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Kallstroemia grandiflora

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Arizona poppy, Mexican poppy and summer poppy are some of the common names for the beautiful annual wildflower Kallstroemia grandiflora. The common names are pretty easy to understand as the flower sure looks like a poppy, but when I went to pull apart the Latinized botanical name I came across, “in honor of Kallstroem, obscure… Read more »

Jillian and the Giants Live in Studio 2A

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It’s a special live performance in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. Jillian and the Giants has an album release show at the Flycatcher on Friday, September 23rd . Carlos Arzate joins in to give you a preview of the upcoming show, starting the hour off with a mini set. Then Jillian… Read more »

Manduca sexta and Hyles lineata

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In southeastern Arizona Datura wrightii is the preferred source of nectar for the moth Manduca sexta and you may also notice that the caterpillar, the tobacco hornworm, devours the foliage of Datura, when of course, it’s not in your garden eating your tomato plants or other plants in the nightshade family.  Manduca sexta moths are… Read more »

Pedaling the Pueblo- Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists

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In this episode of Pedaling the Pueblo, host Ann Chanecka interviewed Evan Pilling, President of the Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists (SDMB), to hear how the group advocates for the mountain bike community and supports trail access and maintenance. For more information about SDMB, visit their website or facebook page. To suggest a bicycling topic for Pedaling the Pueblo… Read more »

Pedaling the Pueblo- Biking at the University of Arizona

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In this episode of Pedaling the Pueblo, host Colby Henley interviewed University of Arizona Alternative Transportation Program Coordinator Jessica Hersh-Ballering about about the best ways to keep your bike safe and other services for people who ride bikes to campus. To suggest a bicycling topic for Pedaling the Pueblo or to ask questions about bicycling in… Read more »

Sigourney Weaver: More Than The SciFi Queen

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  Heather, Jeff, and Rusty turn their attention to the career of Sigourney Weaver. They cover the Alien Franchise, Galaxy Quest, Working Girl, Ghostbusters, Ice Storm, and more in this episode. Though she’s earned multiple academy awards and brought in money like few other female actors, Sigourney’s career is not as lauded as other more “serious”… Read more »

Diluvio AZ Live in Studio 2A

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Diluvio AZ performs live in Studio 2A for the second half of Locals Only. In between sets of live music Diluvio AZ discusses the creation of the band, the release for their EP, “Libro de Canciones“, upcoming shows and what they have planned for the future of Diluvio AZ.

Becoming Maria Part 2

Today on 30 Minutes, we continue with excerpts from the 2016 Tucson Festival of Books. Moderator Toby Wehner spoke with long time Sesame Street actor and writer Sonia Manzano about her memoir “Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx.” The book chronicles her life growing up in the 50s and how here dreams carried her through… Read more »

Becoming Maria Part 1

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Today on 30 Minutes, we bring to you excerpts from the 2016 Tucson Festival of Books. Moderator Toby Wehner spoke with long time Sesame Street actor and writer Sonia Manzano about her memoir “Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx.” The book chronicles her life growing up in the 50s and how here dreams carried… Read more »

Pedaling the Pueblo – Bike Rack Distribution

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In this episode of Pedaling the Pueblo, host Krista Hansen interviewed the City of Tucson Bicycle Planner, Andy Bemis about a free bike rack distribution program. Any Tucson business can request a bike rack for their customers to use. For more information, visit the website or contact Andrew.Bemis@tucsonaz.gov To suggest a bicycling topic for Pedaling… Read more »

Bush Muhly

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Bush Muhly is the species Muhlenbergia porteri. There are over 40 species of muhlys found in Arizona and across the southwest. It would be hard to go out into the desert or up into the hills and not stumble across a species of Muhlenbergia. Hmm, that said it would be pretty hard to travel around… Read more »

Introducing Pedaling the Pueblo

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Pedaling the Pueblo hosts Kylie Walzak and Mark Reynolds discuss this new mini-program about bicycling in Tucson. The show will feature guests involved with bicycling advocacy or events. In this first episode, the hosts discuss ‘people first’ language and how there is a preference to discuss ‘people on bikes’ as opposed to ‘bicyclists’ because ultimately,… Read more »

