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It Was The List Of Times: Hitchcock v Welles

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 »

Ozone

If you have been coughing and sneezing a lot lately, if your eyes are stinging and the inside of your mouth feels like it is on fire, the cause is likely to be ozone. The Pima County Department of Environmental Quality has issued an advisory for moderately elevated levels of surface ozone, currently at about… Read more »

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Pipelights Live in Studio 2A

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.

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Fugazi – Steady Diet of Nothing – KXCI Classic Pick

FUGAZI – STEADY DIET OF NOTHING Released July, 1991- 25 years ago Fugazi’s sophomore full-length, and first self-produced album, shudders and quakes with angst and contempt for the government, news media, and the music industry. While receiving less attention than many of the band’s other releases, many critics consider it on par with every other… Read more »

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A Dramatic Garden

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 »

Love & Friendship

Writer-director Whit Stillman hasn’t made many films—only five, in fact, since his debut feature in 1990, Metropolitan. Apparently he’s found it difficult to find backing for his pictures, sophisticated comedies of manners with bright, articulate, and fairly affluent characters. He has a fine ear for the way highly educated people speak in social situations, the… Read more »

Dark Skies

The American Medical Association published a report in June on the adverse health effects of artificial light. The report, titled ‘“Light Pollution: Adverse Health Effects of Nighttime Lighting“, is a compilation of other studies on the effects of artificial light and does not present new research by the AMA proper. However, the recognition by this… Read more »

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Favorite Female Directors: Anders, Coppola, & July

Film Club Rule #835: If a woman can secure the Presidential nomination, we can have a woman direct a Marvel superhero movie — and win an Oscar for it. Female directors create a small percentage of films being made in 2016. Over all the years and ceremonies, only four women have been nominated for a… Read more »

Walls And Bridges

6-lanes highways are great for connecting human communities, but at the same time they sever the pathways of animals across their habitats, decreasing their foraging area and the diversity of their gene pool. Recognizing this issue, the Arizona Department of Transportation has included two wildlife crossings in the project to widen Oracle Road, the first… Read more »

Tale of Tales

In the popular mind, fairy tales have come to mean something sweet and happy and cute, and you can thank, or blame, Walt Disney for a lot of that. But the real thing, the stories I read as a child, from Perrault and Hans Christian Andersen and, above all, from the Brothers Grimm, are much… Read more »

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Grassland Plant ID

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 »

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Dirt Friends Live in Studio 2a

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.

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Go-Go’s – Beauty and the Beat – KXCI Classic Pick

GO-GO’S – BEAUTY AND THE BEAT Released: July 8, 1981 – 35 years ago The Go-Go’s first studio album, combining 60s girl group-styled pop harmonies with surf rock, punk, and post-punk, help usher in a new era of underground-influenced pop. Coinciding with the launch of MTV, it quickly became a cornerstone of the New Wave… Read more »

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 »

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Building Resilient Communities

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 »

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The Story of Numida meleagris

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 »

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On Demand: Wax Idols

Dark, powerful, imaginative, intelligent–all relevant descriptors when it comes to the work of Wax Idols. It was wonderful to have them in for a live performance prior to their show at Congress; the least we could do was share our popsicles with them. Definitely RIYL Siouxsie Sioux, Brody Dalle, or Chelsea Wolfe.

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Thesis Thursday with Monica (Nikki) Mastrud

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 and career interests and where they think their research will lead. As… Read more »

The Gunfighter

The western, that most American of film genres, reached its peak in the 1950s, when Hollywood reinvented its timeworn conventions for greater dramatic impact. The Gunfighter, released in 1950, directed by Henry King, is a good example of how much further westerns had come from the days of Tom Mix and Gene Autry. Gregory Peck… Read more »

Dust

Air pollution causes 6.5 million deaths each year, according to a recent report by the International Energy Agency, which did the study because it considers energy production and use the dominant cause of air pollution. But, as Arizonans know all too well, there are other things beside the sooty residue from fossil fuels that thicken the… Read more »

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Joan & John Cusack: It’s A Family Affair

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 »

KXCI Announces Plans For New Studio at Hotel Congress

July 5, 2016 KXCI Announces Plans for New Studio at Hotel Congress Expanded Space to Offer More Live Music, Greater Community Access Media Contacts: Cathy Rivers, Executive Director: Cathy@kxci.org Hannah Levin, Director of Content: Hannah@kxci.org Tucson, AZ—KXCI, Tucson’s beloved, respected, and long-running independent, listener-supported radio station is proud to announce a new, groundbreaking partnership with another… Read more »

