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Host Charles Horak welcomes Jennifer Merin. President and Founder of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, AWFJ, "a non-profit organization founded in 2006. It is based in New York City and is dedicated to supporting work by and about women in the film industry.

Juan Ornelas is a proud El Pasoan, and a pop artist who calls his art style “Chuco Pop.” He’s an acrylic painter who uses the beautiful, quirky, binational culture clash of the US - Mexico border to create pop art influenced by this unique part of the world.

His current exhibition at Galeria Lincoln titled “Juanted, Pop Art Expressions by Juan Ornelas” consists of thirty new works and runs through the end of July 2021.

Ceramist Phillip Romero has teamed up with art teacher Alicia Villalobos to create a unique art space for people of all ages called Can Do Community Art Studio.

At Can Do, people can create paintings, drawings and ceramics. 

Approximately 300 dogs and cats were flown by private planes out of a crowded El Paso animal shelter in one of the biggest non-disaster pet rescues in history. On ACT Radio, Greg, Liz, and Tom chat with Tim Woodward, Executive Director of Animal Rescue Corps, about this amazing mission to send companion animals to regions of the country where they’re sure to be adopted quickly. They also discuss the various ways you can help support companion animals in our community as well as Animal Rescue Corps’ other large-scale rescue work to help abused and neglected animals in puppy mills, hoarding cases, and animal fighting rings. 

Lee and Bobby Byrd
Angela Kocherga / KTEP

Bobby and Lee Byrd  raised the profile of books about the border, Mexican-American culture and more. The husband and wife started Cinco Puntos press in their home in El Paso’s Five Points Neighborhood in 1985. Their small publishing company helped launch the careers of award-winning authors.

El Paso Summer Musical Theatre Intensive returns with the Broadway hit Godspell! Performances will run from July 8th through the 11th, 2021 at Keystone Heritage Park.

Rap Seminar is a Hip Hop education and promotion platform that showcases the literary techniques of underground rappers via social media and live or virtual workshops. They also provide lyrical analysis and Rap Stat services to emcees, record labels, and academics seeking statistical data about the literary skills that Hip Hop artists employ.

Aside from these endeavors, Rap Seminar is creating an artist development support system, and has a line of clothing for the lyrically minded available at rapseminar.com

Host Charles Horak welcomes El Paso Director Manuel Crosby and Producer Brandon Kraus to discuss their new indie film "First Date", it's Summer release date and it's mainstream appeal.

Driven by a responsibility to integrate past and present stories of land and foodways in the Paso del Norte region and beyond, La Semilla Food Center and Zeke Peña are collaborating on a zine about our national food policy (the Farm Bill).

Set in Vado, NM, the zine breaks down the policy's history and its impact on communities.  It is at once a work of art, history, archival research, and storytelling. They hope it can get folks excited to work on policy changes to the Farm Bill, and on all food policy, from the federal to local levels.

Cult Studios is a studio and shop which serves as open studios for local creatives Agaah Hat Co, contemporary jewler Jess Tolbert and painter Ivan Calderon. 

The Hawai'ian Islands are ground zero for the aquarium trade where reef fish are captured and trafficked for hobbyists’ tanks. At any given moment, 28 million fish are in the aquarium trade pipeline and many die within a year of capture, generating even more demand. On ACT Radio, Liz and Tom talk with writer, producer and director Paula Fouce about her new film,
 The Dark Hobby,
 which exposes this ongoing crisis and follows a group of Native Hawaiian Elders, conservationists, and scientists in their fight to ensure the survival of reef wildlife.

Are you trying to live more sustainably? One of the best weays to do so is to change your diet.

 On ACT Radio, Liz and Tom talk with Monica Chen, Executive Director of the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition about their fact-based, engaging presentations on the true impacts of animal agriculture and how they can support you, your friends, co-workers, and other community members in making more sustainable and humane choices.

Pfc. Christian Alvarado booking photo
El Paso Police Department

EL PASO -- Pfc. Christian Alvarado has begun serving an 18 year, three month sentence for sexually assaulting fellow solider  Asia Graham and another woman. He was aquitted for sexually assaulting two other women. Judge Robert Shuck sentenced Alvarado on Friday after a week of emotional testimony from victims and Alvarado who took the stand in his own defense during the court-martial.  

The Remains of COVID is a project inspired by the sudden death of Daniel Hernandez’ beloved mother Lucia. After she passed, he sat for days in his childhood home surrounded by her personal items.

The COVIDing of Lucia (condlences from…) is a small series of stark still lifes of the withering sympathy floral arrangements Hernandez received that capture love, life, decay, and death.

The Remains of COVID is collaborative effort and Hernandez is inviting those who have lost a loved one to share images.

The El Paso Museum of History is sharing virtual programming through the month of June celebrating Pride Month. Youth from toddlers to teens can learn more about LGBTQ+ history from the EPMH’s youth library’s recommended readings, discussing topics such as activism, gender identity, and more.

LGBTQ+ national and local histories will be shared through social media History Highlights. On June 28th, 2021, also known as Pride Day, EPMH will open the virtual exhibition Historias: Pride Edition, featuring oral histories from members of the El Paso LGBTQ+ community.

Jim Ward is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the band Sparta; he is also a co-founder of the post-hardcore band At the Drive-In, which he formed in 1994 when he was 17 years old.

Today, we’re here with Jim to talk about his solo full length album release titled “Daggers” which was released this week. 

Part 2 of our interview with Jim Ward, talking about his new album titled "Daggers."

Host Louie Saenz welcomes writer, editor and reseacher, Jess McHugh to discuss her new book, Americanon, which uncovers why other books might serve as blueprints for the molding of our common language, culture and customs. Now available.

Host Louie Saenz sits down with Ruli's International KItchen owner and chef Ruli Gonzalez to discuss the recovery of his and other restaurants after the pandemic.

On Film - Pride Month

Jun 7, 2021

Host Kyle Alvarado welcomes guest Steven Mansfield to discuss "Queer Films" throughtout the decades and how the landscaped has changed in today's society.

Host Daniel Chacon welcomes Poet David Campos and Artist Maceo Montoya to discuss their new work, American Quasar, a visual-textual collaboration.

Juan Galceran creates contemporary art he calls “Textured Momentism” in which he projects video onto his paintings. He has a show titled “Mystic Bonds of Place and Time” on exhibit at the EPISD Stanton Gallery located at 1014 N. Stanton.

You can see his textured momentism works in person through July 19th, 2021. 

The Toltec Tiki Room is a tropical tiki bar located in the heart of historic downtown El Paso. They offer guests the opportunity to escape to a tropical staycation while enjoying classic tiki cocktails paired with Polynesian bites and rum drinks that you may or may not remember.

Mexico National Guard overlooking Rio
Corrie Boudreaux / El Paso Matters


CIUDAD JUAREZ – The figures in pale camouflage uniforms are visible in key spots along this border, from the fence jutting high above the desert in Anapra to the muddy banks of the shallow Rio Grande near downtown Juárez. 


“These points are strategic,” said a Mexican National Guard member in Juárez who did not want his name used because he is not authorized to do interviews. “The flow of migrants is reduced because of our presence here.” 


Good to Grow's Denise and Jan have tips on gardening and information on the 2021 Master Gardener Intern Trainning program.