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Designer Water

As long as a quarter-century ago, a friend of mine predicted that in the not-too-distant future, water would be treated with the same reverence as wine, that it would come in fancy bottles with fancy labels giving the year and be laid up in climate-controlled cellars. Well – time has proven him right. There’s Water… Read more »

Desert Rosemallow

Desert Rosemallow is the official common name I think, though I see it called Coulter’s Hibiscus as well. The latter name makes a lot of sense to me as the botanical is Hibiscus coulteri. It’s in the mallow family Malvaceae and one glance at the flower will tell you that. There are over two hundred… Read more »

Citizen Kane: the technique

When you put something on a pedestal, it becomes a prime target for pigeons. Or to put it another way – if a certain movie consistently shows up on those “Ten Best of All Time” lists, and often as the “Greatest Film of All Time,” – you can be sure of a backlash. I’m talking… Read more »

Episode 13: Finding New Family

In episode 13 of Mn Huna: Finding Refuge in Friendship, it’s Melanie’s turn to take you to Small Syria. To sit by the pool with a group of Syrian women, drinking tea and chatting as their kids jump in and out of the pool. In Small Syria, kids ride bikes and race around, laughing and hollering. Women… Read more »

The Green Dodo

The green dodo (Dodoneaea viscosa var. angustifolia) was a very common landscape plant around Tucson back when I first started working in a wholesale nursery. That was the spring of 1980 and we must have sold thousands of them over the next couple years. We always had a large block of them growing and ready… Read more »

The Zookeeper’s Wife

The Zookeeper’s Wife tells the true story of a married couple in Warsaw, the owners and operators of a zoo, who rescued hundreds of Jews from the ghetto under the noses of the German occupation during World War II. Now, at the risk of seeming irreverent, this seems like a formula that we’ve come across… Read more »

Locals Only -Lenguas Largas- Live In Studio 2A

Locals Only -Lenguas Largas- Live In Studio 2A

Locals Only -Lenguas Largas- Live In Studio 2A   Tucson originals Lenguas Largas play live in Studio 2A at Kxci studios in Tucson Arizona. It is a hot sweaty summer night and the  band tells Matt Milner all about their future gigs, early days and their upcoming Japanese tour. Listen here. Or watch Lenguas Largas… Read more »



Pedaling the Pueblo – GAME ON! BIKE POLO! In this episode, we talk with Cy Miller about Tucson Bike Polo. If you are unfamiliar with Bike Polo, it’s a direct descendent of the age-old game of horse polo and it’s considered the hip second cousin to hockey and soccer. Cy describes the basics of the game, what he… Read more »

Because We Come From Everything: Poetry and Migration

30 Minutes features a panel from the Pima County Public Library/ Nuestras Raices Presentation Stage from the 2017 Tucson Festival of Books entitled “Because We Come From Everything: Poetry and Migration.” Renowned United States Poet Laureate from 2015 to 2017 Juan Filipe Herrera and Arizona State Poet Laureate Alberto Alvaro Ríos discussed their work and experiences through a border lens…. Read more »

The Lovers

There is a new movie called The Lovers that takes on one of the oldest dramatic themes ever—adultery—and manages to confound our expectations. The writer and director, Azazel Jacobs, is what I would call an artist of the commonplace. His characters tend to be more annoying than lovable because, I suspect, the scale is far… Read more »

A Mesquitey Gardening History

Well, now you know about my personal gardening history. It’s not done. I mean there is history in the making in the garden just outside the front door of our 1991 Marvelette.  And though this year there are no wax beans in the garden we have a favorite pole bean called Rattlesnake Snap growing on… Read more »

Episode 12: Beautiful Syria, in Three Voices

The teenagers of Small Syria are learning a lot these days. They’ve been studying English and math and American history. And they are also learning what it means to become American—and to be an immigrant in America. They come from different cities, different backgrounds, but here in America they are discovering their common Syrian-ness. They are finding… Read more »


Starting around 2005, a burst of creative energy in filmmaking emerged from an unexpected corner of the world: Romania. The Romanian new wave has given us trenchant social dramas tempered by minimalist styles featuring long takes, no music or at least very little, and overall, a sense of stark realism. The understated approach of Romanian… Read more »

