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Presidential Cinema

Barack Obama

Film Club Rule #410: Politics makes strange bedfellows, and it often makes for stranger films. This week, we decided to take a look at the portrayal of the Presidency in film over the years. Jeff starts off with what all three co-hosts agree is one of the all time craziest films, Wild In The Streets…. Read more »

For the Birds

It is a soaring testimony to Mother Nature’s magic that the most massive animals ever to exist on Earth, the dinosaurs, have evolved into the very lightest: the birds. There are almost ten thousand known species of birds in the world. About 1300 of those, that’s 12%, are now considered threatened. That number is even… Read more »

Moonlight

There are plenty of good films out there, but I have to confess that the dominance of mediocre Hollywood pablum sometimes challenges my faith in cinema. However, I recently got to see a movie that shows me once again what we really need from film—fearless honesty and a fresh point of view. Moonlight, directed by… Read more »

Toxicodendron rydbergii

I was sort of right, but mainly wrong about poison ivy’s Latinized name. The species found in Arizona is Toxicodendron rydbergii, formerly Rhus radicans var. rydbergii. Obviously I need to stay up to date on the name changes, but now I know,……. grumble, grumble. I don’t know anyone that doesn’t have a poison ivy story…. Read more »

Local’s Only- with Gabriel Ayala

We are very lucky to have Gabriel Ayala in Studio 2A for a live performance. Gabriel talks with Matt Milner about “Jazz-menco” his fusion of Flamenco and Jazz. They discuss his early days and his upcoming performances. Gabriel is breaking stereotypes for further generations with the gift of music. He shares and shows the diversity… Read more »

Inauguration Day Teach-In

30 Minutes spoke with University of Arizona faculty members Suzi Dovi, Phyllis Taoua and Denis Provencher about the upcoming Inauguration Day Teach-In and March for Unity and Solidarity. The teach-in takes place on Friday, January 20th at Old Main on the University of Arizona campus from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Following the teach-in there… Read more »

Clematis drummondii in a Wintery Landscape

Canyon hackberry must be an old common name, because all the new literature calls it western hackberry. Western, I suppose, as opposed to the southern hackberry and the common hackberry, two species that over lap in the eastern US. Our western hackberry is Celtis reticulata, the southern hackberry is Celtis laevagatum, and the common hackberry… Read more »

Thesis Thursday- with Dominique Lund

Thesis Thursday is a program on KXCI which runs every Thursday. We invite our friends from The University of Arizona to come down to the station and chat a little bit. We discuss what they are working on in school, their plans for the future. We even talk a little bit about music. Today’s guest… Read more »

The Conformist

There are a few rare films that, every time you see them, new layers and new depths reveal themselves. I just re-watched The Conformist, Bernardo Bertolucci’s explosive 1970 portrait of fascism, and now I see that it is clearly one of the greatest films of all time. It’s the third time I’ve seen it, and… Read more »

Arivaca Ecofest

One hour southwest of Tucson lies the old mining town of Arivaca, now home to artists, crafts people and other professionals, as well as to award-winning authors Byrd Baylor and Kenny Buchanan. Arivaca has the oldest school house in Arizona, which is at the center of the Arivaca Ecofest on Saturday, January 28. The Ecofest grew out of… Read more »

Locals Only- with Lydian Osman

Lydian Osman was our guest on Locals Only January 9, 2017.  Joined by his friends, Jeremy Michael Cashman and The Mighty Joel Ford. Listen to the live performance in Studio 2A at KXCI.   They came to KXCI and talked with Matt Milner about the new album, and how it all came together. Lydian played… Read more »

Episode 15: Distracted Driving Summit

Distracted driving is a leading cause of collisions and death involving people walking, riding a bike, and driving a car. Use of cell phones while driving puts everyone using our roads at risk. Did you know Arizona is one of only two states in the U.S. without a state-wide ban on texting while driving? A… Read more »

