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Dr. Margarita Echeverri is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Clinical and Administrative Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy. She serves as the Educational Coordinator in Health Disparities, Cultural Diversity Competence, and Health Literacy in the Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education at the university and this week, we spoke with Dr. Echeverri about the development of her career and how it lead to her health disparity research efforts. 

Author Isabel Quintero and illustrator Zeke Peña have come together to create Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide, a poetic graphic biography about renowned Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide and her adventures around the world. We had the opportunity of speaking with the two of them and discussed what into the making behind this wonderful book.

Grocery shopping has become a bit more complicated as stores offer a variety of choices. What is the difference between organic and conventional produce? What about the benefits of shopping at a farmer's market? Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Jenifer Tharani visited with us this week to better inform us of our options. 

Singer, actress and community leader Laura Tate is adding another title to her resume — philanthropist.  Laura will headline a benefit concert for the new arts fund that bears her name at 8pm Saturday, June 2 in the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheater. Laura will be backed by her LA Band, and will perform a wide-ranging repertoire that spans Broadway hits, pop standards, blues, rock and country.

Carlos Corral is creating more opportunities to showcase films made in the borderland and filmmakers from the borderland.  He’s created the El Paso Film Festival, a new festival that hopes to bring the best from the El Paso area to the big screen, while also showcasing emerging indie filmmakers from around the country, and perhaps the world. 

There are a lot of challenges to making independent films, and an upcoming event will push filmmaking teams to the limit of their creativity when they have just 48 hours to conceive, shoot, and complete a short film. This week, we visited with Drew Mayer-Oakes, El Paso Film Commission Coordinator, as he discussed details about the first El Paso 2 Day Movie Challenge.

More information found here

It was perhaps one of the most troubling years in history. A year of assassinations, problems with North Korea and Vietnam. This week we visited with author Kyle Longley to discuss his book LBJ's 1968: Power, Politics and the Presidency in America's Year of Upheaval

There are about two-thousand variations of them and they are at the bottom of the food chain. This week, we visited with UTEP professor of Biological Sciences Dr. Liz Walsh as she shared details about UTEP preparing to host the 14th Rotifer Symposium.

More information found here.

The tornado has long captured our imaginations as one of nature's fiercest and inexplicable forces. This week, on part 1 of this 2-part Perspectives, we visited with Brantley Hargrove to discuss his latest work The Man Who Caught the Storm: The Life of Legendary Tornado Chaser Tim Samaras. Then, Rus Bradburd joins us to discuss his incredible story about gun violence in West Chicago in his latest book All the Dreams We've Dreamed.

Plants are only 1 part of a community garden - it's when people come together that has the greatest impact to help the garden grow. This week we spoke with Nancy Ramos, Communications Director with the Diocese of El Paso, about El Paso's newest community garden.

Many people go vegetarian or vegan in order to improve their health. But there's another very important reason that we should be eating less animal products. Animal agriculture has a devastating impact on our water, land, and air. This week, we spoke with Nil Zacharias, co-author of the book Eat for the Planet, who shows us that by making even minimal dietary changes, anyone can have a positive lasting impact on our planet.

Peter C. Ford is a Professor from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Mr. Ford's research has encompassed topics related to the photochemistry, catalytic reactions, and mechanisms of transition metal complexes. The Ford Research Group is focused on sustainable methodologies for the conversion of biomass to fuels and chemical precursors , the photochemical studies involve the application of nanomaterials to collect light and to transfer energy to metal complexes that release certain bioactive agents, and the third area of research is concerned with evaluating the quantitative chemical reactivities of small molecule bioregulators with biologically relevant metal centers.

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo is a poet, essayist, translator, and immigration advocate. This week, we had the honor of speaking with him about his latest collection of poetry, Cenzontle, which was chosen by Brenda Shaughnessy as the winner of the 2017 A. Poulin, Jr. prize and will be published by BOA Editions in 2018. We discussed his writing process, his work as a founder of the Undocupoets campaign, and even how his poetry has transformed since becoming a father. 

The Las Cruces UkeFest is hosted by the Las Cruces Ukes, a non-profit community group of ukulele enthusiasts in southern New Mexico. Last year they held their first full-scale festival to rave reviews and a sold-out venue!

For 2018, they’ve arranged for a larger theatre to fit all the ukulele lovers they expect to host. Here to tell us all about it are Cheryl Fallstead and Bob Hull.

Life in West Texas has inspired El Pasoan Jason Brewer to open Jackrabbit Trading where he creates hand crafted furniture and goods.

While he came to discover his talent for carpentry in a round about way, his Terlingua Chair has become a best seller. Here to talk Jackrabbit Trading is Jason Brewer.

A New York artist has been taking in the sights and sounds of the borderland for almost a year as the current resident at the Border Art Residency. The resulting films are about to be debuted next week at the El Paso Museum of Art and Rubin Center of the Visual Arts. This week, we visited with Cathy Lee Crane, artist and filmmaker, to discuss her approach to filmmaking and the experimental documentaries she's been creating along the border during her time at the Border Art Residency.

Would you like to learn the basics of playing folk guitar? Or, did you know that at one time, there were Mexican cowboys in Hawaii? This week we visited with Ian Wilson, Sheri Schwartz and Susan Sobin of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, better known as OLLI. They share details on the various classes offered to community members 50 years of age and older, and how one can take part in this continuing education opportunity.

