Soot Suit

Our children will have to deal with the world their parents leave behind and where the idea always was that they should be better off than us, it appears that the opposite is about to happen. The massive amounts of soot floating about in the air will infringe on their right to life; the effects… Read more »

A Spring Report from the Ol’ Guajolote

Monkey flowers are in the Figwort Family (Scrophulariaceae). The species I’m jabbering about in this show is called seep monkey flower or Mimulus guttatus. There are over a dozen species of Mimulus found in Arizona and almost all of them like their soil moist, so they’re not going to be in your xeriscape garden, okay?… Read more »

Manchester by the Sea

Manchester by the Sea, Kenneth Lonergan’s new film, takes on the difficult themes of grief, trauma, and the weight of the past. I say “difficult” because most films that try to depict these things don’t have a good enough understanding of the subject to do it well. The most common mistake made, and this actually… Read more »

Americans All: Breaking The Color Barrier Part 2

30 Minutes continues with excerpts from the 2016 Tucson Festival of Books. Americans All: Breaking the Color Barrier in Main Stream Publishing features authors Cathy Camper and Meg Medina discu ssing their processes, challenges, and successes in making literature more representative and accessible. Cuban American Meg Medina is the award winning author of “Yaqui Delgado… Read more »

Injustice Will Not Last, Part 1

Episode 4: Injustice Will Not Last, Part 1

In episodes 4-5 of Mn Huna: Finding Refuge in Friendship, Houda begins to talk about the unraveling of her childhood in Aleppo. Houda grew up in the apartment below her four cousins, who are similar ages to Houda and her sisters. They were in and out of each other’s homes constantly—a tight-knit extended family. And… Read more »

Luxo Jr.

Pixar: The House That Luxo Built

  Rule #805: Animation is not just for kids, ’cause grownups like it too! It turns out dreamers dream of electric sheep. In 1974, Pixar started as a group of visionaries who longed to see a film produced via computer generated art. In 1986, one John Lasseter presented Luxo Jr. the two-minute story of a charming,… Read more »

Thesis Thursday- Ruby Sierra

Thesis Thursday- Ruby Sierra

Thesis Thursday- Ruby Sierra I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona molded by the desert and I am currently a sophomore at the University of Arizona pursing a Bachelor’s of Science in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science. I am a part of the EHS-True program working under the laboratory of Dr.Boitano. Under his mentorship, I… Read more »

Lowriders in Space

Americans All: Breaking The Color Barrier Part 1

30 Minutes spotlights excerpts from the 2016 Tucson Festival of Books. Americans All: Breaking the Color Barrier in Main Stream Publishing features authors Cathy Camper and Meg Medina discussing their processes, challenges, and successes in making literature more representative and accessible. Cuban American Meg Medina is the award winning author of “Yaqui Delgado Wants to… Read more »

9999 BOTTLES IN THE WALL

In 2012, Roberts Bezeau participated in a study of garbage on the Panamese island of Colón, where he lives. A crew of 15 people opened 60,000 garbage bags and sorted out the contents. By far the biggest pile was the one with discarded plastic bottles. “It just kept on growing”. After the 6-month study was over,… Read more »

Jackie

There’s a movie out called Jackie, with Natalie Portman playing Jackie Kennedy, and I kind of avoided it for awhile because I’m wary of films that dramatize the lives of famous people, biopics they’re usually called. In my experience they often fail to be insightful or interesting. But then I noticed that it’s directed by… Read more »

Locals Only- The Wanda Junes

Locals Only- The Wanda Junes

Locals Only- The Wanda Junes We are pleased to bring you a special live performance by The Wanda Junes in Studio 2A at KXCI community radio. These Alt/Country artists have captured our hearts on Locals Only Feb 20, 2017. Kinship from Baby Tooth Records, will be released on cassette at Club Congress March 21st. Have… Read more »

Anemone tuberosa

Desert anemone (Anemone tuberosa) is in the Buttercup Family. Buttercups are the genus Ranuculus and so the family name is Ranunculaceae. It’s probably just me, but that is a marvelous family name to write and pronounce. Kearney and Peebles’ Arizona Flora lists three species of Anemone, but I noticed that the newer field guide Plants… Read more »

