Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words

I’ve been on a music documentary binge lately. After Eight Days a Week, the Ron Howard film about The Beatles, which I loved, I saw another doc about a rock musician who was in some ways the polar opposite of the Fab Four. Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words, a film by… Read more »

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Ersi Arvizu

Ersi Arvizu stopped by the KXCI Studios ahead of her performance at Lalopalooza on Friday, December 9th at El Casino Ballroom as we celebrate the upcoming 100th Anniversary of legendary Tucson Born Musician Lalo Guerrero who was born on December 24th, 1916. Ersi Arvizu is a voice from the past. Not in the dust-and-mothballs fashion,… Read more »

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Breaking Conventions and Taking Chances in 1999

The year 1999 saw directors taking chances with unique storylines, digital animation, and out of character casting. It seemed every director wanted to leave a mark before the new millennium. George Lucas created a new chapter in the Star Wars saga for the first time in over ten years. Computer animation came into it’s own… Read more »

The Kitchen Sink

This week’s episode follows up on last week’s interview with Aaron Baumann of the Watershed Management Group. WMG proposes that our area’s water supply can be made independent of the Colorado River by increased efficiency of rainwater harvesting, gray water reuse and reduction of personal water use from the current average of 120 gallons a… Read more »

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The Coyote and the Badger

    I hope that this show sorta speaks for itself, but I will tell you I wrote this story and song in July of 2002 after an encounter with two American badgers while I was out on a morning trot across the grassland. I raced home……., okay, maybe not raced, but trotted back home… Read more »

Katie Haverly In Studio 2A

  http://www.katiehaverly.com/ November 28, 2016 KXCI welcomed Katie Haverly to our Studio. Listen to the  Live Performance here.

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Brickellia floribunda

I can’t believe I almost let November go by without at least mentioning desert broom (Baccahris sarothroides).  It is the native plant the folks love to hate, as it comes up in the desert where ever the soil has been disturbed. Drive through any new subdivision that took a  desert spot around Tucson and just… Read more »

Manage Your Watershed

Watershed Management Group is a Tucson-based grass-roots organization promoting a sustainable environment in and around Tucson and the Northern Sonora. As sustainability begins with a sustainable water supply, a primary objective if WMG is to restore perennial flow in our rivers and creeks without drawing on the Colorado River by collecting precipitation more efficiently and by decreasing per-person water… Read more »

Ixcanul

Watching a Guatemalan film is not an everyday event here in the States, much less one whose dialogue is primarily in Kaqchikel, a Maya Indian language. But more importantly than that, Ixcanul, a film by first time director Jairo Bustamante, conveys a sense of power and truthfulness that puts most commercial filmmaking in the shade…. Read more »

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Lalopalooza Celebrates the Life and Legacy of Lalo Guerrero

  Get your tickets for Lalopalooza: Celebrating A Century Of The Father Of Chicano Music, Tucson’s Own Lalo Guerrero Friday, December 9th from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm   El Casino Ballroom 437 East 26th Street Tucson Federal Credit Union and KXCI present Lalopalooza on Friday, December 9th at El Casino Ballroom as we celebrate the upcoming… Read more »

Thesis Thursday with Hannah Schmitz

Nov 24, 2016 Hannah Schmitz I am a senior, pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering. I am currently working in the University of Arizona’s Experimental Ultrasound and Neural Imaging Lab (EUNIL). When I am not in the lab, I enjoy competitive activities like quidditch (pictured), jiu jitsu, and running. I hope to continue my studies… Read more »

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KXCI is Now Part of Fry’s Community Rewards Program

Did you know you can support KXCI just by shopping at Fry’s? It’s easy when you enroll in Fry’s Community Rewards! To Register your Fry’s Card, sign up with your V.I.P Card and select The Foundation for Creative Broadcasting, Inc. Organization 63065. Once you’re enrolled, you’ll earn rewards for KXCI every time you shop and use your… Read more »

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PtP Episode 11: BICAS Bike Art Auction

In this episode of Pedaling the Pueblo, BICAS staff members Troy Neiman and Monique Laraway, talk about the 21st annual Bike Art Auction. This event on December 2nd and 3rd, will have locally made bicycle art, beer, and live music! To suggest a bicycling topic for Pedaling the Pueblo or to ask questions about bicycling in… Read more »

