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  Prepare beds for planting warm-season flowers and vegetables.  Incorporate a two to three inch layer of organic material such as compost, per hundred square feet of bed area.  Peat moss, although commonly recommended as a soil amendment for other areas, is not good to use here in the desert southwest.  If exposed to the air, peat moss will serve as a wick, thus removing moisture from the soil—the exact opposite of the situation you are trying to create.  

How many times have we judged someone solely on their looks, background or social status? We've all done it, and it's something we're not proud of, but an upcoming event is aiming to break those barriers and engage in conversation with your fellow El Pasoans. This week, we visited with Jamie Flores, Programming and Education Director of the El Paso Holocaust Museum, as she shared details with us on their next event Community Encounters: No Ordinary Words. This community event invites participants to share a meal together, while also sharing their own stories, viewpoints, and perspectives, in an effort to build bridges of understanding with one another and to get to know our community in a richer way.
For more details and to register for the event, visit elpasoholocaustmuseum.org

A Well-Fed World is a hunger relief and animal protection organization who's working towards world hunger relief and the end of animal suffering and abuse in the food industry. This week, we visited with Dawn Moncrief, Founding Director and Board Member of a Well-Fed World, to discuss her organization's mission and philosophy for a healthier humanity.
More information available at awfw.org.


Alejandro Briseño, University of Massachusetts at Amherst Polymer Science and Engineering, shares the groundbreaking work his research team has achieved through the study of organic and polymer semiconductor single crystals, polymer semiconductor devices and synthesis of novel organic and polymer semiconductors.

Poet, fiction writer and performance artist Norman Antonio Zelaya joins us this week to discuss his debut collection of stories titled Orlando and Other Stories. The book captures the pulse and humanity of San Francisco's Mission District through the eyes of a son of Nicaraguan immigrants. Host Tim Z. Hernandez has known Zelaya for over 20 years now and they finally get to reconnect with a piece of work that has been long awaited for.

EPCC Theatre Ensemble presents The Heiress by Ruth and Augustus Goetz. The production is directed by Ted Karber Jr. and runs from March 2nd through 11, 2018 at the EPCC Forum Theatre at the Transmountain Campus. Here to tell us about it is Director, Ted Karber Jr.

El Paso Mission Trail Association presents Danzas Espanolas, a night of Flamenco music and dance, Zarzuela Arias, poetry and sangria.  The performance takes place at 4pm today, February 24, 2018 at La Cueva Theater at 10180 Socorro road.  Director of Danzas Espanolas, Nina Gomez, details the performance.

Want to put together a salsa garden? Well, we may not be experts in the kitchen but we can share some garden tips to plant your tomato and chili seeds now that'll be ready to harvest come summer time. County Extension Agent, Denise Rodriguez, Garden Curator, John White, and Master Gardener Jan Petrzelka have these tips and much more on this week's Good to Grow.

You don't have to fly away to far away places to enjoy a contemporary film festival. The upcoming Las Cruces International Film Festival is just about to kick off and is only a short drive away! This week, we visited with Ross Marks, the festival's Executive Director, to discuss the screenings and special events attendees can expect this year.

For a full list of screenings, daily schedules, and ticket options, visit lascrucesfilmfest.com.



Larry Lesser, CETaL Director and Mathematical Sciences Department professor, joins us to discuss and play his new song “What We Carry Now”, inspired by current dialogue on gun violence and campus concealed carry.

It's no secret that J. Edgar Hoover hated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. From 1963-1968, COINTELPRO launched an aggressive legal, but mostly illegal surveillance against the Civil Rights Movement. New York Time's best selling author Steve Berry joins us again to discuss new thriller The Bishop's Pawn.

Most of us when we hear the acronym YWCA, we immediately think fitness. But have you ever thought of high school dropouts, teen pregnancies, finances, or dental hygiene? This week we visit with YWCA's Kayla Suarez and Diana Hastings as they share details on the variety of programs the YWCA has to offer for our community.

David Lewinksi

Many people believe that heart disease is irreversible. But plant-based nutrition can improve your health and actually reduce your chance of having a major heart attack. Acclaimed cardiologist and author Dr. Joel Kahn is our guest and he enlightens us on his transition from traditional cardiology practice to a holistic cardiologist. Dr. Kahn believes that plant-based nutrition is the most powerful source of preventative medicine on the planet and believes now is the time to focus on educating the public to eat clean, sweat clean and apply cutting-edge science to their lifestyle.

University of Vermont

Julia Perdrial is an assistant professor of geochemistry at the University of Vermont. As an environmental bio-geochemist and mineralogist, she takes a strong interdisciplinary approach to study low temperature environmental terrestrial and aquatic processes by combining experimental and field approaches. The aim of her research is to understand how the geosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere interact to shape the Earth’s terrestrial surface, now often termed the Critical Zone. This Critical Zone can be thought of as the skin of the earth: the terrestrial surface spans from the top of the canopy down to the bedrock - including groundwater - and provides us with water, nutrients and many other ecosystem services.

