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 »
There are 3 genera of pocket gophers in North America and close to 20 species. In southern Arizona, Botta’s Pocket Gopher (Thomomys bottae) is found in the low desert and up to the tip top of our sky islands. What a range and what a marvelous creature.
To celebrate International Women’s Day this year, our programmers created a strong selection of wonderful content highlighting the lives and work of many remarkable women of all ages. Home Stretch host Hannah Levin chose to focus on three local musicians, the first of which is Chezale, a young hip-hop artist and dance teacher. Click now to… Read more »
The Carnivaleros perform live in Studio for the second half of Locals Only. The Carnivaleros have a CD Release Party for their new album, Dreams Are Strange with special guest Heather Hardy on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Monterey Court.
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 »
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 »
Today on 30 Minutes, we bring to you excerpts from the 2016 Tucson Festival of Books. Arizona Daily Star columnist and editor of La Estrella de Tucson Ernesto Portillo Jr. moderated this panel entitled Growing Up Latino, Coast to Coast, and on the Border. Bridging the continental, intellectual, compartmental divide in America can be challenging at… Read more »
Psacalium decompositum or Indian Plantain is common in the shady mountain forests of southeastern Arizona. You can impress your friends while on a hike by knowing what it is, but I don’t recommend gathering seed and growing it. Leave that to crazy native plant geeks who think it will make them rich.
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 »
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!
Acorn Bcorn performs live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. Acorn Bcorn plays some new material and talks about their upcoming show at SXSW. Acorn Bcorn performs at the Rialto on Sat., Mar. 12th in a fundraiser show to help artists get to Austin.
If I got the species of my local ant lion correct it is by luck and some educational guessing. There are 100 species found north of Mexico alone. The species Scotoleon niger is reported from Cochise County and that did it for me. The funnel shaped traps of the ant lion larvae are very easily… Read more »
Currently I am a junior majoring in Physiology at the University of Arizona. I had my first experience with the Undergraduate Biology Research Program (UBRP) two summers ago when I first started working in Dr. Raina Maier’s Environmental Microbiology lab in the Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science. I assisted in the investigation of… Read more »
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 »
Lando Chill performs live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. His new album, “For Mark, Your Son” was released on Feb. 29th 2016, and will be celebrated at an album release show on Friday, March 4th at Club Congress.
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 »
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 »
30 Minutes speaks with Borderlands Theater producing director Marc David Pinate and scenic designer Wesley Creigh about the upcoming world premier of Barrio Stories, presented by Borderlands Theater. Written by award winning playwrights Elaine Romero, Virginia Grise, and Martin Zimmerman, Barrio Stories is a site-specific, promenade style theatrical event running March 3rd through March 6th…. Read more »
I thought I was through mourning the death of an old friend until an upcoming musical gig brought it all back to me. Well, I’m lucky to have known Bill “Frenchy” Emrie and even luckier to be able to tell this story. Miss you brother. (photo credit: Cindy Joyal. Left to right, Bill Emrie, Mike… Read more »
This show could also be called Typha latifolia and Grus canadensis, which has a nice scientific ring to it. Cattails are “plants of marshes and sloughs” and they remind me of my childhood. Apropos of nothing, there was a peanut butter and coconut candy back in those days as well called cattails. The Sandhill Cranes… Read more »
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 »
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.
I am a junior majoring in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, and I plan to attend pharmacy school after my undergraduate experience. My life goal is to help and understand people, and I feel that I would be able to best accomplish that in the healthcare field. I study the conversation between neurons and glial cells in… Read more »
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 »
The Jim Howell Band performs live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only.
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 »
The Loggerhead Shrike is common, but still a fun sighting when your are out in the field. The first time you find an insect or small reptile stuck on a mesquite spine or a barb wire is always a “what the heck?” moment. Years ago it lead me to investigate the natural history of this… Read more »
If you are inclined to be a botanical splitter, then the plant I’m talking about is Condalia warnockii var. kearneyana, or so say Benson and Darrow. I’m a lazy lumper and so the plant is Condalia warnockii or Mexican Crucillo. Around you and me this interesting shrub in the Buckthorn Family ranges from 2,500 to… Read more »
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 »
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 »
My name is Julie Huynh and I am a UBRP alum. While I was in UBRP, I worked in the lab of Dr. Hanna ‘Johnny’ Fares. We used the model organism, Caenorhabditis elegans (a roundworm), to understand why mutations in the MCOLN1 gene causes lysosomes (which are like the trash cans of your cells—they get rid of unwanted material) to… Read more »
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 »
Hadji Banjovi performs live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. He’s joined by members of the Infinite Mercies for this live performance. They play some songs from Hadji Banjovi’s upcoming solo release, Laredo, as well as tracks from the Infinite Mercies album, Texas State Bird.
