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“Cowboy Operetta” Concert at El Casino Ballroom Saturday January 31st

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“Cowboy Operetta” benefit concert event this Saturday January 31st at 7pm at The El Casino Ballroom.  “A Cowboy Operetta” Benefit Concert Featuring Cory Padilla and LeeAnne Savage Benefiting Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund – Formed by Justin Boots with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA), the 501-C3 non-profit charity… Read more »

Rejoice, spring is on the way

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Between the Mesquitey chickens finally laying some eggs and the point leaf  manzanita blooming in the hills, there is much excitement around the ol’ homestead.

Prison Policy: A Crime Against Our Community

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 Today on 30 Minutes, we’ll hear excerpts from a December 2014 panel discussion convened by the YWCA Tucson called Prison Policy: A Crime Against Our Community. Today’s speaker is Caroline Isaacs, MSW, Program Director of Arizona American Friends Service Committee. She describes some history of US and Arizona prison policy and the impacts on our… Read more »

MarchFourth Marching Band this Saturday at Rialto Theater

The Haymarket Squares and The March forth Marching Band perform Saturday January 24th at The Rialto Theatre in an all ages 8:00pm show.     March Fourth Marching Band is a mobile big band spectacular, consisting of saxophones, trombones, trumpets and a drum/percussion corps, anchored by pumping battery-powered electric bass. Stilt­walkers, dancing girls, flag twirlers, clown… Read more »

Community Reflections on Martin Luther King, Jr. 2015

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On Monday, January 19, 2015th from 7am to 6pm, KXCI will honor the legacy of the civil rights struggle by featuring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speech segments throughout the day as KXCI programmers spin a great mix of socially relevant music. KXCI has also recorded the following speakers from our community and will broadcast… Read more »

Black Life Matters Conference

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The UA Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, The Feminist Wire, Lehigh University, the Human Rights Campaign and more than 30 units across the UA campus are sponsoring the Black Life Matters Conference, which will be held January 15th-17th in Tucson. 30 Minutes spoke with three of the local conference organizers: Monica J. Casper, UA’s… Read more »

The Documented Border with Luis Alberto Urrea

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In October 2014, The University of Arizona Libraries, The Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry, The UA School of Art, The UA School of Journalism, and the Center for Border and Global Journalism convened to hold an opening event for The Documented Border Exhibit and Digital Archive. Today on 30 Minutes, we’ll hear celebrated author Luis Alberto… Read more »

Desert Mule Deer

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Petey finds a seep in the dry stream be of the Ol’ Guajolote and there are deer tracks in the soft mud.

Ozomatli live in KXCI’s Studio 2A

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Ozomatli is playing in Tucson for the benefit Concert For Civility on Sunday, January 11th at The Rialto Theatre. To celebrate this great event we are podcasting Ozomatli’s live performance in Studio 2A from March 2014.  **(The audio stream is no longer available, it was just streaming through the weekend of the event)**  Their lively… Read more »

I am Andropogon

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Petey jabbers on and on about  grasses and finally decides Bouteloua radicosa  (purple grama) is his favorite, at least for now .

Behold!

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Petey Mesquitey sees some interesting plants while hiking and gets very excited. What’s new?

Remembering The Christmas Truce of 1914

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30 Minutes features Culture of Peace Alliance (COPA) president Sat Bir Kaur Khalsa and Hannis Latham, from Tucson Chapter 13 from Veterans for Peace. The two groups are collaborating to show the film Joyeux Noel which tells the story of the 1914 Christmas Truce which took place during World War I between the Allies and… Read more »

Thesis Thursday Just Around the Brain Bend

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This Thesis Thursday we are introduced to Adele Koutia. Adele is majoring in physiology and neuroscience which entails studying parts of the brain. The specific part that Adele finds most intriguing is the hippocampus. The hippocampus as described holds much resemblance to an internal GPS, helping you to remember a certain path that may lead to… Read more »

From the Brain to the Mouth

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Today on Thesis Thursday we meet Chris Vance, who’s studying to be a neurosurgeon.  This entails him studying language, its connection to the brain, and how nuance in a voice can change the meaning behind your vocals drastically. This story is not only informative, but motivational as we learn what made a little boy go… Read more »

Magic, Madness, Heaven, Algae

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On this edition of Thesis Thursday we meet Paola Lopez, otherwise known as Andy.  Andy is a junior a the university of Arizona and is perusing a double major in Math and Chemical Engineering. In years previous she attended Columbia University, working with bovine joint muscles to learn more about arthritis. Now, under a UBRP… Read more »

Wight Lhite Live in Studio 2A on Locals Only KXCI pt. 2

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On December 8, 2014 Wight Lhite joined Matt Milner live in Studio 2A to share tracks from their debut album. Wight Lhite celebrates the release of “Beyond the Satellites” on Thursday December 11 at The Flycatcher. Melding psychedelic guitar rock, post-punk, and twitchy, analog synths sound, this relatively new Tucson group has already made waves,… Read more »

Wight Lhite Live in Studio 2A on Locals Only KXCI pt.1

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On December 8, 2014 Wight Lhite joined Matt Milner live in Studio 2A to share tracks from their debut album. Wight Lhite celebrates the release of “Beyond the Satellites” on Thursday December 11 at The Flycatcher. Melding psychedelic guitar rock, post-punk, and twitchy, analog synths sound, this relatively new Tucson group has already made waves,… Read more »

Nature Cures

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Petey thinks that being out in the wild is good for children and adults as well. What?!