Passion Fulfilled

  Velvet mesquite is the predominate native mesquite of southern Arizona. If you go west toward California, you will start running into western honey mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa var. torreyana) and screwbean mesquite (Prosopis pubescens) and likewise if you head over to the eastern border of Arizona you will run into the same species. Go a… Read more »

Certain Women

Certain Women- Flicks I must be honest and say out loud that these are tough times. And I don’t think escapism is the answer. Well, make of that what you will, but in literature and film I look for artists who are committed to telling the truth about our experiences, in all their ambiguity. Movies… Read more »

NEW

An artist friend of mine once told me that it is bad marketing in the art world to put a date on your works, because people are not interested in what you made last year, or ten years ago, no matter how great it is; they want to see the latest. It has to be… Read more »

Aloysia wrightii

The botanical name of Wright’s Beebrush is Aloysia wrightii. It used to be Lippia wrightii, well actually it has gone back and forth, but right now it’s Aloysia. Stay tuned. The leaves are quite aromatic and can be used as a potherb. It does have another common name of oreganillo, but please, not to be… Read more »

KXCI’s 2016 Top Local Releases

KXCI’s 2016 Top Local Releases Tucson has a local music scene that we are happy to show off here at KXCI. What better place to celebrate local music then right here right now? Here’s a handy list of recommended local 2016 releases (in no particular order) for your listening pleasure. Foxx Bodies – Foxx Bodies… Read more »

Offbeat Christmas: Rare Exports, Millions, and The Ice Harvest

Offbeat Christmas Holiday Movies

Tis the season to watch holiday films, but you don’t want to watch Miracle on 34th Street for the fiftieth time. Well, we’ve got some answers for you. First up, Jeff talks about the little known Finnish film Rare Exports. Rare Exports is a fantasy horror film about that gives a new origin story for… Read more »

Bridgitte Thum’s 2016 Top Tunes and Moments

My name is Bridgitte Thum and I have something to say! Sure, we had a crummy year, but remember the good times! Some amazing things happened in 2016, in the midst of all the uncertainty, death and chaos, there were some memories that will always sparkle. So, Bridgitte, what are you smiling about? Bridgitte Thum’s… Read more »

A Man Called Ove

Sentimentality can be tricky in a film. If a director lays it on too thick, it can seem manipulative. Well, there’s plenty of sentimentality in the recent Swedish film entitled A Man Called Ove. The story is from a novel of the same name by Fredrick Backman—and its publication was one of those miracles you… Read more »

Locals Only -with Howe Gelb

Locals Only  with Howe Gelb December 26, 2016 Howe Gelb graces us with an impromptu interview at KXCI for Locals Only with Matt Milner. Listen in to the first hour and hear all about Howe’s new strategy for touring with ease, the baby grand piano at the Owls Club in Armory Park and more. What a… Read more »

Thesis Thursday-Ariana Rayne Garcia

Thesis Thursday is a program on KXCI which runs every Thursday. We invite our friends from The University of Arizona to come down to the station and chat a little bit about what they are working on, their plans for the future and  we even talk a little bit about music. Today’s guest is Ariana… Read more »

Episode 14: Adaptive Bike Program

Jared Perkins, Chief Operating Officer of the Children’s Clinics talks about a new program in Tucson providing adaptive bicycles to children with chronic illnesses.  Believing that play is fundamental to health and wellbeing, and that every child can be an athlete despite developmental abilities, the Children’s Clinics has partnered with Ambucs to donate adaptive bicycles individually customized to meet the special needs… Read more »

Black Bear in the Juniper Nation

Black bears are Ursus americanus and they are found in much of North America. In Arizona they are found in the eastern half of the state from north to south in mountainous areas. I feel fortunate to have seen black bears many times over the years and all have been good experiences, though every year… Read more »