Proper Disposal

Redoo Last week’s episode touched on the importance of removing pet poop out of the way of the storm water when the monsoon finally swings in, so that the  harmful microorganisms it contains do not get into the watershed. The recommended way to dispose of the doo is to flush it down the toilet. Then… Read more »

Thesis Thursday- Mariajose Franco

Thesis Thursday- Mariajose Franco

Thesis Thursday- Mariajose Franco Mariajose Franco: My name is Mariajose Franco and I will be a junior this coming fall at the University of Arizona, where I study Molecular and Cellular Biology with minors in Physiology and Spanish. I am currently working in Dr. McEvoy’s laboratory, which studies the role of epigenetics – specifically, the… Read more »

Bike Camping – Adventures Await

Southern Arizona is a great place to see the outdoors and to go camping. And to ride bikes. So what about combining these two – and you get bike camping?! It seems more people are wanting to give this combination a spin so more local bike shops are leading trips.  It probably helps that we have some… Read more »

A Chicken Love Song

I think I revealed most of my chicken history in this show. It is an ongoing saga, though I am much more in control of my crazy love for chickens. I finally recycled all my old hatchery catalogs. Okay that’s not quite true as I kept one Murray McMurray catalog…just for reference…really. Oh how I… Read more »

Locals Only – The Gay Boys – Live In Studio 2A

  Locals Only – The Gay Boys – Live In Studio 2A “We’ve got tinder, we’ve got emojis, we’ve got very 2017 lyrical content matched with warm nostalgic music” -Matt Milner talking with The Gay Boys.   Mark- Vocals, Keyboards Joel- Guitar Andy- Guitar, Trombone (maybe) Simon- Bass Zeke/or Andy- Drums you can find their… Read more »

O’odham before Old Chukson (Tucson)

The title, “O’odham before Old Chukson,” is referring to the indigenous people of this land known as the Tohono O’odham (desert people). The word O’odham simply means people, certainly a people who have inhabited these lands long before Chukson (Tucson) became a town/city. In the very soil of the surrounding mountains of Tucson and within… Read more »

Visages d’Enfants

One can view much of the silent era in movies as a process in which filmmakers gradually unearthed a narrative language appropriate to the new art form. The Belgian-born Jacques Feyder, something of an outsider in the world of French cinema, was one of the first to discard shopworn theatrical affectations, bringing a natural ease… Read more »

Doo Not Unto Others

Open-top Vertical Pipes There is a wide-spread threat to birds and other wildlife which has long gone unnoticed: open-topped vertical pipes. The animals explore them for nesting potential, then get stuck in them and die of any of the various causes one may die of when stuck in a vertical pipe. Any pipe from 1 to… Read more »

Tageticula yuccasella (Tageticula elatella)

Initially it was frustrating to read about Tageticula yuccasella as the moth that pollinated all of our native yucca species, when I knew from personal observation that yucca moths seemed particular to a yucca species. For example, I work on a farm/nursery where we field grow thousands of Yucca rostrata, a yucca native to west… Read more »

Episode 11: Days of Happiness and Joy

As Ramadan draws to a close, Houda, her family, and the other residents of Tucson’s Small Syria are getting ready to celebrate the joyous days of Eid al-Fitr, the three-day holiday that marks the end of Ramadan. As Houda describes Eid al-Fitr, it sounds very much like an old-fashioned Christmas—full of the anticipation and delight of… Read more »

1977: Disco, Rednecks, and Galaxies Far Far Away

1977: Disco, Rednecks, and Galaxies Far Far Away

Film Club Rule #777: When selecting a year to celebrate it’s best to go to a galaxy far far away. A year many consider to be a banner year for cinema, 1977 boasted some of the most talked about and influential films of the 20th century. It’s the year Star Wars became the largest grossing… Read more »

David Lynch: Implicating Everyone

David Lynch: Implicating Everyone

Film Club Rule #202: If you’re watching a film by David Lynch at home, call a friend, leave the lights on, cause it’s gonna get weird and scary. Confounding, hilarious, terrifying, surreal, the work of David Lynch is all of this and more.  Starting with his cinematic debut Eraserhead, Lynch displayed a penchant for the… Read more »