Crystal Radio Live in Studio 2A for Locals Only

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Crystal Radio performs live in Studio 2A for the second half of Locals Only. In between sets of live music, Crystal Radio discusses their upcoming album, Ghost In You, as well as the release show for the album at Club Congress on Saturday, Sept. 10th, and more. Locals Only Produced by Matt Milner, Live recording… Read more »

The Community Member – Camiliano Juarez

Camiliano Juarez holds two positions with Saguaro National Park: public information officer and community engagement coordinator. Here he talks about his goal to make the park more accessible to a broader Tucson population and about they way our community fiercely loves the saguaro cactus.          

French New Wave: Love, War, & Prostitution

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Heather, Jeff, and Rusty turn their attention to France in the 1960s as they examine the French New Wave. What distinguished films of this genre? What was the impetus driving these maverick directors. The American film Little Fugitive is discussed as an influence for Francois Truffaut. Heather discusses her favorite Truffaut film, Jules and Jim…. Read more »

The Haircut – Megan Siquieros (pt. 2)

August 15, 2016 This is a second excerpt of my interview with Megan Siquieros, who comes from a family of Tohono O’odham singers and storytellers. Here she shares a memory of her first hair cut and the has:añ.

The Ribs – Bob Vint

August 8, 2016 Bob Vint is an architect with Vint Associates, Inc. He reveres traditional building practices in the Sonoran Desert. Here he talks about the durable saguaro rib and how it’s been used in traditional and modern architecture.

The Invader – Dana Backer

August 1, 2016 Dana Backer is a restoration ecologist with Saguaro National Park. She talks here about buffel grass, an invasive species that threatens saguaros and the native Sonoran Desert ecosystem.  

The Emblem of the Americas – David Yetman

July 25, 2016 David Yetman is a research social scientist with the University of Arizona’s Southwest Center who studies indigenous culture and plants of the Southwestern U.S. and Northwestern Mexico. Here he talks about saguaros and other columnar cacti throughout the Americas and the human cultures that have thrived because of them.  

The Harvest Tradition – Tina Vavages-Andrew

July 18, 2016 Tina Vavages-Andrew is a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation and works as a Next Generation Park Ranger in Saguaro National Park. Here she shares stories of growing up on the reservation, her relationship with saguaros, and the annual fruit harvest.        

Geranium richardsonii

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Well, every year I find the the same male box turtle in a monsoon puddle out by our front gate. A friend asked how I could be sure without marking the turtle, but I’m sure it is and the box turtle himself confirmed it when he asked me if I was the same guy that… Read more »

Joe Novelli Live in Studio 2A

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Joe Novelli of The Cloud Walls performs live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. Joe plays solo acoustic sets and discusses the transition of Marvin and the Cloud Walls to the current form of The Cloud Walls, as well as performing solo as opposed to with a full band. See The… Read more »

Proboscidea Perfume

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Who hasn’t gotten hooked by a dry devils claw pod on a walk in the borderlands. So pesky and yet so interesting looking, it’s the kind of pod that begs to end up on a mantle or book shelf or god forbid some macramé. And though I want it to be, devils claw is not… Read more »

Spike Lee: His Muscle & His Joints

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Film Club Rule #613: When it comes to Spike Lee, he’s going to do the right thing. The films of Spike Lee are the topic this week. Jeff starts the conversation by bringing up She’s Gotta Have It. Heather starts a discussion of Spike’s tribute to New York after 9/11, 25th Hour. We move on… Read more »

Tulip Poplar

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I can’t help myself and guess I should come to grips with the fact that I am a total plant geek and no matter where I am the plants interest me. And so there I am in a section of Brooklyn with huge (yuge!) London plane trees and my passion took over. There were many… Read more »

Film Club Origins

Film Club Rule #38: Never discount your childhood as being a harbinger of things to come in your adulthood. Heather, Jeff, and Rusty discuss their origin stories. They discuss their childhood and early influences, including getting VCRs for the first time and being dropped off at theaters. This is followed by choices concerning their film… Read more »

