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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 »

The Revenant

I had put off going to see The Revenant for awhile, thinking that it would stick around, and in fact it did, winning three Oscars along the way, for director, actor, and cinematographer. Now, I sometimes approach mainstream films, even the films with a lot of brouhaha like this one, with skepticism. When I finally… Read more »

Arbor Day

Arbor Day falls on the last Friday of April, which this year also happens to be the last day of the month, and so will be a fitting end to what Mayor Rothschild has decreed to be Earth Month in Tucson. On Monday, May 2, the Mayor will read an Arbor Day proclamation at Grijalva… Read more »

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The Gay Boys Live in Studio 2A

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

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Blur – Parklife – KXCI Classic Pick

BLUR – PARKLIFE Released April 25, 1994 – 22 years ago Blur’s third studio album runs the gamut of late 60s-mid 80s British musical styles, including psychedelia, synth pop, early punk, garage rock, new wave and indie pop. Hugely successful in the UK upon release, it was initially only a modest underground sensation in the… Read more »

The Blood of a Poet

In his dreamlike debut film from 1930 called The Blood of a Poet, Jean Cocteau, already famous for his provocative, experimental work in the drama, ballet, and visual arts, explored his lifelong theme—the struggle of the artist to realize his calling. We see a young man (his powdered wig indicates the 18th century) cover the… Read more »

Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia, David Lean’s epic film from 1962, is inevitably associated with the cult of the hero. This masterpiece, recounting the amazing feats of T.E. Lawrence during the First World War, and showered with Academy Awards, seems at first glance to fit the mold. But in fact, Lean quite deliberately breaks it, and this… Read more »

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Gaillardia pulchella

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

The Sacred and the Profane

In December of 2014 the Rio Tinto mining company convinced the US Congress to authorize a land exchange which would allow it to carve a copper mine out of the Oak Flat area in the Tonto National Forest near Superior. Opponents claim that Oak Flats would be lost as a popular recreation area and, moreover,… Read more »

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Beastie Boys – Check Your Head – KXCI Classic Pick

BEASTIE BOYS – CHECK YOUR HEAD Released April 21, 1992 – 24 years ago The Beastie Boy’s third studio album is a DIY, lo-fi whirlwind tour through 70s and 80s pop-culture references filtered through a rap-funk-punk lens, with nods to Hüsker Dü, the Minutemen, Booker T. & the MGs, and Curtis Mayfield, as much as… Read more »

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One Tamal, Two Tamales

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

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Schizachyrium scoparium

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

45 Years

45 Years is the name of a new film by British director Andrew Haigh. At the center is an old married couple in their 70s, and the title refers to the number of years they’ve been married. The husband and wife, Geoff and Kate Mercer, are played by two of the finest veteran English actors,… Read more »

Thesis Thursday with Nizigyimana Ernest

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

Thesis Thursday with Stephanie Delgado

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

Thesis Thursday with Naim Duran

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

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International Women’s Day Features On Demand: Paula Catherine Valencia

To celebrate International Women’s Day this year, our programmers created a strong selection of wonderful content highlighting the lives and work of many remarkable women of all ages. Home Stretch host Hannah Levin chose to focus on three local musicians, including writer, poet, visual artist, and vocalist Paula Catherine Valencia, who currently performs with Crystal Radio. Click now to hear… Read more »

ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER

Researchers from the Imperial College in London have found that the number of overweight people in the world has risen from 102 million in 1975 to 642 million in 2014. The study also found that the number of people with a lower than average body mass index has risen as well in the same period,… Read more »

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The Zombies – Odessey And Oracle – KXCI Classic Pick

THE ZOMBIES – ODESSEY AND ORACLE Released April 19, 1968- 48 years ago The Zombies’ sophomore studio release is generally considered the band’s best and one of the most enduring and influential albums to come out of the late ‘60s British psychedelic movement. Combining airy choruses, trippy melodies, and ornate keyboard-centric orchestration, it easily stands… Read more »

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Laura and the Killed Men live in Studio 2A

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

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The Lonely Hearts Club Episode 9

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

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Beyond BALLE with Gina Murphy Darling and Liane Hernandez