The Tejana- Another State of Mind Part 2

30 Minutes continues with part 2 of a panel from the 2017 Tucson Festival of Books from the Pima County Public Library/ Nuestras Raices Presentation Stage. Mari Herreras moderated this panel with authors Guadalupe Garcia McCall and Emmy Pérez entitled The Tejana: Another State of Mind Celebrating the Rio Grande Valley and the people that shaped… Read more »

BICAS 4th Annual Hottest Day of the Year Ride

BICAS 4th Annual Hottest Day of the Year Ride Summer is upon us here in the Old Pueblo and for locals who love riding bikes, it’s an opportunity to celebrate with community.  In this episode, Pedaling the Pueblo host Andy Bemis talks with BICAS staff Kristin McCray and Wendy Bedoya about the 4th Annual Hottest… Read more »

Western Soapberry Tree

Western soapberry is Sapindus saponaria var. drummondii and is in the Sapindaceae. In that family there are around twelve species of Sapindus. I say “around twelve species” because that’s about as close as I could get checking several different references. This could be a good project for someone wanting a graduate degree: clarifying how many… Read more »

Thesis Thursday- Rajesh Khanna

Thesis Thursday- Rajesh Khanna   About Dr. Khanna: Rajesh Khanna, PhD, has a 20-year career in Neuroscience and Pharmacology. He was a doctoral student in the Department of Physiology at the University of Toronto, in Toronto, Canada. He was a Research Fellow in the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California at Los… Read more »

Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot

The good news is that here in Arizona no heat records have been broken this year. Yet. Moreover, the National Weather Service expects temperatures here to rise over the weekend to only 113 degrees on Monday, a full 2 degrees cooler than it was last year on that day. But it is still going to… Read more »

A Quiet Passion

First impressions may be the most lasting, but contrary to popular belief, they’re often wrong. In the case of the great American poet Emily Dickinson, many who have been made to read her verses in school have been deceived by the simple, often sing-song type rhythms, the delicacy of language, and the story of Dickinson… Read more »

The Tejana- Another State of Mind Part 1

Just in time for summer reading, 30 Minutes features a panel from the 2017 Tucson Festival of Books from the Pima County Public Library/ Nuestras Raices Presentation Stage. Mari Herreras moderated this panel with authors Guadalupe Garcia McCall and Emmy Pérez entitled The Tejana: Another State of Mind Celebrating the Rio Grande Valley and the people… Read more »

Thesis Thursday- Shreya Bellampalli

Thesis Thursday- Shreya Bellampalli

Thesis Thursday- Shreya Bellampalli About Shreya: My name is, I will be a junior at the University of Arizona this coming fall majoring in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science and Spanish and Portuguese, with minors in Biochemistry and Music. I am currently a research assistant in Dr. Rajesh Khanna’s lab, where I study the somatosensory network… Read more »

Cracking Up

The human species did not exist the last time CO2 levels in the earth’s atmosphere were sustained at 400 ppm, as they are now. It was 10 to 15 million years ago during the Miocene epoch. The earth  then was 12ºC (21ºF) warmer. There was little or no ice in the oceans and sea levels… Read more »

Sky Island Excitement

The concept of the mountain ranges of the southwest as sky islands goes back to at least 1943 when Natt N. Dodge wrote that the Chiricahua Mountains were “a mountain island in a desert sea.” Many years later the naturalist Weldon Heald used the phrase “sky island” to describe the Chiricahuas and his book from… Read more »

Black Girl

Ousmane Sembéne was a very important figure in the history of film. Born in Senegal, he attained prominence as a novelist in his 20s and 30s, but when he realized that his readership was almost exclusively French, or from the very small and elite class of educated Africans, he decided to try his hand at… Read more »

The Gwich’in Steering Committee on Our Arctic Refuge

The Gwich’in Nation has relied on the area known as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for survival for millennia. Three members of the Gwich’in Steering Committee traveled from the Arctic across the desert Southwest to tell their story and to meet others with similar struggles. Bernadette Demientieff, Jeneen Frei Njootli, and James Nathaniel, Jr. stopped by the KXCI studios while they were in Tucson… Read more »

