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Over the summer, the Words on a Wire hosts likes to take a little break and dedicate the time to more reading and writing. This week, we begin our summer series where we listen back to our favorite conversations from our most recent season and to start us off is our conversation with Erika L. Sánchez!
Erika L. Sánchez is a poet, fiction writer, and essayist and we revisit our conversation about her book of poems Lessons on Expulsion.

El Paso Museum of Art and the Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez present the 5th Transborder Biennial, marking a decade of collaboration in one of the world’s densest metro borderplexes. Jurors Gilbert Vicario, Selig Family Chief Curator at the Phoenix Art Museum, and Carlos E. Palacios, Curator at Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, worked with MACJ staff and EPMA Curator Kate Green to select artists for the exhibition, which is presented simultaneously at EPMA and MACJ. 

El Paso Museum of Art and the Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez present the 5th Transborder Biennial, marking a decade of collaboration in one of the world’s densest metro borderplexes.  Two artists that are part of this year’s biennial, Leon De La Rosa-Carrillo and Abraham Avila, discuss their work.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder - but that's not always the case when it comes to weeds. Spurge, bindweed, and puncturevine are common weeds this time of the year. But first, you need to identify them in order to control them. This week, we share tips on how to tend to your garden if facing an issue with weeds.

The local film community has seen the launch of several programs lately to financially support the production of movies in the borderland. One new project hopes to add not just financial help, but training and advice as well. The Dogma 18 Project is designed to foster cooperation and increase short-filmmaking and increase short filmmaking in the region, and here to tell us more about it are two of the project's creators and facilitators Austin Savage and James Arrabito.

Are you making a difference in someone's life? Have you read, or seen a presentation that's impacted you? This week, we visited with Dr. Gina Nuñez, Director of Women and Gender Studies here at the University of Texas at El Paso. Dr. Nuñez shared details on this year's Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS) Summer Institute, which is an organization of Chicanas/Latinas and Native American women working in academia and in community settings with a common goal: to work toward the support, education and dissemination of Chicana/Latina and Native American women’s issues. 

More information: malcs.org & malcs.utep.edu.

It's hot, hot, hot! And we need to keep ourselves and our plants healthy throughout the summer heat. This week, we shared tips on how to water efficiently this season.


Every summer Science Studio likes to take a little break and look back on all the guests from this season. This week, we begin our "Best Of" selection by revisiting our conversation with Sara Seager, an astrophysicist and planetary scientist at MIT, who has dedicated her research on theory, computation, and data analysis of exoplanets. Her research has introduced many new ideas to the field of exoplanet characterization, including work that led to the first detection of an exoplanet atmosphere.

Annie Lanzillotto is an American author, poet, songwriter, director, actor, and performance artist. Lanzillotto and host Tim Hernandez have a history together, as Lanzillotto was one of his mentors at Naropa University. This week, the two had the opportunity to reunite and discuss Lanzillotto's latest work, Hard Candy/Pitch, Roll Yaw.

Where can you go to see various species of birds, participate in sun salutations, and enjoy live music performed by African drummers?  This week, Mike and Rubyann Gaglio joined us to share more details on the upcoming Summer Solstice Party at the Keystone Heritage Park & El Paso Desert Botanical Garden.

More information available here and on Facebook.

In the work of artists Jessica Hankey and Erin Johnson, theatricality is a means of enlarging the self and creating new realities. In their multi-channel video installation Salidas y Entradas | Exits and Entrances, participants from three of El Paso’s senior centers explore the boundaries between rehearsal, improvisation, performance, and critique. 

Paradox Traveling Art is mobile art installation created by El Paso/Juarez artist Laura Turon which is housed within a converted school bus. We first checked in with Laura when she was first taking her bus to the streets, and today we catch up with her to see how you can make your own three-dimensional abstract images using the paradox drawing system and see your art become part of the traveling art installation. 

The summer blockbuster season is upon us, and the Star Wars franchise has a new entry that Disney hopes will expand their future Lucasfilm roster. Frequent On Film contributor Jeanna Creel joined us to discuss the pros and cons of the latest Star Wars spinoff and also review the 19th-century arctic adventure horror miniseries, The Terror.

Do you enjoy talking about different topics? Sometimes, making sure your side is heard? Well, now you have your chance. This week we visited with Norma Gradsky, Mike Brookes, and Alexis Vega to learn more about The Talk of Texas, and how you can be part of their summer camp.

Michael Campbell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Howard University. This week, we discussed Campbell's ongoing research in a very prominent, and very delicate, topic - what's the color of your skin have to do with race? Campbell's research team aims to understand the genetic basis of complex diseases that disproportionately affect African and African American populations. His main research interest revolved around studying the levels and patterns of African diversity to expand current knowledge concerning relationships among African populations, demographic history and modern human origins.

Donal Hall is an American poet, writer, editor, literary critic, and is considered one of the major American poets of his generation. We've had the pleasure of having Mr. Hall on the program several times before, each ending on the assumption that would be his last book. However, Mr. Hall proves his passion for writing is strong and persistent, and this week, we had the opportunity to discuss his latest work, A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety

We all feel anxious from time-to-time. Some of us, however, cannot handle the emotions as well as others. This week, we visited with Fabiola Ekleberry, Kathy Giovas and Georgina Sanchez who discussed details on the 2nd annual Trauma and Resilience in the Borderland Conference.

More information on the event and registration available here.

Though it's still Spring, climbing temperatures may have you thinking otherwise. However you choose to spend your summertime, we hope that you spend a little time in the garden. We share some outdoor watering tips to keep you cool while keeping your wallet happy.

Few of the 20th century's movie stars are as iconic, or globally-recognizable, as Marilyn Monroe. An upcoming stage play will survey some of the famous blonde's film and musical moments, as well as her turbulent relationships and private life. This week, we visited with Erin Sullivan, who performs as Marilyn Monroe, in the stage adaptation With Love, Marilyn

More details and tickets available here.

Dr. Adriana Dominguez, Director of Audience Development for the Department of Theatre and Dance, visits with us to give us an insight on what the UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance has planned for the summer, as well as a quick peek into their next season.

More information on the summer camps can be found here.

Now in its 8th year, Neon Desert Music Fesival has become a downtown El Paso staple. This year features music of all genres including Mexican alternative rock band Café Tacuba, Columbian electro pop group Bomba Esterio, hip hop superstar Lil Wayne and Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane.

Here to tell us about everything happening at Neon Desert is artist hospitality manager Caroline Vazquez.

Since early 2018 Kate Green has held the position of Curator at the El Paso Museum of Art. Formerly, she served as Guest Director of Marfa Contemporary, Curator of Education and Exhibitions at Artpace, Curatorial Assistant at MoMA PS1, and Educator at Dia Art Foundation.

Aside from the upcoming border biennial, Green is currently working on an exhibition at the El Paso Museum of Art which will feature works by José Guadalupe Posada and Augustin Victor Casasola alongside new and commissioned artworks by Andrea Bowers, Rafa Esparza, and Cruz Ortiz. 

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.