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Fathoming Water Episode 11: Zach Sugg

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This week we talk to Zach Sugg, who has worked extensively in Texas and Arizona so he is able to expand on the differences between state groundwater policies, and get us into the nitty gritty of how states water management policies, especially concerning ground water, can vary wildly. Zach Sugg, is a Ph.D. Candidate in… Read more »

MORE ABOUT ZIKA

Contributed by Genevieve Comeau       It seems the world has barely stopped reeling from Ebola, and now there is talk of a new epidemic: Zika. Such is the price of our globalized society where a plane can take you across the world in a day, and Zika is becoming as worldly as any… Read more »

Who Do You Think You Are?

If at times you wonder who you really are, that question has recently become even harder to answer. Several studies, including one lead by professor Carolyn Bohach of the University of Indiana have come to the conclusion that only 10% of the cells in our body actually contain our own DNA. The other 90% is… Read more »

Fathoming Water Episode 10: Juliet McKenna

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Juliet McKenna works for a private consulting firm Montgomery and Associates based in Tucson Arizona. Juliet is a Hydrogeologist and Water Policy Consultant and her work is focused on developing groundwater supplies and providing water rights support for municipal agencies, public water companies, tribes, and private entities. The former director of an interstate aquifer management… Read more »

Kris Kerry’s Favorite 25 Albums of 2015

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As the booker of the Rialto, Kris Kerry listens to and sees more bands than your average Tucsonan. He also volunteers for the station in a unique capacity. In addition to reviewing CDs, he also researches and delivers the classic pick of the week. It’s no surprise then, that’s he delivered more than a top… Read more »

Beat Back Buffelgrass Day

Buffelgrass, an African species brought in by the U.S. Government in the 1930’s to control erosion, has spread out of control all over Southern Arizona. It poses a double threat to our environment: it crowds out native species, in particular the saguaro, and when it is dormant and dry, which is most of the year, it is a major… Read more »

Fathoming Water Episode 9: Marie Pearthree

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Fathoming Water Episode 9: Marie Pearthree This week we take a trip up to Phoenix to talk to Central Arizona Project Deputy General Manager of Strategic Initiatives & Public Policy Marie Peathree. Ms. Pearthree oversees Resource Planning and Analysis, the Colorado River Program, Stakeholder Relations and Strategic Initiatives, Legislative Affairs and Board Management, and the… Read more »

Prison Reform Panel at Etherton Gallery Part 2

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On December 18th, 2015 Etherton Gallery hosted a panel discussion on Prison Reform in conjunction with an exhibition by famed photographer Danny Lyon. In part two of this broadcast, we begin with Etherton Gallery Director Hannah Glassman introduces the exhibit and panelists who include Arizona State Senator Steve Farley, journalist Margaret Regan, attorney Lisette Flores,… Read more »

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Most everyone is familiar with the story of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice through Disney’s retelling of Goethe’s 1747 poem. The apprentice, weary of sweeping the floor and fetching pails of water, makes use of the absence of his master to put on the sorcerer’s hat and animate the broom so it can fetch the water for… Read more »

2015: The Heat Is On

Globally, 2015 has been the warmest year on record. Places that used to get a lot of rain are far below average. In Sao Paulo, Brazil, for instance, the monsoon has filled the reservoirs for only 20%. The drought in California is also still going strong, but Britain is experiencing record floods; same in India… Read more »

Prison Reform Panel at Etherton Gallery

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On December 18th, 2015 Etherton Gallery hosted a panel discussion on Prison Reform in conjunction with an exhibition by famed photographer Danny Lyon. Up first, Etherton Gallery Director Hannah Glassman introduces the exhibit and panelists who include Arizona State Senator Steve Farley, journalist Margaret Regan, attorney Lisette Flores, and American Friends Service Committee program associate… Read more »

Fathoming Water Episode 8: Karilyn Roach

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Fathoming Water Episode 8: Karilyn Roach In this episode Karilyn Roach and I discuss how the Community Water Coalition works by bringing together a diverse group of members. The Coalition was formed in 2011 and Watershed Management Group who is one of the original members houses the offices of the Coalition. We discuss the impacts the… Read more »

