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Roberto Avant-Mier (PhD, University of Utah) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at UTEP, and Research Fellow in the Sam Donaldson Center for Communication Studies. He is also affiliated faculty with Chicano Studies at UTEP.

His main research areas include Latino/Chicano culture & identity, popular music studies, and most recently, cinema & film studies. But today, he is here to talk about…SPORTS!

Chica Chat is a 501(c)3 dedicated to the growth of all women in El Paso, Texas, with the mission to empower them through entrepreneurship, leadership skill development, and networking.

They’ve created a great marketplace called Jefa Market which showcases locally owned women’s businesses.

Pandemic Christmas Decorations
Angela Kocherga / KTEP News

EL PASO-- The holidays during the pandemic are filled with anxiety and heartache that extends to both sides of the border.  In Juarez, the Castillo family is in mourning confronting the first Christmas without their patriarch. “He had this gift of helping others,” said Michell Castillo remembering her father.

In El Paso COVID-19 nearly claimed the Perez family matriarch.  “We’re terrified,” said Jennifer Perez about the current deadly surge in cases. Her mother was sickened by COVID this summer.

“I almost died,” said Inocencia Perez.

At the start of the pandemic in March 2020, the Femme Frontera Showcase was unsure of its future.  They decided to power through the pandemic and ended up hosting a great showcase.

Today, we’re going to check in with one of Femme Frontera’s organizers Angie Reza Tures and two of the featured filmmakers Xotchil Rodriguez and Jackie Barragan.

Sugar Rush is a Netflix program where bakers from all over the world compete to win $10,000.

The upcoming second season of Sugar Rush Christmas features an El Pasoan, Ana Mariela Dominguez.

Adi Kanlic is an attorney by day and musician by night. He’s an El Pasoan living in Chicago and his band The Lusitania, is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their Rain and Rivers album.

Charles Horak is the host of the KTEP program On Film.  He joins us today to let us know more about the ever-changing film industry during a pandemic. 

ACT Radio - Ted Kemp

Nov 9, 2020

Ted Kemp is Managing Editor for CNBC International Digital. Ted reported from Thailand, Burma, Hawaii and elsewhere for the fascinating, prime time CNBC documentary, “Oceans of Crime.” The multibillion-dollar outlaw fishing industry is funded by anyone who eats animals like salmon, tuna, or swordfish but few are aware of the human and environmental wreckage left in its wake. It’s estimated that 90 percent of American seafood is imported, and more than a quarter of the fish caught at sea is captured illegally--with no regard for the law, national sovereignty, or the future of the species themselves. On this week’s Act Radio, Ted will take us inside a disturbing and ongoing crime story set in one of the most lawless places on earth: our oceans, where perpetrators traffic in an illegal product, and front-line workers are modern day slaves.

Businesses remain open amid shutdown order
Angela Kocherga / KTEP News

EL PASO --A district court judge in El Paso upheld a county order to shut down non-essential businesses to slow the spread of Covid.

Judge William Moody reject a request for a temporary injunction on Friday saying while there is no legal precedent there is a historical one. He used the 1918-1919 pandemic as his guide and actions taken by local officials in Texas cities and counties. 


Dr. Ogechika “Oge” Alozie is an infectious disease specialist serving patients in El Paso, Texas. Dr. Alozie is board-certified in infectious disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). He is also board-certified in clinical informatics by the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM), making him one of less than 100 such certified physicians in the state of Texas.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP). Dr. Alozie received his medical degree from the University of Benin – Faculty of Medicine in Benin, Nigeria. He completed his residency and internship in internal medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center, followed by his fellowship training in infectious disease at the University of Minnesota.

He was honored to be recognized as 2016 “Best Physician in the City” by City Magazine, El Paso. He was also awarded the “Pharmacy Award for Innovative Practice” by the El Paso Pharmacy Association in February of 2018. As an infectious disease specialist Dr. Alozie believes patients’ care is the most important part of medical care.

On this episode of El Paso Prime Time, Dr. ALozie and Dee Woo talk frankly about the surging numbers in COVID-19 cases as of October 23, 2020, and what kind of strategies families can do to get through the upcoming holidays.

Social gatherings
Angela Kocherga / KTEP News

EL PASO -- The governor of Texas is helping El Paso set up a field hospital at the convention center and the county judge has imposed a nightly curfew from 10pm to 5am to keep more people at home and stop rampant community spread.

But the night before the curfew took effect as officials urged El Paso residents to stay home amid a record-breaking surge in COVID-19 cases and hosptializations, social gatherings continued.

