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Laila Lalami

10/17/2018
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On this edition of West Texas Talk, Rachel Monroe sits down with current Lannan fellow, Laila Lalami. Lalami, born in Rabat and educated in Morocco, Great Britain, and the United States, is the author of the novels Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, Secret Son, as well as a regular columnist and contributor for The Nation and Los Angeles Times. Lalami's most recent work, The Moor’s Account, won the American Book Award, the Arab-American Book Award, the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award, was on the...

Duration:00:28:57

Remembering The Late Boyd Elder

10/10/2018
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On this episode, we remember the late Boyd Elder and celebrate his contributions to the station. Elder was known for his artwork, but became a well-known personality on the air by giving weather reports from Valentine, his home. Marfa Public Radio’s most recent collaboration with Elder was a t-shirt design featuring one of his iconic cow skulls. This conversation is an archived Talk at Ten interview between former station general manager Tom Michael and Boyd Elder. It was recorded in 2010...

Duration:00:27:59

Mai Der Vang Describes Being A “Literary Orphan”

10/10/2018
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Ryan Paradiso speaks to Lannan resident Mai Der Vang about her collection of poetry, Afterland. The work explores the Hmong (an ethnic group in Southeast Asia) exodus from Laos after The Secret War. In this conversation, Paradiso and Vang discuss the writer's decision to break the rules of grammar, the influence a grassroots writing circle had on Vang's writing, and what it means to create a body of work from the perspective of a Hmong Person. “or me, it means so much to be able to have...

Duration:00:26:42

Personal Essays from UTPB’s Boom or Bust Project

10/3/2018
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For this episode, we're highlighting personal essays from UT PB's Boom or Bust project, which aims "to help promote understanding Permian Basin's energy and economic resources from a humanistic perspective." The essays from Andrea Harbin, Beckwith Thompson, Brittany Thomas, and H.D. Whatley reveal a glimpse into how economic growth and downturns affect residents in the Permian Basin. Hosted by Diana Nguyen for KRTS

Duration:00:26:13

Claire Dederer

9/27/2018
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On this edition of West Texas Talk, a conversation between Rachel Monroe and current Lannan writer-in-residence, Claire Dederer. Dederer is the author of two critically acclaimed memoirs: Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning and Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses, which was a New York Times bestseller. Currently, she is at work on Monsters, a nonfiction book investigating good art made by bad people, forthcoming from Knopf - The book is based on her viral 2017 essay for the Paris...

Duration:00:27:29

Station Update: Localore, West Texas Wonders, and Our Ancient, Troublesome Transmitter

9/19/2018
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In this episode, General Manager Elise Pepple joins Diana Nguyen to update listeners on what's happenin' at the station. Here's what they cover: This year, the station received a grant to host storytelling workshops and events in West Texas. This is made possible through a grant from AIR's project Localore. Find dates and more information here. To sign up for a workshop, shoot an email to storytelling@marfapublicradio.org. West Texas Wonders is a journalism initiative the station launched...

Duration:00:27:34

Marfa’s “Money Man” On How To Make Financially Savvy Moves

9/12/2018
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This week's West Texas Talk is all about money. Our guest is investment adviser Tom Jacobs, who also goes by “The Money Man." Jacob writes a column for the Big Bend Sentinel, where he gives readers financial advice. On this episode, he’s here to answer questions about how to make financially savvy life decisions. "Keep your debt manageable, try to have as little as possible. If you do that you're ahead of the game," said Jacobs."Then you start looking at things like saving and investing,...

Duration:00:28:57

“Shallow Waters” with Naveena Sadasivam and Zoë Schlanger

9/5/2018
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Water on the US-Mexico border is in a precarious state. 6 million people on both sides rely on the Rio Grande, but climate change and population growth are straining the resource. How are the United States and Mexico planning for the increasing demands on river and groundwater along the border? Reporters Naveena Sadisavam and Zoë Schlanger explore these questions in the series "Shallow Waters," a journalistic collaboration between The Texas Observer and Quartz that “the complexities of...

Duration:00:28:10

Jim Bradbury On Eminent Domain, Its Future and Reform

8/29/2018
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On West Texas Talk this week we hear from Jim Bradbury, an eminent domain attorney, who represents Texas landowners. In this episode, Bradbury discusses the often convoluted process of eminent domain, which gives power to the state of the federal government to take properties for public use. The law requires just compensation for the taking, but Bradbury says it's often not enough. "Eminent domain is an enormous issue," says Bradbury. "Landowners are really being inundated by this process...

Duration:00:28:57

Writer Seamus McGraw on “A Thirsty Land: The Making of an American Water Crisis”

8/22/2018
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On this episode of West Texas Talk, writer Seamus McGraw talks about his new book, "A Thirsty Land." The book explores the depths of water policy in Texas and the often convoluted laws and histories behind it. "Every possible permutation of the water crisis that we are facing anywhere in the United States is represented within this geographic empire of Texas," McGraw says. "How Texas responds to the challenge... is instructive for the rest of the country, and I would argue for the rest of...