Pouyan Nejadhashemi is an Associate Professor of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at Michigan State University. He's an authority on water and is particularly interested in water conservation. His latest research project is aimed at enhancing the understanding of how water interacts with upland soils, slopes, and land-management practices to impact water quantity and quality yields to streams and ultimately to reservoirs, and how these interact with unique combinations of lithology, soils, vegetation, micro-climate, and land toward achieving an environmentally sustainable and economically efficient system.

Local businessman Don Shapiro and author/filmmaker Valentin Sandoval have joined forces to build a creative center for established and emerging artists of all mediums. This week, the two joined us in-studio to tell us about this collaborative project, as well as their book, that is helping shape the future of El Paso's creative artistic community.

The Great American Trio is made up of Celeste Shearer on French horn, Jim Shearer on tuba and Dena Kay Jones on piano. They will perform a concert featuring the music of composer James Grant at the UTEP Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 7:30 pm.

The concert will also feature the world premiere of “Two Lovers Dream” by Memphis composer Tom Clary. Here to tell us all about it is pianist Dena Kay Jones and tube player Jim Shearer. 

The El Paso Holocaust Museum's "Power of Protest: Creative Activism Youth Workshop" is the museums' latest event aimed at local high school students. The workshop sets to discuss youth protest throughout history with a sneak peek at the museums' newest exhibit, The White Rose Resistance. Here to tell us more about this event taking place today until 4 PM, is the museums' Programming and Education Director, Jamie Flores.

Los Silver are one of the most important groups to come out of Ciudad Juarez and they are playing a special Mother’s Day Concert at Café Mayapan on Thursday, May 10, 2018. You're invited to reserve your seats to celebrate mom with the legendary group.

Here to tell us all about it are Carolina Franco, Valerie Rivas and Cemeli De Aztlan. 


A new thriller starring David Tennant as a psychopath whose serial killer proclivities are exposed by an amateur home burglar hit theaters this week in El Paso. This week, we discussed Bad Samaritan with the film's Director and Producer, Dean Devlin. The film is a departure for the famous producer of films like  Independence Day and Godzilla, and we discussed the making of both small and big films on this extended version of our conversation with Mr. Devlin.

The curtain has been raised on UTEP's Theatre Department and it's put them on the national stage. This week, we visited with UTEP Theatre Assistant Professor, Kim McKean and UTEP Theatre student and actress Ana K. Miramontes as they discussed the awards received at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for the department's production of Lydia.

The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance received the following awards:
•Outstanding Performance and Production Ensemble
•Outstanding Production of a Play
•Assistant Professor, Kim McKean received Outstanding Director of a Play
•Cast members Ana K. Miramontes, Gabriela Torres (now at Juilliard) and Antonio Romero, Jr., were recognized individually as Outstanding Performance by an Actress/Actor in a Play
•Outstanding Performance by a faculty guest artist Rebecca Rivas, assistant professor

Héctor D. Abruña is a professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Cornell University. This week, we discussed Abruña's current research efforts that takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of electrochemical phenomena. Abruña's research group addresses problems of electrochemical interest, from fundamental studies of battery and fuel cell systems to molecular electronics.


Li-Young Lee was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, to Chinese parents. His father had been a personal physician to Mao Zedong while in China, and relocated the family to Indonesia, where he helped found Gamaliel University. In 1959, the Lee family fled the country to escape anti-Chinese sentiment and after a five-year trek, they settled in the United States in 1964. Li-Young Lee is the author of multiple critically acclaimed books of poetry, and this week, we spoke with him about his newest collection of poetry, The Undressing, which investigates the violence and dispossession increasingly prevalent around the world, as well as the horrors he grew up with as a child of refugees.


Your local public library isn't just a place to check out your favorite books.  Library branches hold GED classes, family story time. film screenings, and Career Online High School courses.Joining us on this program are Margaret Neill, Mark Pumphrey, interim co-directors of the El Paso Public Library, and Jack Galindo, Marketing and Customer Relations Coordinator, to tell us more about what your local library can offer you!

On Saturday May 5, the El Paso Opera presents Mozart by Moonlight!

You're invited to experience the magical music of Mozart under the moon and stars and enjoy highlights of Mozart Operas sung by the opera’s quartet. Mozart by Moonlight will also feature a 30 piece orchestra under the direction of Bohuslav Rattay, musical director for El Paso Symphony Orchestra. 

Workshop of Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi (called Sandro Botticelli), Italian (Florentine), 1444 or 1445–1510, Madonna and Child, 1490s, tempera on wood panel. Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation to the El Paso Museum of Art.

The El Paso Museum of Art will unveil the newly renovated galleries of the Samuel H. Kress Collection of European Art on Friday, May 11, 2018. This is the first time that the Kress Collection has been comprehensively reinterpreted and reinstalled since the Museum moved to its current downtown location in 1998. 

For almost 5 years the Sunset Film Society has been presenting classic and contemporary films each week at the International Museum of Art and kicks off a new screening schedule in May. This week, we visited with Jay Duncan, Sunset Film Society founder and area film historian, to discuss what audiences can expect this month, as well as a special Star Wars event on May the 4th. 

More information at sunsetfilmsociety.org.