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Prison Policy: A Crime Against Our Community Part 2


Excerpts from a December 2014 panel discussion convened by the YWCA Tucson called Prison Policy: A Crime Against Our Community. Today’s speaker is Tom Litwicki, CEO of Old Pueblo Community Services whose mission is to support those in our community who are currently struggling with addiction, homelessness, and mental health concerns, by providing dignified supportive… Read more »

“Cowboy Operetta” Concert at El Casino Ballroom Saturday January 31, 2015


“Cowboy Operetta” benefit concert event this Saturday January 31st at 7pm at The El Casino Ballroom.  “A Cowboy Operetta” Benefit Concert Featuring Cory Padilla and LeeAnne Savage Benefiting Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund – Formed by Justin Boots with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA), the 501-C3 non-profit charity… Read more »

Thesis Thursday- Rockstar Science


Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology, that is what Britney is studying. Though, not a UBRP Student she will be giving talks, presentations, and looks forward to do further research on cancer. For now, she researches cells and listens to Sam Smith

Thesis Thursday-I Am Iron Man


Theresa is a senior at the University of Arizona. She is studying the reproductive systems of mosquitos, mainly the iron that is used. This educational experience will leave several mosquito myths broken, while also informing you about the commitment of the average UBRP student. Later, we hear the Beatles Hey Jude and Aviccii. All this… Read more »

Water Harvesting Rebate Classes with Watershed Management Group

  This week Gretchen of The Weekly Green gets the some deets on Watershed Management Group’s H20 Harvesting classes provided by Kieran Sikdar, Program Manager @ WMG. The class is required before Tucson Water will provide a rebate. “The Tucson Water Rainwater Harversting rebate will reimburse up to $2,000 for residential rainwater-harvesting systems. This includes systems installed… Read more »

Rejoice, spring is on the way


Between the Mesquitey chickens finally laying some eggs and the point leaf  manzanita blooming in the hills, there is much excitement around the ol’ homestead.

Prison Policy: A Crime Against Our Community Part 1


 Today on 30 Minutes, we’ll hear excerpts from a December 2014 panel discussion convened by the YWCA Tucson called Prison Policy: A Crime Against Our Community. Today’s speaker is Caroline Isaacs, MSW, Program Director of Arizona American Friends Service Committee. She describes some history of US and Arizona prison policy and the impacts on our… Read more »

MarchFourth Marching Band at Rialto Theater Saturday January 24, 2015

The Haymarket Squares and The March forth Marching Band perform Saturday January 24th at The Rialto Theatre in an all ages 8:00pm show.     March Fourth Marching Band is a mobile big band spectacular, consisting of saxophones, trombones, trumpets and a drum/percussion corps, anchored by pumping battery-powered electric bass. Stilt­walkers, dancing girls, flag twirlers, clown… Read more »

“Originate Building Materials” Locally Owned & Environmentally Friendly


Gretchen of The Weekly Green interviews Natasha Winnik of Originate Natural Building Materials.   Natasha is the owner of a Originate, which has been around for 11 years, in the Dunbar Spring Neighborhood in Downtown Tucson. “Originate is a natural building materials showroom that specializes in interior finishes that are environmentally friendly, non-toxic, durable, and… Read more »

Trees For Tucson: An Overview

Plant Promote Preserve

This week’s segment is an interview with Rocky Yosek, Operations Coordinator for Trees for Tucson. “Trees for Tucson is an urban forestry program designed to reduce energy consumption and encourage conservation through planting trees.” TEP & Trico customers can trees purchase every year at a reduced price.   “In addition to trees and tree-planting events,… Read more »

Community Reflections on Martin Luther King, Jr. 2015


On Monday, January 19, 2015th from 7am to 6pm, KXCI will honor the legacy of the civil rights struggle by featuring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speech segments throughout the day as KXCI programmers spin a great mix of socially relevant music. KXCI has also recorded the following speakers from our community and will broadcast… Read more »