Sonic Solstice 2016 at KXCI

Sonic Solstice 2016 Local’s Only Presents: KXCI’s 15th Annual  Sonic Solstice. Listen up if you missed it on Monday Dec 19th, 2016. We had a great Holiday party with lots of fun and talented friends performing live in Studio 2A. This is live radio at its merriest. Thank You everyone. The Three Kings: Jillian Bessett,… Read more »

Thesis Thursday -with Lindsey Chew

Thesis Thursday -with Lindsey Chew

Thesis Thursday -with Lindsey Chew Thesis Thursday is a special mini program where we invite our friends from the University of Arizona to come down to KXCI and talk to us a little bit about what they are working on in school, their plans for the future and we even talk about music. Lindsey Chew… Read more »

Episode 13: Winterhaven by Bike!

Each year the Winterhaven neighborhood draws tens of thousands of visitors to check out the dazzling and ornate light displays hosted by dozens of homes. The streets are temporarily closed to cars and people of all ages stroll about checking out the lights and enjoying the crisp evenings in Tucson. If you’ve ever been, you… Read more »

A Brief History of Christmas

  A little bit of history on the feast of Christmas: The geographical location of the Northern European countries makes the winters there long, cold and dark. In places near the Arctic Circle there may be a little as 3 hours of sunshine a day. No wonder then that the winter solstice, when the days… Read more »

The Body Snatcher

My taste in horror films tends towards the classical. I like a movie with a creepy or macabre point of view more than one that tries really hard to shock or frighten me. Even the term “horror” seems excessive. Too often it becomes an indulgence in bloodiness and sadism. And as I’ve said before, the… Read more »

Protecting the Sacred: A Panel on Indigenous Environmental Issues Part 2

30 Minutes features more remarks from the November 28th, 2016  “Protecting the Sacred: A Panel on Indigenous Environmental Issues” convened by Blackfeet tribal member and writer Bill Wetzel at Revolutionary Grounds Books and Coffee‘s back patio. The panel was a discussion on indigenous environmental issues. It focused primarily on water and developments at Standing Rock… Read more »

Thesis Thursday with Jenna Franco

This week on Thesis Thursday, KXCI welcomes Jenna Franco to the station. “Jenna attends the University of Arizona where she is double majoring in Neuroscience and Computer Science. She’s conducted research in various labs during the past 2.5 years, including a lab in the Czech Republic where she studied ticks and disease transmission in the… Read more »

Nature Cures

I do love the fall and winter smell of moist old leaves and grasses. It always sparks a memory of my childhood in moist Kentucky. I love that. Marcel Proust called the memory brought on by a smell “memoire involontaire.”  Sometimes my prep school education comes back to haunt me, which may be another type… Read more »

The Largest One – Meg Weesner

Meg Weesner is a former park ranger in Saguaro National Park. In the 1990s she led a photo-documentation project chronicling the death of Old Granddad, believed to have been the biggest, perhaps oldest, saguaro in the park. The Saguaro Minute is a short radio podcast about all things saguaro, beloved icon of the Sonoran Desert…. Read more »

Food for Thought

Many years ago I was staying with a good friend of mine in Rotterdam, who happened to have a big birthday right in that period. This man is one of the most hospitable and generous people I know, as well as a great cook. The preparations for the birthday dinner were correspondingly elaborate.  He spent… Read more »

Locals Only- Run Boy Run

    Locals Only- Run Boy Run Live In studio 2A Locals Only KXCI is proud to welcome Run Boy Run to Studio 2a for a Live on air performance. Existing in the tension between tradition and frontier, Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest winner and Prairie Home Companion guest, Run Boy Run, truly exceeds the… Read more »

Episode 12: El Grupo Youth Cycling

  PtP – El Grupo Youth Cycling Daniela Diamente, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit El Grupo Youth Cycling describes the history of this amazing Tucson organization that empowers youth through bicycling.  El Grupo is over 10 years old and has expanded each year to include more kids and more programs. Tune into this… Read more »