Web Supplement: Baking with Marwa

Web Supplement: Baking with Marwa There are more refugee stories in Tucson than we can possibly tell on the radio. So as part of Mn Huna: Finding Refuge in Friendship, we will bring you additional stories on the website. This is the first. Marwa, from Daraa, Syria, arrived in Tucson in 2016 with her family. Syria… Read more »

Thesis Thursday- Konner Kirwan

Thesis Thursday- Konner Kirwan

Thesis Thursday- Konner Kirwan Having moved over 17 times, I would say I have lived a pretty nomadic lifestyle. Despite my life being in constant flux, though, I am happy to say that the University of Arizona has become a second home to me. Currently, I am an undergraduate sophomore studying Neuroscience and Cognitive Science… Read more »

KXCI Music Director Duncan Hudson’s Best of 2016

Wow, with 2016 came a ton of music to KXCI and here are some of my favorites – Duncan  LOCAL Ohioan – Empty / Every Mountain XIXA – Bloodline Laura and the Killed Men – Everchanging Trail Orkesta Mendoza – Vamos A Guarachar! The Mission Creeps – Friday Night Creep Out  NATIONAL Michael Kiwanuka –… Read more »

Caterpillars At Home And Abroad

Armyworms Invade Africa In addition to drought and war, a new scourge has hit West and Central Africa: the fall armyworm, a.k.a. Spodoptera frugiperda, a critter that likes to get about. This voracious caterpillar originates in South America, but has spread as far North as Canada and now made its way across the Atlantic, probably as eggs… Read more »

Rejoice, spring is on the way

I suspect I talk about point-leaf manzantia ( Arctostaphylos pungens) every February, as it is the time of year when I’m feeling florally deprived and seeing it blooming in the hills above our home is a remedy. There are two species of manzanita found in the borderlands and four total in Arizona. When I worked… Read more »

Fences

August Wilson was one of our greatest playwrights, a titan of the American theater. He was careful about his legacy, and didn’t allow his plays to be made into feature films unless he had approval of the director. He wrote a screenplay for one of his two Pulitzer Prize winners, Fences, stipulating that the director… Read more »

Locals Only- Vinnie Mendez & LABRATZ

Locals Only- Vinney Mendez & LABRATZ

Locals Only- Vinney Mendez & LABRATZ Locals Only Live in Studio 2A Locals Only- Vinney Mendez & LABRATZ Live in Studio 2A, Vinney Mendez and LABRATZ brought some beats and told us all about the upcoming Tucson Hip Hop festival. They talk about what they do and how they learned to do it, the Hip… Read more »

Episode 3: We Are Telling Our Stories

In episode three of Mn Huna: Finding Refuge in Friendship, Houda begins to describe her family’s journey from Aleppo to Tucson. Like all Syrian refugee families seeking resettlement, Houda’s family went through extensive and repeated background checks, identity verification, medical exams, and interviews with multiple international and U.S. agencies. The process from application with the International… Read more »

Punitive Expedition 100th Anniversary

30 Minutes features historian Dr. Michael Engs discussing the 100th year anniversary of Pershing’s Punitive Expedition into Mexico in 1916 and in particular the valor of the United States Buffalo Soldiers from the 10th Cavalry who were stationed in Fort Huachuca, Arizona from 1913 to 1933. The expedition into Mexico to seek out Francisco Pancho Villa… Read more »

Indigenous American & RED INK Literary Festival Part 3

On Janurary 21st, 2017, The Amerind Foundation convened a presentation entitled “Native Voices: Indigenous American & RED INK Literary Festival”. Seven authors shared their work at the Amerind Museum in Dragoon, Arizona. The event was hosted by Simon Ortiz, an Acoma Pueblo member and award winning Regents Professor in the English Department at Arizona State University. Today’s first poet is Karen… Read more »

Locals Only – R. Carlos Nakai & Will Clipman

Locals Only – R. Carlos Nakai and Will Clipman live in Studio 2A. Locals Only – R. Carlos Nakai and Will Clipman. What an honor to have Two very distinguished musicians in our studio at KXCI. R. Carlos Nakai Quartet performs on Friday the 24th of Feb at 7:00pm at the Berger Performing Arts Center… Read more »

