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Laudato Si

The Weekly Green recently reviewed David Abram’s book ‘The Spell of the Sensuous‘, which gives a lot of attention to the world view of the Navajo, in which all physical entities are pervaded and interconnected by the Wind. As a sequel to that program, and on the occasion of Pope Francis’ visit to the US,… Read more »

Testament of Youth

Testament of Youth, a film from England directed by James Kent, is based on a 1933 book by Vera Brittain, recalling her experiences as a young woman in the early 20th century, and how her life was affected by the worst war ever fought up to that point, The Great War, as it was called—we… Read more »

Katterwaul – Live in Studio 2A

  Katterwaul performs live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. In between sets they discuss upcoming shows and the release of their new album, 15 Forever.  

Epazote

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Petey is excited about finding a wonderful weedy herb in the Goosefoot Family (Chenopodiaceae)  growing along the banks of the ol’ Guajolote.

Lila Downs con Neto Portillo, Jr.

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Today on 30 Minutes, Neto Portillo, Jr. interviews Lila Downs ahead of her Tuesday, September 22nd show at the Fox Theatre, presented by The Rialto Theatre. Lila Downs has one of the world’s most singular voices and innovative approaches to music. Born in the state of Oaxaca México, she is the daughter of a Mixtec… Read more »

Speedway and Swan / Episodes 4, 5, & 6 / Co-hosts Molly McKasson, Ian Ellasante, and Tyler Meier

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Speedway and Swan Poem Playlist for Episode 6, August 9, 2015, with guest co-host Tyler Meier University of Arizona Poetry Center director Tyler Meier joins host Brian Blanchfield for an hour of poetry on the radio that, among other things, posits what might constitute a monsoon poetics (buildup, wait, release if it so pleases); listens in on elegies… Read more »

Green Sex

If there’s one car milling about emitting 1 pound of CO2 per mile driven, that does not make much of a dent in the atmosphere. If there’s one billion of them (a quarter of which in the U.S.), they do. The air on the Indonesian island of Sumatra has become all but unbreathable in recent weeks,… Read more »

The Cameraman

The Cameraman, a comedy made in 1928, stars Buster Keaton as a sad sack who shoots tintype portraits on a street corner for a living. By chance he falls for a young woman (played by Marceline Day) who works for a company that makes newsreels, so he buys a movie camera and tries to make… Read more »

The Lonely Hearts Club Episode 3

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It’s Comedy. It’s a podcast. It’s a comedy podcast get it? Looking for some comedy with heart? KXCI.org is the place to be. Lonely Hearts Club Episode 3. In this episode, Bridgitte Thum talks with her son Elijah. She takes us on a field trip to visit her friend, the Mayor of Tucson, Jonathan Rothschild! She… Read more »

Bramblestem Tick Clover on Gumhead

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Petey and Ms. Mesquitey ramble a favorite dirt road through a sky island in southeastern Arizona stopping to admire the flora every few minutes and it was a long glorious day.

The Two Pablos

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Today on 30 Minutes we feature a panel from the Pima County Public Library Nuestras Raices Pavillion at the 2015 Tucson Festival Books entitled The Two Pablos. Pablo Picasso and Pablo Neruda spoke Spanish, but their art joyfully breached many cultural and linguistic barriers. Celebrated authors Pam Muñoz Ryan (who penned Esperanza Rising), and Mónica Brown… Read more »

Take A Breath

This week’s guest is not a person, but a book called “The Spell of the Sensuous”. The author, David Abram, is a philosopher and cultural ecologist who has lived among the indiginous people of Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Nepal, as well as the American Southwest, and studied their customs and beliefs. Mr. Abrams is also… Read more »

Farley and Petey Take a Swim

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The Ol’ Guajolote came flowing out of the mountains down to the grassland and Petey found himself tumbling downstream with his dog Farley. A fallen Emory oak across the creek saved the day and the now recovered Petey says there is a cool plant growing in that stream bed.  

Jivin Scientists live in Studio 2A

Jivin Scientists performs live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. Listen in for some great local hip-hop. They also discuss how they got into music, the release of their new album, “Thirsty” on September 25th at Club Congress and the Kickstarter effort to fund their music video. Get a track from… Read more »

Three Trillion Trees And Counting…

Scientists from more than twenty countries have counted the total number of trees on Earth and came to about three trillion. That sounds like a lot, and it is indeed seven times more than earlier estimates, but it is half the number that used to be around before the invention of the ax. And it… Read more »

Carlos Arzate Live in Studio 2A!