The Queen of Katwe

The Queen of Katwe, a film by Mira Nair, is based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan girl who, with very little formal education, became an international chess champion. The accomplished Indian director Nair, who loves to make movies about people and subjects largely ignored in mainstream film, presents us in this… Read more »

Protecting the Sacred: A Panel on Indigenous Environmental Issues Part 1

30 Minutes features remarks from the November 28th, 2016  “Protecting the Sacred: A Panel on Indigenous Environmental Issues” convened by Blackfeet tribal member and writer Bill Wetzel at Revolutionary Grounds Books and Coffee‘s back patio. The panel was a discussion on indigenous environmental issues. It focused primarily on water and developments at Standing Rock regarding… Read more »

Putting the Fun in Dysfunction

It’s the holidays. A time to get together loving family and also the family members who you wish you didn’t have to see like your uncle who thinks science is a conspiracy, you know, the holidays. And just in time for the holidays, we’re here to give you a rundown of some great dysfunctional family… Read more »

Treehuggers

More than half a century ago, Rachel Carson’s book ‘Silent Spring‘ first warned about the increasing cost of industrialization to the environment. In the following decades, folks who shared her vision were regarded by the establishment as eccentric doomsayers and commonly dismissed as ‘treehuggers‘. In a speech at the Planetary Security Conference held this week… Read more »

The Santa Cruz River Song

    It’s been a long time since the Santa Cruz River ran and even when it did it only ran in intermittent sections along its long desert traverse. But listen, it did run, not just run off from rainfall or treated sewage water, but true river water. And it was an area that supported… Read more »

Los Nawdy Dawgs Live In Studio 2A Locals Only

Los Nawdy Dawgs Live In Studio 2A Locals Only Los Nawdy Dawgs will be performing at El Casino Ballroom Dec 9 at Lalopalooza. Photos Courtesy of Austin Holman. Legendary Latin Blues band, Los Nawdy Dawgs is one of the most successful, enduring and energetic bands in the world. Based out of Tucson Arizona the band… Read more »

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words

I’ve been on a music documentary binge lately. After Eight Days a Week, the Ron Howard film about The Beatles, which I loved, I saw another doc about a rock musician who was in some ways the polar opposite of the Fab Four. Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words, a film by… Read more »

Ersi Arvizu

Ersi Arvizu stopped by the KXCI Studios ahead of her performance at Lalopalooza on Friday, December 9th at El Casino Ballroom as we celebrate the upcoming 100th Anniversary of legendary Tucson Born Musician Lalo Guerrero who was born on December 24th, 1916. Ersi Arvizu is a voice from the past. Not in the dust-and-mothballs fashion,… Read more »

Breaking Conventions and Taking Chances in 1999

Behind the Scenes of Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia

The year 1999 saw directors breaking conventions and taking chances with unique storylines, digital animation, and out of character casting. It seemed every director wanted to leave a mark before the new millennium. George Lucas created a new chapter in the Star Wars saga for the first time in over ten years. Computer animation came… Read more »

The Kitchen Sink

This week’s episode follows up on last week’s interview with Aaron Baumann of the Watershed Management Group. WMG proposes that our area’s water supply can be made independent of the Colorado River by increased efficiency of rainwater harvesting, gray water reuse and reduction of personal water use from the current average of 120 gallons a… Read more »

The Coyote and the Badger

    I hope that this show sorta speaks for itself, but I will tell you I wrote this story and song in July of 2002 after an encounter with two American badgers while I was out on a morning trot across the grassland. I raced home……., okay, maybe not raced, but trotted back home… Read more »

Katie Haverly In Studio 2A

On November 28th 2016, KXCI welcomed Katie Haverly to our Studio. Listen to the Live Performance here http://www.katiehaverly.com/

Brickellia floribunda

I can’t believe I almost let November go by without at least mentioning desert broom (Baccahris sarothroides).  It is the native plant the folks love to hate, as it comes up in the desert where ever the soil has been disturbed. Drive through any new subdivision that took a  desert spot around Tucson and just… Read more »

