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Wild Zinnias Rule

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Cenchrus pauciflorus or Sandbur is a grass! It is a maddening weed.  But how about the wild Zinnias of the borderlands? There are 3 species found in Arizona and all three can be found in southeastern Arizona. How cool is that? It’s very cool.

Social Venture Partners Tucson Announces New Fellowship

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Social Venture Partners Executive Director Julia Waterfall-Kanter stopped by 30 Minutes to discuss SVP Tucson. SVP is currently accepting applications for their newly created Helaine Levy Fellowship. Interested people can learn more about becoming a partner or applying for a grant. SVP Tucson uses a high-engagement model that pools the financial, professional and human resources… Read more »

UA Family and Community Medicine Mobile Health Clinic Benefit

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The UA Department of Family and Community Medicine’s Development Director Thom Melendez stopped by  30 Minutes to talk about The Mobile Health Clinic. A specially outfitted truck provides examination rooms, laboratory services, and special medical tests to those in remote areas who have access to little or no medical facilities, and to patients who do… Read more »

Sustainable Tucson

This week’s segment is an interview with Greg Wetzel and Paula Schlusberg of Sustainable Tucson. Learn about some of their upcoming events, and lectures that are free and open to the public. Sustainable Tucson is a” non-profit, grass-roots organization that builds regional resilience and sustainability through awareness raising, community engagement and public/private partnerships. Our members focus their… Read more »

YWCA Tucson’s Kelly Fryer Discusses Upcoming Events

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YWCA Tucson Executive Director Kelly Fryer provides an overview of the YWCA mission and programs and discusses upcoming events. The YWCA will be cosponsoring a gubernatorial debate at the Jewish Community Center on Thursday, September 18th. The 26th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference takes place on Tuesday, September 23rd from 7:30- 2:00 at Loew’s Ventana Canyon…. Read more »

Lisa Krikawa for KXCI!

Lisa Krikawa, owner of Krikiwa Jewelry, shares her support and enthusiasm for KXCI. Thank you, Lisa, for taking the time to help KXCI with your kind words about our great community and 91.3 FM KXCI Community Radio.

Richard Oseran for KXCI!

Richard Oseran, owner of Club Congress, shares his passion and support for 91.3 FM KXCI Community Radio! Thanks so much for your kinds words, Richard!

Renee Kreager for KXCI Radio

Here is the first in a series of KXCI testimonials produced produced by Rusty Boulet-Stephenson and Charles Alfred Brown. Special thanks to Renee Kreager of Renee’s Organic Oven for her kind words about KXCI. Naim Amor’s brilliant song Creole is used by permission.

The Wilderness Act: Keeping It Wild for 50 Years

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30 Minutes commemorates 50 Years of the Wilderness Act, which was signed into law in September 1964. A new exhibit at the University of Arizona showcases how the Wilderness Act continues to benefit the American people by ensuring millions of acres of public land are available for recreation, exploration and inspiration. “The Wilderness Act: Arizonans… Read more »

Living Streets Alliance

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This week’s interview is with Kylie Walzak, Program Manager of Living Streets Alliance & Cyclovia Tucson Coordinator. Kylie clues us in in some of the amazing things Living Streets Alliance has been up to. Believe you-me, they are busy! “The mission of the Living Streets Alliance is to promote healthy communities by empowering people to transform… Read more »

Green Events September 2014

Here are a few of the Green Events going on around in Tucson And Southern Arizona in September Nature Night: Desert Night Shift Friday September 5th. Join Pima County naturalists for an easy hike. Discover “who” is out and about in the desert at night. Learn why some animals and plants are nocturnal and how… Read more »

Finding Wild Things

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Petey jabbers about cool plants and critters found in the grassland near his home, but finally hones in on a climbing milkweed vine called Sarcostemma heterophyllum. Let’s listen.  

Growing Plants, Feeling Good

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After 34 years of growing native plants Petey still gets excited about finding cool plants in the wild and growing them. Stachys coccinea gets the rascal pretty excited in this show. Let’s listen.

