February 29 on KTEP!  

The Scott Hulse law firm is hosting a Labor & Employment Law Seminar that aims to help small business owners tackle issues such as the use of social media in and out of the workplace … bullying in the workplace … and offering business owners to talk directly with legal experts.  Our guests are Andrea Cortinas and Rachel Hinman of Scott Hulse, and Joseph Ferguson of the Small Business Development Center.  The seminar takes place March 3 and is already sold out, but a wait list is available for anyone else hoping to attend.  

Executive Director of the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, Patty Tiscareño and Board Member, Jeanne Foskett discuss the 20th Anniversary of the organization, which routinely integrates the arts in their ongoing service to the community.

Author and former New Yorker, Michael Haley, previews his newly published novel No More Dancing the Jig – a story of transcendence through special friendships.

  Water restrictions lead us to water on certain days of the week...but how much do you water?  On this program, we'll get tips on how to correctly water your trees, and how to choose the right equipment to efficiently water your grass and shrubs.  

For more information, visit these valuable online resources:  http://wateruseitwisely.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Landscape-Watering-Guide.pdf  and http://ag.arizona.edu/pubs/water/az1298/

Aired Feb 27, 2016

  The Las Cruces International Film Festival is a 5-day festival that will feature films from all over the world, appearances by filmmakers, and workshops for aspiring filmmakers. Guest appearances include actor Danny Trejo, best known for his role in "Machete," who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.KEAGAN CARNES, Artistic Director of the Las Cruces International Film Festival, join us on this program to share more details.The festival runs March 2-6, and more information can be found at http://www.lciffest.com/.

Aired Feb 27, 2016

Alexander Wright and Michael Alden join us to tell us about V-Day celebrations in El Paso which will include performances of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues.  Performances are Feb 26 & 26 at the Hyatt Place Hotel, 6030 Gateway East…and Feb 28 at Tricky Falls, 209 South El Paso.  

Eliseo Duran and David Lopez of the El Paso Parks & Recreation Department join us to tell us about the El Paso Senior Games, which enters its 34th year in 2016.  Seniors can compete in Huachas, Running, Swimming, Race Walking, Pickle Ball, and much, much more.  Visit the Parks & Rec Department on Facebook to learn more!  

Charlie Minn is a documentary filmmaker who has covered border issues ranging from the drug wars to an unsolved massacre in Las Cruces to local high school sports championships.  Minn joins us on FOCUS ON CAMPUS to talk about MEXICO’S BRAVEST MAN, his profile of Julian Leyzaola, the controversial former police chief of Ciudad Juarez who served from 2011-2013.   

Tuesday at 6pm, join KTEP together with NPR News for special coverage of Super Tuesday.  Ari Shapiro and Rachel Martin will host the special. Primaries and caucuses are held in these states and territories on Tuesday: Alabama, Alaska (GOP), American Samoa (DEM), Arkansas, Colorado, Democrats Abroad, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Wyoming (GOP)

Join KTEP weekday morning at 9am for the Texas Standard.  Texas Standard is a one-hour daily news magazine that provides a source for expansive coverage of state, national and international news - from a distinctly Texas perspective.


  Sarah H. Tolbert is Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science at the University of California, Los Angeles.  She joins us to tell us about her research into building nanoscale materials for use in rapidly-charging batteries.  Most cell phone batteries take a few hours to charge.  Electric vehicles also take several hours to charge.  Tolbert's research would make it easier for ions to travel through these nano-porous networks to deliver a charge at a significantly faster rate.


Aired Feb. 21, 2016

Library of Congress, Casa de Colores

  JUAN FELIPE HERRERA is the Poet Laureate of the United States. Before that he was Poet Laureate of California. And before that he was a Fresno poet who was inspiring the dreams and imaginations of thousands of children, their parents, and fellow poets. Herrera joins us again on WORDS ON A WIRE to talk about his Laureateship and how his life has changed (and how it hasn't) since he was appointed Poet Laureate of the U.S. in 2015.

Juan Felipe Herrera's works are inspired by social events, and for our Poem of the Week, he reads the poem "I'll Take a Bullet for You" inspired by the words of a police officer spoken during the San Bernardino shootings.

As part of his Laureateship, Herrera is trying to encourage everyone to express themselves through their words.  You can join the voices by contributing your expressions at the Library of Congress's Casa de Colores, established by Herrera.  https://www.loc.gov/poetry/casadecolores/

Aired Feb 21, 2016