Manage Your Watershed

Watershed Management Group is a Tucson-based grassroots organization promoting a sustainable environment in and around Tucson and the Northern Sonora. As sustainability begins with a sustainable water supply, a primary objective if WMG is to restore perennial flow in our rivers and creeks without drawing on the Colorado River by collecting precipitation more efficiently and by decreasing per-person water… Read more »

Ixcanul

Watching a Guatemalan film is not an everyday event here in the States, much less one whose dialogue is primarily in Kaqchikel, a Maya Indian language. But more importantly than that, Ixcanul, a film by first time director Jairo Bustamante, conveys a sense of power and truthfulness that puts most commercial filmmaking in the shade…. Read more »

Episode 11: BICAS Bike Art Auction

In this episode of Pedaling the Pueblo, BICAS staff members Troy Neiman and Monique Laraway, talk about the 21st annual Bike Art Auction. This event on December 2nd and 3rd, will have locally made bicycle art, beer, and live music! To suggest a bicycling topic for Pedaling the Pueblo or to ask questions about bicycling in… Read more »

Abby Jensen on Transgender Awareness Month

30 Minutes spoke with Abby Jensen about Transgender Awareness Month and Transgender Day of Remembrance which takes place each year on November 20th. She also discussed recent legislation such as HR 2 in North Carolina and other legislative concerns. Locally, Transgender Day of Remembrance began with a ceremony at the fountain at Old Main in… Read more »

1950s Sci-fi: Monsters, Saucers, and Paranoia

1950s Sci-Fi

  Film Club Rule #932: Some times the good ol’ days were not always so good. This week, we take a look at a few of the films from Sci-fi’s golden era, the 1950s. Forbidden Planet, Plan 9 From Outer Space, and Godzilla are on the docket. A major studio picture, Forbidden incorporated mid century… Read more »

Sumac Fall color

There are around 150 species of Rhus (sumacs) found around the world in temperate regions. They are found in both North and South America and in Arizona we have 8 native species. And in Arizona with the exception of poison ivy they all have edible berries. You can make tart sun teas or dry the… Read more »

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week

Before going to see Ron Howard’s new documentary, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week I had to wonder what more could be said at this point about the most famous and influential rock and roll band ever. Now in the interest of full disclosure I must tell you that I’m a lifelong Beatles fan—their recording… Read more »

Desert Dreamscapes

I love the botanical name Amoreuxia. I think it may be the “euxia” part that feels so pleasant to say. And the specific epithet palmatifida is pretty nice too in that it is self explanatory. Something on this plant looks like a hand and it’s the leaves. There are two species of Amoreuxia found in… Read more »

On Demand: Darlingside Live in Studio 2A

Darlingside Hear Darlingside performing live into a single microphone when they stopped by Studio 2A on November 9, 2015. They were opening for Patty Griffin then and are now on a solo tour. Darlingside  plays Club Congress on Sunday November 13th, KXCI Presents! Click to stream and share.  

Hell or High Water

Hell or High Water is an old-fashioned type of genre film that isn’t trying to make a big statement or even be original, but just wants to tell a story as well as possible. It’s a tale of bank robbers in west Texas, a couple of tough country boys played by Chris Pine and Ben… Read more »

Episode 10: Tucson Medical Center 34th El Tour de Tucson presented by Casino Del Sol

In this episode of Pedaling the Pueblo, the founder of El Tour de Tucson, Richard DeBernardis discusses the origin of the event and the positive impact it has on the Tucson community. El Tour race offers various distances (28-miles, 40-miles, 54-miles, 76-miles, 104-miles) so that bicyclists of various abilities can participate. Richard is the president… Read more »

Monsters

Monsters The old Greeks imagined the rip current in the Straight of Messina (not, as erroneously mentioned in the broadcast, at the foot of the Rock of Gibraltar) as a monster and the gigantic whirlpool in its vicinity as well, naming them Scylla and Charybdis. Throughout the Middle Ages, seafarers returned from far-flung voyages to… Read more »

