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Host Daniel Chacón reflects on those days on which he feels ugly...and why he chose to embrace the ugly.  He employs that level of acceptance when he feels unworthy of interviewing some of the amazing writers we have had on our program.

Aired Nov 13, 2016

For her first collection of poetry "Look," Solmaz Sharif lifted words and phrases from the US Defense Department's "Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms."  In adopting words such as "Friendly Fire," or even the title of the book "Look," Solmaz poetically re-writes the dictionary in order to remove violence from the language.

Solmaz will also read the poem "Desired Appreciation" from the collection.

https://solmazsharif.com

Aired Nov. 13, 2016

Rooted in Mexican tradition and infused with Texas food culture, tacos are some of Texans’ all-time favorite foods. In The Tacos of Texas, taco journalists Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece take us on a delicious taco tour around the state as they discover the traditions, recipes, stories, and personalities behind Tacos across Texas. These Taco journalists spent a lot of time in El Paso and met and featured over 15 El Pasoans in their book. 

Shakespeare on the Rocks is closing its 28th season with Romeo and Julieta, the bilingual adaptation of The Bard’s immortal love story.

This year’s production is set in the 19th century along the US-Mexico border. Romeo y Julieta will be performed on Friday and Saturday, November 18 and 19 at the Chamizal Memorial Theater. 

Women filmmakers in El Paso are a strong, united force, and on this program, we'll visit with Angie Reza Tures, organizer of the Femme Frontera Filmmaker Showcase.  The festival will feature films by Laura Bustillos Jáquez, Iliana Sosa, Ilana Lapid, Jazmin Harvey, Yennifer Lucero, and Angie Reza Tures.  The public has 2 chances to catch these films:  Mon. Nov 14 at 6:30pm at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema ($7), and Tue. Nov 16 at 4:30pm at the El Paso Public Library downtown branch (free).  

https://www.facebook.com/femmefrontera/

Aired Nov. 12, 2016

UTEP Music Department

**AUDIO IS FORTHCOMING**

Brad Genevro is the UTEP Director of Bands.  He joins us on this program to tell us more about upcoming programs and exciting collaborations that involve the Music Department's various band ensembles.

http://www.utep.edu/music/

Aired Nov. 11, 2016

  Gardening Checklist for November

This is still a great time to plant trees and shrubs, although the selection at local nurseries and garden shops may not be that extensive.  Many garden centers have much less inventory in the fall than they do in the spring, when temperatures are beginning to warm up and more people have gardening on their minds. 

On November 8th, voters across El Paso will not just be voting for their next president.  Voters living in the El Paso Independent School District will also be voting whether to approve a $668 million bond that will include rebuilding or partial rebuilding of 7 district high schools, technology upgrades, transportation, and much more.  To tell us more about the bond is Dori Fenenbock, President of the EPISD Board of Trustees; and Juan Cabrera, Superintendent of EPISD.

Learn more at https://www.episd.org/episdbond/.

Aired Nov 5, 2016

We'll revisit Statistics in this episode with Mindy McCann, Professor and Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Statistics at Oklahoma State University.   She'll discuss her early fascination with statistics, and familiarize us with the concepts of Multiple Comparisons, Confidence Intervals, and Error Rates.  McCann will also explain why one can never have a zero-percent error rate in statistical studies.

Aired Nov 6, 2016

JAMES FREY is best known as the author of the controversial memoir "A Million Little Pieces."  But to younger readers, Frey is responsible for creating The Endgame trilogy.  The book "Sky Key" is the sequel to "Endgame: The Calling."  Long ago, extraterrestrials chose 12 families to be on the lookout for signs of the Endgame.  A survivor must be the one to find the 3 keys to determine the fate of humanity.  The search for 3 keys continues.  Earth Key has been found, and the hunt for Sky Key has begun.  How will the Endgame be played, and how far will the players go to acquire the Sky Key?

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Aired Nov. 6, 2016

Jesús Castillo's first book, Remains, is different than most poetry collections as it is actually a serial poem - a single poem separated by stanzas and sections.  No narrative streak runs through the poem, but a reader can enter any page or any stanza and be enveloped by imagery and landscape.

Aired Nov. 6, 2016

In the 1970s, the Mexican government adopted an initiative to promote family planning among its citizens.  IUDs, intrauterine devices, were one of the options available to women.  IUDs are considered Long Acting and Reversable Contraceptives, or LARCs, and their use in Mexico far outweighed their use in the United States.  Researchers at the University of Texas investigated the use of LARCs in Austin and El Paso, and they share some surprising results with us on this program.  We'll visit with Joseph Potter, PhD, principal investigator of the Texas Policy Evaluation Project; and Kari White, PhD, investigator of the Texas Policy Evaluation Project

Read the full report, "The Availability and Use of Postpartum LARC in Mexico and Among Hispanics in the United States," at http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10995-016-2179-6

Aired Nov. 5, 2016

The El Paso Museum of Art presents a recent body of work by James Drake, an artist with El Paso connections who has several works in the Museum’s collection, and who has garnered international acclaim.

Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, James Drake: Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash) is the culmination of two years of active creation revisiting and reinventing imagery from throughout the artist’s forty-year career.

The transformation of downtown El Paso takes another big step when the Artspace El Paso Lofts, an exciting mixed-use development for artists and creative businesses, opens its doors in early 2017.

Artspace is currenlty taking resident applications and here to tell us about living in Artspace is Kathleen Decker.

The month of October was one of the warmest & driest on record.  Now that we're finally seeing cooler weather, what do we need to do in our yards?  We need to keep watering our trees, plant colorful fall annuals, and enjoy the fall bloom in our roses.