Carlos Arzate joins Matt Milner in Studio for a live performance during the second hour of Locals Only. Hailing from the dusty deserts of Tucson, AZ, singer, songwriter & family man Carlos Arzate tucks elements of folk, rock, soul & R&B into the pockets of his eclectic musical vest. Flanked by some of Arizona’s finest musicians, a… Read more »

Solidago missouriensis

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Petey finds a species of Goldenrod near his home and collects seed thinking it might be a good plant to grow and sell…., looks like he’s gonna be planting a lot of them around the 1991 Marvelette.

Keeping The Promise: A Community Panel on the Voting Rights Act Part 2

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On August 6th, 1965, President Johnson signed the voting rights act. Here in Tucson, Congressman Raul Grijalva convened an event entitled Keeping The Promise, A Community Panel on the Voting Rights Act at the Tucson YWCA. Speakers discussed the promise it continues to hold for countless Americans, and the ongoing efforts to undermine that promise… Read more »

Southern Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce

The Southern Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce promotes sustainability in business and helps companies to reduce their carbon footprint. The Weekly Green spoke with SAGCC President Barrie Herr.

Tom Walbank live in Studio 2A!

Tom Walbank joins Matt Milner in Studio 2A for a live performance during Locals Only. In between sets Tom discusses his new book, Picture The Blues, and the celebration of the release on Saturday, August 29th at Moca as well as much more!

Conyza coulteri

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“What is that leafy weed I’m seeing everywhere?” was the question of the summer and Petey finally figures it out with help from a friend.

Keeping The Promise: A Community Panel on the Voting Rights Act

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On August 6th, 1965, President Johnson signed the voting rights act. Here in Tucson, Congressman Raul Grijalva convened an event entitled Keeping The Promise, A Community Panel on the Voting Rights Act at the Tucson YWCA. Speakers discussed the promise it continues to hold for countless Americans, and the ongoing efforts to undermine that promise… Read more »

Tucson Honors World’s Indigenous Peoples

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On August 9, 2015 the local group Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras celebrated 18 years of promoting respect for Indigenous Peoples by hosting an event in honor of the United Nation’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.   Speakers include Jose Matus and James Anaya. Executive Director Jose Matus talks about the origin of the… Read more »

FACING THE MUSIC

According to this week’s report from the National Atmospheric and Oceanographic Administration this past July has worldwide been the hottest since record keeping began in 1880. The entire first half of the year saw all-time highs as well, so that 2015 is likely to become the hottest year on record – and, as suggested by… Read more »

Pandora’s Box

There has been quite some concern in recent years about possible attempts to poison our water supply. It is generally assumed that such attempts would be made by foreigners with an ax to grind with the U.S. But who needs foreigners? We can manage it quite well by ourselves! Last week, contractors for the EPA… Read more »

WILDFIRE

Last week, lightning ignited a wildfire on Finger Rock in the Catalinas. The rains kept it down for a couple of days, but then it flared up again. It grew to 750 acres before the rains beat it down again. When I was driving north on Alvernon the other day it seemed to be floating in the… Read more »

The Desert Millipede

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Petey talks about the desert millipede (Orthoporus ornatus) and answers the question that has perplexed entomologists for years. Fun with KXCI’s Petey Mesquitey & Author Ken Lamberton August 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm | $10 Sky Island Alliance and ZUZI! Theater Co. Present: The “Nancy Z” Summer Speaker Series 2015 A community event… Read more »

The MLB Trade Deadline

The trade deadline involved almost every Major League team. Who were some of the winners?

Our Stupid Talents

Nick, Matt, and Rusty discuss their hidden talents that really are of no consequence.

Lonely Hearts Club Episode 2

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In this episode Bridgitte talks with Fish Karma and friends about marriage, and complicated kid stuff. recorded in Tucson AZ in the summertime. Enjoy! Music from Eva Taylor, Ergo Phizmiz, Aaron Spencer, Simon Mathewson, Monday Night Fever, Ted Weems & His Orchestra, Handy’s Orchestra and Dumbo Gets Mad.

