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The mission of the Trost Society is to promote the legacy of Trost & Trost, one of the most iconic architectural firms of the American Southwest, and to educate the public about the architectural heritage of our region and the benefits of historic preservation.

Their Fall 2018 Rebuilding Trost event takes place on September 27, 2018 and will feature Paul Foster as keynote speaker. The event will be hosted in the atrium of the beautifully restored White House Department Store – now known as the Center Building. 

Shakespeare on-the-Rocks will celebrate its 30th season in the theater at the Chamizal National Memorial. The Festival opens with a new production of Macbeth followed by The Comedy of Errors and of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Lane Martin is a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Martin's work focuses on developing materials that will change the way we live. In particular, he works on the synthesis, characterization, and utilization of advanced functional electronic materials. Ultimately his research is aimed at enabling dream applications in areas ranging from new modes of computation, memory and data storage, energy conversion, sensing and transduction, actuation, and much more.

Stephanie Elizondo Griest is the author of the award-winning memoirs including Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana, and Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines. This week, we spoke with her on her most recent book, All the Agents and Saints - Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands, in which Elizondo Griest weaves seven years of stories into a meditation on the existential impact of international borderlines by illuminating the spaces in between.

UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance is opening their 2018-2019 season with a stage production of Rudolfo Anaya’s acclaimed Chicano novel Bless Me, Ultima.

This enchanting tale follows young Antonio Márez as he finds his way through a world filled with vaqueros, witches and corridos. With the guidance and protection of the curandera Ultima, Antonio finds his roots in the traditions of the llano and spreads his wings. 

The El Paso Chopin Music Festival Society presents the Festival each fall as a gift to the community.  This year’s season runs from September 22nd through October 20, 2018 and features several world class musicuans.

Pomegranates - a striking ornamental or a fruit producing shrub? Why it's both! Pomegranates are suitable for our climate and have many uses in the kitchen. This week, we shared tips on how to care for your pomegranates and properly harvest your yield this season. 

This year's U.S. Senate race between Ted Cruz and challenger Beto O'Rourke has received national attention, and a new documentary profiles the two men and campaigns. This week, we spoke with documentary filmmaker Steve Mims whose new film, Run Like the Devil, goes behind the scenes of the landmark political campaigns of Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke. The film plays tonight as part of the El Paso Film Festival, more information available at RunLikeTheDevil2018.com

Rudolfo Anaya is perhaps known as one of the best southwest writers nationally and internationally. One of his better-known works is a coming of age story, Bless Me, Ultima. This week, we visited with UTEP Theatre and Dance professor Rebecca Rivas to discuss the upcoming production of  Bless Me, Ultima. Shows will run from October 3rd - October 14th, more information and tickets available here

Dr. Steve Patterson is a professor of the Center for Drug Design at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Patterson’s research is particularly interested in creating an antidote for cyanide. Current treatments for cyanide poisoning are slow acting and can have serious life-threatening side effects. His research team is developing a series of antidotes that use an enzyme that converts cyanide to a non-toxic substance. His results have shown that these antidotes are more effective than current treatments available. Dr. Patterson continues to work on expanding this series of antidotes, to improve their efficacy in reversing cyanide toxicity, and to move these potential treatments into clinical trials.

The USS Indianapolis was charged by President Truman to deliver the components of the atomic bomb, from California to the Pacific Islands. But shortly after they delivered the cargo, they were struck by Japanese torpedos, sinking the ship. This week we spoke with co-authors Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic, authors of Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man. They shared their stories of the horrible incident, survivors, and the legacy of the USS Indianapolis.

Diana López is the author of the adult novella, Sofia's Saints and numerous middle-grade novels, including Confetti Girl, Nothing Up My Sleeve, and Lucky Luna. This week, we visited with López to discuss her novel adaptation for the Disney/Pixar film, Coco!

The Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts is all about bringing world-class contemporary art to our border community. They are about to kick off their fall programming with three poignant exhibitions. 

Cindy Gutierrez-Kräpp from Pins & Needles, graduated from FIT in NYC and most recently worked as an Assistant Store Manager, Visual Merchandiser and Display Artist at Purl Soho, also known as a yarn knitting Mecca.

Surrounded by incredible knitters, she quickly learned to create her own knit patterns and fell in love with the craft. 

Fall gardening starts NOW! This week, we shared which veggies are best grown in the fall and tips on how to keep your garden healthy and flourishing this season.

