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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.

Melissa Malpiyano is a member of an artists-led, interdisciplinary​ research group at UTEP.  The group has organized a week of panels, performances, and celebrations titled "UTEP World Water Week – Re-valuing Water," which will run from March 22-25.

Melissa and her colleague Sandra Paola López Ramírez are here to preview the dance portion of this program.

Many animals in the United States are still considered property under the law and thus, can be subjected to very cruel practices. Fortunately, there are efforts underway to shift this paradigm.  On this week’s ACT Radio, Liz and Tom talk with Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director and CEO Stephen Wells about the organization’s groundbreaking efforts to push the U.S. legal system to end the suffering of abused animals.

International Bridge
Corrie Boudreaux / El Paso Matters

KTEP news is part of a unique binational journalism collaboration that will begin airing and publishing stories this week about significant issues facing El Paso and Ciudad Juárez.

The partnership, called Puente News Collaborative, begins with a two-week series of stories that looks at how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our region. This month is the first anniversary of the arrival of COVID-19 in our region, as well as the pandemic travel restrictions at border crossings that disrupted life in our region.

Several local artists with notable track records will create unique installations for the El Paso Children’s Museum and Science Center.

Contemporary visual artist and designer Mitsu Overstreet, who is primarily known for his public art installations including the “River Spirit” floor installation at the El Paso International Airport, will be designing the Flow Zone installation which will complement the exhibits designed exclusive to this project.

The Talking Nonprofits with Tephanie Podcast gives listeners the tools and information necessary to operate a nonprofit at peak performance.

The podcast strives to tell the stories of people doing important work for humankind.  Today, my guest is Tephanie Hopper.

Local company Mother of All Branding (moab-merch.com) has teamed up with several local businesses to create the Meet Your Maker month long event, which encourages folks to move throughout our community!

Mother of All Branding partnered with local artist Laura Turon to create two growler designs and here to tell us about Meet Your Maker are Laura Valdez and Laura Turon.

Several local artists with notable track records will create unique installations for the El Paso Children’s Museum and Science Center.

Artist and Designer Gabriel Marquez will be creating the Follow Your Instincts Zone installation which will complement the exhibits designed exclusive to this project.

Several local artists with notable track records will create unique installations for the El Paso Children’s Museum and Science Center.

Illustrator and muralist Christin Apodaca will be creating the Desert Bloom Zone installation which will complement the exhibits designed exclusively for this project.

And now for a little change of pace, we’re going to talk about the art of the margarita.

There’s no shortage of margaritas in El Paso and today we’re talking to JR Rodriguez from Ambar at the Plaza Hotel about the art of the margarita.

Femme Frontera has new funding opportunities for self-identifying female and non-binary filmmakers from the El Paso, Las Cruces, and Juarez region.

This year, they are offering $1,500 in screenwriting grants and $5,000 in filmmaking grants to filmmakers exclusively in our border region. Grant opportunities are available at femmefrontera.org

Deadline for grant submission is March 15, 2021.

Liquid Gates of Time is an exhibition at the Rubin Center by two artists who examine border dynamics through a variety of media.

Here to talk about it is curator Kate Green.

Host Louie Saenz welcomes  Samuel K. Dolan is a documentary writer, director and Emmy Award winning Producer. Dolan, who grew up in Northern Arizona, got his start in the entertainment industry at the age of 13 when he spent the summer of 1993 riding horses on the set of the feature film Tombstone and the author of Hell Paso.

The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance presents a virtual dance concert titled Here: Moving Through the Pandemic and for Social Justice. Tune in to their YouTube channel on Saturday February 6, 2021 to enjoy the dance concert from the comfort of your own home.

The performance is curated by Melissa Melpignano and features the works of several dancers.

We now know what the El Paso Children’s Museum and Science Center will look like, and what will be in it. But what are we going to call it?

The museum has started the name the museum challenge where you have the opportunity to name the museum and win a lifetime pass.

Host Louie Saenz welcomes Dr. Leah Whigham, a Director for the UT Health Center for Community Health Impact, associated with the UT Health Sciences Center in Houston, El Paso Branch.


   In 1966, during the Vietnam War, Joan Hunter, an ordinary housewife, mother of four from the small, idyllic coastal town of Scituate, MA, spearheads Operation Morale Booster, a mission to ensure that every deployed American G.I. receives mail at weekly mail call. Armed only with her typewriter and her vibrant personality, she reaches thousands of soldiers and especially captivates one battle-tested soul, Bob Johnson. She is white, he is black; she is married, he is not. This potentially scandalous relationship transcends society's rules of engagement due to their honest and thought-provoking candor.