Local Girl Goes Local

Kate Selby, Digital Content Manager at Edible Baja Arizona magazine, describes in an article in the November-December issue (#15) the ups and downs of eating 100% locally produced food for 30 days. The Weekly Green interviewed her about the experience. Below the broadcast as well as the unabbreviated interview for those who want more detail…. Read more »

Fathoming Water Episode 7: Kip Volpe

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Fathoming Water Episode 7: Christopher T. (Kip) Volpe Kip Volpe is the Vice President and Treasurer for The Estes Co, a multi-generational, full spectrum Tucson and Arizona real estate development company. Kip oversees the operations of its various related entities including Vail Water Company in his capacity of Vice President. Kip has worked on water related… Read more »

Plastic Matters

The word ‘plastic’ comes from a Greek word meaning ‘malleable’. In that sense, the use of natural plastics goes back more than 3500 years, when the Meso-Americans shaped rubber into game balls and other objects. The first man-made plastic was invented in 1856 by the Englishman Alexander Parks. It was chiefly used to make artificial… Read more »

Fathoming Water Episode 6: Warren Tenney

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In this episode Warren Tenney and I talk about how collaboration works with water in Southern Arizona. We get to learn a little more about the organizations that manage water delivery as well as the groups that overcome conflict and transaction costs by negotiating with each other. Warren Tenney is the Assistant General Manager for… Read more »

Cow Power

This week the City of Paris, france, hosts the 21st UN Conference on Climate Change, where about 190 countries will undertake to come to an arrangement to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius. There are some hopeful signs: China, for instance, whose rapid industrial development in past decades has made it spew CO2 like… Read more »

Fathoming Water Episode 5: Brian Wong

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYBODY! It’s a Thanksgiving Day Special! We talk to Brian Wong President of BKW Farms. When most series take Thanksgiving week off we decided to release this episode on Thanksgiving Day because of the relevance of food production in our celebration of Thanksgiving. In this episode we start to understand the incredible risk that… Read more »

Pumpkin Trash

It is the week of Thanksgiving and that brings the matter of food to the table – in particular the matter of food waste. Because a lot of those pumpkins won’t make it to front porches or dinner tables. Come Black Friday, a significant number of all pumpkins produced this year will be on the… Read more »

Fathoming Water Episode 4: Dr. Diana Liverman

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Dr. Diana Liverman brings a very global perspective to the Fathoming Water series. This episode introduces many of the concepts we will be hearing about in future episodes. Diana’s main concern is with the fate of the disadvantaged and disempowered in a changing climate – the poor, women, children, and other species- so this interview is… Read more »

AROUND THE WORLD

MORE POOR Just weeks before the UN international climate conference in Paris – which may, however, be postponed on account of the horrific events there – the World Bank has issued a report predicting that, all other things being equal, in 15 years there will be 100 million more poor people in the world as… Read more »

Homeless Backpack Challenge

30 Minutes spoke with Diana Figueroa and Ron Austin from The Carlos G. Figueroa Foundation whose mission is promoting the understanding of poverty and homelessness through media. Ron is a formerly homeless person and Diana’s father was homeless when he was tragically beaten and left to die behind an auto parts store. This year, The… Read more »

Thesis Thursday with Annie Huang

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I am a Senior majoring in Biochemistry and Latin at the University of Arizona and I would like to go to medical school so I can fulfill a beneficial role in society.  As an undergraduate, I believe science plays a great role in contributing to the knowledge of the world so I began to conduct research…. Read more »

Fathoming Water Episode 3: Lisa Atkins and Thomas Buschatzke

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This week on Fathoming Water we talk with Central Arizona Water Conservation District (otherwise known as CAP) President Lisa Atkins and Arizona Department of Water Resources Director Tom Buschazke. I got the chance to sit down with the both of them after the Sustainable Water for Southern Arizona: Current Conditions and Future Prospects community forum… Read more »

