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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 Salim Murad

    Dr. Salim Murad is a faculty member in the Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Education, at the University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice, Czech.  He also teaches at New York University in Prague.  Murad studies migration and immigration and was a visiting fellow at the Refugee Studies Centre at the University… 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 »

One Tamal, Two Tamales

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30 Minutes features a presentation from the 2016 Tucson Festival of Books sponsored by Nuestras Raices, a program of the Pima County Library. Margarita Carrillo Arronte spoke on a panel entitled One Tamal, Two Tamales: the Ancient Art of Mexican Cuisine. She discusses the process of becoming a home cook, and then becoming a professional chef and author… Read more »

Thesis Thursday with Nizigyimana Ernest

  I am a junior at university of Arizona, majoring in molecular and cellular biology, with minor in Psychology. I am currently doing research in Dr. Zelieann Craig’s  lab in the department of School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences. In the lab, we seek to comprehend how endocrine disruptors (hormone system disruptors) known as phthalates affect the ovary, the major reproductive… Read more »

Thesis Thursday with Stephanie Delgado

I was born in Flagstaff, Az, and raised overseas in Portugal, Germany, and Guam. I graduated from Simon A Sanchez High School, Yigo, Guam. Shortly thereafter I joined the US Air Force and spent 5 years as a Security Forces Member. I was able to cross train as a Medic and have remained one the past… Read more »

Thesis Thursday with Naim Duran

My name is Naim Duran and I was born in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico and was raised in Yuma, Arizona. I am a fourth year Physiology major, minoring in Spanish at the University of Arizona and ever since I began to pursue a career in science, my passion for it has only increased. I spend much… Read more »

ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER

Researchers from the Imperial College in London have found that the number of overweight people in the world has risen from 102 million in 1975 to 642 million in 2014. The study also found that the number of people with a lower than average body mass index has risen as well in the same period,… Read more »

Beyond BALLE with Gina Murphy Darling and Liane Hernandez

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30 Minutes features an interview with Gina Murphy Darling, also known as the creator and voice of Mrs. Green’s World Radio Network; and Liane Hernandez who is Community Life Director and Executive Chef for the YWCA Southern Arizona. Both attended the 2015 BALLE Conference in Phoenix. BALLE stands for the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, provides… Read more »

Sol.Dog

An intern at KXCI chats with Rachel Molyneux, who is the owner of a canine service center called Sol.Dog. You can get in contact with Sol.Dog by going to their website, facebook, or by calling (520)255-1696. Produced and edited by Alessandra Lizotte, for a City High School internship project. You may contact Alessandra at Alessandral@cityhighschool.org    

Earth Day: Food Recovery

(Mayor’s speech) THUS spoke Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, declaring all of April Earth Month. Highlights will be World Earth Day on April 22nd, and Tucson’s very own Earth Day on April 10th. On the occasion of the latter, Cyclovia Tucson organizes a festival at Himmel Park, which will kick off with an enviromentally-themed parade starting at… Read more »

LIFE VESTS, ZIKA, DZUDH

LIFE VESTS ON LESBOS The refugee crisis in Europe is not only wreaking havoc socially, culturally and economically, but also environmentally. The Greek island of Lesbos, where some 400,000 refugees landed last year, is strewn with  life vests, which cannot be recycled on the island, while shipping them to the mainland is prohibitively expensive. Two… Read more »

They Might Be Giants Interview

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KXCI DJ Melissa Mauzy sits down for a 30 minute phone interview with They Might Be Giants’ John Flansburgh. The entire unedited interview is here! John discusses the facts like the history of They Might Be Giants, and what they have in store for the Tucson March 29th show at the Rialto Theatre. The interview… Read more »

Releasing Trauma with Dr. David Berceli and Dan Horner

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30 Minutes features an interview with Dan Horner and Dr. David Berceli ahead of an event entitled The Miraculous Healing Experience which took place on April 1-3, 2016. Dan Horner Productions (recently known as New Ground Events) is a Tucson based event promotions organization specializing in spiritual, holistic, natural, alternative medicine and self growth events… Read more »

World Water Day, Metropia, Bit Of Good News

WORLD WATER DAY In 1993, the United Nations proclaimed the first World Water Day on March 22 to draw attention to freshwater issues around the globe, where one in ten people lacks access to fresh water. The theme of this year’s World Water Day is ‘Water and Jobs’. As with everything else, water is a… Read more »

Bernie Sanders: A Future To Believe In

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The weekend prior to Arizona’s March 22nd Presidential Preference Election brought a trifecta of presidential campaigns to Tucson. Candidates crisscrossed the state in an effort to reach potential voters. On Friday, March 18th Bernie Sanders held a rally at the Tucson Convention Center to a crowd of thousands. Crowd estimates range in the neighborhood of 5000… Read more »