Borderlands Productions, Queer Migrations, and Counter Movements Part 2

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Today on 30 Mintues, Excerpts from the 2014 Tucson Festival of Books Nuestras Raices, a program of the Pima County Library sponsored the panel entitled Borderlands Productions, Queer Migrations, and Counter Movements. Today, we continue with the second half of the panel, and the second portion of a presentation by Adela C. Licona, Associate Professor… Read more »

Mexican June Corn

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Petey thinks seeds have stories and the Mexican June corn that a young farmer is growing will have some stories to tell. Let’s listen.

Locals Only 12-01-14: Jake Stephens Live in Studio 2A, pt. 2

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Jake Stephens joins KXCI’s Matt Milner in KXCI’s Studio 2A for a LIVE ONE-HOUR broadcast performance… Songs about bicycles, surf, mountains, & desert. And discussion of the Jake Stephens water-themed debut album, “How The Water Feels“. PLUS a special radio debut of two songs, including “Arizona Baby” and “Santa’s Elves” The lovely voices of special… Read more »

Locals Only 12-01-14: Jake Stephens Live in Studio 2A, pt. 1

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Jake Stephens joins KXCI’s Matt Milner in KXCI’s Studio 2A for a LIVE ONE-HOUR broadcast performance… Songs about bicycles, surf, mountains, & desert. And discussion of the Jake Stephens water-themed debut album, “How The Water Feels“. PLUS a special radio debut of two songs, including “Arizona Baby” and “Santa’s Elves” The lovely voices of special… Read more »

Logan “DirtyVerbs” Phillips live in Studio 2A on Locals Only KXCI

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On November 24, 2014, Logan “Dirtyverbs“ Phillips performed selections from his new book of poetry Sonoran Strange live in Studio 2A on Locals Only. Logan’s multimedia, bilingual performance combined spoken word with sampling and sound collage accompaniment in a sneak preview of his book release show at Club Congress on December 5. Sonoran Strange is available… Read more »

Vanessa cardui

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While admiring a blooming rubber rabbit brush Petey finds many butterflies feeding on nectar and he gets very excited. What’s new?

Sumac Fall Color

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Petey takes a drive into the hills near his home to see spectacular fall color of the local sumacs.

Trails of Hope and Terror

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30 Minutes speaks with Tucson Samaritans volunteer Michael Hyatt and No More Deaths volunteer Jim Marx. The two Southern Arizona humanitarian aid organizations present a screening of Vincent De La Torre’s newly released film Trails of Hope and Terror on Thursday, December 4 at 7:00pm at the Loft Cinema. The film explores the plight of… Read more »

Gabriel Sullivan Live in Studio 2A on Locals Only KXCI

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On November 17th, 2014, Gabriel Sullivan was the Locals Only live guest in Studio 2A along with band mates Brian Lopez, Catfish Conner Gallaher, Thøger Lund and Winston Watson. They featured songs from Gabriel’s new album Jvpiter which they’ll be celebrating this Friday Nov. 21st with a release party at Club Congress. Photography: Nicci Radhe… Read more »

The Campaign to Expand Reid Park

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30 Minutes features Friends of Reid Park Executive Director Tzadik Rosenberg-Greenberg updating the community on the Expand Reid Park campaign including their upcoming appearance on the agenda for the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Commission on December 3rd from 3:30-5:30pm and the concurrent launch of their Park Superhero Program. The group believes that Tucson… Read more »

Thesis Thursday-Different Strokes for Different Folks

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Meet Omar Hussain. He studies animo biology while working with mice. First, He induces a stroke then later studies their resilience.  It is through this observance he can help human stroke victims. Later, we play Rhapsody in Blue by  George Gershwin and Hey Yeah covered by Obadiah Parker. All this and much more on The Home… Read more »

Little Bell

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Petey is enthusiastic about the naturally occurring grass parks that create magical openings in the coniferous forests of the White Mountains.

My Canadian Zone

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Petey finds himself high up in a different lifezone and gets very excited about aspen trees.