TROUBLED WATERS

This past Friday, the Central Arizona Project or CAP and the Water Resources Research Center of the University of Arizona hosted a panel discussion at the Tucson Convention Center on the current and future state of this all-important resource. The panel consisted of representatives of the city government, the Arizona Water Department and several non-profit… Read more »

Thomas Buschatzke Unveils Arizona’s Strategic Vision for Water Supply Sustainability

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Arizona’s Strategic Vision for Water Supply Sustainability Thomas Buschatzke was the keynote speaker at the Sustainable Water for Southern Arizona: Current Conditions and Future Prospects Community Forum. In his talk he unveils Arizona’s future steps for water sustainability. By following the link above you can learn more about the Strategic Vision plan. It is a very… Read more »

Lisa Atkins at the Sustainable Water for Southern Arizona: Current Conditions and Future Prospects Forum

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Lisa Atkins started off the Sustainable Water for Southern Arizona: Current Conditions and Future Prospects community forum with an introduction to the issues that would be addressed at the forum. Lisa and Arizona Department of Water Resources Director Thomas Buschatzke will be our next guest on Fathoming Water. The two work hand in hand in Arizona water policy… Read more »

Bringing Tibet Home

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Arizona Friends of Tibet Founder Peggy Hitchcock and Tibetan University of Arizona grad student Tenzin Sonam discussed Bringing Tibet Home and other Tibetan issues. Bringing Tibet Home will screen at The Loft Cinema on Wednesday, November 11th at 7pm in a benefit for Arizona Friends of Tibet. A Q & A will follow with Director… Read more »

Thesis Thursday Julie Charlton

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I’m a senior in the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science program at the University of Arizona. I’ve been interested in science my whole life, but first got involved in research in high school. I am currently applying to graduate programs in neuroscience to pursue my goal of becoming a research professor. I’m the president of the neuroscience… Read more »

Show and Tell: “Don’t Buy, Share”

In the “Show and Tell: Don’t Buy, Share” series of presentations offered monthly by the UA Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry, Dr. Anita Bhappu, consumer scientist, management scholar and Chief Scientific Officer for the start-up company “Sharing Tribes” will discuss the concept of re-use by sharing on Thursday, November 12, at the Playground on Congress. The presentation will… Read more »

Giant Sacaton

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Petey talks about some unintentional seed collecting and also of a favorite native grass called giant sacaton whose seed he didn’t get to in time. Dang!

Who’s Who At the Water Forum

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GET TO KNOW YOUR WATER PANELISTS! On Nov. 6, 2015, the Central Arizona Project (CAP) and the Water Resources Research Center are holding a free community forum on “Sustainable Water for Southern Arizona: Current Conditions and Future Prospects” to discuss our most critical natural resource and its impact on our economy, environment, and way of… Read more »

Fathoming Water Episode 2: Dr. Robert Glennon

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Episode 2: Robert Glennon Released October 29th, 2015 In this episode Dr. Glennon and I talk about how water markets work in the United States. We take a look back at the American legal history that makes water trades difficult and sometimes impossible. Focusing on his new paper “Shopping for Water” prepared for The Hamilton Project we discuss solutions to… Read more »

Tucson Folk Singers: Remembering Clyde Appleton

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Today on 30 Minutes, we remember Clyde Appleton. At the Folk Festival in May, 2013, local folk singer and organizer Ted Warmbrand convened members of the Tucson Folk Singers to document their stories. In early October, 2015 a leader of the Tucson Folk Singers Clyde Appleton passed away. There will be a memorial on Sunday,… Read more »

Mind the Gap

Once the Dalai Llama was asked by an American journalist for his thoughts on why so many people in the West dislike themselves. He had to have the question translated for him twice, because he did not understand it – to him it was incomprehensible that anyone would feel negative about themselves. How this endemic… Read more »

Mexican Campion

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Petey talks about the moon and coyotes and a beautiful wildflower found in the nearby mountains.

