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Maestra Tequilera Bertha González Nieves and Journalist Alfredo Corchado

On this episode we hear from the world's first woman to become a certified maestra tequilera. Bertha González Nieves started the small batch tequila company Casa Dragones in 2008, with the hopes of elevating how people consume and think about tequila. Since then, the brand has gained a loyal following. "We're trying to open the curtain and showcase, really, the sophistication of Mexico," says González Nieves. In this conversation, González Nieves talks about how she began working in the...


Director of the Center for Big Bend Studies Andy Cloud

On this episode, we talk to Andy Cloud, the director for the Center for Big Bend Studies. He discusses the importance of the Genevieve Lykes Duncan Site, where archaeologists have unearthed artifacts that shed light on the Paleoindian way of life in West Texas. Cloud also talks about the center's partnership with Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH). He hopes bi-national cooperation will give archaeologists a better sense of life that has existed on both sides of...


Lannan Resident Claire Vaye Watkins on Deserts and Her Mom

On this episode, Rachel Monroe speaks to writer Claire Vaye Watkins about her upbringing, growing up in California, and her mother's influence on her writing. She is the author of the novel Gold Fame Citrus and the short story collection Battleborn. Claire Vaye Watkins will read at the Crowley Theater on Sunday, June 3 at 6 pm. Hosted by Rachel Monroe for KRTS


Lannan Resident Elmaz Abinader on Writing the Personal into the Political, and Growing Up Arab American

On this episode, Sally Beauvais speaks with writer Elmaz Abinader about her family's dislocation from Lebanon to the United States, and how that has informed her work. Abinader is an award-winning author of two volumes of poetry, This House, My Bones and In the Country of My Dreams, and a memoir, The Children of the Roojme: A Family’s Journey from Lebanon. She's also written plays that uncover personal narratives of Arabs living through political trauma. She teaches at Mills College in...


Artist and Composer Tarek Atoui

On this episode, we speak to artist and composer Tarek Atoui and curator Jennifer Burris. Marfa Live Arts, in collaboration with Fieldwork Marfa, will showcase his "examination of sound, place, and the social practice of improvisation across the varied landscapes of Marfa" during Marfa Sounding. This will be the third and final year of this project. Atoui discusses his background, influences and practice of creating instruments and spaces which question the definition of listening. The...


Exploring the Big Bend with Ben English

On this episode, Diana Nguyen speaks to Ben English. He's an eighth generation Texan who moved to the Big Bend when he was two years old. At one point, his grandparents ran the the old Lajitas Trading Post, while he worked and lived on ranches. He went on to become a DPS trooper and is now retired. He finally ended up back in the region a few years ago. They discuss English's childhood and his first book, “Yonderings: Trails and Memories of the Big Bend,” which was published last year by...


Literary Criticism, Earthquakes, and Walking with Lannan Resident David Ulin

On this episode, Rachel Monroe speaks to writer David Ulin about how his experiences in New York and Los Angeles influenced his writing. They discuss two of his non-fiction works, The Myth of Solid Ground: Earthquakes, Prediction, and the Fault Line Between Reason and Faith, and Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles. The writer spent several years at the LA Times as a book editor and critic. He is currently assistant professor of English at the University of Southern California. A...


Music and Community in Terlingua

On this episode, William "Chase" Peeler talks about his research on music and its vital role in community and identity building in Terlingua. Peeler received his doctorate in ethnomusicology at the University of Colorado Boulder. His dissertation is called “On the Porch: Music and Community in Terlingua, Texas.” He is currently working on turning his research into a book. Peeler discusses the uniqueness of the inclusive participatory music scene in the town. "You have people who have only...


Ballroom Marfa’s Stone Circle and Blackwell School Alliance’s Marfa Storybook Mural

On this episode, Diana Nguyen speaks to two artists with work debuting this weekend in Marfa. First, internationally acclaimed artist Haroon Mirza joins us to talk about stone circle, his newest work with Ballroom Marfa. "The work features black marble boulders that produce patterns of electronic sound and light from energy generated by solar panels. Each of the eight stones in the circle is carved to integrate LEDs and speakers. The ninth stone, the “mother” stone, sits outside the...


Lannan Resident Lesley Stern on Film, Smoking, Gardens, and Feminism

In this interview, Jana La Brasca speaks to writer Lesley Stern about her background and work. Stern was born and raised in Zimbabwe, and currently teaches at the University of California San Diego. She is the author of Dead and Alive: The Body as a Cinematic Thing, The Smoking Book, The Scorcese Connection, and is co-editor of Falling For You: Essays on Cinema and Performance. The writer will read at the Crowley Theater on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 6 pm. Hosted by Jana La Brasca for KRTS


Kelsey Lu On Live Performance, Mix-Making, And Her New Song Shades of Blue

LA-based musician Kelsey Lu says that when tried to reproduce the raw feeling of performance while recording her debut EP Church in the studio, it just didn't work. So she recorded it live, from inside of Brooklyn’s Holy Roman Catholic Church. Lu's a vocalist and classically-trained cellist. She works on film soundtracks, and hosts a monthly show on NTS Radio called Pteropods. Her live performances are stripped down - just Lu and her cello and a loop pedal. She recently played the Marfa...