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Abby Jensen on Transgender Awareness Month

30 Minutes spoke with Abby Jensen about Transgender Awareness Month and Transgender Day of Remembrance which takes place each year on November 20th. She also discussed recent legislation such as HR 2 in North Carolina and other legislative concerns. Locally, Transgender Day of Remembrance began with a ceremony at the fountain at Old Main in… Read more »

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1950s Sci-fi: Monsters, Saucers, and Paranoia

  Film Club Rule #932: Some times the good ol’ days were not always so good. This week, we take a look at a few of the films from Sci-fi’s golden era, the 1950s. Forbidden Planet, Plan 9 From Outer Space, and Godzilla are on the docket. A major studio picture, Forbidden incorporated mid century… Read more »

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Sumac Fall color

There are around 150 species of Rhus (sumacs) found around the world in temperate regions. They are found in both North and South America and in Arizona we have 8 native species. And in Arizona with the exception of poison ivy they all have edible berries. You can make tart sun teas or dry the… Read more »

Thesis Thursday with Laura Hacker

November 17th, 2016 Laura Hacker is a Senior at the University of Arizona majoring in Biology with a Biomedical emphasis. She has done work in Immunobiology research with the Frelinger lab at the University of Arizona. She was also a participant in the Prozkoumat Program in the summer of 2016 through which she conducted research in the… Read more »

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week

Before going to see Ron Howard’s new documentary, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week I had to wonder what more could be said at this point about the most famous and influential rock and roll band ever. Now in the interest of full disclosure I must tell you that I’m a lifelong Beatles fan—their recording… Read more »

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Desert Dreamscapes

I love the botanical name Amoreuxia. I think it may be the “euxia” part that feels so pleasant to say. And the specific epithet palmatifida is pretty nice too in that it is self explanatory. Something on this plant looks like a hand and it’s the leaves. There are two species of Amoreuxia found in… Read more »

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On Demand: Darlingside Live in Studio 2A

Hear Darlingside performing live into a single microphone when they stopped by Studio 2A on November 9, 2015. They were opening for Patty Griffin then and are now on a solo tour. Darlingside  plays Club Congress on Sunday November 13th, KXCI Presents! Click to stream and share.  

Thesis Thursday with Lex Salas

Lex is a current neuroscience major and sophomore at the University of Arizona. Lex has also lived in Tucson for nineteen years, and has been in the same research at Banner UMC lab since high school. When they were growing up they wanted to be a doctor with an engineering degree. Lex quicky realized that medicine was not the right… Read more »

Hell or High Water

Hell or High Water is an old-fashioned type of genre film that isn’t trying to make a big statement or even be original, but just wants to tell a story as well as possible. It’s a tale of bank robbers in west Texas, a couple of tough country boys played by Chris Pine and Ben… Read more »

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Video On Demand: XIXA’s “Bloodline”

XIXA’s Gabriel Sullivan and Brian Lopez joined guest host Ernesto Portillo Jr. for an intimate acoustic set on October 13, 2016. Video by Julius Schlosberg. This is the title track from their full-length debut, Bloodline.

Monsters

The old Greeks imagined the rip current in the Straight of Messina (not, as erroneously mentioned in the broadcast, at the foot of the Rock of Gibraltar) as a monster and the gigantic whirlpool in its vicinity as well, naming them Scylla and Charybdis. Throughout the Middle Ages, seafarers returned from far-flung voyages to unexplored… Read more »

Monika / Sawdust & Tinsel

Ingmar Bergman was one of the hardest-working directors ever, and he had a long apprenticeship in the Swedish film industry before getting any recognition. Monika, in 1953, was his twelfth film. The story concerns 19-year-old Harry Lund, played by Lars Ekborg. Harry is unhappy with his job as a stockboy, where he is treated abusively… Read more »

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Joss Whedon

  His father worked as a screenwriter for the shows Alice and The Golden Girls. His grandfather was a screenwriter for The Donna Reed and The Dick Van Dyke shows. Joss Whedon began his career as a screenwriter for the shows Roseanne and Parenthood. He worked as a script doctor for movies like Twister and… Read more »