Berms, Basins & Humanure

Berms, Basins & Humanure How do people practice sustainability in their every-day lives? Under the banner ‘Common Green’, the Weekly Green asks folks from all walks of life about their efforts to keep our neck of the woods and, by extension, the rest of the universe, habitable. This week, the microphone is manned by J.P. who implements Brad… Read more »

Thesis Thursday- Colin Lynch

Thesis Thursday- Colin Lynch Thesis Thursday is a weekly radio program that airs every Thursday on KXCI. We talk with Students from The University Of Arizona. They share what they are working on in school, their plans for the future, and we even talk a little bit about music. Thesis Thursday- Colin Lynch. Colin is… Read more »

Moonrise Kingdom

Great and Awful Date Movies

Film Club Rule #303: It’s difficult to find a lover, but even more difficult to find someone who loves the movies you love. It’s a cliche, dinner and a movie, but when in the course of dating someone is a good time to watch a movie together? What about movie date etiquette?  And what are… Read more »

Your Morning Brew – Featured Album of the Week – Feb. 6th-10th

This week on KXCI’s  Your Morning Brew, Jim Blackwood is featuring three albums of artists that all have Tucson connections. The Featured Album of the Week: Chuck Prophet – Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins The latest album from Tucson adopted son, Chuck was in Green On Red, comes out Friday, February 10th. It’s another… Read more »

The Film Snob’s favorites of 2016

Many would agree that 2016 was a terrible year in general, and I don’t need to explain why. It is strange to have to admit, then, that it was a great year for film. Here is a list of my favorites among those I managed to see. Some of the movies are technically from 2015,… Read more »

Ladderbacks and Walnuts

I love the two large walnut trees found along our drive and how they always seem to sport a bird or two perching near the top. Most commonly seen, of course, are red-tailed hawks, but some evenings or early mornings I’ll see great horned owls perched near the top. The view of the surrounding land… Read more »

Episode 17: Poets Pedal

Tucson-native Clayton Kamm stops by to tell us more about an event he dreamed up that combines his favorite things: bikes, poetry, local beer and local food. Poets Pedal, an afternoon of biking, poetry, gastronomy, and live music,  is a collaboration between the University of Arizona Poetry Center, Edible Baja Arizona magazine and Living Streets Alliance… Read more »

Eunice Borunda

Thesis Thursday- Eunice Borunda

  Eunice Borunda is our guest on Thesis Thursday Here is what she has to say: A little bit about myself, I am the oldest child of four kids, I have two sisters and a brother. For this reason, I have tried to be an exemplary model to my three younger siblings. I am currently… Read more »

Aquarius

Aquarius, a new film by Brazilian writer-director Kleber Mendonça Filho, wants to make us comfortable before we enter its main story. In a prologue from 1980, a group of friends, slightly tipsy, laugh and play music while driving a car on the sand along the sea shore. Among them is the beautiful Clara, played by… Read more »

Buffelgrass Revisited

Buffelgrass is a recurring theme on this program and that is because it is really, really bad. It was brought in by cattle ranchers from abroad in the 1930’s for cheap grazing because it is very low maintenance and reproduces easily. And it did. Now here’s a legal immigrant that is no longer welcome. There… Read more »

Slow Moving Water

      The Ol’ Guajolote is not alive with critters by the time it runs by our home. There are no fish or frogs or mud turtles found in it. You need to go further upstream closer to the headwaters to find minnows and frogs or mud turtles. Oh, in the summer after monsoon… Read more »

Locals Only- Desert Beats

Locals Only- Desert Beats The Desert Beats is a desert garage rock and roll band from Tucson, Arizona. You can listen to their performance and hear the interview with Matt Milner right here on kxci.org. Thanks for stopping by our website. The Desert Beats performed in Studio 2A on Monday night. Why? Because  Monday Night… Read more »

