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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 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:

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.

Tuesday, Feb 20, 2018:
Get To Know Your Statewide Offices

The first day of early voting for the lone-star state started today (February 20th), and this radio station wants to make sure you’re in the loop before you go out and vote.

On this edition of West Texas Talk, we’re bringing you some explanations of what the largest statewide political offices actually do, with a little help from Ben Philpott and Mose Buchele of member-station KUT in the state capital.

For some extra information – The Secretary of State’s website has a handy list of important dates pertaining to the election – That can be found HERE

Friday, Feb 16, 2018:
Anna Teagarden In Marfa to Teach A Singing Workshop

In this episode of West Texas Talk, Diana Nguyen speaks to Anna Teagarden, Director of Children’s Music at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Houston. She is in Marfa with her two daughters, Kate and Leah Teagarden, to teach a singing workshop hosted by Marfa Live Arts. They discuss the workshop and Anna Teagarden’s diverse musical background.

Anna Teagarden is a member of the Bach Society and manages the Gulf Coast Course for the Royal School of Church Music, a course for aspiring young women singers. She received her Master’s Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Texas. 

To mark the end of the workshop, students will perform show tunes, sacred music, and folk songs at the Crowley Theater on Sunday, February 18th at 7 pm. 

Thursday, Feb 15, 2018:
Author Johnnie Bernhard on “A Good Girl”

On this episode of West Texas Talk, Diana Nguyen talks to Johnnie Bernhard, a former journalist and teacher turned author. They discuss her first novel, A Good Girl. The historical fiction was published in 2017 by Texas Review Press, and has garnered recognition from the Faulkner-Wisdom Competition. The work was also nominee for the 2018 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. Her second novel, How We Came to Be, will be published in Spring 2018. 

In this conversation, Nguyen and Bernhard discuss how the author got into writing, her interest in history, and the magic of small towns.

Bernhard’s essay, “The Last Mayberry,” can be found here.

Wednesday, Feb 14, 2018:
Kiss and Tell: Lives Stories from Marfa

Here is the full version of live stories from our Kiss and Tell event that took place on Monday, February 12 at the Crowley Theater. Thank you to our storytellers, Big Bend Brewing Co. for sponsoring the event, and to the Crowley Theater for hosting us. Adult content warning: stories 3 & 4 contain adult content. Please consider this before listening. Due to the nature of these stories they will not be broadcast on air. 

If you’re interested in telling a story at our forthcoming events, please shoot us an email as storytelling@marfapublicradio.org.

Here are the storytellers from the evening:

  • 7:05 – Elizabeth Redding moved to Marfa in 2006 to explore small town life in the desert. She loves nature, art, food and some humans. Elizabeth works as a tour guide at the Chinati Foundation, and facilitates workshops and classes in Marfa.
  • 20:25 – Susan Kirr was raised in the small-town architectural mecca of Columbus, Indiana. She worked as a journalist for 10 years, before transitioning to film. She’s a producer who has worked on over 40 films and tv shows. Susan and her husband, Rusty Martin, moved to Marfa last August.
  • 34:15 Disclaimer: This story contains adult content. Bud Frankenberger was raised in Kentucky and spent his working life as an English professor and university administrator at UT-Pan American. Since retiring, he’s spent his winters doing field work for Science & Resource Management at Big Bend National Park. He spends summers in northwest Michigan kayaking, hiking, and hosting his two adult children, 7 grand kids, and 1 great grand child.
  • 50:00 Disclaimer: This story contains adult content. Britney Bass is the operations manager at Ballroom Marfa. She says she has a big heart and a dirty mouth.
  • 1:05:00 – Michael Wallens is the vicar at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Marfa. He is married and has two grown boys living in Austin. He also has two dogs to fill the empty nest.
  • 1:17:00 – Matt Grant is a world renowned art handler, adventure cyclist, karaoke performer, and self-taught tattoo artist currently living with his beloved wife in Marfa.
  • 1:40:00 – Joel Hernandez grew up in Marfa. He enjoys sharing his emotions through the music he makes.