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Sacred Datura

Solanaceae is the nightshade family and according to my Hortus Third: A Concise Dictionary of Plants Cultivated in the United States and Canada, there are 90 genera and 2,000 species. Well, that was published in 1976 and I wonder if some of those numbers may have changed, but that’s still a plethora of species. The… Read more »

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Arizona Governor’s Water Augmentation Council Lacks Focus on Conservation Strategies

This episode focuses on the lack of environmental and conservation-minded voices on the Arizona Governor’s Water Augmentation Council (GWAC). We talk with Tucson City Council Member Steve Kozachik, Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter Executive Director Sandy Bahr, and former President of the Huachuca Audubon Society Tricia Gerrodette.  Our interviewees discuss how the Arizona Governor, Doug Ducey, has… Read more »

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Tucson Makers: Inspired by Women Week 2

Today on 30 Minutes, we continue with remarks made at the 2016 Tucson Makers: Inspired by Women. This event was presented by AIGA Arizona and held at MOCA Tucson. Attendees had an opportunity to hear five women representing a range of creative industries. Each gave a slide presentation on what they are most passionate about. Today’s… Read more »

Stella Tucker – The Camp

Stella Tucker, a Tohono O’odham elder, has been harvesting saguaro fruit since she was a child. She now harvests every summer and runs workshops teaching others in a camp her grandmother ran for decades on land that is now Saguaro National Park. Listen to the story of the camp and Stella’s dedication to keeping the… Read more »

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Acaciela angustissima

Acaciela angustissima is the former Acacia angustissima. I suspect the name change is about priority.  The plant already had a published name and then someone comes along and gives it another name. No can do according to the International Code of Nomenclature. Priority rules and many plants have been given “new names” using their old… Read more »

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On Demand: Calexico

It was a delight to have Joey Burns and Jairo Zavala of Calexico drop in during our busy October to chat, guest DJ, and play a couple of acoustic songs in the booth prior to their appearance at the inaugural Dusk Music festival. Click below to here their performance and interview with Home Stretch host… Read more »

Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

Werner Herzog has devoted the last thirty years of his filmmaking career primarily to documentaries, which has provoked mixed responses, not only from critics like myself who love his fiction films from the 1970s, but from critics and audiences generally, who sometimes don’t know how to approach his non-fiction projects. His wry, cryptic, darkly paradoxical… Read more »

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On Demand: Hubby Jenkins

Hubby Jenkins’ deeply heartfelt affection for old-time American music and banjo is evident in this performance and interview with Home Stretch host Hannah Levin. Click now to listen and share.

Some Bad News, Some Good News

CO2 at 400 PPM For the first time in recorded history, the atmospheric concentrations of carbon-dioxide, the primary greenhouse gas, exceeds 400 parts per million. In 1960, the concentration was about 315 parts per million globally.  CO2 is absorbed by vegetation, so in summer concentrations drop in the tree-rich Northern Hemisphere, but in winter when… Read more »

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PtP Episode 9: Cyclovia Tucson

Cyclovia Tucson is the fourth largest event in Tucson, and definitely the biggest car-free event in the city. Learn about how this event has changed and grown into a celebration of Tucson’s unique and diverse neighborhoods, as well as a how it continues to be a cherished event that gets people out of their cars… Read more »

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Stephen King Adaptations

  Film Club Rule #666: Around Halloween, it’s good to be the king. It’s fall. Halloween is right around the corner. What better time to look at films based on the work of America’s Best Selling horror author Stephen King? Mr. King’s reign of terror started after his first book was published and subsequently turned… Read more »

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Tucson Makers: Inspired by Women Week 1

Today on 30 Minutes, we feature remarks made at the 2016 Tucson Makers: Inspired by Women. This event was presented by AIGA Arizona and held at MOCA Tucson. Attendees had an opportunity to hear five women representing a range of creative industries. Each gave a slide presentation on what they are most passionate about. Today’s… Read more »

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Stickleaf

Mentzelia pumila is in the Loasa family. Kearny and Peebles in Arizona Flora say, “the family is remarkable for the diversity and peculiar structure of the hairs”.  It’s pretty hard to hike around the borderlands and not have stickleaf plant parts stuck to your clothing and those sticky plant parts are tough to remove. Another… Read more »