KXCI Participates in International Clash Day

Celebrating International Clash Day on Tuesday, February 7th

In partnership with our Northwest sister station KEXP and other independent radio stations in Austin, New York City, Washington D.C., San Francisco, and Vancouver, B.C., KXCI is proud to be participating in International Clash Day on Tuesday, February 7. International Clash Day was founded by KEXP DJ John Richards four years ago as a way to… Read more »

Episode 2: Absence Shadows Our Hearts

In episode two of Mn Huna: Finding Refuge in Friendship, we begin to introduce you to Houda’s family. Houda is the middle daughter in a tight-knit family of five. They all fled Aleppo together in 2013. But when Houda, her parents, and her younger sister Sara were resettled to Tucson in July of 2016, her older sister Noor… Read more »

Indigenous American & RED INK Literary Festival Part 2

On Janurary 21st, 2017, The Amerind Foundation convened a presentation entitled “Native Voices: Indigenous American & RED INK Literary Festival”. Seven authors shared their work at the Amerind Museum in Dragoon, Arizona. The event was hosted by Simon Ortiz, an Acoma Pueblo member and award winning Regents Professor in the English Department at Arizona State University. Today’s first poet is Kyle… Read more »

Thesis Thursday- Jesse Wealing

I’m currently finishing the last semester of my Biology degree at the University of Arizona. Besides Biology, I enjoy taking classes in philosophy and choral singing with the University Singers. Over the past two years I have been working on unraveling the functional nature of neurons that control the tongue. This will hopefully lead to… Read more »

Cool Concrete

Concrete is actually just one of the many applications of cement. Cement is a mix of lime and water that is an excellent binding agent, first discovered by the ancient Macedonians some 3,000 years ago. The discovery ranks with fire, the wheel and sliced bread among the great game changers in human history. If cement… Read more »

Episodes 1 and 2: Tales of Tucson …. original radio dramas of the Sonoran Southwest

Co-written and Co-produced by Laura Markowitz and John Vornholt, TALES OF TUCSON are original radio dramas inspired by the legends, mysteries and magic of the Sonoran Southwest. Episodes are set in real locations in Southern Arizona and feature actors and real people, blending the real and fictional. Hear dramas, comedies, ghost stories, love stories, Westerns,… Read more »

Desert Mule Deer

Maybe I should have called this show, Infundibula, blah, blah, blah, instead of Desert Mule Deer. I love to poke fun at scientific terms, but the truth is that I love the language of biology or in this case zoology.  By the way, the word infundibula means funnel shaped, so the hollow pits as seen… Read more »

ARCHITECTURE on Locals Only

ARCHITECTURE on Locals Only Architecture is an Indie Rock band from Tucson. They visited KXCI community radio and played live in studio 2A. You can listen here and hear about how they write songs, the fun of three guitars and their upcoming show at The Flycatcher Saturday January 28th. They will be opening for Surf,… Read more »

Episode 16: The Bookbike

  Do you know what a Bookbike is? The Pima County Library has a fleet of Bookbikes that it takes to various locations and neighborhood events to give out free books, library cards, and information about library and literacy programs, as well as bike maps. In this episode, you’ll hear Karen Greene, Librarian on the Move at the Downtown… Read more »

Things to Come

It seems that the more I love a film, the harder it is to describe exactly why. I think that’s because the best films reach a place that is deeper than logic and structure and the meanings we can easily make out of stories. Cinema can transfigure ordinary life through the power of its dreamlike… Read more »

Indigenous Voices & RED INK Literary Festival Part 1

On Janurary 21st, 2017, The Amerind Foundation convened a presentation entitled “Native Voices: Indigenous American & RED INK Literary Festival“. Seven authors shared their work at the Amerind Museum in Dragoon, Arizona. The event was hosted by Simon Ortiz, an Acoma Pueblo Native and award winning Regents Professor in the English Department at Arizona State University. We’ll hear two pieces… Read more »

Finding Refuge in Friendship: Melanie and Houda on the front porch of KXCI.