Ravens Way Wild Journeys

Ravens Way Wild Journeys is a nature adventure and conservation organization based  in the Sky Islands of south-east Arizona near the town of Patagonia, which provides guided tours of the region and runs a variety of conservation programs. The Weekly Green spoke with Ravens Way’s guide and co-owner Vincent Pinto.    

Fathoming Water Episode 1: Dr. Sharon Megdal

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Episode 1: Dr. Sharon Megdal Released October 15th, 2015 In this episode Dr. Megdal and I talk about why it is important as a citizen to be informed about how your municipal water supply is delivered, and managed. We discuss the allocation of the Colorado River, the management of the Central Arizona Project, and the 1980 Arizona Groundwater Management Act… Read more »

Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival 10/18

The annual Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival, a popular family event, is as much a community expo as it is a celebration of local and regional actions promoting sustainability. The Festival brings together key individuals, organizations, and companies in our community who are working to help us not just envision but also create a resilient future for Tucson… Read more »

Water Forum November 6th Open to Public

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The Central Arizona Project and the University of Arizona Water Resource Research Center are hosting a free and open to the public Water Forum on November 6th in the Leo Rich Theater at the Tucson Convention Center. Discussing Sustainable Water for Southern Arizona includes a panel followed by a question and answer period. Anyone interested in… Read more »

Dusty Calligraphy

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Petey thinks kangaroo rats could using the seed pods of Crotalaria pumila as maracas, while they write messages in the dust with their long tails.  Oh dear. We better listen.

Mass Incarceration Series: Immigration Part 2

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On September 23, 2015, the YWCA Southern Arizona hosted part three of their ongoing Community Discussion on Mass Incarceration. Due to the ever growing numbers of neighbors who are being incarcerated as well as the collateral consequences, the YWCA Southern believes that this conversation is part of their social advocacy work and their mission of… Read more »

A Building Like No Other

The new Environmental and Natural Resources building (ENR2) of the University of Arizona on 6th Street was dedicated on September 10th. The design is inspired by slot canyons like Antelope Canyon. In addition to its beauty, the design significantly reduces power consumption by judicious use of wind and shade. The Weekly Green spoke with May… Read more »

Santa Ritas Jaguar Sighted Again

The Santa Ritas jaguar, the only known one in the U.S., has been sighted recently by USFWS scientists. (For more pictures and information, click on the image.) The jaguar’s roar is tremendous, but more commonly it sounds like this (if it sounds at all). Just so you know, when you’re hiking out there. The jag, a male,… Read more »

Sylvilagus audubonii

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Petey says it is the year of the Desert Cottontail and tells us all about the furry little rascals that breed like rabbits.

Mass Incarceration Series: Immigration

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On September 23, 2015, the YWCA Southern Arizona hosted part three of their ongoing Community Discussion on Mass Incarceration and how it affects our community. Due to the ever growing numbers of neighbors who are being incarcerated as well as the collateral consequences, the YWCA Southern believes that this conversation is part of their social… Read more »

Laudato Si

The Weekly Green recently reviewed David Abram’s book ‘The Spell of the Sensuous‘, which gives a lot of attention to the world view of the Navajo, in which all physical entities are pervaded and interconnected by the Wind. As a sequel to that program, and on the occasion of Pope Francis’ visit to the US,… Read more »

Epazote

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Petey is excited about finding a wonderful weedy herb in the Goosefoot Family (Chenopodiaceae)  growing along the banks of the ol’ Guajolote.

Lila Downs con Neto Portillo, Jr.

