West Texas Talk

West Texas Talk is an interview program that airs Thursday at 6 pm, and rebroadcasts Friday at 9 am.

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.

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:

Thursday, Dec 13, 2018:
West Texas Wonders: Your Questions About The Marfa Lights, 4-way Stops, Abandoned Buildings, and Marfa Sewage… Answered!

On this episode, we’re showcasing some of our favorite stories from “West Texas Wonders” – a journalism initiative where you ask, and we answer.

You’ll hear answers to:
“What’s the real story behind the Marfa Lights?”
“What are you supposed to do at a 4-way stop?”
“What’s up with the abandoned skyscrapers in downtown Midland?”
“Is it true that the Marfa sewer system was built by German POWs?”

You can submit a question or listen to all our the stories from the series the here.

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 ReviewThe AtlanticThe NationVogueSlateSalonNew YorkElle, 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.

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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.

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Thursday, Oct 18, 2018:
Laila Lalami

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 PursuitsSecret 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.