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Borderland COVID-19:​ In this special edition of The Weekend host Angela Kocherga examines the impact of the Coronavirus in the El Paso region. From a shutdown of the border to all but essential travel to the challenges families face trying to maintain social distancing and more.

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During this time of social distancing due to the COVID-19 virus, most arts organizations have put their exhibits and productions on hold. 

We at State of the Arts would like to know how you are continuing to be creative at this time.  We've set up a hotline where you can leave a message telling us how you are keeping your artistic and creative juices flowing.  Please call (915) 201-0626 and leave us a message telling us what you are doing to stay creative. 

Here is a small sampling of the calls we received this week.

Artist Pilo and I had already pre-recorded a segment for what what was to be the opening his first solo show of paintings called Futuro Dos at Galeria Lincoln.

As we all are aware, an international pandemic is upon us and rather than scrapping a segment with Pilo, we decided to record another interview. Circumstances are a bit different, we’re doing this interview via Zoom from my living room.

Anne Giangiulio is a graphic designer and UTEP professor.  Via social media, I’ve been observing her naviagate her new normal of teaching graphic design from home all while keeping her kids busy…they’re getting pretty crafty over there. 

I asked her to share some of the fun projects she and her kids are creating these days.

Dr. Pannell welcomes former Secretary of Education, Margaret Spellings to discuss the many facets and fallacies of the American educational system. 

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Host Louie Saenz welcomes Kate Winkler Dawson, author of Death in the Air and seasoned documentary producer, whose whose work has appeared on network television and the PBS News Hour.

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