TUCSON OBSERVES MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY HOLIDAY WITH FREEDOM BELL RINGING AND 30TH ANNUAL MARCH AND FESTIVAL The Martin Luther King (MLK) Day Festival Committee is planning two events for this year’s holiday celebration. The first event will be held at El Presidio Park at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 17. The Freedom Bell Ringing… Read more »

Black Life Matters Conference


The UA Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, The Feminist Wire, Lehigh University, the Human Rights Campaign and more than 30 units across the UA campus are sponsoring the Black Life Matters Conference, which will be held January 15th-17th in Tucson. 30 Minutes spoke with three of the local conference organizers: Monica J. Casper, UA’s… Read more »

The Documented Border with Luis Alberto Urrea


In October 2014, The University of Arizona Libraries, The Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry, The UA School of Art, The UA School of Journalism, and the Center for Border and Global Journalism convened to hold an opening event for The Documented Border Exhibit and Digital Archive. Today on 30 Minutes, we’ll hear celebrated author Luis Alberto… Read more »

Ozomatli live in KXCI’s Studio 2A


Ozomatli is playing in Tucson for the benefit Concert For Civility on Sunday, January 11th at The Rialto Theatre. To celebrate this great event we are podcasting Ozomatli’s live performance in Studio 2A from March 2014.  **(The audio stream is no longer available, it was just streaming through the weekend of the event)**  Their lively… Read more »

Celebrate Electric Feel’s 250th Show!


The KXCI staff, Board of Directors, and volunteers congratulate Corbin Dooley and Toby Roberts on Electric Feel’s 250th show. Celebrate with us on the radio this Friday, January 9th at 8:00pm on 91.3 FM and streaming at kxci.org. Hosted and mixed live by Corbin Dooley & Toby Roberts, Electric Feel features two hours of eclectic… Read more »

Watershed Management Group’s Co-op Program


This week on The Weekly Green, Gretchen interviews Kieran Sikdar, Program Manager at  Watershed Management Group, here in Tucson. They discuss WMG’s Co-op program. The Co-op program utilizes a “Barn Raising” model. Volunteers participate by working on a  project and then bank hours that can be used on their own project or donated to a project… Read more »

I am Andropogon


Petey jabbers on and on about  grasses and finally decides Bouteloua radicosa  (purple grama) is his favorite, at least for now .

Ring in the New Year with our 100 Most Played Albums of 2014

Join us Thursday, New Year’s Day, for our countdown of the 100 Most Played Albums of 2014, starting at 7am on Your Morning Brew (91.3 FM KXCI-Tucson) and running through The Home Stretch KXCI at 6pm (with a break for Democracy Now at noon). We’ll also share songs from many of the great artists who… Read more »

Heirloom Farmers Market at Rillito Park

Gretchen of The Weekly Green chats with Roxanne Garcia, Co-Director of Heirloom Farmers Markets. They talk here, specifically about the Farmers Market at Rillito Park. This Market is open every Saturday and Sunday from 9-1. Every single week. From their site: “Located in the southeast corner of the Rillito Park property right next to the… Read more »



Petey Mesquitey sees some interesting plants while hiking and gets very excited. What’s new?

Buffelgrass and Burritos; A Fun Volunteer Opportunity!!!

  Diana Rhoades on The Weekly Green with Gretchen about an upcoming event called Buffelgrass and Burritos.Details on the event below.Listen to the informative segment to find out why Buffelgrass is soooooo very bad for the Sonoran Desert, in and around Tucson.  Friends of “A” Mountain, Tucson Clean and Beautiful, Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center,… Read more »

Local First Arizona


An interview on The Weekly Green, with Local First AZ‘s Southern Arizona Director, Erika Mitnik-White.   When you buy local during the holidays, it has a huge impact on the community. Up to 4x more money stays our community when you buy local. Learn more by listening to the informative podcast, here! Air dates for this… Read more »