30 Minutes features an interview with Gina Murphy Darling, also known as the creator and voice of Mrs. Green’s World Radio Network; and Liane Hernandez who is Community Life Director and Executive Chef for the YWCA Southern Arizona. Both attended the 2015 BALLE Conference in Phoenix. BALLE stands for the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, provides… Read more »

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Milkweeds

The genus Asclepias is in the Milkweed family Aclepiadaceae and there are about 30 species of Asclepias found in Arizona from low deserts to high mountains. The various species of milkweed found in Arizona and across North America are larval food for Monarch Butterflies and so we hear a lot about milkweeds and monarchs, but… Read more »

Court

This week I’m catching up with one more film from last year that I couldn’t review until now, a film from India entitled, simply, Court—it screened at the Loft Film Festival last fall. The debut film by a young director named Chaitanya Tamhane, Court is a drama about the dysfunctional justice system in India, but… Read more »

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An intern at KXCI chats with Rachel Molyneux, who is the owner of a canine service center called Sol.Dog. You can get in contact with Sol.Dog by going to their website, facebook, or by calling (520)255-1696. Produced and edited by Alessandra Lizotte, for a City High School internship project. You may contact Alessandra at Alessandral@cityhighschool.org    

Earth Day: Food Recovery

(Mayor’s speech) THUS spoke Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, declaring all of April Earth Month. Highlights will be World Earth Day on April 22nd, and Tucson’s very own Earth Day on April 10th. On the occasion of the latter, Cyclovia Tucson organizes a festival at Himmel Park, which will kick off with an enviromentally-themed parade starting at… Read more »

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Belinda Esquer Live in Studio 2A

Belinda Esquer, member of Head Over Hearts, performs live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. Belinda has a CD release show for her new solo album, Sand, on Saturday, April 9th at Borderlands starting at 7:00pm.

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Hole – Live Through This – KXCI Classic Pick

HOLE – LIVE THROUGH THIS Released April 12, 1994 – 22 years ago Hole’s second release met near-unanimous critical acclaim, and came on the heels of Kurt Cobain’s suicide. Markedly different from the band’s debut, rumors circulated Cobain acted as ghostwriter. While these rumors have never been substantiated, there’s no denying Nirvana’s start-stop dynamics, gripping… Read more »

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Growing Up Latino Part 2

Today on 30 Minutes, we bring to you excerpts from the 2016 Tucson Festival of Books. Arizona Daily Star columnist and editor of La Estrella de Tucson Ernesto Portillo Jr. moderated this panel entitled Growing Up Latino, Coast to Coast, and on the Border. Bridging the continental, intellectual, compartmental divide in America can be challenging at… Read more »

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Lycium pallidum

Lycium species are found around the world (look up goji berry). Lycium pallidum is the most widespread species in the southwest, found throughout Arizona, New Mexico, Sonora, Chihuaua and southward.  Wolfberry are in the nightshade family, Solanaceae, and I suspect any local native species of Wolfberry would be nice to have near a garden full… Read more »

Anomalisa

When writer-director Charlie Kaufman is involved in a film, the results are guaranteed to be weird. Not just everyday weird, but unique, one-of-a-kind weird. A partial list of his films includes Being Jack Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and his first film as director, Synechdoche, New York. They are all mind-bending puzzles,… Read more »

LIFE VESTS, ZIKA, DZUDH

LIFE VESTS ON LESBOS The refugee crisis in Europe is not only wreaking havoc socially, culturally and economically, but also environmentally. The Greek island of Lesbos, where some 400,000 refugees landed last year, is strewn with  life vests, which cannot be recycled on the island, while shipping them to the mainland is prohibitively expensive. Two… Read more »

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Sundarata Live in Studio 2A

Sundarata performs live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. Sundarata has a new album out, Language of the Stars, and performs at SkyBar on Thursday, March 31st.

