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West Texas Talk features interviews with community members discussing issues that affect our region, along with upcoming local programs and events. You’ll hear from local and visiting, artists, musicians, authors, scientists, and other interesting personalities.

The program is broadcast on 91.3 FM each Thursday at 6:00 PM and each Friday at 9:00 PM. We welcome your comments and your suggestions for interview guests at info@kxwt.org

 

Recently on West Texas Talk:

Thursday, Mar 29, 2018:
Lonn Taylor and Avram Dumitrescu on “Marfa for the Perplexed”

On this episode, Diana Nguyen speaks to historian Lonn Taylor and Alpine-based artist Avram Dumitrescu about Taylor’s newest book, Marfa for the Perplexed. 

The book is a collection of essays Taylor has written throughout his time in the Big Bend. The essays focus on important characters and historical events in Marfa and Presidio County. Marfa for the Perplexed is a Marfa Book Co. publication.

“The thesis of the book is really that Marfa has always been a refuge for individualists and eccentrics,” Taylor explains. “[T]he current crop are just the latest in a long, long tradition of people doing what they feel like doing here.”

On Friday, March 30th, Lonn Taylor will speak about the book at 6 pm at the Crowley Theater. 

An exhibition of Avram Dumitrescu’s illustrations will be on display at the Greasewood Gallery in the Hotel Paisano from March 31- May 28. The show opens on Saturday. March 31 at 6 pm. 

Thursday, Mar 22, 2018:
Behind the Stories: Sierra Blanca ISD, El Mac’s Presidio Mural, and the Trans-Pecos Pipeline

On this episode, Diana Nguyen speaks to reporters Carlos Morales, Bayla Metzger, and Sally Beauvais about their most recent stories.

Thursday, Mar 15, 2018:
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 speak as part of Midland College’s Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series on Tuesday, March 20 at the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center. The filmmaker’s lecture, “Exploring the Gray: A Life in Documentary Film” will begin at 7:30 pm.

Midland college is an underwriter of this station.

Thursday, Mar 8, 2018:
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.

 

Friday, Mar 2, 2018:
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. 

Thursday, Mar 1, 2018:
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.

 

Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018:
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 catalog of music, which include growing up listening to Classic Rock bands like Van Halen and Rush, as well as modern hip hop producers like MF DOOM.

 

 

Tuesday, Feb 27, 2018:
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 2017, and Kitty of the Year from her first solo album Songs By A Bear.

 

 

 

Friday, Feb 23, 2018:
State of the Station: Programming Changes, Upcoming events, and More

Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018:
Journalist Jennifer Hiller Talks About Reporting on Energy in West Texas

On tonight’s West Texas Talk, we speak with journalist Jennifer Hiller, who writes about oil and gas for the San Antonio Express-News. Hiller started on the energy beat in South Texas, where she reported quite a bit on the Eagle Ford Shale. She now regularly reports on the Permian Basin. Her West Texas stories have looked at everything from light pollution to industry water usage and the oil boom and bust.

Hiller has been a finalist for the Gerald Loeb Awards for the last two years, the highest honor in business writing. She won first place from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers for her energy coverage in 2017.