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 info@marfapublicradio.org.

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.

What are you voting for in county elections?

It’s early voting for Texas’ March 6 primaries. Early voting runs from Tuesday, February 20 to Friday, March 2. We’ve compiled a partial list of local county races in our area. These counties range in size from 100 people to 160,000 people, and the responsibilities of county positions will vary accordingly. If you’re unsure of what any of these positions do, check out Texas Counties Deliver for explainers on seats from County Judge to County Commissioner to Justice of the Peace.

For a comprehensive list of local, state, and national candidates who have filed, visit the Secretary of State website. You can get a preview of your ballot from the League of Women Voters. Enter your address, and learn about races in your area by going to vote411.org.

There are also state positions on the ballot this primary. To learn about what your statewide elected officials do, listen here. We’ve also done interviews with Texas’ Congressional District 23 candidates Jay Hulings, Angela Villescaz, Judy Canales, Rick Treviño, and Gina Ortiz Jones. In the coming week, we’ll have interviews with D23 incumbent Will Hurd, and his Republican challenger, Alma Arredondo-Lynch.


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What Does An Election Judge Do – And Who Gives Them That Gig?

Early voting for the March 6 primaries in Texas started this week. But, if you plan on voting on Election Day, it’s possible you might run into someone at your polling location with the title of “election judge.”

As part of our Texas Decides project, a listener wanted to know what they do and how they got that job.


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State Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, walks into the federal courthouse in San Antonio on Monday morning, Feb. 12, 2018, as his trial continues. (Photo: Robin Jerstad for The Texas Tribune)

Jury finds Democratic state Sen. Carlos Uresti guilty of 11 felonies, including fraud

State Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, could face years in prison and lose his seat after he was found guilty of multiple felonies Thursday.


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Can Voters Loyal To One Party Cause Chaos In The Other Party’s Primary?

If you’re loyal to a particular political party, have you – or a fellow Democrat or Republican – at least thought about voting in the opposing party’s primary? Maybe for a person you think would be a weaker candidate in the general election? Or maybe just to “mess” with the “other team”?


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Texas State Sen. Carlos Uresti and his wife Lleanna Uresti arrive at the John H. Wood Jr. Federal Courthouse for closing arguments in his criminal fraud trial Tuesday. (PHOTO BY JOEY PALACIOS / TEXAS PUBLIC RADIO)

Jury Deliberations Begin In Federal Criminal Trial Against State Sen. Uresti

Closing arguments were delivered Tuesday from both the defense and prosecution in the federal trial against State Sen. Carlos Uresti and his involvement in the bankrupt fracking sand company Four Winds Logistics.


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Voters line up outside of The University Co-op across from the University of Texas at Austin. GABRIEL CRISTÓVER PÉREZ/KUT NEWS

Who Decides Where Texans Cast Their Ballots?

In this primary election, voters will decide who appears on November’s general election ballot. From now until March 2, you can cast your ballot at any polling place in the county where you’re registered. But on Election Day, most Texas voters have to go to their assigned polling place. (That’s unless you’re in one of the counties participating in a special program.)


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Maria Vera feeds her newborn son, Jair Alexander, with the help of Melissa Benson, a registered nurse and director of women's services at The Children's Hospital of San Antonio, in December. (PHOTO: LYNDA GONZALEZ FOR KUT)

Like Texas, California Once Had A Maternal Mortality Crisis. Here’s How The State Solved It.

Last year, Texas lawmakers directed a task force investigating maternal deaths to come up with best practices to curb those deaths. Experts and advocates say that task force should be looking at one state in particular: California.


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Early voting begins Tuesday, February 20. The primary election is on March 6th. (PHOTO CREDIT RYAN POPPE)

2018 Elections: What You Need Know Before Early Voting

The midterm elections are often the overlooked middle child of any election cycle. But while they don’t get as much press as races during Presidential election years, the stakes are high. Thirty six states, including Texas, are voting for governor in 2018. Midterms are especially significant for the U.S. and Texas House of Representatives, since their terms are just two years long. The winners won’t be decided until November, but the road to the election begins with the primaries on Tuesday .
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Illustration by Anthony Truong-Nguyen

UT/TT Poll: Clear sailing for Abbott, Patrick, uncertain waters for Bush, Miller

Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick are far ahead of their Republican primary opponents in the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, but the Democrats running for those two high offices face more difficult paths to their party’s nomination.


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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 info@marfapublicradio.org.

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.

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Tue. Feb 20 Interview: 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

West Texas Talk is broadcast live at 6:30 pm each weekday.
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Lonn & Dedie Take on The Florida Keys (Again)

“Que bonito es no hacer nada, y despues de no hacer nada, descansar,” – “How sweet it is to do nothing and, after doing nothing, rest.”

That’s the sign that hangs up outside of the Taylor residence in Fort Davis, and it’s exactly the mantra Lonn and Dedie followed on their latest ramble to the Florida Keys – As Lonn explains in this edition of The Rambling Boy.

The Rambling Boy is broadcast Monday evenings after the 7 pm newscast.
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Fri. Feb 16 Interview: 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. 

West Texas Talk is broadcast live at 6:30 pm each weekday.
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D23 Candidate Angela Villescaz Talks About Her Low Profile and Grassroots Approach

Angela “Angie” Villescaz is one of the 5 democratic candidates that have entered the district 23 race.  The Uvalde resident has largely kept a low-profile compared to her opponents. She’s had no website or real social media presence. But she says that’s changing now.

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