Remembering The Christmas Truce of 1914


30 Minutes features Culture of Peace Alliance (COPA) president Sat Bir Kaur Khalsa and Hannis Latham, from Tucson Chapter 13 from Veterans for Peace. The two groups are collaborating to show the film Joyeux Noel which tells the story of the 1914 Christmas Truce which took place during World War I between the Allies and… Read more »

13th Annual Sonic Solstice on KXCI Community Radio

Sonic Solstice 2103 Cameron Hood and Cahrlie Alderink

KXCI’s 13th Annual Sonic Solstice is a 4 hour live broadcast with a heavenly host of live in Studio 2A local musical acts. KXCI invites you to tune in to KXCI from 5 to 9 pm on Monday, December 15th for the 13th Annual Sonic Solstice. Locals Only host Matt Milner and seasoned KXCI Djs… Read more »

Thesis Thursday Just Around the Brain Bend


This Thesis Thursday we are introduced to Adele Koutia. Adele is majoring in physiology and neuroscience which entails studying parts of the brain. The specific part that Adele finds most intriguing is the hippocampus. The hippocampus as described holds much resemblance to an internal GPS, helping you to remember a certain path that may lead to… Read more »

91.3 FM KXCI Community Radio Transitions to New Leadership

TUCSON (December 12, 2014) — As KXCI Community Radio General Manager Randy Peterson steps down to pursue other interests, the KXCI Board of Directors mounts a national search for new leadership. After 15 years of service and leadership – six of those years as general manager – Peterson is considering new leadership roles and opportunities of his own in… Read more »

From the Brain to the Mouth


Today on Thesis Thursday we meet Chris Vance, who’s studying to be a neurosurgeon.  This entails him studying language, its connection to the brain, and how nuance in a voice can change the meaning behind your vocals drastically. This story is not only informative, but motivational as we learn what made a little boy go… Read more »

Magic, Madness, Heaven, Algae


On this edition of Thesis Thursday we meet Paola Lopez, otherwise known as Andy.  Andy is a junior a the university of Arizona and is perusing a double major in Math and Chemical Engineering. In years previous she attended Columbia University, working with bovine joint muscles to learn more about arthritis. Now, under a UBRP… Read more »

Nature Cures


Petey thinks that being out in the wild is good for children and adults as well. What?!

Conserve to Enhance/C2E

  Gretchen of The Weekly Green chats with Emily Brott of Conserve to Enhance otherwise known as C2E. Emily explains how you can conserve to enhance in Tucson. “Conserve to Enhance (C2E) is a program that links water conservation efforts to watershed restoration and enhancement, ensuring that your water savings benefit our community. Tucson Water,… Read more »

Mexican June Corn


Petey thinks seeds have stories and the Mexican June corn that a young farmer is growing will have some stories to tell. Let’s listen.

Friends of A Mountain (Sentinel Peak Park)

A chat with Diana Rhoades about Sentinel Peak Park A.K.A. “A” Mountain and the group “Friends of A Mountain“. December 5th @ noon meet Diana @ The Mercado for a lovely and lively (knowing Diana) four mile loop walk up to A Mountain and back. She will be walking first Friday every month. Time will… Read more »

913 Greatest Songs Ever

The KXCI audience has voted – repeatedly! – to select the 913 Greatest Songs Ever. More than 1,750 votes were cast in the largest online contest in KXCI’s history, and just in time for the celebration of our 31st anniversary on Saturday, December 6th. The Top 5 songs are listed below (or will be after… Read more »

Logan “DirtyVerbs” Phillips live in Studio 2A on Locals Only KXCI


On November 24, 2014, Logan “Dirtyverbs“ Phillips performed selections from his new book of poetry Sonoran Strange live in Studio 2A on Locals Only. Logan’s multimedia, bilingual performance combined spoken word with sampling and sound collage accompaniment in a sneak preview of his book release show at Club Congress on December 5. Sonoran Strange is available… Read more »

