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Marfa, TX

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English


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The State of Renewable Energy

12/13/2017
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On this episode of West Texas Talk we hear from Carey King on the state of renewable energy in Texas. King is the assistant director of the energy institute at the University of Texas at Austin which looks at the technology, policy and economics of energy. West Texas has long been recognized as a focal point for the state's surging oil and gas industry. But along the winding stretches of highway heading west on I-10, wind turbines dot the horizon. The state, while being a prominent source...

Stories from the Transom Traveling Workshop – Part Two

12/12/2017
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We bring you the second part of stories from the Marfa Transom Traveling Workshop. Transom has cultivated hundreds of audio producers who are making radio, podcasts, and much more. The class was taught by Rob Rosenthal and Matt Largey, KUT's Managing Editor. The students came here to produce stories about people in the Big Bend in just a single week. You’ll hear about a traveling veterinarian, a post office worker, a certain restaurateur/musician/Justice of the Peace, and a spur collector....

Stories from the Transom Traveling Workshop – Part One

12/11/2017
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We bring you the first part of stories from the Marfa Transom Traveling Workshop. Transom has cultivated hundreds of audio producers who are making radio, podcasts, and much more. The class was taught by Rob Rosenthal and Matt Largey, KUT's Managing Editor. The students came here to produce stories about people in the Big Bend in just a single week. You’ll hear about a policeman, an outdoors man, an aspiring winemaker, a bartender, and a glider pilot. The students who produced these stories...

Rob Rosenthal Visits Marfa with the Transom Traveling Workshop

12/7/2017
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Rob Rosenthal has taught hundreds of students with Atlantic Public Media's Transom Story Workshop - a celebrated program that has taught radio fundamentals to numerous audio producers. The website is a resource for those looking to learn the ins and outs of making radio. For the first time ever, Rosenthal came to Marfa to teach a traveling workshop hosted by this station. Students visited from around the country to learn and produce stories about people who live in the Big Bend - all in a...

Historian John Klingemann on the Mexican Revolution

11/15/2017
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John Klingemann is a Professor in the History Department at Angelo State university. Dr. Klingemann grew up in the Bend Bend, and became interested in the learning about the Mexican Revolution because of familial ties to its history. In this episode, Klingemann discusses some of the reasons behind the revolution, and its ultimate impact on Mexico. Hosted by Elizabeth Trovall for KRTS

Duration: 00:28:57


Geologist Peter Hennings on Texas Earthquakes

11/14/2017
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Over the last decade, there’s been a sharp increase in earthquakes across Texas. On tonight’s episode of West Texas Talk, we speak with geologist Peter Hennings about why this is happening. Dr. Hennings is a Principal Investigator and Geology Lead at the Center for Integrated Seismicity Research. He helps run the TexNet Seismic Monitoring Project, a statewide earthquake monitoring system. TexNet has added 22 new permanent seismic monitors to the state’s 18 already existing stations, and is...

Duration: 00:28:33


Professor Rebecca Babcock On Writing Centers and Disabilities

11/13/2017
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On this edition of West Texas Talk, a conversation with Rebecca Babcock Babcock is a William and Ordelle Watts Professor of English, Director of Undergraduate Research, Chair of The Department of Literature and Languages at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin. In the interview, Babcock speaks about the different types of writing centers available as well as her latest book, Writing Centers and Disabilities. Hosted by Elise Pepple for KRTS

Duration: 00:27:43


Kathleen Shafer – Author of “Marfa: The Transformation of a West Texas Town”

11/9/2017
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On tonight’s episode of West Texas Talk, a conversation with artist, writer and geographer Kathleen Shafer, who wrote the book, “Marfa: The Transformation of a West Texas Town.” Shafer talks about how the town has changed since artist Donald Judd arrived in the 70s, and what the Marfa brand stands for today. Shafer wrote about the town as an outsider, but she recently transitioned from being a sometime-visitor to a full-time resident. Hosted by Diana Nguyen for KRTS

Duration: 00:28:00


Health Care in Rural Areas & Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment

11/7/2017
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On this episode of West Texas Talk, a discussion about rural healthcare and how to shop for health insurance during this year’s open enrollment period, which runs November 1st until December 15th. For the episode, we talked to Amy Elizondo, who works as program services vice president for the National Rural Health Association. To learn more about how to find health insurance during open enrollment, call 1-800-318-2596 or go to healthcare.gov. Other resources are available at the Texas...

Duration: 00:26:45


Voices of Blackwell Series

11/6/2017
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The "Voices of Blackwell” series was produced in partnership with the Blackwell School Alliance. The segregated institution was open from the late nineteenth century and closed in 1965 with the integration of schools in town. Although Hispanics were not legally segregated, Marfa practiced de-facto segregation. Anglo children attended Marfa Elementary, and Hispanic children went to the Blackwell School. The series explores the social mores of this era through the eyes of those who lived...

