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El Paso’s Frontera Bugalú on their innovative borderlands cumbia

On this episode of West Texas Talk, an interview and in-studio performance with members of the El Paso cumbia band Frontera Bugalú. In conversation with the band's co-founders Kiko Rodriguez and Joel Osvaldo, we discuss the musical project's biting social commentary, playing shows on both sides of the border and the band's unique take on cumbia, the musical backbone of Latin America. Michael Nelson, on drums and percussion, also contributed to the interview. Hosted by Elizabeth Trovall for...

Duration: 00:23:41

Damond Benningfield

Today’s guest on West Texas Talk is Damond Benningfield of the McDonald Observatory discussing the first total eclipse seen from coast to coast across the U.S. since 1918. Benningfield writes the Observatory’s “Star Date” radio features and edits the Star Date magazine and website, stardate.org. Public events on Aug. 21 at the McDonald Observatory near Fort Davis are listed here. Hosted by Pete S. for KRTS

Duration: 00:19:19

West Texas Talk: City Councilman Peter Svarzbein on the Relationship Between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez

Before Peter Svarzbein became a city council member, he created a fictional campaign for a streetcar between El Paso and Juarez, just like the one that ran between the two cities until 1973. What started as an art project grew into a grassroots effort that eventually received funding from the Texas government. In this episode, Peter discusses where the project stands now and the longstanding relationship between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, a place that he calls a "third space." Hosted by...

Duration: 00:18:59

Cathy Park Hong

On this edition of West Texas Talk, a conversation with author, poet, and Lannan resident, Cathy Park Hong. Hong’s most recent poetry collection is Engine Empire (W. W. Norton, 2013). Her debut, Translating Mo’um (Hanging Loose Press, 2002) received a Pushcart Prize. Her second collection, Dance Dance Revolution (W. W. Norton, 2007) was selected for the Barnard Women Poets Prize. Hong’s awards and honors include a Fulbright Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a New...

Duration: 00:22:36

Psychologist Dr. Doug Lisle on Food Addiction and Biology

Dr. Doug Lisle is a clinical psychologist and author of The Pleasure Trap. His work suggests increasing consumption of whole starches and reducing high-fat animal food products are key to successful, healthy diets. Lisle explains that whole starches like potatoes, rice, oats, and beans are the bedrock of human civilization. However, the prevalence of high-calorie foods makes it difficult to consume items consistent with human natural history. Lisle says, "Human beings, if they eat a diet...

Duration: 00:24:34

Mark Bukowski on the 17th Annual Big Bend Ranch Rodeo

The Big Bend Ranch Rodeo is a sanctioned rodeo of the Working Ranch Cowboy Association and Foundation. Mark Bukowski, vice president of the organization, explains all proceeds from the twenty-four rodeos that take place throughout the year help working ranchers. Bukowski says, "A lot of ranch cowboys have no insurance or very little insurance. So if they get injured o the job or they have a problem with a child or their wife or what have you, we step in and we help them out financially."...

Duration: 00:24:00

Congressman Beto O’Rourke on his 2018 Senate Run

On tonight's West Texas Talk we hear from democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke. Since 2013 he’s represented the state’s 16th congressional district in his hometown of El Paso, Texas. And earlier this year, he announced his bid to challenge Ted Cruz for the U.S. Senate in 2018. Hosted by for KRTS

Duration: 00:28:02

Ross Gay

On this West Texas Talk, a conversation with Ross Gay, author and current Lannan writer-in-residence. Gay is the author of three books: Against Which, Bringing the Shovel Down, and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude — winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award - Catalog was also a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, the Ohioana Book Award, the Balcones Poetry Prize, the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award, and it was nominated for an...

Duration: 00:28:55

Craig Hawker – Freedom Solar

On this edition of West Texas Talk, Jackson sits down with Craig Hawker, a solar energy consultant with Austin-based freedom Solar Power, to discuss the benefits of solar, the installation process, and how the general upkeep of solar panels is easier than many imagine. In collaboration with the Judd Foundation, Marfa Solar System and Ballroom Marfa, Craig will be speaking tomorrow (8/4) evening about the benefits of renewable energy, regional solar rebates, and solar power technology in...

Duration: 00:27:04

Trost Society’s Executive Director Malissa Arras

Malissa Arras, executive director of the Texas Trost Society, discusses architect Henry Trost's legacy in the American Southwest and its importance to El Paso. The organization's mission is to promote Trost's work and educate the public about the architectural patrimony of the region. In the Big Bend, Trost designed The Hotel Paisano in Marfa, Gage Hotel in Marathon, Hotel El Capitan in Van Horn, and The Holland Hotel in Alpine. The Trost Society will be in Marathon on Saturday, August 5...