Trails of Hope and Terror


30 Minutes speaks with Tucson Samaritans volunteer Michael Hyatt and No More Deaths volunteer Jim Marx. The two Southern Arizona humanitarian aid organizations present a screening of Vincent De La Torre’s newly released film Trails of Hope and Terror on Thursday, December 4 at 7:00pm at the Loft Cinema. The film explores the plight of… Read more »

Gabriel Sullivan Live in Studio 2A on Locals Only KXCI

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On November 17th, 2014, Gabriel Sullivan was the Locals Only live guest in Studio 2A along with band mates Brian Lopez, Catfish Conner Gallaher, Thøger Lund and Winston Watson. They featured songs from Gabriel’s new album Jvpiter which they’ll be celebrating this Friday Nov. 21st with a release party at Club Congress. Photography: Nicci Radhe… Read more »

Weatherizing for Winter

It really does get cold in Tucson!  Brrrr… But, with these weatherizing tips from Michael Keith, I’m thinking I can manage.  Manage in Tucson, to save some money & stay warm whilst helping our Planet. Michael is a builder who specialized in historic renovations and green building for 28 years in Tucson. He took over… Read more »

Talking Top Tunes with Fletcher McCusker


Fletcher McCusker, CEO of the downtown Tucson-based Sinfonia Health Care Corporation, is a well-known supporter and fan of great music. As part of KXCI’s 913 Greatest Songs Ever vote, Fletcher joined us to share his personal Top Ten songs, listed below. In his role as chair of the Rio Nuevo redevelopment board, we also discussed… Read more »

The Campaign to Expand Reid Park


30 Minutes features Friends of Reid Park Executive Director Tzadik Rosenberg-Greenberg updating the community on the Expand Reid Park campaign including their upcoming appearance on the agenda for the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Commission on December 3rd from 3:30-5:30pm and the concurrent launch of their Park Superhero Program. The group believes that Tucson… Read more »

Local First Kicks off Buy Local Month on November 22nd


  An interview with Local First AZ‘s Southern Arizona Director, Erika Mitnik-White. We chat about Buy Local Month starting November 22nd in Tucson. When you buy local during the holidays, it has a huge impact on the community. Up to 4x more money stays our community when you buy local. The Kick off  for Buy Local… Read more »

Thesis Thursday-Different Strokes for Different Folks


Meet Omar Hussain. He studies animo biology while working with mice. First, He induces a stroke then later studies their resilience.  It is through this observance he can help human stroke victims. Later, we play Rhapsody in Blue by  George Gershwin and Hey Yeah covered by Obadiah Parker. All this and much more on The Home… Read more »

Little Bell


Petey is enthusiastic about the naturally occurring grass parks that create magical openings in the coniferous forests of the White Mountains.

Viva La Local Food Festival-Sunday November 16


  This week’s segment is an interview with Roxanne Garcia, Co-Director of Heirloom Farmers Markets. We are chatting about the Viva La Local Food Festival which will be held Sunday, November 16th from 9-5. In the earlier portion of the Festival, the Farmers market will be open. And, there will be a “veggie valet” in… Read more »

My Canadian Zone


Petey finds himself high up in a different lifezone and gets very excited about aspen trees.

Derechos Humanos’ Corazón de Justicia


30 Minutes speaks with members of the local human rights group Derechos Humanos: Missing Migrant Project coordinator Cristen Vernon, as well as board member and spokesperson Isabel Garcia. They spoke about their work and the upcoming 10th Corazón de Justicia Awards Dinner, Saturday Nov. 15 at El Casino Ballroom. Derechos Humanos will honor 11 Tucson… Read more »

Thesis Thursday- I hope someday you’ll join us

This Thesis Thursday Cathy interviews Ali Shihab. Ali is studying physiology at the University of Arizona. He originally is from Iraq, but came over to the states in 2009 as a refugee. While in Iraq, Ali was studying in medical school, planning to become a doctor. He needs six years of schooling to be considered… Read more »

