Karin Lehmann piece "Handle" made in 2012.

Karin Lehmann piece "Handle" made in 2012.

Thursday Interview: Artist Karin Lehmann

Swiss Artist and Sculptor Karin Lehmann usually starts with everyday materials one can find at DIY markets, such as plaster, glass, Styrofoam or metal. In experimenting with them, she discovers unusual qualities of these raw materials that she develops into autonomous works. Her focus is on the work process, which plays a major role in defining the shape that the objects, sculptures and installations take.

Karin will present her work at DB14: Dallas Biennial with 19 other international artists. Karen received her Master in Contemporary Arts Practice from Berne University of the Arts in Switzerland and has had solo shows in London and Bern, the capitol of Switzerland, among many other places.

Talk At Ten is generally broadcast live at 10 am and repeated at 6:30 pm each weekday.
John Ward, operations project task manager at Waste Control Specialists' facility near Andrews, Texas, walks over to inspect concrete canisters that will house drums of nuclear waste. (David Bowser)

John Ward, operations project task manager at Waste Control Specialists' facility near Andrews, Texas, walks over to inspect concrete canisters that will house drums of nuclear waste. (David Bowser)

Court Thwarts Sierra Club’s Radioactive Waste Challenge

A state appeals court has thwarted a challenge to a low-level radioactive waste disposal site in West Texas – a ruling that signals growing difficulties for those trying to scrutinize the decisions of Texas environmental regulators.

Depending on whom you ask, such a trend would either rightly save companies time and money or unjustly bar citizens from fully sharing their environmental concerns.


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Wednesday Interview: Sul Ross Con Bio Club

The Sul Ross Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology (also known as the ConBio club) is a student and community club that is active in local, community-based conservation and volunteerism.

We talk with them about their organization and their plans for the future.

Talk At Ten is generally broadcast live at 10 am and repeated at 6:30 pm each weekday.
(Yolanda via Flickr CC BY-SA)

(Yolanda via Flickr CC BY-SA)

Thanks for Your Support!

Thanks again to all of our listeners and members for your support during our Spring Membership Drive!

Listener support is essential to this non-profit station, and we’re eternally grateful for your pledges and feedback. We like to keep these drives short and sweet, and we’re excited now to get back to bringing you in-depth reporting and quality news and entertainment around the clock.

Remember if you haven’t yet chipped in, you still can! Just click here to make your pledge.

Special thanks to all of our local business sponsors for offering up special premium gifts for the drive. Our thanks to:

Hotel Paisano
Kiowa Gallery
Celebration Liquor
Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Marfa Gliders
Food Shark & Future Shark
Maiya’s Restaurant
Cochineal
Marfa Maid Goat Dairy
Pretty Bird Salon
Twin Peaks Liquors
Artisan Randy Glover
Big Bend Brewing Company
Big Bend Coffee Roasters

A huge thanks as well to all of our dedicated members who offered up match challenges during the drive!

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La Llorona

Known as “La Llorona” in Mexican folklore, the ghost of the wailing woman haunts rivers, creaks and streets, depending on who you ask. This popular myth has been told by countless generations of Mexican families and continues to endure to … Continue reading

There's Something Out There airs the second and fourth Sunday of each month at 8:00 pm.
A Mennonite man drives a horse and buggy near Ciudad Cuauhtémoc. (Lorne Matalon/KRTS)

A Mennonite man drives a horse and buggy near Ciudad Cuauhtémoc. (Lorne Matalon/KRTS)

Drug Smuggling Twist: Innocent Mexicans Allegedly Duped By Mennonite Suspect

Federal prosecutors in Texas and New Mexico are dealing with a series of unusual cases.

Ten drug smuggling crimes have been traced to a man from a Mennonite community in Mexico who is alleged to have duped the victims.

The seduction starts with a classified ad in the paper, one that 23-year-old named Juan was drawn to. He asks that his last name not be revealed; he’s frightened there may be retribution if the man who placed the ad — identified by U.S. attorneys and the victims as David Giesprecht Fehr — finds him.


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Hoop Dancing comes to Alpine

On a Tuesday afternoon, the sun set over Kokernut Park in Alpine while a group of hula hoopers enjoyed the scenery to exercise, dance and converse about their daily lives. Marlys Hersey of The Big Bend Gazette started this hula hoop meet-up — or what’s also known as a “hoop jam” in the hooping community — back in March of 2013. The group has grown to over 50 people, where they meet each week — with meetings at the Granada Theatre every 1st and 3rd Monday and every 2nd and 4th Sunday at Kokernut Park.


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The Catch-22 of the F1 Visa

It’s not as though Gabby Carballo is trying desperately to escape her hometown of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. She is wary of what the “escape the violence” media narrative has done to the city’s image in recent years.

Gabby does, however, live on this side of the border in El Paso, Texas. She has the same visa as hundreds of other Mexican nationals living in far West Texas. It’s the F1, issued to full-time international students studying in the US. Currently there are 51 F1 students enrolled at the University of Texas Permian Basin, 14 at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, and 1800 at the University of Texas El Paso. Out of those 1800 at UTEP, around 1200 are Mexican citizens. UTEP is a “commuter school” – and more than 500 students cross the border from Ciudad Juárez to the El Paso Campus every day.

