West Texas Talk

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West Texas Talk is a weekly roundup of interviews for West Texas Public Radio.

In this hour we spotlight interviews conducted on-the-air for KXWT in the Permian Basin and on our sister station KRTS in the Big Bend.  West Texas Talk also draws from conversations we curate from public radio producers across the state and across the country.

The program is broadcast on 91.3 FM weekdays at 6:30 p.m. and hosted by station manager Tom Michael. We welcome your comments and your suggestions for interview guests at info@kxwt.org

 

Recently on West Texas Talk:

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017:
Ann Marie Nafziger, Mayor of Marfa

On tonight’s West Texas Talk, we hear from Marfa mayor Ann Marie Nafziger. She talks about the latest developments the city is undertaking – including re-establishing the town’s police department and affordable housing. She also talks  about in-town divisions — and how she sees herself and the council addressing them.

Thursday, Jun 22, 2017:
Summer Shakeup – DJ Camp with DJ Bigface and Chulita Vinyl Club

On this edition of West Texas Talk, a conversation with  Javier Arredondo (DJ Bigface) and members of the Austin chapter of the Chulita Vinyl Club.

They’re the instructors of the DJ Camp, put on in collaboration with Ballroom Marfa for Marfa ISD’s Summer Shakeup program. During the camp, the kids are learning the basics of DJing, from building a playlist to spinning and scratching.

Summer Shakeup DJ Camp 2017 ; via Sarah Melendez

The collaboration is being capped off with a DJ set including all the young DJs involved on on Friday, June 23, starting at 6 pm at Bar Nadar, located at the Saint George in Marfa.

 

Thursday, Jun 22, 2017:
Siamese

On tonight’s episode of West Texas Talk,Jackson Wisdorf is joined in the Marfa Public Radio studios by Siamese , who recently played at El Cosmico in Marfa.

The first show back in their home state of Texas after a West Coast Tour.

Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017:
Charlotte Reemts, the Nature Conservancy and Operation Ponderosa

On tonight’s West Texas Talk, we hear from Charlotte Reemts, a research and monitoring ecologist with the Nature Conservancy in Texas. She talks to us about the conservancy’s role in Texas, its collaboration with the Texas A&M Forest Service on “Operation Ponderosa”, and what makes the Davis Mountains so unique.  You can find out more about the Nature Conservancy here.

 

Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017:
Florists Mark and Jane Knox

On this episode of West Texas Talk, Elise Pepple speaks with florist Mark Knox, and his wife, Jane.

They reflect on 57 years in the floral business running Mark Knox Flowers, the numerous leadership positions they’ve both held in the city of Odessa (and beyond), and the special role of flowers in the Permian Basin. Don’t miss these lovely stories: From the customer that always complained to choosing the right blooms for a 92-year-old.

Friday, Jun 16, 2017:
Father’s Day Stories

In celebration of Father’s Day, we reached out to our listeners to tell us stories about their dads. Thanks to Cate Cole Schrim, Charlotte Browning, Martin and Alvin Dreyer, Lauren Furr, Chloe Gallagher and Mike Green for sharing their stories.

Thursday, Jun 15, 2017:
Summer Mummers

On tonight’s West Texas Talk, Elise Pepple speaks with Timothy Jebsen and Justin Tate from Midland Community Theatre. They’re performing in the 69th season of Summer Mummers, one of the longest running staged melodramas in the country. They discuss how the performers first got involved in theater, why comedy is important, and why you shouldn’t wear nice clothes (or fancy rings) to the show.

Summer Mummer runs from June 2 to September 2, 2017 at the Yucca Theatre in Midland. For more information, visit https://summermummers.com or www.mctmidland.org.

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017:
State of the Station

General manager Elise Pepple updates listeners about what’s been happening at the station. There are several new initiatives such as live storytelling events, the independent producer fund, a residency program, and the station’s public radio think tank.

In the midst of these exciting new programs, the station has also welcomed new people the radio family. Laurel Coniglio has joined the team as development director, and John Cone is our new engineer. Additionally, our Spring internship cycle just ended and the station bids farewell to Zoe Kurland, but welcomes incoming interns Elizabeth Trovall, Bayla Metzger, and Caroline Halter.

The station is always looking for ways to serve listeners better. Let us know what you’re thinking by filling out our survey!

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2017:
Professor and Director Bret Scott

On this episode of West Texas Talk, Zoe Kurland speaks with Bret Scott, an assistant professor at Sul Ross State University and the director of The 39 Steps from the Theatre of the Big Bend. Scott talks about his time as a working actor, and about teaching film at the Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts in Aqaba, Jordan.

This production of The 39 Steps is an adaptation written by Patrick Barlow, based on the 1915 novel written by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock. The original concept and production uses only four actors to play a variety of characters. Scott describes it as a farcical comedy.

A Preview Dress Rehearsal on June 16, 2017 is open to the public. Opening night is Saturday, June 17, 2017. All performances are at 8:15pm at the Kokernot Outdoor Theatre in Alpine. For more information, call (432) 837-8218 or visit www.sulross.edu/theatre.

Friday, Jun 9, 2017:
Lannan Resident: Chinelo Okparanta

On tonight’s West Texas Talk, a conversation with Lannan writer-in-residence Chinelo Okparanta.

Okparanta Under the Udala Trees (2015) and Happiness, Like Water (2013). One of Granta’s six New Voices for 2012, she was a finalist for the 2014 Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative and was short-listed for the 2013 Caine Prize in African Writing.

Her work was nominated for the 2016 NAACP Image Awards in Fiction as well as for the 2016 Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award in Fiction – Okparanta’s stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, among others.