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Documentaries Change the World

  In this episode, we look at the Sight and Sound list of the greatest documentaries of all time. The film at the top of the list is the Russian film Man With A Movie Camera. Does it belong as the top film? Does anyone in the group think the top film should be something… Read more »

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Great Films That Lost Money

  Not all films that flop are bad, not at all. Film history is riddled with great films that didn’t make money upon their initial release. Citizen Cane, The Wizard of Oz, Blade Runner all lost money. Heather, Jeff, and Rusty take a close look at three films, Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, Martin Scorsese’s King of… Read more »

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John Waters: Subverting Suburbia

  In 1970s Baltimore, a brash, young director behind a pencil thin mustache began making some of the most bizarre and shocking films anyone had seen. John Waters and his cast of misfits made Mondo Trash, Multiple Maniacs, followed by the film that would garner them the most attention Pink Flamingos. With Waters’ fame, studios… Read more »

Mia Madre

Facing the prospect of our parents’ death reveals complex and contradictory thoughts and feelings. We desperately want them to live longer, while perhaps an unconscious part of us wants them to go. We relive the deep emotional attachments of our relationship to them, and the conflicts. We suffer when we witness the suffering of the… Read more »

The Ironwood Tree Experience

Ironwood Tree Experience is a local non-profit organization with the mission to take young people out in the field to learn about their natural surroundings, from day trips to 10-day expeditions to the jungles of Costa Rica. Find out the details in the Weekly Green’s interview with ITE Youth coordinator Lesley Newman:  

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PtP Episode 8: Love to Ride Tucson

In this episode, Kylie Walzak and Colby Henley with Living Streets Alliance talk about the launch of Love to Ride in Tucson. Love to Ride is an online platform and smartphone app that makes it easy and fun for existing bicycle riders to encourage their friends, co-workers and community to ride. While the Love to… Read more »

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Native Grasses in the Hills

I am not that great at identifying native grasses, but I keep on trying . Thank goodness some are really quite easy to ID and that makes me feel somewhat competent and want to learn more. Bullgrass (Muhlenbergia emersleyi) is a common bunch grass found in the hills above the desert floor and in late… Read more »

Indignation

Indignation is a new film adapted from a Philip Roth novel. So if you’re familiar with Philip Roth, and the picture stays true to the spirit of his writing, you know that it will cut to the bone. I’m happy to report that it does just that, subtly but effectively. The time is 1951. Logan… Read more »

Fungi, Dung & Dips

PLASTIC FROM FUNGI A team of scientists at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands has discovered a way to make a biodegradable plastic-like material from fungi. Several types of fungi are blended into a slush which is then mixed with a base where they grow filaments, called hypha, that interweave to form the structure… Read more »

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The Exbats Live in Studio 2A

The Exbats perform live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. The Exbats are from Pinon, Arizona and are a father/daughter duo. Their new album, A Guide to the Health Issues Affecting Rescue Hens, was just released on Burger Records. The Exbats are playing at La Cocina on Friday, October 14th.

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On Demand: The Head and the Heart

The Head and the Heart recently stopped by The Home Stretch to perform a very special, intimate acoustic set. Click now to listen to the full session and interview with THS host Hannah Levin. Photo by Jpop.

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Fall Asteraceae Festivals

Fall is just a blast with all the late season blooming plants, so maybe instead of a festival for all the different species, we could consolidate and have one huge fall festival. It could go on for days and days. Yay! But listen dry rocky slopes like the gentle slopes that stretch down from the… Read more »

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Alternatives to Incarceration Part 2

30 Minutes features excerpts from the YWCA Southern Arizona’s “Alternatives to Incarceration,” which was part seven in their Mass Incarceration Community Conversation Series. Grace Gamez of the American Friends Service Committee’s Reframing Justice Project, and Heather Hamel, Founder and Executive Director of Justice that Works discussed Alternatives to Incarceration. What alternatives work and where are they… Read more »

Little Men / Heart of a Dog

Ira Sachs makes minimalist films. Instead of one major drama, he looks at all the minor dramas that happen, practically unnoticed every day. His latest film, Little Men, is no exception. It starts with Jake, a studious and sensitive teenager, going to his grandfather’s wake at a Brooklyn building that his parents are now going… Read more »