Earth Won Live Won Studio 2A

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Earth Won performs live in Studio for the second hour of Locals Only. In between sets of live music, Earth Won discusses the creation of the band as well as the what the future holds for the group. Check their Facebook page here to keep up with all of Earth Won’s upcoming shows. Earth Won… Read more »

Lonely Hearts Club “Bananas”

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Lonely Hearts Club “Bananas” Season 2 episode 1 or maybe episode 11, who’s counting? Bridgitte goes bananas, but that’s no surprise, we all should have seen it coming. Friends include, Nick Sievert, David Forbes, Dr. Joe Patterson, Wrilan and Elijah Thum. You can’t have it all people, but we try to cope just the same…. Read more »

Wild Lettuce

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There are about 90 species of Lactuca found around the world, especially in the Northern Hemisphere. Arizona Flora lists 4 species and one of those is the varmint Lactuca serriola (“varmint” means introduced European native). Lactuca sativa is the mother of all cultivated lettuces. I looked in a favorite vegetable seed catalogue and it listed… Read more »

Filmed in Tucson…Mostly

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Film Club Rule #888: There’s great filmmaking going on in your backyard, just open the door. Heather, Jeff, and Rusty turn their attention to film made in Tucson, Arizona. Over the years hundreds of films were made in Tucson, in part because of the desert locale and in part because of Old Tucson Studios. Some… Read more »

Living Out Loud – Chad Mosher

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Chad is responsible for the oversight of Living Out Loud Health & Wellness Center and leads outreach efforts to the community in addition to providing training and counseling services. He has more than 13 years of clinical experience in addition to five years of administrative experience as the chair for the College of Social Sciences… Read more »

Bellota of the Borderlands

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Many years ago while driving the dirt road between Klondyke and Pima, Arizona I rounded a curve and and almost crashed into an Apache family stooped over in the road picking up acorns that were falling from a huge Emory oak whose branches reached over the road. It was that marvelous encounter that turned me… Read more »

It Was The List Of Times: Hitchcock v Welles

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Film Club Rule #634: Your taste may not be everyone’s taste, but that doesn’t mean it’s not good taste. What makes a great film? What makes a film your favorite film? People love lists, and everyone’s an expert. Do critics’ lists carry the significance they once held? The 2012 Sight & Sound Top 10 List is… Read more »

Pipelights Live in Studio 2A

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Pipelights perform live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Local’s Only. In between sets of music Pipelights discuss their new album, 518, as well as upcoming shows and what the future holds for them. Pipelights will be at the Flycatcher on August 4th.

A Dramatic Garden

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This show about our garden is a “repetey” from a couple years ago. Some things never change, except, we have started using neem oil as a repellant and it is an effective organic way to deal with troublesome insects.  Neem oil is derived from the seed of the Neem tree (Azadirachta indica) native to parts… Read more »

Grassland Plant ID

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Unless you are a botanist and are comfortable keying out plants in a flora, the only way for the rest of us to identify interesting plants seen while out hiking is a good field guide or two or three. Field guides don’t identify all the plants in a region, but only the plants you are… Read more »

Dirt Friends Live in Studio 2a

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Dirt Friends perform live in Studio 2a for the second hour of Locals Only. Listen in as Dirt Friends discusses the creation of the band, their song writing and recording process, what the future holds for them and tracks from their newly released album, Sunsets and Night Sweats.

The Spine Chemistry – David Dettman

Most people know that trees tells us stories — about age, climate, and other events — through the rings in their trunks. Did you know that saguaro cactus spines have rings, too? The spines also hold important information about the plant’s physiology and growth processes, information that’s helping geochemists like David Dettman piece together the… Read more »

Building Resilient Communities

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What would you do during an extensive power outage? How long could you get by? Dr. Barbara Warren and Gene Einfrank from the Building Resilient Communities Working Group of Physicians for Social Responsibility say that the single most important factor in survival could be how well you know your neighbors. They facilitate workshops for local… Read more »

The Story of Numida meleagris

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I don’t know any poultry fancier that doesn’t have a guinea fowl story or two, but chickens are usually where it all starts, as they are the gateway poultry drug. There are so many types of chickens that it is very easy to get excited and before you know it you have 30 chickens and… Read more »

