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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...


Filmmaker Ben Masters on “The River and the Wall”

On tonight's episode of West Texas Talk, a conversation with filmmaker, writer and horse packer, Ben Masters. Masters just wrapped filming on his forthcoming documentary, The River and the Wall, which chronicles a 1,200-mile journey along the U.S.-Mexico border by way of horse, mountain bike, and canoe. During filming, Masters spoke with a wide range of people on both sides of the border to examine differing immigration viewpoints, and explore the impact a wall along the border would have...


Marfa Music Producer – Joel Hernandez (K A S H M I R)

On this edition of West Texas Talk, a conversation with Joel Hernandez, known to Marfa music fans as K A S H M I R. Joel began producing music as a teenager, and continues to release content on a regular basis via his Soundcloud account, including a full-length album, L O V E T R I P, at the tail-end of 2017. The young producer takes on many different styles of music, including ambient electronic, synth-wave, and Hip Hop. In this interview, we discuss the inspirations for his impressive...


Interview and In-Studio Performance from Calliope Musical’s Carrie Fussell

On this edition of West Texas Talk, we sit down with Carrie Fussell. Carrie is a member of the Austin-based group Calliope Musicals, a group that is known for its use of grandiose theatrics during their performances. In the conversation, Carrie describes how she first got interested in music and the struggles of female musicians when it comes to fitting in among a sea of male artists. She also performed two songs for us - Wasted Space, a single Calliope Musicals released at the tail-end of...


State of the Station: Programming Changes, Upcoming events, and More

Hosted by Elise Pepple and Diana Nguyen for KRTS


Rob Gungor (Wilderman) Discusses Technology and New Album Artifice

Tonight on West Texas Talk we speak with Rob Gungor (Wilderman), about his upcoming album Artifice. The description on Wilderman's bandcamp page reads "Questioning our digital existence and channeling body-mind via our inner-wild." - In this interview, Rob discusses the pros and cons of technology, where he finds inspiration for his artistic endeavors, and tells us about the process of creating Artifice. Artifice is being released on April 20th - Here are the music videos for Open Space...


Get To Know Your Statewide Offices

The first day of early voting for the lone-star state started today (February 20th), and this radio station wants to make sure you're in the loop before you go out and vote. On this edition of West Texas Talk, we’re bringing you some explanations of what the largest statewide political offices actually do, with a little help from Ben Philpott and Mose Buchele of member-station KUT in the state capital. For some extra information - The Secretary of State's website has a handy list of...


Anna Teagarden In Marfa to Teach A Singing Workshop

In this episode of West Texas Talk, Diana Nguyen speaks to Anna Teagarden, Director of Children's Music at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Houston. She is in Marfa with her two daughters, Kate and Leah Teagarden, to teach a singing workshop hosted by Marfa Live Arts. They discuss the workshop and Anna Teagarden's diverse musical background. Anna Teagarden is a member of the Bach Society and manages the Gulf Coast Course for the Royal School of Church Music, a course for aspiring...


Author Johnnie Bernhard on “A Good Girl”

On this episode of West Texas Talk, Diana Nguyen talks to Johnnie Bernhard, a former journalist and teacher turned author. They discuss her first novel, A Good Girl. The historical fiction was published in 2017 by Texas Review Press, and has garnered recognition from the Faulkner-Wisdom Competition. The work was also nominee for the 2018 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. Her second novel, How We Came to Be, will be published in Spring 2018. In this conversation, Nguyen and Bernhard discuss how...


Kiss and Tell: Lives Stories from Marfa

Here is the full version of live stories from our Kiss and Tell event that took place on Monday, February 12 at the Crowley Theater. Thank you to our storytellers, Big Bend Brewing Co. for sponsoring the event, and to the Crowley Theater for hosting us. Adult content warning: stories 3 and 4 contain adult content. Please consider this before listening. Due to the nature of these stories they will not be broadcast on air. If you’re interested in telling a story at our forthcoming events,...


Kiss and Tell: Live Stories from Midland

Here is the full version of our first live storytelling event in Midland, Texas. We hear of love stories gone right and wrong from Sue Roseberry, Laura Drake, Jane Boles, Libby Campbell and Randy Ham. Big thanks to Odessa Arts for supporting our live storytelling series in the Permian Basin, and to Brew St. Bakery for hosting this event. There will be more events all over West Texas. If you're interested in sharing a story, shoot us an email at storytelling@marfapublicradio.org. Hosted by...


Jane Fraser on Stuttering, from Taboos to Treatments

On this episode we talk with Jane Fraser. She’s the president of the stuttering foundation, a non-profit that provides the resources for the prevention of stuttering in young children and treatment for teenagers and adults. Hosted by for KRTS


Ashley Rowe Designs Highly-Structured Minimal Clothing in Marfa

Ashley Rowe came to Marfa after starting her career in Toronto, Canada. After taking a break from her home country, she ended up in far West Texas and began designing clothes with encouragement from friends. Since starting over, Rowe began selling her clothes to several outlets and opened her own retail store at the end of 2017. In this episode, Diana Nguyen and Rowe discuss how she got to the desert and what inspires her. Hosted by Diana Nguyen for KRTS


The Swifts from Alpine, TX

On this edition of West Texas Talk a conversation and in-studio performance from Alpine-based band, The Swifts. The Swifts are: Eden Hinshaw (Acoustic Guitar/Vocals), Chris Ruggia (Electric Guitar/Vocals) , Amelie Urbanczyk (Acoustic Guitar/Ukulele/Vocals), Tony Curry (Cajón) The band's first album Every Day, is available now Hosted by Jackson Wisdorf for KRTS


Lannan Resident Vievee Francis

On this episode of "West Texas Talk," Ryan Paradiso sits down with poet Vievee Francis. They discuss the West Texas native's influences, background, and her latest work, Forest Primeval. Vievee Francis is the author of Blue-Tail Fly (Wayne State University Press, 2006), Horse in the Dark (Northwestern University Press, 2012), and Forest Primeval (Northwestern University Press, 2016), winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Poetry. She is an...


León Muñoz Santini and Juan Pablo López Quintana of Gato Negro Ediciones

On this episode of West Texas Talk, Tim Johnson speaks to León Muñoz Santini and Juan Pablo López Quintana. They operate Gato Negro Ediciones - an independent publishing project based out of Mexico City. They talk about the origins of the press and the kinds of work they’re interested in publishing. Hosted by Tim Johnson for KRTS


Rebroadcast: Charlotte Reemts Talks About Conservation and the Ponderosa Pine

On tonight’s West Texas Talk, we revisit our 2017 conversation with Charlotte Reemts, a research and monitoring ecologist with the Nature Conservancy in Texas. She talks to us about the conservancy’s role in Texas, its collaboration with the Texas AandM Forest Service on “Operation Ponderosa”, and what makes the Davis Mountains so unique. Part of what makes the region's vegetation so unique, Reemts says, is that it's considered a sky island, which is "a mountain regañe surrounded by...


Rebroadcast: Lannan Resident, Chinelo Okparanta

On tonight’s West Texas Talk, a conversation with Lannan writer-in-residence Chinelo Okparanta. Okparanta Under the Udala Trees (2015) and Happiness, Like Water (2013). One of Granta’s six New Voices for 2012, she was a finalist for the 2014 Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative and was short-listed for the 2013 Caine Prize in African Writing. Her work was nominated for the 2016 NAACP Image Awards in Fiction as well as for the 2016 Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award in...


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