Aired Nov 5, 2016

In July 1984, a killer with a hatred towards Mexicans and Mexican-Americans open fired in a McDonalds in San Ysidro, California.  He killed 21 people...making this the worst mass shooting in the United States at the time.  Filmmaker Charlie Minn, whose films focus on innocent victims and underdogs, focused on the survivors and their tales of courage in his latest film "77 Minutes."  

The film opens in El Paso at Premiere Cinemas at Bassett Place on Nov. 11.

Aired Nov. 5, 2016

The Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at UTEP is hosting 3 Fall exhibits, and to tell us more about them and the other lectures and workshops at the Rubin Center is Director Kerry Doyle and research fellow Areli Rocha.

http://rubin.utep.edu/

Aired Nov. 4, 2016

Campus Faculty Association, University of Illinois

Lawrence Hubert is Professor Emeritus in the Departments of Psychology, Statistics and Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He is also a co-author (with Howard Wainer) of the text, “A Statistical Guide for the Ethically Perplexed.”  He joins us on this program to talk about his "accidental" career path that began with Sputnik, and about the controversy that sometimes surrounds statistics and reproducibility.

Aired Oct. 30, 2016

Choosing a college can be a daunting choice for many high school students.  Undergrads College Consulting Tours offers enterprising students an opportunity to learn vital leadership and networking skills, and then takes them on tours of Ivy League colleges where they can take personalized tours of the campuses and meet students and academics.  On this program we'll visit with Daniel Valdez, executive director of Undergraduate College Consulting Tours; and Josh Ramirez, an Eastwood High School Senior who participated in the program and hopes to attend Yale as a result of his experience.

Applications for 2017 are being accepted at http://www.undergradscct.com/.

Aired Oct. 29, 2016

Donna Arp Weitzman is a successful career woman who entered a relationship late in life, and while she thought she found her Prince Charming, she ended up hearing lots of unusual comments from friends & family.  She took a satirical look at that time in her life with her first book, "Cinderella has Cellulite: And Other Musings from a Last Wife." 

http://donnaarpweitzman.com/

Aired Oct. 30, 2016

  

Carlos Espinoza is a former student of host Daniel Chacon, and an instructor at El Paso Community College.  Espinoza is also the editor of the new literary journal Barrio Panther, a collection of art, poetry, and images that fits in the palm of your hand.  Submissions are welcome by anyone with something to share at barriopanther@gmail.com.

Espinoza is also a poet, and for our Poem of the Week, he reads "Missing Juarez" from his collection "How to Lie to a Customs Agent."

http://www.barriopanther.com/

Aired Oct. 30, 2016

WORDS ON A WIRE: James Robert Murphy

Oct 30, 2016

James Robert Murphy is a local musician and writer.  His 4th book is called "The Right to Kill," and it follows a group of characters living in a Texas where a "Right to Kill" law has been passed.  Citizens can petition the state to kill anyone they consider a nuisance, as long as the petitioner is the one carrying out the murder.

http://www.jamesrobertmurphy.com/

Aired Oct. 30, 2016

La Mujer Obrera will be hosting a celebration of the Dia de los Muertos this weekend at Cafe Mayapan. To tell us more about the event and about the organization will be Cemelli de Aztlan and Latin Grammy nominee, Amalia Mondragon. Host Louie Saenz will be joined by one of KTEP's fine student interns, Alyssa Cardona.

The event is Sat. Oct. 29 from 3-10pm at 2000 Texas Avenue.

https://www.facebook.com/mujerobrera

Aired Oct 29, 2016

Tom Lea Institute

Tom Lea: Grace Note in a Hard World is a one-act play by Camilla Carr, starring Ray Baker and Morgana Shaw.  Based on the book Tom Lea, An Oral History by Adair Margo, the performance focuses on Lea’s early life as the mayor’s son, his studies at the Art Institute of Chicago, his marriage to fellow art student Nancy Taylor and later, his marriage to his beloved Sarah Lea. 

The El Paso Playhouse will be performing The Diary of Anne Frank, a stage adaptation of the book The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, through November 20th.  

Anne Frank emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination.

Actors William Petite and Jessie Erwin talk about the production.

Those pumpkins and squash flooding the stores are hard to resist.  What's the best way to decorate with them?  We'll offer a few tips, including how to recycle those pinecones and acorns littering our yards and streets.

Aired Oct. 29, 2016

We'll all get our dose of Carrie or Freddie or Jason this Halloween, but there are a number of little-seen horror flicks that film director Lucky McKee recommends.  He joins us on this program to tell us why we must watch the classic "Mad Love" (1935) with Peter Lorre, or "Frailty" (2001) directed by Bill Paxton, or "The Legend of Hell House (1973).  

Aired Oct. 29, 2016

The UTEP Early Music Ensemble keeps the traditions of the Baroque and Renaissance alive. On the next FOCUS ON CAMPUS, Dr. Lindsey Macchiarella will talk about the music of the past, and we'll also be treated to some performances by a recorder consort and a viola da gamba quartet.

The ensemble will perform Fri Oct 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the UTEP Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Aired Oct. 28, 2016

The El Paso Playhouse will perform The Diary of Anne Frank, Oct 28-Nov 20 at 2501 Montana.  On this program, 2 of the show's actors and the show's director will discuss the struggles and challenges they faced when preparing for this production.

Aired Oct 22, 2016

Dr. Ezra Cappell is the Director of the Inter-American Jewish Studies Program at UTEP, and he joins us to give us a brief historical overview of The Diary of Anne Frank, and how Broadway production of the diary had to tread lightly in order to do justice to the diary and to history.   

The El Paso Playhouse presents The Diary of Anne Frank, Oct 28-Nov 20 at 2501 Montana.

Aired Oct. 22, 2016 

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