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WORDS ON A WIRE - Halloween / Día de muertos

Oct 30, 2021

In this special Halloween/ Día de muertos episode of Words on a Wire hosts, Daniel Chacón & Tim Z. Hernandez talk about legends, horror stories, altars, the meaning of death and the connection with our ancestors.

Special guests: Writer, Natasha Rangel telling us a legend from Venezuela; writer, Claudia Flores talking about a haunted hotel in El Paso; and poet, Zazil Collins who curated a playlist on Spotify just for this show.

The Rubin Center is proud to announce the commissioning of a site-specific piece by Japanese artist Gaku Tsutaja. Gaku uses drawing, sculpture, performance, animation and a deeply personal research process to explore the material culture and living history of the atomic bomb.

Enola’s Head is a motion picture theatre shaped like the nose part of the Enola Gay, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945 resulting in more than 140,000 deaths that year, and many more over time. 

WORDS ON A WIRE—David Romero

Oct 23, 2021

In this episode of Words on a Wire host, Tim Z. Hernandez interviews poet David Romero.

Romero is a Mexican-American spoken word artist from Diamond Bar, CA. Romero is the author of My Name Is Romero (FlowerSong Press), a book reviewed by Gustavo Arellano (¡Ask a Mexican!), Curtis Marez (University Babylon), and founding member of Ozomatli, Ulises Bella. Romero has appeared at over seventy-five colleges and universities in thirty different states in the USA.

Host Charles Horak welcomes Dutch Merrick, Prop Master, Hollywood Historian and member of local 44 of Property Craftperson,  IATSE. to discuss the events that led to negotiations.

WORDS ON A WIRE - Philip Goff

Oct 20, 2021


In this episode Daniel Chacón has a conversation with philosopher Philip Goff, one of the most influential thinkers of our time, especially with the publication of his new book Galileo‘s Error. 


Chacón and Goff talk about the writing process for philosophers, the hard problem of consciousness, panpsychism , and how science and philosophy can come together to give us a greater picture of reality. 


Interviewing from the UK, Philip Goff is a professor at Durham University and is host of the podcast Mind Chat.  

Host Louie Saenz welcomes Author Bill Armstrong to discuss his new book Uncle Ludy's Summer Camp.

Host Charles Horak welcomes El Paso native, Producer and partner at Starburns Industries James Fino to discuss the state of adult animation and the latest episode of PEN 15.

The El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s October concerts will pay tribute to the victims and survivors of the August 3, 2019 attack with a world premiere piece, El Paso Requiem, by Jorge Martin.  The piece was commissioned by Communities for Peace; a historic partnership of El Paso Opera, El Paso Pro-Musica, EPSO, the University of Texas at El Paso Music Department and the El Paso Community Foundation.

The world premiere of El Paso Requiem was originally intended to be performed last year to mark the one-year anniversary of the attack, but due to the pandemic and the suspension of all concerts, the premiere is rescheduled to October 22 and 23, 2021.

Mindy Escobar Leanse creates puppets and characters for new and existing work. Currently, she is working on a new production called Alibrijes, for which she is creating puppets and characters. 

Mindy has also done puppetry in New York, Off-Broadway and internationally and is commissioned by several companies to make puppets or as a consultant for puppet performance.

Paso del Norte international bridge
Angela Kocherga / KTEP



EL PASO -- The U.S. will lift pandemic travel restrictions at international bridges and border crossings next month, reopening the border to fully vaccinated individuals. This ends a nearly 19-month shutdown that kept people from visiting relatives and hurt U.S. businesses that relied on shoppers from Mexico.

"This is wonderful news, long-awaited news and long-overdue news," said U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-El Paso.

Host Charles Charles Horak welcomes Filmamker, Artistic Director and El Paso Film Festival creator Carlos Corral to discuss this years line-up and the festival's vision, mission and goals.

Chalk the Block returns to the El Paso Downtown Arts District the weekend of October 9 & 10, 2021.

Ben Fyffe provides all of the details about the annual event.