Monika / Sawdust & Tinsel

Monika / Sawdust & Tinsel Ingmar Bergman was one of the hardest-working directors ever, and he had a long apprenticeship in the Swedish film industry before getting any recognition. Monika, in 1953, was his twelfth film. The story concerns 19-year-old Harry Lund, played by Lars Ekborg. Harry is unhappy with his job as a stockboy,… Read more »

Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon

  His father worked as a screenwriter for the shows Alice and The Golden Girls. His grandfather was a screenwriter for The Donna Reed and The Dick Van Dyke shows. Joss Whedon began his career as a screenwriter for the shows Roseanne and Parenthood. He worked as a script doctor for movies like Twister and… Read more »

Sacred Datura

Solanaceae is the nightshade family and according to my Hortus Third: A Concise Dictionary of Plants Cultivated in the United States and Canada, there are 90 genera and 2,000 species. Well, that was published in 1976 and I wonder if some of those numbers may have changed, but that’s still a plethora of species. The… Read more »

Arizona Governor’s Water Augmentation Council Lacks Focus on Conservation Strategies

This episode focuses on the lack of environmental and conservation-minded voices on the Arizona Governor’s Water Augmentation Council (GWAC). We talk with Tucson City Council Member Steve Kozachik, Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter Executive Director Sandy Bahr, and former President of the Huachuca Audubon Society Tricia Gerrodette.  Our interviewees discuss how the Arizona Governor, Doug Ducey, has… Read more »

Tucson Makers: Inspired by Women Week 2

Today on 30 Minutes, we continue with remarks made at the 2016 Tucson Makers: Inspired by Women. This event was presented by AIGA Arizona and held at MOCA Tucson. Attendees had an opportunity to hear five women representing a range of creative industries. Each gave a slide presentation on what they are most passionate about. Today’s… Read more »

Stella Tucker – The Camp

Stella Tucker, a Tohono O’odham elder, has been harvesting saguaro fruit since she was a child. She now harvests every summer and runs workshops teaching others in a camp her grandmother ran for decades on land that is now Saguaro National Park. Listen to the story of the camp and Stella’s dedication to keeping the… Read more »

Acaciela angustissima

Acaciela angustissima is the former Acacia angustissima. I suspect the name change is about priority.  The plant already had a published name and then someone comes along and gives it another name. No can do according to the International Code of Nomenclature. Priority rules and many plants have been given “new names” using their old… Read more »

On Demand: Calexico

It was a delight to have Joey Burns and Jairo Zavala of Calexico drop in during our busy October to chat, guest DJ, and play a couple of acoustic songs in the booth prior to their appearance at the inaugural Dusk Music Festival. Click below to here their performance and interview with Home Stretch host… Read more »

Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

Werner Herzog has devoted the last thirty years of his filmmaking career primarily to documentaries, which has provoked mixed responses, not only from critics like myself who love his fiction films from the 1970s, but from critics and audiences generally, who sometimes don’t know how to approach his non-fiction projects. His wry, cryptic, darkly paradoxical… Read more »

On Demand: Hubby Jenkins

Hubby Jenkins

Hubby Jenkins’ deeply heartfelt affection for old-time American music and banjo is evident in this performance and interview with Home Stretch host Hannah Levin. Click now to listen and share.

Some Bad News, Some Good News

CO2 at 400 PPM For the first time in recorded history, the atmospheric concentrations of carbon-dioxide, the primary greenhouse gas, exceeds 400 parts per million. In 1960, the concentration was about 315 parts per million globally.  CO2 is absorbed by vegetation, so in summer concentrations drop in the tree-rich Northern Hemisphere, but in winter when… Read more »

Episode 9: Cyclovia Tucson

Cyclovia Tucson is the fourth largest event in Tucson, and definitely the biggest car-free event in the city. Learn about how this event has changed and grown into a celebration of Tucson’s unique and diverse neighborhoods, as well as a how it continues to be a cherished event that gets people out of their cars… Read more »

