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Tucson Makers: Inspired by Women Week 1


Today on 30 Minutes, we feature remarks made at the 2016 Tucson Makers: Inspired by Women. This event was presented by AIGA Arizona and held at MOCA Tucson. Attendees had an opportunity to hear five women representing a range of creative industries. Each gave a slide presentation on what they are most passionate about. Today’s… Read more »



Mentzelia pumila is in the Loasa family. Kearny and Peebles in Arizona Flora say, “the family is remarkable for the diversity and peculiar structure of the hairs”.  It’s pretty hard to hike around the borderlands and not have stickleaf plant parts stuck to your clothing and those sticky plant parts are tough to remove. Another… Read more »

Documentaries Change the World


  In this episode, we look at the Sight and Sound list of the greatest documentaries of all time. The film at the top of the list is the Russian film Man With A Movie Camera. Does it belong as the top film? Does anyone in the group think the top film should be something… Read more »

Great Films That Lost Money


  Not all films that flop are bad, not at all. Film history is riddled with great films that didn’t make money upon their initial release. Citizen Cane, The Wizard of Oz, Blade Runner all lost money. Heather, Jeff, and Rusty take a close look at three films, Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, Martin Scorsese’s King of… Read more »

John Waters: Subverting Suburbia


  In 1970s Baltimore, a brash, young director behind a pencil thin mustache began making some of the most bizarre and shocking films anyone had seen. John Waters and his cast of misfits made Mondo Trash, Multiple Maniacs, followed by the film that would garner them the most attention Pink Flamingos. With Waters’ fame, studios… Read more »

The Ironwood Tree Experience

Ironwood Tree Experience is a local non-profit organization with the mission to take young people out in the field to learn about their natural surroundings, from day trips to 10-day expeditions to the jungles of Costa Rica. Find out the details in the Weekly Green’s interview with ITE Youth coordinator Lesley Newman:  

PtP Episode 8: Love to Ride Tucson


In this episode, Kylie Walzak and Colby Henley with Living Streets Alliance talk about the launch of Love to Ride in Tucson. Love to Ride is an online platform and smartphone app that makes it easy and fun for existing bicycle riders to encourage their friends, co-workers and community to ride. While the Love to… Read more »

Native Grasses in the Hills


I am not that great at identifying native grasses, but I keep on trying . Thank goodness some are really quite easy to ID and that makes me feel somewhat competent and want to learn more. Bullgrass (Muhlenbergia emersleyi) is a common bunch grass found in the hills above the desert floor and in late… Read more »

Fungi, Dung & Dips

PLASTIC FROM FUNGI A team of scientists at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands has discovered a way to make a biodegradable plastic-like material from fungi. Several types of fungi are blended into a slush which is then mixed with a base where they grow filaments, called hypha, that interweave to form the structure… Read more »

The Exbats Live in Studio 2A


The Exbats perform live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. The Exbats are from Pinon, Arizona and are a father/daughter duo. Their new album, A Guide to the Health Issues Affecting Rescue Hens, was just released on Burger Records. The Exbats are playing at La Cocina on Friday, October 14th.

On Demand: The Head and the Heart


The Head and the Heart recently stopped by The Home Stretch to perform a very special, intimate acoustic set. Click now to listen to the full session and interview with THS host Hannah Levin. Photo by Jpop.

Fall Asteraceae Festivals


Fall is just a blast with all the late season blooming plants, so maybe instead of a festival for all the different species, we could consolidate and have one huge fall festival. It could go on for days and days. Yay! But listen dry rocky slopes like the gentle slopes that stretch down from the… Read more »

Alternatives to Incarceration Part 2


30 Minutes features excerpts from the YWCA Southern Arizona’s “Alternatives to Incarceration,” which was part seven in their Mass Incarceration Community Conversation Series. Grace Gamez of the American Friends Service Committee’s Reframing Justice Project, and Heather Hamel, Founder and Executive Director of Justice that Works discussed Alternatives to Incarceration. What alternatives work and where are they… Read more »

The Other Side of Pack Rats

If you google “pack rat”, the greater majority of hits are sites of extermination companies. Pack rats get a bad rap for being thieves, vandals and, not least, rodents. But they have a good side, too – several even. The treasures they amass in their nests – called ‘middens‘ – sometimes over periods of thousands… Read more »

The Lonesome Desert Tucson Country Blues Live in Studio 2A


Hank Topless, Chris Hall, Freddy Parish, Tom Walbank and Austin Counts perform live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. They are all appearing on The Lonesome Desert Tucson Country Blues, Volume I. The compilation is being released at the Flycatcher on Saturday, Oct. 8th.

