Thursday, Dec 6, 2018:
Re-broadcast: Claire Dederer Asks “What Do We Do With The Art Of Monstrous Men?”
For the rest of December, we’ll be revisiting our favorite interviews and stories from the past year on West Texas Talk.
In September, Rachel Monroe spoke to writer Claire Dederer when she was in town for a residency with the Lannan Foundation. Dederer is the author of two acclaimed memoirs –Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses and Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning.
She’s currently working on Monsters, her forthcoming book that investigates good art made by bad people. The book is based on her viral 2017 essay for the Paris Review, “What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men?”
Dederer is a long-time contributor to the New York Times, and her essays, criticism, and reviews have also appeared in the Paris Review, The Atlantic, The Nation, Vogue, Slate, Salon, New York, Elle, and many other publications.
Thursday, Nov 29, 2018:
Kimberlé Crenshaw Returns To Marfa
On this episode of West Texas Talk, Elise Pepple sits down with critical race theorist Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw. They unpack a term Crenshaw coined in 1989 as a framework for understanding how different forms of discrimination overlap to affect marginalized people — intersectionality.
Crenshaw is a law professor at UCLA and Columbia Law school, where she directs the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies. She’s also a co-founder of the African American Policy Forum, an innovative think tank that connects academics, activists, and policymakers to promote efforts to dismantle structural inequality. Her work has been central to understanding how race, sex, ability, gender, age, and class impact multilayered discrimination.
Crenshaw will read as a Lannan writer-in-residence at the Crowley Theater in Marfa on Sunday, December 2nd at 6pm.
Thursday, Nov 22, 2018:
def.sound Brings Melanin and Sunlight to Marfa
On this episode of West Texas Talk, Diana Nguyen speaks to def.sound — a Los Angeles-based writer, producer, and musical artist. They discuss his music and influences.
His forthcoming album “Colored” is expected to be released in 2019.
You can listen to def.sound’s music here.
Thursday, Nov 15, 2018:
The View from Rural Communities with The Texas Tribune
This is a conversation from The Texas Tribune’s symposium on rural Texas. The panel took place earlier this week in College Station, where lawmakers, advocates, and local officials discussed the future of rural education, health care, natural resource preservation, infrastructure investment, and the state’s economic future.
During this panel, Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith, Oldham County Judge Donnie Allred, Palmhurst Mayor Ramiro Rodriguez, and Marfa’s Mayor Ann Marie Nafziger discuss the changes and challenges rural communities face.
Thursday, Nov 8, 2018:
Lance Scott Walker, Author of “Houston Rap Tapes: An Oral History of Bayou City Hip-Hop”
On this episode, Diana Nguyen speaks to writer Lance Scott Walker, author of Houston Rap Tapes: An Oral History of Bayou City Hip-Hop (University of Texas Press, 2018). They discuss the history and far-reaching influence of Houston’s rap scene.
Thursday, Nov 1, 2018:
A Breakdown of Regional Races in West Texas
On this episode of West Texas Talk, reporters Diana Nguyen, Carlos Morales and Sally Beauvais discuss local races taking place across West Texas. Elections include Marfa ISD’s special election, The bond in Alpine, the Tax Ratification Election in Ector County, races for Midland School Board District 5 and District 6, and Midland City Council.
You’ll hear a story reported by Marfa Public Radio’s Carlos Morales and Texas Public Radio’s Ryan Poppe about the diversity in people and perspectives in Congressional District 23. Additionally, Diana Nguyen reports on Texas Senate candidates perspectives on climate change and the environment.
You can view a list of local elections in several West Texas counties here.
Friday, Oct 26, 2018:
More Excerpts from Richard Maxwell’s Marfa ‘Ads’
On a special version of West Texas Talk, we hear more excerpts from the Marfa version of ‘Ads.’
In 2010, playwright and director Richard Maxwell started Ads, a play that features pre-recorded monologues of strangers —not actors— expressing what they believe.
Thursday, Oct 25, 2018:
Excerpts from Richard Maxwell’s Marfa Performance of ‘Ads’
On this week’s episode, we’ll hear from playwright and director Richard Maxwell. In 2010, he started “Ads”, a play that features pre-recorded monologues of strangers —not actors— expressing what they believe.
Over the years, Maxwell has produced different versions of Ads to reflect the various communities he’s visited. Recently, he created a version of the play in Marfa.
Thursday, Oct 18, 2018:
On this edition of West Texas Talk, Rachel Monroe sits down with current Lannan fellow, Laila Lalami.
Lalami, born in Rabat and educated in Morocco, Great Britain, and the United States, is the author of the novels Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, Secret Son, as well as a regular columnist and contributor for The Nation and Los Angeles Times.
Lalami’s most recent work, The Moor’s Account, won the American Book Award, the Arab-American Book Award, the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award, was on the Man Booker Prize longlist, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Saturday, Oct 13, 2018:
Remembering The Late Boyd Elder
On this episode, we remember the late Boyd Elder and celebrate his contributions to the station. Elder was known for his artwork, but became a well-known personality on the air by giving weather reports from Valentine, his home. Marfa Public Radio’s most recent collaboration with Elder was a t-shirt design featuring one of his iconic cow skulls.
This conversation is an archived Talk at Ten interview between former station general manager Tom Michael and Boyd Elder. It was recorded in 2010 when Elder was the featured ArtWalk artist.
They discuss the well-known Big Bend resident’s roots in Valentine, and his career as an artist.