It's no small task to envision and create a film festival, and one intrepid filmmaker is hoping the region is ready for a premier event showcasing the best of new independent films from emerging filmmakers. Carlos Corral, founder and creator of the El Paso Film Festival, visited with us this week to share details on what audiences can expect at the festival, as well as an inside look on the creation of this new project. 


If you watch or listen to the news on a daily basis, you hear stories on gun control and freedom of speech. But do you know the rest of the Consitution? This week, we spoke with Dr. Charles Boehmer and Dr. Irasema Coronado to learn more about UTEP's upcoming event, Constitution Day. 

Dr. Teresa Ubide at the University of Queensland. Dr. Ubide is a volcanologist with a passion for understanding why, how and when volcanic eruptions start. She studies a wide range of active and past volcanic systems in different tectonic settings around the world, and her current research focuses on minerals hosted in volcanic rocks, as they provide a detailed record of the processes leading to eruptions.

Would you write or read a book about things that embarrass you? Things like chin hair, or sweating! Well, Mara Altman has found that putting her shame on a page helps defuse the stigma of certain things. This week, we spoke with Altman about her latest book, Gross Anatomy.

Words on a Wire kicks off its 10th season by welcoming UTEP's newest professor, Nelson Cárdenas. Cárdenas has won national literary awards for his poems and essays in his native Cuba. Hosts Daniel Chacón and Tim Hernandez spoke with Cárdenas about his upbringing in Cuba, and his future plans for writing as he now resides in El Paso.

La Mujer Obrera is currently offering Fronteriza Foods cooking classes at Cafe Mayapan every Thursday evening through September 13th.

We’re invited to join them for an authentic and unique culinary art experience and learn how to cook delicious Fronteriza Foods from scratch. The idea is to create a unique culinary experience, while preserving the traditions that can sometimes slip away from one generation to the next.

Directed by Ethan Hawke, BLAZE stars newcomer Ben Dickey as Blaze Foley, the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas outlaw music movement whose unique artistic contributions gave rise to the likes of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson.

The film explores the uniquely American art of storytelling through renditions of the Blaze Foley songbook, and examines the impact of both his art and his untimely death on his fans, friends, and collaborators. 

A new film about a country music legend who has remained in relative obscurity, hit the big screen this past week in El Paso. This week, we had the honor of visiting with co-writer and director, Ethan Hawke and actor Ben Dickey to discuss their new film, Blaze. Blaze is a beautifully complex film about the life, love, and legend of country-blues musician, Blaze Foley. 

Most people don't fully realize the interconnections that humans have with animals. If we save animals, we may actually be able to save ourselves. This week, we spoke with Dr. Aysha Akhtar, a double-board certified neurologist, and preventative medicine and public health specialist about her new book Animals and Public Health: Why Treating Animals Better is Critical to Human Welfare.

Dr. Josiah Heyman, director of the Center for Inter-American Border Studies, and Dr. Eva Moya, Department Chair and Associate Professor of Social Work, met with us this week to discuss the upcoming conference "Humanitarian Crisis at the Border - Family Separation and Detention: Challenges and Responses." The conference will be held September 6th from 3-5 PM at the Tomas Rivera Conference Center. 

This week, we began a new season by welcoming Dr. Eric Scerri, author, chemist and a leading philosopher of science specializing in the history and philosophy of the periodic table. Dr. Scerri's research includes chemical education and historical-philosophical questions such as the reduction of chemistry to quantum mechanics. He continues to work on the foundations of the periodic table, including whether it makes sense to speak of an ‘optimal’ table and the form such a table might take.

Rosato and DiNunzio take pride in the fact that they're an all-female law firm. But, when three men announce they're suing the firm for sex discrimination, things get deadly. This week, we visited with New York Time's best-selling author, Lisa Scottoline and discussed her latest legal thriller, Feared.


Jennifer Howd has been building a mindfulness practice for a few years before taking on the challenge of her first nine-day silent meditation retreat. In her debut memoir, Sit, Walk, Don't Talk: How I Survived A Silent Meditation Retreat, she chronicles the humorous adventures of the dueling inner voices that emerge in the silence: one intent on focusing on the seemingly negative aspects of her experiences, and the other on helping her see the positivity that can come from them. Host Daniel Chacón talks to Jennifer Howd about her retreat and the process of producing this memoir.

Cinco Puntos Press is a small publishing company based in El Paso. Since 1985, when the press was born, every book they publish takes us to a new place and into unexpected intellectual terrains.  

The Gila River and Wilderness are the heart and soul of A Song for the River. Every summer since 2002, author Philip Connors has been perched in a tower 50 feet above the Gila Wilderness, watching for fire.