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Music: Bridging Heart and Mind

It is curious that there is no Nobel Prize for the most ancient of all human arts, the art of music. True, Bob Dylan did get one, the first musician so honored, but that was not for his music, but for his words. A recent study from the University of Ohio showed that over the… Read more »

The Fissures of Men and Dalea formosa

The pumping of ground water to irrigate corn, alfalfa, cotton, pecan trees and pistachio trees in the Sulphur Springs Valley is…I can think of what it isn’t, sustainable…, but it is phenomenal. Maybe thoughtless is the word I’m looking for and I know the word sustainable gets thrown around way too much, but please, it’s… Read more »

Neruda

Neruda, from Chilean director Pablo Larraín, is centered, as you would expect, around the figure of Chile’s great poet, Pablo Neruda. But most everything else about this marvelous film is unexpected. The story concerns one dramatic and dangerous period in the poet’s life. In 1948, the new president of Chile outlaws the Communist Party, and… Read more »

Locals Only- June West, Casey Golden & Julian Neel

Locals Only- June West, Casey Golden & Julian Neel What a treat to have a triple bill in studio 2A. This talented group of musicians is going to be at Think Tank Tuesday April 18 in Tucson. They talk with  Matt in between sets about the memories they share from years of playing together. Their… Read more »

I Am Not Your Negro

James Baldwin was one of the great American novelists of the 20th century, with his most important fiction written in the 1950s and 60s. As an African American intellectual during those crucial years, he also felt compelled to be an essayist, with his main subject being the centrality of race in the tragedy of American… Read more »

Indigenous Women for Equality

“The Tucson women’s march was a part of a nation-wide and global movement for believers in equality to stand together in solidarity the day after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. The movement itself was not anti-Trump but rather a non-partisan pro-equality demonstration intended to show the world… Read more »

Growing Native- Black Swallowtail

Growing Native- Black Swallowtail The scientific name of the black swallowtail is Papilio polyxenes. Papilio is Latin for butterfly and the specific epithet polyxenes is from two Greek words and I think it means many guests. I could be wrong, but I liked my translation, because it made me think of all the larvae I… Read more »

Bonus Extended Episode: Tuesday Night Ride

The Tuesday Night Bike Ride going down University Boulevard

Special web-only bonus extended episode – learn much more about the Tuesday Night Bike Ride and hear more clips from the March 21 ride! In this episode of Pedaling the Pueblo, we ride along with the Tuesday Night Bike Ride and talk to its unofficial leader, Collin Forbes. This Tucson tradition has been going on… Read more »

Thesis Thursday- Swati Chandra

It’s Thursday! Time for Thesis Thursday 🙂 Who’s coming to KXCI today? Listen up as we talk to our guest, Swati Chandra. Swati’s Bio: My name is Swati Chandra, and I’m currently a sophomore studying at the University of Arizona. I’m majoring in biomedical engineering, and I’m on the pre-med track with hopes of eventually… Read more »

Toni Erdmann

Toni Erdmann, Germany’s entry for Best Foreign Language film at the Oscars this year, is a remarkable, ambitious, epic comedy/drama, written and directed by Maren Ade. This is her third feature, but the first I’ve seen, and the first to get international attention. Ade proves herself a creative force to be reckoned with. The film… Read more »

Locals Only- Ox & 8OhEight

          Locals Only- Ox & 8OhEight KXCI brings you an hour of live Hip Hop. Ox & 8OhEight have a brand new EP called 8OhOx It is going to drop on April 13th you can find it on wearebugginout.com A project from Tucson’s Pike Romero, bringing artists together to collaborate and… Read more »

Episode 7: The School Desks of Our Childhood

Education is hugely important to Houda–and to many Syrians. As she says in this episode of Mn Huna: Finding Refuge in Friendship, “School is the light of life. Without it is the darkness.” The violence in Syria has had a devastating impact on the educational system–and on an entire generation of Syrian children. Syria had been steadily… Read more »

Tucson Community Take Back The Night 2017

30 Minutes focuses on Tucson’s Community Take Back the Night 2017. Take Back the Night Planning Committee members Monserrat Caballero and Casey Chimneystar Condit spoke about the event taking place on Wednesday, April 12th from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the City of South Tucson Municipal Complex, 1601 South 6th Avenue, on the corner… Read more »

