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Trent D. Hudley is a professor of English. He teaches in the Creative Writing MA Program at Regis University and at the Community College of Denver. He earned his BA from Metropolitan State University and his MFA from our very own University of Texas at El Paso. Hudley was, in fact, one of Daniel Chacón's students! This week's episode is a bit of a homecoming as we speak with Hudley about his collection of short stories, One of These Days.


We visit with Margaret Perez, outgoing executive director of the Better Business Bureau in El Paso, and with Marybeth Stevens, incoming executive director of the BBB in El Paso.  They join us to talk about how the BBB operates as a neutral 3rd party between the consumer and area businesses.  They also talk about how we can protect ourselves from various scams, IRS scams, and internet scams.

Tree pruning is both an art and a science. Tree health and longevity depends heavily on the care we give our trees during the dormant season. Good to Grow hosts share tips on how you can better care for your trees during the winter season.

There's no end to the number of borderland stories that can become movies, and one local indie filmmaker has not one, but three films about to roll out. We speak with writer and director Andrew Jara about his latest horror-thriller, The Last Ones, which became available for streaming on Amazon. It's all about making movies in the borderland for this week's On Film!

The annual UTEP Borderlands History Conference brings together scholars of Mexico's North and historians of the US-Mexico borderlands to deepen and advance the field of borderlands history. We visit with Miguel Juarez and David Robles as they share details on this year's conference, which will be held February 2-4, 2018.

The Film Salon is an ongoing monthly film series created by Charles Horak that’s devoted to the screening and appreciation of classic and important works of the cinema.

This year, the Film Salon is beginning 2018 with two new series, both topical: one about strong women, the other about political conspiracies. Here to tell us about it is film aficionado and host of KTEP's On Film, Charles Horak. 

The UTEP Dance Program presents, Iconic Pop, a celebration of pop music legends and those breaking new ground in the genre. Choreographed by the dance faculty, the evening promises dynamic dancing to an entertaining mix of old favorites and new hits. 

Dr. Andrew Doust is a professor of Plant Biology, Ecology, and Evolution at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK. While host Keith Pannell was on travels, he had the opportunity to speak to Dr. Doust about his field of interest as well as his most recent research findings. Dr. Doust primarily studies the evolution of plant morphology. His lab projects include the evolution of plant architecture in grasses, developmental genetics of domestication evens in foxtail millet and other grasses, and evolution of fruit shape and of seed oils.

Host Tim Hernandez gets the opportunity to speak with one of his favorite contemporary writers today - Manuel Paul López. López's latest work, These Days of Candy, truly depicts his creative power and he is certainly a name to watch in the years to come. López has co-edited numerous books and has had his own work published in Bilingual Review, Denver Quarterly, Hanging Loose, Huizache, and Puerto del Sol, among others. His work has been supported by the San Diego Foundation's Creative Catalyst Fund and he currently lives in San Diego, CA and teaches at San Diego City College.

Last month, President Trump announced that the U.S. will be moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The decision was received with various emotions across the world and this week, we speak with Rabbi Stephen Leon, of Congregation B'nai Zion, about what this decision means to Jewish communities on a global and local scale.

Though it may be a little too early in the season to stop and "smell the roses," it is certainly the perfect time to prune your roses in order to see some beautiful blooms come the spring. As a bonus, Good to Grow hosts share details on where you can go to get hands-on experience. 

Photographer turned City Representative for District 1, Peter Svarzbein discusses life as a working artist turned politician or, how to make your entire city an art project.

Part 2 of our interview with photographer and City Representative Peter Svarzbein.

In Hollywood, the road to the Oscar's is paved with a growing number of film critic and industry award ceremonies, lists, and galas. Russ Simmons, fellow member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, speaks with host Charles Horak about the winners as well as their time together last week at the 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards.

Tequila is a drink that is quickly associated with Mexico. But what is the drink's history? We visit with El Paso-born, UTEP alum, and Austin-based photographer Joel Salcido, as he discusses his upcoming exhibit Aliento a Tequila.  The exhibit opens tomorrow at the UTEP Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens and will remain on display through May 19, 2018. 

They may be the only lawyers on earth whose clients are all innocent. On this edition of ACT Radio, we continue our conversation with Joyce Tischler, co-founder and general counsel for the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Yamuna Krishnan, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Chicago, is making waves in the area of delivery of delivery systems. Krishnan, along with her research team, has developed an icosahedral DNA nanocapsule that can harbor molecular cargo as a payload on the inside, while displaying ligands of defined stoichiometry and spacing on the outside. This allows one to target these nanodevices to specific endocytic pathways in cells, in order to track and functionally image endocytic vesicles over long durations. 

