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FOCUS ON CAMPUS: A Christmas Carol, en la Frontera

Adriana Domínguez, director of the UTEP theatre program, talks about A Christmas Carol, en la Frontera - a borderland version of Charles Dickens’ classic story A Christmas Carol.

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Amy Fusselman is a writer, artist, and publisher based in New York City. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, ARTnews, Ms., The New York Times, Artnet, The Believer, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and The Atlantic, among other places. 

Her latest work is titled Idiophone.

Family separations at the border, asylum-seekers lined up at ports of entry, the Tornillo tent city for immigrant youth and caravans of Central Americans have all made for a busy year on the border.  

 Journalist, Angela Kocherga, visits with Ruben Garcia, Director of Annunciation House, who talks about his work with migrants and refugees in the El Paso region and the evolution of immigration including who is coming and why.

Caught in a whirlwind of travels as a child, self taught photographer Nina Titovets needed an artistic outlet to express herself. 

Nina is known for her mastery of storytelling and her ability to capture raw, natural beauty. She shoots both digital and film on location with all natural light. 

The exhibition Jacob Lawrence’s “Toussaint L’Ouverture” Series: The Haitian Revolution is currently on view at The El Paso Museum of Art. In 1937 Jacob Lawrence began a group of tempera panels about the Haitian Revolution in which he tells the story of Haiti’s struggle for independence from France through the life of Toussaint L’Ouverture, a slave turned revolutionary leader.

Guest host Kyle Alverado is joined by cinephile Oscar Garza to offer some suggestions for the best films on Netflix.

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The next time you swat a fruit fly in your kitchen, take heart from the fact that people have apparently been struggling with these fly infestations for around 10,000 years.

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