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Magic, Madness, Heaven, Algae

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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 »

Wight Lhite Live in Studio 2A on Locals Only KXCI pt. 2

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On December 8, 2014 Wight Lhite joined Matt Milner live in Studio 2A to share tracks from their debut album. Wight Lhite celebrates the release of “Beyond the Satellites” on Thursday December 11 at The Flycatcher. Melding psychedelic guitar rock, post-punk, and twitchy, analog synths sound, this relatively new Tucson group has already made waves,… Read more »

Wight Lhite Live in Studio 2A on Locals Only KXCI pt.1

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On December 8, 2014 Wight Lhite joined Matt Milner live in Studio 2A to share tracks from their debut album. Wight Lhite celebrates the release of “Beyond the Satellites” on Thursday December 11 at The Flycatcher. Melding psychedelic guitar rock, post-punk, and twitchy, analog synths sound, this relatively new Tucson group has already made waves,… Read more »

Nature Cures

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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 »

Borderlands Productions, Queer Migrations, and Counter Movements Part 2

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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. Today, we continue with the second half of the panel, and the second portion of a presentation by Adela C. Licona, Associate Professor… Read more »

Mexican June Corn

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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.

Locals Only 12-01-14: Jake Stephens Live in Studio 2A, pt. 2

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Jake Stephens joins KXCI’s Matt Milner in KXCI’s Studio 2A for a LIVE ONE-HOUR broadcast performance… Songs about bicycles, surf, mountains, & desert. And discussion of the Jake Stephens water-themed debut album, “How The Water Feels“. PLUS a special radio debut of two songs, including “Arizona Baby” and “Santa’s Elves” The lovely voices of special… Read more »

Locals Only 12-01-14: Jake Stephens Live in Studio 2A, pt. 1

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Jake Stephens joins KXCI’s Matt Milner in KXCI’s Studio 2A for a LIVE ONE-HOUR broadcast performance… Songs about bicycles, surf, mountains, & desert. And discussion of the Jake Stephens water-themed debut album, “How The Water Feels“. PLUS a special radio debut of two songs, including “Arizona Baby” and “Santa’s Elves” The lovely voices of special… Read more »

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 »

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

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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 »

Vanessa cardui

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While admiring a blooming rubber rabbit brush Petey finds many butterflies feeding on nectar and he gets very excited. What’s new?

Sumac Fall Color

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Petey takes a drive into the hills near his home to see spectacular fall color of the local sumacs.

Trails of Hope and Terror

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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

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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

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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

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  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

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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

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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

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  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

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

Derechos Humanos’ Corazón de Justicia

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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

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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 »

Tinariwen podcast/audio stream of live performance in KXCI’s Studio 2A

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Africa’s Tinariwen brought their desert blues to Tucson on April 23rd, 2013. Check out the live performance and interview in Studio 2A with our own Michelle. They talk about the desert and it’s influence on their music. The in-studio features three songs including the unreleased track “Aratan Nadag“, which is on our latest compilation of… Read more »

The Seasons of Autumn

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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

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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

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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

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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 »

Dusty Calligraphy

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Petey thinks that Banner-tailed Kangaroo Rats are leaving us messages in the dust and dancing through the night as well! Oh dear.

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

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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

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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

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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 »

Lowriding/Lowriting

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 »

The Wilderness Act: Keeping It Wild for 50 Years

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Mavis Staples Interview with Duncan Hudson

Mavis Staples spoke with Duncan Hudson ahead of her Friday, September 5th Fundraising show. Tickets are still available at FoxTucson.com. 75 year young living legend Mavis Staples told us about her latest projects. Originally broadcast on the Home Stretch Wednesday, September 3rd.

Mavis Staples Track w/ North Mississippi All-Stars

Enjoy a NEW Mavis Staples track (joined with another of our favorites, the North Mississippi All-Stars!) as an appetizer to Friday night’s KXCI fundraising concert at the Fox. Tickets at FoxTucson.com and 520-547-3040 for a chance to see this legendary voice of soul, R&B, blues and gospel – all in support of Your Community Radio.

Ernesto Portillo, Jr. Interviews Lila Downs

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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

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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

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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

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        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!

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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 »

Toads galore and a hognose too

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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!

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 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 »

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

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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

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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 »

Natural Cleaning Products = Less Pollution and Packaging

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Natural cleaning products are better for the planet. Less packaging and less air & water pollution! This week’s segment is a chat with Hilary Eshelman about using Natural Products to clean your house. Making these natural cleaning products is easy.Hilary has some great tips!   Recipe for Laundry Soap: 1 Cup of Borax 1 Cup of… Read more »

Covered in unknown insects

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On cloudy mornings Petey likes to trot across the grassland. Or is that the lala land? Cloudy monsoon mornings are wonderful and there is a lot of activity out in the grassland near the ol’ guajolote. And then the sun comes out! Smart critters scurry to shade and I am no exception.

A Mesquitey Gardening History

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Eating and sharing homegrown food seems to be a spiritual event for Petey. Amen! There is nothing better than homegrown food. And even if you don’t raise any of your own food, now a days farmers markets abound and someone is selling homegrown food at a market near you. I bet it comes with a… Read more »

BYOB-Bring Your Own Bag Tucson

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This week, Gretchen of The Weekly Green speaks with Katharine Kent of BYOB Tucson A.K.A. Bring Your Own Bag Tucson. Katharine says that there is an initiative with the City of Tucson to count the # of plastic bags that are used in Tucson. She said in the last quarter, 65,221,898 plastic bags were used… Read more »

Monarda menthaefolia

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          Petey can’t get to the mountains, but the mountains come to him. Lucky dude. Monarda menthaefolia or bee balm is a spectacular wildflower. Well worth a trip into a pine forest to find it. And, by the way, an excellent nectar plant for butterflies, if  that is of interest to you.  Anyway, I feel… Read more »

Bumelia, my old friend.