Duration: 00:27:18


The Uncommon Psychedelic Cumbia Sound of Thee Commons

11/2/2017
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From East LA to West Texas, tonight's episode of West Texas Talk features a lively, music-filled conversation with psychedelic cumbia band Thee Commons. David and Rene Pacheco and Jose Rojas talk about the wide range of sounds and music that influenced their style and most recent album, Paleta Sonora. Hosted by Elizabeth Trovall for KRTS

Duration: 00:27:58


Laura Langham – Executive Director of Grand Companions

11/1/2017
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On this edition of West Texas Talk, a conversation with Laura Langham. Executive Director of Grand Companions, about homeless pets in west Texas. Grand Companions was established in 1989 in response the growing need for an acceptable means of dealing with stray animals. Since its inception, they have grown to an organization with 18 staff members serving the Texas Trans-Pecos region and Permian Basin. Hosted by Elise Pepple for KRTS

Duration: 00:26:46


Ghost Town Stories in Terlingua, TX

10/31/2017
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For Halloween, that station hosted "Ghost Town Stories" at the Starlight Theater - paranormal experiences from West Texans. A big thanks to Lisa and Bill Ivey for hosting us, in addition to Jeffro Greasewood and Sharron Gavin for organizing the event. The storytellers you’ll hear on this program are Lisa Ivey, Carlton Leatherwood, Warner Limelighter, also known as Buckner Cooke, Romaldo Pena, and Sally Martin (reading a story from Sian Farris). Lisa Ivey is owns the Starlight with her...

Duration: 00:28:24


Co-Directors of the “Out in West Texas” Symposium Kerry Manzo and Maureena Benavides

10/30/2017
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In this conversation, Kerry Manzo and Maureena Benavides discuss the need for more support of transgender individuals in West Texas and the mission of the "Out in West Texas" symposium. Manzo is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at Texas Tech University. Her areas of interest include gender and sexuality studies within a global context, and queer studies more broadly. Maureena Benavides, M.A., LPC is the owner/operator of On the Couch Counseling in Midland,TX. As a licensed...

Duration: 00:27:11


Dr. Andrew Sansom On Water in Texas

10/26/2017
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In this episode of West Texas Talk, we speak with Dr. Andrew Sansom, Executive Director of The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University. Dr. Sansom explains Texas' fragmented regulator system and how water conservation is inextricably linked to working with landowners. Hosted by Diana Nguyen for KRTS

Duration: 00:26:02


Lannan Resident Anne Waldman

10/26/2017
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On this edition of West Texas Talk, a conversation with poet, writer, performer, and political/cultural advocate Anne Waldman. Waldman is the author of more than 40 collections of poetry and poetics, an active member of the Outrider experimental poetry movement, and has been connected to the Beat movement and the second generation of the New York School - Her work as a cultural activist and her practice of Tibetan Buddhism are deeply connected to her poetry. Waldman will be speaking at 6...

Duration: 00:28:57


Entomologist Dr. Chris Ritzi

10/24/2017
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On the eve of Halloween, we speak with entomologist Dr. Chris Ritzi about the diverse range of insect life in West Texas: from tarantula mating to scorpion hunting to vinegaroon spray, and more. He also fills us in on the ways that Hollywood has drawn inspiration from insect's alien ways. Ritzi is the Chair of the Biology, Geology and Physical Sciences Department at Sul Ross State University. The university has an Insect/Anthropod Collection with about 80,000 specimens. Hosted by Bayla...

Duration: 00:25:07


Japanese Sound Artists Aki Onda & Akio Suzuki

10/23/2017
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Japanese sound artists Aki Onda and Akio Suzuki discuss their practice, influences, and backgrounds that led them to sound art. Onda explains, "Everybody has memory, so in a sense, the audience or listeners, they take my sound as they like. They try to link their memory to my sound, because it's pretty much abstract." Marfa Live Arts will host Aki Onda and Akio Suzuki in Marfa on their North American tour fu-rai. On October 25 from 6 to 7:30 pm, The artists will hold and interactive...

Duration: 00:22:20


Voices of the Border

10/19/2017
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On this episode of West Texas talk we revisit "Voices of the Border," a series produced earlier this year. In this episode we'll hear from the people whose lives have been impacted by the Texas-Mexico Border. Hosted by for KRTS

Duration: 00:25:26


Live Storytelling Event: “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” (Stories About Loving or Leaving West Texas)

10/16/2017
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These are personal stories from our live storytelling event that took place on October 11, 2017. Many thanks to Kaki Aufdengarten-Scott, Chuy Calderon, Gil Lujan, Gabriela Garfio Carvhalo and Calletana Vargas for sharing their experiences with us! Hosted by Elise Pepple for KRTS

Duration: 00:44:42

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