West Texas Talk

West Texas Talk is your weekday interview program on Marfa Public Radio, at 6:30 PM.

West Texas Talk 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 series Executive Producer is Tom Michael, but 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 us at news (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, Feb 24, 2017:
Storyteller Carolina Quiroga-Stultz

On this West Texas Talk, Jackson Wisdorf sits down with Carolina Quiroga-Stultz a Storyteller, teacher and artist living in San Antonio, Texas.

She’s in Midland to perform for Estamos Aqui – The Hispanic Storytelling Festival – in partnership with the Midland County Public Libraries, Midland Storytelling Festival, and the Hispanic Cultural Center of Midland.

Along with storytelling a the festival Carolina is hosting a bilingual workshop to explore how to develop other voices, sound effects and effective ways to read and tell entertaining tales to kids or students.

Thursday, Feb 23, 2017:
A Conversation with Jermaine Packer: “Unapologetically Black”

For this West Texas Talk, Diana Nguyen speaks to Jermaine Packer, an organizer of the event “Unapologetically Black: A Celebration of Black Art and Culture.” The event takes place from Friday, February 24 to Sunday, February 26th at the Palmer Activity Center in Midland.

More information here.

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017:
Be Mine: Your Stories about Love

Last week — in the spirit of Valentine’s day, Marfa Public Radio/West Texas Public Radio held a live storytelling event in Marfa, Texas called Be Mine.

Friends, neighbors, and strangers gathered to listen to eight people tell stories of love — love gone right and love gone wrong. 

Tonight on West Texas Talk, we’re bringing you the audio from that event. You’ll hear stories from: Continue reading

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017:
Texas District 81 Representative Brooks Landgraf

Last Friday February 17th, Texas District 81 Republican Representative Brooks Landgraf of Odessa and District 76 Democratic Representative Cesar Blanco of El Paso met on the Odessa College campus in Odessa for a conversation event put on by the Texas Tribune.

The two discussed a myriad of topics currently passing around the ongoing Texas Legislative Session – topics from Border Security and Public Education to the restructuring of the Texas’ Child Protective Services and of course the state budget.

On this West Texas Talk, Jackson Wisdorf sits with Representative Landgraf after the event to chat about topics happening both locally and at the Legislative Session. 

Friday, Feb 17, 2017:
Geno Delafose – Zydeco Musician

On this edition of West Texas Talk Jackson Wisdorf talks with well-known zydeco musician Geno Delafose about his musical roots playing with his father John Delafose, the new direction zydeco music is taking, and you’ll hear a few tracks from Geno’s latest Grammy-nominated album Le Creole Cowboy.

Thursday, Feb 16, 2017:
Little Joe at Valentine’s in Valentine

On this episode of West Texas Talk, Elise Pepple sits down with Little Joe Hernandez before he takes the stage at Valentine’s in Valentine. Little Joe says he didn’t always want to tell his story, but the reason he changed his mind. Here, he talks about how he got started, what his success means, meeting fans on cruise ships, and family.



Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017:
Love Stories from Brit Webb, Julie Bernal, and Socorro Licon

On this episode of West Texas talk, in celebration of Valentine’s Day and in anticipation of our storytelling event, we’re bringing you three voices from the community talking about love.

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017:
Modern Love: A Valentine’s Day Special

Today’s West Texas Talk is a special Valentine’s Day treat — a box of chocolates for your ears.

It’s a Valentine’s-themed episode of the podcast Modern Love — produced by The New York Times and WBUR in Boston. It’s based on The New York Times Sunday Styles column by the same name, and features true stories of love, loss, and redemption.

We brought you an abbreviated version of the episode on West Texas Talk, but you can listen to the whole thing on the podcast’s website.

Friday, Feb 10, 2017:
Roger Allen Polson

On this West Texas Talk, we sit down with Roger Allen Polson, who co-authored the book Miles and Miles of Texas: 100 Years of the Texas Highway Department with Carol Dawson. The book takes us through the history of the Texas Highway Department, and through that, the history of Texas. As Polson says, Texas is full of characters, and the highway department is no exception. In fact, the story of the highway department is filled with drama and stories. Polson talks history, his favorite highway and more.

Thursday, Feb 9, 2017:
Laurie Lewis

This coming weekend in Terlingua is Slim Fest Two and just as it sounds, this is the second iteration of the festival celebrating the music of iconic Texas Jazz Grass musician Slim Richey.

Performing at this year’s festival are a full gamut of great musicians including the Jitterbug Vipers (One of Slim’s former groups), Jo Buck Johnson, Bill Kirchen, as well as Laurie Lewis, a Grammy winning Bluegrass Musician among many other things

On this edition of West Texas Talk, Laurie  joined Jackson Wisdorf on the phone from her home in Berkeley, California, to talk about her recently nominated album The Hazel and Alice Sessions, performing at Slim Fest, as well as her roots and inspirations in music.