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Michael Strano is the Carbon P. Dubbs Professor of Chemical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. We discussed his latest research interests and discoveries, which include his ongoing research into Plant Nanobionics. 

It's been almost a century since she wrote her first novel, but Agatha Christie continues to captivate her readers with her mystery novels. This week, we visited with New York Time's best-selling author Laura Thompson to discuss her latest work, Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life. 

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Vivimarie VanderPoorten is a Sri Lankan poet. Her book Nothing Prepares You won the 2007 Gratiaen Prize.She was also awarded the 2009 SAARC Poetry Award in Delhi. This week, we had the privilege of speaking with VanderPoorten about her third collection of poems, Borrowed Dust. 

Warmer weather brings all sorts of visitors to your garden - some good, some are pesky. This week, we shared tips on how to control some of those unwanted guests. 


Host Charles Horak talks with journalist and author, Mark Harris, about his latest book Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War. The books follows 5 acclaimed Hollywood directors who covered WWII - John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra, and George Stevens. Mark explains what the directors were expecting when they went to war, and how they changed when they returned.

Author Isabel Quintero and illustrator Zeke Peña have come together to collaborate on the book Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide, from Getty Publications.

The book is “an evocative and poetic graphic biography about renowned Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide and her adventures around the world.” 

Metamorphosis: Trash to Treasure II is an exhibit of recycled art created by El Pasoans of all ages and backgrounds. It will be on display at the El Paso Museum of Art from April 21 to May 13, 2018 with a reception on Saturday, April 21 at 2pm. Here to tell us all about it are Kevin Burns and Candie Printz.

When we think of native desert plants, we often think of cacti. But for those of us who live in the desert southwest, we know that there are many fruit and flower-bearing plants in the area. This week we visited with the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens Curator, Good to Grow co-host, and a good friend to the station, John White as we discuss the upcoming annual native plant sale - FloraFest.

More details on the event found here.


Sir Fraser Stoddart received the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry jointly with Jean-Pierre Sauvage and Bernard L. Feringa for their design and production of molecular machines. We had the honor of welcoming Mr. Stoddart to our studio to discuss his work leading up to the prize, as well as what came to follow in his most recent research discoveries.

Nicaraguan poet Francisco Larios is the editor and translator of Los Hijos de Whitman, a collaboration of over 100 North American poems and poets and has turned it into an incredible representation of U.S. poetry. This week we had the privilege of speaking with Mr. Larios about this project.


How many times have we heard the questions "Are you on Facebook?" or "What's your Twitter account?". Social media is a huge monster, and for many, it's their only source for news. Award-winning reporter Diana Washington Valdez acknowledges that and has launched The Digie Zone - an online source for news and information.

The El Paso film community received a big boost this week when the city of El Paso voted to launch a grant-making program for filmmakers aimed at supporting local productions. This week we visited with Ben Fyffe and Rebecca Muñoz from the city's Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, and filmmaker and past grant recipient Angie Reza Tures to discuss the newly approved local filmmaker's program.


Animals make art, too! Alongside the El Paso Museum of Art's newest exhibition, Ethics Excess Extinction, view works painted by orangutans, seals, elephants, and tigers in collaboration with the El Paso Zoo’s Animal Enrichment Program.   Families are invited to tour the exhibition and drop in anytime for art-making activities in the museum's studio classrooms.  

The 2018 Nuevo Siglo Drama Festival takes place April 7 - 14, 2018. This year will feature performances by theater companies from Mexico, Cuba, Spain and El Paso. Tickets are free and will be distributed at the door on a first-come first-served basis beginning at 6 pm on the day of each performance. All performances begin at 7 pm. 

Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego

James Day is an Associate Professor in the Geosciences Research Division at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. James is a geologist and geochemist whose research focuses on volcanism and what the mineralogy and composition of rocks can tell about how the planets formed and evolved to their present-day states. He studies asteroids and products formed in the mantle of Mars, the Earth, and the Moon, and on this week's Science Studio we got to discuss all his areas of interests and expertise. 

Former UTEP MFA candidate, Guadalupe Garcia McCall was this week's special guest as we discussed her work and being a recent inductee into the Texas Institute of Letters! McCall is the author of Under the Mesquite, Summer of the Mariposas, and her poems for children have appeared in The Poetry Friday Anthology, The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School, and The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science.


According to the National Institute on Deafness, out of every 1,000 children born in the U.S., 2-3 will suffer hearing loss in one or both ears. El Pasoans Mr. and Mrs. David Barber's child lost his hearing at six months due to illness. We had the opportunity to visit with Mr. Barber as he discussed En Voz Alta, a local organization that provides hearing aids for children in the community.

