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Musician Meshell Ndegeocello

On this episode of West Texas Talk, Grammy Award nominated musician Meshell Ndegeocello stops by the studio. Ndegeocello talks about her most misunderstood song, collaborating with artists including John Mellencamp and Chaka Khan, and her recent theater project. We also talk about Ndegeocello's forthcoming album, Ventriloquism, which is a series of 90s pop covers. Hosted by Bayla Metzger for KRTS

Duration: 00:24:27

Giant Magellan Telescope Will Examine Deep Space Like Nothing Before

Pete Szilagyi speaks to McDonald Observatory director Dr. Taft Armandroff, who is helping plan and fund a new observatory on a Chile mountaintop. To be the largest telescope on earth, Armandroff says the Giant Magellan Telescope is “a revolutionary project that’s really going to change what we know about the universe” and complement ground-breaking research in West Texas. More information can be found at GMTO.org and McDonaldObservatory.org. Hosted by Pete Szilagyi for KRTS

Duration: 00:21:48

A discussion about theatre and race relations with Marjie Scott of Sul Ross University

In this episode of West Texas Talk, theatre professor Marjie Scott discusses the play Clybourne Park, which opens at Sul Ross University on Oct. 20. Throughout the conversation, we explore racial tension in America and the different ways it has manifested both before and after the civil rights movement. Hosted by Caroline Halter for KRTS

Duration: 00:24:18

A Conversation with Humorist David Sedaris About His New Book “Theft by Finding”

In this episode of West Texas Talk, find out why David Sedaris is fascinated by "people behaving horribly." Sedaris also speaks with his signature candor and wit about the process of going through decades of old diaries to write his newest book. Hosted by Elise Pepple for KRTS

Duration: 00:22:55

Musician Robert Ellis

On this edition of West Texas Talk, we sit down with musician Robert Ellis. Ellis talks about jazz and singer-songwriters, tells us about how his pianist mother and guitar playing uncle got him into music, and we play and discuss a couple tracks from his recent, self-titled album. Hosted by Jackson Wisdorf for KRTS

Duration: 00:28:55

Dr. Bixler-Márquez and Dr. Irma Montelongo on UTEP’s New Online Chicano Studies Program

Whether you're based in Far West Texas or Melbourne, Australia, getting your degree in Chicano Studies has never been easier. On this episode of West Texas Talk, University of Texas at El Paso professors, Dr. Bixler-Márquez and Dr. Irma Montelongo, discuss the university's new online Chicano Studies program. Dr. Bixler-Márquez is Director of Chicano Studies at University of Texas at El Paso, the first Chicano Studies program in Texas. Dr. Irma Montelongo is a professor of Chicano Studies...

Duration: 00:24:24

Pickwick Players discuss their original play, Project 398.2

In this episode of West Texas Talk you'll hear from Abby Cheek and Josh Maguire, two members of Pickwick Players, a youth theatre group in Midland Texas. Abby and Josh are two of many high school students who spent two years developing an original play in which a girl named Helen learns to cope with the struggles of being a teenager through fairy tales. Hosted by Caroline Halter for KRTS

Duration: 00:22:04

Artist William Cordova

On this episode of West Texas Talk, we speak with Peruvian artist William Cordova. Cordova discusses his recent works, the construction of culture, an early love of radio, and more. His solo show, ankaylli: spatial and ideological terrain, will be on view at Marfa Contemporary from October 6 through December 22, 2017. Hosted by Elise Pepple for KRTS

Duration: 00:21:31

The Kitchen Sisters

On this episode of West Texas Talk we hear from the Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva. Together the two have created hundreds of stories for public broadcast. Most recently, they made "The HiddenWorld of Girls", a series on NPR that explores the lives of girls and the women they become. The Kitchen Sisters are also involved in education and training new voices for public media. On this episode they talk about their start in radio, their short series Hidden Kitchen: Texas, and...

Duration: 00:27:38

Jon Barela on Economic Development Along the Border Region

Jon Barela is with the Borderplex Alliance, a group that works to promote the business and economic development of the southwest border region. Previously, Barela served as New Mexico's Economic Development Secretary. Today, his work with the Borderplex Alliance seeks to champion the border region -- specifically, southern New Mexico, El Paso, and Ciudad Juarez -- as a hub for economic development. On tonight's talk, Barela discusses the business benefits of the border offers, how his...

