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The El Paso Syphony Orchestra will be celebrating its 88th anniversary season this year and with it comes a long line of dynamic programming.

Here to give us a preview of what is to come are EPSO Director Bohuslav Rattay and Director of Fund Development Pam Kihnley.


Have you ever noticed you tend to feel energized and drowsy around the same times every day? Your 24-hour internal clock, that's running in the background of your brain, cycles between sleepiness and alertness at regular intervals and it’s known as your circadian rhythm. Dr. Seung-Hee Yoo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of McGoven Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Russ Chianelli speaks with her as they discuss her field of study in circadian rhythms. 


Gabriel Thompson is an independent journalist who has written for the New York Times, Harper's, New York, Slate, Mother Jones, Virginia Quarterly Review, and the Nation. His articles about labor and immigration have won a number of prizes, including the Studs Terkel Media Award and the Sidney Award. He speaks with host Tim Hernandez about his latest work, Chasing the Harvest: Migrant Workers in California Agriculture.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a grant of more than $2 million to UTEP and EPCC to establish The Humanities Collaborative. The goals of this three-year project are to expand collaboration in the humanities between the two institutions and to invigorate humanities coursework and student research at both institutions through paid internships, community involvement, interdisciplinary mentored research and other high-impact experiences. 

The Consulate General of Mexico presents “Raices Raramuris” a concert by raramuri musician Romayno Gutierrez at the Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall on Thursday, July 26 at 6pm.  This concert will be complimented by a photo exhibition by Heber Nickolath of his ethno-anthropological studies of Mexico and its indigenous people. 

Having a hard time selecting plants to fill in a shady area in your garden? This week, we share tips on how to keep your garden colorful and full during the summer season.

Mainstream movie reviewers and established film critics tend to skew older in age, and perhaps the lack of younger voices in cinema writing distorts consensus on popular movie titles. A new website hopes to harness the writing skills and discernment of college students to provide a new perspective on movies. This week, we spoke with Zac Powell and Hannah Mathes, students at the University of Texas at Austin, to discuss their newly launched site, HookedOnMovies.org. Powell and Mathes, along with a team of writers, hope this new outlet will connect young movie lovers nationwide and even encourage them to step out of their comfort zones when it comes to movie selection with the help of their peers.

Every summer, the University of Texas at El Paso selects a talented group of high school students who are interested in pursuing journalism as their professional career and are exposed to the day-to-day environment a multimedia journalist faces in the 21st century. Journalism in July is an intense journalism "boot camp" and here to tell us more about the program's activities, as well as the results students can expect within the one week workshop, is UTEP Multimedia Journalism professor, Dino Chiecchi. 

We share the planet with a tremendous variety of animals. But what does our future hold for our planet's wildlife with our tendency to elevate humans above all else? This week, we visited with Carl Safina, professor, and author of New York Times Best Seller, Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel to discuss his work.


If you were an incoming freshman and saw a sign that said "Spit for Science," what would you think? This week we visit with Dr. Danielle Dick, Virginia Commonwealth University, as she shares details about her research. She focuses on how genetic and environmental influences contribute to the development of patterns of substance use and related behaviors, such as childhood conduct problems and depression, and how we can use that information to inform prevention and intervention.


Host Daniel Chacón and guest co-host Roberto Santos speak with writer and El Paso native Christine Granados on her newest book, Fight Like a Man and Other Stories We Tell Our Children. Granados portrays life in the parched landscape of El Paso as the setting for this book of stories about people navigating their way through dysfunctional lives with the help of friends and family.

Are you overweight? Did you know obesity is a complex disease? Dr. Leah Whigham of the Paso Del Norte Institute for Healthy Living at UTEP shares more about the factors that contribute to obesity, and how you can become a part of a health study.

August has become a special month for the region's classic film lovers. The 11th Annual Plaza Classic Film Festival returns to the historic Plaza Theatre August 2nd-12th and the full line-up for this year's festival is rolling out now. This week, we visited with Doug Pullen, El Paso Community Foundation Program Director, to discuss some of the must-see films and events at this year's festival.

Toronto, Canada native Paul Kortenaar is the founding executive director of the El Paso children’s museum.

He’s tasked with overseeing the vision and construction of the museum, which once built, will be across the street from the El Paso Convention Center and ballpark in the heart of the El Paso Downtown Arts District. 

Aaron Torres is a multi-media creative who studied Digital Filmmaking and has a background working as a tailor and clothing designer for the past decade.

He runs a sustainable clothing brand called Sleep, Never and his band Mind Your Dream is on the verge of releasing their debut EP called SIGNS. 