Thesis Thursday with Nikki Mastrud

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My name is Nikki Mastrud, and I am a rising sophomore at the University of Arizona majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies. I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago before coming to Arizona for school, but over the past year I have found a home in… Read more »

Joan & John Cusack: It’s A Family Affair

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Film Club Rule #587: Why cast just one Cusack when you could cast two? Appearing in nine films together, the Cusack siblings carved out acting niches for themselves starting at an early age In John Hughes’ film Sixteen Candles. After that, John landed starring roles in films that would define a generation like 1989’s Say… Read more »

Thesis Thursday Nathaniel Gallegos

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I will be entering my sophomore year this Fall at the University of Arizona, and I am majoring in Neuroscience & Cognitive Science. I have been working in Dr. Lee Ryan’s Cognition and Neuroimaging Laboratory since my senior year of high school. In this laboratory, I study how having a family history of Alzheimer’s disease affects the brain structure of… Read more »

The Recovery – Don Swann

Don Swann is a biologist with Saguaro National Park. He studies and monitors the health of many species, from tiny insects to the flagship species, the saguaro. He talks here about what long-term studies of saguaros in the Park reveal, how even after death the saguaros still sustain life and curiosity, and why even “the ugly… Read more »

Film Censorship: 21xx Century Style

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With the Fourth of July holiday fast approaching, Jeff, Heather, and Rusty decided to take a look at the ways in which films are censored in this day and age. Team America World Police and The Interview are discussed. In late 2014, as theaters across the country feared showing the premiere of The Interview, others responded by… Read more »

Lord Silver Plume Live in Studio 2A

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Lord Silver Plume performs live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. Lord Silver Plume has a show Tuesday, June 28th at Monterey Court and another show scheduled in July at La Cocina.

Provenance is good, but give me the story

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For me, every good story about a native plant starts with the source of the plant, its provenance. Then the story follows. I can sit and read books on medicinal plants or books about edible native plants or ethnobotany and enjoy them as much as a good book of short stories, because those types of… Read more »

The Rooted One – Jill Lorenzini

  Jill Lorenzini is an artist, natural builder, desert wanderer and desert harvester. Here she talks about the work of Desert Harvesters, a non-profit promoting the planting and harvesting of local and native foods, and her own wanderings in the desert, harvesting saguaro fruit and learning from our friends, the saguaros.  

Thesis Thursday with Michael Ragone

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  I am a math and science geek in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona, and I’m currently developing a computational model of hippocampal place cell replay in Dr. Fellous’ lab. We’re in search of a basic computational principle underlying the brain’s approximation to the spatial navigation version of the Traveling Salesperson Problem (TSP), a famous… Read more »

Floriferous Madness

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  Lotus greenei has the common names of deer vetch, deer clover or, red and yellow pea. I like the last one best as it describes Greene’s lotus quite well. Wait, did I just give it another common name? I think I did. The specific epithet and my new common name is for Edward Lee… Read more »

Leigh Lesho Live in Studio 2A

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Leigh Lesho performs live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. Leigh Lesho has a new album, 444, and a release show for the album on Thursday, June 23rd at Tap & Bottle beginning at 8:30.

Heuchera sanguinea and Apocynum cannabinum

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Coral Bells or Alum Root are Heuchera and in this case I’m talking about the species sanguinea. There are 6 species of Heuchera found in Arizona and over 35 species in North America with many found in the western United States. Heucheras are in the Saxifrage family, the Saxifragaceae, which, by the way, is derived… Read more »

Thesis Thursday with Cristina Young

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  About me: My name is Cristina Young and I am from Albuquerque, New Mexico. I am a Senior physiology major at U of A and I am applying to medical school this cycle. This summer I am working in Dr. Fregosi’s respiratory lab where I study how nicotine affects the breathing rates of new born rats. The University… Read more »

Lonely Hearts Club Episode 10

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From Sunny Tucson Arizona, It’s the Lonely Hearts Club episode 10. Photo by Piamedea photography Bridgitte’s back with her 10th episode. Local comedians and unstoppable personalities all meet up at the Lonely Hearts Club in beautiful downtown Tucson Arizona. Recorded at KXCI community radio, we listen to our hearts and contemplate questions from the hearts… Read more »