Mute Swan Live in Studio 2A


Mute Swan returns to Studio 2A to perform live for the second hour of Locals Only. Listen in for a great set of live and local music, performed by Mute Swan.

PtP Episode 7: TORCA & Home Grown


In this episode of Pedaling the Pueblo, host Krista Hansen interviews Tara Alcantara, owner of Home Grown Mountain Bike Tours and Founding Officer of Tucson Off-Road Cyclists & Activists (TORCA). Tucson has some of the best backcountry trails and downhill riding in the Sonoran desert, and Alcantara has dedicated her work to maintaining these trails and making them… Read more »

PtP Episode 6: Bike/Ped Count


In this episode of Pedaling the Pueblo, host Ryan Fagan interviews Sam Sanford, transportation planner with Pima Association of Governments, about PAG’s annual bicycle and pedestrian count. Every October, volunteers count people walking and biking at dozens of locations throughout the region, giving PAG and its member jurisdictions information important for understanding trends and planning… Read more »

Soaring Birds and Snake Cotton


Autumn is the season of migration for many avian species and in the borderlands of southern Arizona hummingbirds are passing through, sparrows are arriving northern harriers too, and sandhill cranes soon will appear in the agricultural fields of the Sulphur Springs Valley. Oh there are so many things happening, but I find the hawks arriving… Read more »

Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes

Every once in a while a book crosses the Weekly Green desk that provides a counterpoint to the way we in our industralized, consumption-based society experience and deal with the world we live in. Just about a year ago we reviewed  “The Spell of the Sensous” by David Abrams, which argues that we lost touch… Read more »

PtP Episode 5: The Loop


In this episode of Pedaling the Pueblo, host Gene Einfrank interviews Andy Dinauer, division manager with the Pima County Flood Control District, about the Loop river park and multi-use pathway system. The Loop has over 100 miles of paths that encircle the city of Tucson and extend outward along rivers and washes to other parts… Read more »

Alternatives to Incarceration Part 1


30 Minutes features excerpts from the YWCA Southern Arizona’s “Alternatives to Incarceration,” which was part seven in their Mass Incarceration Community Conversation Series. Grace Gamez of the American Friends Service Committee’s Reframing Justice Project, and Heather Hamel, Founder and Executive Director of Justice that Works discussed Alternatives to Incarceration. What alternatives work and where are they… Read more »

Kallstroemia grandiflora


Arizona poppy, Mexican poppy and summer poppy are some of the common names for the beautiful annual wildflower Kallstroemia grandiflora. The common names are pretty easy to understand as the flower sure looks like a poppy, but when I went to pull apart the Latinized botanical name I came across, “in honor of Kallstroem, obscure… Read more »

Jillian and the Giants Live in Studio 2A


It’s a special live performance in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. Jillian and the Giants has an album release show at the Flycatcher on Friday, September 23rd . Carlos Arzate joins in to give you a preview of the upcoming show, starting the hour off with a mini set. Then Jillian… Read more »

Manduca sexta and Hyles lineata


In southeastern Arizona Datura wrightii is the preferred source of nectar for the moth Manduca sexta and you may also notice that the caterpillar, the tobacco hornworm, devours the foliage of Datura, when of course, it’s not in your garden eating your tomato plants or other plants in the nightshade family.  Manduca sexta moths are… Read more »

Pedaling the Pueblo- Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists


In this episode of Pedaling the Pueblo, host Ann Chanecka interviewed Evan Pilling, President of the Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists (SDMB), to hear how the group advocates for the mountain bike community and supports trail access and maintenance. For more information about SDMB, visit their website or facebook page. To suggest a bicycling topic for Pedaling the Pueblo… Read more »

Pedaling the Pueblo- Biking at the University of Arizona


In this episode of Pedaling the Pueblo, host Colby Henley interviewed University of Arizona Alternative Transportation Program Coordinator Jessica Hersh-Ballering about about the best ways to keep your bike safe and other services for people who ride bikes to campus. To suggest a bicycling topic for Pedaling the Pueblo or to ask questions about bicycling in… Read more »