Detained and Deported Part 3

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Today 30 Minutes features excerpts from the closing celebration of Raices Taller‘s July 2015 exhibition “Chubasco” – a tribute to Tucson’s annual monsoon season. The event featured readings by author Margaret Regan and music by Pablo Peregrina. Margaret Regan read from her book “Detained and Deported”. The award-winning investigative reporter’s new book is an intimate… Read more »

Detained and Deported Part 2

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Today 30 Minutes features excerpts from the closing celebration of Raices Taller‘s July 2015 exhibition “Chubasco” – a tribute to Tucson’s annual monsoon season. The event featured readings by author Margaret Regan and music by Pablo Peregrina. Margaret Regan read from her book “Detained and Deported”. The award-winning investigative reporter’s new book is an intimate… Read more »

Detained and Deported Part 1

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Today 30 Minutes features excerpts from the closing celebration of Raices Taller‘s July 2015 exhibition “Chubasco” – a tribute to Tucson’s annual monsoon season. The event featured readings by author Margaret Regan and music by Pablo Peregrina. Margaret Regan read from her book “Detained and Deported”. The award-winning investigative reporter’s new book is an intimate… Read more »

The Distorted Mirror Part 2

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Today on 30 Minutes we feature a panel from the Pima County Public Library Nuestras Raices Pavillion at the 2015 Tucson Festival Books called The Distorted Mirror. If books are the mirrors of the world in which we live, why are so many faces missing? Young adult authors Claudia Guadalupe Martínez and Isabel Quintero read… Read more »

Plastic Roads & More

PLASTIC ROADS What would driving in Tucson be like without all the road pylons and traffic detours? A whole lot more relaxed! But the cracks and potholes caused by our weather may become a thing of the past with the development of plastic roads, as proposed by the Dutch firm Volkerwessels. The material would be… Read more »

Jillian and the Giants – Live in Studio 2A

Jillian and the Giants joins Matt Milner in Studio 2A for a live performance during the second hour of Locals Only. Between sets they discuss the upcoming show at Skybar on Saturday, July 25th, as well as the upcoming release of their debut album, Mr. Airplane.

Mala Mujer

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Mala Mujer or Cnidoscolus angustidens is a very cool plant in the spurge family, Euphorbiaceae.The green maple-like leaves are covered in white dots that are actually little mounds, each holding up a stinging hair. Be careful, it’s the beautiful and naughty Mala Mujer!

HERO RATS

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One kind of waste that is particularly malicious is the waste of war, especially the booby-traps known as Anti-personnel mines. Tens of millions of these contraptions have been left behind in the past 50 years after the combatants cleared the field, mostly in developing countries in South-America, South-East Asia and Africa. Landmines are extremely durable… Read more »

Lonely Hearts Club Episode 1

Recorded in Tucson, Arizona July 2015 Bridgitte discusses tweeting during sex, problems in Albuquerque, and a myriad of other quandaries in her monthly comedy advice podcast. If you would like to contact Bridgitte with your relationship problems send a letter via snail-mail or an actual snail to Bridgitte Thum c/o KXCI 220 S. 4th Ave. Tucson,… Read more »

CLEAN AND BEAUTIFUL

On July 8, Tucson Clean and Beautiful recognized the Feldman Green Team for their efforts to keep 4th Ave north of Speedway clean and make it even more beautiful – and cool – by planting 50 trees. Tucson Clean and Beautiful is a non-profit environmental advocacy and action organization founded in 1985 to preserve and… Read more »

Things That Aren’t Words live in Studio 2A!

Things That Aren’t Words, the new project from Adam Nixon, joins Matt Milner in Studio 2A for a live performance during the second hour of Locals Only! Matt interviews the group in between sets of great local music, delving into the creation of the band, upcoming shows and their future.

CATS IN THE SONORA

We all know that our region is home to some big cats, like mountain lions and bobcats – but JAGUARS? Listen to Sergio Avila of the Desert Museum talk about big cats on the Weekly Green. ‘  

Sonic Youth’s Goo has Local Ties

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The Classic Pic on The Home Stretch this week is Sonic Youth’s Goo. Released 25 years ago as of Friday. Jim Waters of Water Works Studio recorded the original demos and joins Kris in a discussion about the band and the record.

Engage! Tucson Responds to Marriage Equality Decision

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30 Minutes features Tucson community voices in response to the Supreme Court’s historic 5-4 decision in favor of marriage equality. On Friday, June 26th, 2015, a large coalition mobilized to create a block party celebration called Engage! on Scott Avenue between Congress and Pennington. Former State representative Demion Clinco was the MC. Tucson’s Men’s Chorus… Read more »

STAY COOL

NOT COOL: OAK FLATS AND GRAND CANYON UNDER THE GUN Of the eleven historic places designated as endangered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, two are in the state of Arizona: 8th on the list is Oak Flat, near Superior. This site is sacred to several native American tribes and a historic and archeological… Read more »

Jaca Zulu and B3NBI Live in Studio 2A for Locals Only!

