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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Friday Interview:
Ramona Rose

On this edition of West Texas Talk, a conversation and in-studio performance from musician, artist, and poet Ramona Rose.

Originally from upstate New York, Ramona came Texas via Joshua Tree, California, with intent to help with Hurricane Harvey relief – she ended up in Marfa after meeting some people in El Paso who told her it was a good place to start.

She stopped by Marfa Public Radio’s Studio A to perform a few songs and talk about life experiences.

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Wednesday, Sep 6, 2017:
Writer Glen Aaron, Organizer of the Permian Basin Writers Workshop

Glen Aaron is a former attorney turned writer who organizes the Permian Basin Writers’ Workshop. His most recent work is The Curse of Sacerdozio, a judiciary tale loosely inspired by former Justice Antonin Scalia’s death at Cibolo Creek.

In this episode, Aaron talks about the workshop, his writing, and colorful personal history.

The workshop will take place from September 15-17. More information can be found here.

Tuesday, Sep 5, 2017:
West Texas Parks Summer Series

On tonight’s episode of West Texas Talk, we revisit our summer parks series, where we stopped by the state and national parks in our area. Our first stop on our West Texas tour takes us into the Permian Basin, where we head to Monahans Sandhills State Park. After that, we’ll dive into the spring-fed waters of Balmorhea State Park, then visit the nearby Davis Mountains State Park. Rounding up our summer tour is a stop to Big Bend National Park, where officials from both sides of the border are learning to deal with a decades-old problem: trespassing livestock.


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Friday, Sep 1, 2017:
Musicians JD Samson & MEN

On this edition of West Texas Talk, a conversation with Brooklyn-based band, JD Samson & MEN.

The group recently performed in Marfa as a part of the opening reception of Tierra. Sangre. Oro at Ballroom Marfa.

The band’s music speaks of “issues such as wartime economies, sexual compromise, and the demand for liberties through lyrical content and an inventive, high-energy stage show,” according to Samson.


Thursday, Aug 31, 2017:
State of the Station: Survey Results and Fall Happenings

We’d like to share the results of our July listener survey with you- our first ever! Listen to our West Texas Talk with General Manager Elise Pepple, Development Director Laurel Coniglio, Independent Producer Sally Beauvais, Rambling Boy Lonn Taylor, and listener Ekta Escovar.

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Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017:
Photographer John Slaughter on “Marfa and the Mystique of Far West Texas”

Photographer John Slaughter discusses his newest work, Marfa and the Mystique of Far West Texas. Slaughter explains how the book can provide some visual perspective in revealing Marfa’s special qualities that can be difficult to understand. The photographs in the work include high desert landscapes, art installations, performers, local residents, indigenous flora, and iconic local landmarks.

John Slaughter has been a professional and exhibiting photographer for over forty years. He currently divides his time between Grand Coteau, Louisiana, and Marfa, Texas – two entirely contrasting environments on nearly the same latitude. You can find more of his work here.

Monday, Aug 28, 2017:
Presidio ISD Superintendent Dennis McEntire

On this episode of West Texas Talk, a conversation with Presidio ISD Superintendent Dennis McEntire. Facing nearly $1 million in funding cuts, McEntire discusses budget priorities for his district, the expiration of Additional State Aid for Tax Reduction (ASATR) and the unique challenges of educating a remote, poverty-stricken district.

Thursday, Aug 24, 2017:
Christopher Owens

On this West Texas Talk, a conversation with American singer, songwriter, and musician Christopher Owens.

Owens is best known as the frontman and songwriter for the now-disbanded indie rock band Girls – He has since released three solo albums.

He stopped by the studios in Marfa during the inaugural Marfa Poetry Festival, where he was performing, to talk about his music, upbringing in a traveling religious community, and relationship with Amarillo-artist Stanley Marsh.


Thursday, Aug 24, 2017:
Ballroom Marfa Presents “Tierra. Sangre. Oro.”

On this edition of West Texas Talk, a conversation with Rafa Esparza, Beatriz Cortez, and Timo Fahler, some of the artists behind Tierra. Sangre. Oro. – the latest exhibit from Ballroom Marfa.

For this project, adobe is central to the work. The exhibit addresses and excavates the history of colonialism, labor and economic value scales, queer culture and masculinity, as well as personal and familial legacy. While making these interventions, the artists will explore, “the visibility of Brown people in Marfa.”

Esparza learned how to make adobe brick from his father, and will work with artists from the Los Angeles community and local Marfa craftsmen to produce bricks and install the project.The artists set traditional materials, inherited processes, and ephemeral choreographies up against institutional structures and the historical narratives of Western sculpture, land art, and performance.

Wednesday, Aug 23, 2017:
Personal Narratives from UTPB’s Boom or Bust Writing Workshop

Professor Jason Lagapa discusses UT PB’s “Boom or Bust” writing workshop. The project aims “to help promote understanding of the Permian Basin’s energy and economic resources from a humanistic perspective.” This project is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and includes a speaker series, writing workshops, and book clubs.

This station is partnering with UTPB to feature essays from the writing workshop on Marfa Public Radio. In this program, you hear personal essays from Berry Simpson, Alex Rathbun, Chris Bartlett, and Sheena Stieff.

The first writing workshop for the semester takes place on on August 30, 2017.

Previous stories from the “Boom or Bust” writing workshop have been featured on West Texas Talk here:

Tuesday, Aug 22, 2017:
Western Swing Musician Bobby Flores

On this edition of West Texas Talk, a conversation with Grammy Award-winning Western swing fiddle player and acclaimed Texas musician Bobby Flores.

As well as being a world class touring and session musician, Bobby runs a recording studio and school for students aiming to become professional touring musicians in San Antonio.

Bobby and his six-piece Yellow Rose band, will be performing at Marfa’s USO Building (302 S Highland Ave, Marfa, TX 79843) August 26th with all proceeds benefiting this radio station. Doors for the event open at 8pm, with the show and dance running from 9pm till midnight. 

Visit bobbyflores.com for more information on the band and music.