Posts Tagged: KXCI

Tinariwen live performance in KXCI’s Studio 2A

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Africa’s Tinariwen brought their desert blues to Tucson on April 23rd, 2013. Check out the live performance and interview in Studio 2A with our own Michelle. They talk about the desert and it’s influence on their music. The in-studio features three songs including the unreleased track “Aratan Nadag“, which is on our latest compilation of… Read more »

Matisyahu, KXCI Presents!

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                          Matisyahu has come a long way since 2005 when he released his breakout album, Live at Stubb’s (which reached #1 on the Reggae Albums Chart and #30 on the Billboard 200). Since then he has pushed himself dynamically and creatively, breaking with… 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.

Green Events in November!

This week’s segment of The Weekly Green features a few of the “Green” Events going on around Tucson in November.       Successful desert gardening November 5 A representative from the Pima County Cooperative Extension service will offer gardening demonstrations on Successful desert gardening. When: Wednesday November 5th 1-2 p.m. Where: Murphy-Wilmot Public Library For… Read more »

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.

Dusty Calligraphy

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Petey thinks that Banner-tailed Kangaroo Rats are leaving us messages in the dust and dancing through the night as well! Oh dear.

The New Pornographers, KXCI Presents!

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                  A Canadian indie-rock super group, The New Pornographers members include Carl Newman, Neko Case, Kathryn Calder and Dan Bejar of Destroyer. Doors open at 7pm with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart starting at 8pm October 14th at The Rialto Theatre. The New Pornographers, stunningly,… Read more »

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 »

J. RODDY WALSTON & THE BUSINESS

For J. Roddy Walston & The Business―who formed in 2002 in Walston’s hometown of Cleveland, Tennessee―embracing weirdness means a mumble-out-loud celebration of that great and terrible burden of being human. Forcing the oft-clashing worlds of art and rock-and-roll to make nice, the band (including guitarist/vocalist Billy Gordon, bassist/vocalist Logan Davis, and drummer Steve Colmus) deals… Read more »

Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, KXCI Presents!

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KXCI Presents Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives on October 13th at The Rialto Theatre. Marty Stuart’s long history in country music includes time with Lester Flatt and Johnny Cash, as well as his own chart topping solo career, TV series and live shows of foot stompin’, tail shakin’, honky tonkin’, rockin’ hillbilly music. Doors… 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 »

BLACK JOE LEWIS & THE HONEY BEARS

                          Joe Lewis hails from Austin, TX – the collision center where Southern soul meets mid-western blues and vagabond punk. Unable to keep away from the infectious music scene Austin is infamous for, Joe Lewis soaked it all in and soon found himself… Read more »

Shonen Knife, KXCI Presents!

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  Shonen Knife, Osaka Japan’s legendary queens of indie sunshine, are back with a brand new album for 2014. Their newest release, “Overdrive”, is a tip of the hat to 70′s Hard Rock, and a continuation of Shonen Knife’s journey into the musings of food, fantasy and daily life in the Far Eastern metropolis of… Read more »

CYMBALS EAT GUITARS / SLOTHRUST

                    The sweat’s the first thing everyone notices. It’s hard not to, as salty trails drip from the pores of Joseph D’Agostino, the yelping, riff-raking frontman of Cymbals Eat Guitars. Here’s why he can’t seem to stay dry: Pitchfork’s ‘Best New Music’ tagplastered across a rave… Read more »

Joshua Breakstone Trio

                      NYC based Jazz Guitarist Joshua Breakstone returns to Tucson for an evening of precision jazz.  Joining Joshua will be Fred Hayes on percussion and  Jack Wood on bass.  Don’t miss this extraordinarily gifted musician who has shared the stage with the likes of Pepper… 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 »

LILY KERSHAW

                    Lily Kershaw’s debut album, Midnight In The Garden, explores emotional landscapes and heart clutching melodies that say the unsaid things we struggle to say ourselves. The album takes root in the titans of folk music…those classic songsmiths who weave tapestries of sound with fingerpicking and… Read more »