Proboscidea Perfume

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Petey smells a wonderful odor while driving down the highway to work.  ”Devil’s Claw!” he shouts and decides he will be late for work. Let’s listen. The Proboscidea flower photo is by Liz Makings. Th others are Petey’s.

Ernesto Portillo, Jr. Interviews Lila Downs

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Today, we feature KXCI DJ Ernesto Portillo, Jr. interviewing Lila Downs, ahead of her Monday, August 25th Rialto Theatre Performance. Portillo spoke with Lila Downs by phone in July. Lila Downs is touring on her most recent album Raiz, which is a collaboration with Argentine folk/pop singer Soledad and Spanish flamenco singer Niña Pastori. The… Read more »

Our Land, Community and Culture Part 7

On May 24, 2014 more than a dozen Indigenous poets, storytellers, musicians and spoken word artists performed at an event entitled Our Land, Culture, Community: Story, Poetry, Song, Music, Rap for Liberation. The event was a benefit for the Indigenous Alliance Without Borders whose mission is to affirm the rights of indigenous peoples, their right… Read more »

Muggy Land of Wild Portulaca

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Petey is enticed into the hills to look at plants and there is much excitement. Petey is easy. Summer rains bring our cool native plants into flower. And the floral show goes on and on as you work your way up into the hills and mountains where some of the most spectacular flowers can be… Read more »

Tucson Wildlife Center

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This week on The Weekly Green, an interview with Dee Kidd, Director of the Tucson Wildlife Center The Center’s mission is to rescue, rehab and release injured or orphaned wildlife in the Tucson and Southern Arizona Region. They accept calls 24/7 @ 290-Wild (9453). They are able to direct the caller to assist the wildlife… Read more »

A Dramatic Garden

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        Petey is having insect issues in the garden and gets pretty worked up. Let’s listen. Vegetable gardens are very rewarding, but always challenging.  At our little homestead near the banks of the ol’ Guajolote  we  try to keep our sense of humor as we battle the various critters that want to eat our garden… Read more »

A No Waste Wedding!

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This week’s segment is an interview with Molly McCloy and Rebecca Curtiss. They were married in California a year ago. They recently had another wedding ceremony and then reception here in Tucson. They didn’t want to have an extravagant wedding. And, they were wanting to be considerate of our planet. So, they planned a “No… Read more »

Join us for $5 Friday, This Friday, August 15th- 7am-7pm

Our first ever $5 Friday is a one day on air fundraising extravaganza guaranteed to increase support for KXCI! KXCI 91.3FM is pleased to announce our first “$5 Friday” for August 15th, when listeners who are not yet members will be encouraged to join the station with a $5 per month sustaining membership gift, and… Read more »

Toads galore and a hognose too

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Petey just loves reptiles and amphibians! Let’s listen. The summer rainy season brings out all sorts of critters and life is good at our little homestead as cool toads and snakes wander about.

Celebrate National Honey Bee Day on August 16th!

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 This week I chat with Andrew Eshelman a Hobbyist Beekeeper here in Tucson. Andrew talks about the importance of our Bees and about the day that honors them, coming up on August 16, 2014. Look for an event around Tucson, or host your own! “Did You Know…… * 1/3 of all vegetables and fruits produced are… Read more »

Our Land, Community and Culture Part 6

On May 24, 2014 more than a dozen Indigenous poets, storytellers, musicians and spoken word artists performed at an event entitled Our Land, Culture, Community: Story, Poetry, Song, Music, Rap for Liberation. The event was a benefit for the Indigenous Alliance Without Borders whose mission is to affirm the rights of indigenous peoples, their right… Read more »

Testing Testing Testing- Amplify KXCI Update

For the past 2 weeks, our engineers, electricians, and tower climbers have been hard at work installing our new transmitter and antenna and making all of the necessary corrections and modifications. Preliminary testing indicates success. We still have more testing to do, and filing with the FCC. Thanks to the hundreds of people who have… Read more »