Dia de los Muertos with Luis Alberto Urrea


30 Minutes rebroadcasts Luis Alberto Urrea reading from Nobody’s Son , published by UA Press, at a Dia de los Muertos Celebration held in November 2012 in conjunction with the Confluence Center. Urrea, a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, is a prolific and acclaimed writer who uses… Read more »

The Seasons of Autumn


Petey seems to think that fall is made up of many smaller seasons that  make for one long glorious autumn. That’s what he says.

Green Events in November!

This week’s segment of The Weekly Green features a few of the “Green” Events going on around Tucson in November.       Successful desert gardening November 5 A representative from the Pima County Cooperative Extension service will offer gardening demonstrations on Successful desert gardening. When: Wednesday November 5th 1-2 p.m. Where: Murphy-Wilmot Public Library For… Read more »

Our Sacred Maiz Is Our Mother


30 Minutes features an interview with Dr. Roberto Cintli Rodriguez author of Our Sacred Maiz is Our Mother: Indigeneity and Belonging in the Americas from UA Press. Dr. Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mexican American Studies in the University of Arizona. He will speak at a book signing at the Arizona… Read more »

Thesis Thursday- Biology Brilliance


More UBRP  this week on Thesis Thursday! University of Arizona Biological Research Program Sophomore Poorva Rajguru talks to Cathy about biology and the wonders of tilomeres. While she’s still figuring out what she wants to do with her career, she did however promise to hopefully come back to KXCI as a senior. Later, we get… Read more »

Thesis Thursday-Kids, Tigger, and Cognition

This Thursday Cathy interviews Wonn Pyon. Wonn is a Senior at University of Arizona Biological Research Program UBRP  and is working with kids to study how they see the world. He hopes understanding a child’s mind will lead to new breakthroughs with the adult brain. What a thinker! Later, Pyon requests Jason Mraz as well… Read more »

Mentzelia pumila


Petey waxes poetic about the plants and animals found around his little homestead and finally focuses on a plant called Mentzelia pumila. Let’s listen.

Cyclovia Fall 2014

This week’s segment: The Weekly Green’s Gretchen in an interview with Kylie Walzak, Coordinator of Cyclovia and Program Manager @ Living Streets Alliance. Kylie tells us all about Cyclovia this fall. The event will be held: Sunday, Nov. 2nd, 2014 10am – 3pm New route featuring the 4th Avenue/Fontana Bike Boulevard For a map of… Read more »

Greywater Harvesting With Liz

Liz Weibler is a local Artist,  Singer, and Costume Maker, who has set up her Washing Machine to output used water into her back yard, to water her plants. In Tucson, and all over, water is a precious resource. Liz explains here how she set up her washing machine to expel it’s used water (Greywater… Read more »

Thesis Thursday Double Major 10/2/2014


In today’s “Thesis Thursday” Cathy interviews Judith Menzel. This senior at the University of Arizona has high hopes as she not only tackles molecular biology, but also linguistics. Hear her voice her and love for both subjects, which major she’s focusing on now, and what she plans to do with these skills after college.  Later,… Read more »

Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival


30 Minutes spoke with Greg Wetzel and Paula Schlusberg, co-chairs of the Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival, which is dedicated to promoting all facets of sustainability in Tucson and Southern Arizona. The Festival highlights community organizations, companies, and individuals that raise awareness and support actions that help our community work to create a sustainable future in… Read more »

Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival-Oct 26

This week’s segment is an interview with Greg Wetzel and Paula Schlusberg who tell us all about the 4th annual Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival.   This year’s Festival will be held Sunday, October 26th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. @ the YWCA which is at 525 N. Bonita. just west of I-10 between St…. Read more »

Borderlands Productions, Queer Migrations, and Counter Movements


Today on 30 Mintues, Excerpts from the 2014 Tucson Festival of Books Nuestras Raices, a program of the Pima County Library sponsored the panel entitled Borderlands Productions, Queer Migrations, and Counter Movements. Speakers include UA Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies Eithne Luibheid and Adela C. Licona, Associate Professor and Director of the Rhetoric, Composition,… Read more »

Green Events in October!