I am a junior at the University of Arizona, studying Molecular and Cellular Biology and Biochemistry. I was born and raised in Helena, Montana, living just out of town. Among many other experiences, growing up in this environment and being able to explore the pine forests by day and the starry skies by night, helped… Read more »
Jeremy Michael Cashman performs live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. His newest album, The Mystery Bomb Sessions was just released.
In November 2012, Antigone Books presented Barbara Kingsolver reading from her latest novel Flight Behavior at the Temple of Music and Art. Flight Behavior follows in the Kingsolver tradition of fiction that addresses issues of social justice and demonstrates the impact of culture and politics on human relationships. Set in a small town in Tennessee, the novel… Read more »
Anxious for some early morning light and something green in the grassland, Petey remembers an early blooming wildflower to look for in the nearby hills.
June West performs live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. Returning to Tucson from New York, June West is performing at R Bar on Wed., Jan. 27th.
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 »
Petey finds a young abandoned peccary under a mesquite tree and looks up just in time to see a large group of peccaries disappearing into the grassland. “Those critters aren’t coming back,” he quietly muttered and stared at the beautiful creature at his feet.
In November 2012, Antigone Books presented Barbara Kingsolver reading from her latest novel Flight Behavior at the Temple of Music and Art. Flight Behavior follows in the Kingsolver tradition of fiction that addresses issues of social justice and demonstrates the impact of culture and politics on human relationships. Set in a small town in Tennessee, the… Read more »
My name is Dylan Hutchison. I am a fourth-year undergraduate at the University of Arizona, majoring in Neuroscience & Cognitive Science (Neurobiology emphasis), and minor in both Chemistry & Biochemistry. I had entered UBRP via the Neuroscience & Cognitive Science Summer Research Program (NSCS-SRP), a sister-group of UBRP for NSCS projects, last summer. I had… Read more »
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 »
Petey reminisces about his confused middle class white kid journey in segregated Kentucky.
Woven Oak Trio performs live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. Catch their live performance at Club Congress on Wednesday, January 20th.
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 »
Patrick O’Connor is a senior in the Undergraduate Biology Research Program who is majoring in molecular and cellular biology and physiology. He works with Dr. John Konhilas studying probiotic bacteria that affect cardiac health. Patrick is also an intern at the Arizona Daily Star where he covers science and technology and an editor at the… Read more »
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 »
Petey peers into an old bird nest in a tree and discovers the work of a deer mouse.
I am a junior here at the University of Arizona, and I’m studying Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Physiology, with a minor in Mathematics. I have lived in Tucson my whole life, and graduated from Catalina Foothills High School. I’ve loved science since first grade, when a guest speaker talked to my class about… Read more »
Mucaulay Vulcan performs live in Studio 2A for the second half of Locals Only. Facebook Soundcloud Bandcamp
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 »
Lonely Hearts Club The comedy podcast with heart and soul, brains and blunders. It’s Episode 6 in all it’s splendor! Join Bridgitte, Cathy, Carolyn, Michelle and Mo for fun times and fast talking! We talk about spiders and cats and grief, sadness and bee stings. We talk to a trauma queen, about childhood character building… Read more »
Petey and Ms. Mesquitey hike into the land of the Apache pine.
On Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, BEYOND is kicking off its 5th annual event to commemorate the January 8, 2011 shooting. This annual event was initiated by members of Gabe Zimmerman’s family and is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of our community by providing opportunities for people to come together, get outside and spend quality time with… Read more »
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 »
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 »
Petey wonders what new roads and paths will reveal to him in the coming year and remembers a very good road.
On September 24th, 2015 REA Media Group President/CEO Raul E. Aguirre and the YWCA of Tucson presented Chicano cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz in an event entitled “An Evening of Deconstructing Chicano Satire,” cosponsored by UA Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry and UA’s Spanish and Portuguese Department. Lalo Alcaraz is a consulting producer and writer for the upcoming… Read more »
Petey discusses the predicted rainy weather in song.