All About The Tucson Bird and Wildlife Festival August 13-17

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This week’s episode is a chat with Kendall Kroesen-Urban Program Manager & Kara Kaczmarzyk-Membership and Development Manager for Tucson Audubon Society. They are here to tell us all about the fabulous fourth annual Tucson Bird & Wildlife Festival. Enjoy workshops, field trips, a nature expo, and other fun events. Some are free and open to the public,… Read more »

Tucsonans Celebrate Recent EPA Haze Rule

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Today on 30 Minutes, we speak to representatives from neighborhood residents, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Sierra Club who all support a recent EPA Haze Ruling. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rule indicates that Arizona must do more to be in compliance with The Clean Air Act, including addressing the Sundt Generating Station, a… Read more »

Green Events in August in Tucson and Southern Arizona

Here are some of the events going on around Southern Arizona this August! Wake Up With the Birds Every thursday in August When: Every Thursday in August from 7:30-9 a.m. Where: Agua Caliente Park Join this guided birding walk in the desert oasis of Agua Caliente Park to spot wetland birds, hummingbirds, songbirds, and raptors…. Read more »

A Visiting Fella

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Petey will never be a learned fellow, but he’s a pretty nice fella. Tufted evening primrose (Oenothera caespitosa) is beautiful wildflower of the uplands.  And though seeing it on a summer hike sounds hot and grueling, it does bloom into the fall. If you want one for your own habitat, it is grown commercially, so… Read more »

Our Land, Community and Culture Part 5

On May 24, 2014 more than a dozen Indigenous poets, storytellers, musicians and spoken word artists performed at an event entitled Our Land, Culture, Community: Story, Poetry, Song, Music, Rap for Liberation. The event was a benefit for the Indigenous Alliance Without Borders whose mission is to affirm the rights of indigenous peoples, their right… Read more »

Natural Cleaning Products = Less Pollution and Packaging

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Natural cleaning products are better for the planet. Less packaging and less air & water pollution! This week’s segment is a chat with Hilary Eshelman about using Natural Products to clean your house. Making these natural cleaning products is easy.Hilary has some great tips!   Recipe for Laundry Soap: 1 Cup of Borax 1 Cup of… Read more »

Covered in unknown insects

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On cloudy mornings Petey likes to trot across the grassland. Or is that the lala land? Cloudy monsoon mornings are wonderful and there is a lot of activity out in the grassland near the ol’ guajolote. And then the sun comes out! Smart critters scurry to shade and I am no exception.

BYOB-Bring Your Own Bag Tucson

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This week, Gretchen of The Weekly Green speaks with Katharine Kent of BYOB Tucson A.K.A. Bring Your Own Bag Tucson. Katharine says that there is an initiative with the City of Tucson to count the # of plastic bags that are used in Tucson. She said in the last quarter, 65,221,898 plastic bags were used… Read more »

Monarda menthaefolia

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          Petey can’t get to the mountains, but the mountains come to him. Lucky dude. Monarda menthaefolia or bee balm is a spectacular wildflower. Well worth a trip into a pine forest to find it. And, by the way, an excellent nectar plant for butterflies, if  that is of interest to you.  Anyway, I feel… Read more »

Bumelia, my old friend.

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          Petey fights the blues with a walk among plant friends. Weirdo. Bumelia is one of those plants that seems so out of place. A “what the heck?” sort of plant. The species ranges from Florida,  across the southern states and ending up in southeastern Arizona, its most western location. There are some beautiful thickets… Read more »

Green Events in July 2014 + Water Harvesting Rebate Info

Here are a few of the Green Events going on in Tucson this July   Saguaro Harvest Celebration Saturday- July 5, 2014 from 5:30 a.m.-3 p.m. @ Colossal Cave  Celebrate the Saguaro at this annual festival. Learn its legends, lore, and natural history. Attend the workshop (5:30 a.m.) or just join in the celebration (10 a.m.)…. Read more »