The Other Side of Pack Rats

If you google “pack rat”, the greater majority of hits are sites of extermination companies. Pack rats get a bad rap for being thieves, vandals and, not least, rodents. But they have a good side, too – several even. The treasures they amass in their nests – called ‘middens‘ – sometimes over periods of thousands… Read more »

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The Lonesome Desert Tucson Country Blues Live in Studio 2A

Hank Topless, Chris Hall, Freddy Parish, Tom Walbank and Austin Counts perform live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. They are all appearing on The Lonesome Desert Tucson Country Blues, Volume I. The compilation is being released at the Flycatcher on Saturday, Oct. 8th.

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Mute Swan Live in Studio 2A

Mute Swan returns to Studio 2A to perform live for the second hour of Locals Only. Listen in for a great set of live and local music, performed by Mute Swan.

The Home – Eric Dhruv

Eric Dhruv is a naturalist who helps interpret the Sonoran Desert through science, story, observation, and metaphor. He also mentors young people in learning from  outdoor adventures and interpreting nature through his job at Ironwood Tree Experience, which he co-founded with his wife Suzanne Dhruv. Eric joined me on Tumamoc Hill to “interpret” a saguaro… Read more »

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PtP Episode 7: TORCA & Home Grown

In this episode of Pedaling the Pueblo, host Krista Hansen interviews Tara Alcantara, owner of Home Grown Mountain Bike Tours and Founding Officer of Tucson Off-Road Cyclists & Activists (TORCA). Tucson has some of the best backcountry trails and downhill riding in the Sonoran desert, and Alcantara has dedicated her work to maintaining these trails and making them… Read more »

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PtP Episode 6: Bike/Ped Count

In this episode of Pedaling the Pueblo, host Ryan Fagan interviews Sam Sanford, transportation planner with Pima Association of Governments, about PAG’s annual bicycle and pedestrian count. Every October, volunteers count people walking and biking at dozens of locations throughout the region, giving PAG and its member jurisdictions information important for understanding trends and planning… Read more »

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Soaring Birds and Snake Cotton

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

Our Little Sister

For the last 25 years, Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda has been making good, interesting films, and I’ve liked them a lot. But it’s taken me until now, with his latest film, to go from admiration of his work to actually falling in love with it. He’s not flashy at all. His films don’t indulge in… Read more »

Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes

Every once in a while a book crosses the Weekly Green desk that provides a counterpoint to the way we in our industralized, consumption-based society experience and deal with the world we live in. Just about a year ago we reviewed  “The Spell of the Sensous” by David Abrams, which argues that we lost touch… Read more »

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PtP Episode 5: The Loop

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

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Alternatives to Incarceration Part 1

30 Minutes features excerpts from the YWCA Southern Arizona’s “Alternatives to Incarceration,” which was part seven in their Mass Incarceration Community Conversation Series. Grace Gamez of the American Friends Service Committee’s Reframing Justice Project, and Heather Hamel, Founder and Executive Director of Justice that Works discussed Alternatives to Incarceration. What alternatives work and where are they… Read more »

The Innocents

Poland, December 1945. It’s less than a year since the end of the second World War. A nun bursts into the makeshift headquarters of the French Red Cross, which is there to find, care for, and repatriate the French who remained in Poland. She tries to get one of the doctors, a young woman named… Read more »

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Kallstroemia grandiflora

Arizona poppy, Mexican poppy and summer poppy are some of the common names for the beautiful annual wildflower Kallstroemia grandiflora. The common names are pretty easy to understand as the flower sure looks like a poppy, but when I went to pull apart the Latinized botanical name I came across, “in honor of Kallstroem, obscure… Read more »

HabitArt

Greg Corman is a Tucson sculptor and landscape artist who specializes in creating sculptures as habitats for wild animals. He started with habitats for wild bees and branched out to birds, snakes and other feral creatures. His works can be found at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tohono Chul Park, and a number of arboretums in Northern Arizona…. Read more »

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Jillian and the Giants Live in Studio 2A

It’s a special live performance in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. Jillian and the Giants has an album release show at the Flycatcher on Friday, September 23rd . Carlos Arzate joins in to give you a preview of the upcoming show, starting the hour off with a mini set. Then Jillian… Read more »