Restoring Balance

Borderlands Restoration is a 4-year old organization with the mission to restore ecological balance in the Northern Sonora. BR employs simple but effective techniques to prevent erosion and restore the soil where erosion already has taken its toll. Erosion occurs especially in the aftermath of wild fires, which have been on the increase in our… Read more »

Les Vampires

In the early years of the 20th century, a film genre was invented that became hugely popular: the adventure serial. Just as the publication of novels in installments had fired public interest for almost two centuries, so the serialized film story had audiences waiting in suspense for each succeeding episode. The most famous was Pathé… Read more »

Marah gilensis

Marah gilensis A morning or two after I recorded this show I heard a scaled quail calling, so now I have both species calling starting at dawn and then off and on through the day. It’s pretty sweet. Did you know that where the territories of the two species cross you will sometimes find a… Read more »

Bill Murray: Mentor to the Masses

Bill Murray: Mentor to the Masses

When did Bill Murray become a national treasure? It was after his time on Saturday Night Live. It was after his first starring role in Meatballs. And it probably came after his turns in Caddyshack and Stripes. By the time he was playing Dr. Peter Venkman, it was starting to dawn on people that this… Read more »

Locals Only- Fatigo Live in studio 2A!

Locals Only- Fatigo

Locals Only- Fatigo Live in studio 2A! Tonight’s version of Fatigo is made up of: Mike Montoya: Lead Vocals and Guitar Randall Saline : Bass Danielle Panther: Harmony, Lead vocals, and shaker! Sam Panther: Drums They Talk in studio with Sophie Gibson-Rush about Bisbee and Phoenix, friends, songwriting and fun times with Fatigo. The Phoenix… Read more »

Lonely Hearts Club ep.13

Lonely Hearts Club Bananas

Lonely Hearts Club ep.13 In this episode Bridgitte Thum talks to some good friends about values, our collections, our stuff and wanting. Wanting to hold on, wanting to be free and wanting things we can’t have. Thank You to the fabulous photographer,musician and artist Julius Schlosburg, The witty and insightful Linda Ray, and Lonely Hearts… Read more »

Episode 20: Tuesday Night Ride

  In this episode of Pedaling the Pueblo, we ride along with the Tuesday Night Bike Ride and talk to its unofficial leader, Collin Forbes. This Tucson tradition has been going on every week, rain or shine, for almost ten years. Learn about the ride’s history, what makes it special, some of Collin’s favorite rides,… Read more »

Forestiera

I certainly opened a can of worms, at least for myself, when I started reading about Forestiera species. I had learned about F. neomexicana (New Mexico Olive) when I worked in the nursery trade in northern New Mexico in the early 80’s. A few years later and back working in nurseries in the Tucson area… Read more »

A Beef With Mustard

What Is a Weed? A weed is a plant that grows where you don’t want it. Well, our entire front yard is overrun by a plant I call a weed, ’cause I don’t want it, as it is crowding out everything else. I was in the belief that the plant in question was ‘Russian knapweed’, aka… Read more »

Thesis Thursday- Jessi Rae McMinn

Thesis Thursday-  Jessi Rae McMinn I’m an Honors Physiology student minoring in Leadership Studies and Practice. A native Arizonan, I’m in love with the desert and anything that will get me outdoors, especially hiking, camping, and climbing. Someday, I hope to serve as a primary care physician and joined Dr. Naomi Rance’s lab in the… Read more »

Julieta

Pedro Almodóvar has been making movies for over forty years, and he’s still going strong. Starting out as a taboo-breaking provocateur, gradually he’s become something like the grand eminence of Spanish cinema, without, however, mainstreaming his films or selling out. His latest film, Julieta, highlights a different aspect of Almodóvar that shows up occasionally—that of… Read more »

Fish Karma and/or the DeRailleurs on Locals Only

Fish Karma and/or the DeRailleurs on Locals Only

  Locals Only- Fish Karma and/or the DeRailleurs This music “exists in this strange plane of being simultaneously highbrow and lowbrow.”- Matt Milner Sophisticated literary allusions with a courseness running through it. Matt Milner asks Fish Karma about his songwriting. They discuss the process of building from couplets, and persisting through novelty to discover a… Read more »