KXCI Stonewall Day Programming 2014

Tune into 91.3fm or kxci.org this Friday, June 27th as we commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising with special programming from 7am until 7pm. KXCI will celebrate the achievements and goals of the modern gay right’s movement with great music throughout the day from LGBTQ artists and their allies. Members of the community… Read more »

Mala Mujer

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“A muggy monsoon mosey in the Mule Mountains.” Whoa Petey, you are the king of alliteration! Cnidosculous angustidens or Mala Mujer is a fascinating plant in the Spurge family, Euphorbiaceae. Here in the borderlands it’s an upland species and always a delight to find in the grassland or on a rocky slope. It would be… Read more »

Our Land, Community and Culture Part 4

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On May 24, 2014 more than a dozen Indigenous poets, storytellers, musicians and spoken word artists performed at an event entitled Our Land, Culture, Community: Story, Poetry, Song, Music, Rap for Liberation. The event was a benefit for the Indigenous Alliance Without Borders whose mission is to affirm the rights of indigenous peoples, their right… Read more »

Plastic Single Use Beverage Bottles. Just Say NO.

Today I’m just going to tell you about about my biggest pet peeves-beverages in single use plastic bottles….. Especially water.  Argh.  Why would you buy a drink, water, that is supposed to be refreshening, encased in plastic? You may think it’s cheaper. It’s NOT. I’ve heard bottled water can cost up to 2,000x more than… Read more »

Our Land, Community and Culture Part 3

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On May 24, 2014 more than a dozen Indigenous poets, storytellers, musicians and spoken word artists performed at an event entitled Our Land, Culture, Community: Story, Poetry, Song, Music, Rap for Liberation. The event was a benefit for the Indigenous Alliance Without Borders whose mission is to affirm the rights of indigenous peoples, their right… Read more »

Our Land, Culture and Community Part 2

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On May 24, 2014 more than a dozen Indigenous poets, storytellers, musicians and spoken word artists performed at an event entitled Our Land, Culture, Community: Story, Poetry, Song, Music, Rap for Liberation.  The event was a benefit for the Indigenous Alliance Without Borders whose mission is to affirm the rights of indigenous peoples, their right… Read more »

Our Land, Culture and Community Part 1

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On May 24, 2014 more than a dozen Indigenous poets, storytellers, musicians and spoken word artists performed at an event entitled Our Land, Culture, Community: Story, Poetry, Song, Music, Rap for Liberation. The event was a benefit for the Indigenous Alliance Without Borders whose mission is to affirm the rights of indigenous peoples, their right… Read more »

Thanks to ol’ Jack Kerouac

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         Petey blames Jack Kerouac for his life in the borderlands of southeastern Arizona. Let’s listen. Well, sometimes a book sends you on a journey beyond its pages. My journey had me leaving Kentucky and ending up in Arizona and staying. But all along, it has always been about music, plants and animals. I’m a… Read more »

Scraps on Scraps! Tucson’s New Food Waste Pick Up Service

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This week’s show is an interview with Shannon Sartin, Co-Founder of Scraps on Scraps. Scraps on Scraps just got their start in January of 2014 and have recently won the Get Started Tucson competition. The EPA estimates that 20-30% of all landfill waste is compostable materials. Composting makes sense. But, if you don’t want to… Read more »

Floriferous Madness

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Petey waxes poetic about life and finally describes a native Lotus. Let’s listen. Lotus greenei is truly a beautiful wildflower and yes, it does need to be grown  and made available in nurseries. But seeing it in the wild is pretty cool too, so call in well to work and go look for it. Just… Read more »

Keeping Cool in Tucson-Part 2.