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Today on 30 Minutes, Neto Portillo, Jr. interviews Lila Downs ahead of her Tuesday, September 22nd show at the Fox Theatre, presented by The Rialto Theatre. Lila Downs has one of the world’s most singular voices and innovative approaches to music. Born in the state of Oaxaca México, she is the daughter of a Mixtec… Read more »

Speedway and Swan / Episodes 4, 5, & 6 / Co-hosts Molly McKasson, Ian Ellasante, and Tyler Meier

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Speedway and Swan Poem Playlist for Episode 6, August 9, 2015, with guest co-host Tyler Meier University of Arizona Poetry Center director Tyler Meier joins host Brian Blanchfield for an hour of poetry on the radio that, among other things, posits what might constitute a monsoon poetics (buildup, wait, release if it so pleases); listens in on elegies… Read more »

Green Sex

If there’s one car milling about emitting 1 pound of CO2 per mile driven, that does not make much of a dent in the atmosphere. If there’s one billion of them (a quarter of which in the U.S.), they do. The air on the Indonesian island of Sumatra has become all but unbreathable in recent weeks,… Read more »

The Lonely Hearts Club Episode 3

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It’s Comedy. It’s a podcast. It’s a comedy podcast get it? Looking for some comedy with heart? KXCI.org is the place to be. Lonely Hearts Club Episode 3. In this episode, Bridgitte Thum talks with her son Elijah. She takes us on a field trip to visit her friend, the Mayor of Tucson, Jonathan Rothschild! She… Read more »

Bramblestem Tick Clover on Gumhead

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Petey and Ms. Mesquitey ramble a favorite dirt road through a sky island in southeastern Arizona stopping to admire the flora every few minutes and it was a long glorious day.

The Two Pablos

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Today on 30 Minutes we feature a panel from the Pima County Public Library Nuestras Raices Pavillion at the 2015 Tucson Festival Books entitled The Two Pablos. Pablo Picasso and Pablo Neruda spoke Spanish, but their art joyfully breached many cultural and linguistic barriers. Celebrated authors Pam Muñoz Ryan (who penned Esperanza Rising), and Mónica Brown… Read more »

Take A Breath

This week’s guest is not a person, but a book called “The Spell of the Sensuous”. The author, David Abram, is a philosopher and cultural ecologist who has lived among the indiginous people of Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Nepal, as well as the American Southwest, and studied their customs and beliefs. Mr. Abrams is also… Read more »

Farley and Petey Take a Swim

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The Ol’ Guajolote came flowing out of the mountains down to the grassland and Petey found himself tumbling downstream with his dog Farley. A fallen Emory oak across the creek saved the day and the now recovered Petey says there is a cool plant growing in that stream bed.  

Three Trillion Trees And Counting…

Scientists from more than twenty countries have counted the total number of trees on Earth and came to about three trillion. That sounds like a lot, and it is indeed seven times more than earlier estimates, but it is half the number that used to be around before the invention of the ax. And it… Read more »

Solidago missouriensis

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Petey finds a species of Goldenrod near his home and collects seed thinking it might be a good plant to grow and sell…., looks like he’s gonna be planting a lot of them around the 1991 Marvelette.

Keeping The Promise: A Community Panel on the Voting Rights Act Part 2

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On August 6th, 1965, President Johnson signed the voting rights act. Here in Tucson, Congressman Raul Grijalva convened an event entitled Keeping The Promise, A Community Panel on the Voting Rights Act at the Tucson YWCA. Speakers discussed the promise it continues to hold for countless Americans, and the ongoing efforts to undermine that promise… Read more »

Southern Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce

The Southern Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce promotes sustainability in business and helps companies to reduce their carbon footprint. The Weekly Green spoke with SAGCC President Barrie Herr.

Keeping The Promise: A Community Panel on the Voting Rights Act

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On August 6th, 1965, President Johnson signed the voting rights act. Here in Tucson, Congressman Raul Grijalva convened an event entitled Keeping The Promise, A Community Panel on the Voting Rights Act at the Tucson YWCA. Speakers discussed the promise it continues to hold for countless Americans, and the ongoing efforts to undermine that promise… Read more »

Tucson Honors World’s Indigenous Peoples

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On August 9, 2015 the local group Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras celebrated 18 years of promoting respect for Indigenous Peoples by hosting an event in honor of the United Nation’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.   Speakers include Jose Matus and James Anaya. Executive Director Jose Matus talks about the origin of the… Read more »

