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Celebrating African American Hair Care Part 1

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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 »

Ron Austin Discusses Homelessness in Tucson

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Ron Austin is a co-founder of the The Carlos G. Figueroa Foundation whose mission is “Promoting Understanding of Poverty and Homelessness Through Media.” Ron is a formerly homeless man who was addicted to crack. He now works to bring attention to the plight of the homeless in our community, especially youth. More information is available… Read more »

Do More Blue Part TWO -Advanced Blue Barrel Recycling

In February we talked about the basics of what should go in your Blue Barrel, your City of Tucson recycling bin. Many questions arose after the airing of this program.  Can I recycle paper towels? What about Styrofoam? Aluminum Foil? (no, no and yes under certain conditions). This month we are taking it to the… Read more »

Inside Llewyn Davis

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Whenever we regard a period of history as an age of innocence, it tells more about our wishes in the present than it does about the age in question, which was always much less innocent than we think. It’s good to remember this, and not to let mythology about the past obscure the flawed humanity… Read more »

Green events around Tucson in March

The Weekly Green highlights some Green events going on around Tucson in March. Also, learn were to get more information on rebates and incentives to make your home more energy efficient via the City of Tucson and more. To keep up to date on current and upcoming events, like The Weekly Green on Facebook!  … Read more »

Go For Sisters

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John Sayles holds a unique place in American film. For over three decades, he’s written and directed smart independent films on his own terms, financing his work with occasional forays into Hollywood script doctoring. A Sayles film is centered on intelligent dialogue; diverse, well-rounded characters; and, usually, themes of social and political significance. The people… Read more »

Guy Washington: The Quest for Freedom Moves West

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Guy Washington discusses “The Quest For Freedom Moves West: African Americans in the New Mexico and Arizona Territories. Guy Washington, currently regional manager for the National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, has worked for the National Park Service as an interpretive park ranger at Fort Point National Historic Site, Alcatraz Island, Yosemite National… Read more »

Great Expectations

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The best film version of Charles Dickens’ novel Great Expectations, I think almost everyone would agree, is David Lean’s 1946 film. It conveys the moody, Gothic air of this late work, especially with the early scenes in the fog and later at Miss Havisham’s old mansion, beautifully captured in Guy Green’s black and white photography…. Read more »

Talking Vermiculture with KXCI Music Mixer-Susie B! Worms rule!

Vermiculture A.K.A. Worm Composting is the hot new thing. The Weekly Green talks with KXCI Friday afternoon Music Mixer Susie B about her worms and how they are helping her garden grow. Using worms is an easy way to get rid of green waste at your home.  And, they produce a nice rich compost for… Read more »

Gang of Raccoons

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Petey encounters raccoons at his job and needs to do something before they wreak more havoc. Careful Petey! I can’t believe I didn’t mention in this frenetic ramble that raccoons are nocturnal. Well, they are  and these magnificent creatures are quite adaptable as you often hear of them invading yards and houses in that region… Read more »

Dr. Michael Engs: Peregrinos Negroes

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30 Minutes features remarks made by Dr. Michael Engs as he presented Peregrinos Negroes: Africans in the Spanish Colonial Period 1519-1821 at “Tapestry of Tucson a Centennial Celebration” presented by Tucson Pima Arts Council‘s Community of Practice Members at the Dunbar Center. In February 2012, Black History Month coincided with Arizona’s Centennial Statehood Celebrations. Engs… Read more »

Primavera

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  Petey babbles on about the southern sun, long shadows, kinetic art in the house and finally a small primrose. Whew! Oenothera primiveris seems a few hundred feet in elevation out of place at out home near the banks of the Ol’ Guajolote. Its normal range is listed as only up to 4,500′, but then… Read more »

Christmas Tree Hunt

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Petey and the beautiful Ms. Mesquitey scamper around the slopes of the Dragoon Mountains in search of the perfect Christmas tree to adorn the 1991 Marvellette. There is nothing better than clambering the slopes of the mountains in southeastern in search of interesting plants and animals and  for over 25 years our hunt for Pinus… Read more »

Rhus radicans!