Episode 6: On the Other Side of Fear

In episode six of Mn Huna: Finding Refuge in Friendship Houda brings us to her high school at the beginning of the war, when she was fourteen years old, after her father’s arrest and release. The story Houda tells in this episode is jarring, distressing, upsetting. Houda’s mother told Melanie the story first—through gesture, expression, and the limited… Read more »

American Friends Service Committee at 100

30 Minutes spoke with Rebecca Fealk, Program Coordinator for American Friends Service Committee in Tucson to learn more about their work and their upcoming event. 2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), an international non-profit peace and justice organization. Founded in 1917 by pacifist Quakers as an alternative to military… Read more »

Arrival

Apocalyptic scenarios seem more and more common in science fiction movies every year, which I take as a sad indicator of our social outlook. I also think it’s pretty crass when worldwide disaster is just an excuse for more whiz-bang special effects adventure. The films that are more thoughtful on the subject, such as the… Read more »

Edible Shade Tops Pancakes With Trees

The Watershed Management Group hosts its spring Edible Shade mesquite pancake breakfast on Sunday, March 26, from 9 am – 12 pm at its Living Lab and Learning Center, 1137 Dodge Boulevard. Toppings for the pancakes include locally produced Prickly Pear syrup! Children will enjoy the La Casa del Chorrito playhouse. There will be presentations on… Read more »

Thesis Thursday- Johnathan Blohm

Thesis Thursday- Johnathan Blohm

Thesis Thursday- Johnathan Blohm My name is Jonathan Blohm and I’m a junior pursing a BS in Physiology here at the University of Arizona.  I’m from Tucson and have lived here my whole life so coming to the U of A was always in the forefront of where I wanted to go after high school. … Read more »

Sycamore Waiver Signed

Sycamores are the genus Platanus, which was the old Greek name for the tree that is the species Platanus  orientalis. There are five or six species found around the world, three spp. found in North America and just across the pesky border in northeastern Mexico is the beautiful Platanus  mexicana… but anyway, one species here… Read more »

National Alliance on Mental Illness- Reducing Stigma

30 Minutes features a conversation with Executive Director of The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Southern Arizona (NAMISA) H. Clarke Romans, Ph.D. and Christina Bickelmann, NAMISA Communications and Events Director. Mental illness impacts the lives of at least one in five adults and children. NAMI provides no-cost advocacy, education, and support for people with… Read more »

SARSEF Brings Out the Scientist in K-12 Students

SARSEF’s Mission The mission of the Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation (SARSEF) is to bring out the scientist in K-12 students. To this end, the Foundation helps more than 90,000 students in schools throughout the region to set up scientific projects on just about any subject that interests them. Although the emphasis is on the… Read more »

Episode 19: Cyclovia Tucson

In this episode of Pedaling the Pueblo we talk with local documentary photographer, Kathleen Dreier who has captured images and stories at Cyclovia Tucson since the very beginning. Now in it’s eighth year, Cyclovia Tucson gives people the opportunity to visit new neighborhoods and enjoy great weather, friends, food, and an array of family friendly… Read more »

Loving

Loving, a new film from writer/director Jeff Nichols, dramatizes the famous case in which a Virginia couple, Richard and Mildred Loving, challenged the state law against interracial marriage. History supplied its own poetic justice through the last name Loving, so that this landmark Supreme Court case is known as Loving versus Virginia. I had previously… Read more »

Episode 5: Nightmares Become Dreams, Part 2

Episode five of Mn Huna: Finding Refuge in Friendship begins where episode 4 ended: Houda’s father is in prison after being arrested in the street outside Houda’s home while her mother and sisters watched. Recently, a family friend was able to visit Houda’s neighborhood in Aleppo. They shot the video below. The video shows the street… Read more »

Maurandya antirrhiniflora

March really is the month of change around all of us in the borderlands of southern Arizona. How fun to celebrate the arrival of turkey vultures, the departure of sandhill cranes or the dropping of antlers by both species of deer. It’s as if you can pick any change you notice in the semi-arid ecosystem… Read more »