Episode 1: Finding Refuge in Friendship

In August of 2016, Melanie and Houda met at potluck for Arizona Welcomes Refugees. It was just a few weeks after Houda’s family arrived in America from their temporary home in Jordan. They had been living in Jordan for several years after fleeing the war in Aleppo, Syria. Houssam (Houda’s father) and Melanie both speak French,… Read more »

Barack Obama

Presidential Cinema

Film Club Rule #410: Politics makes strange bedfellows, and it often makes for stranger films. This week, we decided to take a look at the portrayal of the Presidency in film over the years. Jeff starts off with what all three co-hosts agree is one of the all time craziest films, Wild In The Streets…. Read more »

For the Birds

It is a soaring testimony to Mother Nature’s magic that the most massive animals ever to exist on Earth, the dinosaurs, have evolved into the very lightest: the birds. There are almost ten thousand known species of birds in the world. About 1300 of those, that’s 12%, are now considered threatened. That number is even… Read more »

Moonlight

There are plenty of good films out there, but I have to confess that the dominance of mediocre Hollywood pablum sometimes challenges my faith in cinema. However, I recently got to see a movie that shows me once again what we really need from film—fearless honesty and a fresh point of view. Moonlight, directed by… Read more »

Toxicodendron rydbergii

I was sort of right, but mainly wrong about poison ivy’s Latinized name. The species found in Arizona is Toxicodendron rydbergii, formerly Rhus radicans var. rydbergii. Obviously I need to stay up to date on the name changes, but now I know,……. grumble, grumble. I don’t know anyone that doesn’t have a poison ivy story…. Read more »

Local’s Only- with Gabriel Ayala

  We are very lucky to have Gabriel Ayala in Studio 2A for a live performance. Gabriel talks with Matt Milner about “Jazz-menco” his fusion of Flamenco and Jazz. They discuss his early days and his upcoming performances. Gabriel is breaking stereotypes for further generations with the gift of music. He shares and shows the… Read more »

Martin Luther King, Jr. Continues to Inspire

Since its inception, 91.3 KXCI Community Radio has celebrated Martin Luther King Day. The Djs who are on each year share shape the programming with their passion and expertise. KXCI commemorates the life and legacy of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 16th, 2017 with special programming from 7am to 6pm…. Read more »

Inauguration Day Teach-In

30 Minutes spoke with University of Arizona faculty members Suzi Dovi, Phyllis Taoua and Denis Provencher about the upcoming Inauguration Day Teach-In and March for Unity and Solidarity. The teach-in takes place on Friday, January 20th at Old Main on the University of Arizona campus from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Following the teach-in there… Read more »

Clematis drummondii in a Wintery Landscape

Canyon hackberry must be an old common name, because all the new literature calls it western hackberry. Western, I suppose, as opposed to the southern hackberry and the common hackberry, two species that over lap in the eastern US. Our western hackberry is Celtis reticulata, the southern hackberry is Celtis laevagatum, and the common hackberry… Read more »

Thesis Thursday- with Dominique Lund

Thesis Thursday is a program on KXCI which runs every Thursday. We invite our friends from The University of Arizona to come down to the station and chat a little bit. We discuss what they are working on in school, their plans for the future. We even talk a little bit about music. Today’s guest… Read more »

The Conformist

There are a few rare films that, every time you see them, new layers and new depths reveal themselves. I just re-watched The Conformist, Bernardo Bertolucci’s explosive 1970 portrait of fascism, and now I see that it is clearly one of the greatest films of all time. It’s the third time I’ve seen it, and… Read more »

Arivaca Ecofest

One hour southwest of Tucson lies the old mining town of Arivaca, now home to artists, crafts people and other professionals, as well as to award-winning authors Byrd Baylor and Kenny Buchanan. Arivaca has the oldest school house in Arizona, which is at the center of the Arivaca Ecofest on Saturday, January 28. The Ecofest grew out of… Read more »

Locals Only- with Lydian Osman

Lydian Osman was our guest on Locals Only January 9, 2017.  Joined by his friends, Jeremy Michael Cashman and The Mighty Joel Ford. Listen to the live performance in Studio 2A at KXCI.   They came to KXCI and talked with Matt Milner about the new album, and how it all came together. Lydian played… Read more »

Episode 15: Distracted Driving Summit

Distracted driving is a leading cause of collisions and death involving people walking, riding a bike, and driving a car. Use of cell phones while driving puts everyone using our roads at risk. Did you know Arizona is one of only two states in the U.S. without a state-wide ban on texting while driving? A… Read more »

