KTEP Local

  Carlos Nicolás Flores is the author of "Sex as a Political Condition: A Border Novel."  He joins us to talk about how the idea for the book first set seed during his time at the University of Texas at El Paso two decades ago.  After a visit to Cuba in 2000 as part of a writers' exchange, Flores revisited those ideas into an award-winning early draft.  The book is published as part of Texas Tech University Press's Americas Series, and Flores explains why this publisher took a risk in releasing this book which touches upon some controversial themes.


Aired May 1, 2016

  The Rio Grande Review is a nonprofit bilingual publication run by students of the MFA in Creative Writing at UTEP.  Mijail Lamas is the editor and chief of the latest edition, and Daniela Ruelas is the junior editor.  In this bilingual interview (Mijail answers the questions in Spanish), we'll find out how the publication has changed in the past several years, and why the current issue is the most accessible in terms of design.  Contributions to the Rio Grande Review come from within the Creative Department and from poets & writers from around the world.  

You can submit your works of fiction and/or poetry for a future edition of the Rio Grande Review by sending a Word document to rgreditors@gmail.com along with a short bio.  

Aired May 1, 2016

  High school students in the region are getting a valuable lesson in applying to Ivy League east coast schools through  Undergrads College Consulting & Tours...a program that trains students in grades 9-11 in leadership and networking skills, and how to make a lasting first impression. 

Learn more as guest host Richard Dayoub interviews Daniel Valdez and Luis Martinez, co-founders of the program, and Daniel Cisneros, a high school senior who has been through the program and accepted to a number of universities.

Irasema Coronado is professor in the UTEP Department of Political Science, and a contributing faculty member of the Environmental Science and Engineering Ph.D. program.  She spent the last 3 years as the Executive Director of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) of North America.  She joined the commission to help study the impact of free trade on the environment of the 3 countries impacted by NAFTA – Canada, the United States, and Mexico.  She talks about the 3 years she spent away from UTEP will working with the CEC, and how she is applying the knowledge she acquired to El Paso.

El Paso Kids-N-Co. is looking for a new home. The owners of the building that housed them on Texas Avenue have decided to go in a different direction, so Kids-N-Co. is searching for a new home. Kids-N-Co. needs the community’s help in looking for a new home, and help in funding the youth programs. Here to tell us about their search for a new place and how we can help is Stella Perry of Kids-N-Co.

Borderland favorite, Frontera Bugalu, is celebrating the release of their new album called Alma de Jaguar on Friday, May 6, 2016 at Tricky Falls. El Paso’s own Jim ward will be opening the show and DJ Birth DFX will be playing the finest in new and old latin-american cumbia. This album was written over the course of two years and features original and creative ideas influenced by life on the border.

  Our Spring winds not only cause havoc with our allergies, but with our plants and trees.  What's the best way to protect your trees or shrubs from the winds, and what can you do to salvage an already wind-damaged tree?On this program, we'll get windy-weather gardening tips ... and other gardening suggestions for the month of May! Aired April 30, 2016
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  Guest host Kyle Alvarado welcomes Oscar Garza, Creative Associate with the new Alamo Drafthouse in El Paso, to tell us more about the cinema's long-awaited opening in El Paso.  The theatre offers special screenings of new, classic, and independent films, specialty food & drinks served by a ninja staff, trivia nights for movie buffs, and much more!  The Alamo Drafthouse will have a Grand Opening on Friday, May 6, with the opening of Captain America: Civil War.  https://drafthouse.com/el-paso

Aired April 30, 2016

Join KTEP Sunday afternoon at 2pm for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.  This 13-week series features music recorded during the festival's 2015 summer season.

Click here for more information about the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.


  The latest news in animal activism and veganism:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has ended its Red Wolf Recovery Program.  The Center for Biological Diversity has sued the agency under the Freedom of Information Act in order to find out why.  Read more at http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2016/red-wolf-04-11-2016.html.