Grace Gámez on Healing Trauma

30 Minutes spoke with American Friends Service Committee Arizona Program Coordinator Grace Gámez, PhD. Grace discussed her work and the Blurring the Boundaries: Trauma and Healing Justice conference. The conference was designed to offer a critical examination of how the criminal justice system responds to, reinforces, and creates trauma for crime survivors, people accused of crime, and… Read more »

Black-tailed Jackrabbits, Mexican Elderberry and New Age Cowboys

For goodness sake, I forgot to mention the black-tailed jackrabbit’s ears. The large iconic ears are magnificent parabolic reflectors that keep them well informed of anything approaching. I’ve noticed that sometimes in a effort to become invisible under a shrub that I’m walking by, a jackrabbit will lay its ears down across its back. And… Read more »

Bike on by the Urban Poetry Mailbox

Bike on by the Urban Poetry Mailbox Bike on by the Urban Poetry Mailbox: Poet, Tucson resident, and library associate Elizabeth Salper dreamed up the Urban Poetry Pollinator project to help spread the joy of poetry in unexpected places. One of those places is in the heart of her neighborhood, Broadmoor-Broadway, where you can find… Read more »

Thesis Thursday- Briggs Carhart

My name is Briggs Carhart and I will be a senior this fall at the University of Arizona majoring in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, Molecular and Cellular Biology and Physiology with minors in Biochemistry and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. My goal is to become a physician with a specialty in neurology. I am currently a… Read more »

The Lost City of Z

Writer-director James Gray seems to be getting better and better with each film. His first five movies, starting with Little Odessa in 1994, all take place in his native New York City. Now he’s directed a much different story that spans from Edwardian England to the Amazon rain forest. Based on a non-fiction book by… Read more »

Locals Only – The Rifle – Live in Studio 2A

Locals Only - The Rifle - Live in Studio 2A

Locals Only – The Rifle – Live in Studio 2A Listen here! The Rifle chats with matt Milner about the upcoming release of their first full length album, crafted lovingly at Midtown Island Studio. It’ll be available June 2nd via Baby Tooth Records. Anabasis Friday June 2nd @ Bar Passe doors at 9pm  with  Fawn… Read more »

Berberis fremontii

Berberis fremontii is in the Barberry family or Berberidaceae. If you look up barberry plants in a field guide, a flora or on line, you will come across the genus Mahonia. As near as I can tell there is still debate among some botanists as to what’s a Berberis or what’s a Mahonia or are… Read more »

What Goes Up…

The inflatable latex balloon was invented 200 years ago by the English physicist Michael Faraday. They did not fly to well initially, but by now, they have been improved to the point that they can stay afloat for as long as a week. In the end, however, they still must come down and that is… Read more »

Thesis Thursday- Tiffany Cho

Thesis Thursday- Tiffany Cho Tiffany talks with Bridgitte Thum at KXCI about what she’s been doing at The University Of Arizona.   I am a rising junior majoring in Neuroscience & Cognitive Science. Currently, in the lab of Dr. Haijiang Cai, we are using optogenetics, a technique that allows us to activate or silence neurons… Read more »

Episode 10: Ramadan Kareem

Houda, her family, and many of the residents of Tucson’s Small Syria are preparing for their first Ramadan in America. Ramadan is the holiest month of the Muslim calendar, and it is a holiday rich with family and social connections. In Muslim-majority countries, many businesses restrict their hours all month to accommodate their fasting employees… Read more »

Locals Only – Rival Shapes – Live In Studio 2A

Locals Only – Rival Shapes – Live In Studio 2A Here’s a link for listening to the live performance. Watch Rival Shapes performing  live in Studio 2A, at KXCI community radio. Special Thanks to our volunteers: Host : Sophie Gibson Rush Live Video : Ben Holman, Wally Schubach, Victor Guidera Live Audio : Duncan Hudson,… Read more »