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They Might Be Giants Interview

KXCI DJ Melissa Mauzy sits down for a 30 minute phone interview with They Might Be Giants’ John Flansburgh. The entire unedited interview is here! John discusses the facts like the history of They Might Be Giants, and what they have in store for the Tucson March 29th show at the Rialto Theatre. The interview… Read more »

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Valley Girl: Music From The Soundtrack – KXCI Classic Pick

VARIOUS ARTISTS – VALLEY GIRL: MUSIC FROM THE SOUNDTRACK Film Released April, 1983  – 33 years ago Soundtrack Released 1994 – 22 years ago One of the earliest and most influential 80s teen flicks featured a killer soundtrack that serves as a primer in new wave. Music rights access and budget overruns prevented a soundtrack… Read more »

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Releasing Trauma with Dr. David Berceli and Dan Horner

30 Minutes features an interview with Dan Horner and Dr. David Berceli ahead of an event entitled The Miraculous Healing Experience which took place on April 1-3, 2016. Dan Horner Productions (recently known as New Ground Events) is a Tucson based event promotions organization specializing in spiritual, holistic, natural, alternative medicine and self growth events… Read more »

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Thomomys bottae

There are 3 genera of pocket gophers in North America and close to 20 species. In southern Arizona, Botta’s Pocket Gopher (Thomomys bottae) is found in the low desert and up to the tip top of our sky islands. What a range and what a marvelous creature.

The Look of Silence

Continuing my wrap-up of films from last year that I didn’t have a chance to review, my selection this week is a documentary that played at the Loft for one night in September as part of its “One Hit Wonder” series. It’s called The Look of Silence, and it’s directed by Joshua Oppenheimer. It’s a… Read more »

Annual Board of Directors Information and Nomination Form

Annual Board of Directors Information and Nomination Form Download KXCI Prospective Board Member Election Nomination Information and Form 2016 Each year, KXCI members elect three of their fellow members to seats on the KXCI Board of Directors. Each seat is for one 3-year term. Officially, anyone who is a member of KXCI in good standing… Read more »

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International Women’s Day Features On Demand: Chezale

To celebrate International Women’s Day this year, our programmers created a strong selection of wonderful content highlighting the lives and work of many remarkable women of all ages. Home Stretch host Hannah Levin chose to focus on three local musicians, the first of which is Chezale, a young hip-hop artist and dance teacher. Click now to… Read more »

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The Carnivaleros Live in Studio 2A

The Carnivaleros perform live in Studio for the second half of Locals Only. The Carnivaleros have a CD Release Party for their new album, Dreams Are Strange with special guest Heather Hardy on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Monterey Court.

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Peter Frampton at KXCI

  While we were celebrating International Women’s Day on Tuesday, March 8th, we learned that Peter Frampton was in Tucson a whole day ahead of his show at The Fox Tucson Theater. He stopped by the KXCI studios and spoke with Home Stretch host Hannah Levin. He talked about his latest release and in keeping… Read more »

World Water Day, Metropia, Bit Of Good News

WORLD WATER DAY In 1993, the United Nations proclaimed the first World Water Day on March 22 to draw attention to freshwater issues around the globe, where one in ten people lacks access to fresh water. The theme of this year’s World Water Day is ‘Water and Jobs’. As with everything else, water is a… Read more »

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Bernie Sanders: A Future To Believe In

The weekend prior to Arizona’s March 22nd Presidential Preference Election brought a trifecta of presidential campaigns to Tucson. Candidates crisscrossed the state in an effort to reach potential voters. On Friday, March 18th Bernie Sanders held a rally at the Tucson Convention Center to a crowd of thousands. Crowd estimates range in the neighborhood of 5000… Read more »

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Growing Up Latino Part 1

Today on 30 Minutes, we bring to you excerpts from the 2016 Tucson Festival of Books. Arizona Daily Star columnist and editor of La Estrella de Tucson Ernesto Portillo Jr. moderated this panel entitled Growing Up Latino, Coast to Coast, and on the Border. Bridging the continental, intellectual, compartmental divide in America can be challenging at… Read more »

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Psacalium decompositum

Psacalium decompositum or Indian Plantain is common in the shady mountain forests of southeastern Arizona.  You can impress your friends while on a hike by knowing what it is, but I don’t recommend gathering seed and growing it. Leave that to crazy native plant geeks who think it will make them rich.