Duration:00:28:57

Dr. Adrian Vega talks Education in the Permian Basin

8/15/2018
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Dr. Adrian Vega was a professional educator for twenty years before taking a job with the Sewell family of companies as their chief people officer. As part of this job, he serves as an executive board member of the Education Partnership of the Permian Basin. It’s a new nonprofit focused on increasing the awareness of strengths and challenges of the public education system in the area. In this conversation, Beauvais and Vega talk about how the organization is hoping to get public and private...

Duration:00:27:47

2018 Marfa Transom Traveling Workshop Stories Pt. 2

8/9/2018
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The Transom Traveling Workshop returned to Marfa this year. Students from around the country came to learn the craft of radio storytelling from instructors Rob Rosenthal and Matt Largey. In this episode, we highlight radio profiles crafted throughout the week at the workshop. You'll hear from a diverse range of West Texans: Balmorhea couple Sue and Jim Franklin, Valentine librarian Lety Navarrete, archaeologist Andy Cloud, and artist Christine Olejniczak. These pieces were produced by...

Duration:00:27:44

2018 Marfa Transom Traveling Workshop Pt. 1

8/7/2018
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The Transom Traveling Workshop returned to Marfa this year. Students from around the country came to learn the craft of radio storytelling from instructors Rob Rosenthal and Matt Largey. In this episode, we highlight radio profiles crafted throughout the week at the workshop. You'll hear from a diverse range of West Texans: patrons who frequent Mando's Restaurant in Marfa, local holocaust museum owners Kim and Peggy Thornsburg, Ballroom Marfa's Executive Director and Curator Laura Copelin,...

Duration:00:28:57

Lannan Resident Donika Kelly Discusses the Role of Mythic Creatures and Exploring Trauma in “Bestiary”

8/1/2018
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On this episode, Ryan Paradiso speaks to poet Donika Kelly about her debut poetry collection, Bestiary. Kelly will read at the St. George Pavilion on Sunday, August 5th at 7:30 pm. Hosted by Ryan Paradiso for KRTS

Duration:00:26:51

Charles Rice-González Discusses Living in the Bronx and His First Novel, “Chulito”

7/25/2018
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On this episode, Rachel Monroe speaks to Lannan resident Charles Rice-González about growing up in the Bronx and his first novel, Chulito. The writer will read at 7:30 pm on Sunday, July 29 at the St. George Pavilion. Hosted by Rachel Monroe for KRTS

Duration:00:28:27

TSCRA President Bobby McKnight on Ranching in West Texas and Its Future

7/18/2018
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On this episode, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association president Bobby McKnight speaks to Elise Pepple. McKnight talks about his life growing up in West Texas, ranching and its future. He also discusses what he says are misconceptions of the industry and the latest news for TSCRA. Hosted by Elise Pepple for KRTS

Duration:00:27:23

Ed Pavlic on His Forthcoming Novel, “Another Kind of Madness”

7/11/2018
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On this episode, Travis Klunick speaks to Lannan resident Ed Pavlić about his forthcoming novel, Another Kind of Madness. Pavlić has written eight collections of poetry and two critical studies. He is a professor of English and African American studies at the University of Georgia. The writer will read at the St. George Pavilion on Sunday, July 15 at 7:30 pm. Hosted by Travis Klunick for KRTS

Duration:00:25:39

Part Two: Stories from Legacy Storytelling Workshop

7/5/2018
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On this episode, we hear personal stories crafted at the Legacy Storytelling Workshops. The project is a pilot venture of the Midland Storytelling Festival geared toward encouraging people to tell their own stories. The workshop was facilitated by resident storyteller Sue Roseberry who provided instruction on the process of sharing the stories and coaching on story selection. The first story on this episode is told by Cyndi Hill. She is a wife and mother who loves to read, bake, and garden....

Duration:00:28:27

Part One: Stories from Legacy Storytelling Workshop

7/4/2018
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On this episode, we hear personal stories crafted at the Legacy Storytelling Workshops. The project is a pilot venture of the Midland Storytelling Festival geared toward encouraging people to tell their own stories. The workshop was facilitated by resident storyteller Sue Roseberry who provided instruction on the process of sharing the stories and coaching on story selection. The first story on this episode is told by author Ellen Goldberg. She talks about a summer at The Parkway Inn in...

Duration:00:28:10

Zero Tolerance, Family Separation, and the Path to Reunification

6/27/2018
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On this episode, Diana Nguyen speaks to fellow reporters Sally Beauvais and Carlos Morales about the zero-tolerance policy, family separation, and the path to reunification. The story of family separation at the southwest border goes back to at least April, when U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the administration's "zero tolerance" policy. This was the administration’s effort to begin criminally prosecuting all cases of illegal entry into the U.S. "If you cross this border...

Duration:00:23:37