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Thesis Thursday Nathaniel Gallegos

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

Francofonia

Russian director Alexander Sokurov is in a category by himself, straddling the line between fiction and nonfiction, poetry and prose. In previous shows I’ve scratched the surface of his work, with reviews of Mother and Son from ‘97 and Russian Ark from 2002, but his astonishing career has spanned four decades and over fifty films,… Read more »

Styrofoam Recycling

Established in the late 80’s, The Fairfax Companies began in sand/gravel and then landfills. Many Tucsonans know its main recycling facility as the “Speedway dump” but it’s so much more than that!  When the company founder’s son Jason Tankersley (aka “Tank”) took ownership, he began to focus on more sustainable solutions for handling Tucson’s waste. He… Read more »

The Recovery – Don Swann

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

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Film Censorship: 21xx Century Style

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

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Lord Silver Plume Live in Studio 2A

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

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Provenance is good, but give me the story

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

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Los Fabulosos Cadillacs – Rey Azucar – KXCI Classic Pick

LOS FABULOSOS CADILLACS – REY AZÚCAR Released June, 1995 – 21 years ago The tenth studio album by Argentina’s Los Fabulosos Cadillacs represents their first high-profile release outside of Latin America. This was due in part to guest appearances by Mick Jones of The Clash and Debbie Harry of Blondie and production by the Taking… Read more »

The Rooted One – Jill Lorenzini

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

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Thesis Thursday with Michael Ragone

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

My Golden Days

There are some filmmakers whose new pictures I will always watch, without even bothering to read reviews, because I’ve grown very fond of their particular styles and artistic visions. One of these is French director Arnaud Desplechin, whose diverse creations over the years include Esther Kahn, Kings & Queen, and A Christmas Tale, all movies… Read more »

1930 Invasions

It has been a bit hot of late and the omnipresent buffelgrass is dry like tinder and ready to burn. Buffelgrass likes fire, because it kills off its competitors, such as the saguaro,  while its seeds survive the heat with ease. For the past 8 years, the Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center has spearheaded efforts… Read more »

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Floriferous Madness

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

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On Demand: Wreckless Eric Live on The Home Stretch

The effortlessly endearing Wreckless Eric charmed us all when he stopped by and shared the origin story behind composing his iconic hit “Whole Wide World” and played a few songs live, right there in the booth with Home Stretch host Hannah Levin. Click now to hear all of his warm, funny, and rambunctious performance.

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On Demand: Rogue Wave Live in Studio 2A

Bay Area-based band Rogue Wave stopped by for an intimate in-studio prior to their show at the Rialto. Click now to hear the full performance and interview. Hosted by Hannah Levin on The Home Stretch.

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Leigh Lesho Live in Studio 2A

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

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Joni Mitchell – Blue – KXCI Classic Pick

JONI MITCHELL – BLUE Released: June 22, 1971 – 45 years ago Mitchell’s fourth studio release is melancholy, sparse, bittersweet, and quietly beautiful. Characterized by raw, absolutely stunning lyrics, it is considered by many “the” quintessential confessional singer-songwriter album. A true watershed release, it stands as one of the most influential and compelling folk-pop releases… Read more »

Buffelgrass fight enters new stage in southern Arizona

News Release June 16, 2016 Buffelgrass fight enters new stage in southern Arizona with stronger focus on long-term efforts TUCSON—Southern Arizona is entering a significant new stage in the fight against buffelgrass, as the Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center (SABCC) hands over its responsibilities to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Pima Association of Governments and Sky… Read more »

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Heuchera sanguinea and Apocynum cannabinum

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

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Thesis Thursday with Cristina Young

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

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Lonely Hearts Club Episode 10

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

April and the Extraordinary World

April and the Extraordinary World is an animated film from France. Its story falls into a relatively recent genre of alternative history fiction known as “steampunk.” In this case, a botched experiment by a late 19th century scientist changes the course of history. As all the important scientists in the world begin, inexplicably, to disappear,… Read more »

The Bloom Count – William Peachey

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

Night And Day

From the beginning of life on earth, its rhythms have been dictated by the rising and setting of the sun. This ended on December 31, 1879, when Thomas Edison’s light bulbs first lit up a New York street. From that moment on, night started turning into day. When an earth quake blacked-out all of Los… Read more »

