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Edible Shade Tops Pancakes With Trees

The Watershed Management Group hosts its spring Edible Shade mesquite pancake breakfast on Sunday, March 26, from 9 am – 12 pm at its Living Lab and Learning Center, 1137 Dodge Boulevard. Toppings for the pancakes include locally produced Prickly Pear syrup! Children will enjoy the La Casa del Chorrito playhouse. There will be presentations on… Read more »

National Alliance on Mental Illness- Reducing Stigma

30 Minutes features a conversation with Executive Director of The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Southern Arizona (NAMISA) H. Clarke Romans, Ph.D. and Christina Bickelmann, NAMISA Communications and Events Director. Mental illness impacts the lives of at least one in five adults and children. NAMI provides no-cost advocacy, education, and support for people with… Read more »

SARSEF Brings Out the Scientist in K-12 Students

SARSEF’s Mission The mission of the Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation (SARSEF) is to bring out the scientist in K-12 students. To this end, the Foundation helps more than 90,000 students in schools throughout the region to set up scientific projects on just about any subject that interests them. Although the emphasis is on the… Read more »

Episode 19: Cyclovia Tucson

In this episode of Pedaling the Pueblo we talk with local documentary photographer, Kathleen Dreier who has captured images and stories at Cyclovia Tucson since the very beginning. Now in it’s eighth year, Cyclovia Tucson gives people the opportunity to visit new neighborhoods and enjoy great weather, friends, food, and an array of family friendly… Read more »

Episode 5: Nightmares Become Dreams, Part 2

Episode five of Mn Huna: Finding Refuge in Friendship begins where episode 4 ended: Houda’s father is in prison after being arrested in the street outside Houda’s home while her mother and sisters watched. Recently, a family friend was able to visit Houda’s neighborhood in Aleppo. They shot the video below. The video shows the street… Read more »

Cleaning the Ground to Clean the Air

Until about eight years ago, there used to be entire fields of discarded bottles all over the Tohono O’odham reservation, testifying to the despair that followed the disintegration of an ancient way of life. But today, these fields are largely gone, thanks to the dedication of one man to cleaning up the rez and his own life as well. And not only did he… Read more »

International Women’s Day 2017 Panel Discussion

In a special one hour round table discussion for International Women’s Day Maggy Zanger, Rose M. Lopez, Linda Green, and Anna Ochoa O’Leary spoke about domestic issues in the US and in southern Arizona and along the US Mexico border. Topics include forced migration, violence against women, reproductive rights, and the heightened vulnerabilities of indigenous… Read more »

Carolyn Sugiyama Classen: 75th Anniversary of Japanese American Internment

30 Minutes features a conversation with Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition Carolyn Sugiyama Classen. She was the former legislative aid to US Senator Daniel Inouye from Hawai’i who was instrumental in the creation of the National Commission which investigated the World War II Japanese American internment. February 19, 2017 marks the 75th anniversary… Read more »

2017 KXCI International Women’s Day

KXCI International Women's Day Image

KXCI International Women’s Day Special Programming made possible in part by generous support from Marshall Foundation Wednesday, March 8th 7:00 am-8:00 pm Listen live: 91.3 KXCI Tucson or https://kxci.org/ Contact: Amanda Shauger amanda@kxci.org 520-623-1000 ext. 17 or 520-990-3623 KXCI Commemorates International Women’s Day with a great lineup of our women DJs, special community guests, and plenty of… Read more »

Soot Suit

Our children will have to deal with the world their parents leave behind and where the idea always was that they should be better off than us, it appears that the opposite is about to happen. The massive amounts of soot floating about in the air will infringe on their right to life; the effects… Read more »

Episode 4: Injustice Will Not Last, Part 1

Injustice Will Not Last, Part 1

In episodes 4-5 of Mn Huna: Finding Refuge in Friendship, Houda begins to talk about the unraveling of her childhood in Aleppo. Houda grew up in the apartment below her four cousins, who are similar ages to Houda and her sisters. They were in and out of each other’s homes constantly—a tight-knit extended family. And… Read more »

