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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. 


Immigration reform has always been a political football in our American system. This week, we feature a conversation with Dylan Corbett, Director of the Hope Border Institute, who tells us about efforts underway to help immigrants in our border region.

Sleeping with Lions is an exhibit of new works by Star City gallery owner Pat Olchefski-Winston. The paintings are inspired by her trip to Africa in October 2017, which included a five-day safari and another five days living on preserve for endangered giraffes. 

Rick Enks Uribe is a tattoo artist, body painter and muralist from the borderland. He gained national attention when he was the season 3 winner of TV body paint competition SkinWars.These days Rick works at El Paso tattoo shop Inklanation and travels the world doing different forms of art. 

The Sundance Film Festival is one of the nation's most influential events celebrating emerging and established filmmakers and is also one of the first opportunities for theatre programmers to see movies that we'll all be talking about later in the year. This week we visited with Robert Saucedo, Programming Director for Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, who has just returned from Sundance and gives us a report on the movies and trends that will be rolling out in 2018.

Everything's coming up roses! From pruning to planting, roses are in the ground and in the garden center. They are also America's favorite flower and can be purchased as cut flowers or as live plants. This week, we share some tips to help you maximize your gardening efforts.

When we hear about the Civil Rights Movement in the 60's, there are a lot of people come that come to mind. The University of Texas at El Paso has the honor and privilege of hosting one prominent activist as part of the African American Studies Program Lecture Series. This week we visited with Dr. Michael Williams, director of the African American Studies Program, as he shares details on Angela Y. Davis' visit to kick off the program's lecture series.

Some people might be surprised to learn that animal activism is on the rise in Ciudad Juárez. We visit with Dr. Ivan Sandoval Cervantes, who is developing a new project that examines the emergent animal rights movement in Mexico. Dr. Sandoval Cervantes is a Cultural Anthropologist from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Dr. Todd Halihan is a professor of geology at the Boone Pickens School of Geology at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Halihan's particular interest is beneath our Earth's surface. He has a background in both geology and physics, he's also a professional driller and is a divemaster! Dr. Halihan has many areas of expertise which made for an insightful and entertaining program on Science Studio this week.