West Texas Talk


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 Tuesday through Friday at 6:30 p.m. We welcome your comments and your suggestions for interview guests at info@kxwt.org


Recently on West Texas Talk:

Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017:
Live Storytelling Event: “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” (Stories About Loving or Leaving West Texas)

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!

Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017:
We Are Public Radio!

For our Fall Membership Drive, we wanted to celebrate some of our renowned DJs who make our station great. Our station producers profiled seven of our beloved personalities — Roseland Klein, David Beebe, JP Schwartz, Primo Carrasco, David Branch, Michael Camacho, and Natalie Melendez. You get to learn a little bit more about the dedicated volunteers who keep listeners tuned in from around the world. Some have been with the station since it’s earliest days — nearly twelve years ago!

These stories were produced by Bayla Metzger, Jackson Wisdorf, Carlos Morales, Elizabeth Trovall, Caroline Halter, Sally Beauvais, and Diana Nguyen.

Friday, Oct 13, 2017:
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.

Thursday, Oct 12, 2017:
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.

Artist rendering of the Giant Magellan Telescope; Courtesy of The University of Texas

More information can be found at GMTO.org and McDonaldObservatory.org.

Thursday, Oct 12, 2017:
Best of UTPB’s “Boom or Bust” Personal Essays

On tonight’s program, we re-broadcasted our favorite personal essays from UTPB’s Boom or Bust project – stories to “help promote understanding of the Permian Basin’s energy and economic resources from a humanistic perspective.” Thanks to Dr. Rebecca Babcock and Dr. Jason Lagapa for spearheading this initiative. The stories you’ll hear are from Kristen Figgens, Alex Rathbun, Berry Simpson, Daniella Garcia, and Sheena Stieff.

Wednesday, Oct 11, 2017:
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.

Tuesday, Oct 10, 2017:
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.

Friday, Oct 6, 2017:
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.

Thursday, Oct 5, 2017:
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 and serves as the Online Coordinator for University of Texas at El Paso.

Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017:
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.