Inca Doves and Jojoba Bushes

Inca doves are found all along the borderlands and southward into Mexico. The common name should probably be Aztec dove, as the Incas were in Peru and the doves aren’t. But anyway, I had always thought of them as urban and was obviously mistaken. Either that or I have really created a park…”Petey Mesquitey Park…. Read more »

Cleaning the Ground to Clean the Air

Until about eight years ago, there used to be entire fields of discarded bottles all over the Tohono O’odham reservation, testifying to the despair that followed the disintegration of an ancient way of life. But today, these fields are largely gone, thanks to the dedication of one man to cleaning up the rez and his own life as well. And not only did he… Read more »

Thesis Thursday- Sergio Salguero

Thesis Thursday- Sergio Salguero UA Honors College student Sergio Salguero is a junior majoring in neuroscience with a minor in Spanish. He has many interests in the arts including painting, playing the piano and taking pictures. His goal is to pursue a PhD in neuroscience and to study the mechanisms of learning to improve upon… Read more »

The Love Witch

It took some time for me to figure out what to say about The Love Witch, written and directed by Anna Biller. It looks like a late 1960s low-budget occult horror film slash soft-core psychedelic sex romp. It is a spoof, but also a lot more than that. It’s a perverse labor of love that… Read more »

Locals Only- Miss Abysmal

Locals Only- Miss Abysmal

Locals Only- Miss Abysmal KXCI is proud to have psychedelic Tucsonans, Miss Abysmal in Studio 2A for a live performance. In Watermelon Sugar is the name of their latest release. Here is the live performance for you, on demand! Miss Abysmal on Facebook Miss Abysmal on Soundcloud Miss Abysmal on  Bandcamp Hosted by Sophie Gibson-Rush… Read more »

International Women’s Day 2017 Panel Discussion

In a special one hour round table discussion for International Women’s Day Maggy Zanger, Rose M. Lopez, Linda Green, and Anna Ochoa O’Leary spoke about domestic issues in the US and in southern Arizona and along the US Mexico border. Topics include forced migration, violence against women, reproductive rights, and the heightened vulnerabilities of indigenous… Read more »

Carolyn Sugiyama Classen: 75th Anniversary of Japanese American Internment

30 Minutes features a conversation with Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition Carolyn Sugiyama Classen. She was the former legislative aid to US Senator Daniel Inouye from Hawai’i who was instrumental in the creation of the National Commission which investigated the World War II Japanese American internment. February 19, 2017 marks the 75th anniversary… Read more »

Thesis Thursday- Alondra Harris

Thesis Thursday- Alondra Harris

Thesis Thursday- Alondra Harris A few words from this week’s guest, Alondra Harris: I am a senior at the University of Arizona studying East Asian Studies and Molecular and Cellular Biology. Through Environmental Health Sciences – Transformative Research Undergraduate Experience (EHS-TRUE) I have had the opportunity to work with Dr. Runyan in the Department of… Read more »

Soot Suit

Our children will have to deal with the world their parents leave behind and where the idea always was that they should be better off than us, it appears that the opposite is about to happen. The massive amounts of soot floating about in the air will infringe on their right to life; the effects… Read more »

A Spring Report from the Ol’ Guajolote

Monkey flowers are in the Figwort Family (Scrophulariaceae). The species I’m jabbering about in this show is called seep monkey flower or Mimulus guttatus. There are over a dozen species of Mimulus found in Arizona and almost all of them like their soil moist, so they’re not going to be in your xeriscape garden, okay?… Read more »

Manchester by the Sea

Manchester by the Sea, Kenneth Lonergan’s new film, takes on the difficult themes of grief, trauma, and the weight of the past. I say “difficult” because most films that try to depict these things don’t have a good enough understanding of the subject to do it well. The most common mistake made, and this actually… Read more »

Americans All: Breaking The Color Barrier Part 2

30 Minutes continues with excerpts from the 2016 Tucson Festival of Books. Americans All: Breaking the Color Barrier in Main Stream Publishing features authors Cathy Camper and Meg Medina discu ssing their processes, challenges, and successes in making literature more representative and accessible. Cuban American Meg Medina is the award winning author of “Yaqui Delgado… Read more »

Episode 4: Injustice Will Not Last, Part 1

Injustice Will Not Last, Part 1

In episodes 4-5 of Mn Huna: Finding Refuge in Friendship, Houda begins to talk about the unraveling of her childhood in Aleppo. Houda grew up in the apartment below her four cousins, who are similar ages to Houda and her sisters. They were in and out of each other’s homes constantly—a tight-knit extended family. And… Read more »

Pixar: The House That Luxo Built

Luxo Jr.

