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“It’s All About Her. Period.” This is the latest project launched by the Junior League of El Paso. They partnered with #HappyPeriod here in El Paso and together gathered over 1,000 menstrual hygiene kits for low-income and homeless women. Jennifer Giese and Praveen Patel of the Junior League of El Paso visit with us to discuss this project as well as others designed to help our community. 

In the past, we’ve encouraged you to plan your garden. Well, now is the time to put on your gardening gloves and get it done! This week, hosts shared tips on composting, veggies and flowers for your spring and summer gardens.

The Oscars, more formally known as the Academy Awards, are set to broadcast this weekend. The winners announced will join a list that includes some famous and rather infamous winners. Jack Fields, writer for Turner Classic Movies and GoldDerby, as we look back on the awards show history.

When we hear the term “street photography,” most of us get images of homeless people or old buildings. This week we visited with David Smith Soto, acclaimed street photographer, as he shared details on his latest upcoming exhibit. We also visited with Centennial Museum director Daniel Carey-Whalen and Professor Zita Arocha as they discussed Centennial exhibits, and an esteemed professor who will talk about past and present US-Cuba relations.

Photographer, Richard Baron previews The Empire of Texas – the first museum showing of 39 black and white images opening at the El Paso Museum of Art in March. 

Part 2 of our interview with photographer Richard Baron.

  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.