KXCI’s Top 100 Albums of 2016

On December 30th we played KXCI’s Top 100 albums of 2016. This list was compiled from ALL the KXCI playlists for every show during 2016. Therefore this list represents all the DJ’s and their collective favorite new releases, as they actually played them throughout the year. Looking forward to a great year of music in… Read more »

Passion Fulfilled

  Velvet mesquite is the predominate native mesquite of southern Arizona. If you go west toward California, you will start running into western honey mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa var. torreyana) and screwbean mesquite (Prosopis pubescens) and likewise if you head over to the eastern border of Arizona you will run into the same species. Go a… Read more »

Certain Women

Certain Women- Flicks I must be honest and say out loud that these are tough times. And I don’t think escapism is the answer. Well, make of that what you will, but in literature and film I look for artists who are committed to telling the truth about our experiences, in all their ambiguity. Movies… Read more »

NEW

An artist friend of mine once told me that it is bad marketing in the art world to put a date on your works, because people are not interested in what you made last year, or ten years ago, no matter how great it is; they want to see the latest. It has to be… Read more »

Aloysia wrightii

The botanical name of Wright’s Beebrush is Aloysia wrightii. It used to be Lippia wrightii, well actually it has gone back and forth, but right now it’s Aloysia. Stay tuned. The leaves are quite aromatic and can be used as a potherb. It does have another common name of oreganillo, but please, not to be… Read more »

Staff Best-of Lists: Dave Paiz of Bat Country Radio

Bat Country Radio airs from midnight on Thursdays till 2 a.m. on Friday and focuses on a free-form celebration of rock, metal, and punk for the sleepless and scatterbrained. Click through to read host Dave Paiz’s top picks for 2016.

KXCI’s 2016 Top Local Releases

KXCI’s 2016 Top Local Releases Tucson has a local music scene that we are happy to show off here at KXCI. What better place to celebrate local music then right here right now? Here’s a handy list of recommended local 2016 releases (in no particular order) for your listening pleasure. Foxx Bodies – Foxx Bodies… Read more »

Offbeat Christmas Holiday Movies

Offbeat Christmas: Rare Exports, Millions, and The Ice Harvest

Tis the season to watch holiday films, but you don’t want to watch Miracle on 34th Street for the fiftieth time. Well, we’ve got some answers for you. First up, Jeff talks about the little known Finnish film Rare Exports. Rare Exports is a fantasy horror film about that gives a new origin story for… Read more »

2016 KXCI Year End Highlights

Hi, I’m KXCI Executive Director Cathy Rivers. I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season. Thank you to everyone who pledged during our year end membership drive- we had great success and a lot of fun!!! I’m proud of all that KXCI has achieved this year. 2016 has been a great year here at… Read more »

Bridgitte Thum’s 2016 Top Tunes and Moments

My name is Bridgitte Thum and I have something to say! Sure, we had a crummy year, but remember the good times! Some amazing things happened in 2016, in the midst of all the uncertainty, death and chaos, there were some memories that will always sparkle. So, Bridgitte, what are you smiling about? Bridgitte Thum’s… Read more »

A Man Called Ove

Sentimentality can be tricky in a film. If a director lays it on too thick, it can seem manipulative. Well, there’s plenty of sentimentality in the recent Swedish film entitled A Man Called Ove. The story is from a novel of the same name by Fredrick Backman—and its publication was one of those miracles you… Read more »

Locals Only -with Howe Gelb

Locals Only  with Howe Gelb December 26, 2016 Howe Gelb graces us with an impromptu interview at KXCI for Locals Only with Matt Milner. Listen in to the first hour and hear all about Howe’s new strategy for touring with ease, the baby grand piano at the Owls Club in Armory Park and more. What a… Read more »

Video On-Demand: Mike Doughty in Studio 2A

Former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty has developed a rich catalog of solo material since that band’s dissolution in 2000. He stopped by Studio 2A in November to play songs from his new album, The Heart Watches While the Brain Burns. Photo and video by Julius Schlosberg. Hosted by Hannah Levin.  