9999 BOTTLES IN THE WALL

In 2012, Roberts Bezeau participated in a study of garbage on the Panamese island of Colón, where he lives. A crew of 15 people opened 60,000 garbage bags and sorted out the contents. By far the biggest pile was the one with discarded plastic bottles. “It just kept on growing”. After the 6-month study was over,… Read more »

Web Supplement: Baking with Marwa

Web Supplement: Baking with Marwa There are more refugee stories in Tucson than we can possibly tell on the radio. So as part of Mn Huna: Finding Refuge in Friendship, we will bring you additional stories on the website. This is the first. Marwa, from Daraa, Syria, arrived in Tucson in 2016 with her family. Syria… Read more »

Caterpillars At Home And Abroad

Armyworms Invade Africa In addition to drought and war, a new scourge has hit West and Central Africa: the fall armyworm, a.k.a. Spodoptera frugiperda, a critter that likes to get about. This voracious caterpillar originates in South America, but has spread as far North as Canada and now made its way across the Atlantic, probably as eggs… Read more »

Fences

August Wilson was one of our greatest playwrights, a titan of the American theater. He was careful about his legacy, and didn’t allow his plays to be made into feature films unless he had approval of the director. He wrote a screenplay for one of his two Pulitzer Prize winners, Fences, stipulating that the director… Read more »

Episode 3: We Are Telling Our Stories

In episode three of Mn Huna: Finding Refuge in Friendship, Houda begins to describe her family’s journey from Aleppo to Tucson. Like all Syrian refugee families seeking resettlement, Houda’s family went through extensive and repeated background checks, identity verification, medical exams, and interviews with multiple international and U.S. agencies. The process from application with the International… Read more »

Punitive Expedition 100th Anniversary

30 Minutes features historian Dr. Michael Engs discussing the 100th year anniversary of Pershing’s Punitive Expedition into Mexico in 1916 and in particular the valor of the United States Buffalo Soldiers from the 10th Cavalry who were stationed in Fort Huachuca, Arizona from 1913 to 1933. The expedition into Mexico to seek out Francisco Pancho Villa… Read more »

Indigenous American & RED INK Literary Festival Part 3

On Janurary 21st, 2017, The Amerind Foundation convened a presentation entitled “Native Voices: Indigenous American & RED INK Literary Festival”. Seven authors shared their work at the Amerind Museum in Dragoon, Arizona. The event was hosted by Simon Ortiz, an Acoma Pueblo member and award winning Regents Professor in the English Department at Arizona State University. Today’s first poet is Karen… Read more »

Berms, Basins & Humanure

Berms, Basins & Humanure How do people practice sustainability in their every-day lives? Under the banner ‘Common Green’, the Weekly Green asks folks from all walks of life about their efforts to keep our neck of the woods and, by extension, the rest of the universe, habitable. This week, the microphone is manned by J.P. who implements Brad… Read more »

The Film Snob’s favorites of 2016

Many would agree that 2016 was a terrible year in general, and I don’t need to explain why. It is strange to have to admit, then, that it was a great year for film. Here is a list of my favorites among those I managed to see. Some of the movies are technically from 2015,… Read more »

Episode 16: Poets Pedal

Tucson-native Clayton Kamm stops by to tell us more about an event he dreamed up that combines his favorite things: bikes, poetry, local beer and local food. Poets Pedal, an afternoon of biking, poetry, gastronomy, and live music,  is a collaboration between the University of Arizona Poetry Center, Edible Baja Arizona magazine and Living Streets Alliance… Read more »

Aquarius

Aquarius, a new film by Brazilian writer-director Kleber Mendonça Filho, wants to make us comfortable before we enter its main story. In a prologue from 1980, a group of friends, slightly tipsy, laugh and play music while driving a car on the sand along the sea shore. Among them is the beautiful Clara, played by… Read more »

Buffelgrass Revisited

Buffelgrass is a recurring theme on this program and that is because it is really, really bad. It was brought in by cattle ranchers from abroad in the 1930’s for cheap grazing because it is very low maintenance and reproduces easily. And it did. Now here’s a legal immigrant that is no longer welcome. There… Read more »

