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, 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.

Thursday, Jul 19, 2018:
TSCRA President Bobby McKnight on Ranching in West Texas and Its Future

On this episode, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association president Bobby McKnight speaks to Elise Pepple.

McKnight talks about his life growing up in West Texas, ranching and its future. He also discusses what he says are misconceptions of the industry and the latest news for TSCRA.

Thursday, Jul 12, 2018:
Ed Pavlic on His Forthcoming Novel, “Another Kind of Madness”

On this episode, Travis Klunick speaks to Lannan resident Ed Pavlić about his forthcoming novel, Another Kind of Madness.

Pavlić has written eight collections of poetry and two critical studies. He is a professor of English and African American studies at the University of Georgia.

The writer will read at the St. George Pavilion on Sunday, July 15 at 7:30 pm.

Friday, Jul 6, 2018:
Part Two: Stories from Legacy Storytelling Workshop

On this episode, we hear personal stories crafted at the Legacy Storytelling Workshops. The project is a pilot venture of the Midland Storytelling Festival geared toward encouraging people to tell their own stories.

The workshop was facilitated by resident storyteller Sue Roseberry who provided instruction on the process of sharing the stories and coaching on story selection.

The first story on this episode is told by Cyndi Hill.  She is a wife and mother who loves to read, bake, and garden.  

The second story comes from Jane Holt. She’s the Manager of the Midland Centennial Library and serves on the Midland Storytelling Festival Board of Directors. Her story focuses on a summer at her grandparents’ mink ranch. 

Thursday, Jul 5, 2018:
Part One: Stories from Legacy Storytelling Workshop

On this episode, we hear personal stories crafted at the Legacy Storytelling Workshops. The project is a pilot venture of the Midland Storytelling Festival geared toward encouraging people to tell their own stories.

The workshop was facilitated by resident storyteller Sue Roseberry who provided instruction on the process of sharing the stories and coaching on story selection.

The first story on this episode is told by author Ellen Goldberg. She talks about a summer at The Parkway Inn in 1963.

The second story comes from retired educator Betty Ann Prentice. She volunteers for a number of boards and organizations that promote the arts in Midland Community. Her story focuses on her experience in the Girls Scouts, and what it meant to her.

Tomorrow we’ll hear from Cyndi Hill and Jane Holt.

Thursday, Jun 28, 2018:
Zero Tolerance, Family Separation, and the Path to Reunification

On this episode, Diana Nguyen speaks to fellow reporters Sally Beauvais and Carlos Morales about the zero-tolerance policy, family separation, and the path to reunification.

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