A new nonprofit has been introduced to help introduce more plant-based and lab-grown meat alternatives for a growing consumer base.  The Good Food Institute (GFI) works with scientists, investors, and entrepreneurs to make groundbreaking good food a reality.  Learn more at http://www.thegoodfoodinstitute.org.

Southern Roc Airedales is a puppy mill operating in McIntosh, New Mexico, and undercover video taken by the Animal Legal Defense Fund has revealed deplorable living conditions for the dogs being bred at this facility.  Read more at http://aldf.org/blog/legally-brief-neuter-the-puppy-mills/

Aired April 24, 2016


   Wayne Pacelle is the President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States.  He was one of our first guests on ACT Radio over a decade ago, and he joins us for the first of a 2-part interview to talk about what could be the end of confinement of animals at factory farms.  More and more restaurants are sourcing their food from companies that adopt humane practices in food production, and more and more consumers are relying less on a meat-based diet.  Laws such as California's Proposition 2, which outlaws confining and inhumane battery cages, are just the start of what is becoming a world-wide trend.

Wayne Pacelle is the author of "The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers are Transforming the Lives of Animals."


Aired April 24, 2016

Alan Bassindale


  Alan Bassindale is the retired Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching, at Open University, a distance & learning university based in Milton Keynes, England.  With a current enrollment of over 200,000, this experiment in open enrollment has expanded opportunities of higher education to a world-wide community.  Bassindale talks about the advantages and challenges to this educational institution which was modeled on American universities.  http://www.open.ac.uk/

Aired April 24, 2016

  Ada Limón is the author of the poetry collection "Bright Dead Things," which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.  She calls this her most personal, honest, and truthful collection.  Limón explains why it's her most accessible poetry - it isn't poetry written for fellow poets, it's poetry for everyone.  http://adalimon.com/

For our Poem of the Week, Limón reads "How to Triumph Like a Girl," which was recently awarded the Pushcart Prize.

Aired April 24, 2016

The El Paso Playhouse presents “Romeo and Juliet,” a play based on Shakespeare’s classic tragedy with an LGBTQ twist.  Playwright Adam Dever, Director Vanessa Keyser, and Georgia Varela join us to tell us more about this unique production which actually allowed actors to make their own imprint on their characters through their personal experiences.  Performances are May 13-June 4, Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2, at 2501 Montana.  

The Telling Project is a theatrical event featuring veterans sharing their stories with the community.  The Telling Project stops by El Paso in May, and we’ll hear more about these productions which take place May 18 at 7pm at the Chamizal National Memorial, May 21 at 7pm at Fort Bliss, and May 24 at 7pm at Bel Air High School.  

The University of Texas at El Paso ranks #12 in the U.S. among Hispanic-serving institutions in producing PEACE CORPS volunteers.  Donna Ekal, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies; and Gary Frankwick, Associate Dean of the College of Business Administration, are returning Peace Corps volunteers.  They’ll share their experiences from their time in the Peace Corps, and explain UTEP’s role in recruiting future volunteers. 

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema opens their first El Paso location at Montecillo on Friday, May 6, 2016.  Guests can reserve their seats online and tickets are also on sale for the Alamo Drafthouse's soft opening training days from April 25 through May 4. 

Visitors will be able to meet several El Paso artists and see their work as part of El Paso's ninth annual Artists Studio Tour.  The tour takes place over two consecutive weekends.  The weekend of April 23 and 24 covers Downtown, Westside and Upper Valley studios, and April 30 and May 1 is for studios in Central El Paso and San Elizario.  Artist Candy Mayer talks about the Artists Studio Tour.

  Shoppers at the FloraFest Native Plant Sale on the UTEP campus are taking home fantastic native & adapted shrubs, trees, and perennials.  But what do we do once we get them home?  Where do we plant them?  On this program, we'll determine the perfect spot for that shade tree, or where you can plant that shade-loving columbine or sun-loving sage.