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Manduca sexta and Hyles lineata

In southeastern Arizona Datura wrightii is the preferred source of nectar for the moth Manduca sexta and you may also notice that the caterpillar, the tobacco hornworm, devours the foliage of Datura, when of course, it’s not in your garden eating your tomato plants or other plants in the nightshade family.  Manduca sexta moths are… Read more »

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Pedaling the Pueblo- Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists

In this episode of Pedaling the Pueblo, host Ann Chanecka interviewed Evan Pilling, President of the Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists (SDMB), to hear how the group advocates for the mountain bike community and supports trail access and maintenance. For more information about SDMB, visit their website or facebook page. To suggest a bicycling topic for Pedaling the Pueblo… Read more »

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Pedaling the Pueblo- Biking at the University of Arizona

In this episode of Pedaling the Pueblo, host Colby Henley interviewed University of Arizona Alternative Transportation Program Coordinator Jessica Hersh-Ballering about about the best ways to keep your bike safe and other services for people who ride bikes to campus. To suggest a bicycling topic for Pedaling the Pueblo or to ask questions about bicycling in… Read more »

Red-Headed Woman

In the years immediately following the introduction of sound to the movies, there was a remarkable period of frankness in the Hollywood film. This coincided with the darkest years of the Great Depression, and as if to offer release from this economic burden, the movies reflected a greater honesty about social and sexual mores. At… Read more »

TEP Commercial Energy Efficiency Program

If you listened to the interview with Delectable’s Donna DiFiore last month, you know that Tucson Electric Power is helping her to retrofit her restaurant with energy-efficient LED lights. TEP provides substantial incentives to business owners and builders to install energy-efficient lighting, air conditioners and other electrical equipment. The Weekly Green spoke with Randy Altergott, Supervisor at… Read more »

The Sleeping Mexican – Maribel Alvarez

Maribel Alvarez is a folkorist, a research social scientist at the UA Southwest Center, and the executive director of the Southwest Folklife Alliance. She’s been studying the highly visible icon, the Sleeping Mexican or “Pancho,” seen often as a negative stereotype of laziness. Here she talks about Pancho and his friend, the saguaro cactus, as… Read more »

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Sigourney Weaver: More Than The SciFi Queen

  Heather, Jeff, and Rusty turn their attention to the career of Sigourney Weaver. They cover the Alien Franchise, Galaxy Quest, Working Girl, Ghostbusters, Ice Storm, and more in this episode. Though she’s earned multiple academy awards and brought in money like few other female actors, Sigourney’s career is not as lauded as other more “serious”… Read more »

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Diluvio AZ Live in Studio 2A

Diluvio AZ performs live in Studio 2A for the second half of Locals Only. In between sets of live music Diluvio AZ discusses the creation of the band, the release for their EP, “Libro de Canciones“, upcoming shows and what they have planned for the future of Diluvio AZ.

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Fishbone – Truth and Soul – KXCI Classic Pick

FISHBONE – TRUTH AND SOUL Released September 13, 1988 – 28 years ago Fishbone’s second full-length album blurs musical boundaries with their fusion of punk, ska, reggae, soul, funk, blues, and hard rock. Featuring blistering guitar riffs, spectacular bass lines, dynamic horns, and raw, socially relevant lyrics, it is generally considered one of their best… Read more »

Becoming Maria Part 2

Today on 30 Minutes, we continue with excerpts from the 2016 Tucson Festival of Books. Moderator Toby Wehner spoke with long time Sesame Street actor and writer Sonia Manzano about her memoir “Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx.” The book chronicles her life growing up in the 50s and how here dreams carried her through… Read more »

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Becoming Maria Part 1

Today on 30 Minutes, we bring to you excerpts from the 2016 Tucson Festival of Books. Moderator Toby Wehner spoke with long time Sesame Street actor and writer Sonia Manzano about her memoir “Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx.” The book chronicles her life growing up in the 50s and how here dreams carried… Read more »

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Pedaling the Pueblo – Bike Rack Distribution

In this episode of Pedaling the Pueblo, host Krista Hansen interviewed the City of Tucson Bicycle Planner, Andy Bemis about a free bike rack distribution program. Any Tucson business can request a bike rack for their customers to use. For more information, visit the website or contact Andrew.Bemis@tucsonaz.gov To suggest a bicycling topic for Pedaling… Read more »

