West Texas Talk:
Best Of: David Keller On The History Of Pinto Canyon; Luchador Cassandro el Exótico

David Keller (Jessica Lutz)

David Keller

On this episode, we highlight some of our favorite 2019 interviews for a special Fall Membership Drive edition of West Texas Talk.

First, Diana Nguyen talks to archaeologist David Keller about his book, In The Shadow Of The Chinatis. Keller dives into the history of the early ranchers who settled the area and examines the forces that changed the region over the last hundred years.

This interview originally aired in May.






Cassandro el exótico (Rowdy Dugan / Courtesy Ballroom Marfa)

Cassandro el Exótico

Later on the show, Nguyen talks to Cassandro el exótico.

The El Paso-based luchador has been wrestling for over thirty years and learned to fight across the border in Ciudad Juarez as a teennager. Cassandro’s collected multiple championship titles throughout his career and blazed trails as one of lucha libre’s first openly gay wrestlers.

Armendariz is the subject of Marie Losier’s 2018 documentary, Cassandro, the Exotico!

This interview originally aired in August.

About Diana Nguyen

Diana Nguyen is a born and bred Texan from Houston. She reports for Marfa Public Radio where she also hosts and produces the interview program West Texas Talk. Nguyen studied Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas, was a student at the Transom Story Workshop, and was a Next Generation Radio Fellow. Her work explores the stories and forces that shape the people and places of Far West Texas.
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