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Know Your Role: Musicians Who Tried Acting

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

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Asian Fred Live in Studio 2A

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

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Beck – Odelay – KXCI Classic Pick

BECK – ODELAY Released June 18, 1996 – 20 years ago Beck’s sophomore major label release blends found sounds and samples that highlight an ever-changing stylistic shift between blues, soul, folk, country, rock, hip hop, electronic, and noise rock. This patchwork flows smoothly, however its presentation defies convention with the sum of the parts sounding… Read more »

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Thesis Thursday with Alison Comrie

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

The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

In the 1970s and early 80s, before his present incarnation as a documentary filmmaker, German director Werner Herzog created a body of work in fiction film that established him, in my opinion, as one of the great cinematic visionaries of our time. The first of his movies I ever saw, which affected me profoundly and… Read more »

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Birds and Arrows Live in Studio 2A

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

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Nicolas Cage: The Mane, The Myth, The Legend

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

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KXCI Teen DJ Showcase Sunday, June 12

The KXCI Teen DJ Camp is now underway. Our graduates will take to the airwaves on Sunday, June 12th from noon to 5pm to showcase their talents. Each student will have a half hour set to share their favorite music with you. This is a hands on class where students receive an introduction to: broadcast equipment… Read more »

Beating The Heat

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that globally last April was, once again, the warmest on record. That makes it the 12th consecutive month of record heat . It was also the 4th hottest month of ALL months since record keeping started in 1880. April averaged almost 2 degrees higher than the 20th-century mean…. Read more »

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Leptotes marina

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

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Belle & Sebastian – Tigermilk – KXCI Classic Pick

BELLE AND SEBASTIAN – TIGERMILK Released June 6, 1996 – 20 years ago Belle & Sebastian’s debut initially was released in a quantity of only 1000, intended as the final project of a music business course. It became an unexpected word-of-mouth sensation in the UK and was re-released in 1999 after the critical success of… Read more »

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Mala Mujer

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

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On Demand: Marlon Williams

We’re big fans of New Zealand-based singer-songwriter Marlon Williams, so when he came through on tour opening for Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop, we were happy to have him in to play live on The Home Stretch. Hosted by Hannah Levin.            

Marguerite

How do you tell people who think they have talent that they don’t? This is a minor question that you hope you don’t have to deal with. It’s also the beginning idea of a new film by French director Xavier Giannolli called Marguerite. I call it a beginning idea, because the movie springboards off of… Read more »

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On Demand: Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop

It was a true joy to have Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop in Studio 2A this past Memorial Day. On tour in support of their new album, Love Letter For Fire, the pair stopped by to do a session for The Home Stretch prior to their show that evening at the Rialto. Hosted by Hannah… Read more »

Nemo Sine Vitio (It Ain’t Nemo’s Fault)

GENFOOD The National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine reports that genetically engineered foodcrops are not unhealthy, contradicting organizations such as Greenpiece, and refuting the notorious 2012 Seralini finding that they increased the chance of tumors in rats. The study actually finds positive traits: yields are higher and less pesticides are required than with traditionally… Read more »

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Run DMC – Raising Hell – KXCI Classic Pick

RUN-D.M.C. – RAISING HELL  Released May 15, 1986 – 30 years ago Run-D.M.C.’s third release was the group’s greatest commercial success, and reflects a massive sea change in pop-culture and music. Unlike most earlier rap releases focused on rhythm, it offered layered drum loops, guitars, scratching, and other sounds to create incredibly hooky melodies and… Read more »

The 10 Year Old – Carolyn Harper

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

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Amy Goodman’s 20th Anniversary Talk

Amy Goodman Democracy Now 20 Years Covering the Movements Changing America Part 1 Amy Goodman Democracy Now 20 Years Covering the Movements Changing America Part 2 Amy Goodman Democracy Now 20 Years Covering the Movements Changing America Part 3 Amy Goodman Democracy Now 20 Years Covering the Movements Changing America Part 4 On April 28th, 2016, Democracy Now!’s… Read more »

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Corvus in a Quercus

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

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Mik and Scott Live in Studio 2A

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

Thesis Thursday with Meagan Tran

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

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Celebrating 40 Years of Punk Music

The British Library is celebrating 40 years of Punk Rock music with a special exhibition “Punk 1976-78”, exploring the formative years of this musical phenomenon. Drawing from the Library’s extensive archives, the exhibition will feature a range of rare fanzines, unique flyers, exclusive audio recordings and original record sleeves, many of which have never been… Read more »

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On Demand: Lee Harvey Osmond

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

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On Demand: Eddie Spaghetti and Jesse Dayton

No foolin’! Supersuckers frontman Eddie Spaghetti and Americana maverick Jesse Dayton stopped by The Home Stretch on April 1 before their joint performance at Congress that evening. Eddie and Jesse have a long history of creative collaboration, so their set is a mixture of those shared stories and songs. Hosted by Hannah Levin.

