I thought I was through mourning the death of an old friend until an upcoming musical gig brought it all back to me. Well, I’m lucky to have known Bill “Frenchy” Emrie and even luckier to be able to tell this story. Miss you brother. (photo credit: Cindy Joyal. Left to right, Bill Emrie, Mike… Read more »
This show could also be called Typha latifolia and Grus canadensis, which has a nice scientific ring to it. Cattails are “plants of marshes and sloughs” and they remind me of my childhood. Apropos of nothing, there was a peanut butter and coconut candy back in those days as well called cattails. The Sandhill Cranes… Read more »
This week we talk with Julia Fonseca who has worked on land and water issues in southern Arizona since 1986. Currently Julia is the Environmental Planning Manager for the Office of Sustainability and Conservation at Pima County where she works with other individuals, agencies and groups toward protecting natural resources. She co-authored a widely cited… Read more »
Former state lawmaker Jonathan Paton and Democratic strategist Rodd McLeod size up Sen. John McCain’s opposition to allowing President Barack Obama to appoint a new Supreme Court justice; break down the latest in Southern Arizona’s congressional races; a few bills at the Arizona Legislature; and the retirement of Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll.
I am a junior majoring in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, and I plan to attend pharmacy school after my undergraduate experience. My life goal is to help and understand people, and I feel that I would be able to best accomplish that in the healthcare field. I study the conversation between neurons and glial cells in… Read more »
My name is Suhitha Veeravelli and I am a junior at the University of Arizona currently studying Physiology with minors in Spanish and Intercultural Studies. I was born in India and grew up in Phoenix, but in the last 3 years I have grown to love my new home in Tucson. In my free… Read more »
The Jim Howell Band performs live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only.
The Loggerhead Shrike is common, but still a fun sighting when your are out in the field. The first time you find an insect or small reptile stuck on a mesquite spine or a barb wire is always a “what the heck?” moment. Years ago it lead me to investigate the natural history of this… Read more »
If you are inclined to be a botanical splitter, then the plant I’m talking about is Condalia warnockii var. kearneyana, or so say Benson and Darrow. I’m a lazy lumper and so the plant is Condalia warnockii or Mexican Crucillo. Around you and me this interesting shrub in the Buckthorn Family ranges from 2,500 to… Read more »
30 Minutes spoke with Gary Paul Nabhan, Ph.D., about Tucson’s recent designation as a UNESCO World City of Gastronomy and what that means. He is the newly appointed director for Center for Regional Food Studies. Nabhan discussed the breadth of Tucson’s food cultures as well as the importance of food justice and food security for… Read more »
My name is Julie Huynh and I am a UBRP alum. While I was in UBRP, I worked in the lab of Dr. Hanna ‘Johnny’ Fares. We used the model organism, Caenorhabditis elegans (a roundworm), to understand why mutations in the MCOLN1 gene causes lysosomes (which are like the trash cans of your cells—they get rid of unwanted material) to… Read more »
This week we talk to Zach Sugg, who has worked extensively in Texas and Arizona so he is able to expand on the differences between state groundwater policies, and get us into the nitty gritty of how states water management policies, especially concerning ground water, can vary wildly. Zach Sugg, is a Ph.D. Candidate in… Read more »
Hadji Banjovi performs live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. He’s joined by members of the Infinite Mercies for this live performance. They play some songs from Hadji Banjovi’s upcoming solo release, Laredo, as well as tracks from the Infinite Mercies album, Texas State Bird.
I am a junior at the University of Arizona, studying Molecular and Cellular Biology and Biochemistry. I was born and raised in Helena, Montana, living just out of town. Among many other experiences, growing up in this environment and being able to explore the pine forests by day and the starry skies by night, helped… Read more »
Jeremy Michael Cashman performs live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. His newest album, The Mystery Bomb Sessions was just released.
In November 2012, Antigone Books presented Barbara Kingsolver reading from her latest novel Flight Behavior at the Temple of Music and Art. Flight Behavior follows in the Kingsolver tradition of fiction that addresses issues of social justice and demonstrates the impact of culture and politics on human relationships. Set in a small town in Tennessee, the novel… Read more »
Anxious for some early morning light and something green in the grassland, Petey remembers an early blooming wildflower to look for in the nearby hills.
June West performs live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. Returning to Tucson from New York, June West is performing at R Bar on Wed., Jan. 27th.