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Petey thinks it is just fantastic that poison ivy is part of the Bisbee streetscape. He’s a strange fellow. Poison ivy is a sumac. Its botanical name is Rhus radicans and there are so many cool sumacs around the world. Many are known for their edible fruit in tea form or ground into a powder…. Read more »

KXCI Reprises Local Black History Month Recordings

Community Radio 91.3 KXCI Tucson is pleased to reprise our recordings from 2010 with Delta SigmaTheta Sorority,Inc. and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. to celebrate the achievements, culture, contributions and history of local African Americans.  From February 1 through February 26, KXCI will be broadcasting Black History Month Features twice daily.   More than 15… Read more »

Sonoran Institute

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Ian Dowdy, Program Director for the Sun Corridor Legacy program with Sonoran Institute is in studio this week. Ian talks with The Weekly Green about their important environmental work around Arizona. Air dates for this program: Feb 8, 9 & 10 of 2014

Robin Reineke on the Colibri Center For Human Rights

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Today on 30 Minutes, we speak with Robin Reineke, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Colibri Center for Human Rights which is built upon the The Missing Migrant Project. Colibri identifies human remains on the US-Mexico border through comprehensive forensic research and reliable data on missing persons. The team at theColibrí Center for Human Rights… Read more »

City of Tucson Recycling! What Goes In Your Blue Barrel?

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What can I put in my Blue Barrel?  Have you wondered?  Have you been vexed when seeing things in other barrels that should not be in there? This podcast gives a run-down on what you can put in your Blue Barrel.  Why Recycle? By recycling, in the U.S., we are diverting about 32% from the… Read more »

James Christopher on African American History

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We spoke with James Christopher who is the Chair of the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast which will celebrate its 25th year in 2015. He is also a board member of Pueblo Gardens Neighborhood Association, Coalition for African American Health and Wellness, The Dunbar Museum, The Tucson Nursery School, and the Southside Community… Read more »

Community Reflections on Martin Luther King, Jr. 2014

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For 24 Years, The Pueblo Gardens Neighborhood Association has hosted a Martin Luther King Breakfast at the Holmes Tuttle Boys and Girls Club to raise scholarship money for local youth. KXCI attended and recorded the following voices from our community and broadcast them throughout our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day programming. 1    Mayor Jonathan… Read more »

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Petey recounts some of his childhood. Give a listen. When I was a child growing up in Kentucky, it was segregated. I feel very lucky that my parents were members of a Unitarian Fellowship. Not a church for goodness sakes! The thought of a minister and a church scared those pesky activists. I owe so… Read more »

Green Events in February around Tucson

The Weekly Green highlights: a photo exhibit about the culture and ecology of the Santa Rita Mountains; The Peace Fair; Xeriscaping; and how to become an Energy Efficient Expert! Also, did you know that you may be able to get a rebate of up to $2000.oo on a water harvesting system for your home?  Learn… Read more »

Pinus englemannii

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Petey gets so excited about the Apache Pine. What’s up with that? Pinus englemannii is it’s northern most range in southeastern Arizona. Though at first glance it appears to be a Ponderosa Pine, certainly the very long needles give it away. It’s one of my favorite pines to grow and I take them to the… Read more »

Martin Luther King Day 2014 Tucson Events

Martin Luther King Day is Monday, January 20th and Tucson commemorates it in many different ways. Here at 91.3 KXCI Tucson on Monday, January 20th be sure to tune in for great music from the civil rights struggle, guest djs, community voices and segments of Dr. Martin Luther Kings Speeches from 7am to 6pm. Below… Read more »

12 Years a Slave

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It’s remarkable, when you think about it, how few serious American film dramas have dealt with the subject of American slavery. Of course we think of Roots, and there are others…but not many. Maybe slavery is so painful a subject that most filmmakers just don’t want to go there. I think also there’s shame—shame about… Read more »

Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection

Carolyn Campbell, Executive Director of  Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection speaks to the Weekly Green this week. Carolyn tells us about the important work they do to protect the Sonoran Desert around Tucson and how you can get involved!

A Certain Slant of Light: Emerging from the Shadows of Mental Illness

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Authors from Our Place Clubhouse Thursday Afternoon Writers’ Group talk about their work and their lives along with their instructor Sheila Wilensky and psych-social rehabilitation specialist Samantha Bounkeua. A Certain Slant of Light: Emerging from the Shadows of Mental Illness is a compilation of essays and personal narratives that educates readers about the misconceptions of… Read more »

Blue is the Warmest Color

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I like directors that can fill a big canvas, make films that you can be immersed in, an experience rather than just an event. Abdellatif Kechiche does that in his new film, and on a subject that is usually smaller scale: young love and the new discovery of passion, emotional and sexual. The film is… Read more »

Talkin’ Bout the Three R’s Baaaaby!