FACING THE MUSIC

According to this week’s report from the National Atmospheric and Oceanographic Administration this past July has worldwide been the hottest since record keeping began in 1880. The entire first half of the year saw all-time highs as well, so that 2015 is likely to become the hottest year on record – and, as suggested by… Read more »

Pandora’s Box

There has been quite some concern in recent years about possible attempts to poison our water supply. It is generally assumed that such attempts would be made by foreigners with an ax to grind with the U.S. But who needs foreigners? We can manage it quite well by ourselves! Last week, contractors for the EPA… Read more »

WILDFIRE

Last week, lightning ignited a wildfire on Finger Rock in the Catalinas. The rains kept it down for a couple of days, but then it flared up again. It grew to 750 acres before the rains beat it down again. When I was driving north on Alvernon the other day it seemed to be floating in the… Read more »

Vote for KXCI!

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Vote for KXCI in The Tucson Weekly’s 2015 Best of Tucson. Be sure to hurry because voting ends August 2 at 11:59 PM. KXCI is in the running for several categories. Here’s a link to the ballot to give your opinions on all things Tucson! We’re one of the choices for Best Radio Station for Music… Read more »

Detained and Deported Part 3

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Today 30 Minutes features excerpts from the closing celebration of Raices Taller‘s July 2015 exhibition “Chubasco” – a tribute to Tucson’s annual monsoon season. The event featured readings by author Margaret Regan and music by Pablo Peregrina. Margaret Regan read from her book “Detained and Deported”. The award-winning investigative reporter’s new book is an intimate… Read more »

Detained and Deported Part 2

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Today 30 Minutes features excerpts from the closing celebration of Raices Taller‘s July 2015 exhibition “Chubasco” – a tribute to Tucson’s annual monsoon season. The event featured readings by author Margaret Regan and music by Pablo Peregrina. Margaret Regan read from her book “Detained and Deported”. The award-winning investigative reporter’s new book is an intimate… Read more »

Detained and Deported Part 1

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Today 30 Minutes features excerpts from the closing celebration of Raices Taller‘s July 2015 exhibition “Chubasco” – a tribute to Tucson’s annual monsoon season. The event featured readings by author Margaret Regan and music by Pablo Peregrina. Margaret Regan read from her book “Detained and Deported”. The award-winning investigative reporter’s new book is an intimate… Read more »

Plastic Roads & More

PLASTIC ROADS What would driving in Tucson be like without all the road pylons and traffic detours? A whole lot more relaxed! But the cracks and potholes caused by our weather may become a thing of the past with the development of plastic roads, as proposed by the Dutch firm Volkerwessels. The material would be… Read more »

HERO RATS

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One kind of waste that is particularly malicious is the waste of war, especially the booby-traps known as Anti-personnel mines. Tens of millions of these contraptions have been left behind in the past 50 years after the combatants cleared the field, mostly in developing countries in South-America, South-East Asia and Africa. Landmines are extremely durable… Read more »

CLEAN AND BEAUTIFUL

On July 8, Tucson Clean and Beautiful recognized the Feldman Green Team for their efforts to keep 4th Ave north of Speedway clean and make it even more beautiful – and cool – by planting 50 trees. Tucson Clean and Beautiful is a non-profit environmental advocacy and action organization founded in 1985 to preserve and… Read more »

Speedway and Swan Poem Playlist for Episode 3, June 21, 2015, with guest co-host Maggie Golston

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Speedway and Swan Poem Playlist for Episode 3, June 21, 2015, with guest co-host Maggie Golston “I want a literature that is not made from literature” writes Bhanu Kapil in her book, Ban en Banlieue. Poet and musician Maggie Golston joins host Brian Blanchfield to read selections of poetry that might answer that call: Kapil, Alice Oswald, Miles Champion,… Read more »

CATS IN THE SONORA

We all know that our region is home to some big cats, like mountain lions and bobcats – but JAGUARS? Listen to Sergio Avila of the Desert Museum talk about big cats on the Weekly Green. ‘  

Sonic Youth’s Goo has Local Ties

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The Classic Pic on The Home Stretch this week is Sonic Youth’s Goo. Released 25 years ago as of Friday. Jim Waters of Water Works Studio recorded the original demos and joins Kris in a discussion about the band and the record.