Javier Read de Alaniz is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Associate Director of the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at the University of California Santa Barbara. Dr. Alaniz is interested in a wide range of fundamental and applied chemistry that extends from the development of new synthetic transformations to the creation of a novel class of organic photochromic material. His particular interest, however, is in harnessing the synthetic utility of highly reactive intermediates for development of new bond-forming reactions used in synthesis and material science.

The poetry world is in mourning over the recent loss of former U.S. Poet Laureate, Donald Hall. We had the privilege of having Mr. Hall on our program not once, not twice, but three times. This week, we listen back to our conversation from 2015 about Hall's collection of essays, Essays After Eighty.

Summer is already half over, but there's no slowing of big budget, would-be-blockbusters beckoning us back to theatres. The Hollywood pipeline brought us a new installment of Jurassic World last week and more reasons to fear dinosaurs. This week, frequent On Film contributor Jeanne Creel visited with us to discuss some of the surface pleasures and underlying concerns of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. And for the younger movie-goers in your life, we also recommend some family-friendly titles also starring dinosaurs.

Ron Stallworth is an El Paso native who is a highly decorated law enforcement veteran. His book, Black Klansman: A Memoir, tells the tale of how he, working in an undercover capacity, was able to penetrate the Ku Klux Klan chapter in Colorado Springs where he infiltrated the 1978 KKK and helped sabotage cross burnings, expose white supremacists in the military, and even befriended David Duke himself.

The book is also the basis for the upcoming major motion picture BlacKkKlansman, written and directed by Spike Lee, produced by Jordan Peele, and starring John David Washington and Adam Driver. 

Historically a point of passage, West Texas has fostered a community composed of artists both passing through and making the El Paso region their permanent home.

With El Paso Museum of Art’s rich collection of early Texas art alongside works from local collectors, the Early West Texas exhibition examines the border as waypoint and home. 

As summer temperatures rise, you might be thinking of some lighter dishes for dinner. This week, we visited with Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby, owners of Vedge restaurant and authors of Vedge: 100 Plates Large and Small That Redefine Vegetable Cooking, as we discussed their inventive and delicious dishes all inspired by vegetables.


Robert Scherrer is Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Vanderbilt University. We discuss his work and research on dark matter, dark energy, and Robert's other interest and profession as a science fiction writer.

Vivian Babuts Photography


Host Tim Hernandez speaks with multi-talented artist and writer, Quintan Ana Wikswo, about her interesting hybrid book that highlights her investigative work – The Hope of Floating Has Carried Us This Far. Wikswo uses old typewriters and government cameras to capture the essence of obscure places where crimes against humanity have taken place.   

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation is raising awareness and encouraging all Texans to get involved in conserving the wild things and wild places of our state.

“We Will Not Be Tamed” calls you to appreciate the wildness of Texas, the vastness of our Texas spirit and why we should be inspired to conserve it. 

The global PechaKucha sensation returns to kick off the summer in downtown El Paso on Thursday, June 28th. PechaKucha is Japanese for "chit chat” or the sound of conversation.

PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where people get together to share their ideas, creative works, thoughts, manifestos, or just about anything — in the PechaKucha 20x20 format. PechaKucha 20x20 is a simple format where each presenter gets to show 20 images, each for 20 seconds to share their passion.

It's summertime and our gardens are thriving - but are you? This week we share some basic gardening safety tips to keep you healthy and safe this gardening season.


Charles talks with Andy Uhrich, film archivist, about an online exhibition of WWII propaganda films curated by Indiana University. Hear about why these films were created and why they often targeted specific audiences. Andy talks about why these films are important in understanding the culture of the times. 

Summertime means vacation and visitors - but sometimes, we may get some unexpected company. This week we visited with John White, Chihuahuan Desert Gardens Curator here on campus at the University of Texas at El Paso and co-host on KTEP's Good to Grow, and we discussed unexpected pests and summertime gardening. 


Hector A. Garcia is a psychologist with the Valley Coastal Bend Veterans Health Care System. In his work as a researcher, Garcia examines barriers to PTSD care, masculine identity and its impact on PTSD treatment-seeking, and how occupational burnout impacts PTSD care providers, who daily hear detailed accounts of trauma. This week, our discussion with Mr. Garcia enlightens us on the history of P.T.S.D. and the treatments that have been discovered to be very useful in treating our veterans and other affected individuals.


Author José Antonio Rodríguez is well known for his extensive work in poetry. However, on this edition of Words on a Wire, we venture away from the poetry and delve into his newest (and first) memoir titled House Built on Ashes.