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Fathoming Water Episode 14: Lisa Shipek

This week we talk with another Southern Arizona environmental nonprofit, the Watershed Management Group, which is led under the direction of Lisa Shipek as Executive Director. This is a jam packed episode because Watershed Management Group is doing A LOT of incredible work in the community! Their primary mission is connecting people to their natural environment… Read more »

Infinitely Polar Bear

I’m preparing a list of my favorite movies from last year, as I always do in January, and to that end I’m also catching up on some films that, for whatever reason, I didn’t get a chance to review here on Flicks. This week’s film is Infinitely Polar Bear, which I saw at a multiplex… Read more »

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On-Demand: XIXA in Studio 2A

Last week hometown heroes XIXA stopped by Studio 2A to deliver and electrifying live set and chat with Home Stretch host Hannah Levin. Click to listen to the full performance and interview now!

LOW FLOW

Thailand is one of the world’s biggest producers of rice with annual exports of 10 million tons. But a severe drought has forced the Thai government to lower its rice export forecast for this year by 2 million tons.  The amount of useable water in the reservoirs has dwindled to below 10 percent and water… Read more »

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The Go-Betweens – Liberty Bell and the Black Diamond Express – KXCI Classic Pick

THE GO-BETWEENS – LIBERTY BELL AND THE BLACK DIAMOND EXPRESS Released March, 1986 – 30 years ago The Go-Between’s fourth studio release combines jangly indie-pop, post-punk sensibility, and excellent songwriting. Jam-packed with wistful melodies and shimmering guitar riffs, melancholy never sounded so good. Considered one of this indie-underground band’s greatest, it gets better and better… Read more »

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Peggy Lee – Black Coffee – KXCI Classic Pick

PEGGY LEE – BLACK COFFEE Released early 1956 – 60 years ago Lee’s first true full-length, originally released in the 10” format in 1953 and later re-released with four additional songs as a 12” in 1956, is a primer in torch songs, characterized by slow-burn sultriness and class. Her alluring vocals, measured deliberate delivery, and… Read more »

Thesis Thursday with Dr. Ryan Rego

Dr. Ryan Rego, a visiting scientist from the Institute of Parasitology in the Czech Republic who hosts UA undergraduate students in his research group through the Prozkoumat program. Dr. Rego does research on the Lyme disease pathogen complex Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato.  He is interested in understanding host-vector interactions at the molecular level using animal models.  He… Read more »

Carol

If you’re familiar with the work of the director Todd Haynes, you’ll have noticed that he likes to explore periods of history that have become associated in our minds with certain genres of film or music. He reinvents (some might say subverts) these period pieces by bringing in themes of sex, race and class that… Read more »

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Acorn Bcorn Live in Studio 2A

Acorn Bcorn performs live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. Acorn Bcorn plays some new material and talks about their upcoming show at SXSW. Acorn Bcorn performs at the Rialto on Sat., Mar. 12th in a fundraiser show to help artists get to Austin.    

Pollinators, Plastic, Iditarod, Ugly

POLLINATORS 75% of the world’s food crops and nearly 90% of its wild flowering plants depend at least in part on pollination. Wild bees are by far the most prodigious pollinators, but other invertebrates, such as butterflies and moths, play an important role too, as well as some vertebrates, notably birds and bats. The Intergovernmental… Read more »

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Scotoleon niger

If I got the species of my local ant lion correct it is by luck and some educational guessing. There are 100 species found north of Mexico alone. The species Scotoleon niger is reported from Cochise County and that did it for me.  The funnel shaped traps of the ant lion larvae are very easily… Read more »

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Thesis Thursday with Ben Rivera

Currently I am a junior majoring in Physiology at the University of Arizona.  I had my first experience with the Undergraduate Biology Research Program (UBRP) two summers ago when I first started working in Dr. Raina Maier’s Environmental Microbiology lab in the Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science.  I assisted in the investigation of… Read more »

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Fathoming Water Episode 13: Louise Misztal

This week we talk with Louise Misztal of the Sky Island Alliance. Louise advocates for science-based and climate smart land management, conducts spatial analysis and mapping, and lead the Springs survey and protection work for Sky Island Alliance. She focuses on improving land and resource management in the face of a changing climate, and finds creative… Read more »

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Lando Chill Live in Studio 2A

Lando Chill performs live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. His new album, “For Mark, Your Son” was released on Feb. 29th 2016, and will be celebrated at an album release show on Friday, March 4th at Club Congress.