The International Museum of Art is hosting a group show titled Santa Fe to El Paso, which features the works of Carmen Navar, Michael Protiva, Terrance Flores and Ron Patterson. The show wil be on display through October 31, 2021.

Here to provide the details is artist Carmen Navar.

Stephanie Townsend Allala talks about changes in elder law during the pandemic with Louie Saenz.  The pandemic changed the way many did things and that includes legal documents for our aging parents or friends.   Stephanie has always been willing to share her knowledge with our KTEP listeners, she is an attorney specializing in elder law. 

Good To Grow - Flora Fest Plant Sale

Oct 7, 2021

For this episode, Denise and John talk about the fall plant sale that Flora Fest will be having on October 9, at 9 am. at the Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens. For more information, visit http://florafest.org

This program originally aired on October, 9th, 2021.

Femme Frontera is extending the deadline to submit your work to La Frontera Film.

They have designed a new program for an El Paso-Juarez filmmaking team, made up of BIPOC women, non-binary, and/or trans filmmakers, to create one short documentary together. 

Kathy Iandoli is a critically acclaimed journalist and author. Her work has appeared in numerous publications such as Billboard, VIBE, Pitchfork, and Rolling Stone. She has also held editorial positions at top hip-hop/urban websites.

In 2019, she released the book God Save The Queens: The Essential History of Women in Hip-Hop and in 2021 she released Baby Girl: Better Known As Aaliyah. Iandoli is an alumna-in-residence of Music Business at New York University and has appeared across the media, in television and on radio and panels discussing hip-hop and gender. 

Dr. Diana Natalicio passed away on September 24th at the age of 82.


She served as UTEP’s President from 1988-2019. Shortly before stepping down from her post she sat down in our studios to have a conversation with Louie Saenz. She talked about growing up in St. Louis, her love of baseball, and UTEP’s achievements during her Academic tenure.


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Successfully building a kinder world for animals requires an animal protection movement operating at its fullest potential. On ACT Radio, Greg, Liz and Tom talk with Aryenish Birdie, Executive Director of Encompass, about her nonprofit organization’s efforts to increase effectiveness in the animal protection movement by cultivating racial representation, equity, and interdependence while empowering advocates of the global majority.

El Paso will experience its very own Festival of Chariots, featuring a traditional parade of the ancient Ratha Yatra celebration. We are all invited to enjoy authentic Indian music/kirtan, theatrical performances, yoga, meditation/transcendental booths, a gift shop, and a vegetarian feast.

The El Paso Festival of Chariots will take place on Saturday, October 2, 2021 and will kick off at noon with the traditional Festival of Chariots (Ratha Yatra) parade.

Imperial Legacy Clothing, an El Paso black owned business, has just returned from New York Fashion Week.

The brother-sister duo comprised of Faith and Marcus Smith were featured in the “emerging artist” category where they showcased their clothing collections.

Texas Rangers Public Integrity Cases
Texas Observer

KTEP's Angela Kocherga talks to Lise Olsen, Texas Observer senior editor and reporter, about her investigative report "Justice for Some" in which Olsen examines more than 500 cases to see how and when Texas Rangers handle public integrity cases involving elected state officials and employees. Few officials are held accountable.

Border Crossers is a large-scale performance and participatory procession involving several lightweight robotic sculptures and the trans-border communities in El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico. 

Border Crossers will perform a peaceful, symbolic, “crossing” of the U.S. - Mexico border using the combined power of art, technology and community to create a radically positive and inclusive view of border culture. The project will culminate in a series of coordinated public ‘activations’ at multiple sites in the El Paso, Texas/Juarez, Mexico area in collaboration with the Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at The University of Texas at El Paso. 

Kerry Doyle is the Executive Director of the Rubin Center for the Visual Arts.  The Rubin Center’s fall season signals the return of building connections between students and international artists that exhibit at the Rubin Center. 

The fall exhibits include a site-specific work by Japanese artist Gaku Tsutaja and Border Crossers by Chico Macmurtrie.

Host Charles Horak welcomes his colleague Felipa Solis to On Film to discuss a new format to streaming called the Short Series.