Petey finds a young abandoned peccary under a mesquite tree and looks up just in time to see a large group of peccaries disappearing into the grassland. “Those critters aren’t coming back,” he quietly muttered and stared at the beautiful creature at his feet.
In November 2012, Antigone Books presented Barbara Kingsolver reading from her latest novel Flight Behavior at the Temple of Music and Art. Flight Behavior follows in the Kingsolver tradition of fiction that addresses issues of social justice and demonstrates the impact of culture and politics on human relationships. Set in a small town in Tennessee, the… Read more »
My name is Dylan Hutchison. I am a fourth-year undergraduate at the University of Arizona, majoring in Neuroscience & Cognitive Science (Neurobiology emphasis), and minor in both Chemistry & Biochemistry. I had entered UBRP via the Neuroscience & Cognitive Science Summer Research Program (NSCS-SRP), a sister-group of UBRP for NSCS projects, last summer. I had… Read more »
Juliet McKenna works for a private consulting firm Montgomery and Associates based in Tucson Arizona. Juliet is a Hydrogeologist and Water Policy Consultant and her work is focused on developing groundwater supplies and providing water rights support for municipal agencies, public water companies, tribes, and private entities. The former director of an interstate aquifer management… Read more »
Petey reminisces about his confused middle class white kid journey in segregated Kentucky.
Woven Oak Trio performs live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. Catch their live performance at Club Congress on Wednesday, January 20th.
Patrick O’Connor is a senior in the Undergraduate Biology Research Program who is majoring in molecular and cellular biology and physiology. He works with Dr. John Konhilas studying probiotic bacteria that affect cardiac health. Patrick is also an intern at the Arizona Daily Star where he covers science and technology and an editor at the… Read more »
Fathoming Water Episode 9: Marie Pearthree This week we take a trip up to Phoenix to talk to Central Arizona Project Deputy General Manager of Strategic Initiatives & Public Policy Marie Peathree. Ms. Pearthree oversees Resource Planning and Analysis, the Colorado River Program, Stakeholder Relations and Strategic Initiatives, Legislative Affairs and Board Management, and the… Read more »
Petey peers into an old bird nest in a tree and discovers the work of a deer mouse.
I am a junior here at the University of Arizona, and I’m studying Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Physiology, with a minor in Mathematics. I have lived in Tucson my whole life, and graduated from Catalina Foothills High School. I’ve loved science since first grade, when a guest speaker talked to my class about… Read more »
Mucaulay Vulcan performs live in Studio 2A for the second half of Locals Only. Facebook Soundcloud Bandcamp
On December 18th, 2015 Etherton Gallery hosted a panel discussion on Prison Reform in conjunction with an exhibition by famed photographer Danny Lyon. In part two of this broadcast, we begin with Etherton Gallery Director Hannah Glassman introduces the exhibit and panelists who include Arizona State Senator Steve Farley, journalist Margaret Regan, attorney Lisette Flores,… Read more »
Lonely Hearts Club The comedy podcast with heart and soul, brains and blunders. It’s Episode 6 in all it’s splendor! Join Bridgitte, Cathy, Carolyn, Michelle and Mo for fun times and fast talking! We talk about spiders and cats and grief, sadness and bee stings. We talk to a trauma queen, about childhood character building… Read more »
Petey and Ms. Mesquitey hike into the land of the Apache pine.
On Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, BEYOND is kicking off its 5th annual event to commemorate the January 8, 2011 shooting. This annual event was initiated by members of Gabe Zimmerman’s family and is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of our community by providing opportunities for people to come together, get outside and spend quality time with… Read more »
Petey wonders what new roads and paths will reveal to him in the coming year and remembers a very good road.
On September 24th, 2015 REA Media Group President/CEO Raul E. Aguirre and the YWCA of Tucson presented Chicano cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz in an event entitled “An Evening of Deconstructing Chicano Satire,” cosponsored by UA Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry and UA’s Spanish and Portuguese Department. Lalo Alcaraz is a consulting producer and writer for the upcoming… Read more »
The Christmas Cuckoo is a new radio play of an old Christmas tale. Tune in to KXCI to hear it Christmas Eve at 8pm (after the Weekly Green) and on Christmas Day at 3pm, at the start of The Home Stretch. Amy Crown: narrator, piano and soprano recorder Jessie Crown: violin and guitar Molly Crown:… Read more »
Petey discusses the predicted rainy weather in song.