Duration: 00:25:50

Writer Donna Miller and James White On Well-known Austin Honky-Tonk, The Broken Spoke

Nguyen talks to Donna Marie Miller, author of The Broken Spoke: Austin’s Legendary Honky-Tonk, and owner of the famed institution, James White. James White opened The Broken Spoke over fifty years ago in 1964. Since then, famous country artists like Willie Nelon, Dolly Parton, Bob Wills, and Kris Kristofferson have performed at the venue. The socialization of cowboys and hippies at the establishment played part in the rise of the "progressive country" movement in the seventies. White says...

Duration: 00:23:12

Denmark-Based Artist Collective Explores Phenomenon of ETs and UFOs in American Southwest

On this episode of West Texas Talk, Diana Nguyen talks with Sara Galbiati, Peter Helles Eriksen and Tobias Selnaes Markussen. They’re members of the Denmark-based collective, Phenomena, which takes an anthropological approach to studying the modern idea of extraterrestrials and UFOs. They spent three years traveling through the southwestern region of the United States, investigating and documenting believers. Their work is compiled in a book, titled Phenomena. Hosted by Diana Nguyen for KRTS

Duration: 00:19:43

Paul Allen Hunton

On this West Texas Talk, a conversation with Paul Allen Hunton - General Manager of Texas Tech Public Media and three-time regional Emmy winner for his nonfiction film work. Hunton is also DP of the short documentary film, There Will Be No Bad Talk or Loud Talk in This Place. The film, which premiered at the 2017 Marfa Film Festival, follows legendary Texas figure C.B. 'Stubb' Stubblefield and artist Paul Milosevich on their travels from Lubbock to Nashville to cook BBQ for Johnny Cash....

Duration: 00:25:25

Stewart Ramser, Organizer of Viva Big Bend

On this edition of West Texas Talk, Elise Pepple talks to Stewart Ramser, Alpine's Director of Tourism, editor of Texas Music Magazine, and organizer of the yearly West Texas music festival Viva Big Bend. Ramser discusses how the festival has grown over the years, some of his favorite acts and what to expect for the 2017 edition of the festival. Hosted by Elise Pepple for KRTS

Duration: 00:16:23

Patrick Rosal

On this West Texas Talk, Natalie Melendez sits down for a chat with Patrick Rosal, current Lannan poet-in-residence. Rosal is author of four books, most recently, Brooklyn Antediluvian, which was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award in Poetry. The son of Ilokano immigrants from the Philippines, he is a former Fulbright Research Scholar and currently an Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University-Camden. Hosted by Natalie Melendez for KRTS

Duration: 00:20:30

Murray Foreman

On this West Texas Talk, Jackson sits down with Murray Forman - Associate Professor in Media and Screen Studies at Northeastern University, who for over twenty years has engaged in research about hip-hop culture, contributing to the emerging field of hip-hop studies. Forman has written extensively about hip hop and hip hop culture in The ‘Hood Comes First: Race, Space and Place in Rap and Hip-Hop One Night on TV is Worth Weeks at the Paramount: Popular Music on Early Television His latest...

Duration: 00:26:06

Visitors from UTSA are Conducting a Historic Structure Report on the Blackwell School

Gretel Enck, President of the Blackwell School Alliance discusses the organization's mission and the building's Historic Structure Report. The research for the report is currently being conducted by Bill Dupont, the director of the Center for Cultural Sustainability at UTSA, and a team of twelve graduate students from the UTSA School of Architecture. Graduate students Isabelle Howard, Gustavo Ochoa, and Dennis Eubanks also join in on the conversation about the work being carried out by the...

Duration: 00:25:42

Kade Twist Recounts the Making of “Repellent Fence”

Kade Twist is a founding member of Postcommidty, a multimedia arts collective. In this conversation, Kade talks about how the collective's first project, "Repellent Fence", went from a half-serious joke to an eight year, bi-national public art project that brought together two communities divided by the U.S. Mexico Border. The fence, he says, initiated lasting political change along the border. Ballroom Marfa will host a screening of the documentary film Through the Repellent Fence: A Land...

Duration: 00:21:03

Andrew Shapter Revisits the Porvenir Massacre in Documentary and Feature-Length Film

Filmmaker Andrew Shapter is the director of a documentary and feature-length film about the Porvenir Massacre of 1918. In this conversation, Shapter discusses the importance of this history. The documentary is currently in production and will finish filming in January 2018, after shooting a gathering taking place at the Texas State Capitol for the Porvenir Massacre's 100th anniversary. The feature film will begin production in the new year. Shapter explains that this era of Texas history...

Duration: 00:23:06

Chef Hugo Ortega

On this edition of West Texas Talk, we’re joined by chef Hugo Ortega, 2017 James Beard recipient of Best chef in the Southwest. Hugo is also the executive chef and co-owner of four highly acclaimed restaurants - Backstreet Cafe, Hugo’s, Caracol, and his latest venture Xochi, all of which are located in Houston, where he currently resides with his family. Chef Ortega is being hosted by the Gage Hotel in Marathon for a special dinner July 22nd for their Grilling at the Gage dinner series -...

Duration: 00:19:43

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