TEP Commercial Energy Efficiency Program

If you listened to the interview with Delectable’s Donna DiFiore last month, you know that Tucson Electric Power is helping her to retrofit her restaurant with energy-efficient LED lights. TEP provides substantial incentives to business owners and builders to install energy-efficient lighting, air conditioners and other electrical equipment. The Weekly Green spoke with Randy Altergott, Supervisor at… Read more »

Sigourney Weaver: More Than The SciFi Queen


  Heather, Jeff, and Rusty turn their attention to the career of Sigourney Weaver. They cover the Alien Franchise, Galaxy Quest, Working Girl, Ghostbusters, Ice Storm, and more in this episode. Though she’s earned multiple academy awards and brought in money like few other female actors, Sigourney’s career is not as lauded as other more “serious”… Read more »

Diluvio AZ Live in Studio 2A


Diluvio AZ performs live in Studio 2A for the second half of Locals Only. In between sets of live music Diluvio AZ discusses the creation of the band, the release for their EP, “Libro de Canciones“, upcoming shows and what they have planned for the future of Diluvio AZ.

Becoming Maria Part 2

Today on 30 Minutes, we continue with excerpts from the 2016 Tucson Festival of Books. Moderator Toby Wehner spoke with long time Sesame Street actor and writer Sonia Manzano about her memoir “Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx.” The book chronicles her life growing up in the 50s and how here dreams carried her through… Read more »

Becoming Maria Part 1


Today on 30 Minutes, we bring to you excerpts from the 2016 Tucson Festival of Books. Moderator Toby Wehner spoke with long time Sesame Street actor and writer Sonia Manzano about her memoir “Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx.” The book chronicles her life growing up in the 50s and how here dreams carried… Read more »

Pedaling the Pueblo – Bike Rack Distribution


In this episode of Pedaling the Pueblo, host Krista Hansen interviewed the City of Tucson Bicycle Planner, Andy Bemis about a free bike rack distribution program. Any Tucson business can request a bike rack for their customers to use. For more information, visit the website or contact To suggest a bicycling topic for Pedaling… Read more »

Bush Muhly


Bush Muhly is the species Muhlenbergia porteri. There are over 40 species of muhlys found in Arizona and across the southwest. It would be hard to go out into the desert or up into the hills and not stumble across a species of Muhlenbergia. Hmm, that said it would be pretty hard to travel around… Read more »

Introducing Pedaling the Pueblo

People on Bikes!

Pedaling the Pueblo hosts Kylie Walzak and Mark Reynolds discuss this new mini-program about bicycling in Tucson. The show will feature guests involved with bicycling advocacy or events. In this first episode, the hosts discuss ‘people first’ language and how there is a preference to discuss ‘people on bikes’ as opposed to ‘bicyclists’ because ultimately,… Read more »

Crystal Radio Live in Studio 2A for Locals Only


Crystal Radio performs live in Studio 2A for the second half of Locals Only. In between sets of live music, Crystal Radio discusses their upcoming album, Ghost In You, as well as the release show for the album at Club Congress on Saturday, Sept. 10th, and more. Locals Only Produced by Matt Milner, Live recording… Read more »

The Community Member – Camiliano Juarez

Camiliano Juarez holds two positions with Saguaro National Park: public information officer and community engagement coordinator. Here he talks about his goal to make the park more accessible to a broader Tucson population and about they way our community fiercely loves the saguaro cactus.          

Sky Island Alliance At 25

The Sky Island Alliance, dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of the Northern Sonora, celebrates its 25th anniversary on September 15th. The Weekly Green spoke with Jessica Moreno, Conservation Manager at the organization. Ms. Moreno specializes in wildlife linkages, two of which were recently opened across Oracle Road. More about these in the Weekly Green… Read more »

French New Wave: Love, War, & Prostitution


Heather, Jeff, and Rusty turn their attention to France in the 1960s as they examine the French New Wave. What distinguished films of this genre? What was the impetus driving these maverick directors. The American film Little Fugitive is discussed as an influence for Francois Truffaut. Heather discusses her favorite Truffaut film, Jules and Jim…. Read more »

The Haircut – Megan Siquieros (pt. 2)

August 15, 2016 This is a second excerpt of my interview with Megan Siquieros, who comes from a family of Tohono O’odham singers and storytellers. Here she shares a memory of her first hair cut and the has:añ.