Matt Milner is joined in Studio 2A by Jaca Zulu and B3NBI for a live performance during the second hour of Locals Only. Listen in to a long over-due set of local hip-hop, as well as an interview with the group. Their EP, “Graine” is being released June 23rd, on wearebugginout.com and there will be a release show Saturday,… Read more »

CAN’T WAIT Our NBA Draft: Picks 1-5

Host Nick Prevenas, Matt Milner, and Rusty Boulet-Stephenson divvy up the first 15 teams in the Upcoming NBA draft and act as the decision makers for the organizations. Nick Prevenas selecting for the Minnesota Timberwolves, you are on the clock.

The Distorted Mirror Part 1

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Today on 30 Minutes we feature a panel from the Pima County Public Library Nuestras Raices Pavillion at the 2015 Tucson Festival Books called The Distorted Mirror. If books are the mirrors of the world in which we live, why are so many faces missing? Young adult authors Claudia Guadalupe Martínez and Isabel Quintero read… Read more »

The Slumber Party From Hell Part 2

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Today on 30 Minutes, we’ll hear excerpts from an April 2015 presentation convened by the  YWCA Tucson as part of their ongoing Community Discussion on Mass Incarceration and how it affects our community. This session features formerly incarcerated Sue Ellen Allen, author of The Slumber Party from Hell. This is part two of a two… Read more »

Speedway and Swan / Episode 2 / Guest co-host John Melillo / May 31, 2015

Speedway and Swan Poem Playlist for Episode 2, May 31, 2015, with guest co-host John Melillo Writer and musician John Melillo and host Brian Blanchfield talk waves, wave machines, drone versus decadence, and “words that tend toward pure sound.” Lots of great work from the new poetry shelves (Donna Stonecipher, Caroline Bergvall, Eric Ekstrand, Tyler Brewington, etcetera), some… Read more »

Batty

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According to Webster’s 1:  of, relating to, or resembling a bat 2:  mentally unstable :  crazy As in common lore the owl represents wisdom and the ass ignorance in folklore, so the bat is identified with lunacy. Living in caves and emerging at twilight in great swarms, obscuring the moon, they have been considered creatures… Read more »

Wayback Machine live in Studio 2A for Locals Only!

Listen in as Wayback Machine joins Matt Milner in Studio 2A for a live performance during the second hour of Locals Only! In between sets Matt discusses the past, present and future of the Wayback Machine. Fusing tight vocal harmonies with a penchant for improvisation, this band has traversed the musical map from Grateful Dead… Read more »

PigPen Theatre Co. Live in Studio 2A for Locals Only!

PigPen Theatre Company joins Matt Milner in Studio 2A for a live performance and interview during the second hour of Locals Only. Even though PigPen Theatre Co. is from NY, a Tucsonan sits behind the drums. PigPen Theatre Co. began creating their unique brand of music, film, and theatre as freshmen at the Carnegie Mellon School… Read more »

HARVEST TIME IN THE SONORA

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With the monsoon a month or so away, it is harvest time in the Sonoran desert! The pods of the Mesquite, Desert Ironwood, Palo Verde and many more indiginous plants are not only fit for human consumption, they also slow the body’s intake of sugars, so they are beneficial to people with hypoglycemia or diabetes…. Read more »

I wish I didn’t care

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Petey is saddened by the loss of local flora and fauna, but can still find moments of joy in creatures like the Texas Horned Lizard. Let’s listen.

Who Owns The Rain?

If it rains and you hold out your hand and catch a few drops, are they yours? In the Western states it used to be until quite recently that they were not. Under a legal doctrine called ‘prior appropriation’, which originated in the days of the Gold Rush, surface water belonged to whoever claimed it… Read more »

Shuggie Otis interview on KXCI

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KXCI’s own Cecily sat down with Shuggie Otis for this interview in anticipation of his KXCI Presents! concert Saturday, June 6th, at The Rialto Theatre.   SHUGGIE OTIS “Οne of the mythical musicians of Blues, Soul, & Rock history” Born in Los Angeles, Shuggie Otis is the son of rhythm and blues pioneer, musician, bandleader, and impresario Johnny… Read more »

Sky Island Excitement

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A hike in the nearby sky islands has Petey excitedly stumbling over plant names while giggling and jabbering away. Better listen.

Cobra Family Picnic live in Studio 2A!

Cobra Family Picnic joins Matt Milner in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only! Between sets of awesome psychedelic rock they discuss band creation, song writing, and much more!