Cemetery of Splendor

There is always a select group of filmmakers who become critical favorites in world cinema without having much impact on the awareness of the mass audience. One of the foremost examples from recent years is a writer-director from Thailand with the tongue-twister name Apichatpong Weerasethakul. He likes to be called Joe, and so from here… Read more »

Food For Thought

Under the title “Food For Thought”,  a series of three presentations on environmental issues will be held at the Joe Valdez Main Library. The presentations, sponsored by the Friends of the Pima County Library, will be given on Thursdays during lunch hour, from 12 to 1 pm – hence the title. Light refreshments will be… Read more »

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Bush Muhly

Bush Muhly is the species Muhlenbergia porteri. There are over 40 species of muhlys found in Arizona and across the southwest. It would be hard to go out into the desert or up into the hills and not stumble across a species of Muhlenbergia. Hmm, that said it would be pretty hard to travel around… Read more »

People on Bikes!

Introducing Pedaling the Pueblo

Pedaling the Pueblo hosts Kylie Walzak and Mark Reynolds discuss this new mini-program about bicycling in Tucson. The show will feature guests involved with bicycling advocacy or events. In this first episode, the hosts discuss ‘people first’ language and how there is a preference to discuss ‘people on bikes’ as opposed to ‘bicyclists’ because ultimately,… Read more »

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Crystal Radio Live in Studio 2A for Locals Only

Crystal Radio performs live in Studio 2A for the second half of Locals Only. In between sets of live music, Crystal Radio discusses their upcoming album, Ghost In You, as well as the release show for the album at Club Congress on Saturday, Sept. 10th, and more. Locals Only Produced by Matt Milner, Live recording… Read more »

The Community Member – Camiliano Juarez

Camiliano Juarez holds two positions with Saguaro National Park: public information officer and community engagement coordinator. Here he talks about his goal to make the park more accessible to a broader Tucson population and about they way our community fiercely loves the saguaro cactus.          

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Marty Robbins – Gunfighter Ballads & Trail Songs – KXCI Classic Pick of the Week

MARTY ROBBINS – GUNFIGHTER BALLADS & TRAIL SONGS Released September 1959 – 57 years ago Robbins’ fifth studio album is arguably one of the most influential country & western releases of all time. Featuring a range of tracks that include love songs, spirituals, murder ballads, and traditional covers all told from a master storyteller’s perspective,… Read more »

The Fits

As enigmatic as its title, The Fits, a film by Anna Rose Holmer, places us quietly into its fictional world and gives us time to get our bearings. A young girl on the edge of adolescence, maybe 11 years old, is doing sit-ups. Then we see her learning how to box from an older boy…. Read more »

Sky Island Alliance At 25

The Sky Island Alliance, dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of the Northern Sonora, celebrates its 25th anniversary on September 15th. The Weekly Green spoke with Jessica Moreno, Conservation Manager at the organization. Ms. Moreno specializes in wildlife linkages, two of which were recently opened across Oracle Road. More about these in the Weekly Green… Read more »

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French New Wave: Love, War, & Prostitution

Heather, Jeff, and Rusty turn their attention to France in the 1960s as they examine the French New Wave. What distinguished films of this genre? What was the impetus driving these maverick directors. The American film Little Fugitive is discussed as an influence for Francois Truffaut. Heather discusses her favorite Truffaut film, Jules and Jim…. Read more »

The Haircut – Megan Siquieros (pt. 2)

August 15, 2016 This is a second excerpt of my interview with Megan Siquieros, who comes from a family of Tohono O’odham singers and storytellers. Here she shares a memory of her first hair cut and the has:añ.

The Ribs – Bob Vint

August 8, 2016 Bob Vint is an architect with Vint Associates, Inc. He reveres traditional building practices in the Sonoran Desert. Here he talks about the durable saguaro rib and how it’s been used in traditional and modern architecture.

The Invader – Dana Backer

August 1, 2016 Dana Backer is a restoration ecologist with Saguaro National Park. She talks here about buffel grass, an invasive species that threatens saguaros and the native Sonoran Desert ecosystem.