The Ribs – Bob Vint

August 8, 2016 Bob Vint is an architect with Vint Associates, Inc. He reveres traditional building practices in the Sonoran Desert. Here he talks about the durable saguaro rib and how it’s been used in traditional and modern architecture.

The Invader – Dana Backer

August 1, 2016 Dana Backer is a restoration ecologist with Saguaro National Park. She talks here about buffel grass, an invasive species that threatens saguaros and the native Sonoran Desert ecosystem.  

The Emblem of the Americas – David Yetman

July 25, 2016 David Yetman is a research social scientist with the University of Arizona’s Southwest Center who studies indigenous culture and plants of the Southwestern U.S. and Northwestern Mexico. Here he talks about saguaros and other columnar cacti throughout the Americas and the human cultures that have thrived because of them.  

The Harvest Tradition – Tina Vavages-Andrew

July 18, 2016 Tina Vavages-Andrew is a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation and works as a Next Generation Park Ranger in Saguaro National Park. Here she shares stories of growing up on the reservation, her relationship with saguaros, and the annual fruit harvest.        

On Demand: Lando Chill + Foxx Bodies Live in Studio 2A


We were so proud to host a very special in-studio performance with rising local stars Lando Chill and Foxx Bodies prior to their joint record release party at Congress in August of 2016. Check out the photo gallery and audio of the session below–we’ll have video soon! All photos by Julius Schlosberg of Jpop Photo, Chalkboard art… Read more »

Bees, Grants & Bikes

Honey Bees Around 2006, a mysterious disease called Colony Collapse Disorder began to decimate global bee populations. Beekeepers found their hives abandoned, the bees having disappeared without a trace. As honey bees are involved in the pollination of three-quarters of the crops used in human food production worldwide, this was reason for great concern. In… Read more »

Geranium richardsonii


Well, every year I find the the same male box turtle in a monsoon puddle out by our front gate. A friend asked how I could be sure without marking the turtle, but I’m sure it is and the box turtle himself confirmed it when he asked me if I was the same guy that… Read more »

Joe Novelli Live in Studio 2A


Joe Novelli of The Cloud Walls performs live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. Joe plays solo acoustic sets and discusses the transition of Marvin and the Cloud Walls to the current form of The Cloud Walls, as well as performing solo as opposed to with a full band. See The… Read more »

Proboscidea Perfume


Who hasn’t gotten hooked by a dry devils claw pod on a walk in the borderlands. So pesky and yet so interesting looking, it’s the kind of pod that begs to end up on a mantle or book shelf or god forbid some macramé. And though I want it to be, devils claw is not… Read more »

Spike Lee: His Muscle & His Joints

Director Spike Lee poses during a portrait session for Jaeger-LeCoultre during the 69th Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2012 in Venice, Italy.

Film Club Rule #613: When it comes to Spike Lee, he’s going to do the right thing. The films of Spike Lee are the topic this week. Jeff starts the conversation by bringing up She’s Gotta Have It. Heather starts a discussion of Spike’s tribute to New York after 9/11, 25th Hour. We move on… Read more »

Green News

SUNA TRAP Malaria claims the life of a child every minute and causes 12 billion in damage annually. The World Health Organization aims to eradicate the disease by 2030. That goal has become a lot closer by the development of a new mosquito trap baited by human feromones. The trap, called the ‘Suna Trap’, was… Read more »

Tulip Poplar


I can’t help myself and guess I should come to grips with the fact that I am a total plant geek and no matter where I am the plants interest me. And so there I am in a section of Brooklyn with huge (yuge!) London plane trees and my passion took over. There were many… Read more »

Common Green: Donna DiFiore

We hear all the time from experts in the field of ecology and sustainability about environmental problems on the large scale. But all too rarely do we hear how regular people like ourselves approach sustainability in their everyday lives, in their homes and in their businesses. There are countless ways in which waste can be… Read more »

Film Club Origins

Film Club Rule #38: Never discount your childhood as being a harbinger of things to come in your adulthood. Heather, Jeff, and Rusty discuss their origin stories. They discuss their childhood and early influences, including getting VCRs for the first time and being dropped off at theaters. This is followed by choices concerning their film… Read more »