Aired April 23, 2016

  Texas played a tremendous role in NASA's ambitions to get a man to the moon. The Texas Archive of the Moving Image has collected a number of broadcasts, films, and home movies that were not readily available to the public that document man's journey to the moon and the role that Texas played in that endeavor. On the next ON FILM, Afsheen Nomai, curator of the online exhibit A JOURNEY TO THE MOON THROUGH TEXAS, will share some of the stories behind those films, which are available for viewing at http://www.texasarchive.org/a_journey_to_the_moon/Aired April 23, 2016

McMaster University

  Michael A. Brook was the recent recipient of the Frederic Stanley Kipping Award in Silicon Chemistry by the American Chemical Society.  Brook is also a Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  On this program, host Keith Pannell travels to San Diego to talk with Brook about silicon chemistry.  We're more familiar with silicon chemistry than you might think.  Those products that moisturize our hands, keep our hair soft and our sheets silky are made that way because of silicon.  


Aired April 17, 2016

Tim Z. Hernandez

  Words on a Wire host Tim Z. Hernandez remembers the late Chicano poet and educator, Francisco X. Alarcón, who passed away January 15, 2016.  Alarcón was an influence to a young, shy, Tim Hernandez, and here he shares the story behind this photo.

Aired April 17, 2016

  In 2010, a bill was passed in the Arizona legislature that became one of the strictest anti-immigration laws in the nation: Arizona SB 1070.  State law enforcement officers would have the right to stop any individual to check on their immigration status, leading to accusation of racial profiling.

Protests began almost immediately across the nation, and poets made their voices heard on a Facebook post created by the late Chicano poet & educator, Francisco X. Alarcón (https://www.facebook.com/PoetryOfResistance/).  The countless poems were compiled and released in a new collection called "Poetry of Resistance: Voices for Social Justice," edited by Alarcón and Odilia Galvân Rodríguez.  Odilia joins us on this program to tell us more about the collection and about the role of poetry in addressing social justice issues.

Aired April 17, 2017

Ardovino's Desert Crossing is proud to host Love Lines a solo art exhibition by Jennifer Hill. Love Lines explores graphic possibilities, daydreams and other ruminations. Artwork will feature a series of large sumi ink drawings on paper that explore sleep, love and hieroglyphics. 

The Border Art Residency enables artists to pursue their craft without the worry of immediate sales or an outside job to pay for housing expenses. Artists selected for the program are able to achieve a greater degree of personal growth by concentrating on individual goals. They also share progress with local students, educators and the public and today, we’ll meet this year’s artist in residency, Alejandro Almanza Pereda.

  It's almost time for FLORA FEST at UTEP! John White, the Garden Curator of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens at UTEP will join us to tell us about the FloraFEST speaker, Marcy Scott, author of "Hummingbird Plants s of the Southwest." She will talk on April 22 at 6pm at the UTEP Undergraduate Learning Center about how to "Plant a Hummingbird Haven." John will also talk about the wide variety of native and adapted plants that will be available for sale on April 23 & 24, 9am-4pm each day at the UTEP Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens. 

  The 7th annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Los Angeles is set to roll out the red carpet for guest artists like Angela Lansbury, Elliot Gould, Gina Lollobrigida, and many, many more. The festival features panels, discussions, and over 80 classic films, including "The King and I," "It's a Wonderful Life," and "King of Kings."  Charlie Tabesh, Senior Vice President for Programming at TCM joins us to give us all the details on this festival which takes place April 28-May 1.


Aired April 16, 2016

  Library Gardening Talks

Some talks are on different months. See individual schedules below.

August            Fall Gardening              Fall and Winter Gardening Starts Now!

September     Compost                        Cashing In on Black Gold – Home Composting

West Side

Van Doren Library – Tina Wolfe, MG Coordinator; Lisa Martinez, Librarian

915-875-0700; martinezlx@elpasotexas.gov

Third Tuesdays: 5:30 p.m.

The UTEP Department of Theatre & Dance presents Shakespeare's KING LEAR, which tells of the king’s descent into madness as his daughters battle for control of the throne. On this program we'll hear from 2 student actors, Raul Chavez and Brandon Mullenix, who will be taking part in this production which opens April 22.