Engage! Tucson Responds to Marriage Equality Decision

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30 Minutes features Tucson community voices in response to the Supreme Court’s historic 5-4 decision in favor of marriage equality. On Friday, June 26th, 2015, a large coalition mobilized to create a block party celebration called Engage! on Scott Avenue between Congress and Pennington. Former State representative Demion Clinco was the MC. Tucson’s Men’s Chorus… Read more »

STAY COOL

NOT COOL: OAK FLATS AND GRAND CANYON UNDER THE GUN Of the eleven historic places designated as endangered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, two are in the state of Arizona: 8th on the list is Oak Flat, near Superior. This site is sacred to several native American tribes and a historic and archeological… Read more »

Batty

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According to Webster’s 1:  of, relating to, or resembling a bat 2:  mentally unstable :  crazy As in common lore the owl represents wisdom and the ass ignorance in folklore, so the bat is identified with lunacy. Living in caves and emerging at twilight in great swarms, obscuring the moon, they have been considered creatures… Read more »

KXCI Presents Summer in the City Concert Series

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Streetcar Sounds to Include Live Music Throughout the Summer June 18, 2015 By Simon Brimmer  (Republished from the Downtown Tucsonan) Get ready for a healthy dose of transportainment. Community radio station KXCI FM 91.3 has partnered with the Tucson Department of Transportation and local musicians to bring a series of live performances to the summer… Read more »

HARVEST TIME IN THE SONORA

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With the monsoon a month or so away, it is harvest time in the Sonoran desert! The pods of the Mesquite, Desert Ironwood, Palo Verde and many more indiginous plants are not only fit for human consumption, they also slow the body’s intake of sugars, so they are beneficial to people with hypoglycemia or diabetes…. Read more »

I wish I didn’t care

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Petey is saddened by the loss of local flora and fauna, but can still find moments of joy in creatures like the Texas Horned Lizard. Let’s listen.

Who Owns The Rain?

If it rains and you hold out your hand and catch a few drops, are they yours? In the Western states it used to be until quite recently that they were not. Under a legal doctrine called ‘prior appropriation’, which originated in the days of the Gold Rush, surface water belonged to whoever claimed it… Read more »

Shuggie Otis interview on KXCI

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KXCI’s own Cecily sat down with Shuggie Otis for this interview in anticipation of his KXCI Presents! concert Saturday, June 6th, at The Rialto Theatre.   SHUGGIE OTIS “Οne of the mythical musicians of Blues, Soul, & Rock history” Born in Los Angeles, Shuggie Otis is the son of rhythm and blues pioneer, musician, bandleader, and impresario Johnny… Read more »

Sky Island Excitement

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A hike in the nearby sky islands has Petey excitedly stumbling over plant names while giggling and jabbering away. Better listen.

The Slumber Party From Hell Part 1

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Today on 30 Minutes, we’ll hear excerpts from an April 2015 presentation convened by the YWCA Tucson as part of their ongoing Community Discussion on Mass Incarceration and how it affects our community. This session features formerly incarcerated Sue Ellen Allen, author of The Slumber Party from Hell. This is part one of a multi… Read more »

The Cost of Globalization

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We spoke with Dr. Julian E. Kunnie about his latest book The Cost of Globalization: Dangers to the Earth and Its People. Julian E. Kunnie is a professor of religious, Latin American, Middle Eastern and North African studies at the University of Arizona. His articles have appeared in the African Studies Review, the Black Scholar,… Read more »

Native Seeds

The mission of Native Seeds, a seed bank based in Southern Arizona, is to preserve crops that have been grown in the region for centuries, so that they are well adapted to the heat and use significantly less water than commercially grown crops. The produce from these seeds also contains much higher levels of nutrients and is… Read more »