The Judge – Ken Rosenthal

Most of us love saguaros, but every now and then one comes along that doesn’t exactly charm. Ken Rosenthal, a Tucson-based photographer, shares a story about one such saguaro in his backyard and what it taught him. On air version, 3:09

Water From The Left Or Water From Above?

It will not come as news to anybody that Arizona’s water supply is in a pinch. Lake Mead is at a record low and if it falls even further, supplies to Arizona will be cut back by 13% to 17%. Supplies are dwindling while demand is increasing – there can be no doubt that these trends… Read more »

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Smashing Pumpkins – Gish – KXCI Classic Pick

SMASHING PUMPKINS – GISH Released May 28, 1991 – 25 years ago The Smashing Pumpkins debut initially met with only minor commercial success, but grew to be very influential album. Arriving several months before Nirvana’s Nevermind, it was one of the first shots in the 90s alternative revolution, helping establish the grunge movement, and shaped… Read more »

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Gotta Save the San Pedro River

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

Thesis Thursday with Libor Grubhoffer

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

The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van, if we were to believe the previews, is a comedy about a feisty homeless woman played by Maggie Smith. It should be heart-warming, uplifting, life-affirming, and so forth. Well, I suppose that gets people into the theater, but guess what? It’s not really that kind of a movie. The film… Read more »

Harvest Time

Few, if any beans come in as many flavors as those of the mesquite trees native to the Southwest, ranging from lemony to nutty and everything in between. Some, however, do not taste good at all. How does one know which ones are good and which ones are not, apart from hazarding a cautious nibble? Well –… Read more »

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Kate Becker Live in Studio 2A

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

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The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds – KXCI Classic Pick

THE BEACH BOYS – PET SOUNDS Released May 16, 1966 – 50 years ago The Beach Boys 11th studio album, showcasing Brian Wilson’s genius as producer, arranger, and songwriter, is generally seen as their best release, one of the most important albums of the 1960s, and quite arguably one of the most influential rock albums… Read more »

The Whole Universe – Vicki Brown

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

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Film Club: Superheroes Part 2, Post 2002

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

Thesis Thursday with Dagoberto Robles

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

Captain Blood

A well-done pirate movie is a sure way to cheer yourself up when you need it. No, I’m not thinking of those silly Johnny Depp films, but the more classic variety—and especially one in particular: Captain Blood, from Warner Brothers in 1935. Here’s the story: in 17th century England, a young doctor (played by Errol… Read more »

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Ronstadt Generations live in Studio 2A

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

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On Thursday, May 19, the Center for Biological Diversity will unveil the latest mural in its Endangered Species Mural Project: a stunning depiction of a jaguar by local artist Kati Astraeir. It is located on Toole Avenue, right across from the Borderlands Brewery, where the unveiling will be publicly celebrated from 6 – 8 pm…. Read more »

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The Fixx – Reach the Beach – KXCI Classic Pick

THE FIXX – REACH THE BEACH Released May 15, 1983 – 33 years ago The Fixx’s sophomore effort represents their most commercially successful release, and is generally considered their best album. It features polished, well-produced, and immediately accessible synth pop/new wave.  While sounding somewhat dated now, the album still has a very hip vibe and… Read more »

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Film Club: Superhero Movies Part 1, Before 2002

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

The First Saguaro – Megan Siquieros

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

Thesis Thursday with Alec Perrera

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

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Berlandiera lyrata

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

Embrace of the Serpent

Embrace of the Serpent, a film by Colombian director Ciro Guerra, begins enigmatically. Standing on the banks of an inlet to the Amazon River, a fierce young shaman sees a small boat approaching, rowed by another native wearing western clothing, and in the boat, a haggard, exhausted looking white man. The shaman prepares to attack… Read more »

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Film Club: Disaster Movies Part 2 Post 1990

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

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Jihan Gearon: Towards a Just Transition

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

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Quercus, Tree of Life

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