Derechos Humanos’ Corazón de Justicia

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30 Minutes speaks with members of the local human rights group Derechos Humanos: Missing Migrant Project coordinator Cristen Vernon, as well as board member and spokesperson Isabel Garcia. They spoke about their work and the upcoming 10th Corazón de Justicia Awards Dinner, Saturday Nov. 15 at El Casino Ballroom. Derechos Humanos will honor 11 Tucson… Read more »

Thesis Thursday- I hope someday you’ll join us

This Thesis Thursday Cathy interviews Ali Shihab. Ali is studying physiology at the University of Arizona. He originally is from Iraq, but came over to the states in 2009 as a refugee. While in Iraq, Ali was studying in medical school, planning to become a doctor. He needs six years of schooling to be considered… Read more »

Dia de los Muertos with Luis Alberto Urrea

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30 Minutes rebroadcasts Luis Alberto Urrea reading from Nobody’s Son , published by UA Press, at a Dia de los Muertos Celebration held in November 2012 in conjunction with the Confluence Center. Urrea, a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, is a prolific and acclaimed writer who uses… Read more »

The Seasons of Autumn

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Petey seems to think that fall is made up of many smaller seasons that  make for one long glorious autumn. That’s what he says.

Our Sacred Maiz Is Our Mother

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30 Minutes features an interview with Dr. Roberto Cintli Rodriguez author of Our Sacred Maiz is Our Mother: Indigeneity and Belonging in the Americas from UA Press. Dr. Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mexican American Studies in the University of Arizona. He will speak at a book signing at the Arizona… Read more »

Thesis Thursday- Biology Brilliance

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More UBRP  this week on Thesis Thursday! University of Arizona Biological Research Program Sophomore Poorva Rajguru talks to Cathy about biology and the wonders of tilomeres. While she’s still figuring out what she wants to do with her career, she did however promise to hopefully come back to KXCI as a senior. Later, we get… Read more »

Thesis Thursday-Kids, Tigger, and Cognition

This Thursday Cathy interviews Wonn Pyon. Wonn is a Senior at University of Arizona Biological Research Program UBRP  and is working with kids to study how they see the world. He hopes understanding a child’s mind will lead to new breakthroughs with the adult brain. What a thinker! Later, Pyon requests Jason Mraz as well… Read more »

Mentzelia pumila

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Petey waxes poetic about the plants and animals found around his little homestead and finally focuses on a plant called Mentzelia pumila. Let’s listen.

Thesis Thursday Double Major 10/2/2014

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In today’s “Thesis Thursday” Cathy interviews Judith Menzel. This senior at the University of Arizona has high hopes as she not only tackles molecular biology, but also linguistics. Hear her voice her and love for both subjects, which major she’s focusing on now, and what she plans to do with these skills after college.  Later,… Read more »

Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival

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30 Minutes spoke with Greg Wetzel and Paula Schlusberg, co-chairs of the Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival, which is dedicated to promoting all facets of sustainability in Tucson and Southern Arizona. The Festival highlights community organizations, companies, and individuals that raise awareness and support actions that help our community work to create a sustainable future in… Read more »

Borderlands Productions, Queer Migrations, and Counter Movements

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Today on 30 Mintues, Excerpts from the 2014 Tucson Festival of Books Nuestras Raices, a program of the Pima County Library sponsored the panel entitled Borderlands Productions, Queer Migrations, and Counter Movements. Speakers include UA Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies Eithne Luibheid and Adela C. Licona, Associate Professor and Director of the Rhetoric, Composition,… Read more »

Lowriding/Lowriting

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Today on 30 Minutes:  excerpts from the 2014 Tucson Festival of Books. La Estrella de Tucson Editor Ernesto Portillo, Jr. (and KXCI programmer) moderates  a panel entitled Lowriding/Lowriting- Stories, Art, Life and Perspectives of the Lowriting Culture. The panel was hosted by Nuestras Raices, a program of the Pima County Library. Panelists include Santino J…. Read more »

Aquilegia chrysantha fun

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Well, there is nothing more fun, well okay, for me, than starting in the desert grassland and slowly driving and stopping your way up into a sky island. The journey into the hills talked about here was inspired by my friend Bill Radke, who told me about these hybrid populations of Aqulegia chrysantha X desertorum…. Read more »

Pericome caudata

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August and September in southeastern Arizona is the most wonderful time to get up into the sky islands, especially is you like cool native plants. I suspect you do, so what are you waiting for? Go.

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 »

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 »

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 »

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.

Mavis Staples Interview with Duncan Hudson

Mavis Staples spoke with Duncan Hudson ahead of her Friday, September 5th Fundraising show. Tickets are still available at FoxTucson.com. 75 year young living legend Mavis Staples told us about her latest projects. Originally broadcast on the Home Stretch Wednesday, September 3rd.

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 »

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 »

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.

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 »

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 »