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Host Tim Z. Hernandez welcomes back Software engineer  Joshua Rubin whose travels to El Paso landed him at the gate of the Detention Center in Tornillo and was the inspiration for the documentary "Witness at Tornillo".

Host Louie Saenz welcomes Best-selling and former National Geograpic reporter Author Bryan Christy to discuss his new novel "In the company of Killers."

Host Charles Horak welcomes back Film Frontera's Angie Reza Tures and Laura Bustillos Jaquez .

Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director and CEO Stephen Wells returns to  ACT Radio to talk with Liz and Tom about some of the cases that ALDF has been involved in and the work they have done to protect the rights of animals.  Stephen recounts the effors to free Tony The Tiger as ALDF sought to amended a petition to intervene in an ongoing lawsuit against the state of Louisiana, as part of its campaign to free

UTEP Campus
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In this edition of The Weekend, University of Texas at El Paso President Heather Wilson discusses UTEP's 10-year strategic plan with KTEP's Angela Kocherga. The plan focuses on strengths but also the challenges ahead for UTEP and students seeking a higher education in our region.  UTEP's president also talks about community engagement, a cyber intrusion on campus and  the university's newly-hired men’s basketball coach.  

We an emphasis on volunteer programs, this week Good To Grow focuses on the Trans-Pecos Texas Master Naturalist Program.  The program is to develop a group of well-informed volunteers to provide education,outreach and service in the areas of Land Ethics, Archeolgy and Ornithology.  Denise and John talk with Joe Arteaga, President of the Trans-Pecos chapter about the upcoming training.

Armando Eleazar was born and raised in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. He is a self-taught dancer who began performing at age 18. He received his BFA from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and his recent work includes appearances in West Side Story as Bernardo at the Moonlight Amphitheatre. He is currently a Bernardo understudy and swing in the Broadway revival of West Side Story. 

The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance presents Lysistrata, a performance about history’s first sex strike. It was adapted and directed by Jay Stratton with choreography by Tawanda Chabikwa.

This event also signals the department’s first live event since the pandemic began, and will take place outdoors with limited seating. 

The Rubin Center presents Torque, Stress, Compression, Expansion, a selection of key works from their permanent collection.  The exhibition is curated by Exhibitions Coordinator, Jose Krapp.

Torque, Stress, Compression, Expansion is a selection of works chosen by Jose in response to his first read of the works in the care of the Rubin Center. 

The Border Art Residency is accepting applications for its summer artist residency, which takes place from June 1 - August 1, 2021. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 23, 2021.

The artist-in-residence is provided a fully furnished living and work space, a $600 monthly stipend, and paid utilities, with the exception of phone and internet. 

Colorado artist Carissa Samaniego is the Border Art Residency’s current resident artist. She was chosen to be the first artist to break in their new studio and living space in El Paso’s Five Points neighborhood.

Samaniego is a sculptor who works in various media and with unconventional materials to create pieces that represent the place she works in, to find distinct ways of knowing that are emblematic of their site of origin. 

You're invited to join the Green Hope Project kickoff on April 17th, 2021 from 10am to noon.  The kickoff event includes their famed trash to treasure awards ceremony featuring special guests Congresswoman Veronica Escobar, Michael Reynolds and Ellen Smyth.

The project will also feature workshops throughout the months of April & May. 

The City of El Paso has announced timelines to phase in the reopening of various quality of life services. The El Paso Museum of Art and the El Paso Museum of History are currently open, as well as the Downtown Art and Farmers Market.  

Here to tell us about it is Director of  Cultural Affairs and Recreation, Ben Fyffe.

Prospect Spirits is an El Paso distillery that is making handmade products right here in the Sun City.

So far, their spirit offerings include Free Range Vodka, Alley Cat Gin, and Brindle Bourbon.

Artist Ivan Calderon earned his degree in Painting & Drawing at UTEP and has since exhibited work nationally in New York and Texas.

Ivan has an active presence in the El Paso art scene, he has been a teaching artist at the El Paso Museum of Art and he’s also taught at Creative Kids.

ACT Radio hosts Tom Linney and Liz Walsh discuss the vegan lifestyle with Jeff Sebo. Clinical Associate Professor of Environmental Studies; Affiliated Professor of Bioethics, Medical Ethics, and Philosophy; Director of the Animal Studies M.A. Program

Host Keith Pannell welcomes special guest, Kerry Doyle, Dr. Alex Mayer and Paola Lopez Ramirez to discuss the events surrounding this event and it's purpose on a local and global level.

The Weekend - Political Scientist Dr.Tony Payan

Mar 31, 2021

Host Louie Saenz welcomes Political Scientist Dr. Tony Payan to discuss politics on the border and what lies ahead for 2021 and the Biden Adminstration.

Host Daniel Chacon welcomes author and musician Ted O'Connell, winner of the Tobias Wolff award in fiction to discuss the creative process.

Host Charles Horak welcomes filmmaker Carlos Del La Torre to discuss marquis movie franchises extending their reach into our homes.

Mothers on Paso del Norte bridge
Angela Kocherga / KTEP


CIUDAD JUAREZ --  The Biden administration is grappling with a huge logistical and humanitarian challenge on the Southwest border, where about 5,000 unauthorized migrants are crossing on average every day.

About half of the migrants are allowed to stay in the U.S. and ask for asylum, and the rest are turned back to Mexico, according to a senior Border Patrol official who spoke on condition of anonymity to reporters on Friday. 

The El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival is accepting submissions for Local Flavor, El Paso’s largest annual showcase of locally made and connected films.

The film series is open to short, and feature-length films of various types. 

Bowie High School Culinary Arts teacher Chris Puga has gained a following on his virtual cooking show for kids.  Top Chef Junior has even called him to ask for names of some of El Paso’s most talented young chefs. 

You can watch the Camp Puga cooking show on Facebook Live every Sunday at 6pm to learn a new recipe.  

informal workers window cleaner
Corrie Boudreaux / El Paso Matters


EL PASO -- A year after the U.S. border was closed to all non-essential travel, the pandemic has underscored an informal economy that many fronterizos prefer not to talk about even as they struggle to adapt to a new reality.


“We were quickly trying to scramble and figure out what we do next,” said Patricia, a single mother of three in El Paso. Her family relied on a woman from Ciudad Juárez to help care for her ailing grandmother.  


Orange Brick Eclectic is a space built for creatives and musicians to come together and support one another.

They recently had their grand opening with an event called Artists Helping Artists which featured a group art show with music by several local bands.