West Texas Talk

West Texas Talk is your nightly interview program that broadcasts Thursday at 6 pm, and rebroadcasts Friday at 9 am.

The program features interviews with community members discussing issues that affect our region, along with upcoming local programs and events. You’ll also hear from local and visiting, artists, musicians, authors, scientists, and other interesting personalities.

The program made its debut when the station launched, and as a result, it’s become a repository of hundreds of local profiles. The program is hosted by a revolving list of community members. The theme music for West Texas Talk was composed by Andy Stack.

Do you have an idea for a West Texas Talk topic or guest suggestion? Email diana (at) marfapublicradio (dot) org. Below is a list of current interviews. See previous interviews here.

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Recently on West Texas Talk:

Thursday, Sep 20, 2018:
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 (Hint: We’re using outdated technology.)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.

Thursday, Sep 13, 2018:
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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Thursday, Sep 6, 2018:
“Shallow Waters” with Naveena Sadasivam and Zoë Schlanger

Water on the US-Mexico border is in a precarious state. 6 million people on both sides rely on the Rio Grande, but climate change and population growth are straining the resource.

How are the United States and Mexico planning for the increasing demands on river and groundwater along the border?

Reporters Naveena Sadisavam and Zoë Schlanger explore these questions in the series “Shallow Waters,” a journalistic collaboration between The Texas Observer and Quartz that “the complexities of border water in a hotter, drier world.”

Thursday, Aug 30, 2018:
Jim Bradbury On Eminent Domain, Its Future and Reform

On West Texas Talk this week we hear from Jim Bradbury, an eminent domain attorney, who represents Texas landowners.

In this episode, Bradbury discusses the often convoluted process of eminent domain, which gives power to the state of the federal government to take properties for public use. The law requires just compensation for the taking, but Bradbury says it’s often not enough.

“Eminent domain is an enormous issue,” says Bradbury. “Landowners are really being inundated by this process and being bewildered by it.”

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Thursday, Aug 23, 2018:
Writer Seamus McGraw on “A Thirsty Land: The Making of an American Water Crisis”

On this episode of West Texas Talk, writer Seamus McGraw talks about his new book, “A Thirsty Land.”

The book explores the depths of water policy in Texas and the often convoluted laws and histories behind it.

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Thursday, Aug 16, 2018:
Dr. Adrian Vega talks Education in the Permian Basin

Dr. Adrian Vega was a professional educator for twenty years before taking a job with the Sewell family of companies as their chief people officer. As part of this job, he serves as an executive board member of the Education Partnership of the Permian Basin. It’s a new nonprofit focused on increasing the awareness of strengths and challenges of the public education system in the area.

In this conversation, Beauvais and Vega talk about how the organization is hoping to get public and private entities invested in improving education, and the challenges the region faces in making that happen. 

Friday, Aug 10, 2018:
2018 Marfa Transom Traveling Workshop Stories Pt. 2

The Transom Traveling Workshop returned to Marfa this year. Students from around the country came to learn the craft of radio storytelling from instructors Rob Rosenthal and Matt Largey.

In this episode, we highlight radio profiles crafted throughout the week at the workshop. You’ll hear from a diverse range of West Texans: Balmorhea couple Sue and Jim Franklin, Valentine librarian Lety Navarrete, archaeologist Andy Cloud, and artist Christine Olejniczak.

These pieces were produced by students Martin Brusewitz-Hernandez, Andrea Gutierrez, Nic Querolo, and Rachel Templeton.

Wednesday, Aug 8, 2018:
2018 Marfa Transom Traveling Workshop Pt. 1

The Transom Traveling Workshop returned to Marfa this year. Students from around the country came to learn the craft of radio storytelling from instructors Rob Rosenthal and Matt Largey.

In this episode, we highlight radio profiles crafted throughout the week at the workshop. You’ll hear from a diverse range of West Texans: patrons who frequent Mando’s Restaurant in Marfa, local holocaust museum owners Kim and Peggy Thornsburg, Ballroom Marfa’s Executive Director and Curator Laura Copelin, and writer Sterry Butcher.

These pieces were produced by Rafi Bilder, Aaron Naparstek, Libby Gormely, and Trish Deitch.

Thursday, Aug 2, 2018:
Lannan Resident Donika Kelly Discusses the Role of Mythic Creatures and Exploring Trauma in “Bestiary”

On this episode, Ryan Paradiso speaks to poet Donika Kelly about her debut poetry collection, Bestiary.

Kelly will read at the St. George Pavilion on Sunday, August 5th at 7:30 pm.

Thursday, Jul 26, 2018:
Charles Rice-González Discusses Living in the Bronx and His First Novel, “Chulito”

On this episode, Rachel Monroe speaks to Lannan resident Charles Rice-González about growing up in the Bronx and his first novel, Chulito.

The writer will read at 7:30 pm on Sunday, July 29 at the St. George Pavilion.