Gabby is a recent graduate of UTEP. She commuted from Juárez to El Paso for her first several years of school, a trip that could take anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours. She moved to El Paso in 2011, when she decided that the commute was no longer worth it. She has graduated and is nearing the end of her 60 day grace period in the US.


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The Man in Black

Billy finally saved enough money to move his family from a trailer to a house in West Texas. He thought he left his problems behind… until some of them followed him into his new home.

There's Something Out There airs the second and fourth Sunday of each month at 8:00 pm.
Last year's student producers.

Last year's student producers.

It’s Official: Season 2 of the KRTS Youth Media Project

We made it! Thanks to your generous support, we’ll be bringing youth media back to West Texas for a second year of the KRTS Youth Media Project.

Over 80 donors contributed a total of $7,876 to our Kickstarter campaign, exceeding our goal by more than $700. Some of those funds will go to this year’s student producers, who will pitch, write and produce their own radio stories at the KRTS studios over the next 8 weeks. The students will present their work to the community at a Listening Party at the Marfa Book Company in early May.

The project begins next week. We can’t wait to find out what kinds of stories the next generation of public radio producers and reporters are interested in telling. Stay tuned!

 

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Become a Community Correspondent, learn new skills and make new friends.

Become a Marfa Public Radio Community Correspondent

Never miss a city council meeting? Always finding interesting stories in the Big Bend? Go to a lot of community events or concerts? If you’re interested in sharing your knowledge and experience with Marfa Public Radio listeners, become one of our volunteer Community Correspondents.

We’re looking for engaged citizens from across the Big Bend. A Community Correspondent assists Marfa Public Radio with news gathering and producing stories from the community you live in.
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John Ward, operations project task manager at Waste Control Specialists' facility near Andrews, Texas, walks over to inspect concrete canisters that will house drums of nuclear waste. (David Bowser)
(Yolanda via Flickr CC BY-SA)
Karin Lehmann piece "Handle" made in 2012.
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Tue. Apr 15 Interview: Marfa Live Arts presents Karen Crenshaw

Installation artist and weaver Karen Crenshaw will perform for Marfa Live Arts’ Rerememberer, a theatrical performance and installation with a weaver on an amplified loom as its centerpiece.

Karen Crenshaw talks about her involvement with the piece and her artwork.

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Mon. Apr 14 Interview: Artist Suzanne Bocanegra

We spoke with Artist Suzanne Bocanegra, who will be presenting her piece Rerememberer at the Capri in Marfa, this Tuesday at 7:30 PM.

Talk At Ten is generally broadcast live at 10 am and repeated at 6:30 pm each weekday.
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Last Day of the Spring Membership Drive!

(David Quigley via Flickr CC BY-SA)

(David Quigley via Flickr CC BY-SA)

Well folks, it’s here! The last day of our Spring Membership Drive, and your last chance to pledge your support for non-profit, listener-backed radio here in Far West Texas!

Please don’t wait, call us now to donate at 432-729-4578, or toll-free at 1-800-903-KRTS. You can also just click here to make your pledge!

Many thanks to everyone who’s donated during the drive this week – it’s been so great hearing from just about every town and city in Texas, and from around the world.

Member support is essential to everything we do here – from buying the lightbulbs to traversing these long highways reporting on the issues that matter most to you.

A special thanks to Classical Midday host Roseland Klein of Fort Davis for her generous $1,000 match challenge this morning – we met it before the clock even struck 9!

Thanks also to Joe Williams of Big Bend Coffee Roasters for offering up a handful of 12-lb coffee subscriptions and tours for our callers this morning. Also thanks to Big Bend Brewing Company for providing tickets to their open house, happening Saturday in Alpine from 1-4 pm. 

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Fri. Apr 11 Interview: Pujan Gandhi

London art curator Pujan Gandhi will give a talk and presentation on the London art scene and the dynamics of the art world and market. Pujan Gandhi has assisted in the curatorial departments of the British Museum, Middlebury College Museum of Art, High Museum of Art and other galleries in New York and Mumbai.

He will be speaking at 7:00 PM on Friday, April 11 at the Highland Annex.

Talk At Ten is generally broadcast live at 10 am and repeated at 6:30 pm each weekday.
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Second-to-Last Day of the Spring Membership Drive!

Time is running out to pledge your support for non-profit, listener-supported public radio here in Far West Texas! The Spring Membership Drive only runs through Friday, April 11th.

We’ve still got a ways to go to meet our goal for the week. If you haven’t yet picked up that phone, do it now – call us at 432-729-4578 or toll-free at 800-903-KRTS to become a member or renew your pledge today!

If you’re streaming us from out of town, just click here to make a contribution.

Our eternal gratitude for everyone who’s donated so far during the drive – your support ensures we can continue bringing you timely news and information, and the highest-quality entertainment programming all day, every day.

And a special thanks to KRTS Board Member David Chappell of Fort Davis and Fort Worth for his generous $500 match challenge today during American Routes. Our listeners rallied and we successfully met the match!

We also want to thank our local business supporters for donating special premium gifts for the drive today: thanks to Big Bend Brewing, Susan Simmons Photography, Marfa Maid Goat Dairy, Cochineal, Food SharkArtisan Randy Glover of Fort Davis, Celebration Liquor and Hotel Paisano.

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