Thesis Thursday-Ariana Rayne Garcia

Thesis Thursday is a program on KXCI which runs every Thursday. We invite our friends from The University of Arizona to come down to the station and chat a little bit about what they are working on, their plans for the future and  we even talk a little bit about music. Today’s guest is Ariana… Read more »

Episode 14: Adaptive Bike Program

Jared Perkins, Chief Operating Officer of the Children’s Clinics talks about a new program in Tucson providing adaptive bicycles to children with chronic illnesses.  Believing that play is fundamental to health and wellbeing, and that every child can be an athlete despite developmental abilities, the Children’s Clinics has partnered with Ambucs to donate adaptive bicycles individually customized to meet the special needs… Read more »

Staff Best-Of Lists: Hannah Levin

Hannah Levin, Host of The Home Stretch and Director of Content Part of the joy of working in non-commercial, independent-minded radio is the freedom to conceptualize and quantify outside conventional expectations–and year-end lists are no exception. Thusly, here are my Top 5 selections for 2016 (and 2017) across a variety of categories:     Top… Read more »

Black Bear in the Juniper Nation

Black bears are Ursus americanus and they are found in much of North America. In Arizona they are found in the eastern half of the state from north to south in mountainous areas. I feel fortunate to have seen black bears many times over the years and all have been good experiences, though every year… Read more »

Sonic Solstice 2016 at KXCI

Sonic Solstice 2016 Local’s Only Presents: KXCI’s 15th Annual  Sonic Solstice. Listen up if you missed it on Monday Dec 19th, 2016. We had a great Holiday party with lots of fun and talented friends performing live in Studio 2A. This is live radio at its merriest. Thank You everyone. The Three Kings: Jillian Bessett,… Read more »

Thesis Thursday -with Lindsey Chew

Thesis Thursday -with Lindsey Chew

Thesis Thursday -with Lindsey Chew Thesis Thursday is a special mini program where we invite our friends from the University of Arizona to come down to KXCI and talk to us a little bit about what they are working on in school, their plans for the future and we even talk about music. Lindsey Chew… Read more »

Episode 13: Winterhaven by Bike!

Each year the Winterhaven neighborhood draws tens of thousands of visitors to check out the dazzling and ornate light displays hosted by dozens of homes. The streets are temporarily closed to cars and people of all ages stroll about checking out the lights and enjoying the crisp evenings in Tucson. If you’ve ever been, you… Read more »

A Brief History of Christmas

  A little bit of history on the feast of Christmas: The geographical location of the Northern European countries makes the winters there long, cold and dark. In places near the Arctic Circle there may be a little as 3 hours of sunshine a day. No wonder then that the winter solstice, when the days… Read more »

KXCI Staff Top 10: Leah Rhey

Leah Rhey, Director of Underwriting Well, let’s be honest…2016 was a difficult year for many reasons, but I also had moments of joy that will stay with me forever, so it wasn’t wholly bad. All and all it was a mixed bag of emotions, many highs and many lows.  I was able to check the… Read more »

The Body Snatcher

My taste in horror films tends towards the classical. I like a movie with a creepy or macabre point of view more than one that tries really hard to shock or frighten me. Even the term “horror” seems excessive. Too often it becomes an indulgence in bloodiness and sadism. And as I’ve said before, the… Read more »

Protecting the Sacred: A Panel on Indigenous Environmental Issues Part 2

30 Minutes features more remarks from the November 28th, 2016  “Protecting the Sacred: A Panel on Indigenous Environmental Issues” convened by Blackfeet tribal member and writer Bill Wetzel at Revolutionary Grounds Books and Coffee‘s back patio. The panel was a discussion on indigenous environmental issues. It focused primarily on water and developments at Standing Rock… Read more »

Thesis Thursday with Jenna Franco

This week on Thesis Thursday, KXCI welcomes Jenna Franco to the station. “Jenna attends the University of Arizona where she is double majoring in Neuroscience and Computer Science. She’s conducted research in various labs during the past 2.5 years, including a lab in the Czech Republic where she studied ticks and disease transmission in the… Read more »