Episode 2: Absence Shadows Our Hearts

In episode two of Mn Huna: Finding Refuge in Friendship, we begin to introduce you to Houda’s family. Houda is the middle daughter in a tight-knit family of five. They all fled Aleppo together in 2013. But when Houda, her parents, and her younger sister Sara were resettled to Tucson in July of 2016, her older sister Noor… Read more »

Indigenous American & RED INK Literary Festival Part 2

On Janurary 21st, 2017, The Amerind Foundation convened a presentation entitled “Native Voices: Indigenous American & RED INK Literary Festival”. Seven authors shared their work at the Amerind Museum in Dragoon, Arizona. The event was hosted by Simon Ortiz, an Acoma Pueblo member and award winning Regents Professor in the English Department at Arizona State University. Today’s first poet is Kyle… Read more »

Cool Concrete

Concrete is actually just one of the many applications of cement. Cement is a mix of lime and water that is an excellent binding agent, first discovered by the ancient Macedonians some 3,000 years ago. The discovery ranks with fire, the wheel and sliced bread among the great game changers in human history. If cement… Read more »

PtP Episode 15: The Bookbike

  Do you know what a Bookbike is? The Pima County Library has a fleet of Bookbikes that it takes to various locations and neighborhood events to give out free books, library cards, and information about library and literacy programs, as well as bike maps. In this episode, you’ll hear Karen Greene, Librarian on the Move at the Downtown… Read more »

Indigenous Voices & RED INK Literary Festival Part 1

On Janurary 21st, 2017, The Amerind Foundation convened a presentation entitled “Native Voices: Indigenous American & RED INK Literary Festival“. Seven authors shared their work at the Amerind Museum in Dragoon, Arizona. The event was hosted by Simon Ortiz, an Acoma Pueblo Native and award winning Regents Professor in the English Department at Arizona State University. We’ll hear two pieces… Read more »

For the Birds

It is a soaring testimony to Mother Nature’s magic that the most massive animals ever to exist on Earth, the dinosaurs, have evolved into the very lightest: the birds. There are almost ten thousand known species of birds in the world. About 1300 of those, that’s 12%, are now considered threatened. That number is even… Read more »

Martin Luther King, Jr. Continues to Inspire

Since its inception, 91.3 KXCI Community Radio has celebrated Martin Luther King Day. The Djs who are on each year share shape the programming with their passion and expertise. KXCI commemorates the life and legacy of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 16th, 2017 with special programming from 7am to 6pm…. Read more »

Inauguration Day Teach-In

30 Minutes spoke with University of Arizona faculty members Suzi Dovi, Phyllis Taoua and Denis Provencher about the upcoming Inauguration Day Teach-In and March for Unity and Solidarity. The teach-in takes place on Friday, January 20th at Old Main on the University of Arizona campus from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Following the teach-in there… Read more »

Arivaca Ecofest

One hour southwest of Tucson lies the old mining town of Arivaca, now home to artists, crafts people and other professionals, as well as to award-winning authors Byrd Baylor and Kenny Buchanan. Arivaca has the oldest school house in Arizona, which is at the center of the Arivaca Ecofest on Saturday, January 28. The Ecofest grew out of… Read more »

PtP Episode 14: Distracted Driving Summit

Distracted driving is a leading cause of collisions and death involving people walking, riding a bike, and driving a car. Use of cell phones while driving puts everyone using our roads at risk. Did you know Arizona is one of only two states in the U.S. without a state-wide ban on texting while driving? A… Read more »

KXCI’s Top 100 Albums of 2016

On December 30th we played KXCI’s Top 100 albums of 2016. This list was compiled from ALL the KXCI playlists for every show during 2016. Therefore this list represents all the DJ’s and their collective favorite new releases, as they actually played them throughout the year. Looking forward to a great year of music in… Read more »

NEW

An artist friend of mine once told me that it is bad marketing in the art world to put a date on your works, because people are not interested in what you made last year, or ten years ago, no matter how great it is; they want to see the latest. It has to be… Read more »