Stephen King Adaptations

  Film Club Rule #666: Around Halloween, it’s good to be the king. It’s fall. Halloween is right around the corner. What better time to look at films based on the work of America’s Best Selling horror author Stephen King? Mr. King’s reign of terror started after his first book was published and subsequently turned… Read more »

Tucson Makers: Inspired by Women Week 1

Today on 30 Minutes, we feature remarks made at the 2016 Tucson Makers: Inspired by Women. This event was presented by AIGA Arizona and held at MOCA Tucson. Attendees had an opportunity to hear five women representing a range of creative industries. Each gave a slide presentation on what they are most passionate about. Today’s… Read more »

Stickleaf

Mentzelia pumila is in the Loasa family. Kearny and Peebles in Arizona Flora say, “the family is remarkable for the diversity and peculiar structure of the hairs”.  It’s pretty hard to hike around the borderlands and not have stickleaf plant parts stuck to your clothing and those sticky plant parts are tough to remove. Another… Read more »

Documentaries Change the World

  In this episode, we look at the Sight and Sound list of the greatest documentaries of all time. The film at the top of the list is the Russian film Man With A Movie Camera. Does it belong as the top film? Does anyone in the group think the top film should be something… Read more »

Great Films That Lost Money

  Not all films that flop are bad, not at all. Film history is riddled with great films that didn’t make money upon their initial release. Citizen Cane, The Wizard of Oz, Blade Runner all lost money. Heather, Jeff, and Rusty take a close look at three films, Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, Martin Scorsese’s King of… Read more »

John Waters: Subverting Suburbia

  In 1970s Baltimore, a brash, young director behind a pencil thin mustache began making some of the most bizarre and shocking films anyone had seen. John Waters and his cast of misfits made Mondo Trash, Multiple Maniacs, followed by the film that would garner them the most attention Pink Flamingos. With Waters’ fame, studios… Read more »

Mia Madre

Facing the prospect of our parents’ death reveals complex and contradictory thoughts and feelings. We desperately want them to live longer, while perhaps an unconscious part of us wants them to go. We relive the deep emotional attachments of our relationship to them, and the conflicts. We suffer when we witness the suffering of the… Read more »

The Ironwood Tree Experience

Ironwood Tree Experience is a local non-profit organization with the mission to take young people out in the field to learn about their natural surroundings, from day trips to 10-day expeditions to the jungles of Costa Rica. Find out the details in the Weekly Green’s interview with ITE Youth coordinator Lesley Newman:  

Episode 8: Love to Ride Tucson

In this episode, Kylie Walzak and Colby Henley with Living Streets Alliance talk about the launch of Love to Ride in Tucson. Love to Ride is an online platform and smartphone app that makes it easy and fun for existing bicycle riders to encourage their friends, co-workers and community to ride. While the Love to… Read more »

Native Grasses in the Hills

I am not that great at identifying native grasses, but I keep on trying . Thank goodness some are really quite easy to ID and that makes me feel somewhat competent and want to learn more. Bullgrass (Muhlenbergia emersleyi) is a common bunch grass found in the hills above the desert floor and in late… Read more »

Indignation

Indignation is a new film adapted from a Philip Roth novel. So if you’re familiar with Philip Roth, and the picture stays true to the spirit of his writing, you know that it will cut to the bone. I’m happy to report that it does just that, subtly but effectively. The time is 1951. Logan… Read more »

Fungi, Dung & Dips

PLASTIC FROM FUNGI A team of scientists at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands has discovered a way to make a biodegradable plastic-like material from fungi. Several types of fungi are blended into a slush which is then mixed with a base where they grow filaments, called hypha, that interweave to form the structure… Read more »

The Exbats Live in Studio 2A

The Exbats perform live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. The Exbats are from Pinon, Arizona and are a father/daughter duo. Their new album, A Guide to the Health Issues Affecting Rescue Hens, was just released on Burger Records. The Exbats are playing at La Cocina on Friday, October 14th.