What are the three R’s? Reduce, Reuse and Recycle! The Weekly Green touches briefly in the Three Rs in this podcast.  Tips on how to do each are included here, and for free. Air date for this show: Jan 11, 12 & 13.

I am Andropogon

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Petey jabbers on and on about some native bunch grasses. Fall is certainly the time to get out and visit the vast grasslands in the uplands of southeastern Arizona. As native bunch grasses dry the stems take on various shades of red, purple or yellow.  Maybe a paint guide from the hardware store would be… Read more »

Sister Helen Prejean Part 1

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Sister Helen Prejean recounts her transformation from privilege to her work with death row inmates and their victims’ families. In February 2012 Sister Helen Prejean, one of the nation’s foremost advocates to abolish the death penalty spoke in an event sponsored by the Coalition of Arizonans to Abolish the Death Penalty at the Rialto Theatre…. Read more »

Gardening and gleaning, yes. Canning and food swap, oh yeah.

Hang on to some of your green (money) while being green! Melanie Emerson talks with The Weekly Green this week at the start of 2014 and has some amazing money-saving & sustainable ideas. Melanie is a Gardener & Gleaner; a Canner &  a Food Swapper! Between the months of November & May she shops at… Read more »

Taco USA Part 2

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A continuation of Ernesto Portillo, Jr. and Gustavo Arellano discussing some of the findings from Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. by Amanda Shauger Tucson, Arizona Today on 30 Minutes, we continue with Part 2 of a recording from the 2013 Tucson Festival of Books. Ernesto Portillo, Jr., columnist for the Arizona Daily Star… Read more »

Inequality For All

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Inequality for All is the title of a documentary by Jacob Kornbluth, which examines the extraordinary disparity in wealth between the richest Americans and the rest of us. The man at the center of the film, who explains this issue in its many aspects, is Robert Reich, world-renowned economist, former Secretary of Labor under Clinton,… Read more »

Taco USA Part 1

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Ernesto Portillo, Jr. and Gustavo Arellano discuss some of the findings from Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. by Amanda Shauger Tucson, Arizona Today on 30 Minutes, we feature a recording from the 2013 Tucson Festival of Books. Ernesto Portillo, Jr., columnist for the Arizona Daily Star and editor of the Star’s Spanish weekly… Read more »

Sky Island Alliance in studio

In this segment The Weekly Green talks with Sergio Avila, Program Manager of  Sky Island Alliance. Sergio answers the pertinent question: what in the world IS a Sky Island?  Also,  learn about the super-important projects that  Sky Island Alliance is working on in Southern Arizona + Northern Mexico, and how you can help.  

Looking for KXCI on iTunes?

Looking for KXCI on iTunes? KXCI 91.3 can be found in your iTunes Library in the “Eclectic” Category, which can be found in the “Internet” selection in your iTunes Library, which is nested under the “Music” category of your iTunes Library. Music>Internet>Eclectic.If you are already iTunes savvy, this should be a breeze for you. If… Read more »

Concussion

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   Concussion is a film that immerses us in the everyday and mundane, until after a series of questionable decisions by an unsteady main character, we suddenly find ourselves observing an outlandish situation. But this is not in the service of a suspense film as you might assume—the debut film by Stacey Passon explores the… Read more »

David N. Gibbs: First Do No Harm

David N. Gibbs: First Do No Harm- A Critique of Modern Military Humanitarian Intervention Our guest today on 30 Minutes is David N. Gibbs, Professor of History at the University of Arizona. His most recent book is First Do No Harm: Humanitarian Intervention and the Destruction of Yugoslavia. Professor Gibbs describes NATO’s intervention in Yugoslavia,… Read more »

Nature Cures

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      Petey seems to think that traipsing around in the wild borderlands of southeastern Arizona is good for children and adults too. He could be right. There are so many articles, essays and books written about letting children romp in the wild. It seems such a “no brainer”, but many children never get out of… Read more »

Electric Feel Celebrates KXCI’s 30th Anniversary

For this special edition of Electric Feel radio on Friday December 6th, 2013, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of KXCI.  On this date 30 years ago, KXCI first hit the airwaves with a mission to bring Tucson an alternative to the usual sounds heard on the radio.  We are proud to continue the tradition today,… Read more »

Big Deal on Madonna Street

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Big Deal on Madonna Street, a 1958 film directed by Mario Monicelli, is a spoof of the heist film genre, exemplified by such films as The Asphalt Jungle, The Killing, and especially Jules Dassin’s Rififi. The story goes like this. A jailed ex-boxer, played by Vittorio Gassman, catches wind of a perfect opportunity for a… Read more »

Greener Holidays (part 2)-Gifts and Gift wrapping.

