Past Interviews

Thursday, Apr 5, 2018:
All or Nothing: Live Stories from Odessa

Here is the full version of live stories from our All or Nothing event that took place on Monday, April 2 at The Rose Building. Thank you to the storytellers for sharing, Odessa Arts for sponsoring this event, the Roses for hosting us, and to Black Tulip for decorating the space. 

If you’re interested in telling a story at our forthcoming events, please shoot us an email as storytelling@marfapublicradio.org.

Here are the storytellers from the evening:

  • 00:00 – General Manager Elise Pepple tells the story of when she moved to Alaska and became a park ranger.
  • 19:00 – Corey Paul is a reporter for the Odessa American who covers local government and business. He moved here in 2012 with his girlfriend, now fiancee, Mary. They have a Welsh corgi named Mavis.
  • 27:24 – Bill Dingus is a small-time oilman that lives in Midland. He’s married with three children. 
  • 41:29 – Jesamy Ferguson lives in Odessa and spends the majority of her time trying to manage the chaos of her blended family. 
  • 51:00 – Nick Fowler was born and raised in Odessa. Fowler is the founder and CEO of two petrochemical companies.

Thursday, Mar 29, 2018:
Lonn Taylor and Avram Dumitrescu on “Marfa for the Perplexed”

On this episode, Diana Nguyen speaks to historian Lonn Taylor and Alpine-based artist Avram Dumitrescu about Taylor’s newest book, Marfa for the Perplexed. 

The book is a collection of essays Taylor has written throughout his time in the Big Bend. The essays focus on important characters and historical events in Marfa and Presidio County. Marfa for the Perplexed is a Marfa Book Co. publication.

“The thesis of the book is really that Marfa has always been a refuge for individualists and eccentrics,” Taylor explains. “[T]he current crop are just the latest in a long, long tradition of people doing what they feel like doing here.”

On Friday, March 30th, Lonn Taylor will speak about the book at 6 pm at the Crowley Theater. 

An exhibition of Avram Dumitrescu’s illustrations will be on display at the Greasewood Gallery in the Hotel Paisano from March 31- May 28. The show opens on Saturday. March 31 at 6 pm. 

Thursday, Mar 22, 2018:
Behind the Stories: Sierra Blanca ISD, El Mac’s Presidio Mural, and the Trans-Pecos Pipeline

On this episode, Diana Nguyen speaks to reporters Carlos Morales, Bayla Metzger, and Sally Beauvais about their most recent stories.

Thursday, Mar 15, 2018:
Exploring the Gray with Barak Goodman

On this episode, Diana Nguyen speaks to Barak Goodman. Over the course of twenty years, he’s made more than thirty films, and has become an acclaimed nonfiction filmmaker. They discuss his work and changes in the documentary landscape over the years. Goodman emphasizes the importance of exploring complicated, nuanced perspectives in his films.

The filmmaker talks about his current production which examines the impact of gerrymandering on the United States’ democracy.

Barak Goodman will speak as part of Midland College’s Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series on Tuesday, March 20 at the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center. The filmmaker’s lecture, “Exploring the Gray: A Life in Documentary Film” will begin at 7:30 pm.

Midland college is an underwriter of this station.

Thursday, Mar 8, 2018:
Lannan Resident Adam Fitzgerald

On this episode, Jana La Brasca speaks to poet Adam Fitzgerald. He reads “The Lordly Hudson,” “Oregon Trail,” and “Dead Girls.”

Fitzgerald will read at 6 pm on Sunday, March 11 at The Crowley Theater.

Adam Fitzgerald is the author of the poetry collections The Late Parade (2013) and George Washington (2016). The founding editor of poetry journal Maggy, he is currently a contributing editor for Literary Hub where he regularly features and interviews contemporary poets.

 

Friday, Mar 2, 2018:
Cymene Howe and Dominic Boyer Discuss Energy Humanities

On this episode, Diana Nguyen talks to Dominic Boyer and Cymene Howe about Energy Humanities and its role in finding a more sustainable energy future.

Boyer and Howe work with the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in Human Sciences at Rice University. They’re both professors of cultural anthropology and host the podcast “Cultures of Energy.” The podcast invites scholars, artists and activists to discuss the pressing energy and environmental issues of our times.

Howe and Boyer will speak as part of UTPB’s Boom or Bust lecture series on Monday, March 5 at 12 pm in Lecture Hall 001 at the UTPB Library. 

Thursday, Mar 1, 2018:
Filmmaker Ben Masters on “The River and the Wall”

On tonight’s episode of West Texas Talk, a conversation with filmmaker, writer and horse packer, Ben Masters. Masters just wrapped filming on his forthcoming documentary, The River and the Wall, which chronicles a 1,200-mile journey along the U.S.-Mexico border by way of horse, mountain bike, and canoe.

During filming, Masters spoke with a wide range of people on both sides of the border to examine differing immigration viewpoints, and explore the impact a wall along the border would have on wildlife, public lands, private landowners, and all who call the borderlands home. Masters last full-length doc, Unbranded, chronicled a 3,000 mile trip he and his three friends did with 16 wild mustangs. Masters has also made several short wildlife documentaries in and about West Texas, including Lions of West Texas and Pronghorn Revival.

 

Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018:
Marfa Music Producer – Joel Hernandez (K A S H M I R)

On this edition of West Texas Talk, a conversation with Joel Hernandez, known to Marfa music fans as K A S H M I R.

Joel began producing music as a teenager, and continues to release content on a regular basis via his Soundcloud account, including a full-length album, L O V E T R I P, at the tail-end of 2017.

The young producer takes on many different styles of music, including ambient electronic, synth-wave, and Hip Hop.

In this interview, we discuss the inspirations for his impressive catalog of music, which include growing up listening to Classic Rock bands like Van Halen and Rush, as well as modern hip hop producers like MF DOOM.

 

 

Tuesday, Feb 27, 2018:
Interview and In-Studio Performance from Calliope Musical’s Carrie Fussell

On this edition of West Texas Talk, we sit down with Carrie Fussell.

Carrie is a member of the Austin-based group Calliope Musicals, a group that is known for its use of grandiose theatrics during their performances.

In the conversation, Carrie describes how she first got interested in music and the struggles of female musicians when it comes to fitting in among a sea of male artists.

She also performed two songs for us – Wasted Space, a single Calliope Musicals released at the tail-end of 2017, and Kitty of the Year from her first solo album Songs By A Bear.

 

 

 

Friday, Feb 23, 2018:
State of the Station: Programming Changes, Upcoming events, and More