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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 »

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 »

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.

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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

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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

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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 »

Gravity

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   Gravity, directed by Alfonso Cuaron, steps away from the Star Trek / Star Wars type outer space film we’ve become used to, with their aliens and energy weapons and so forth, and goes back to the simplicity of human beings experiencing outer space. The breathtaking beauty of the film is combined with an eerie… 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 »

A Hijacking, and Captain Phillips

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There have been two films this year featuring a ship being hijacked by Somali pirates. This is, of course, a very topical subject. Although both films are good, it’s interesting how different their approaches are. A Hijacking, a film by Danish director Tobias Lindholm, played here briefly earlier this year and is now on DVD…. 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 »

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 »

Disappearing Porcupines

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Aerial gunning of coyotes gets Petey thinking. Oh dear. It is mind boggling  that there is still an agency in the USDA called Wild Life Services that kills “pesky” wildlife for farmers, ranchers, or really anyone that falls under the category of agriculture in its broadest sense.  Millions of dollars are spent to kill wildlife…. 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 »

Mother of George

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   The well-crafted drama Mother of George takes place in one of those small communities from overseas transplanted into urban American society, in this case a vibrant group of Nigerians living in Brooklyn. The lengthy and carefully observed opening sequence is of a traditional Nigerian wedding, with its lovely music and shimmering colors. The bride,… 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 »

I Walked With a Zombie

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For your Halloween pleasure this year, I offer the 1943 film I Walked With a Zombie. It’s from the famous horror unit at RKO headed by producer Val Lewton, and in this case directed by Jacques Torneur. Tourneur’s second effort in collaboration with Lewton achieves something like greatness despite a bit of mediocre writing and… 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 »

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 »