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:

Wednesday, Mar 8, 2017:
Tom Neilson

On tonight’s West Texas Talk, Jackson Wisdorf speaks over the phone with Tom Neilson, a musician and social justice advocate, to talk about his inspirations, world travels, and how music has the ability to reach people in different ways compared to other forms of communication.

You can hear some of Tom’s music here




Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017:
Gordon Lightfoot

For tonight’s episode, Elise Pepple and J.P. Schwartz sit down with the legendary Canadian singer and songwriter Gordon Lightfoot. He is famous for such hits as “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” “‎If You Could Read My Mind,” and many more. Lightfoot discusses, punctuality, his friendship with Bob Dylan, going on tour, and confides in us the ultimate secret to working out.

Lightfoot will be performing at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center in Midland on March 8th at 8:00 pm.

Friday, Mar 3, 2017:
Lewis Hyde

Rachel Monroe sits down with poet, essayist, translator, cultural critic and Lannan resident Lewis Hyde.

Hyde takes a specific interest in imagination, creativity, and property, art-making at odds with commerce. He has authored The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World, Trickster Makes this World: Mischief, Myth and Art and Common as Air: Revolution, Art, and Ownership on these topics, and today sits down to talk about his latest work on memory.

Thursday, Mar 2, 2017:
West Texas’ McDonald Observatory takes on the Universe’s biggest mystery – Dark Energy

Enthusiasm at the McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis is running high with the Hobby-Eberly Telescope back on line with world-class instrumentation and a new mission – probing the universe for the composition and effects of Dark Energy. The project is called HETDEX, Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment. The astronomer in charge, Professor Gary Hill of UT Austin, describes the project and its exciting possibilities on West Texas Talk.

Wednesday, Mar 1, 2017:
2017 Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering

The annual Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering happened over the weekend. The two-day event is held every year in Alpine, and we were there recording it.

So tonight we’re gonna bring you a few of the songs and poems performed over those two nights.

You’ll hear from Dale Burson, Randy Rieman, Yvonne Hollenbeck, and Doris Daley. You can find more information about the annual event here. Continue reading

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017:
Storyteller Jasmine Cardenas

Last week we brought you an interview with Carolina Quiroga-Stultz, a storyteller, teacher and artist who was performing at Estamos Aqui- the Hispanic Storytelling Festival in Midland.

Tonight on West Texas Talk Jackson Wisdorf was joined via phone with Jasmine Cardenas another great performer from Estamos Aqui.

Along with storytelling Jasmine is also a professional and credited actress in film and theater.

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.