On December 18th, 2015 Etherton Gallery hosted a panel discussion on Prison Reform in conjunction with an exhibition by famed photographer Danny Lyon. Up first, Etherton Gallery Director Hannah Glassman introduces the exhibit and panelists who include Arizona State Senator Steve Farley, journalist Margaret Regan, attorney Lisette Flores, and American Friends Service Committee program associate… Read more »
Of all the rebels in Russian cinemas, none were more radical than Aleksey German. During the Soviet era and afterwards, his films consistently defied authority and in return were denounced and censored. His final film, which took six years to make, and was completed right before his death two years ago at the age of… Read more »
Fathoming Water Episode 8: Karilyn Roach In this episode Karilyn Roach and I discuss how the Community Water Coalition works by bringing together a diverse group of members. The Coalition was formed in 2011 and Watershed Management Group who is one of the original members houses the offices of the Coalition. We discuss the impacts the… Read more »
Petey encounters a black bear while on his annual hunt and gather in the Galiuro Mountains.
Petey talks about the Mearns quail found in the uplands of southeastern Arizona, as well as an abundance of acorns found on the Mexican blue oaks. There is much excitement.
I am currently a senior at the university and had the opportunity to go on the greatest adventure of my life. I was fortunate enough to be part of PROZKOUMAT!; a program through the university that allows ten participants the chance to travel across the world and engage in research at the Institute of Parasitology… Read more »
On December 8th, 2015, 69 year old acclaimed poet, national recording artist, actor, and activist John Trudell left his final Facebook post: “My ride showed up. Celebrate Love. Celebrate Life.” In his honor 30 Minutes features remarks made by John Trudell at a question and answer session recorded at The Loft Cinema in March 2006… Read more »
Katie Haverly performs live in Studio 2A for the second half of Locals Only. Katie talks about her new album, The Aviary, and the release show on Saturday, Dec. 12th at the Flycatcher.
Jacob Acosta, with full band, performs live in Studio 2A for the second half of Locals Only. Jacob plays some familiar songs from his latest release, Silver Lining, but also plays some new music that will appear on an upcoming release.
Los Guapos performs live in Studio 2A for the second half of Locals Only. Los Guapos talks about the release of their new self titled EP and how the current incarnation of the group came to fruition in between sets of great live music.
Fathoming Water Episode 7: Christopher T. (Kip) Volpe Kip Volpe is the Vice President and Treasurer for The Estes Co, a multi-generational, full spectrum Tucson and Arizona real estate development company. Kip oversees the operations of its various related entities including Vail Water Company in his capacity of Vice President. Kip has worked on water related… Read more »
Petey is excited about old pack rat middens and talks about our local pack rat species, Neotoma albigula.
Ms. Mesquitey discovers a hog-nosed skunk in the hen house and wakes Petey up to share the news.
I am a junior Physiology undergraduate at the University of Arizona. I’ve always been fascinated with the science powering human beings, so getting an opportunity to actually make new discoveries about humans was immediately interesting to me. I have plans to go to medical school, as I like to solve problems, and enjoy working with people. Usually, my free time… Read more »
My name is Aline and I am a senior at the University of Arizona in the Physiology Department. I’ve been involved in Dr. Tomat’s research lab for one year and I am currently developing a chemical toolbox to investigate the iron communication between tumor-associated macrophages and cancer cells. In pursuit of my goal of becoming… Read more »
HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYBODY! It’s a Thanksgiving Day Special! We talk to Brian Wong President of BKW Farms. When most series take Thanksgiving week off we decided to release this episode on Thanksgiving Day because of the relevance of food production in our celebration of Thanksgiving. In this episode we start to understand the incredible risk that… Read more »
I am a senior in biochemistry at UA and I am graduating December 2015. I work in the lab of Prof. John Enemark studying the human enzyme sulfite oxidase. I have been in our lab for about a year and a half. We’ve recently made some interesting advances in our study of pathological mutants of this enzyme… Read more »
Dr. Diana Liverman brings a very global perspective to the Fathoming Water series. This episode introduces many of the concepts we will be hearing about in future episodes. Diana’s main concern is with the fate of the disadvantaged and disempowered in a changing climate – the poor, women, children, and other species- so this interview is… Read more »
Petey thinks that the plant desert broom (Baccharis sarothroides) would be an amazing addition to a pollinator garden. Oh dear.
