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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.

You may be busy picking vegetables in your garden, but there's another crop ready for picking. It's time to collect seeds of summer flowering plants, and this week, we shared some pointers on how to collect and store those seeds now so you can enjoy them again next year. 

A new border crime film from an El Paso writer-director unfolds its sorted story in and around borderlands and will debut on a number of streaming platforms next week. This week, we visited with writer-director Andrew Jara,  and had a conversation about his new crime film Borderland. The movie was made entirely in El Paso and will be available on Amazon and Vimeo beginning next Monday. 

August is coming to an end, and so is the summer. But that doesn’t put your garden on pause! Many native plants wait all year long for the cooler temperatures, and now is the time to help them prepare. On this week's Good to Grow, we shared some fall gardening tips.

Every time you see El Paso in a film or television production, it was usually the result of many months of negotiations and coordination, often in secret, with the city’s film commissioner. This week, we visited with retiring El Paso Film Commissioner, Susie Gaines. For over 3 decades, Gaines has had a hand in bringing major film and TV productions to El Paso, and during our interview, we got a peek into what went on behind the scenes throughout these projects. 


Dr. Andrew Doust is a professor of Plant Biology, Ecology, and Evolution at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK. While host Keith Pannell was on travels, he had the opportunity to speak to Dr. Doust about his field of interest as well as his most recent research findings. Dr. Doust primarily studies the evolution of plant morphology. His lab projects include the evolution of plant architecture in grasses, developmental genetics of domestication evens in foxtail millet and other grasses, and evolution of fruit shape and of seed oils.


Host Tim Hernandez gets the opportunity to speak with one of his favorite contemporary writers today - Manuel Paul López. López's latest work, These Days of Candy, truly depicts his creative power and he is certainly a name to watch in the years to come. López has co-edited numerous books and has had his own work published in Bilingual Review, Denver Quarterly, Hanging Loose, Huizache, and Puerto del Sol, among others. His work has been supported by the San Diego Foundation's Creative Catalyst Fund and he currently lives in San Diego, CA and teaches at San Diego City College.

Paulina Rosas is a 1st generation American and a multimedia artist based in El Paso. Her latest project, The Fault in our Love, addresses social issues common to the El Paso community through performance and jewelry. 

El Paso Pro-Musica kicks off its Season with Summer Fest'18 and it’s going to be a CELLO-bration.  Grammy Award Winning Artistic Director Zuill Bailey will be joined by three Outstanding Cello Friends, including Dr. Melissa Kraut of the Cleveland Institute of Music, and young rising Cello stars Cicely Parnas and Jared Blajian. 

National Geographic

As you're driving along the freeway in El Paso looking at the border fence, do you ever think about the consequences animals found along the greater borderland might be facing? This week we visited with Krista Schlyer, who has been documenting the environmental impacts along the U.S.-Mexico borderland through photography, film, and writings. 


James Day is an Associate Professor in the Geosciences Research Division at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. James is a geologist and geochemist whose research focuses on volcanism and what the mineralogy and composition of rocks can tell about how the planets formed and evolved to their present-day states. He studies asteroids and products formed in the mantle of Mars, the Earth, and the Moon, and on this week's Science Studio we got to discuss all his areas of interests and expertise.



Marcus Wicker is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, The Missouri Review's Miller Audio Prize, as well as fellowships from Cave Canem and the Fine Arts Work Center. His second book, Silencer was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017 and is a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. Marcus teaches in the MFA program at the University of Memphis, and he is the poetry editor of Southern Indiana Review and this week we speak with him about his most recent work.

This week, we opened up our inbox and took a look at some of your questions. One, in particular, pertained to container gardening during this hot time of the year. We shared tips on how to keep your container gardens alive, vibrant and not susceptible to the summer heat.

The 11th Annual Plaza Classic Film Festival has been underway all week, and this week, we looked back on the festival's first year and a conversation with its very first special guest, actor Robert Nichols. "Giant" was one of Nichols' earliest roles, and in this 2008 recording from that year's Plaza Classic Film Festival, he shares the memories he made shooting this classic with Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, and James Dean.

Miguel Bonilla is an artist from El Paso, TX His drawings and paintings often illustrate scenes from another world-plans, childrenand animals usually plan out scenes of discomfort, horror and vulnerability. He attended the University of Incarnate Word, Art Institute and UTEP where he studied furniture design and studio painting.

Rubi Orozco Santos has been hard at work on a project centered on the practice of nixtamalization in the borderland. Nixtamal is the process of soaking corn kernels in an alkaline solution, which is used for making corn tortillas, tamales and several Latin American dishes.


While host Keith Pannell was on the road, he visited with Dr. Duane Gill, Professor and Head of Sociology at Oklahoma State University. His areas of specialization include disasters and contaminated communities. Dr. Gill has conducted research understand social and psychological impacts of the 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in Alaska and the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in coastal Alabama. Dr. Gill was part of a research team employed by the Gitga’at First Nation in British Columbia to assess potential impacts of an oil spill associated with the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project. He discusses his recent studies on natural disasters and the impacts communities can face in terms of social impact.