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Web Supplement: Baking with Marwa

Baking with Marwa

Web Supplement: Baking with Marwa There are more refugee stories in Tucson than we can possibly tell on the radio. So as part of Mn Huna: Finding Refuge in Friendship, we will bring you additional stories on the website. This is the first. Marwa, from Daraa, Syria, arrived in Tucson in 2016 with her family. Syria… Read more »

Thesis Thursday- Konner Kirwan

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Thesis Thursday- Konner Kirwan Having moved over 17 times, I would say I have lived a pretty nomadic lifestyle. Despite my life being in constant flux, though, I am happy to say that the University of Arizona has become a second home to me. Currently, I am an undergraduate sophomore studying Neuroscience and Cognitive Science… Read more »

Caterpillars At Home And Abroad

Armyworms Invade Africa In addition to drought and war, a new scourge has hit West and Central Africa: the fall armyworm, a.k.a. Spodoptera frugiperda, a critter that likes to get about. This voracious caterpillar originates in South America, but has spread as far North as Canada and now made its way across the Atlantic, probably as eggs… Read more »

Rejoice, spring is on the way

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I suspect I talk about point-leaf manzantia ( Arctostaphylos pungens) every February, as it is the time of year when I’m feeling florally deprived and seeing it blooming in the hills above our home is a remedy. There are two species of manzanita found in the borderlands and four total in Arizona. When I worked… Read more »

Fences

August Wilson was one of our greatest playwrights, a titan of the American theater. He was careful about his legacy, and didn’t allow his plays to be made into feature films unless he had approval of the director. He wrote a screenplay for one of his two Pulitzer Prize winners, Fences, stipulating that the director… Read more »

Locals Only- Vinney Mendez & LABRATZ

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Locals Only- Vinney Mendez & LABRATZ Locals Only Live in Studio 2A Locals Only- Vinney Mendez & LABRATZ Live in Studio 2A, Vinney Mendez and LABRATZ brought some beats and told us all about the upcoming Tucson Hip Hop festival. They talk about what they do and how they learned to do it, the Hip… Read more »

Episode 3: We Are Telling Our Stories

Emane & Melanie's friend Bsma making Syrian coffee at one of the Syrian Sweets Sales. Photo by Creatista Photography.

In episode three of Mn Huna: Finding Refuge in Friendship, Houda begins to describe her family’s journey from Aleppo to Tucson. Like all Syrian refugee families seeking resettlement, Houda’s family went through extensive and repeated background checks, identity verification, medical exams, and interviews with multiple international and U.S. agencies. The process from application with the International… Read more »

Punitive Expedition 100th Anniversary

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30 Minutes features historian Dr. Michael Engs discussing the 100th year anniversary of Pershing’s Punitive Expedition into Mexico in 1916 and in particular the valor of the United States Buffalo Soldiers from the 10th Cavalry who were stationed in Fort Huachuca, Arizona from 1913 to 1933. The expedition into Mexico to seek out Francisco Pancho Villa… Read more »

Indigenous American & RED INK Literary Festival Part 3

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On Janurary 21st, 2017, The Amerind Foundation convened a presentation entitled “Native Voices: Indigenous American & RED INK Literary Festival”. Seven authors shared their work at the Amerind Museum in Dragoon, Arizona. The event was hosted by Simon Ortiz, an Acoma Pueblo member and award winning Regents Professor in the English Department at Arizona State University. Today’s first poet is Karen… Read more »

Great and Awful Date Movies

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Film Club Rule #303: It’s difficult to find a lover, but even more difficult to find someone who loves the movies you love. It’s a cliche, dinner and a movie, but when in the course of dating someone is a good time to watch a movie together? What about movie date etiquette?  And what are… Read more »

The Film Snob’s favorites of 2016

Many would agree that 2016 was a terrible year in general, and I don’t need to explain why. It is strange to have to admit, then, that it was a great year for film. Here is a list of my favorites among those I managed to see. Some of the movies are technically from 2015,… Read more »

Ladderbacks and Walnuts

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I love the two large walnut trees found along our drive and how they always seem to sport a bird or two perching near the top. Most commonly seen, of course, are red-tailed hawks, but some evenings or early mornings I’ll see great horned owls perched near the top. The view of the surrounding land… Read more »

Episode 16: Poets Pedal

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Tucson-native Clayton Kamm stops by to tell us more about an event he dreamed up that combines his favorite things: bikes, poetry, local beer and local food. Poets Pedal, an afternoon of biking, poetry, gastronomy, and live music,  is a collaboration between the University of Arizona Poetry Center, Edible Baja Arizona magazine and Living Streets Alliance… Read more »

Thesis Thursday- Eunice Borunda

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  Eunice Borunda is our guest on Thesis Thursday Here is what she has to say: A little bit about myself, I am the oldest child of four kids, I have two sisters and a brother. For this reason, I have tried to be an exemplary model to my three younger siblings. I am currently… Read more »

Aquarius

Aquarius, a new film by Brazilian writer-director Kleber Mendonça Filho, wants to make us comfortable before we enter its main story. In a prologue from 1980, a group of friends, slightly tipsy, laugh and play music while driving a car on the sand along the sea shore. Among them is the beautiful Clara, played by… Read more »

Buffelgrass Revisited

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Buffelgrass is a recurring theme on this program and that is because it is really, really bad. It was brought in by cattle ranchers from abroad in the 1930’s for cheap grazing because it is very low maintenance and reproduces easily. And it did. Now here’s a legal immigrant that is no longer welcome. There… Read more »