City High School Radio Showcase 2017

Today on 30 minutes, we’ll be hearing three stories from City High School Radio. Stefano Panchesin produced this first story as part of a history project for his sophomore Humanities class taught by Dillon Martino. The class studied the cultural legacies behind place names in Tucson. Stefano decided to look into the story behind the Allande… Read more »

Thesis Thursday- Daniela Gutierrez

Thesis Thursday- Daniela Gutierrez

Thesis Thursday- Daniela Gutierrez My name is Daniela Gutierrez-Muñoz and I am a recent graduate from the University of Arizona. I attained my Bachelors of Science in Microbiology with a minor in Biochemistry. At the university, I’ve have incredible opportunities to get involved with research. I was a part of the Undergraduate Biology Research Program’s… Read more »

Corvus in a Quercus

The Chihuahuan ravens (Corvus cryptoleucus) in this story have returned to the same nest in the Emory oak (Quercus emoryi) for years. It has been so many years I wonder if it is the same breeding pair or more likely an offspring with a mate that returns to the stomping grounds of its youth and… Read more »

Be. Here. Now.

One commodity reused in Tucson on a scale probably unparalleled anywhere else in the world is books. There are dozens of second-hand bookstores in our city, big ones like Bookmans, lots of smaller ones like the Book Stop on 4th. There’s the Friends of the Pima County Library, who resell books from library surplus as… Read more »

Where Is My Friend’s House?

We lost a lot of people last year. One of them particularly close to my heart was the Iranian writer/director Abbas Kiarostami, who died in July of 2016 at the age of 76. I’ve reviewed several of his movies on this show over the years, with my favorite being The Wind Will Carry Us from… Read more »

Locals Only- Mason

Locals Only- Mason

Locals Only- Mason Mason    Listen to Mason performing live in studio 2A here at They talk with Matt Milner about their upcoming tour, and the CD release party coming soon. New Album: Midnight Road CD release Tucson: Friday May 26th at The Flycatcher joined by Tom Walbank and The Brian Dean Trio Doors… Read more »

Fourth Annual Arizona Food and Farm Finance Forum

Our guest today on 30 Minutes was Kimber Lanning, Executive Director and founder of Local First Arizona Arizona. She spoke about the Local First Arizona movement and the upcoming Food and Farm Finance Forum. The fourth annual Arizona Food and Farm Finance Forum will be held on May 18-19, 2017, at the University of Arizona’s Environment… Read more »

Thesis Thursday- Barnes Januzzi

Thesis Thursday- Barnes Januzzi

Thesis Thursday- Barnes Januzzi Barnes is a senior at the University of Arizona in the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science major. He is a research assistant in Dr. Mary A. Peterson’s Cognitive Science Vision Lab studying the effects of semantic or meaning has upon how humans perceive their visual world. After graduation, Barnes will be attending… Read more »

Personal Shopper

French writer-director Olivier Assayas comes out with a new film about every two years. They’re always interesting, sometimes great, and I don’t think it’s much of a stretch to name him the best living French filmmaker, and one of the best and most versatile in the world. He excels in classic and modernist styles, in… Read more »

Berlandiera lyrata

The common name of chocolate flower refers to the surprising morning fragrance of the flower. Another common name I came across is lyreleaf greeneyes. Like the specific epithet it refers to the shape of the basal leaves, but also to the green disc of the flower after the ray flowers (petals) have fallen. That’s a… Read more »

Out Loud & Proud! Season 3

Out Loud and Proud!

  Out Loud & Proud!  Season 3 Rick Small Talks with people from the community about their lives. They share with Rick their experiences of coming out, divorce, re-marriage, and life in Tucson, Arizona. Out Loud & Proud!  Season 3 Season 3 Episode 1 Jim and Angela Season 3 Episode 2 Angela and Jo Season 3… Read more »

Thesis Thursday- Cassondre Corrington

Thesis Thursday- Cassondre Corrington

Thesis Thursday- Cassondre Corrington   My name is Cassondre Corrington and I am a student at the University of Arizona. I am working to become an Environmental Epidemiologist and a Medical Anthropologist, with the hopes of gaining the ability to protect communities from the hazards of environmental toxins. In order to support this aspiration I… Read more »

