The Emblem of the Americas – David Yetman

July 25, 2016 David Yetman is a research social scientist with the University of Arizona’s Southwest Center who studies indigenous culture and plants of the Southwestern U.S. and Northwestern Mexico. Here he talks about saguaros and other columnar cacti throughout the Americas and the human cultures that have thrived because of them.  

The Harvest Tradition – Tina Vavages-Andrew

July 18, 2016 Tina Vavages-Andrew is a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation and works as a Next Generation Park Ranger in Saguaro National Park. Here she shares stories of growing up on the reservation, her relationship with saguaros, and the annual fruit harvest.        

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On Demand: Lando Chill + Foxx Bodies Live in Studio 2A

We were so proud to host a very special in-studio performance with rising local stars Lando Chill and Foxx Bodies prior to their joint record release party at Congress in August of 2016. Check out the photo gallery and audio of the session below–we’ll have video soon! All photos by Julius Schlosberg of Jpop Photo, Chalkboard art… Read more »

Our Kind of Traitor / Tickled

All the smart spy dramas these days seem to be based on novels by English author John Le Carré, longtime master of espionage fiction. Just in the last few years we’ve seen Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and A Most Wanted Man, showcasing the talents of Gary Oldman and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman respectively. Now… Read more »

Bees, Grants & Bikes

Honey Bees Around 2006, a mysterious disease called Colony Collapse Disorder began to decimate global bee populations. Beekeepers found their hives abandoned, the bees having disappeared without a trace. As honey bees are involved in the pollination of three-quarters of the crops used in human food production worldwide, this was reason for great concern. In… Read more »

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Well, every year I find the the same male box turtle in a monsoon puddle out by our front gate. A friend asked how I could be sure without marking the turtle, but I’m sure it is and the box turtle himself confirmed it when he asked me if I was the same guy that… Read more »

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Joe Novelli Live in Studio 2A

Joe Novelli of The Cloud Walls performs live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. Joe plays solo acoustic sets and discusses the transition of Marvin and the Cloud Walls to the current form of The Cloud Walls, as well as performing solo as opposed to with a full band. See The… Read more »

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Proboscidea Perfume

Who hasn’t gotten hooked by a dry devils claw pod on a walk in the borderlands. So pesky and yet so interesting looking, it’s the kind of pod that begs to end up on a mantle or book shelf or god forbid some macramé. And though I want it to be, devils claw is not… Read more »

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Paul Simon – Graceland – KXCI Classic Pick

PAUL SIMON – GRACELAND Released: August 25, 1986 – 30 years ago Simon’s seventh studio album combined astute songwriting with an eclectic mixture of pop, zydeco, and South African elements, creating a pop-worldbeat-folk hybrid that reinvigorated his audience and earned him new fans. A major critical and commercial hit, it became Simon’s most successful release… Read more »

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Lonely Hearts Club “Friends”

Lonely hearts Club is back with another episode of chit chat jibber jabber. Episode 12 . This time we are talking about friendship, relationshippy things, crushes and what have you. Recorded by hand (sort of)  at your friendly neighborhood community radio station! What’s Your Story? Everyone has a Story. I’d like to get a  letter… Read more »

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Spike Lee: His Muscle & His Joints

Film Club Rule #613: When it comes to Spike Lee, he’s going to do the right thing. The films of Spike Lee are the topic this week. Jeff starts the conversation by bringing up She’s Gotta Have It. Heather starts a discussion of Spike’s tribute to New York after 9/11, 25th Hour. We move on… Read more »

The Fast Runner

The modern mind, at least in the West, has trouble absorbing the mythic realm. Gods and monsters, creation and destruction, the trickster’s gift and the hero’s journey—all this, if it’s even glimpsed, is seen as gigantic, monumental, astonishing. Yet this is contradicted by a curious quality of aboriginal storytelling: the tone is casual, everyday, as… Read more »

Green News

SUNA TRAP Malaria claims the life of a child every minute and causes 12 billion in damage annually. The World Health Organization aims to eradicate the disease by 2030. That goal has become a lot closer by the development of a new mosquito trap baited by human feromones. The trap, called the ‘Suna Trap’, was… Read more »

Portishead – Dummy – KXCI Classic Pick

PORTISHEAD – DUMMY Released: August, 1994 – 22 years ago Portishead’s debut is a dazzling amalgam of downbeat, soul and funk-infused acid house, incorporating equal measures of hip hop beats, electronica, 60s spy movie scores, and torch jazz singer-inspired vocals (think Sade meets Billy Holiday). Helping define the genera of trip-hop, this album merged the… Read more »

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Tulip Poplar

I can’t help myself and guess I should come to grips with the fact that I am a total plant geek and no matter where I am the plants interest me. And so there I am in a section of Brooklyn with huge (yuge!) London plane trees and my passion took over. There were many… Read more »

