Monte Monroe, Texas State Historian

Much like its geographic size, the history of Texas is big. So much so that Texas officials a dozen years ago decided the state should have a designated historian. That person now is a Texas Tech history professor and archivist with the Southwest Collection. Monte Monroe was sworn in to the post in September.

“I’m the fourth Texas State historian. I’m the only one from West Texas and I’m the only one from a tier one institution,” Monroe says.

The position was first...

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For The Pages: Barry Lopez

Barry Lopez is a well-known and highly respected author, essayist, and short story writer. His writing has often been compared to Henry David Thoreau. In 1986 he won the National Book Award for his nonfiction book “Arctic Dreams,” and was a finalist for the award in 1980 for “Of Wolves and Men.”

In 2003, Lopez became Texas Tech’s first Distinguished Visiting University Scholar. He visits campus twice a year, in the spring and in the fall.

In 2001, Tech acquired Lopez...

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Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White On JazzSet

May 26, 2011

The 52nd Monterey Jazz Festival in the fall of 2009 helped kick off the return of Return to Forever, the stellar fusion band from the 1970s — now a trio with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White on piano, bass and drums, respectively.

Vietnam Center & Archive Part 1

May 20, 2011

 

Keith Kohanek visits the largest Vietnam War archive outside of Washington, D.C., Texas Tech's Vietnam Center and Archive.

Vietnam Center Website

Ballet Folklorico

May 9, 2011

 

Marcela Garcia attends the biggest Ballet Folklorico Festival in Lubbock, and visits with the woman who put it all together.

Viva Aztlan Website

Lite Bite Mediterranean Cafe

Apr 29, 2011

 

In the series premiere of LOCALLY OWNED, Marcela Garcia and Keith Kohanek visit Lubbock's oldest Mediterranean restaurant, Lite Bite Mediterranean Cafe.

Lite Bite Website

Autism Awareness Month

Apr 22, 2011

 

See what's going on in Lubbock to help raise awareness for Autism and learn what Texas Tech University is doing to further Autism research.

Burkhart Center Website

Autumn's Dawn Lab Website

TTU Pole Vaulter

Mar 28, 2011

 

Marcela Garcia talks to Texas Tech's most prolific female pole vaulter, Shade Weygandt.

Texas Tech Athletics Website

Chuck Brown On World Cafe

Feb 3, 2011

Chuck Brown, the Godfather of Go-Go music, died in 2012. A year earlier, he'd stopped by World Cafe to discuss his 50-plus-year career and his last album.

This segment, from Jan. 18, 2008, is part of our Vintage Cafe series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances. Here, we remember an Americana legend and drummer for the '60s rock group The Band, Levon Helm, who died in 2012.

Levon Helm first picked up a guitar at age 8, but soon switched to drums. Though best known as the famous drummer for the rock group The Band, Helm continued to influence music with his collaborations and solo works.

Melissa Walker On Piano Jazz

May 15, 2009

Marian McPartland recalls meeting singer Melissa Walker for the first time in the "powder room" at Birdland. McPartland was immediately taken with the young singer's glowing personality — and she probably heard hints of Walker's warm and rich vocals in the few words they exchanged that night.

"She's got such a wonderful voice," recalls McPartland. "The tunes she did aren't heard too often, they were very well done though. I enjoyed that session."

It's a rare thing to have three pianists at three pianos in one studio. But given the marriage of keyboard masters Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes, host Marian McPartland thought it was a perfect opportunity to expand the Piano Jazz format with two of today's most gifted players as her guests.

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Music Crossroads of Texas

On the next Music Crossroads of Texas, we do a double-take on musical favorites from around West Texas tune in Saturday night at 9.

Faces of KTTZ

Meet the faces that make up the team at KTTZ-Texas Tech Public Media.