On Demand: The Head and the Heart

The Head and the Heart recently stopped by The Home Stretch to perform a very special, intimate acoustic set. Click now to listen to the full session and interview with THS host Hannah Levin. Photo by Jpop.

Fall Asteraceae Festivals

Fall is just a blast with all the late season blooming plants, so maybe instead of a festival for all the different species, we could consolidate and have one huge fall festival. It could go on for days and days. Yay! But listen dry rocky slopes like the gentle slopes that stretch down from the… Read more »

Alternatives to Incarceration Part 2

30 Minutes features excerpts from the YWCA Southern Arizona’s “Alternatives to Incarceration,” which was part seven in their Mass Incarceration Community Conversation Series. Grace Gamez of the American Friends Service Committee’s Reframing Justice Project, and Heather Hamel, Founder and Executive Director of Justice that Works discussed Alternatives to Incarceration. What alternatives work and where are they… Read more »

Little Men / Heart of a Dog

Ira Sachs makes minimalist films. Instead of one major drama, he looks at all the minor dramas that happen, practically unnoticed every day. His latest film, Little Men, is no exception. It starts with Jake, a studious and sensitive teenager, going to his grandfather’s wake at a Brooklyn building that his parents are now going… Read more »

The Other Side of Pack Rats

If you google “pack rat”, the greater majority of hits are sites of extermination companies. Pack rats get a bad rap for being thieves, vandals and, not least, rodents. But they have a good side, too – several even. The treasures they amass in their nests – called ‘middens‘ – sometimes over periods of thousands… Read more »

The Lonesome Desert Tucson Country Blues Live in Studio 2A

Hank Topless, Chris Hall, Freddy Parish, Tom Walbank and Austin Counts perform live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. They are all appearing on The Lonesome Desert Tucson Country Blues, Volume I. The compilation is being released at the Flycatcher on Saturday, Oct. 8th.

Mute Swan Live in Studio 2A

Mute Swan returns to Studio 2A to perform live for the second hour of Locals Only. Listen in for a great set of live and local music, performed by Mute Swan.

The Home – Eric Dhruv

Eric Dhruv is a naturalist who helps interpret the Sonoran Desert through science, story, observation, and metaphor. He also mentors young people in learning from  outdoor adventures and interpreting nature through his job at Ironwood Tree Experience, which he co-founded with his wife Suzanne Dhruv. Eric joined me on Tumamoc Hill to “interpret” a saguaro… Read more »

Episode 7: TORCA & Home Grown

In this episode of Pedaling the Pueblo, host Krista Hansen interviews Tara Alcantara, owner of Home Grown Mountain Bike Tours and Founding Officer of Tucson Off-Road Cyclists & Activists (TORCA). Tucson has some of the best backcountry trails and downhill riding in the Sonoran desert, and Alcantara has dedicated her work to maintaining these trails and making them… Read more »

Episode 6: Bike/Ped Count

In this episode of Pedaling the Pueblo, host Ryan Fagan interviews Sam Sanford, transportation planner with Pima Association of Governments, about PAG’s annual bicycle and pedestrian count. Every October, volunteers count people walking and biking at dozens of locations throughout the region, giving PAG and its member jurisdictions information important for understanding trends and planning… Read more »

Soaring Birds and Snake Cotton

Autumn is the season of migration for many avian species and in the borderlands of southern Arizona hummingbirds are passing through, sparrows are arriving northern harriers too, and sandhill cranes soon will appear in the agricultural fields of the Sulphur Springs Valley. Oh there are so many things happening, but I find the hawks arriving… Read more »

Our Little Sister

For the last 25 years, Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda has been making good, interesting films, and I’ve liked them a lot. But it’s taken me until now, with his latest film, to go from admiration of his work to actually falling in love with it. He’s not flashy at all. His films don’t indulge in… Read more »