Sing Street

John Carney is an Irish filmmaker who had a breakout hit back in ’07 with a little independent movie called Once, chronicling the romance of an aspiring musical couple in Dublin. After a few noble misfires, including a Keira Knightley film called Begin Again, Carney has returned to his Dublin roots with his new film… Read more »

Common Green: Donna DiFiore

We hear all the time from experts in the field of ecology and sustainability about environmental problems on the large scale. But all too rarely do we hear how regular people like ourselves approach sustainability in their everyday lives, in their homes and in their businesses. There are countless ways in which waste can be… Read more »

Film Club Origins

Film Club Rule #38: Never discount your childhood as being a harbinger of things to come in your adulthood. Heather, Jeff, and Rusty discuss their origin stories. They discuss their childhood and early influences, including getting VCRs for the first time and being dropped off at theaters. This is followed by choices concerning their film… Read more »

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Earth Won Live Won Studio 2A

Earth Won performs live in Studio for the second hour of Locals Only. In between sets of live music, Earth Won discusses the creation of the band as well as the what the future holds for the group. Check their Facebook page here to keep up with all of Earth Won’s upcoming shows. Earth Won… Read more »

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The Beatles – Revolver – KXCI Classic Pick

THE BEATLES – REVOLVER Released August 8, 1966 (August 5 in the UK) – 50 years ago The Fab Four’s seventh studio release may be as close to flawless as any album ever released. Covering new stylistic ground, it’s characterized by stunning songwriting, brilliant arrangement, and novel recording effects. As influential today as it was… Read more »

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Lonely Hearts Club “Bananas”

Lonely Hearts Club “Bananas” Season 2 episode 1 or maybe episode 11, who’s counting? Bridgitte goes bananas, but that’s no surprise, we all should have seen it coming. Friends include, Nick Sievert, David Forbes, Dr. Joe Patterson, Wrilan and Elijah Thum. You can’t have it all people, but we try to cope just the same…. Read more »

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Wild Lettuce

There are about 90 species of Lactuca found around the world, especially in the Northern Hemisphere. Arizona Flora lists 4 species and one of those is the varmint Lactuca serriola (“varmint” means introduced European native). Lactuca sativa is the mother of all cultivated lettuces. I looked in a favorite vegetable seed catalogue and it listed… Read more »

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Filmed in Tucson…Mostly

Film Club Rule #888: There’s great filmmaking going on in your backyard, just open the door. Heather, Jeff, and Rusty turn their attention to film made in Tucson, Arizona. Over the years hundreds of films were made in Tucson, in part because of the desert locale and in part because of Old Tucson Studios. Some… Read more »

The Lobster

Greek writer-director Yorgos Lanthimos has gained a degree of renown for a kind of in-your-face absurdist style, manifested in films such as Dogtooth, about a father who has taught his family the wrong meanings for words in order to keep them under his control—that one was nominated for a foreign language Oscar—and Alps, about a… Read more »

NOISE

There is a phenomenon in music known as ‘rolling’, which occurs when one band member can’t hear himself over the others and cranks up his amp. That enables him to hear himself again, but now the person next to him has the same problem and cranks up his amp too, and so it travels along… Read more »

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Living Out Loud – Chad Mosher

Chad is responsible for the oversight of Living Out Loud Health & Wellness Center and leads outreach efforts to the community in addition to providing training and counseling services. He has more than 13 years of clinical experience in addition to five years of administrative experience as the chair for the College of Social Sciences… Read more »

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The O’Jays – Back Stabbers – KXCI Classic Pick

THE O’JAYS – BACK STABBERS Released August, 1972- 44 years ago Fusing ’60s pop vocal styles with funky R&B rhythms and jazz-inspired arrangements that feature complex melodies, sweeping strings, and dynamic horns, The O’Jays fifth studio release, produced by the iconic songwriting team of Gable & Huff, helped establish the “Philly Sound.” One of the… Read more »

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Bellota of the Borderlands

Many years ago while driving the dirt road between Klondyke and Pima, Arizona I rounded a curve and and almost crashed into an Apache family stooped over in the road picking up acorns that were falling from a huge Emory oak whose branches reached over the road. It was that marvelous encounter that turned me… Read more »

Wanda

Life on the outskirts of society, the stories of poor, rootless drifters and petty criminals—rarely is any of this depicted on film without either sentimental or moral messaging on the one hand, or sensationalism on the other. Of those that have tried, Wanda, a 1970 film by Barbara Loden, is in a class by itself…. Read more »

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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 Nikki Mastrud

My name is Nikki Mastrud, and I am a rising sophomore at the University of Arizona majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies. I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago before coming to Arizona for school, but over the past year I have found a home in… 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 »