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 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:

Wednesday, Jul 5, 2017:
Elizabeth Hansen, Texas Archive of the Moving Image Program Coordinator

Elizabeth Hansen, a program coordinator for the Texas Archive of the Moving Image, discusses the organization’s mission and the Texas Film Round-Up project. The organization was founded in 2002, and aims to “to discover, preserve, provide access to, and educate the community about Texas’ film heritage” by collection and showcasing Texas films. TAMI provides wide access to a wide variety of films from home movies to industrial films, but is still looking for more moving images from the Trans-Pecos.

Texas Archive of the Moving Image will be collecting films from July 6-8th at the Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library on the Sul Ross campus from 8 am to 5 pm. On Friday, July 7th, films can also be dropped off during a screening of Robert Altman’s Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982) which begins at 8:30 pm at El Cosmico. “Lost Frequencies” DJ Little Danny will play songs set to TAMI footage prior to the feature.

More information about TAMI and the Texas Film Round-Up can be found here.

Tuesday, Jul 4, 2017:
Garrett T. Capps Inc.

On this edition of West Texas Talk, Jackson sits down with San Antonio-based Garrett T. Capps Inc. for a conversation and in-studio performance in Marfa Public Radio’s Studio-A.

About a year off the release of debut, full-length album Garrett T. Capps y Los Lonely Hipsters, a nod to his hometown of San Antonio, Capps is back with a new arrangement and new kind of sound – One he likes to describe as The Byrds’ Sweetheart of the Rodeo, but abducted by aliens.

Songs Performed: 

  • Interstate 35 Waltz
  • Trouble’s Callin’





Friday, Jun 30, 2017:
Johnny Sufficool on Gardens and Art Cars

John Sufficool first came to West Texas in the late seventies. Since then, he’s bounced around all over the region and has become a well-known resident in the Trans-Pecos for his gardening abilities, distinctive art, sotol production, and much more.

In this interview, Nguyen visits Sufficool at his home base in Alpine. They discuss Sufficool’s history in West Texas, his gardening, and his process for creating art cars which have become famous over the years.

Thursday, Jun 29, 2017:
Randy Ham, Executive Director for Odessa Council for the Arts and Humanities

Elise Pepple talks to Executive Director Randy Ham about the council’s upcoming programming and the importance of the arts to the Odessa community.

More information about the Odessa Council for the Arts and Humanities can be found here.

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017:
Ann Marie Nafziger, Mayor of Marfa

On tonight’s West Texas Talk, we hear from Marfa mayor Ann Marie Nafziger. She talks about the latest developments the city is undertaking – including re-establishing the town’s police department and affordable housing. She also talks  about in-town divisions — and how she sees herself and the council addressing them.

Monday, Jun 26, 2017:
Midland County’s Library Director John Trischitti on Literacy

Midland County’s Library Director John Trischitti, better known as Mr. T, has put Midland on the map as one of the state’s top libraries. In 2014, he won Texas Librarian of the year, and one of his passions is literacy. In March 2017, Trischitti gave a Ted Talk at Abilene Christian University about the larger implications of illiteracy. Nguyen and John discuss the correlation between illiteracy and lower income, poor health, and greater inequality.

Midland Need to Read summarizes estimates on the literacy gap in Midland County based on reports from Texas literacy organizations:

Thursday, Jun 22, 2017:
Summer Shakeup – DJ Camp with DJ Bigface and Chulita Vinyl Club

On this edition of West Texas Talk, a conversation with  Javier Arredondo (DJ Bigface) and members of the Austin chapter of the Chulita Vinyl Club.

They’re the instructors of the DJ Camp, put on in collaboration with Ballroom Marfa for Marfa ISD’s Summer Shakeup program. During the camp, the kids are learning the basics of DJing, from building a playlist to spinning and scratching.

Summer Shakeup DJ Camp 2017 ; via Sarah Melendez

The collaboration is being capped off with a DJ set including all the young DJs involved on on Friday, June 23, starting at 6 pm at Bar Nadar, located at the Saint George in Marfa.


Thursday, Jun 22, 2017:

On tonight’s episode of West Texas Talk,Jackson Wisdorf is joined in the Marfa Public Radio studios by Siamese , who recently played at El Cosmico in Marfa.

The first show back in their home state of Texas after a West Coast Tour.

Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017:
Charlotte Reemts, the Nature Conservancy and Operation Ponderosa

On tonight’s West Texas Talk, we hear from Charlotte Reemts, a research and monitoring ecologist with the Nature Conservancy in Texas. She talks to us about the conservancy’s role in Texas, its collaboration with the Texas A&M Forest Service on “Operation Ponderosa”, and what makes the Davis Mountains so unique.  You can find out more about the Nature Conservancy here.


Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017:
Florists Mark and Jane Knox

On this episode of West Texas Talk, Elise Pepple speaks with florist Mark Knox, and his wife, Jane.

They reflect on 57 years in the floral business running Mark Knox Flowers, the numerous leadership positions they’ve both held in the city of Odessa (and beyond), and the special role of flowers in the Permian Basin. Don’t miss these lovely stories: From the customer that always complained to choosing the right blooms for a 92-year-old.