KXCI’s 2016 Top Local Releases

KXCI’s 2016 Top Local Releases Tucson has a local music scene that we are happy to show off here at KXCI. What better place to celebrate local music then right here right now? Here’s a handy list of recommended local 2016 releases (in no particular order) for your listening pleasure. Foxx Bodies – Foxx Bodies… Read more »

Thesis Thursday-Ariana Rayne Garcia

Thesis Thursday is a program on KXCI which runs every Thursday. We invite our friends from The University of Arizona to come down to the station and chat a little bit about what they are working on, their plans for the future and  we even talk a little bit about music. Today’s guest is Ariana… Read more »

PtP Episode 13: Adaptive Bike Program

Jared Perkins, Chief Operating Officer of the Children’s Clinics talks about a new program in Tucson providing adaptive bicycles to children with chronic illnesses.  Believing that play is fundamental to health and wellbeing, and that every child can be an athlete despite developmental abilities, the Children’s Clinics has partnered with Ambucs to donate adaptive bicycles individually customized to meet the special needs… Read more »

PtP Episode 12: Winterhaven by Bike!

Each year the Winterhaven neighborhood draws tens of thousands of visitors to check out the dazzling and ornate light displays hosted by dozens of homes. The streets are temporarily closed to cars and people of all ages stroll about checking out the lights and enjoying the crisp evenings in Tucson. If you’ve ever been, you… Read more »

A Brief History of Christmas

  A little bit of history on the feast of Christmas: The geographical location of the Northern European countries makes the winters there long, cold and dark. In places near the Arctic Circle there may be a little as 3 hours of sunshine a day. No wonder then that the winter solstice, when the days… Read more »

Protecting the Sacred: A Panel on Indigenous Environmental Issues Part 2

30 Minutes features more remarks from the November 28th, 2016  “Protecting the Sacred: A Panel on Indigenous Environmental Issues” convened by Blackfeet tribal member and writer Bill Wetzel at Revolutionary Grounds Books and Coffee‘s back patio. The panel was a discussion on indigenous environmental issues. It focused primarily on water and developments at Standing Rock… Read more »

PtP – El Grupo Youth Cycling

  PtP – El Grupo Youth Cycling Daniela Diamente, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit El Grupo Youth Cycling describes the history of this amazing Tucson organization that empowers youth through bicycling.  El Grupo is over 10 years old and has expanded each year to include more kids and more programs. Tune into this… Read more »

The Queen of Katwe

The Queen of Katwe, a film by Mira Nair, is based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan girl who, with very little formal education, became an international chess champion. The accomplished Indian director Nair, who loves to make movies about people and subjects largely ignored in mainstream film, presents us in this… Read more »

Protecting the Sacred: A Panel on Indigenous Environmental Issues Part 1

30 Minutes features remarks from the November 28th, 2016  “Protecting the Sacred: A Panel on Indigenous Environmental Issues” convened by Blackfeet tribal member and writer Bill Wetzel at Revolutionary Grounds Books and Coffee‘s back patio. The panel was a discussion on indigenous environmental issues. It focused primarily on water and developments at Standing Rock regarding… Read more »

Ersi Arvizu

Ersi Arvizu stopped by the KXCI Studios ahead of her performance at Lalopalooza on Friday, December 9th at El Casino Ballroom as we celebrate the upcoming 100th Anniversary of legendary Tucson Born Musician Lalo Guerrero who was born on December 24th, 1916. Ersi Arvizu is a voice from the past. Not in the dust-and-mothballs fashion,… Read more »

The Kitchen Sink

This week’s episode follows up on last week’s interview with Aaron Baumann of the Watershed Management Group. WMG proposes that our area’s water supply can be made independent of the Colorado River by increased efficiency of rainwater harvesting, gray water reuse and reduction of personal water use from the current average of 120 gallons a… Read more »

Manage Your Watershed

Watershed Management Group is a Tucson-based grassroots organization promoting a sustainable environment in and around Tucson and the Northern Sonora. As sustainability begins with a sustainable water supply, a primary objective if WMG is to restore perennial flow in our rivers and creeks without drawing on the Colorado River by collecting precipitation more efficiently and by decreasing per-person water… Read more »

