West Texas Talk

West Texas Talk is your nightly interview program that broadcasts Tuesday through Friday at 6:30 PM.

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.

Before March 2015, the program was known as Talk At Ten and was broadcast live at 10 AM.

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:

Friday, Oct 13, 2017:
Musician Meshell Ndegeocello

On this episode of West Texas Talk, Grammy Award nominated musician Meshell Ndegeocello stops by the studio. Ndegeocello talks about her most misunderstood song, collaborating with artists including John Mellencamp and Chaka Khan, and her recent theater project. We also talk about Ndegeocello’s forthcoming album, Ventriloquism, which is a series of 90s pop covers.

Thursday, Oct 12, 2017:
Giant Magellan Telescope Will Examine Deep Space Like Nothing Before

Pete Szilagyi speaks to McDonald Observatory director Dr. Taft Armandroff, who is helping plan and fund a new observatory on a Chile mountaintop. To be the largest telescope on earth, Armandroff says the Giant Magellan Telescope is “a revolutionary project that’s really going to change what we know about the universe” and complement ground-breaking research in West Texas.

Artist rendering of the Giant Magellan Telescope; Courtesy of The University of Texas

More information can be found at GMTO.org and McDonaldObservatory.org.

Wednesday, Oct 11, 2017:
A discussion about theatre and race relations with Marjie Scott of Sul Ross University

In this episode of West Texas Talk, theatre professor Marjie Scott discusses the play Clybourne Park, which opens at Sul Ross University on Oct. 20. Throughout the conversation, we explore racial tension in America and the different ways it has manifested both before and after the civil rights movement.

Tuesday, Oct 10, 2017:
A Conversation with Humorist David Sedaris About His New Book “Theft by Finding”

In this episode of West Texas Talk, find out why David Sedaris is fascinated by “people behaving horribly.” Sedaris also speaks with his signature candor and wit about the process of going through decades of old diaries to write his newest book.

Friday, Oct 6, 2017:
Musician Robert Ellis

On this edition of West Texas Talk, we sit down with musician Robert Ellis. Ellis talks about jazz and singer-songwriters, tells us about how his pianist mother and guitar playing uncle got him into music, and we play and discuss a couple tracks from his recent, self-titled album.

Thursday, Oct 5, 2017:
Dr. Bixler-Márquez and Dr. Irma Montelongo on UTEP’s New Online Chicano Studies Program

Whether you’re based in Far West Texas or Melbourne, Australia, getting your degree in Chicano Studies has never been easier. On this episode of West Texas Talk, University of Texas at El Paso professors, Dr. Bixler-Márquez and Dr. Irma Montelongo, discuss the university’s new online Chicano Studies program.

Dr. Bixler-Márquez is Director of Chicano Studies at University of Texas at El Paso, the first Chicano Studies program in Texas.

Dr. Irma Montelongo is a professor of Chicano Studies and serves as the Online Coordinator for University of Texas at El Paso.

Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017:
Pickwick Players discuss their original play, Project 398.2

In this episode of West Texas Talk you’ll hear from Abby Cheek and Josh Maguire, two members of Pickwick Players, a youth theatre group in Midland Texas. Abby and Josh are two of many high school students who spent two years developing an original play in which a girl named Helen learns to cope with the struggles of being a teenager through fairy tales.

Tuesday, Oct 3, 2017:
Artist William Cordova

On this episode of West Texas Talk, we speak with Peruvian artist William Cordova. Cordova discusses his recent works, the construction of culture, an early love of radio, and more. His solo show, ankaylli: spatial and ideological terrain, will be on view at Marfa Contemporary from October 6 through December 22, 2017.

Thursday, Sep 28, 2017:
The Kitchen Sisters

On this episode of West Texas Talk we hear from the Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva. Together the two have created hundreds of stories for public broadcast. Most recently, they made “The HiddenWorld of Girls”, a series on NPR that explores the lives of girls and the women they become.


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Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017:
Professor Stephanie LeMenager on Energy and Culture

Stephanie LeMenager is a professor of English and environmental studies at the University of Oregon. She writes about energy, climate, culture, and the role of the arts and humanities. Despite growing up in an oil family, LeMenager went on to become an environmentalist who holds a nuanced perspective of the role oil has played in American identity. This topic is explored in her book Living Oil: Petroleum Culture in the American Century. 

In this conversation, LeMenager and Nguyen discuss the importance of oil in the American mythos, the branding challenges of renewable energy and climate change, and how storytellers can help envision a more productive, sustainable future by moving past apocalyptic narratives.

She will speak at UTPB on October 5 as part of the Boom or Bust Speaker series, and is looking forward to learning more about the complex experiences of people in the Permian Basin.