Jennifer Howd has been building a mindfulness practice for a few years before taking on the challenge of her first nine-day silent meditation retreat. In her debut memoir, Sit, Walk, Don't Talk: How I Survived A Silent Meditation Retreat, she chronicles the humorous adventures of the dueling inner voices that emerge in the silence: one intent on focusing on the seemingly negative aspects of her experiences, and the other on helping her see the positivity that can come from them. Host Daniel Chacón talks to Jennifer Howd about her retreat and the process of producing this memoir.

The It’s Your World group invites artists of all school and age levels to submit entries for their upcoming It’s Your World Art Contest. All entries must have some component of recycled materials used in it. Winning artwork will be displayed at the El Paso Museum of Art.

Photos of entries are due by March 2, 2018, and here to tell us all about It’s Your World are Candace Printz, Angela Alvarez, and Jocellynn Ceballos. 

Rebuilding Trost is a networking and silent auction event that will happen on Friday, January 26th at Power at the Pass located at 1931 Myrtle. The event will feature a presentation by Lane Gaddy, one of El Paso's leading developers and owner of three major historic buildings in the heart of our city.

The event will also feature an auction of four original pieces of art created by Diego Robot and Tino Ortega created exclusively for the Texas Trost Society. Here to tell us all about Rebuilding Trost are artists Tino Ortega and Diego Martinez and Texas Trost Society President Malissa Grossman.

Mark and Fill Everything is currently on display at the Dream Chasers Club. The show is a collaboration between artists Briks and Cask that is about a couple of buddies—Mark the Dog, and Fill, a Snake who take spray cans and markers to everything they come across. The show is up through February 10th. Today, my guest is artist Briks.

Add a new native species to your garden. Plant a food you haven't tried before. Are these gardening resolutions? Or gardening tips? Well, we think they're both! Hosts Denise Rodriguez and John White share more ideas to help spruce up your garden for 2018.

Movies, for better or worse, help shape the way we see the world and an upcoming presentation will explore the ways in which filmmakers have shaped our perceptions of Mexican migrants. Samuel Rodriguez is our guest and he discusses his presentation Migration Through the Eyes of Musicians and FilmmakersThe presentation will be held at the UTEP Centennial Museum on January 25, 2018, and is free and open to the public. 

Host Keith Pannell is on the road and visits with Dr. Duane Gill, Professor and Head of Sociology at Oklahoma State University. His areas of specialization include disasters and contaminated communities. Dr. Gill has conducted research understand social and psychological impacts of the 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in Alaska and the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in coastal Alabama. Dr. Gill was part of a research team employed by the Gitga’at First Nation in British Columbia to assess potential impacts of an oil spill associated with the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project. He discusses his recent studies on natural disasters and the impacts communities can face in terms of social impact.


Jeffrey Engel is an award-winning American history scholar and the founding director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. He joins us this week to discuss his latest work, When the World Seemed New: George H. W. Bush and the End of the Cold War.

Tim Hernandez has the privilege of speaking with award-winning author, editor, and co-host of Words on a Wire - Daniel Chacón! Daniel and Tim discuss Daniel's latest work, The Cholo Tree. Daniel Chacón is author of five books of fiction and editor of A Jury of Trees, the posthumous poems of Andrés Montoya. He is co-editor with Mimi Gladstein of The Last Supper of Chicano Heroes: The Selected Works of José Antonio Burciaga. He is recipient of the Pen Oakland Fiction Award, a Chris Isherwood Foundation Grant, the Hudson Book Prize, and The American Book Award.


In the 1970s, the Mexican government adopted an initiative to promote family planning among its citizens.  IUDs, intrauterine devices, were one of the options available to women.  IUDs are considered Long Acting and Reversible Contraceptives, or LARCs, and their use in Mexico far outweighed their use in the United States.  Researchers at the University of Texas investigated the use of LARCs in Austin and El Paso, and they share some surprising results with us on this program.  We'll visit with Joseph Potter, PhD, principal investigator of the Texas Policy Evaluation Project; and Kari White, PhD, investigator of the Texas Policy Evaluation Project.

Happy New Year from Good to Grow! This year, we want to push you out of your comfort zone and try something new in your garden. Hosts Denise Rodriguez and John White share some new ideas you can incorporate into your garden to kick off 2018.

The new year brings with it a batch of fresh titles at the Film Salon, a monthly series located at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Kyle Alvarado is your host for this edition of On Film as he interviews the Film Salon founder, and your regular host for On Film, Charles Horak. They discuss the Salon's two newest series that kick off tonight and run through April 2018.

Dr. Vernon Carruthers is a professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Carruthers' expertise on parasites seeks to understand survival strategies employed by microbial pathogens during infection. We discuss his recent studies and discoveries on parasites on this edition of Science Studio.