UTEP mobile COVID testing site
Angela Kocherga / KTEP News

EL PASO -- El Paso is struggling with contact tracing, a crucial means of slowing the spread of COVID-19, as it experiences one of the nation’s worst outbreaks of the disease.

In recent weeks, the number of people notified within 48 hours that they were exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 plummeted from 88 percent on Oct. 1 to 32 percent on Oct. 23, the day a record 1,216 El Pasoans tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Multimedia sculptor Angel Cabrales has set up his election season inspired art installation, "A-Hole in One: The Battlegrounds" at Galería Lincoln in El Paso.

All you have to do is show your I Voted sticker in order to participate in the art installation. The states included in the installation are swing states.

Veronica "Fox" Grijalva, has created Desert Gems Coloring Gallery, a coloring book for a mature audience which brings together the work of eight El Paso artists, herself included.

In today's episode listen to host Tim Z. Hernandez talk to poet Seema Reza. She is the CEO of Community Building Art Works, a unique arts organization that encourages the use of the arts as a tool for narration, self-care, and socialization among a military population struggling with emotional and physical injuries. Reza’s work with veterans is featured in the 2018 HBO documentary We Are Not Done Yet. She was awarded the Col John Gioia Patriot Award by the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore for her work with service members.

More than 70 billion land animals are killed for food every year and research suggests that global demand for meat may double by 2050. And animal agriculture is responsible for a major share of the damage caused in global land degradation, air and water pollution, and the loss of biodiversity. On ACT Radio, Greg, Liz and Tom talk with filmmaker Liz Marshall about her latest documentary Meat the Future, which chronicles the birth of the cell-based, cultivated meat industry and its revolutionary efforts to sustainably feed the world without the need to breed, raise and slaughter animals.

National Hispanic Heritage Month has just come to an end, but its impact still remains. This week, Kyle Alvarado joined in to discuss the heritage of Latinos within the world of the cinema. From notable actors, writers, and films, we learned about the immense and sometimes misrepresented presence of Latinos and Latino stories within the American film industry. 

 As Fall approaches, film festivals around the world are still coming up with ideas about how to screen their curated selections. Our local film festival is at the forefront of innovation within this field. Artistic Director and Founder, Carlos Corral, streamed in this week to discuss the upcoming film festival. From October 16 - 25, the El Paso Film Festival will be streamed online with an immense selection of feature and short films. The festival is available via Apple TV, Roku TV, and Amazon Fire TV - all completely free. Donations are highly encouraged and appreciated. 

The book Power At The Pass is the story of businessman Don Shapiro finding home and success in the El Paso region.

Don’s love of the region has been so powerful that it’s brought a spiritual component into the realm of business. It is through his story we also learn more about the stories of El Paso, Northern Mexico, The Southwest, and America.

The Border Chronicles is a virtrual interactive experience which takes place on the Instagram platform. It’s an interactive story where you, the reader, decide the fate of the main character Austen.

For this project, Haydee Alonso engaged with collaborators and illustrators Mariajose Bujanda, Josias Castorena, Kytzia Ornelas and Analaura Fuentes.  It all begins in a well known Pawn Shop in downtown El Paso.

Early voters in line
Angela Kocherga / KTEP News

In this in-depth interview El Paso County Elections Administrator Lisa Wise talks to KTEP's Angela Kocherga about early voting, polling places including extended hours, voting by mail or absentee drop box and election day vote centers available to anyone from any precinct. Also she discusses efforts to combat disinformation during this election season as a record number of voters cast ballots.  

El Paso Pro-Musica’s 2020-2021 season will take place virtually. This season of El Paso Pro-Musica will feature socially distanced outreach, Zoom performances and more. 

Felipa Solis from El Paso Pro-Musica provides all of the details.

Chalk the Block is the largest public art festival in the southwest. Due to the pandemic, this year’s festival will take place virtually. 

Here to tell us about it is Ismael Acosta.

In today's episode listen to the conversation between host Daniel Chacon and poet Francisco Aragon about his most recent work ‘About Rubén.’ Aragon’s poems and translations have appeared in various print and online journals, as well as numerous anthologies. His work as a translator includes four books by Francisco X. Alarcón, as well as work by Spanish poets Federico García Lorca and Gerardo Diego.

In today's episode, host Daniel Chacon talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former U.S. Poet Laureate, Tracy K Smith. In this interview, Smith talks about her book ‘Wade in the Water,’ her early years discovering the craft of poetry, and her role as a professor at Princeton University with the new generation of writers.

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