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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 »

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 »

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 »

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

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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, Katie Haverly, and… 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 »

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 »

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.              

Run Boy Run- Live in Studio 2A Locals Only

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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 sum of its parts… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 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 into it’s own… 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 »

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 »

Soaring Birds and Snake Cotton

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

PtP Episode 5: The Loop

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In this episode of Pedaling the Pueblo, host Gene Einfrank interviews Andy Dinauer, division manager with the Pima County Flood Control District, about the Loop river park and multi-use pathway system. The Loop has over 100 miles of paths that encircle the city of Tucson and extend outward along rivers and washes to other parts… Read more »

Alternatives to Incarceration Part 1

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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 »

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 »