U.S. Border Patrol Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Hull from the El Paso Sector speaks at a press conference about a segment of the border wall being built near downtown El Paso, on Sept. 21, 2018. (Jesus Rosales for The Texas Tribune)

Federal Officials Unveil Plans For Four-Mile, 18-Foot-Tall Wall On Texas-Mexico Border

The El Paso “wall” — a steel bollard fence — is a reminder that the White House is doing what it can to make good on one of President Trump’s signature campaign promises.


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U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso (left), and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. (Marjorie Kamys Cotera:O'Rourke/Bob Daemmrich: Cruz)

Tonight Ted Cruz And Beto O’Rourke Meet For First Of Three Debates

Texas Republican Sen.Ted Cruz and his Democratic challenger, Congressman Beto O’Rourke will meet tonight in the first of three debates.

Tonight’s 6 p.m. debate in Dallas will focus on domestic policy.


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Thursday Interview: Station Update: Localore, West Texas Wonders, and Our Ancient, Troublesome Transmitter

In this episode, General Manager Elise Pepple joins Diana Nguyen to update listeners on what’s happenin’ at the station.

Here’s what they cover:

  • This year, the station received a grant to host storytelling workshops and events in West Texas. This is made possible through a grant from AIR’s project Localore. Find dates and more information here. To sign up for a workshop, shoot an email to storytelling@marfapublicradio.org.
  • West Texas Wonders is a journalism initiative the station launched this summer. Listeners submit questions, and we investigate. Check out this page to see the stories we’ve produced from this series, or to submit a question!
  • Elise Pepple explains what the deal with our broadcast in Marfa and Fort Davis is. (Hint: We’re using outdated technology.)
  • Membership Drive is just around the corner! Our fall drive will run from Monday, October 1 through Friday, October 5. We’ll cap off the week with a block party at the station during Chinati Weekend’s Made in Marfa that Friday.
  • Did you miss your favorite music show? Don’t fret! You can listen to any program from the past week here. To find shows from our entire archive beginning in April, head over to our mixcloud.
West Texas Talk is broadcast each Thursday at 6:00 PM and each Friday at 9:00 PM.

photograph by Stephanie Smith. In West Texas, the windy season creates scenes that might seem unusual elsewhere. Above, during a recent spring, the backstop at the ballpark in Dell City stopped more tumbleweeds than baseballs.

Where the West Winds Blow: What Causes the West Texas Windy Season?

For this episode, Nature Notes is teaming up with “West Texas Wonders” – a new reporting series, where listeners ask questions and Marfa Public Radio finds answers. Adele Powers lives in Marfa. “Windy season is the bane of my existence,” … Continue reading

Nature Notes is broadcast Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:35 am and 4:45 pm, and again on Thursdays at 7:06 pm.

Robert "Bob" Krumenaker begins work at Big Bend National Park on Sept. 24 (Courtesy of National Park System)

BBNP’s New Superintendent on Deferred Maintenance, Preservation and Park Safety

Soon, the sprawling 800,000-acre Big Bend National Park will have a new superintendent to guide it and oversee new projects. 

Beginning next week that role will be filled by Bob Krumenaker, a veteran of the of the National Park system. Krumenaker spoke with Marfa Public Radio about the challenges of leading such a massive national park and some ideas he has for its future. 


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Repair contractors have started work on the state park's historic pool (Source: Balmorhea State Park Facebook)

Repair Work Begins At Balmorhea State Park Pool, Will Take ‘Several Months’ To Reopen

Repair work to the historic Balmorhea State Park swimming pool is officially underway. In September, contractors started the initial repair process. Officials say it’s still unclear just how long it will be until the pool reopens. 


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Director Twila LaBar And Producer Sam Pfiester On “Blanche”

Last week, the film Blanche premiered in Marfa. It’s a story about a hermetic West Texas rancher suffering from the loss of his wife. But then, a friend decides to step in and help out… through some unconventional means.

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Border Patrol Agent Suspected In Texas Serial Murder Case

A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent has been arrested on the suspicion he murdered four people and kidnapped a fifth person. Juan David Ortiz, 35, was arrested in Laredo and faces charges of murder and aggravated kidnapping.

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Don Graham’s Giant

Ever wondered what really happened behind the scenes of the 1955 classic Giant? 

Well on this edition of the Rambling Boy, Lonn has you covered with some assistance from Don Grahams recent book Giant: Elizabeth Taylor,  Rock Hudson, James Dean, Edna Ferber, and the Making of a Legendary American Film.

The Rambling Boy is broadcast Mondays after the 10 am newscast and again after the 7 pm newscast.
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The Story of Mesquite in West Texas

For this episode, Nature Notes is teaming up with “West Texas Wonders” – a new reporting series, where listeners ask questions and Marfa Public Radio finds answers. Alan Cox is a Big Spring native. “One of the deals that I’ve … Continue reading

Nature Notes is broadcast Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:35 am and 4:45 pm
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Thu. Sep 13 Interview: Marfa’s “Money Man” On How To Make Financially Savvy Moves

This week’s West Texas Talk is all about money.

Our guest is investment adviser Tom Jacobs, who also goes by “The Money Man.” Jacob writes a column for the Big Bend Sentinel, where he gives readers financial advice. On this episode, he’s here to answer questions about how to make financially savvy life decisions.

“Keep your debt manageable, try to have as little as possible. If you do that you’re ahead of the game,” said Jacobs.”Then you start looking at things like saving and investing, buying a house, things like that.”

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West Texas Talk is broadcast each Thursday at 6:00 PM and each Friday at 9:00 PM.
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