Lalopalooza SOLD OUT

Due to overwhelming support, this show has been sold out! Friday, December 9th from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm   El Casino Ballroom 437 East 26th Street Tucson Federal Credit Union and KXCI present Lalopalooza on Friday, December 9th at El Casino Ballroom as we celebrate the upcoming 100th Anniversary of legendary Tucson Born Musician Lalo… Read more »

KXCI is Now Part of Fry’s Community Rewards Program

Did you know you can support KXCI just by shopping at Fry’s? It’s easy when you enroll in Fry’s Community Rewards! To Register your Fry’s Card, sign up with your V.I.P Card and select The Foundation for Creative Broadcasting, Inc. Organization 63065. Once you’re enrolled, you’ll earn rewards for KXCI every time you shop and use your… Read more »

PtP Episode 11: BICAS Bike Art Auction

In this episode of Pedaling the Pueblo, BICAS staff members Troy Neiman and Monique Laraway, talk about the 21st annual Bike Art Auction. This event on December 2nd and 3rd, will have locally made bicycle art, beer, and live music! To suggest a bicycling topic for Pedaling the Pueblo or to ask questions about bicycling in… Read more »

Abby Jensen on Transgender Awareness Month

30 Minutes spoke with Abby Jensen about Transgender Awareness Month and Transgender Day of Remembrance which takes place each year on November 20th. She also discussed recent legislation such as HR 2 in North Carolina and other legislative concerns. Locally, Transgender Day of Remembrance began with a ceremony at the fountain at Old Main in… Read more »

Video On Demand: XIXA’s “Bloodline”

XIXA

XIXA’s Gabriel Sullivan and Brian Lopez joined guest host Ernesto Portillo Jr. for an intimate acoustic set on October 13, 2016. Video by Julius Schlosberg. This is the title track from their full-length debut, Bloodline.

Monsters

Monsters The old Greeks imagined the rip current in the Straight of Messina (not, as erroneously mentioned in the broadcast, at the foot of the Rock of Gibraltar) as a monster and the gigantic whirlpool in its vicinity as well, naming them Scylla and Charybdis. Throughout the Middle Ages, seafarers returned from far-flung voyages to… Read more »

Arizona Governor’s Water Augmentation Council Lacks Focus on Conservation Strategies

This episode focuses on the lack of environmental and conservation-minded voices on the Arizona Governor’s Water Augmentation Council (GWAC). We talk with Tucson City Council Member Steve Kozachik, Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter Executive Director Sandy Bahr, and former President of the Huachuca Audubon Society Tricia Gerrodette.  Our interviewees discuss how the Arizona Governor, Doug Ducey, has… Read more »

Tucson Makers: Inspired by Women Week 2

Today on 30 Minutes, we continue with 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 »

On Demand: Calexico

It was a delight to have Joey Burns and Jairo Zavala of Calexico drop in during our busy October to chat, guest DJ, and play a couple of acoustic songs in the booth prior to their appearance at the inaugural Dusk Music Festival. Click below to here their performance and interview with Home Stretch host… Read more »

Some Bad News, Some Good News

CO2 at 400 PPM For the first time in recorded history, the atmospheric concentrations of carbon-dioxide, the primary greenhouse gas, exceeds 400 parts per million. In 1960, the concentration was about 315 parts per million globally.  CO2 is absorbed by vegetation, so in summer concentrations drop in the tree-rich Northern Hemisphere, but in winter when… Read more »

PtP Episode 9: Cyclovia Tucson

Cyclovia Tucson is the fourth largest event in Tucson, and definitely the biggest car-free event in the city. Learn about how this event has changed and grown into a celebration of Tucson’s unique and diverse neighborhoods, as well as a how it continues to be a cherished event that gets people out of their cars… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 Andrew.Bemis@tucsonaz.gov To suggest a bicycling topic for Pedaling… Read more »

Introducing Pedaling the Pueblo

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Ozone

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Dust

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 »