The Weekly Green has been on KXCI Radio for one year now!!!   Here are a few of the Green Events going on around in Tucson And SouthernArizona in October LET’S TALK TRASH  MondayOct 13th FromGarbage to Gold:  TurningOrganic “Waste” Into a Valuable Resource Learn all about composting, how to do it and why it’s… Read more »

Beekeeping with Andrew E.

Andrew Eshelman is a Bee Hobbyist here in Tucson. He talks to Gretchen of The Weekly Green about keeping Bees and how easy it is. You can also find out more at this workshop Nov 1 and 2nd: CLICK HERE               Air dates for this program Sept, 27, 28… Read more »



Today on 30 Minutes:  excerpts from the 2014 Tucson Festival of Books. La Estrella de Tucson Editor Ernesto Portillo, Jr. (and KXCI programmer) moderates  a panel entitled Lowriding/Lowriting- Stories, Art, Life and Perspectives of the Lowriting Culture. The panel was hosted by Nuestras Raices, a program of the Pima County Library. Panelists include Santino J…. Read more »

Aquilegia chrysantha fun


Well, there is nothing more fun, well okay, for me, than starting in the desert grassland and slowly driving and stopping your way up into a sky island. The journey into the hills talked about here was inspired by my friend Bill Radke, who told me about these hybrid populations of Aqulegia chrysantha X desertorum…. Read more »

Pericome caudata


August and September in southeastern Arizona is the most wonderful time to get up into the sky islands, especially is you like cool native plants. I suspect you do, so what are you waiting for? Go.

Wild Zinnias Rule


Cenchrus pauciflorus or Sandbur is a grass! It is a maddening weed.  But how about the wild Zinnias of the borderlands? There are 3 species found in Arizona and all three can be found in southeastern Arizona. How cool is that? It’s very cool.

Social Venture Partners Tucson Announces New Fellowship


Social Venture Partners Executive Director Julia Waterfall-Kanter stopped by 30 Minutes to discuss SVP Tucson. SVP is currently accepting applications for their newly created Helaine Levy Fellowship. Interested people can learn more about becoming a partner or applying for a grant. SVP Tucson uses a high-engagement model that pools the financial, professional and human resources… Read more »

UA Family and Community Medicine Mobile Health Clinic Benefit


The UA Department of Family and Community Medicine’s Development Director Thom Melendez stopped by  30 Minutes to talk about The Mobile Health Clinic. A specially outfitted truck provides examination rooms, laboratory services, and special medical tests to those in remote areas who have access to little or no medical facilities, and to patients who do… Read more »

Sustainable Tucson

This week’s segment is an interview with Greg Wetzel and Paula Schlusberg of Sustainable Tucson. Learn about some of their upcoming events, and lectures that are free and open to the public. Sustainable Tucson is a” non-profit, grass-roots organization that builds regional resilience and sustainability through awareness raising, community engagement and public/private partnerships. Our members focus their… Read more »

YWCA Tucson’s Kelly Fryer Discusses Upcoming Events


YWCA Tucson Executive Director Kelly Fryer provides an overview of the YWCA mission and programs and discusses upcoming events. The YWCA will be cosponsoring a gubernatorial debate at the Jewish Community Center on Thursday, September 18th. The 26th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference takes place on Tuesday, September 23rd from 7:30- 2:00 at Loew’s Ventana Canyon…. Read more »

Lisa Krikawa for KXCI!