Episode 9: I Pretend That I Am a Man But I am Just a Young Boy

In episode 9 of Mn Huna: Finding Refuge in Friendship, Houda introduces you to another resident of Tucson’s Small Syria: her neighbor and classmate, Mohammad. Mohammad, his older sister, younger brother, and parents fled Damascus when Mohammad was eleven years old. His father worked for the government, so they feared for his life. As fighting… Read more »

Locals Only- The Surfbroads

Locals Only- The Surfbroads

Locals Only- The Surfbroads Listen to their LIVE in studio performance here: Local Lovelies: Velvet Hammer (drums), Amy Mendoza (guitar), Jillian Bessett (bass), and Gigi Owen (guitar, theramin) The Surfbroads talk with Matt Millner about their custom creations: Uma Theramin, surfbeats and metal. Catch The Surfbroads Saturday May 13th at The FlyCatcher Tales from The… Read more »

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Those who only know Maggie Smith from her roles in later life—such as, most famously, in the Harry Potter films and Downton Abbey, I recommend checking out The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, from 1969, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress at the age of 34. She was devoted to the… Read more »

Shooting Columbus: An Indigenous Perspective

During this interview I sat with Matthew Saraficio who is a recent graduate from Arizona State University earning a Bachlor’s degree in Acting. He talked about his role and experience during the production of “Shooting Columbus.” The performance was presented by Borderlands Theater and created by the group Fifth World Collective. The group consisted of indigenous and non-indigenous… Read more »

Sweet Acacia in the Backyard

      Sweet acacia is Vachellia farnesiana (Acacia farnesiana) and is in the pea family Fabaceae. I have never seen it in habitat, though as I mentioned in this show, friends called me years ago to tell of me a plant they saw down near Ruby. That would be exactly where Arizona Flora lists… Read more »

Thesis Thursday- Roslyn Curry

Thesis Thursday- Roslyn Curry My name is Roslyn Curry and I am an undergraduate student attending the University of Arizona, and will graduate May 2017. I am pursuing a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Biology with a minor in Biochemistry. My post-graduation plans are to participate in the Applied Biosciences Accelerated Master’s program at the… Read more »


The Film Snob has a life. He also has a day job. Well, this is just a silly, roundabout way of explaining why I don’t have the time to see all the movies I’d like to in their original theatrical runs. Of course, I catch up on the interesting films I missed during the past… Read more »

A Conversation with Tucson Poet Laureate TC Tolbert Part 2

Tucson has a new poet laureate! TC Tolbert is the first trans-queer poet laureate in United States history. In honor of this occasion Blackfeet tribal member and writer Bill Wetzel convened this panel Ideas For Change: A Conversation with Tucson Poet Laureate TC Tolbert in April 2017. Casa Libre founder/executive director and poet Kristen E…. Read more »

Locals Only- Un:ted States

Locals Only- Un:ted States

Locals Only- Un:ted States Live in Studio 2A on Tucson’s own Locals Only. The members of Un:ted States talk with KXCI’s Matt Milner about how they got together, and the influences that surface when new members join the band. Collaborative songwriting and their process of working through songs. Un:ted States will be at Sky bar… Read more »

Fire and Water

FIRE In an extraordinary accidental shooting, a Border Patrol agent started a wildfire near Sonoita last week by recreationally firing his service weapon. The blaze, aggravated by lower than average precipitation and high winds, scorched more than 60 square miles in the Coronado National Forest. Gun fire is not different from any other type of… Read more »

A Conversation with Tucson Poet Laureate TC Tolbert Part 1

Tucson has a new poet laureate! TC Tolbert is the first trans-queer poet laureate in United States history. In honor of this occasion Blackfeet tribal member and writer Bill Wetzel convened this panel Ideas For Change: A Conversation with Tucson Poet Laureate TC Tolbert in April 2017. Casa Libre founder/executive director and poet Kristen E…. Read more »