Earth Won Live Won Studio 2A

Earth Won

Earth Won performs live in Studio for the second hour of Locals Only. In between sets of live music, Earth Won discusses the creation of the band as well as the what the future holds for the group. Check their Facebook page here to keep up with all of Earth Won’s upcoming shows. Earth Won… Read more »

Wild Lettuce


There are about 90 species of Lactuca found around the world, especially in the Northern Hemisphere. Arizona Flora lists 4 species and one of those is the varmint Lactuca serriola (“varmint” means introduced European native). Lactuca sativa is the mother of all cultivated lettuces. I looked in a favorite vegetable seed catalogue and it listed… Read more »

Filmed in Tucson…Mostly

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Film Club Rule #888: There’s great filmmaking going on in your backyard, just open the door. Heather, Jeff, and Rusty turn their attention to film made in Tucson, Arizona. Over the years hundreds of films were made in Tucson, in part because of the desert locale and in part because of Old Tucson Studios. Some… Read more »

Living Out Loud – Chad Mosher


Chad is responsible for the oversight of Living Out Loud Health & Wellness Center and leads outreach efforts to the community in addition to providing training and counseling services. He has more than 13 years of clinical experience in addition to five years of administrative experience as the chair for the College of Social Sciences… Read more »

Bellota of the Borderlands


Many years ago while driving the dirt road between Klondyke and Pima, Arizona I rounded a curve and and almost crashed into an Apache family stooped over in the road picking up acorns that were falling from a huge Emory oak whose branches reached over the road. It was that marvelous encounter that turned me… Read more »

It Was The List Of Times: Hitchcock v Welles


Film Club Rule #634: Your taste may not be everyone’s taste, but that doesn’t mean it’s not good taste. What makes a great film? What makes a film your favorite film? People love lists, and everyone’s an expert. Do critics’ lists carry the significance they once held? The 2012 Sight & Sound Top 10 List is… Read more »


If you have been coughing and sneezing a lot lately, if your eyes are stinging and the inside of your mouth feels like it is on fire, the cause is likely to be ozone. The Pima County Department of Environmental Quality has issued an advisory for moderately elevated levels of surface ozone, currently at about… Read more »

Pipelights Live in Studio 2A


Pipelights perform live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Local’s Only. In between sets of music Pipelights discuss their new album, 518, as well as upcoming shows and what the future holds for them. Pipelights will be at the Flycatcher on August 4th.

A Dramatic Garden


This show about our garden is a “repetey” from a couple years ago. Some things never change, except, we have started using neem oil as a repellant and it is an effective organic way to deal with troublesome insects.  Neem oil is derived from the seed of the Neem tree (Azadirachta indica) native to parts… Read more »

Dark Skies

The American Medical Association published a report in June on the adverse health effects of artificial light. The report, titled ‘“Light Pollution: Adverse Health Effects of Nighttime Lighting“, is a compilation of other studies on the effects of artificial light and does not present new research by the AMA proper. However, the recognition by this… Read more »

Favorite Female Directors: Anders, Coppola, & July

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Film Club Rule #835: If a woman can secure the Presidential nomination, we can have a woman direct a Marvel superhero movie — and win an Oscar for it. Female directors create a small percentage of films being made in 2016. Over all the years and ceremonies, only four women have been nominated for a… Read more »

Walls And Bridges

6-lanes highways are great for connecting human communities, but at the same time they sever the pathways of animals across their habitats, decreasing their foraging area and the diversity of their gene pool. Recognizing this issue, the Arizona Department of Transportation has included two wildlife crossings in the project to widen Oracle Road, the first… Read more »

Grassland Plant ID


Unless you are a botanist and are comfortable keying out plants in a flora, the only way for the rest of us to identify interesting plants seen while out hiking is a good field guide or two or three. Field guides don’t identify all the plants in a region, but only the plants you are… Read more »

Dirt Friends Live in Studio 2a

Dirt Friends

Dirt Friends perform live in Studio 2a for the second hour of Locals Only. Listen in as Dirt Friends discusses the creation of the band, their song writing and recording process, what the future holds for them and tracks from their newly released album, Sunsets and Night Sweats.