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This episode focuses on keeping cool at night with NO A/C! Why would you even attempt this?!!! This month the Smithsonian put out an article stating “the excess heat churned out by Air Conditioners raised the (outside) temperature by nearly 2 degrees, making the Air Conditioners themselves need to work that much harder.” And further,… Read more »

A Most Useful Flax

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Petey reveals the results of eating a little too much ground flax seed. Maybe a little too much information, Petey. I just love the specific epithet usitatissimum. It’s worth learning just so you can slip in into a conversation. “Well it was a good day and usitatissimum too.” Okay, maybe not. But do try to… Read more »

Green events in Tucson and Southern Arizona in June of 2014

Green Events around Tucson and Southern Arizona: June 2014   Friday, June 13, 2014 from 2:00pm – 3:30pm at the Green Valley Branch Library there will be a free showing of the movie: “Growing Cities: A Film About Urban Farming in America” Growing Cities is a documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America… Read more »

Vagabond

   What the mystery boils down to is: who, or what, are we? In Agnes Varda’s 1985 masterpiece Vagabond “we” are a homeless drifter, making half-hearted attempts to meet the world, but essentially lost, separate, and alone. The ending comes first—a young woman, her name was Mona, found frozen to death in a ditch. Then… Read more »

Freecycle! Started in Tucson, Now in 110 Countries.

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Deron Beal is in studio this week. Deron is the Founder and Executive Director of Freecycle. “Freecycle is a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills.  Membership is free.” Freecycle was founded … Read more »

Terrapene ornata

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        Petey may be turning his skin into a field guide. A Peteyson  Field Guide?! Oh dear. Curve billed thrashers, zone tailed hawks and box turtles too,  Oh wilderness were paradise enow.

Calylophus, Nama and Eupatorium

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Petey feels the need to jabber about three different wildflowers. This better be interesting. We did not have good winter rains and what wildflowers we’ve gotten this spring are courtesy of one good rain event. One good rainy day is an event. So the flourishing flowers mentioned  were helped out by that event.  And listen,… Read more »

Pictures and Words Part 2

Today on 30 Minutes- a special broadcast from the 2014 Tucson Festival of books. The topic is Pictures and Words. We join award winning authors Duncan Tonatiuh and Xavier Garza as they draw from their Latino Heritage. Local artist Mel Melo Dominguez moderates this panel. This is part 1 of a 2 part series. This… Read more »

Pictures and Words

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Today on 30 Minutes- a special broadcast from the 2014 Tucson Festival of books. The topic is Pictures and Words. We join award winning authors Duncan Tonatiuh and Xavier Garza as they draw from their Latino Heritage. Local artist Mel Melo Dominguez moderates this panel. This is part 1 of a 2 part series. This… Read more »

Gloria

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Gloria, a new film from Chile, seemed top be such a simple story that I thought “Why should I see this?” until I finally gave in, went to see it, and realized that its simplicity, and the seemingly ordinary life it portrays, is in fact amazingly rich and beautiful. Paulina Garcia plays the title character… Read more »

97th Anniversary of the YWCA Tucson

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Today on 30 Minutes, excerpts from The 97th Anniversary of the YWCA Tucson brunch. Founded in 1917, the YWCA in Southern Arizona is a 501c3 organization that works to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Speakers include CEO Kelly Fryer,  YWCA leader Leticia Alvarez, and Vice Chairwoman of… Read more »

The Saragossa Manuscript

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   The Saragossa Manuscript, a 1965 film from Poland directed by Wojciech Has, became something of a cult favorite among younger American moviegoers at the time, dovetailing with the psychedelic era of the late 60s. After five decades we can see that it’s more sophisticated than the original fan base might have led us to… Read more »

Irises and a Good Dog

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         Petey talks about Irises and very good dog. Makes sense, sorta. Irises are found around the world. I’ve seen them atop our sky islands and I’ve seen them in a Jordanian desert. They are beautiful and Iris lovers are fanatical. Who can blame them?  Our local native is Iris missouriensis and found in moist… Read more »