The El Paso Museum of Art is currently showing Papel Chicano Dos: Works on Paper from the Collection of Cheech Marin.  In celebration of this exhibition, State of the Arts recently held a roundtable discussion with Cheech Marin and several community members at the El Paso Museum of Art.

Part 2 of our roundtable discussion with comedian, activist, and art collector Cheech Marin.

There are a lot of movies being made in the borderland, but few opportunities to see the work of the region's talented filmmaking community. A new festival 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. This week we visited with Carlos Corral, filmmaker and founder of the El Paso Film Festival, as he discussed a premier event for the El Paso Film Festival, as well as the long-term goals he hopes to achieve with this new project.


Many people used to think that in order to build muscles, you had to eat meat for quality protein. Now we know there's nothing inferior to plant-based protein. This week, we visited with Vanessa Espinoza, a vegan athlete and co-author of the book Plant-Based Muscle: Our Roadmap to Peak Performance on a Plant-Based Diet

Dr. Ryan M. Richards is a professor of chemistry at the Colorado School of Mines, currently making discoveries in what he likes to call his 'catalytic playground.'  The interface of the fields of catalysis and nanoscale materials is at the forefront of the quest for a sustainable future. Dr. Richards' research group is exploring the interface of nanoscale materials and catalysis by pursuing new methods to manipulate the preparation of materials at the nanoscale, examining the structure/activity relationships these materials exhibit, apply the nano-engineered materials in a spectrum of catalytic reactions to determine how their properties affect the process, combining in situ spectroscopy and modeling to gain mechanistic information, and collaborate with theoreticians and other instrumental specialists to develop a theoretical understanding of the properties associated with preparing and applying these systems in catalytic processes.

Host Daniel Chacón welcomes Dr. Brian Yothers as co-host for this week's edition of Words on a Wire when the two speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Matteson. Matteson is a professor of English and legal writing at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City and will be this year's keynote speaker at UTEP’s 33rd annual Literature Lecture. Before the big event, however, we got the opportunity to speak with Matteson about his book Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father.

The campus event will be held on April 5, 2018, at 7 PM at the Undergraduate Learning Center.



 Louie talks with Howard Campbell, UTEP Sociology and Anthropology chair, about his ongoing study of narcocorridos, a specialized version of songwriting that has its roots that date back at least a century and can be traced as a storytelling tool to Iberian talespinners.

The Porous Borders Symposium, will take place March 29 – April 1, 2018 in El Paso and Juarez. This  gathering brings together prominent scholars and architects to the U.S.-Mexico border to discuss a timely topic. 

A solitary 60-foot flagpole hoisting a large-scale white, cotton flag can now be seen on the El Paso–Juárez horizon. Embroidered on either side of the flag is the illustration of a “Mexican” golden eagle and an “American” bald eagle, each emblematic of their respective nation’s patriotism.

 This site-specific artwork, created by Texas-based artist and Black Cube Fellow Adriana Corral, stands as counter-monument for the Rio Vista Farm, a facility most notably recognized as a key processing center for the Bracero Program. 

For anyone who grew up in Mexico or along the U.S. border, the Mexican wrestler-turned film star, El Santo is a familiar character. The man who wore a silver mask in over fifty films would have been 100 now, and his first film, Santo Contra El Cerebro del Mal, has just been restored and will soon be available to see again. This week, we've visited with Viviana Garcia Besné as she tells us about the film's recent restoration project.

Dr. William R. Stockwell is an emeritus professor at Howard University Department of Chemistry and is currently doing some collaborative research in El Paso studying the atmosphere. Dr. Stockwell has made several fundamental discoveries in atmospheric chemistry through laboratory, computer modeling, and field experiments. He is an internationally recognized expert in Eulerian air quality models.

We often hear stories of men going through mid-life crises buying sports cars or doing whatever it takes to make them feel young. But how about buying a sailboat and heading off to become a competitive sailor? On this week's two-part book club, we visit with historian Nathaniel Philbrick to discuss his book, Second Wind. Then, we switch gears and visit with the queen of thrillers, Lisa Gardner and her latest Look for Me.

Barbara Jane Reyes is the author of Invocation to Daughters. She was born in Manila, Philippines, raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is the author of four previous collections of poetry, Gravities of Center (2003), Poeta en San Francisco (2005), Diwata (2010), and To Love as Aswang (2015). We had the privilege of speaking with her this week to discuss her latest collection of poetry.