Marfa Public Radio Hiring New Office Manager

Position Overview: The Office Manager is the essential position at our station for ensuring the continuous, effective operation of our office. It is a detail-oriented position that requires anticipating the needs of our station to function at its best. Because our station is a public service, the position requires people skills to interface with listeners, members, and our neighbors.

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Programming changes are coming in March!

We’re excited to announce a second round of programming changes coming to the airwaves beginning March 5, 2018! Our station is always striving to provide engaging content that helps us stay connected and allows us to better understand our world. These programming updates are based on feedback from listeners like you.

Our West Texas Talk survey revealed that our listeners typically tune into the program about twice a week. Additionally, many have expressed missing the program when it aired in the morning. West Texas Talk will now only air on Thursday evening from 6 to 6:30 pm, and rebroadcast Friday morning from 9 to 9:30 am. As usual, you’ll also hear from local and visiting artists, musicians, authors, scientists, and other interesting personalities. We’re creating new opportunities for local voices during Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and the Weekend Events Calendar. Stay tuned.

For more information, tune into the “State of the Station” on Friday, February 23rd at 6:30 pm.

If you have any questions or comments, please email us at

Here are the highlights of our updated programming:

  • From 9 to 10 am Monday through Thursday, you’ll hear 1A with Joshua Johnson in lieu of On Point. With a name inspired by the First Amendment*, 1A explores important issues such as policy, politics, technology, and what connects us across the fissures that divide the country. The program also delves into pop culture, sports and humor. 1A’s goal is to act as a national mirror — taking time to help America look at itself and to ask what it wants to be. We made the decision to replace On Point based on listener feedback expressing that the show lacked relevance to West Texans.

  • All Things Considered will now air every weekday from 3 to 5:30 pm, followed by Marketplace. Previously, All Things Considered aired until 6 pm, but omitting the last half hour allows us to broadcast some of the most highly produced radio programs in the country, which previously only aired on weekends.

  • Now from 6-7 pm, you’ll be able to hear This American Life on Monday, Bullseye with Jesse Thorn on Tuesday, Reveal on Wednesday, and The Moth on Friday.

  • West Texas Talk will now only air on Thursday evening from 6 to 6:30 pm, and rebroadcast Friday morning from 9 to 9:30 am.

  • Overheard with Evan Smith will be added to our lineup of shows from 6:30 to 7 pm on Thursdays, and 9:30 to 10 am on Fridays. We want to give listeners more content produced in the lone star state. Evan Smith, The Texas Tribune CEO, brings you in-depth interviews with today’s most fascinating public figures.

  • Latino USA will shift from Friday afternoons to Sunday from 3 to 4 pm.

  • It’s been a long great run, but we’ll finally bid adieu to the beloved program Car Talk. Click and Clack have been the sound of weekend public radio for 35 years. Tom Magliozzi passed away in 2014, and the show will now be retired. You’ll be able to hear TED Radio Hour during the 10 to 11 am slot on Saturdays.

Midland Chief of Police Steve Henry has been with the city since January. He has been placed on administrative leave following a complaint. (Photo courtesy of Midland Police FaceBook)

Midland Chief of Police on Administrative Leave Following Complaint

The Midland Chief of Police, who started the job in January, has been placed on administrative leave.

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Roderick Scott outside Forest Meadow Junior High in Dallas on March 12, 2018, where he is the AVID and college career instructor, campus parent engagement specialist and after hours site coordinator. (Photo By Leslie Boorhem-Stephenson for The Texas Tribune)

In Texas, falling behind on your student loan payments can cost you your license to work

Texas is among several states that will bar teachers, dentists, nurses and other professional license holders from renewing their licenses if they are in default on their student loans. Critics say the practice is counterproductive, since it impedes Texans’ ability to work and pay back those loans.

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The University of Texas System building in Austin on Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo by Shelby Knowles for The Texas Tribune)

UT System regents will consider raising tuition Monday

Most University of Texas System schools have proposed increases in the 1 percent to 7 percent range, which, if approved, could add hundreds of additional dollars to students’ tuition bills.

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Planned Parenthood was kicked out of Texas' women's health programs (Photo by Martin Do Nascimento / KUT)

Planned Parenthood Substitutes Still Don’t Exist For Some In Texas Women’s Health Programs

The women’s health care program in Texas still has a long way to go.