Helado Negro Talks about the Influence of Miami Bass and Hip Hop, and the ‘Liberty’ of his Music Project

Roberto Carlos Lange is a New York-based musician. Lange performs under the project Helado Negro. “It’s a name for something to give me the liberty to not think of my own name,” Lange says of the project. “It’s always been important for me to have a way to just start from nothing, there’s no history. I can build a history with that name.” Helado Negro recently played the Marfa Myths music festival, where we caught up with him. In this interview he tells us about how growing up in Florida...


William Middleton on Dominique and John de Menil

Jana La Brasca speaks to William Middleton, author of Double Vision: The Unerring Eye of Art World Avatars Dominique and John de Menil. In this conversation, Middleton talks about some of the individuals who influenced the Menils, and the vital role the couple played in the transformation of Houston as a vibrant arts destination. Middleton explains, “They felt very strongly that their position brought a responsibility to give back. To make the world a more intelligent place, a more...


“All or Nothing:” Stories of Big Risks from Marfa

Here is the full version of live stories from our "All or Nothing" event that took place on Friday, April 6, 2018 at the Crowley Theater. Thank you to the storytellers, Big Bend Brewing Co., and the Crowley Theater. If you’re interested in telling a story at our forthcoming events, please shoot us an email as storytelling@marfapublicradio.org. Storytellers from the event: 00:00 - Alex Gates is the owner and chef at Cochineal in Marfa. She moved here with her husband and daughter to pursue...


All or Nothing: Live Stories from Odessa

Here is the full version of live stories from our All or Nothing event that took place on Monday, April 2 at The Rose Building. Thank you to the storytellers for sharing, Odessa Arts for sponsoring this event, the Roses for hosting us, and to Black Tulip for decorating the space. If you’re interested in telling a story at our forthcoming events, please shoot us an email as storytelling@marfapublicradio.org. Here are the storytellers from the evening: 00:00 - General Manager Elise Pepple...


Lonn Taylor and Avram Dumitrescu on “Marfa for the Perplexed”

On this episode, Diana Nguyen speaks to historian Lonn Taylor and Alpine-based artist Avram Dumitrescu about Taylor's newest book, Marfa for the Perplexed. The book is a collection of essays Taylor has written throughout his time in the Big Bend. The essays focus on important characters and historical events in Marfa and Presidio County. Marfa for the Perplexed is a Marfa Book Co. publication. "The thesis of the book is really that Marfa has always been a refuge for individualists and...


Behind the Stories: Sierra Blanca ISD, El Mac’s Presidio Mural, and the Trans-Pecos Pipeline

On this episode, Diana Nguyen speaks to reporters Carlos Morales, Bayla Metzger, and Sally Beauvais about their most recent stories. Hosted by Diana Nguyen for KRTS


Exploring the Gray with Barak Goodman

On this episode, Diana Nguyen speaks to Barak Goodman. Over the course of twenty years, he’s made more than thirty films, and has become an acclaimed nonfiction filmmaker. They discuss his work and changes in the documentary landscape over the years. Goodman emphasizes the importance of exploring complicated, nuanced perspectives in his films. The filmmaker talks about his current production which examines the impact of gerrymandering on the United States' democracy. Barak Goodman will...


Lannan Resident Adam Fitzgerald

On this episode, Jana La Brasca speaks to poet Adam Fitzgerald. He reads "The Lordly Hudson," "Oregon Trail," and "Dead Girls." Fitzgerald will read at 6 pm on Sunday, March 11 at The Crowley Theater. Adam Fitzgerald is the author of the poetry collections The Late Parade (2013) and George Washington (2016). The founding editor of poetry journal Maggy, he is currently a contributing editor for Literary Hub where he regularly features and interviews contemporary poets. Hosted by Jana La...


Cymene Howe and Dominic Boyer Discuss Energy Humanities

On this episode, Diana Nguyen talks to Dominic Boyer and Cymene Howe about Energy Humanities and its role in finding a more sustainable energy future. Boyer and Howe work with the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in Human Sciences at Rice University. They’re both professors of cultural anthropology and host the podcast “Cultures of Energy.” The podcast invites scholars, artists and activists to discuss the pressing energy and environmental issues of our times. Howe and Boyer...