Thesis Thursday Nathaniel Gallegos

I will be entering my sophomore year this Fall at the University of Arizona, and I am majoring in Neuroscience & Cognitive Science. I have been working in Dr. Lee Ryan’s Cognition and Neuroimaging Laboratory since my senior year of high school. In this laboratory, I study how having a family history of Alzheimer’s disease affects the brain structure of… 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 »

Thesis Thursday with Michael Ragone

  I am a math and science geek in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona, and I’m currently developing a computational model of hippocampal place cell replay in Dr. Fellous’ lab. We’re in search of a basic computational principle underlying the brain’s approximation to the spatial navigation version of the Traveling Salesperson Problem (TSP), a famous… Read more »

Buffelgrass fight enters new stage in southern Arizona

News Release June 16, 2016 Buffelgrass fight enters new stage in southern Arizona with stronger focus on long-term efforts TUCSON—Southern Arizona is entering a significant new stage in the fight against buffelgrass, as the Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center (SABCC) hands over its responsibilities to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Pima Association of Governments and Sky… Read more »

Thesis Thursday with Cristina Young

Thesis Thursday with Cristina Young About me: My name is Cristina Young and I am from Albuquerque, New Mexico. I am a Senior physiology major at U of A and I am applying to medical school this cycle. This summer I am working in Dr. Fregosi’s respiratory lab where I study how nicotine affects the breathing rates of new… 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 »

Thesis Thursday with Alison Comrie

I am a Senior in the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science program at the University of Arizona. My curiosity about the brain began in high school, when I got involved in research in Dr. Carol Barnes’ lab. In the Barnes lab, we are working towards a better understanding of how the processes underlying learning and memory change throughout the healthy aging… 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 »

Nemo Sine Vitio (It Ain’t Nemo’s Fault)

GENFOOD The National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine reports that genetically engineered foodcrops are not unhealthy, contradicting organizations such as Greenpiece, and refuting the notorious 2012 Seralini finding that they increased the chance of tumors in rats. The study actually finds positive traits: yields are higher and less pesticides are required than with traditionally… Read more »

Amy Goodman’s 20th Anniversary Talk

Amy Goodman Democracy Now 20 Years Covering the Movements Changing America Part 1 Amy Goodman Democracy Now 20 Years Covering the Movements Changing America Part 2 Amy Goodman Democracy Now 20 Years Covering the Movements Changing America Part 3 Amy Goodman Democracy Now 20 Years Covering the Movements Changing America Part 4 On April 28th, 2016, Democracy Now!’s… Read more »

Water From The Left Or Water From Above?

It will not come as news to anybody that Arizona’s water supply is in a pinch. Lake Mead is at a record low and if it falls even further, supplies to Arizona will be cut back by 13% to 17%. Supplies are dwindling while demand is increasing – there can be no doubt that these trends… Read more »

Copper and Mercury

On Thursday, May 19, the Center for Biological Diversity will unveil the latest mural in its Endangered Species Mural Project: a stunning depiction of a jaguar by local artist Kati Astraeir. It is located on Toole Avenue, right across from the Borderlands Brewery, where the unveiling will be publicly celebrated from 6 – 8 pm…. Read more »

Thesis Thursday with Shade Rodriguez

At the moment, I am a junior majoring in Biochemistry in hopes to further expand in academia and pursue a career in the health field. For the longest time, I’ve grown increasingly fascinated by the complex nature of the scientific and medical field as it continues to unveil great phenomenon, mysteries and more. EHS-TRUE, a program under the UBRP umbrella has… Read more »

Arbor Day

Arbor Day falls on the last Friday of April, which this year also happens to be the last day of the month, and so will be a fitting end to what Mayor Rothschild has decreed to be Earth Month in Tucson. On Monday, May 2, the Mayor will read an Arbor Day proclamation at Grijalva… Read more »

The Sacred and the Profane

In December of 2014 the Rio Tinto mining company convinced the US Congress to authorize a land exchange which would allow it to carve a copper mine out of the Oak Flat area in the Tonto National Forest near Superior. Opponents claim that Oak Flats would be lost as a popular recreation area and, moreover,… Read more »