Green thine gift giving and have a happy and fulfilling Holiday season with these tips. This show is chock full of ideas on green gift giving and gift wrapping. Also, learn why buying local is great. Air date for this show: Dec 7, 8 & 9 of 2013

Stinging Serpent

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   Peter jabbers about cool winged grasshoppers and a plant called Stinging Serpent. Cevallia sinuata or Stinging Serpent is found around the wild borderlands of southeastern Arizona from 2,500 to 5,000 feet in elevation. The flowers are fascinating and the stinging hairs are very cool.

Darkness Comes Too Quickly

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       Petey laments the loss of light. Rubber Rabbitbrush is a wonderful native shrub of the uplands. The golden yellow blooms atop gray stems in the fall always attract a myriad of pollinators who have no problems with short days. Probably a lesson there. Amy and Derrick Ross played music every chance they had and… Read more »

Professor Robert A. Williams: “Savage Anxieties”

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In November 2012, Derechos Humanos held their 9th Annual Corazon de Justicia Awards Banquet in which they celebrated and recognized community organizers for their commitment to justice and social change. The keynote speaker for the event was Professor Robert A.  Williams, the E. Thomas Sullivan Professor of Law and American Indian Studies and Faculty Co-Chair… Read more »

Green events in December!

This month, learn where to get deep discounts on produce,  score free stuff, get rid of stuff and how to  successfully garden in the desert.  Also, learn how to locate rebate and incentive programs to help you live more sustainably. Air dates for this program Nov 30, Dec 1 + Dec 2 of 2013

Casa de Desert Broom

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 Petey thinks folks should be planting Desert Broom in pollinator gardens. What?! Explain yourself Petey. Bacharris sarothroides is truly hated by some people. Its ability to move into disturbed areas of the Sonoran Desert is amazing. Desert broom is dioecious,  meaning there are male and female plants. The females have the fluffy seed -called “desert… Read more »

Barbara Kingsolver: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

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Barbara Kingsolver and her husband Steven Hopp were in Tucson to share their new book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. The book chronicles a year in which their family vowed to eat only foods that were produced locally. Part memoir and part investigative journalism, the book encourages and inspires all of us… Read more »

Dr. Julian Kunnie: Globalization and Its Victims

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Dr. Julian Kunnie is Professor of Religious Studies/Classics at the University of Arizona. He is the author of three books and his forthcoming book is Globalization and Its Victims: Wars Against the Earth and the Impoverished of the World. On the weekend of November 1st through the 3rd, activists from around the country and around… Read more »

The Act of Killing

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   The Act of Killing, a documentary film by Joshua Oppenheimer, starts us out with some very minimal historical background. In 1965, the government of Indonesia was overthrown by a military coup. The new dictatorship, with the support of the CIA, initiated a purge of everyone it deemed to be communist—liberals, academics, ethnic Chinese, in… Read more »

Greener Holidays (part 1)

In the United States 25% more trash is generated during during the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s than during the rest of the year. With some foresight and simple steps we can have a greener holiday season. In this week’s podcast we give you some tips on how to do just that. This week… Read more »

A Sustainable and Local Thanksgiving

Celebrate the foodways of Tucson and the borderlands with Edible Baja Arizona this Thanksgiving. Editor and Publisher of Edible Baja Arizona Magazine Doug Biggers talks with the Weekly Green this week. Wow!  Doug reads off a menu for a 4 course meal that sounds absolutely delicious and is from all locally sourced ingredients. Learn where… Read more »

In a World…

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In a World…, the name of the first film written and directed by actress Lake Bell, refers to a famous opening line, used over and over for the previews of coming attractions, or trailers, as they’re called in the industry, usually for big-budget spectacles of some sort. For example, “In a world where good and… Read more »

Desert Dreamscapes

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              Petey has wild dreams if he stays in bed too long in the morning. Get up Petey! Amoreuxia palmatifida is always a delightful botanical find. Look for it on rocky slopes between 3,500′ and 5,000′ in southeastern Arizona. The bloom period coincides with summer monsoon and the orange flowers are best seen in the… Read more »

Tear Down The Walls

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On the weekend of November 1st through the 3rd, activists from around the country and around the world came to Tucson for Tear Down the Walls National Gathering. Convened by the Alliance for Global Justice, organizers say that the Tear Down the Walls National Gathering would bring multiple movements to strategize and network together on… Read more »