Omar

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   Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad is no stranger to controversy. His 2008 film Paradise Now presented a sympathetic portrait of suicide bombers. His latest picture is called Omar, and like the previous one it was nominated for a foreign language film Oscar. While making clear the brutal realities of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank,… Read more »

Out and About

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       Petey seems to think we all need to get out and about to see cool plants and animals. Okay. I still love road trips that are stop and go for roadside flora and fauna.  I’m sure it drove our children crazy when the whole family was trying to get somewhere. On the other hand… Read more »

Growing Up Latino in the United States- Memoirs Part 2

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Growing Up Latino in the United States- Memoirs from the 2014 Festival of Books features Red-Inked Retablos author Rigoberto Gonzalez and Walking Home Growing Up Hispanic in Houston author Sarah Cortez reading from their memoirs and discussing how their writing chronicles cultural and spiritual heritages , identities and personal journeys. The panel was moderated by… Read more »

Growing Up Latino in the United States- Memoirs Part 1

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Growing Up Latino in the United States- Memoirs from the 2014 Festival of Books features Red-Inked Retablos author Rigoberto Gonzalez and Walking Home Growing Up Hispanic in Houston author Sarah Cortez reading from their memoirs and discussing how their writing chronicles cultural and spiritual heritages , identities and personal journeys. The panel was moderated by… Read more »

Senecio douglasii

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Petey finds botanical treasures among roadside garbage.  It always happens this way; stop to look at one cool plant and lo and behold there are other interesting plants to see.  The original plant we stopped to see is Senecio douglasii and it is a wonderful perennial and deserves to be grown, so I gathered seed…. Read more »

The Bisbee Farmers Market

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Petey likes his local farmers market so much he sings about it. Let’s listen. Farmers markets are fantastic. They bring people and food together and truly create community. I hope you support your local farmers market….you better.

In Bloom

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A little miracle has come out of Georgia, the former Soviet republic. It’s a film called In Bloom, written by Nana Ekvtimishvili, and directed by her and Simon Gross. It tells of two 14-year-old girls living in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, in a time of poverty and great unrest. You’d have to know about… Read more »

Green Events in Tucson May 2014

Here’s this months run-down on Tucson Green Events May 2014 During a free workshop, learn about greywater harvesting and how to install a system to convert laundry water into a source for a low-water use garden.registration is required. The Laundry2Landscape Workshop will be held @ Campo UrbanoTue., April 29, 7:15 a.m. Address – 2405 N…. Read more »

KXCI Earth Day Programming 2014

Following is a brief synopsis each segment of KXC’s special Earth Day Programming April 22, 2014 1) Backyard Chickens Interview with Elizabeth Reeves and her 9 year old daughter Lucia, who goes to Borton School, about the basics of having Backyard Chickens in Ye Ol’ Tucson. Find out how easy it is + why it’s… Read more »

Asclepiadaceae!

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Petey loves the native milkweeds and like it or not you’re gonna hear about it. No matter where you like in Baja Arizona you will find some species of Asclepias  growing near you. So from Yuma  or Ajo to the top of a sky island you will find a milkweed of some sort. How cool… Read more »

The Past

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One of my favorite movies from recent years was A Separation, an Iranian film about the breaking apart of a family that ended up winning the foreign film Oscar, the first picture from that country to win an Academy Award. In cases of stunning success like this, I sometimes wonder if the filmmaker can follow… Read more »

KXCI at the Earth Day Festival 2014

April 22nd is Earth Day. It’s celebrated in more than 192 countries. KXCI celebrates Earth Day with special programming on that day. Also, KXCI was out on the scene @ Reid Park this past weekend for the 20th Annual Earth Day Festival. Gretchen, Producer of The Weekly Green asked attendees to name something they do… Read more »

Info on the Climate Adaptation Report in Tucson.