Episode 22: GABA Mt. Lemmon Hill Climb

Want to ride your bike up Mt. Lemmon?  Colleen Giles from The Greater Arizona Bicycle Association tells you how! Join in the fun when GABA hosts the Mt. Lemon Hill Climb on May 13, 2017. Colleen talks about great support and food on this ride, and you can find out about another upcoming multi-day ride… Read more »


Kedi is the Turkish word for cat. It’s also the name of a captivating new film from Turkey by Ceyda Torun about the street cats of Istanbul. There are many thousands of them, not owned as pets for the most part, but living outdoors while being fed by the city’s market owners, restaurant workers, fishermen,… Read more »

Episode 21: Transit Cycles

Episode 21: Transit Cycles In this Episode of Pedaling the Pueblo, we talk with Duncan Benning, proprietor of Transit Cycles and lifelong bicyclist and bicycle advocate. Learn about the multitude of different kinds of bikes and their uses, what to look for when buying a bike, and hear how Duncan’s love for bicycling began. “I don’t think I ever… Read more »

Nama hispidum

    Nama hispidum is in the Waterleaf Family (Hydrophyllaceae). There are eight species of Nama found in Arizona and for those of us that live in and around the borderlands of southern Arizona we are most likely to see either N. demissum or N. hispidum. Aren’t those wonderful specific epithets? Demissum means hanging down or… Read more »

SNL: Satire in a Box

  Film Club Rule #912: Comedy is great any night of the week, but it’s especially funny on Saturday night. Since its inception in October of 1975 and for over 42 years now, Saturday Night Live developed some of the greatest film stars in America. These are folks who’ve become household names: Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers,… Read more »

Great Sequels

Great Sequels

  Film Club Rule #805: It’s not always great to be #2, unless you’re making a great sequel. Great sequels are not the norm. When a production company decides to return to a film’s universe, the reason is generally all about money. It can seem like a safe bet that if a film made money… Read more »

Thesis Thursday- Pierce Longmire

Thesis Thursday- Pierce Longmire

Thesis Thursday- Pierce Longmire I’m, a junior at the University of Arizona studying Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) with minors in Biochemistry and Mathematics. I have always been fascinated with how life operates at the miniscule level, and I am grateful to be a member of Dr. Ramin Yadegari’s research lab, which studies molecular and… Read more »

Locals Only- Louise Le Hir

Locals Only- Louise Le Hir

Locals Only- Louise Le Hir Live in Studio 2A, with our host Sophie Gibson-Rush. Louise and her band talk about performing, recording, songwriting, and the creative powers of Tucson. Sophie asks about The theatrical side of  performance. Here’s a quote from Le Hir, “Sometimes people seem to get enlightened and that makes me feel like… Read more »

Episode 8: Let Us Be As One Hand

Houda & Melanie refer to Houda’s apartment complex in Tucson as Small Syria—16 Syrian families live there today, but a year ago there were none. Houda says that when she’s out in Tucson, she feels like she’s in America. But when she comes back home to her complex, she feels like she’s in Syria. In… Read more »

Get Out

Jordan Peele, whom you may know as half of the duo Key & Peele, with their successful TV comedy show, has written and directed a horror film called Get Out. Or to say the title as I imagine it should be: “GET OUT!” Given Peele’s background in sketch comedy, one would expect this film to… Read more »

Tucson People’s Climate March

30 Minutes featured a conversation with Meg Weesner and Randy Serraglio. They are part of the core team of organizers for the People’s Climate March in Tucson on April 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m in El Presidio Park. Meg Weesner is Group Chair for the Rincon Group of the Sierra Club. Randy Serraglio… Read more »

Celebrando la Mujer: Noche de Resistencia

Dr. Ada Wilkinson-Lee and Maria Federcico-Brummer are part of the Dolores Huerta Celebración Planning Committee. They discussed “Celebrando la Mujer: Noche de Resistencia: 4th Annual Dolores Huerta Awards” which took place on April 20th at YWCA Southern Arizona. A highlight of the event is an award presentation to the 2017 Dolores Huerta Celebración awardees. Isabel… Read more »

Music: Bridging Heart and Mind

It is curious that there is no Nobel Prize for the most ancient of all human arts, the art of music. True, Bob Dylan did get one, the first musician so honored, but that was not for his music, but for his words. A recent study from the University of Ohio showed that over the… Read more »