Fathoming Water Episode 14: Lisa Shipek

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This week we talk with another Southern Arizona environmental nonprofit, the Watershed Management Group, which is led under the direction of Lisa Shipek as Executive Director. This is a jam packed episode because Watershed Management Group is doing A LOT of incredible work in the community! Their primary mission is connecting people to their natural environment… Read more »

On-Demand: XIXA in Studio 2A

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Last week hometown heroes XIXA stopped by Studio 2A to deliver and electrifying live set and chat with Home Stretch host Hannah Levin. Click to listen to the full performance and interview now!

Thesis Thursday with Dr. Ryan Rego

Dr. Ryan Rego, a visiting scientist from the Institute of Parasitology in the Czech Republic who hosts UA undergraduate students in his research group through the Prozkoumat program. Dr. Rego does research on the Lyme disease pathogen complex Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato.  He is interested in understanding host-vector interactions at the molecular level using animal models.  He… Read more »

Fathoming Water Episode 13: Louise Misztal

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This week we talk with Louise Misztal of the Sky Island Alliance. Louise advocates for science-based and climate smart land management, conducts spatial analysis and mapping, and lead the Springs survey and protection work for Sky Island Alliance. She focuses on improving land and resource management in the face of a changing climate, and finds creative… Read more »

Celebrate International Women’s Day with KXCI: March 6 and March 8

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International Women’s Day Special Programming on Sunday, March 6th from 3pm-6pm and Tuesday, March 8th from 5am-10pm on 91.3 KXCI Tucson is made possible in part by generous support from Marshall Foundation. KXCI Commemorates International Women’s Day with a great lineup of our women public affairs programmers, djs, special community guests and lots of fantastic music… Read more »

Mixed News

Weeds The Buffelgrass infestation has been a topic on the Weekly Green several times.  This clever weed, as the Weekly Green found out, loves to grow around prickly pear for added security. It actually likes to burn, because its seeds are impervious to the heat that kills its competitors. During a recent tour of the… Read more »

Fathoming Water Episode 12: Julia Fonseca

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This week we talk with Julia Fonseca who has worked on land and water issues in southern Arizona since 1986. Currently Julia is the Environmental Planning Manager for the Office of Sustainability and Conservation at Pima County where she works with other individuals, agencies and groups toward protecting natural resources. She co-authored a widely cited… Read more »

Zona Politics: February 21, 2016

Former state lawmaker Jonathan Paton and Democratic strategist Rodd McLeod size up Sen. John McCain’s opposition to allowing President Barack Obama to appoint a new Supreme Court justice; break down the latest in Southern Arizona’s congressional races; a few bills at the Arizona Legislature; and the retirement of Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll.

ZIKA CLARIFIED

The Weekly Green’s treatment of the Zika epidemic in South America some weeks ago turned out to be open to misinterpretation of the clinical characteristics of the virus. It is NOT the same virus as Dengue fever, although closely related and transmitted by the same vector, the mosquito Aegis Aegypti.  The Weekly Green invited Genevieve Comeau, a graduate… Read more »

Thesis Thursday with Suhitha Veeravelli

  My name is Suhitha Veeravelli and I am a junior at the University of Arizona currently studying Physiology with minors in Spanish and Intercultural Studies. I was born in India and grew up in Phoenix, but in the last 3 years I have grown to love my new home in Tucson. In my free… Read more »

SARCEF SCIENCE FAIR

The Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation (SARSEF) works to promote interest in science and logical thinking among students from Kindergarten to grade 12. The Foundation is holding its annual Science Fair from March 3-5 at the Tucson Convention Center. Prizes will be awarded to the best from some 5000 entries, as well as a… Read more »

A Conversation with Gary Paul Nabhan

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30 Minutes spoke with Gary Paul Nabhan, Ph.D., about Tucson’s recent designation as a UNESCO World City of Gastronomy and what that means. He is the newly appointed director for Center for Regional Food Studies. Nabhan discussed the breadth of Tucson’s food cultures as well as the importance of food justice and food security for… Read more »

XIXA – Killer – US radio premiere from Bloodlines

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KXCI hosts the US radio premiere of “Killer” from XIXA‘s debut full length Bloodline on The Home Stretch. Released February 26, 2016 on Barbès Records, Bloodline melds elements of southwestern inspired desert rock with the psychedelic cumbia stylings born out of the Peruvian Amazon. XIXA hails from the Tucson indie rock scene—core members Brian Lopez… Read more »

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 »