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P.T.S.D.: It’s a major concern within our society, not just for our vets returning from war zones, but for anyone who faces a traumatic experience throughout their lifetime. But we’ve come a long way in understanding how to better treat patients with this chronic problem. Hector Garcia enlightens us on the history of P.T.S.D. and the treatments that have been discovered to be very useful in treating our veterans and other affected individuals.

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P.T.S.D.: It’s a major concern within our society, not just for our vets returning from war zones, but for anyone who faces a traumatic experience throughout their lifetime. But we’ve come a long way in understanding how to better treat patients with this chronic problem. Hector Garcia enlightens us on the history of P.T.S.D. and the treatments that have been discovered to be very useful in treating our veterans and other affected individuals.

Host Tim Hernandez speaks with multi-talented artist and writer, Quintan Ana Wikswo, about her interesting hybrid book that highlights her investigative work – The Hope of Floating Has Carried Us This Far. Wikswo uses old typewriters and government cameras to capture the essence of obscure places where crimes against humanity have taken place.   

They had such a major impact on peoples’ lives, that their names are going to be retired. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma were storms so strong, they were off the charts in some categories. John Fausette and Tim Bryce, from the National Weather Service, kick off a new season of The Weekend week as we discuss hurricane season and weather patterns of local interest.

Women continue to be underrepresented in film and television work, but a new showcase of emerging women filmmakers shows it’s only a matter of time before this disparity is corrected. Angie Reza Tures is the founder of the Femme Frontera Filmmaker Showcase and she joins us this week as we celebrate the success of her project, locally and internationally. 

Friday, September 22, 2017, Marfa Texas will host a performance of Walt Whitman's epic poem Song of Myself by actor, writer, and director, Johnny Stallings. Having connected with the work at an early age, Stallings performs the work from memory. ​

On the following day, Saturday, September 23rd,2017 Marfa Live Arts will hold an educational workshop taught by Johnny Stallings focused on Whitman's Song of Myself. Both events are free and open to the community.  Johnny Stallings talks about the performance and his inspiration.

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