Brooklyn

An emotionally rich drama about an immigrant to 1950s America, Brooklyn is a film with a sure touch. The story concerns Eilis Lacey, a young woman coming of age in a small Irish town, and played by Saoirse Ronan. Miserable in her part-time job at a grocery, with a mean and spiteful boss, and with… Read more »

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Celebrate International Women’s Day with KXCI: March 6 and March 8

International Women’s Day Special Programming on Sunday, March 6th from 3pm-6pm and Tuesday, March 8th from 5am-10pm on 91.3 KXCI Tucson is made possible in part by generous support from Marshall Foundation. KXCI Commemorates International Women’s Day with a great lineup of our women public affairs programmers, djs, special community guests and lots of fantastic music… Read more »

Mixed News

Weeds The Buffelgrass infestation has been a topic on the Weekly Green several times.  This clever weed, as the Weekly Green found out, loves to grow around prickly pear for added security. It actually likes to burn, because its seeds are impervious to the heat that kills its competitors. During a recent tour of the… Read more »

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Steve Earle – Guitar Town – KXCI Classic Pick

STEVE EARLE – GUITAR TOWN Released March 5, 1986 – 30 years ago Earle’s solo debut, straddling country and rock before terms like alt.country and Americana were coined, is equal parts outlaw country, folk, and Springsteen-styled rock ‘n’ roll. Confident with near flawless songwriting, it stands as one of the Earle’s best, and arguably is… Read more »

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Borderlands Theater Presents Barrio Stories

30 Minutes speaks with Borderlands Theater producing director Marc David Pinate and scenic designer Wesley Creigh about the upcoming world premier of Barrio Stories, presented by Borderlands Theater. Written by award winning playwrights Elaine Romero, Virginia Grise, and Martin Zimmerman, Barrio Stories is a site-specific, promenade style theatrical event running March 3rd through March 6th…. Read more »

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Frenchy

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 »

Only Lovers Left Alive

I finally got around to seeing Jim Jarmusch’s most recent film Only Lovers Left Alive. It played here in town last year, but I skipped it, and in hindsight I think there were two reasons. First of all, I’ve been more or less disappointed by Jarmusch’s films in the last few years. And secondly, I… Read more »

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Cattails and Cranes

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 »

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Fathoming Water Episode 12: Julia Fonseca

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 »

Zona Politics: February 21, 2016

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.

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On Demand: Bobby Rush

The magnificent living legend Bobby Rush stopped by KXCI to chat with Home Stretch host Hannah Levin about his 50-plus year career as a hard-working bluesman and rivetingly ribald entertainer. Click now to listen to the full interview and hear him play a song live in the booth!

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Thesis Thursday with Cathy Tran

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 »

ZIKA CLARIFIED

The Weekly Green’s treatment of the Zika epidemic in South America some weeks ago turned out to be open to misinterpretation of the clinical characteristics of the virus. It is NOT the same virus as Dengue fever, although closely related and transmitted by the same vector, the mosquito Aegis Aegypti.  The Weekly Green invited Genevieve Comeau, a graduate… Read more »

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Shonen Knife – Yama-no Attchan – KXCI Classic Pick

SHONEN KNIFE – YAMA-NO ATTCHAN Released May 1984 in Japan* – 31-32 years ago *I’m not sure what month it was released in the US, but recording started in February of 1984. Shonen Knife’s sophomore release, recorded almost entirely in Japanese, combines early punk alá The Ramones and a 60s-styled Phil Spector girl group sound… Read more »

Thesis Thursday with Suhitha Veeravelli

  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 »

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On Demand: Ian Moore and the Lossy Coils

Last month, veteran road warrior and golden-voiced songwriter Ian Moore stopped by The Home Stretch with his Lossy Coils band prior to their show that night at Congress. Click now to listen to their full performance and interview with THS host Hannah Levin, recorded live in Studio 2A.  

