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On this special edition of Words on a Wire, Daniel Chacón has the privilege of having multiple talented poets all together in our studio. He speaks with Cynthia Guardado, Lauren Espinoza, and María Teresa López Avedoy the winner and finalists of the Pellicer-Frost Binational Poetry Prize. Poets from the US and Mexico competed and the winners were invited to Juarez and El Paso for a reading and a ceremony to honor their accomplishment.

We've heard of football coaches, soccer coaches, and other coaches. But what about life coaches? This week we visited with El Paso's Life Coach, Michelle Blumenfeld. She explained what it takes to be a life coach, and who could benefit from one.

Artist Gabriel Gaytan is adding a new mural to Chicano Park, which is host to a collection of several murals painted on the columns of I-10 underneath the Spaghetti Bowl.

He will unveil his latest mural “The Wirikuta Tree of Life” on Sunday August 12, 2018.

The Plaza Classic Film Festival is officially underway and with it comes special guests, films, music and art. Its footprint and programming extend far beyond the walls of the Plaza Theater. It includes outdoor movies and concerts on Oregon Street next to San Jacinto Plaza, exhibitions and programs at the El Paso Museum of Art, the El Paso Museum of History, the El Paso Public Library, what we call Drive-in/Walk-up movies nine stories up atop the Mills Plaza Parking Garage and, new in 2018, an art exhibition at the Roderick Artpsace Lofts.

We've seen some outrageous examples of poor pruning of native plants. This week, we shared tips on the do's and don't's when it comes to pruning your garden.

An improbably good film about a lonely, aging assassin who spends his day reflecting back on a difficult life, somehow manages to include Adolf Hitler and the Bigfoot in its story - and some El Paso talent had a big hand on bringing this film to completion. This week, we visited with writer and director Bob Krzykowski to discuss his feature film debut "The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot." The film will have its U.S. premiere Friday, August 10th, at the Plaza Classic Film Festival and Krzykowski will be joined on-stage at the Plaza Theatre by veteran actor and star of the film, Sam Elliott.

Tickets for the premiere of The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot, followed by a Q&A with Mr. Krzykowski and Mr. Elliott, can be purchased at the Plaza Theatre Box Office or at TicketMaster.com.
More information available at PlazaClassic.com.

Did you know that in the last decade only 7 girls have made Texas All-State Jazz? This week, we visited with El Paso native, Amanda Ekery, as she discussed her group El Paso Jazz Girls, a clinic for female identifying high school students set to help change this demographic.

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Dr. Vernon Carruthers is a professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Carruthers' expertise on parasites seeks to understand survival strategies employed by microbial pathogens during infection. We discuss his recent studies and discoveries on parasites on this edition of Science Studio.


Layli Long Soldier is the recipient of the 2015 NACF National Artist Fellowship, a 2015 Lannan Literary Fellowship, and a 2016 Whiting Award. Her poems have appeared in The American Poet, The American Reader, The Kenyon Review Online, and other publications and this week we speak with her about her book of poems, Whereas.

A lot of attention has been given to President Trump's Zero Tolerance Policy. But many people do not understand how zero tolerance works. This week, we visited with Deputy Council General, Ricardo Hernández, who shared with us the Counselette's stand on zero tolerance as well as the many services they have to offer. 

We're coasting through summer! But your gardens may be struggling. This week, we share some tips on how to be proactive with your garden care. 


Samuel Beckett is one of the most influential writers, thinker and theatre director of the 20th century. Beckett is best known for his play Waiting for Godot. Five years before Waiting for Godot, Beckett made a singular foray into cinema writing and creating a short film simply titled "Film".

Beckett's "Film" has been restored and release on blu-ray along with a companion film titled "Not Film." Host Charles Horak speaks with filmmaker and restorationist, Ross Lipman who oversaw the restoration of "Film" and "Not Film."

Inspired by the power of community, The El Paso Portrait Project is a yearlong photographic series of El Paso and its inhabitants in an effort to share a visual story of the city. This project was created by photographer Nicholas Gialanella and includes photographs of people that represent a distinctly El Paso culture. 

Francella Salgado is a tattoo artist and owner of Dreadful Things, a tattoo shop and boutiqe where one can find many curiosities from jarred wet specimens to monster-themed gifts. 

It seems like there's an "Idiot's Guide" to everything. But one of the most important books in this series is a collaboration between a registered dietician and a former NASA scientist. This week, we visited with Julieanna Hever and Ray Chronise, co-authors of the book Plant-Based Nutrition: The Idiot's Guide Series to discuss all the wealth of information on the most nutrient-dense foods, genuine supplement needs, and more. This helpful guide gives you everything you need to know about the advantages of a plant-based diet.


Kent Gates, Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Missouri, visits us in-studio to enlighten us on his latest research on DNA. It's a very fundamental piece of research about how we can control the degradation of our own DNA.

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Sylvia Aguilar Zéleny, novelist and short story writer, joins us in-studio as we discussed her book Todo Eso Es Yo. We also take the time to formally welcome Aguilar Zéleny back to the University of Texas at El Paso as she returns as a new professor in our Creative Writing Department.

One of the biggest draws to El Paso is the warm weather year-long. But it's also considered by many to be a jewel or an oasis in the desert. This week we visited with a team from the All-American City Delegation, who came back with the crown for El Paso.

Shade gardening in El Paso? Yes! We can turn this challenge into a welcoming spot in your garden filled with color, wildlife, and an area of relaxation. This week, we continued our conversation on how to tackle those tricky shaded areas in your garden.

Since the dawn of movies, there's been a need for movie theatres. A new book traces the development and proliferation of theatres across New Mexico, and you might be surprised just how early movie theatres sprang up in small towns across the Land of Enchantment. Jeff Berg - film programmer, film historian, and author of Historic Movie Theatres of New Mexico - joined us as we discussed some of the rich history, and surprisingly early development, of New Mexico's movie theatres. 

Daniel Carey-Whalen is the Director of the UTEP Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens, and this week we got details on the museum's current exhibits, which are open to the public.

Here’s a fun one for you. What happens when a Spaniard, who has never been to El Paso develops a curiosity and passion for our city and it’s music? Now let’s say this Spaniard decides to create a band called El Paso and a book titled ELPASO - A punk story.  Such is the case with Benjamin Villegas, who at this point has weaved himself and his fictional band, into the real El Paso music scene of the 90s.

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.