Ryan Chavira performs live in Studio 2A for the second half of Locals Only. Facebook Bandcamp Soundcloud
30 Minutes spoke with Diana Figueroa and Ron Austin from The Carlos G. Figueroa Foundation whose mission is promoting the understanding of poverty and homelessness through media. Ron is a formerly homeless person and Diana’s father was homeless when he was tragically beaten and left to die behind an auto parts store. This year, The… Read more »
I am a Senior majoring in Biochemistry and Latin at the University of Arizona and I would like to go to medical school so I can fulfill a beneficial role in society. As an undergraduate, I believe science plays a great role in contributing to the knowledge of the world so I began to conduct research…. Read more »
Phoenix, a new film by German director Christian Petzold, takes its name not from the Arizona city, but a nightclub catering to American GIs in postwar Berlin, with the added significance of the word’s original meaning, a mythical bird that rises from the ashes after being consumed in fire. Nina Hoss plays Nelly Lenz, a… Read more »
The Long Wait performs live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. The Long Wait is a transatlantic folk rock group that has members from around the world and currently calls Tucson home. The Long Wait merges the songwriting sensibilities of yesteryear with melodic harmonies and guitar. With Liz Cerepanya’s lead vocals… Read more »
Petey talks of a wonderful dream and also a plant with dream like seed pods.
Arizona’s Strategic Vision for Water Supply Sustainability Thomas Buschatzke was the keynote speaker at the Sustainable Water for Southern Arizona: Current Conditions and Future Prospects Community Forum. In his talk he unveils Arizona’s future steps for water sustainability. By following the link above you can learn more about the Strategic Vision plan. It is a very… Read more »
Lisa Atkins started off the Sustainable Water for Southern Arizona: Current Conditions and Future Prospects community forum with an introduction to the issues that would be addressed at the forum. Lisa and Arizona Department of Water Resources Director Thomas Buschatzke will be our next guest on Fathoming Water. The two work hand in hand in Arizona water policy… Read more »
Arizona Friends of Tibet Founder Peggy Hitchcock and Tibetan University of Arizona grad student Tenzin Sonam discussed Bringing Tibet Home and other Tibetan issues. Bringing Tibet Home will screen at The Loft Cinema on Wednesday, November 11th at 7pm in a benefit for Arizona Friends of Tibet. A Q & A will follow with Director… Read more »
I’m a senior in the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science program at the University of Arizona. I’ve been interested in science my whole life, but first got involved in research in high school. I am currently applying to graduate programs in neuroscience to pursue my goal of becoming a research professor. I’m the president of the neuroscience… Read more »
The Freezing Hands perform live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. In between sets of live music they discuss the formation and direction of The Freezing Hands, recording their music, their upcoming show at Night of the Living Fest on Saturday, Nov. 7th and more! The Freezing Hands – Coma Cave… Read more »
Petey talks about some unintentional seed collecting and also of a favorite native grass called giant sacaton whose seed he didn’t get to in time. Dang!
Lindsey stopped by the KXCI Studios to tell us about her research. The University of Arizona’s Undergraduate Biology Research Program is partnering with KXCI 91.3 to produce “Thesis Thursday,” a weekly segment featuring student researchers talking about their undergraduate thesis projects, or research projects while working with University professors. Students describe their research, their overall goals… Read more »
The Rifle performs live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. In between sets The Rifle discuss the history of the group and their upcoming release show, November 5th at the Flycatcher.
Episode 2: Robert Glennon Released October 29th, 2015 In this episode Dr. Glennon and I talk about how water markets work in the United States. We take a look back at the American legal history that makes water trades difficult and sometimes impossible. Focusing on his new paper “Shopping for Water” prepared for The Hamilton Project we discuss solutions to… Read more »
Adara Rae & The Homewreckers perform live in Studio 2A for the second hours of Locals Only. Adara Rae discusses her musical journey through life and the forming of the current line-up of Adara Rae & The Homewreckers, as well as their upcoming album, Here Comes The Music.