This week we talk with Stuart Moody. He is working on the Cooling Tucson Adaptation Report with Leslie Ethan and the Climate Change Committee with the City of Tucson. Stuart expects the report may be complete in the next few months and ready to present to the Tucson City Council. Air dates April 12, 13… Read more »

Pollinatin’ Rythyms

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Petey snaps out of his winter doldrums and joins the world for spring.  ‘Bout time Petey. Pollinator gardens are one of the most wonderful happening things…..sorta trendy, but that’s fine. Invite every pollinating creature you can to your habitat. Plant a pollinator garden. It will make you feel very good. Catch Petey Mesquitey at the… Read more »

Lucky 13

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   The best film of 2013 may have been something I didn’t see, or didn’t even have a chance to see. There’s a wealth of great stuff being made, and a film snob’s duty is to take the time (and the trouble) to find it. But I can’t find or see everything. I was lucky… Read more »

Sycamore Waiver Signed

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Petey loves Platanus wrightii and  daydreams of  streets lined in huge unruly sycamores. He’s a dreamer. Of course sycamores in the wild are magnificent, but wouldn’t it be wonderful to have wild landscapes in towns. Yeah it would.      

A Community Conversation on Health Equity

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30 Minutes spoke with Dr. Stephanie Parker of the Aurora Foundation of Southern Arizona and Laurie Robinson. Both are members of Pima County’s Health Equity Action Team. They discussed Health Equity and an upcoming panel where the community can learn more. A Community Conversation on Health Equity takes place at the YWCA Tucson, 525 N.Bonita… Read more »

Raza Studies: The Public Option for Educational Revolution Part 2

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Raza Studies: The Public Option for Educational Revolution The well-known and controversial Mexican American studies (MAS) program in Arizona’s Tucson Unified School District set out to create an equitable and excellent educational experience for Latino students. Panelists Julio Cammarota and Augustine Romero, who helped create the program, explored this progressive—indeed revolutionary—educational movement. Tucson Weekly writer… Read more »

Raza Studies: The Public Option for Educational Revolution Part 1

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Raza Studies: The Public Option for Educational Revolution The well-known and controversial Mexican American studies (MAS) program in Arizona’s Tucson Unified School District set out to create an equitable and excellent educational experience for Latino students. Panelists Julio Cammarota and Augustine Romero, who helped create the program, explored this progressive—indeed revolutionary—educational movement. Tucson Weekly writer… Read more »

Nebraska

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The difficulty of dealing with aging parents, and all the problems of growing old oneself—these can be painful subjects, and mainstream commercial movies generally don’t want to bring such things up. Alexander Payne, however, has chosen to do that in his new film Nebraska, and he deftly avoids sentimentality or wallowing in misery or on… Read more »

Thomomys bottae

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Petey thinks pocket gophers are very cute. A huh. Pocket gophers are amazing rodents, spending almost all of their life underground in the  tunnels they build. How deep are the tunnels and how far do they go? I’ve observed water in an irrigated field disappear down a gopher hole and never fill up. Whoa! Talk… Read more »

Earth Day Festival Celebrating 20 Years on Saturday April 12th!

The Weekly Green speaks with Christina Bickelmann, Founder and Co Chair of the Tucson Earth Day Festival about this year’s event. This year is is the 20th Anniversary! Celebrate on Saturday April 12th from 9-2 @ Reid Park.  This year’s event features a parade, entertainment, info, food, etc.   Air Date: April 5, 6 &… Read more »

The Invisible Woman

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   That the great English author Charles Dickens had a mistress during the last dozen years of his life was a well-kept secret only revealed some seventy years after his death. The name of the mistress was Ellen Ternan, and a 1990 biography by Claire Tomalin called “The Invisible Woman” examined her story in more… Read more »

Earth Month events around Tucson

April is Earth Month and it shows. There are dozens of amazing Green events around Tucson. Get the low down in this here podcast. Highlights include: Earth Day Festival, Cyclovia, Sustainable Historic Home Tour, Solar Potluck and much much more!   Air Dates for this segment:  March 26, 27 & 28