The Tucson Folksingers

The Tucson Folksingers gathered monthly from 1955 to 1962. Although the group itself was not overtly political, individuals from the group made many principled stands such as participation in demonstrations, draft resistance, and refusal to sign Arizona’s loyalty oath. The group also hosted many prominent national artists. Local Folksinger Ted Warmbrand has begun The Tucson… Read more »

Weatherizing. Keeping Warm in Tucson (part 1)

It really does get cold in Tucson! Wasn’t it 18 degrees last Winter? Usually I pop down to the Caribbean to escape the cold for a bit in January. But, with these weatherizing tips from Michael Keith, I’m thinking I can manage.  Manage in Tucson, to save some money & stay warm whilst helping our… Read more »

Passiflora mexicana

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Mister Mesquitey tip toes out of  work and gets in some botanizing on a micro-vacation in the Dragoon Mountains. Mexican Passionflower is almost always found climbing in trees or shrubs near a stream or  some source of water. The earth below large boulders and rock faces in the Dragoon Mountain retains water. It’s hidden water… Read more »

Still Mine

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In a youth-obsessed culture, older people don’t get to play the main characters in movies too often. Still Mine, a Canadian film written and directed by Michael McGowen, is one of the rare examples that doesn’t succumb to trite platitudes or simple-mindedness. It’s based on a true story, and after looking up some of the… Read more »

The Seasons of Autumn

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I have said it ad nauseam, but I just love autumn and I love it because in southeastern Arizona it is a wonderful long season. And because it lasts for a while it seems to me that it can be divided into many smaller seasons. These small seasons are based on ecology. A “what’s happening… Read more »

Sonoran Desert Weedwackers Remove Invasive Grasses

Buffelgrass is an invasive flammable grass.  This tough guy has been called possibly the biggest threat to our Eco System.    It has taken hold in the Sonoran Desert in and around Tucson. This week I talked to Marilyn Hanson from Sonoran Desert Weedwackers. SDW is a group that goes out and removes invasive grasses around… Read more »

Dusty Calligraphy

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Crotalaria pumila or Rattle Box is a sweet little legume found out in the grassland and up slope as well. The family Leguminosae may be Fabaceae now or maybe it is  the other way around, but one thing is for sure: at night Kangaroo Rats use the pods of rattle box to shake out rhythms… Read more »

Kettles of Soaring Birds

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Southeastern Arizona is full of change in the fall and the migration of many bird species to and from the region is part of that change.  Sandhill Cranes arrive in the Sulphur Springs Valley. Northern Harriers arrive as well, as Turkey Vultures leave. A kabillion (maybe a zillion) species of sparrows arrive  and it’s time… Read more »

Having Backyard Chickens in Tucson! You can too!

This week, I interviewed Elizabeth and her 9 year old daughter Lucia about the basics of having Backyard Chickens in Ye Ol’ Tucson. Find out how easy it is + why it’s good for the environment. (Plus you get good eggs) This show aired on KXCI Oct 19, 20 & 21 of 2013.

Danish Ambassador on Denmark’s Green Agenda

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In January and February 2013 a confluence of all things Danish came together in the Sonoran desert of Arizona.  Two national Danish sports teams and a visit of Danish Ambassador Peter Taksoe-Jensen highlighted a series of events, exhibits and lectures all about Danes. This launched a series of events linked together under the banner of… Read more »

Allow us to introduce The Weekly Green, a new Mini-Program to KXCI!

The Weekly Green is a new program to KXCI Community Radio.  This show airs Saturday and Sunday just before 10 a.m. and Monday just before 6 p.m. Tune in for practical tips on protecting our environment, with a local spin, plus brief profiles of local environmental groups and events. KXCI listeners were surveyed about what… Read more »

Tucson’s Action Against Victim Blaming

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On September 7th, 2013, Tucsonans gathered at Winsett Park to join an International Day of Action against victim blaming, slut shaming and rape culture. Organized by SlutWalk Tucson and others, the event was MCd by local human rights activist Leilani Clark who described her survivorship and resiliency. SlutWalk Tucson formed in 2011 to challenge victim… Read more »

KXCI & Maker House Concert Series

            Join us on Wednesday, October 2 for the inaugural event of the KXCI/Maker House Concert Series with Sabra Faulk and Heather Hardy. Kaia Chesney opens the show at the Historic Bates Mansion now known as the Maker House, 283 N Stone Ave. Tickets are $12 for the general public… Read more »