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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.

-ORIGINALLY AIRED NOVEMBER 19, 2017-

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.

-ORIGINALLY AIRED OCTOBER 22, 2017-

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. 

-ORIGINALLY AIRED NOVEMBER 5, 2017-

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.

-ORIGINALLY AIRED OCTOBER 15, 2017-

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

-ORIGINALLY AIRED SEPTEMBER 17, 2017-

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.

-ORIGINALLY AIRED JULY 12, 2014-

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. 

-ORIGINALLY AIRED SEPTEMBER 17, 2017-

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.

-ORIGINALLY AIRED OCTOBER 15, 2017- 

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.

-ORIGINALLY AIRED MAY 27, 2017-

The summer season is upon us, which means hotter temperatures and plenty of sunshine. This week, we revisit our conversation with dermatologist Dr. Karen Herman as she shares tips on proper sun protection, that can be practiced not just during certain seasons, but year-round. 

In Mexican lucha libre there is a subset of wrestlers known as exóticos who compete in drag. It just so happens that one of the most prolific exoticos, Cassandro, was born and raised in Cd. Juarez, and currently makes El Paso his home.

He also happens to be the first exótico to win a world title. Today, we are dedicating our entire show to getting to know our homegrown exiotico, Cassandro.

Part 2 of our interview with lucha libre exotico Cassandro.

-ORIGINALLY AIRED JULY 15, 2017-

Most cinephiles are movie watchers, not movie listeners however music plays a very important role in movies. From enhancing and supporting the images we see music plays a vital role in any movie experience. Host Charles Horak speaks to Professor of Music Dr. Charles Leinberger, from the University of Texas at El Paso, to discuss the importance of music in film. 

It's been growing by 5,000 members every year, and there are chapters everywhere from Prague, to Bhutan and across the United States. This week we visited with Maribel Villalva, Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations, and Crystal Saavedra, Coordinator of Chapter/Network Development, from the UTEP Alumni Relations as they discussed the upcoming 7th annual Alumni Pick-Nic.

More information on the event can be found here.

Most people don’t understand the fact that all life is interconnected. This week, we visited with Collette Adkins, Senior Attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, as we discussed the importance of protecting endangered species. Adkins works in the Endangered Species Program, where she focuses on combating exploitation and cruel treatment of rare wildlife. 

Do you find yourself going from one diet to another in an effort to lose weight? This week, we spoke with Josh LaJaunie as he tells us how he lost over 200 pounds and maintains that weight loss through a plant-based diet and exercise.

-ORIGINALLY AIRED SEPTEMBER 10, 2017-

This week, we continue our "Best Of" series by featuring our conversation with Professor Thilo Hoffman from the Department of Environmental Geosciences at the University of Vienna. Hofmann is studying the role of nanoparticles in water. Are they harmful? Is it easy to remove them? How would we remove them? To answer some of these questions, listen in to this edition of Science Studio.

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