Lisa Krikawa, owner of Krikiwa Jewelry, shares her support and enthusiasm for KXCI. Thank you, Lisa, for taking the time to help KXCI with your kind words about our great community and 91.3 FM KXCI Community Radio.

Richard Oseran for KXCI!

Richard Oseran, owner of Club Congress, shares his passion and support for 91.3 FM KXCI Community Radio! Thanks so much for your kinds words, Richard!

Renee Kreager for KXCI Radio

Here is the first in a series of KXCI testimonials produced produced by Rusty Boulet-Stephenson and Charles Alfred Brown. Special thanks to Renee Kreager of Renee’s Organic Oven for her kind words about KXCI. Naim Amor’s brilliant song Creole is used by permission.

The Wilderness Act: Keeping It Wild for 50 Years


30 Minutes commemorates 50 Years of the Wilderness Act, which was signed into law in September 1964. A new exhibit at the University of Arizona showcases how the Wilderness Act continues to benefit the American people by ensuring millions of acres of public land are available for recreation, exploration and inspiration. “The Wilderness Act: Arizonans… Read more »

Living Streets Alliance


This week’s interview is with Kylie Walzak, Program Manager of Living Streets Alliance & Cyclovia Tucson Coordinator. Kylie clues us in in some of the amazing things Living Streets Alliance has been up to. Believe you-me, they are busy! “The mission of the Living Streets Alliance is to promote healthy communities by empowering people to transform… Read more »

Green Events September 2014

Here are a few of the Green Events going on around in Tucson And Southern Arizona in September Nature Night: Desert Night Shift Friday September 5th. Join Pima County naturalists for an easy hike. Discover “who” is out and about in the desert at night. Learn why some animals and plants are nocturnal and how… Read more »

Finding Wild Things


Petey jabbers about cool plants and critters found in the grassland near his home, but finally hones in on a climbing milkweed vine called Sarcostemma heterophyllum. Let’s listen.  

Growing Plants, Feeling Good


After 34 years of growing native plants Petey still gets excited about finding cool plants in the wild and growing them. Stachys coccinea gets the rascal pretty excited in this show. Let’s listen.

Proboscidea Perfume


Petey smells a wonderful odor while driving down the highway to work.  “Devil’s Claw!” he shouts and decides he will be late for work. Let’s listen. The Proboscidea flower photo is by Liz Makings. Th others are Petey’s.

Ernesto Portillo, Jr. Interviews Lila Downs


Today, we feature KXCI DJ Ernesto Portillo, Jr. interviewing Lila Downs, ahead of her Monday, August 25th Rialto Theatre Performance. Portillo spoke with Lila Downs by phone in July. Lila Downs is touring on her most recent album Raiz, which is a collaboration with Argentine folk/pop singer Soledad and Spanish flamenco singer Niña Pastori. The… Read more »

Our Land, Community and Culture Part 7

On May 24, 2014 more than a dozen Indigenous poets, storytellers, musicians and spoken word artists performed at an event entitled Our Land, Culture, Community: Story, Poetry, Song, Music, Rap for Liberation. The event was a benefit for the Indigenous Alliance Without Borders whose mission is to affirm the rights of indigenous peoples, their right… Read more »

Muggy Land of Wild Portulaca


Petey is enticed into the hills to look at plants and there is much excitement. Petey is easy. Summer rains bring our cool native plants into flower. And the floral show goes on and on as you work your way up into the hills and mountains where some of the most spectacular flowers can be… Read more »

Tucson Wildlife Center


This week on The Weekly Green, an interview with Dee Kidd, Director of the Tucson Wildlife Center The Center’s mission is to rescue, rehab and release injured or orphaned wildlife in the Tucson and Southern Arizona Region. They accept calls 24/7 @ 290-Wild (9453). They are able to direct the caller to assist the wildlife… Read more »

A Dramatic Garden


        Petey is having insect issues in the garden and gets pretty worked up. Let’s listen. Vegetable gardens are very rewarding, but always challenging.  At our little homestead near the banks of the ol’ Guajolote  we  try to keep our sense of humor as we battle the various critters that want to eat our garden… Read more »

A No Waste Wedding!