Duration: 00:23:17

Ramona Rose

On this edition of West Texas Talk, a conversation and in-studio performance from musician, artist, and poet Ramona Rose. Originally from upstate New York, Ramona came Texas via Joshua Tree, California, with intent to help with Hurricane Harvey relief - she ended up in Marfa after meeting some people in El Paso who told her it was a good place to start. She stopped by Marfa Public Radio's Studio A to perform a few songs and talk about life experiences. Hosted by Jackson Wisdorf for KRTS

Duration: 00:28:17

Johnny Stallings on Walt Whitman as “the poet of American democracy”

On this episode of West Texas Talk, writer, actor and director Johnny Stallings talks about Walt Whitman's enduring legacy in American society. Stallings will be performing one of Whitman's most renowned works, "Song of Myself," on Friday, September 22 at the Presidio County Courthouse at 7pm. Hosted by Caroline Halter for KRTS

Duration: 00:24:27

Harley Tallchief Continues Native American Traditions of Beaded Sculpture and Dance

Harley Tallchief splits his time between running an oil rig in Odessa, creating ornate beaded sculptures, and practicing traditional Native American dance. Originally from the Cattaraugus Reservation in New York, Tallchief found himself in Odessa after running out of money on his way to California for a job opportunity. Since then, he's continued to work in the oil industry while continuing his native traditions. He says that bead work is a reprieve from the demanding job of running and...

Duration: 00:19:43

Andrea Aranow

On this edition of West Texas Talk, Guest host Tim Johnson sits down with legendary clothier, textile designer, and collector, Andrea Aranow. Aranow has created fashion and studied textiles since the late 1960's creating pieces of clothing for a long list of well-known clients, including Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis - She has traveled and lived all around the world in such places as London, Peru, outlying districts of China, and Japan. In this, the full, uncut interview - Andrea speaks...

Duration: 00:40:11

Superintendent Orlando Riddick on Improving Education in Midland

On this episode of West Texas Talk, we sit down with Orlando Riddick, the new superintendent of the Midland Independent School District. Orlando shared his thoughts on managing the district's relationship with the business community, improving education outcomes and how to mitigate the effects of Texas' so-called Robin Hood plan. Hosted by Caroline Halter for KRTS

Duration: 00:27:29

Longtime Big Bend Resident Betty Alex

Betty Alex first came to the Big Bend on a road trip in 1969. She says on that drive, "I got out of the car and looked south from Persimmon Gap at the Chisos Mountains in the distance... I said, 'That's it. That's where I want to be.' And it took me eleven years to get back. But I did." She ended up working at Big Bend National Park for over three decades and has lived in Terlingua for several years. In this episode, Alex talks about her life and experiences in the Big Bend. Hosted by...

Duration: 00:23:02

Dr Todd Davidson & Dr Joshua Rhodes Of UT Austin’s Energy Institute

On this segment of West Texas Talk, Lorne Matalon speaks with two leading energy scientists, Dr Todd Davidson and Dr Joshua Rhodes, both based at the University of Texas at Austin's Energy Institute. The interdisciplinary institute is comprised of scholars and researchers who focus on the economics and technology of energy. Rhodes was a lead investigator on a seminal report, The Full Cost of Electricity (FCe--), an initiative that as the the report's summary states, "to quantify the...

Duration: 00:28:33

Rainer Judd and Dr. Louis Harveson on Land Stewardship and “Ranch Day”

Judd Foundation’s Co-president, Rainer Judd, and director of the Borderlands Research Institute, Dr. Louis Harveson, discuss land stewardship in West Texas. Dr. Harveson will speak at the foundation's upcoming "Ranch Day" on Sunday, September 10 at Casa Perez. Casa Perez is one of three Judd Ranch homes – located south of Marfa off of Ranch Road 2810. Rainer Judd talks about the importance of Big Bend landscape to her late father. The Foundation's mission "maintains and preserves Donald...

Duration: 00:25:44

Writer Glen Aaron, Organizer of the Permian Basin Writers Workshop

Glen Aaron is a former attorney turned writer who organizes the Permian Basin Writers' Workshop. His most recent work is The Curse of Sacerdozio, a judiciary tale loosely inspired by former Justice Antonin Scalia's death at Cibolo Creek. In this episode, Aaron talks about the workshop, his writing, and colorful personal history. The workshop will take place from September 15-17. More information can be found here. Hosted by Diana Nguyen for KRTS

Duration: 00:23:06

West Texas Parks Summer Series

On tonight's episode of West Texas Talk, we revisit our summer parks series, where we stopped by the state and national parks in our area. Our first stop on our West Texas tour takes us into the Permian Basin, where we head to Monahans Sandhills State Park. After that, we'll dive into the spring-fed waters of Balmorhea State Park, then visit the nearby Davis Mountains State Park. Rounding up our summer tour is a stop to Big Bend National Park, where officials from both sides of the border...

Duration: 00:20:37

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