The Bloom Count – William Peachey

William Peachey is a geologist with a scientific passion for saguaros. An independent scientist, he’s got his hands and brain in multiple projects, one of which is a long-term study of saguaro blooms. In early June, I accompanied him to the plot where he’s been counting saguaro blooms every season since 1997 to understand more… Read more »

Know Your Role: Musicians Who Tried Acting

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In the wake of losing two of pop music’s titans this year, Jeff, Heather, and Rusty thought it fitting to consider musicians who tried acting starting with David Bowie and Prince. We talk about musicians who enjoyed the crossover success like Bowie and discuss pop stars who maybe missed the mark like Michael Jackson. What… Read more »

Asian Fred Live in Studio 2A

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Asian Fred performs live in Studio 2A during the second hour of Locals Only. This is Asian Fred‘s first time in Studio 2A. Asian Fred has a release show on June 25th at Flycatcher for two new singles, Kick Back Your Head and Ugly, both of which are played in this performance.

Thesis Thursday with Alison Comrie

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I am a Senior in the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science program at the University of Arizona. My curiosity about the brain began in high school, when I got involved in research in Dr. Carol Barnes’ lab. In the Barnes lab, we are working towards a better understanding of how the processes underlying learning and memory change throughout the healthy aging… Read more »

Birds and Arrows Live in Studio 2A

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Birds and Arrows performs live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. Though new to Tucson, Birds and Arrows is an established duo from North Carolina. In between sets of live music they discuss their past and what brought them to Tucson. Birds and Arrows is performing at the Quarry in Bisbee… Read more »

Nicolas Cage: The Mane, The Myth, The Legend

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In the early 1980s, a fresh young face burst onto the scene in Hollywood. Nicolas Coppola appeared in the lead as Randy in the film Valley Girl, and the world would never be the same. Nicolas would change his name and go on to star in some of the most iconic films of the 80s… Read more »

Leptotes marina

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There are so many species of Blues across North America and I was delighted to figure out the species in abundance at our little homestead is Leptotes marina. I neglected to say that the larval food plants for the Marine Blue are the legumes and since our place is surrounded by mesquites (Prosopis velutina) and… Read more »

Mala Mujer

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Mala Mujer or Cnidoscolus angustidens is an interesting plant in Euphorbiaceae, the spurge family.  It’s found in southeastern Arizona and south into Sonora on rocky slopes from 2,500′ to 5,000′ in elevation. What makes it interesting, at least to me, are the green maple-like leaves covered in white dots that are actually little mounds, each… Read more »

The 10 Year Old – Carolyn Harper

Carolyn Harper is a Next Generation Park Ranger at Saguaro National Park, a career development program to incentivize and train young people for park service and related careers. One of Carolyn’s main duties is coordinating a “citizen science” program that brings people into the park to help record vital information about the saguaro population. Here she talks about the… Read more »

Amy Goodman’s 20th Anniversary Talk

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Corvus in a Quercus

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Corvus cryptoleucus is the Chihuahuan Raven. Corvus is Latin for crow and is the scientific name Linnaeus gave crows and ravens. Cryptoleucus is from two Greek words and means hidden white, referring to white feathers found on the neck of this raven which you seldom if ever see. Well, maybe on a windy day or… Read more »

Mik and Scott Live in Studio 2A

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Mik and Scott perform live in Studio 2A for the second half of Locals Only. Mik and Scott perform at La Cocina for the Funky Brunch every Sunday, and this Sunday is the 3rd anniversary of the Funky Brunch, as well as the release party for a new album.

