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Host Charles Horak welcomes frequent contributor Kyle Alvarado to discuss two new films, The Nest and Mank.

The Book Club - David Smith-Soto

Jan 25, 2021

Host Louie Saenz welcomes bi-lingual writer, journalist and photgrapher, David Smith-Soto to discuss his new book Havana Hallelujah and what inspired him to pursue his ambitions.

Host Louie Saenz sits down with El Paso Historian and Author Jackson Polk to give insight into El Paso's amazing colorful history, gunfights, land wars, and his reasons for coming to El Paso in the first place.

El Paso Opera is excited to announce their upcoming show, Bon Appétit!

Bon Appétit! was originally planned for March 2020 but had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.  Now, Bon Appétit! will be a live-streamed event via El Paso Opera’s YouTube channel on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 7:30pm.  

Azul Arena magazine is a quarterly periodical dedicated to the promotion of regional artists.

The latest issue is a special edition commissioned by the Kunsthal KAdE Museum in the Netherlands for an exhibition titled “This is America.”

The magazine was a part of the exhibition and features the other border artists that were a part of this exhibition as well. 

Tino Ortega and Paola Martinez are the creative forces behind Walls Without Borders, a grassroots initiative in El Paso that is channeling community donations into murals across the Borderland. 

You may have seen their work on social media, if they look like metallic balloons, odds are these two had something to do with it. 

The pandemic has thrown everyone a curveball, and for the local growers at Calhoun Flower Farms (and a whole lot of us,) it’s meant it’s time for a pivot.

Today’s guest is Susannah Calhoun and she’s here to talk about the Calhoun Farms Apothecary Line, a nice way to keep flowers in our lives as we support local.


  In today´s episode of Words on a Wire, host, Tim Z. Hernandez interviews poet Aideed Medina. 

Medina, is a poet from Salinas CA, based on Fresno CA. She attended Fresno State  and has published two pieces with the University journal, including her piece ´Flies, Cockroaches and Poets´

Medina is also a member of the Loud Mouth Poetry Slam Team to The 25th Annual National Poetry Slam in Oakland California since  2014.


  In today’s episode of Words on a Wire host, Daniel Chacon, interviews fiction writer  Lorraine M. Lopez on her new book “Postcards from the Gerund State.” Lopez is an associate professor of English teaching in the M.F.A. program in Creative Writing at Vanderbilt University.  She is the author of six books of fiction and editor or co-editor of two essay collections.  Her short story collection, Soy la Avon Lady and Other Stories won the inaugural Miguel Marmól prize for fiction.  Her second book, Call Me Henri was awarded the Paterson Prize for Young Adult Literature in 2007, and her novels, The Gifted Gabaldón Sisters and The Realm of Hungry Spirits (Grand Central Press, 2011) were a Borders/Las Comadres Selections

There’s a collaborative called Rio Bravo Post that is making big waves in the film industry.  It’s been around for a little over five years now, and in that time they’ve had a film make it to the Sundance Film Festival.

Mastermind behind this collective, Charles Horak, tells us about this endeavor.  

Host of KTEP’s On Film, Charles Horak, talks about where El Paso may be headed in regards to film and the filmmaking industry.

The mission of El Paso Pro-Musica during this global pandemic is to Make Music Matter for all.

El Paso Pro-Musica's journey has been a difficult one, but one that has not given up hope. The annual tradition of the El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Music Festival continues as we ring in 2021 with a Virtual Chamber Music Festival.

Part two of our interview with Felipa Solis from El Paso Pro-Musica, discussing the 2021 Chamber Music Festival.

    In this episode of Words on a Wire, host Daniel Chacon interviews Carlos Fidel Espinoza about his new book ‘How to Lie to a Customs Agent.’ His book is a collection of poetry that explores the experiences, triumphs, and pains of life on the border. Fidel Espinosa holds a Bilingual Master of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at El Paso. He teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Texas at El Paso, and El Paso Community College  

Mija, Yes You Can is a non-profit organization created by women FOR women to provide a platform that allows ALL women to come together to learn from each other, relate to each other and achieve their ambitions in life.

They’ve done a lot in a short amount of time and here to talk to us about this initiative is Iris Lopez.

Elizabeth’s Nut Butters is a mother-daughter venture that started in 2019 when Elizabeth, age 9, needed a way to raise money for a school trip to DC.

In July of 2020, Elizabeth and her mom officially formed Elizabeth’s Nut Butters, which produces small batch, stone ground nut butters. Here to tell us all about this venture are Elizabeth and her mom Bridgette.

A Christmas Carol, En La Frontera - Full Show

Dec 22, 2020

Although we continue to deal with the pandemic, UTEP's Department of Theatre and Dance has put on a timeless show meant for streaming and radio broadcast. From the comfort of your own home, you can experience A Christmas Carol, En La Frontera. The Charles Dicken's classic has been adapted into a radio play with a unique borderland twist.

Outlet Shoppes of El Paso
Angela Kocherga / KTEP News

EL PASO --Twinkling holiday lights cast a warm glow and Christmas carols blare from speakers at the Outlet Shoppes of El Paso. But in these pandemic times, something is missing from the traditional holiday scene on the border: shoppers from Mexico.  


El Paso native Ruben Cubillos is a self-described cultural and Tejano activist, creative director and musician.  He was the former lead singer of the iconic group The Latin Breed, and since 1985, he’s created about 150 album covers for musical artists and Tejano icons like Little Joe and Selena, for whom he designed her cursive logo signature. 

Part 2 of our interview with El Paso native Ruben Cubillos who designed the album cover for Selena's major label debut album.

Dr. Ogechika Alozie
Dr. Ogechika Alozie / Del Sol Medical Center

After a deadly surge in COVID-19 cases, the number of new cases in El Paso is declining. But we may still see another post holiday spike after the holiday season if peopel do not wear masks, socially distance and avoid gathering with people who are not part of our household. KTEP’s Angela Kocherga recently checked in with Dr. Ogechika Alozie ,El Paso infectious disease expert and a  member of the Texas Governor’s Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response. (This interview aired on KTEP 88.5 fm during our morning newscast on December 8th).

Born and raised in the border city of El Paso, Texas, George Rodriguez creates humorous decorative ceramic sculptures which reflect his identity and community.

He is currently featured in the 12th season of the PBS Craft in America series, on the Storytellers episode.

In El Paso, Texas or Chuco, Tejas, the Lowrider is more than a weekend hobby, lowriding is a way of life. It is not a subculture of the Mexican American experience, but part of a complex form of lived history and visual culture. It is a unique iteration of a deeply rooted tradition in auto-mobility.

You can learn all about low rider culture in our region when you visit the El Paso Museum of History’s Low & Slow: Lowrider Culture on the Border virtual exhibition.

Borderland artist Jesus “Cimi” Alvarado is one of eleven artists awarded a Catalyst for Change grant. As part of the first wave of this new grant program, he and the other selected artists are working with NALAC and the Surdna Foundation to develop projects addressing systems of injustice within their own communities.

Originally Broadcast on December 5, 2020

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with A Christmas Carol, En La Frontera from the comfort of your home! This year’s production will air on KTEP on Friday, December 18, 2020 at 8pm.

Originally Broadcast on December 5, 2020