The Film Snob’s Favorites of 2015

For some reason, film writers have this thing for lists, “best of,” “favorite,” “greatest” and so forth, of the year or the decade or of all time—this is more of a compulsion for them even than music or sports fans. I’m no different. It’s fun to look back, evaluate, and compare movies, as long as… Read more »

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Bee Gees – Spirit Has Flown – KXCI Classic Pick

BEE GEES – SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN Released February 5, 1979- 37 years ago The Bee Gee’s fifteenth studio album and first release following the smash Saturday Night Fever soundtrack sold 20 million copies worldwide. It is generally considered the last great record from their disco phase, showcasing superb falsettos and some of the most ambitions… Read more »

SARCEF SCIENCE FAIR

The Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation (SARSEF) works to promote interest in science and logical thinking among students from Kindergarten to grade 12. The Foundation is holding its annual Science Fair from March 3-5 at the Tucson Convention Center. Prizes will be awarded to the best from some 5000 entries, as well as a… Read more »

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Lanius ludovicianus

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 »

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Condalia warnockii

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 »

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A Conversation with Gary Paul Nabhan

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 »

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XIXA – Killer – US radio premiere from Bloodlines

KXCI hosts the US radio premiere of “Killer” from XIXA‘s debut full length Bloodline on The Home Stretch. Released February 26, 2016 on Barbès Records, Bloodline melds elements of southwestern inspired desert rock with the psychedelic cumbia stylings born out of the Peruvian Amazon. XIXA hails from the Tucson indie rock scene—core members Brian Lopez… Read more »

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Thesis Thursday with Julie Huynh

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 »

Arabian Nights

Even in the midst of a typical year’s film output, with its tendency towards the safe and the average, you never can tell when an epic might break out. The artist who has created a series of increasingly excellent and challenging works can’t help but want to ignite a massive explosion of creative energy, a… Read more »

Lonely Hearts Club

Lonely Hearts Club Episode 8

Lonely Hearts Club Episode 8 Bridgitte’s cracking up over love. What is love? What is real? What is real love? What is romance? We surely do not know- but listen up, because it might give you an idea or two about the stuff. Plus, Valentine’s Day is coming up and it might be a good… Read more »

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Fathoming Water Episode 11: Zach Sugg

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 »

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Hadji Banjovi Live in Studio 2A

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.

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Dinosaur JR. – Green Mind – KXCI Classic Pick

DINOSAUR JR. – GREEN MIND Released February 19, 1991- 25 years ago Dinosaur Jr.’s fourth studio release sheds their earlier and noisier punk urgency for a slower, more melodic vibe without ditching their trademarked quirky lyrics backed by distorted, crunchy folk-rock-meets-grunge on acid sound. While sometimes overshadowed by their earlier SST releases, Green Mind stands… Read more »

Tucson Meet Your Birds

Sweetwater Wetlands was built by Tucson Water as a water filtration system. At the same time, it is a beautiful park, a wildlife habitat and an outdoor classroom. On Saturday, February 13, the Tucson Audubon Society has organized a bird watching event under the banner “Tucson Meet Your Birds”. This family event will start at… Read more »

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Ruby’s Roadhouse Celebrates Mardi Gras

This just in from Ruby: Bonjour Y’all — Just wanted you to know that I have a MARDI GRAS special show planned for this Saturday, Feb. 6 on Ruby’s Roadhouse. The show – I’ve been doing these for 20 years now – will follow a progression of Louisiana Mardi Gras celebrations, starting out in the country with Cajun… Read more »

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Thesis Thursday with Jordan Barrows

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 »

MORE ABOUT ZIKA

Contributed by Genevieve Comeau       It seems the world has barely stopped reeling from Ebola, and now there is talk of a new epidemic: Zika. Such is the price of our globalized society where a plane can take you across the world in a day, and Zika is becoming as worldly as any… Read more »

The Martian

Four years ago, a writer named Andy Weir, sick and tired of getting rejected by literary agents and publishers, decided to self-publish his science fiction novel The Martian on Amazon Kindle for the minimum price of 99 cents. The book sold over 30,000 copies in three months, and eventually, of course, a publisher noticed this… Read more »