The Spine Chemistry – David Dettman

Most people know that trees tells us stories — about age, climate, and other events — through the rings in their trunks. Did you know that saguaro cactus spines have rings, too? The spines also hold important information about the plant’s physiology and growth processes, information that’s helping geochemists like David Dettman piece together the… Read more »

Building Resilient Communities


What would you do during an extensive power outage? How long could you get by? Dr. Barbara Warren and Gene Einfrank from the Building Resilient Communities Working Group of Physicians for Social Responsibility say that the single most important factor in survival could be how well you know your neighbors. They facilitate workshops for local… Read more »

The Story of Numida meleagris


I don’t know any poultry fancier that doesn’t have a guinea fowl story or two, but chickens are usually where it all starts, as they are the gateway poultry drug. There are so many types of chickens that it is very easy to get excited and before you know it you have 30 chickens and… Read more »

On Demand: Wax Idols

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Dark, powerful, imaginative, intelligent–all relevant descriptors when it comes to the work of Wax Idols. It was wonderful to have them in for a live performance prior to their show at Congress; the least we could do was share our popsicles with them. Definitely RIYL Siouxsie Sioux, Brody Dalle, or Chelsea Wolfe.

Thesis Thursday with Nikki Mastrud


My name is Nikki Mastrud, and I am a rising sophomore at the University of Arizona majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies. I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago before coming to Arizona for school, but over the past year I have found a home in… Read more »


Air pollution causes 6.5 million deaths each year, according to a recent report by the International Energy Agency, which did the study because it considers energy production and use the dominant cause of air pollution. But, as Arizonans know all too well, there are other things beside the sooty residue from fossil fuels that thicken the… Read more »

Joan & John Cusack: It’s A Family Affair


Film Club Rule #587: Why cast just one Cusack when you could cast two? Appearing in nine films together, the Cusack siblings carved out acting niches for themselves starting at an early age In John Hughes’ film Sixteen Candles. After that, John landed starring roles in films that would define a generation like 1989’s Say… Read more »

Styrofoam Recycling

Established in the late 80’s, The Fairfax Companies began in sand/gravel and then landfills. Many Tucsonans know its main recycling facility as the “Speedway dump” but it’s so much more than that!  When the company founder’s son Jason Tankersley (aka “Tank”) took ownership, he began to focus on more sustainable solutions for handling Tucson’s waste. He… Read more »

The Recovery – Don Swann

Don Swann is a biologist with Saguaro National Park. He studies and monitors the health of many species, from tiny insects to the flagship species, the saguaro. He talks here about what long-term studies of saguaros in the Park reveal, how even after death the saguaros still sustain life and curiosity, and why even “the ugly… Read more »

Film Censorship: 21xx Century Style

Team_America_World_Police Censored

With the Fourth of July holiday fast approaching, Jeff, Heather, and Rusty decided to take a look at the ways in which films are censored in this day and age. Team America World Police and The Interview are discussed. In late 2014, as theaters across the country feared showing the premiere of The Interview, others responded by… Read more »

Lord Silver Plume Live in Studio 2A

Lord Silver Plume

Lord Silver Plume performs live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. Lord Silver Plume has a show Tuesday, June 28th at Monterey Court and another show scheduled in July at La Cocina.

Provenance is good, but give me the story


For me, every good story about a native plant starts with the source of the plant, its provenance. Then the story follows. I can sit and read books on medicinal plants or books about edible native plants or ethnobotany and enjoy them as much as a good book of short stories, because those types of… Read more »

The Rooted One – Jill Lorenzini

  Jill Lorenzini is an artist, natural builder, desert wanderer and desert harvester. Here she talks about the work of Desert Harvesters, a non-profit promoting the planting and harvesting of local and native foods, and her own wanderings in the desert, harvesting saguaro fruit and learning from our friends, the saguaros.  

Floriferous Madness


  Lotus greenei has the common names of deer vetch, deer clover or, red and yellow pea. I like the last one best as it describes Greene’s lotus quite well. Wait, did I just give it another common name? I think I did. The specific epithet and my new common name is for Edward Lee… Read more »

On Demand: Wreckless Eric Live on The Home Stretch


The effortlessly endearing Wreckless Eric charmed us all when he stopped by and shared the origin story behind composing his iconic hit “Whole Wide World” and played a few songs live, right there in the booth with Home Stretch host Hannah Levin. Click now to hear all of his warm, funny, and rambunctious performance.