Today on 30 Minutes, we remember Clyde Appleton. At the Folk Festival in May, 2013, local folk singer and organizer Ted Warmbrand convened members of the Tucson Folk Singers to document their stories. In early October, 2015 a leader of the Tucson Folk Singers Clyde Appleton passed away. There will be a memorial on Sunday,… Read more »
NBA Preseason Analysis Part 7
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NBA Preseason Analysis
The Lonely Hearts Club is back for 4. We are here to find the funny honey. Got a problem? Don’t cry about it, just write about it. send your letter to Bridgitte Thum c/o KXCI Community Radio 220 S. 4th Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701 In Episode 4 Bridgitte Thum talks with friends about zombies, guns,… Read more »
Petey talks about the moon and coyotes and a beautiful wildflower found in the nearby mountains.
Episode 1: Dr. Sharon Megdal Released October 15th, 2015 In this episode Dr. Megdal and I talk about why it is important as a citizen to be informed about how your municipal water supply is delivered, and managed. We discuss the allocation of the Colorado River, the management of the Central Arizona Project, and the 1980 Arizona Groundwater Management Act… Read more »
Petey wanders into the nearby hills and comes across a couple different species of native bunch grasses and tells us all about them.
Number Three Combo consists of former members of Black Sun Ensemble and Cobracalia. They perform an hour of absolutely beautiful live music in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. You can help Number Three Combo celebrate the release of their new album, Retrofitting at the Hut on Sunday, October 25th. Number Three… Read more »
Petey thinks kangaroo rats could using the seed pods of Crotalaria pumila as maracas, while they write messages in the dust with their long tails. Oh dear. We better listen.
NBA Preseason Analysis Part 3
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Calexico return to Tucson this weekend to play a special homecoming show at the Rialto this Saturday before heading out again on an extensive European tour. To celebrate, we had guitarist-vocalist Joey Burns stop by to tape a guest DJ set with us, which we will air just after 4pm on today’s edition of The Home… Read more »
Petey says it is the year of the Desert Cottontail and tells us all about the furry little rascals that breed like rabbits.
On September 23, 2015, the YWCA Southern Arizona hosted part three of their ongoing Community Discussion on Mass Incarceration and how it affects our community. Due to the ever growing numbers of neighbors who are being incarcerated as well as the collateral consequences, the YWCA Southern believes that this conversation is part of their social… Read more »
NBA Preseason Analysis Part 2
Katterwaul performs live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. In between sets they discuss upcoming shows and the release of their new album, 15 Forever.
Petey is excited about finding a wonderful weedy herb in the Goosefoot Family (Chenopodiaceae) growing along the banks of the ol’ Guajolote.
Today on 30 Minutes, Neto Portillo, Jr. interviews Lila Downs ahead of her Tuesday, September 22nd show at the Fox Theatre, presented by The Rialto Theatre. Lila Downs has one of the world’s most singular voices and innovative approaches to music. Born in the state of Oaxaca México, she is the daughter of a Mixtec… Read more »
Speedway and Swan Poem Playlist for Episode 6, August 9, 2015, with guest co-host Tyler Meier University of Arizona Poetry Center director Tyler Meier joins host Brian Blanchfield for an hour of poetry on the radio that, among other things, posits what might constitute a monsoon poetics (buildup, wait, release if it so pleases); listens in on elegies… Read more »
Andy Summers, photographer and guitarist of The Police, talks with Hannah Levin from The Home Stretch about art, music, the creative process and specific images below. Andy is in Tucson for the opening reception of Light Motifs, photographs by Ralph Gibson and Andy Summers, at Etherton Gallery, Saturday, September 19th, from 7 to 10pm. The… Read more »
It’s Comedy. It’s a podcast. It’s a comedy podcast get it? Looking for some comedy with heart? KXCI.org is the place to be. Lonely Hearts Club Episode 3. In this episode, Bridgitte Thum talks with her son Elijah. She takes us on a field trip to visit her friend, the Mayor of Tucson, Jonathan Rothschild! She… Read more »
Petey and Ms. Mesquitey ramble a favorite dirt road through a sky island in southeastern Arizona stopping to admire the flora every few minutes and it was a long glorious day.
Today on 30 Minutes we feature a panel from the Pima County Public Library Nuestras Raices Pavillion at the 2015 Tucson Festival Books entitled The Two Pablos. Pablo Picasso and Pablo Neruda spoke Spanish, but their art joyfully breached many cultural and linguistic barriers. Celebrated authors Pam Muñoz Ryan (who penned Esperanza Rising), and Mónica Brown… Read more »