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          Petey fights the blues with a walk among plant friends. Weirdo. Bumelia is one of those plants that seems so out of place. A “what the heck?” sort of plant. The species ranges from Florida,  across the southern states and ending up in southeastern Arizona, its most western location. There are some beautiful thickets… Read more »

Green Events in July 2014 + Water Harvesting Rebate Info

Here are a few of the Green Events going on in Tucson this July   Saguaro Harvest Celebration Saturday- July 5, 2014 from 5:30 a.m.-3 p.m. @ Colossal Cave  Celebrate the Saguaro at this annual festival. Learn its legends, lore, and natural history. Attend the workshop (5:30 a.m.) or just join in the celebration (10 a.m.)…. Read more »

KXCI Stonewall Day Programming 2014

Tune into 91.3fm or kxci.org this Friday, June 27th as we commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising with special programming from 7am until 7pm. KXCI will celebrate the achievements and goals of the modern gay right’s movement with great music throughout the day from LGBTQ artists and their allies. Members of the community… Read more »

Mala Mujer

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“A muggy monsoon mosey in the Mule Mountains.” Whoa Petey, you are the king of alliteration! Cnidosculous angustidens or Mala Mujer is a fascinating plant in the Spurge family, Euphorbiaceae. Here in the borderlands it’s an upland species and always a delight to find in the grassland or on a rocky slope. It would be… Read more »

Our Land, Community and Culture Part 4

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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 »

Plastic Single Use Beverage Bottles. Just Say NO.

Today I’m just going to tell you about about my biggest pet peeves-beverages in single use plastic bottles….. Especially water.  Argh.  Why would you buy a drink, water, that is supposed to be refreshening, encased in plastic? You may think it’s cheaper. It’s NOT. I’ve heard bottled water can cost up to 2,000x more than… Read more »

Our Land, Community and Culture Part 3

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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 »

Our Land, Culture and Community Part 2

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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 »

Our Land, Culture and Community Part 1

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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 »

Thanks to ol’ Jack Kerouac

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         Petey blames Jack Kerouac for his life in the borderlands of southeastern Arizona. Let’s listen. Well, sometimes a book sends you on a journey beyond its pages. My journey had me leaving Kentucky and ending up in Arizona and staying. But all along, it has always been about music, plants and animals. I’m a… Read more »

Scraps on Scraps! Tucson’s New Food Waste Pick Up Service

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This week’s show is an interview with Shannon Sartin, Co-Founder of Scraps on Scraps. Scraps on Scraps just got their start in January of 2014 and have recently won the Get Started Tucson competition. The EPA estimates that 20-30% of all landfill waste is compostable materials. Composting makes sense. But, if you don’t want to… Read more »

Floriferous Madness

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Petey waxes poetic about life and finally describes a native Lotus. Let’s listen. Lotus greenei is truly a beautiful wildflower and yes, it does need to be grown  and made available in nurseries. But seeing it in the wild is pretty cool too, so call in well to work and go look for it. Just… Read more »

Keeping Cool in Tucson-Part 2.

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This episode focuses on keeping cool at night with NO A/C! Why would you even attempt this?!!! This month the Smithsonian put out an article stating “the excess heat churned out by Air Conditioners raised the (outside) temperature by nearly 2 degrees, making the Air Conditioners themselves need to work that much harder.” And further,… Read more »

A Most Useful Flax

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Petey reveals the results of eating a little too much ground flax seed. Maybe a little too much information, Petey. I just love the specific epithet usitatissimum. It’s worth learning just so you can slip in into a conversation. “Well it was a good day and usitatissimum too.” Okay, maybe not. But do try to… Read more »

Green events in Tucson and Southern Arizona in June of 2014

Green Events around Tucson and Southern Arizona: June 2014   Friday, June 13, 2014 from 2:00pm – 3:30pm at the Green Valley Branch Library there will be a free showing of the movie: “Growing Cities: A Film About Urban Farming in America” Growing Cities is a documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America… Read more »

Freecycle! Started in Tucson, Now in 110 Countries.

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Deron Beal is in studio this week. Deron is the Founder and Executive Director of Freecycle. “Freecycle is a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills.  Membership is free.” Freecycle was founded … Read more »

Terrapene ornata

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        Petey may be turning his skin into a field guide. A Peteyson  Field Guide?! Oh dear. Curve billed thrashers, zone tailed hawks and box turtles too,  Oh wilderness were paradise enow.

Calylophus, Nama and Eupatorium

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Petey feels the need to jabber about three different wildflowers. This better be interesting. We did not have good winter rains and what wildflowers we’ve gotten this spring are courtesy of one good rain event. One good rainy day is an event. So the flourishing flowers mentioned  were helped out by that event.  And listen,… Read more »

Pictures and Words Part 2

Today on 30 Minutes- a special broadcast from the 2014 Tucson Festival of books. The topic is Pictures and Words. We join award winning authors Duncan Tonatiuh and Xavier Garza as they draw from their Latino Heritage. Local artist Mel Melo Dominguez moderates this panel. This is part 1 of a 2 part series. This… Read more »