According to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Healthy Texas Women, the state’s family-planning program and the breast exam and cervical cancer screening program served about 250,000 women last year. In 2010, the year before Planned Parenthood was removed from the programs, the state served more than 350,000 women.

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Photo by Neil Conway

ACLU lawsuit alleges ICE field office in El Paso among those holding asylum seekers without cause

The plaintiffs in the case include a Haitian ethics teacher fleeing political persecution, a Honduran national who alleges persecution for being gay and asylum seekers from Mexico, El Salvador, Venezuela and Cuba.

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A massive protest engulfs the Capitol Rotunda as anti-SB 4 protesters rally on May 29, 2017, the last day of the 85th Legislative session. (Photo by Bob Daemmrich for the Texas Tribune)

Federal appeals court’s ruling upholds most of Texas’ “sanctuary cities” law

As the case over Senate Bill 4 plays out, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that most of the immigration enforcement legislation can remain in effect.

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After the shooting incident, Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez said there was no evidence suggesting immigrants shot at the hunting group. (Photo Courtesy of the Presidio County Sheriff’s Office)

Hunting Guides Who Allegedly Lied About 2017 Shooting in Presidio County Sued for Negligence

*Editors note: An earlier version of the headline for this story  said Michael Bryant and Walker Daugherty lied about the shooting incident in 2017. While indicted on  charges, there hasn’t been a ruling in the case. We regret the error.

Last year, two hunting guides blamed immigrants who entered the country illegally for a shooting that occurred near Candelaria in Presidio County. The guides were leading a husband and wife from Florida on a hunt. The shooting left one of the guides and the husband injured. The story gained national attention, after an investigation revealed the shooting was  likely the result of friendly fire.

Now, the Florida couple is suing the two hunters.

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The Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin, on the evening before the start of SXSW 2015. (Geoff Livingston via Flickr/Creative Commons)

2018 Dispatches from South by Southwest

It’s that time again.

The annual South by Southwest will see techies, musicians and film geeks flock to the state capitol.

As the festival continues, we’ll hear from our correspondent and documentarian Karen Bernstein. She’ll talk with us during Morning Edition about the big news and big names that are coming out of the festival.

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Clockwise from top left, four Democratic candidates vying for U.S. Congressional District 23: Judy Canales, Jay Hulings, Rick Treviño and Gina Ortiz Jones. (Photos: Facebook campaign pages)

For first time in a while, CD-23 Democratic primary draws a crowd

Five Democrats are vying for a chance to take on U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, in Texas’ most competitive congressional district.

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Fri. Mar 2 Interview: 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 will speak as part of UTPB’s Boom or Bust lecture series on Monday, March 5 at 12 pm in Lecture Hall 001 at the UTPB Library. 

West Texas Talk is broadcast live at 6:30 pm each weekday.
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A Year Later, the Trans-Pecos Pipeline Still Isn’t Reaching Mexico

The hotly-contested Trans-Pecos Pipeline went into service in West Texas one year ago this month, amid protest from local opponents over private property disputes and environmental impacts. The aim of the Mexican-backed project was to export natural gas from the Permian Basin across the border. But one year in, Mexico is still not using any of the gas. And residents of the Big Bend have been feeling some of the pipeline’s impacts lately.

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At Gun Control Meeting With Trump, Cornyn Pushes For Action On Background Checks

At a bipartisan White House meeting on gun violence Wednesday, President Donald Trump pressed Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas and other lawmakers to come together and create “one great piece of legislation” to address background checks on gun sales, in addition to other measures.

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The Gray-Banded Kingsnake: Alpine’s Dennie Miller Wrote the “Bible” of a Secretive West Texas Native

Say “snake” and “West Texas” – and the mind buzzes with the image of a certain venomous character. But rattlers are hardly the full picture. Our region’s truly distinctive snakes are less fearsome, but more striking. The gray-banded kingsnake is … Continue reading

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Thu. Mar 1 Interview: 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 on wildlife, public lands, private landowners, and all who call the borderlands home. Masters last full-length doc, Unbranded, chronicled a 3,000 mile trip he and his three friends did with 16 wild mustangs. Masters has also made several short wildlife documentaries in and about West Texas, including Lions of West Texas and Pronghorn Revival.


West Texas Talk is broadcast live at 6:30 pm each weekday.
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