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 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 »
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 »
Petey encounters a black bear while on his annual hunt and gather in the Galiuro Mountains.
Petey talks about the Mearns quail found in the uplands of southeastern Arizona, as well as an abundance of acorns found on the Mexican blue oaks. There is much excitement.
I am currently a senior at the university and had the opportunity to go on the greatest adventure of my life. I was fortunate enough to be part of PROZKOUMAT!; a program through the university that allows ten participants the chance to travel across the world and engage in research at the Institute of Parasitology… Read more »
On December 8th, 2015, 69 year old acclaimed poet, national recording artist, actor, and activist John Trudell left his final Facebook post: “My ride showed up. Celebrate Love. Celebrate Life.” In his honor 30 Minutes features remarks made by John Trudell at a question and answer session recorded at The Loft Cinema in March 2006… Read more »
It’s The Lonely Hearts Club. Back for more comedy podcasts? Here is episode 5. Join us for conversations of comedic compassion. We talk about making out and Atila the Hun going to Burning Man. We talk to a squirrel. We share words. Who are we? In episode 5 we are : Henry Barajas, Kathryn Pichel,… Read more »
Katie Haverly performs live in Studio 2A for the second half of Locals Only. Katie talks about her new album, The Aviary, and the release show on Saturday, Dec. 12th at the Flycatcher.
Jacob Acosta, with full band, performs live in Studio 2A for the second half of Locals Only. Jacob plays some familiar songs from his latest release, Silver Lining, but also plays some new music that will appear on an upcoming release.
Los Guapos performs live in Studio 2A for the second half of Locals Only. Los Guapos talks about the release of their new self titled EP and how the current incarnation of the group came to fruition in between sets of great live music.
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 »
Petey is excited about old pack rat middens and talks about our local pack rat species, Neotoma albigula.
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 »
Ms. Mesquitey discovers a hog-nosed skunk in the hen house and wakes Petey up to share the news.
I am a junior Physiology undergraduate at the University of Arizona. I’ve always been fascinated with the science powering human beings, so getting an opportunity to actually make new discoveries about humans was immediately interesting to me. I have plans to go to medical school, as I like to solve problems, and enjoy working with people. Usually, my free time… Read more »
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 »
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 »
My name is Aline and I am a senior at the University of Arizona in the Physiology Department. I’ve been involved in Dr. Tomat’s research lab for one year and I am currently developing a chemical toolbox to investigate the iron communication between tumor-associated macrophages and cancer cells. In pursuit of my goal of becoming… Read more »
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 »
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 »
Last month, iconic punk pioneer Andy Gill stopped by The Home Stretch to chat with Hannah and share a delightfully eclectic selection of music. Click below to hear part two of the interview and Andy’s guest DJ selections, from Velvet Underground to Kylie Minogue. For part one, click here.
I am a senior in biochemistry at UA and I am graduating December 2015. I work in the lab of Prof. John Enemark studying the human enzyme sulfite oxidase. I have been in our lab for about a year and a half. We’ve recently made some interesting advances in our study of pathological mutants of this enzyme… Read more »
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 »
Petey thinks that the plant desert broom (Baccharis sarothroides) would be an amazing addition to a pollinator garden. Oh dear.
Ryan Chavira performs live in Studio 2A for the second half of Locals Only. Facebook Bandcamp Soundcloud
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 »
Last month, iconic punk pioneer Andy Gill stopped by The Home Stretch to chat with Hannah and share a wonderfully diverse selection of music. Click below to hear part one of the interview and Andy’s guest DJ selections, from I-Roy to Dylan.
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 »
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 »
Phoenix, a new film by German director Christian Petzold, takes its name not from the Arizona city, but a nightclub catering to American GIs in postwar Berlin, with the added significance of the word’s original meaning, a mythical bird that rises from the ashes after being consumed in fire. Nina Hoss plays Nelly Lenz, a… Read more »
The Long Wait performs live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. The Long Wait is a transatlantic folk rock group that has members from around the world and currently calls Tucson home. The Long Wait merges the songwriting sensibilities of yesteryear with melodic harmonies and guitar. With Liz Cerepanya’s lead vocals… Read more »
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 »
Petey talks of a wonderful dream and also a plant with dream like seed pods.
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 »
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 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 »
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 »
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 »