On Demand: Rogue Wave Live in Studio 2A


Bay Area-based band Rogue Wave stopped by for an intimate in-studio prior to their show at the Rialto. Click now to hear the full performance and interview. Hosted by Hannah Levin on The Home Stretch.

Leigh Lesho Live in Studio 2A

Leigh Lesho

Leigh Lesho performs live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. Leigh Lesho has a new album, 444, and a release show for the album on Thursday, June 23rd at Tap & Bottle beginning at 8:30.

Heuchera sanguinea and Apocynum cannabinum


Coral Bells or Alum Root are Heuchera and in this case I’m talking about the species sanguinea. There are 6 species of Heuchera found in Arizona and over 35 species in North America with many found in the western United States. Heucheras are in the Saxifrage family, the Saxifragaceae, which, by the way, is derived… Read more »

Lonely Hearts Club Episode 10

Lonely Hearts Club

From Sunny Tucson Arizona, It’s the Lonely Hearts Club episode 10. Photo by Piamedea photography Bridgitte’s back with her 10th episode. Local comedians and unstoppable personalities all meet up at the Lonely Hearts Club in beautiful downtown Tucson Arizona. Recorded at KXCI community radio, we listen to our hearts and contemplate questions from the hearts… Read more »

The Bloom Count – William Peachey

William Peachey is a geologist with a scientific passion for saguaros. An independent scientist, he’s got his hands and brain in multiple projects, one of which is a long-term study of saguaro blooms. In early June, I accompanied him to the plot where he’s been counting saguaro blooms every season since 1997 to understand more… Read more »

Night And Day

From the beginning of life on earth, its rhythms have been dictated by the rising and setting of the sun. This ended on December 31, 1879, when Thomas Edison’s light bulbs first lit up a New York street. From that moment on, night started turning into day. When an earth quake blacked-out all of Los… Read more »

Know Your Role: Musicians Who Tried Acting

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In the wake of losing two of pop music’s titans this year, Jeff, Heather, and Rusty thought it fitting to consider musicians who tried acting starting with David Bowie and Prince. We talk about musicians who enjoyed the crossover success like Bowie and discuss pop stars who maybe missed the mark like Michael Jackson. What… Read more »

Asian Fred Live in Studio 2A

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Asian Fred performs live in Studio 2A during the second hour of Locals Only. This is Asian Fred‘s first time in Studio 2A. Asian Fred has a release show on June 25th at Flycatcher for two new singles, Kick Back Your Head and Ugly, both of which are played in this performance.

Birds and Arrows Live in Studio 2A

birds and arows

Birds and Arrows performs live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. Though new to Tucson, Birds and Arrows is an established duo from North Carolina. In between sets of live music they discuss their past and what brought them to Tucson. Birds and Arrows is performing at the Quarry in Bisbee… Read more »

Nicolas Cage: The Mane, The Myth, The Legend

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In the early 1980s, a fresh young face burst onto the scene in Hollywood. Nicolas Coppola appeared in the lead as Randy in the film Valley Girl, and the world would never be the same. Nicolas would change his name and go on to star in some of the most iconic films of the 80s… Read more »

Beating The Heat

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that globally last April was, once again, the warmest on record. That makes it the 12th consecutive month of record heat . It was also the 4th hottest month of ALL months since record keeping started in 1880. April averaged almost 2 degrees higher than the 20th-century mean…. Read more »

Leptotes marina


There are so many species of Blues across North America and I was delighted to figure out the species in abundance at our little homestead is Leptotes marina. I neglected to say that the larval food plants for the Marine Blue are the legumes and since our place is surrounded by mesquites (Prosopis velutina) and… Read more »

Mala Mujer


Mala Mujer or Cnidoscolus angustidens is an interesting plant in Euphorbiaceae, the spurge family.  It’s found in southeastern Arizona and south into Sonora on rocky slopes from 2,500′ to 5,000′ in elevation. What makes it interesting, at least to me, are the green maple-like leaves covered in white dots that are actually little mounds, each… Read more »

On Demand: Marlon Williams


We’re big fans of New Zealand-based singer-songwriter Marlon Williams, so when he came through on tour opening for Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop, we were happy to have him in to play live on The Home Stretch. Hosted by Hannah Levin.