Thesis Thursday with Meagan Tran

My name is Meagan Tran, and I am a rising 3rd year student majoring in Biomedical Engineering and minoring in Mathematics and Molecular & Cellular Biology.  I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona but since moving to Tucson, I have fallen in love with the food, people, and scenery here.  In my spare time, I love exploring nature by hiking, camping,… Read more »

On Demand: Lee Harvey Osmond

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We were pleasantly blown away by the in-studio performance by Lee Harvey Osmond during The Home Stretch on May 10. The dark-hearted, acid-tinged Canadian roots rock outfit was configured as a father-son duo between leader Tom Wilson and his equally talented son, Thompson Wilson, who has also collaborated with former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell. Click… Read more »

Gotta Save the San Pedro River

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The San Pedro River in southeastern Arizona “provides critical stopover habitat for millions of migrating birds each year and is home to 84 species of mammals, 14 species of fish and 41 species of reptiles and amphibians.” That quote is from The Nature Conservancy web site and I could easily add more San Pedro River… Read more »

Thesis Thursday with Libor Grubhoffer

A parasitologist and biochemist, Libor Grubhoffer has an international reputation of excellence in his fields and extensive history of collaboration and partnership with the University of Arizona. As past rector of the University of South Bohemia – located in in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic – a position he held from 2012 – 2016, Grubhoffer helped… Read more »

Kate Becker Live in Studio 2A

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Kate Becker performs live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. Kate Becker has a CD release show for her new album, Pirate Radio, at Whistle Stop Depot on Friday, May 20th. Host: Matt Milner, Audio: Björgvin Benediktsson, Photos: Nicci Radhe – Celesteal Photography

The Whole Universe – Vicki Brown

Vicki Brown is a violinist and maker of sound-scapes. In April, she played her violin with a saguaro in Saguaro National Park as part of the #IStandwithSaguaros campaign of the Standing with Saguaros project. Vicki shares her reflections on dueting with a saguaro immediately after the experience. #IStandWithSaguaros is a campaign to befriend, support, and connect with… Read more »

Film Club: Superheroes Part 2, Post 2002

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Heather, Jeff, and Rusty finish up their superhero movie talk for now with a look at the genre after 2002 and Sam Reimi’s adaptation of Spider-Man which ushered in the “Golden Age of Marvel”. They talk about the changes in scope of the superhero formula, the reasons behind the glut of films with people in… Read more »

Thesis Thursday with Dagoberto Robles

My name is Dagoberto Robles and I am currently a junior attending the University of Arizona. I am double majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology. With the support from the Undergraduate Biology Research Program, I am currently working in a lab that specializes in pain pharmacology under Dr. Frank Porreca. By using rodent… Read more »

Ronstadt Generations live in Studio 2A

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Ronstadt Generations performs live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. Ronstadt Generations celebrates the release of their new album, In the Land of the Setting Sun on Friday, May 20th with a CD release party at the Whistle Stop Depot.

Film Club: Superhero Movies Part 1, Before 2002

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  Jeff Yanc, Heather Lares, and Rusty Boulet-Stephenson sat down to start a discussion of Super Hero movies. Part 1 is a discussion of the super hero genre before the Golden Age of Marvel which started in 2002. We talk Batman TV show, Wonder Woman, the Tim Burton Batman films, and even a little Buffy… Read more »

The First Saguaro – Megan Siquieros

Megan Siquieros is a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation, for whom the saguaro cactus is considered a person. As a child, Megan played the first saguaro in a film that still shows at the visitor center in Organ Pipe National Monument. On air version – 3:22   Full interview, lightly edited – 23:04

Thesis Thursday with Alec Perrera

  My name is Alec Perrera and I am a Junior undergraduate at the University of Arizona double majoring in Neuroscience and Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in Biochemistry. I am the Vice President of the U of A chapter of American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and I work in a… Read more »

Berlandiera lyrata

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The common name Chocolate Flower refers to the morning fragrance of the flower. Another common name I came across is Lyreleaf Greeneyes and that refers to the green disc of the flower after the ray flowers (petals) have fallen and the shape of the basal leaves as well. Apparently lyres came is some interesting shapes…. Read more »

Film Club: Disaster Movies Part 2 Post 1990

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Jeff, Heather, and Rusty discuss the disaster film genre after 1990 including notable films: Deep Impact, Armageddon, Dante’s Peak, and Mars Attacks. We talk about differences in disaster films from the 70s and look at where the genre is headed.   Music: www.bensound.com