  Rule #805: Animation is not just for kids, ’cause grownups like it too! It turns out dreamers dream of electric sheep. In 1974, Pixar started as a group of visionaries who longed to see a film produced via computer generated art. In 1986, one John Lasseter presented Luxo Jr. the two-minute story of a charming,… Read more »

Thesis Thursday- Ruby Sierra

Thesis Thursday- Ruby Sierra

Thesis Thursday- Ruby Sierra I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona molded by the desert and I am currently a sophomore at the University of Arizona pursing a Bachelor’s of Science in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science. I am a part of the EHS-True program working under the laboratory of Dr.Boitano. Under his mentorship, I… Read more »

Americans All: Breaking The Color Barrier Part 1

Lowriders in Space

30 Minutes spotlights excerpts from the 2016 Tucson Festival of Books. Americans All: Breaking the Color Barrier in Main Stream Publishing features authors Cathy Camper and Meg Medina discussing their processes, challenges, and successes in making literature more representative and accessible. Cuban American Meg Medina is the award winning author of “Yaqui Delgado Wants to… Read more »

9999 BOTTLES IN THE WALL

In 2012, Roberts Bezeau participated in a study of garbage on the Panamese island of Colón, where he lives. A crew of 15 people opened 60,000 garbage bags and sorted out the contents. By far the biggest pile was the one with discarded plastic bottles. “It just kept on growing”. After the 6-month study was over,… Read more »

Jackie

There’s a movie out called Jackie, with Natalie Portman playing Jackie Kennedy, and I kind of avoided it for awhile because I’m wary of films that dramatize the lives of famous people, biopics they’re usually called. In my experience they often fail to be insightful or interesting. But then I noticed that it’s directed by… Read more »

Locals Only- The Wanda Junes

Locals Only- The Wanda Junes

Locals Only- The Wanda Junes We are pleased to bring you a special live performance by The Wanda Junes in Studio 2A at KXCI community radio. These Alt/Country artists have captured our hearts on Locals Only Feb 20, 2017. Kinship from Baby Tooth Records, will be released on cassette at Club Congress March 21st. Have… Read more »

Anemone tuberosa

Desert anemone (Anemone tuberosa) is in the Buttercup Family. Buttercups are the genus Ranuculus and so the family name is Ranunculaceae. It’s probably just me, but that is a marvelous family name to write and pronounce. Kearney and Peebles’ Arizona Flora lists three species of Anemone, but I noticed that the newer field guide Plants… Read more »

Web Supplement: 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

Thesis Thursday- Konner Kirwan

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

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

Locals Only- Vinnie Mendez & LABRATZ

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

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

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

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 »

Berms, Basins & Humanure

Berms, Basins & Humanure How do people practice sustainability in their every-day lives? Under the banner ‘Common Green’, the Weekly Green asks folks from all walks of life about their efforts to keep our neck of the woods and, by extension, the rest of the universe, habitable. This week, the microphone is manned by J.P. who implements Brad… Read more »

Thesis Thursday- Colin Lynch

Thesis Thursday- Colin Lynch Thesis Thursday is a weekly radio program that airs every Thursday on KXCI. We talk with Students from The University Of Arizona. They share what they are working on in school, their plans for the future, and we even talk a little bit about music. Thesis Thursday- Colin Lynch. Colin is… Read more »

Great and Awful Date Movies

Moonrise Kingdom

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

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 17: Poets Pedal

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

Eunice Borunda

  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

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

      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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 »

Episode 16: 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

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

Barack Obama

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

For the Birds

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

Moonlight

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

Toxicodendron rydbergii

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

Inauguration Day Teach-In

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

Clematis drummondii in a Wintery Landscape

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

Thesis Thursday- with Dominique Lund

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

The Conformist

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

Arivaca Ecofest

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

Episode 15: Distracted Driving Summit

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

Passion Fulfilled

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