Nils Lofgren

                  American rock musician, recording artist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Nils Lofgren comes to Fox Tucson Theatre riding high off his January induction into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame and newly released 9 Disc Set of groundbreaking solo work Face the Music (May 2014). In addition to… Read more »

Billy Sedlmayr – CD Release Party

                              “Billy Sedlmayr… (is) one of the pioneers of Tucson punk and new-wave music, (he) played pivotal roles as a drummer and singer in seminal local acts The Pedestrians and Giant Sandworms during the early 1980s. A few years later, he… Read more »

SAID THE WHALE

  Said The Whale formed in 2007 as a collaboration between songwriters Ben Worcester and Tyler Bancroft. The pair’s debut EP, Taking Abalonia, featured sunny west coast indie pop, with breezy harmonies, shimmering guitars, and lyrical tributes to their home city of Vancouver. In 2008, the album was rereleased as Howe Sounds/Talking Abalonia, featuring seven… Read more »

ORENDA FINK, KXCI Presents!

                                        ORENDA FINK Throughout her time with Azure Ray and over the course of her solo career, Orenda Fink has never shied from exploring the darker edges of spirituality and the human condition. On her debut… Read more »

JEFF the Brotherhood / Music Band

JEFF consist of brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall – an explosive 2-piece of 1970′s inspired post-punk-riff-rock. No throwback act, JEFF’s unending consistency makes their bare-bone rawness a contemporary calling card. Fall of 2010 will see the release of their sixth full-length. Known as a tireless live act, JEFF The Brotherhood have co-billed tours with Ted… 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 »

Lisa Krikawa for KXCI!

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

Richard Oseran for KXCI!

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

Renee Kreager for KXCI Radio

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

The Wilderness Act: Keeping It Wild for 50 Years

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

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.

Mavis Staples Track w/ North Mississippi All-Stars

Enjoy a NEW Mavis Staples track (joined with another of our favorites, the North Mississippi All-Stars!) as an appetizer to Friday night’s KXCI fundraising concert at the Fox. Tickets at FoxTucson.com and 520-547-3040 for a chance to see this legendary voice of soul, R&B, blues and gospel – all in support of Your Community Radio.

Ernesto Portillo, Jr. Interviews Lila Downs

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

Our Land, Community and Culture Part 7

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

Muggy Land of Wild Portulaca

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

A Dramatic Garden

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

A No Waste Wedding!

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

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

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

Toads galore and a hognose too

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

Celebrate National Honey Bee Day on August 16th!

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

Our Land, Community and Culture Part 6

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

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

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

Tucsonans Celebrate Recent EPA Haze Rule

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

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.

A Mesquitey Gardening History

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Eating and sharing homegrown food seems to be a spiritual event for Petey. Amen! There is nothing better than homegrown food. And even if you don’t raise any of your own food, now a days farmers markets abound and someone is selling homegrown food at a market near you. I bet it comes with a… Read more »

Monarda menthaefolia

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

Bumelia, my old friend.

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

Green Events in July 2014 + Water Harvesting Rebate Info

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

KXCI Stonewall Day Programming 2014

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

Mala Mujer

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

Our Land, Community and Culture Part 4

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

Plastic Single Use Beverage Bottles. Just Say NO.

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

Our Land, Community and Culture Part 3

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

Our Land, Culture and Community Part 2

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

Our Land, Culture and Community Part 1

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

Thanks to ol’ Jack Kerouac

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

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

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

Floriferous Madness

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

Keeping Cool in Tucson-Part 2.

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

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 »

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 »

11th Annual Pie Party

This year’s Pie Party is the 11th annual and will be organized by the Food Conspiracy Co-op. Join us on Saturday, May 10, from 3-6 p.m. at Mercado San Agustin. Drop off pies from 1-2 p.m. Anyone can submit a pie, and Pie Party attendees will vote to decide who gets the event proceeds. Eligible… 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 »

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 »