This week’s segment is an interview with Molly McCloy and Rebecca Curtiss. They were married in California a year ago. They recently had another wedding ceremony and then reception here in Tucson. They didn’t want to have an extravagant wedding. And, they were wanting to be considerate of our planet. So, they planned a “No… Read more »

Join us for $5 Friday, This Friday, August 15th- 7am-7pm

Our first ever $5 Friday is a one day on air fundraising extravaganza guaranteed to increase support for KXCI! KXCI 91.3FM is pleased to announce our first “$5 Friday” for August 15th, when listeners who are not yet members will be encouraged to join the station with a $5 per month sustaining membership gift, and… Read more »

Toads galore and a hognose too


Petey just loves reptiles and amphibians! Let’s listen. The summer rainy season brings out all sorts of critters and life is good at our little homestead as cool toads and snakes wander about.

Celebrate National Honey Bee Day on August 16th!


 This week I chat with Andrew Eshelman a Hobbyist Beekeeper here in Tucson. Andrew talks about the importance of our Bees and about the day that honors them, coming up on August 16, 2014. Look for an event around Tucson, or host your own! “Did You Know…… * 1/3 of all vegetables and fruits produced are… Read more »

Our Land, Community and Culture Part 6

On May 24, 2014 more than a dozen Indigenous poets, storytellers, musicians and spoken word artists performed at an event entitled Our Land, Culture, Community: Story, Poetry, Song, Music, Rap for Liberation. The event was a benefit for the Indigenous Alliance Without Borders whose mission is to affirm the rights of indigenous peoples, their right… Read more »

Testing Testing Testing- Amplify KXCI Update

For the past 2 weeks, our engineers, electricians, and tower climbers have been hard at work installing our new transmitter and antenna and making all of the necessary corrections and modifications. Preliminary testing indicates success. We still have more testing to do, and filing with the FCC. Thanks to the hundreds of people who have… Read more »

All About The Tucson Bird and Wildlife Festival August 13-17

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This week’s episode is a chat with Kendall Kroesen-Urban Program Manager & Kara Kaczmarzyk-Membership and Development Manager for Tucson Audubon Society. They are here to tell us all about the fabulous fourth annual Tucson Bird & Wildlife Festival. Enjoy workshops, field trips, a nature expo, and other fun events. Some are free and open to the public,… Read more »

Tucsonans Celebrate Recent EPA Haze Rule


Today on 30 Minutes, we speak to representatives from neighborhood residents, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Sierra Club who all support a recent EPA Haze Ruling. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rule indicates that Arizona must do more to be in compliance with The Clean Air Act, including addressing the Sundt Generating Station, a… Read more »

Green Events in August in Tucson and Southern Arizona

Here are some of the events going on around Southern Arizona this August! Wake Up With the Birds Every thursday in August When: Every Thursday in August from 7:30-9 a.m. Where: Agua Caliente Park Join this guided birding walk in the desert oasis of Agua Caliente Park to spot wetland birds, hummingbirds, songbirds, and raptors…. Read more »

A Visiting Fella


Petey will never be a learned fellow, but he’s a pretty nice fella. Tufted evening primrose (Oenothera caespitosa) is beautiful wildflower of the uplands.  And though seeing it on a summer hike sounds hot and grueling, it does bloom into the fall. If you want one for your own habitat, it is grown commercially, so… Read more »

Our Land, Community and Culture Part 5

On May 24, 2014 more than a dozen Indigenous poets, storytellers, musicians and spoken word artists performed at an event entitled Our Land, Culture, Community: Story, Poetry, Song, Music, Rap for Liberation. The event was a benefit for the Indigenous Alliance Without Borders whose mission is to affirm the rights of indigenous peoples, their right… Read more »