Slow Moving Water

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      The Ol’ Guajolote is not alive with critters by the time it runs by our home. There are no fish or frogs or mud turtles found in it. You need to go further upstream closer to the headwaters to find minnows and frogs or mud turtles. Oh, in the summer after monsoon… Read more »

Locals Only- Desert Beats

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Locals Only- Desert Beats The Desert Beats is a desert garage rock and roll band from Tucson, Arizona. You can listen to their performance and hear the interview with Matt Milner right here on kxci.org. Thanks for stopping by our website. The Desert Beats performed in Studio 2A on Monday night. Why? Because  Monday Night… Read more »

Episode 2: Absence Shadows Our Hearts

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In episode two of Mn Huna: Finding Refuge in Friendship, we begin to introduce you to Houda’s family. Houda is the middle daughter in a tight-knit family of five. They all fled Aleppo together in 2013. But when Houda, her parents, and her younger sister Sara were resettled to Tucson in July of 2016, her older sister Noor… Read more »

Indigenous American & RED INK Literary Festival Part 2

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On Janurary 21st, 2017, The Amerind Foundation convened a presentation entitled “Native Voices: Indigenous American & RED INK Literary Festival”. Seven authors shared their work at the Amerind Museum in Dragoon, Arizona. The event was hosted by Simon Ortiz, an Acoma Pueblo member and award winning Regents Professor in the English Department at Arizona State University. Today’s first poet is Kyle… Read more »

Thesis Thursday- Jesse Wealing

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I’m currently finishing the last semester of my Biology degree at the University of Arizona. Besides Biology, I enjoy taking classes in philosophy and choral singing with the University Singers. Over the past two years I have been working on unraveling the functional nature of neurons that control the tongue. This will hopefully lead to… Read more »

Cool Concrete

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Concrete is actually just one of the many applications of cement. Cement is a mix of lime and water that is an excellent binding agent, first discovered by the ancient Macedonians some 3,000 years ago. The discovery ranks with fire, the wheel and sliced bread among the great game changers in human history. If cement… Read more »

Desert Mule Deer

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Maybe I should have called this show, Infundibula, blah, blah, blah, instead of Desert Mule Deer. I love to poke fun at scientific terms, but the truth is that I love the language of biology or in this case zoology.  By the way, the word infundibula means funnel shaped, so the hollow pits as seen… Read more »

ARCHITECTURE on Locals Only

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ARCHITECTURE on Locals Only Architecture is an Indie Rock band from Tucson. They visited KXCI community radio and played live in studio 2A. You can listen here and hear about how they write songs, the fun of three guitars and their upcoming show at The Flycatcher Saturday January 28th. They will be opening for Surf,… Read more »

PtP Episode 15: The Bookbike

  Do you know what a Bookbike is? The Pima County Library has a fleet of Bookbikes that it takes to various locations and neighborhood events to give out free books, library cards, and information about library and literacy programs, as well as bike maps. In this episode, you’ll hear Karen Greene, Librarian on the Move at the Downtown… Read more »

Indigenous Voices & RED INK Literary Festival Part 1

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On Janurary 21st, 2017, The Amerind Foundation convened a presentation entitled “Native Voices: Indigenous American & RED INK Literary Festival“. Seven authors shared their work at the Amerind Museum in Dragoon, Arizona. The event was hosted by Simon Ortiz, an Acoma Pueblo Native and award winning Regents Professor in the English Department at Arizona State University. We’ll hear two pieces… Read more »

Episode 1: Finding Refuge in Friendship

Finding Refuge in Friendship: Melanie and Houda on the front porch of KXCI.

In August of 2016, Melanie and Houda met at potluck for Arizona Welcomes Refugees. It was just a few weeks after Houda’s family arrived in America from their temporary home in Jordan. They had been living in Jordan for several years after fleeing the war in Aleppo, Syria. Houssam (Houda’s father) and Melanie both speak French,… Read more »

Presidential Cinema

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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

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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

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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 »

Inauguration Day Teach-In

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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

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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

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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 »

PtP Episode 14: 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

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  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

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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 »

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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

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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 »

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

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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

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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

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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 »

Thesis Thursday-Ariana Rayne Garcia

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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 »

PtP Episode 13: Adaptive Bike Program

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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

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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

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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 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 »

PtP Episode 12: Winterhaven by Bike!

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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 »

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

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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

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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

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    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 »

PtP – El Grupo Youth Cycling

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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 episode to learn more about El Grupo… 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

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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 »

Thesis Thursday with Lucas Harrell

It’s Time for Thesis Thursday, a weekly program where we invite students from the University of Arizona to come into the station and talk a little bit about what they are working on in school, their plans for the future, and we even talk about music a little bit. Lucas Harrell is a senior at… Read more »

Putting the Fun in Dysfunction

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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

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    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

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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 »

Ersi Arvizu

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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

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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

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    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 »

Brickellia floribunda

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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 grass-roots 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 »

PtP Episode 11: BICAS Bike Art Auction

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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

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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

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  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

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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 »

Desert Dreamscapes

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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 »

Joss Whedon

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  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

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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

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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

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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

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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 »

PtP Episode 9: Cyclovia Tucson

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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

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  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

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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

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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

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  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

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  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

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  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 »

PtP Episode 8: Love to Ride Tucson

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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

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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 »

The Exbats Live in Studio 2A

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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.

Fall Asteraceae Festivals

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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

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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 »

The Lonesome Desert Tucson Country Blues Live in Studio 2A

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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

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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.

PtP Episode 7: TORCA & Home Grown

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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 »

PtP Episode 6: Bike/Ped Count

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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 »