J.L. Powers is the award-winning author of three young adult novels, The Confessional, This Thing Called the Future, and Amina. She works as an editor/publicist for Cinco Puntos Press, and teaches creative writing, literature, and composition at Skyline College in California’s Bay Area. M.A. Powers has a PhD in the oncological sciences from the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He is currently a stay-at-home dad and lives in Maine. Broken Circle is his first novel written and the first novel the siblings have written together. 

Artist Humberto Hernandez known as DECK has tirelessly been working on a unique and distinct style for years.  For his first solo exhibition at Dream Chasers Club, titled DEConstruction, he chose to focus on abstract pieces.

DECstruction is a project created to show the correlation between color, shapes and lines. 

Artist Diego Martinez, best known for his “Robot” paintings, was born and raised on the El Paso/Juarez border.  His work features bright colors and is based on random thoughts and emotions that he’s feeling, or metaphors depicting a personal experience or tribulation he’s gone through.

Don't get caught up in the weeds! Take action now to control your winter weeds and your garden will thank you come the spring. Proper identification and timing are the keys to effective weed control, and Good to Grow hosts are here to help.

On June 12, 2016, a lone gunman entered the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, FL and committed one of the most horrific examples of mass murder in our modern history. A new documentary by an El Paso filmmaker explores the events and consequences of this tragedy and we meet with the director, Charlie Minn, to discuss his latest film. Minn's documentary, 49 Pulses, opens on February 23rd at Bassett Place Mall in El Paso.

Do you know your rights when interacting with immigration officials? This week we visited with the director of the Center for Inter-American Border and Studies, Dr. Joe Heyman, and discussed an upcoming program designed to help anyone who may have some misunderstandings about their rights. Whether you're interacting with officials at a checkpoint, airport, or a common carrier, this program is created with all your questions and worries in mind. 

David Plante is an American novelist, diarist, and memoirist. Plante’s work, for which he has been nominated for the National Book Award, includes Difficult Women and the widely praised Francoeur Trilogy--The Family, The Country, and The Woods. Host Louie Saenz has the opportunity to speak with Plante about his latest novel, American Stranger.

We're almost into mid-February and that exercise equipment you bought at the beginning of the year is started to collect dust. If that's you, don't be so hard on yourself! We revisit with licensed and registered dietitian, Jenifer Tharani, who shares some tips on setting "intentions" rather than "resolutions," and how to get you back on track for your 2018 goals.

Almost since the inception of cinema, African-Americans have contributed in front of and behind the camera. But many of the pioneers remain unknown to mainstream audiences. Frequent On Film contributor Felipa Solis joins us in the studio as we discuss some of the notable African-Americans who have contributed to our cinema and culture, and their legacy today.

Keith Pannell continues his visit at the University of Vermont. He visits the university's Department of Physics and has a conversation with Dr. Madalina Furis, who takes a particular interest in LED's. The Romania-born experimentalist's current research includes spin-polarized magneto-optical spectroscopy studies of nitride semiconductors, the time-resolved spectroscopy of nitride emitters and semiconductor nanocrystals, and magneto-optical Kerr rotation spectroscopy of ferromagnetic nanostructures.

Sergio Troncoso is the author of The Last Tortilla and Other Stories, Crossing Borders: Personal Essays, and the novels The Nature of Truth and From This Wicked Patch of Dust. Among the numerous awards he has won are the Premio Aztlan Literary Prize, Southwest Book Award, Bronze Award for Essays from ForeWord Reviews, International Latino Book Award, and Bronze Award for Multicultural Fiction from ForeWord Reviews. Troncoso has had much success nationally and internationally but has a special place right here in El Paso. We welcome him back to the border on this week's Words on a Wire.

Oscar Macchioni is a piano professor in UTEP’s Department of Music. He’s also a part of a trio called Piazolla da Camera who will be performing on February 17 at the Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall to promote their self-titled CD. 

Tino Ortega is an El Paso artists that combines elements of street and fine art to create colorful works of art. It could be said that the self taught artist creates a series of smaller paintings to make up a large image.

Despite the videos, books, and personal testimonies, there are many people across the world who insist that the Holocaust never happened. This week, we visited with Dr. Ezra Cappell from UTEP's Inter-American Jewish Studies Program and discussed Dr. Cappell's class, Confronting the Holocaust in Germany and Poland.

Jom Hammack is a professor of Behavioral Psychology at the University of Vermont. His research involves understanding the neurobiological mechanisms of stress, emotion, and resilience. His particular interest, however, focuses on the involvement of serotonin and stress-related neuropeptides in mediating the behavioral consequences of exposure to stressful stimuli, as well as the neurochemical changes mediating stress-resilience. As host Keith Pannell visited the University of Vermont for a series of presentations, he had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Hammack and discuss his interests and recent discoveries in his area of expertise.

Kimberly K. Williams is the 2012 Bright Harvest Prize Winner for poetry and received an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Texas at El Paso. As one of Daniel Chacón's former students, it is especially exciting to reconnect with old students and congratulate them on their success. We discuss Williams' first book of poetry, Finally, the Moon, and how it went from her master's thesis to print.