Fruitvale Station

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Fruitvale Station is movie that I meant to see when it played in the theaters earlier this year, but ended up not finding the time. Luckily, word of mouth kept it on my radar, so I just saw it on DVD. All I knew before was that it was about a young African-American named Oscar… Read more »

Sustainable Historic Home Tour, Sat. April 26 9-1

KXCI will be part of this year’s Sustainable Historic Home Tour! April 26 from 9-1, this free tour highlights 5-7 Historic Tucson homes that have green features. Get inspired! TW Green speaks with Sarah Meggison an Intern from the City of Tucson Historic Preservation office.   Air date for this show: March 22, 23 &… Read more »

Next Stop, Greenwich Village

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Next Stop, Greenwich Village, a 1976 film written and directed by Paul Mazursky, is a finely observed autobiographical portrait of youth in its first stirrings of freedom. Aspiring actor Larry Lapinsky (played by Lenny Baker) leaves his Brooklyn home, and domineering mother (played by Shelley Winters), to live in the off-beat, interesting world of Greenwich… Read more »

Cohousing. What is it? How is it sustainable?

Brian Stark from Milagro explains Cohousing and talks all about the benefits with the Weekly Green this week. There are three Cohousing neighborhoods in Tucson.  Brian talks about the philosophy of Cohousing its environmental benefits.   Air dates for this show March 15, 16 & 17th of 2014

Extreme Botanizing!

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Petey has  a new wildflower book and likes it so much that he is probably reading it under the covers at night. Oh dear. I delight in book about plants or animals and the book Extreme Botanizing by Katherine Darrow is a good one for a plant geek like myself. We have the plant Oxytropis… Read more »

Native Seeds/SEARCH

The Weekly Green talks to Former Executive Director – Bill McDorman of Native Seeds/SEARCH. Bill is super enthusiastic about Native Seeds/SEARCH and the work they do to “conserve the rich agro-biodiversity of the arid Southwest because of its genetic and cultural importance.” He points out here that local and sustainable food starts with local seeds. … Read more »

Celebrating African American Hair Care Part 2

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Today on 30 Minutes, we continue with part 2 of a 2 part conversation. In honor of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, KXCI Community Advisory Board President Veronica Phillips sat down with Rhonda Massengale and Cellisa Johnson of Posse’s Styling Emporium and Dianna Grissette of Melvira’s Hair Studio to celebrate African American Hair… Read more »

Celebrating African American Hair Care Part 1

Dianna Grissette, Cellisa Johnson, Veronica Phillips, Rhonda Masengale

Today on 30 Minutes, we begin part 1 of a 2 part conversation. In honor of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, KXCI Community Advisory Board President Veronica Phillips sat down with Rhonda Massengale and Cellisa Johnson of Posse’s Styling Emporium and Dianna Grissette of Melvira’s Hair Studio to celebrate African American Hair Care.

Dallas Buyers Club

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   Dallas Buyers Club takes us back to the early period of the AIDS epidemic, when ignorance and homophobia stood in the way of progress in fighting the deadly disease. The screenplay, written by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack, is loosely based on the story of Ron Woodruff, a Dallas man who contracted AIDS and… Read more »

The Wild Avocados

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Petey is very excited about spring, but avocados are on his mind. Please stay out of the produce section Petey!   It is very exciting to think that avocados come from a plant native to the Americas. A wild native in the Laurel family, Lauraceae. A family that includes other interesting species like cinnamon, and… Read more »

Keepin’ Petey real

          Petey rambles on and on and even recites a poem! I suspect that to many nursery folks propagating the plants they will grow is the best part of nursery work. Gathering native seed in the wild is fun because, in order to germinate that seed you to think about the ecology of the plant;… Read more »

Grus, Grus, Grus

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Petey gets a Pleistocene moment in some man made wetlands near his home. Sandhill Cranes have only been wintering over in the Sulphur Springs Valley for around 60 years, so we won’t be finding any million year old fossil remains as found in Nebraska near the Platte. Ironically, the cranes winter over in the valley… Read more »