The Fissures of Men and Dalea formosa

The pumping of ground water to irrigate corn, alfalfa, cotton, pecan trees and pistachio trees in the Sulphur Springs Valley is…I can think of what it isn’t, sustainable…, but it is phenomenal. Maybe thoughtless is the word I’m looking for and I know the word sustainable gets thrown around way too much, but please, it’s… Read more »


Neruda, from Chilean director Pablo Larraín, is centered, as you would expect, around the figure of Chile’s great poet, Pablo Neruda. But most everything else about this marvelous film is unexpected. The story concerns one dramatic and dangerous period in the poet’s life. In 1948, the new president of Chile outlaws the Communist Party, and… Read more »

I Am Not Your Negro

James Baldwin was one of the great American novelists of the 20th century, with his most important fiction written in the 1950s and 60s. As an African American intellectual during those crucial years, he also felt compelled to be an essayist, with his main subject being the centrality of race in the tragedy of American… Read more »

Indigenous Women for Equality

“The Tucson women’s march was a part of a nation-wide and global movement for believers in equality to stand together in solidarity the day after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. The movement itself was not anti-Trump but rather a non-partisan pro-equality demonstration intended to show the world… Read more »

Growing Native- Black Swallowtail

Growing Native- Black Swallowtail The scientific name of the black swallowtail is Papilio polyxenes. Papilio is Latin for butterfly and the specific epithet polyxenes is from two Greek words and I think it means many guests. I could be wrong, but I liked my translation, because it made me think of all the larvae I… Read more »

Bonus Extended Episode: Tuesday Night Ride

The Tuesday Night Bike Ride going down University Boulevard

Special web-only bonus extended episode – learn much more about the Tuesday Night Bike Ride and hear more clips from the March 21 ride! In this episode of Pedaling the Pueblo, we ride along with the Tuesday Night Bike Ride and talk to its unofficial leader, Collin Forbes. This Tucson tradition has been going on… Read more »

Thesis Thursday- Swati Chandra

It’s Thursday! Time for Thesis Thursday 🙂 Who’s coming to KXCI today? Listen up as we talk to our guest, Swati Chandra. Swati’s Bio: My name is Swati Chandra, and I’m currently a sophomore studying at the University of Arizona. I’m majoring in biomedical engineering, and I’m on the pre-med track with hopes of eventually… Read more »

Toni Erdmann

Toni Erdmann, Germany’s entry for Best Foreign Language film at the Oscars this year, is a remarkable, ambitious, epic comedy/drama, written and directed by Maren Ade. This is her third feature, but the first I’ve seen, and the first to get international attention. Ade proves herself a creative force to be reckoned with. The film… Read more »

Locals Only- Ox & 8OhEight

          Locals Only- Ox & 8OhEight KXCI brings you an hour of live Hip Hop. Ox & 8OhEight have a brand new EP called 8OhOx It is going to drop on April 13th you can find it on A project from Tucson’s Pike Romero, bringing artists together to collaborate and… Read more »

Episode 7: The School Desks of Our Childhood

Education is hugely important to Houda–and to many Syrians. As she says in this episode of Mn Huna: Finding Refuge in Friendship, “School is the light of life. Without it is the darkness.” The violence in Syria has had a devastating impact on the educational system–and on an entire generation of Syrian children. Syria had been steadily… Read more »

Tucson Community Take Back The Night 2017

30 Minutes focuses on Tucson’s Community Take Back the Night 2017. Take Back the Night Planning Committee members Monserrat Caballero and Casey Chimneystar Condit spoke about the event taking place on Wednesday, April 12th from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the City of South Tucson Municipal Complex, 1601 South 6th Avenue, on the corner… Read more »

Restoring Balance

Borderlands Restoration is a 4-year old organization with the mission to restore ecological balance in the Northern Sonora. BR employs simple but effective techniques to prevent erosion and restore the soil where erosion already has taken its toll. Erosion occurs especially in the aftermath of wild fires, which have been on the increase in our… Read more »