Jihan Gearon: Towards a Just Transition

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Executive Director of Black Mesa Water Coalition (BMWC) Jihan Gearon stopped by the KXCI studios to discuss her organization’s environmental justice/economic development work which focuses Black Mesa. This region of the Navajo nation has experienced negative public health and environmental impacts from coal-fired power plants on, and surrounding, the nation. Black Mesa Water Coalition’s mission is to build a “Just… Read more »

Quercus, Tree of Life

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There are 13 species of oaks found in Arizona and they range from 3,000 to 8,000 feet in elevation across the state. The only one I haven’t seen in habitat is the Mexican willow oak (Quercus viminea) found in its northern most range in the Patagonia Mountains. That sounds like a quest to me. Our… Read more »

Thesis Thursday with Shade Rodriguez

At the moment, I am a junior majoring in Biochemistry in hopes to further expand in academia and pursue a career in the health field. For the longest time, I’ve grown increasingly fascinated by the complex nature of the scientific and medical field as it continues to unveil great phenomenon, mysteries and more. EHS-TRUE, a program under the UBRP umbrella has… Read more »

The Gay Boys Live in Studio 2A

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The Gay Boys perform live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. The Gay Boys have a couple shows in Tucson this week, the first on Thursday at the Flycatcher and the second on Friday at Gary’s Place.

Gaillardia pulchella

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I suppose the thinking is that any wild flowers blooming along the side of the road will beautify that road and who cares what is in the hydro-seed mix that is laid down after construction. And it could be just me that thinks perhaps some thought should go into what seed is in the mix… Read more »

One Tamal, Two Tamales

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30 Minutes features a presentation from the 2016 Tucson Festival of Books sponsored by Nuestras Raices, a program of the Pima County Library. Margarita Carrillo Arronte spoke on a panel entitled One Tamal, Two Tamales: the Ancient Art of Mexican Cuisine. She discusses the process of becoming a home cook, and then becoming a professional chef and author… Read more »

Schizachyrium scoparium

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Little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) is a native bunch grass that is easily identified, especially in the late summer and fall when the silvery seed is still atop the stems that have turned “blue”. Look for it at mid elevation on the dry rocky slopes above the desert floor. Little bluestem is easily found in nurseries… Read more »

Thesis Thursday with Salim Murad

Dr. Salim Murad is a faculty member in the Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Education, at the University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice, Czech.  He also teaches at New York University in Prague.  Murad studies migration and immigration and was a visiting fellow at the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford. … Read more »

Thesis Thursday with Nizigyimana Ernest

  I am a junior at university of Arizona, majoring in molecular and cellular biology, with minor in Psychology. I am currently doing research in Dr. Zelieann Craig’s  lab in the department of School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences. In the lab, we seek to comprehend how endocrine disruptors (hormone system disruptors) known as phthalates affect the ovary, the major reproductive… Read more »

Thesis Thursday with Stephanie Delgado

I was born in Flagstaff, Az, and raised overseas in Portugal, Germany, and Guam. I graduated from Simon A Sanchez High School, Yigo, Guam. Shortly thereafter I joined the US Air Force and spent 5 years as a Security Forces Member. I was able to cross train as a Medic and have remained one the past… Read more »

Thesis Thursday with Naim Duran

My name is Naim Duran and I was born in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico and was raised in Yuma, Arizona. I am a fourth year Physiology major, minoring in Spanish at the University of Arizona and ever since I began to pursue a career in science, my passion for it has only increased. I spend much… Read more »

Laura and the Killed Men live in Studio 2A

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Listen in as Laura and the Killed Men perform live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. Laura and the Killed Men have a release show for their new album, Ever Changing Trail, on Friday April 15th at Club Congress. Host: Matt Milner, Audio: Björgvin Benediktsson, Photos: Duncan Hudson

The Lonely Hearts Club Episode 9

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The Lonely hearts Club Episode 9 A lonely heart by any other name is still a lonely heart. In this comedy podcast, we talk about names, and games, lyrics and crushes. We look to the stars for guidance and we make fun of sunshine after dark. Featuring friends, Daniel Kirby, Karla Terry, Carolyn O Conner,… Read more »