Nature Cures

I do love the fall and winter smell of moist old leaves and grasses. It always sparks a memory of my childhood in moist Kentucky. I love that. Marcel Proust called the memory brought on by a smell “memoire involontaire.”  Sometimes my prep school education comes back to haunt me, which may be another type… Read more »

The Largest One – Meg Weesner

Meg Weesner is a former park ranger in Saguaro National Park. In the 1990s she led a photo-documentation project chronicling the death of Old Granddad, believed to have been the biggest, perhaps oldest, saguaro in the park. The Saguaro Minute is a short radio podcast about all things saguaro, beloved icon of the Sonoran Desert…. Read more »

Food for Thought

Many years ago I was staying with a good friend of mine in Rotterdam, who happened to have a big birthday right in that period. This man is one of the most hospitable and generous people I know, as well as a great cook. The preparations for the birthday dinner were correspondingly elaborate.  He spent… Read more »

Locals Only- Run Boy Run

    Locals Only- Run Boy Run Live In studio 2A Locals Only KXCI is proud to welcome Run Boy Run to Studio 2a for a Live on air performance. Existing in the tension between tradition and frontier, Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest winner and Prairie Home Companion guest, Run Boy Run, truly exceeds the… Read more »

Episode 12: El Grupo Youth Cycling

  PtP – El Grupo Youth Cycling Daniela Diamente, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit El Grupo Youth Cycling describes the history of this amazing Tucson organization that empowers youth through bicycling.  El Grupo is over 10 years old and has expanded each year to include more kids and more programs. Tune into this… Read more »

The Queen of Katwe

The Queen of Katwe, a film by Mira Nair, is based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan girl who, with very little formal education, became an international chess champion. The accomplished Indian director Nair, who loves to make movies about people and subjects largely ignored in mainstream film, presents us in this… Read more »

Protecting the Sacred: A Panel on Indigenous Environmental Issues Part 1

30 Minutes features remarks from the November 28th, 2016  “Protecting the Sacred: A Panel on Indigenous Environmental Issues” convened by Blackfeet tribal member and writer Bill Wetzel at Revolutionary Grounds Books and Coffee‘s back patio. The panel was a discussion on indigenous environmental issues. It focused primarily on water and developments at Standing Rock regarding… Read more »

Bridgitte Thum’s Top 10 Songs for a Silly Mood

This is a stressful time in an already crazy year. I’m Bridgitte Thum, and I am not a doctor or anything- but I believe we can all use a little break from the heavy stuff every now and then. “Everything in moderation” they say- and hopefully that includes seriousness- Here’s an idea: Find some kids- and… Read more »

Thesis Thursday with Lucas Harrell

It’s Time for Thesis Thursday, a weekly program where we invite students from the University of Arizona to come into the station and talk a little bit about what they are working on in school, their plans for the future, and we even talk about music a little bit. Lucas Harrell is a senior at… Read more »

Putting the Fun in Dysfunction

It’s the holidays. A time to get together loving family and also the family members who you wish you didn’t have to see like your uncle who thinks science is a conspiracy, you know, the holidays. And just in time for the holidays, we’re here to give you a rundown of some great dysfunctional family… Read more »

Treehuggers

More than half a century ago, Rachel Carson’s book ‘Silent Spring‘ first warned about the increasing cost of industrialization to the environment. In the following decades, folks who shared her vision were regarded by the establishment as eccentric doomsayers and commonly dismissed as ‘treehuggers‘. In a speech at the Planetary Security Conference held this week… Read more »

The Santa Cruz River Song

    It’s been a long time since the Santa Cruz River ran and even when it did it only ran in intermittent sections along its long desert traverse. But listen, it did run, not just run off from rainfall or treated sewage water, but true river water. And it was an area that supported… Read more »

Los Nawdy Dawgs Live In Studio 2A Locals Only

Los Nawdy Dawgs Live In Studio 2A Locals Only Los Nawdy Dawgs will be performing at El Casino Ballroom Dec 9 at Lalopalooza. Photos Courtesy of Austin Holman. Legendary Latin Blues band, Los Nawdy Dawgs is one of the most successful, enduring and energetic bands in the world. Based out of Tucson Arizona the band… Read more »

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 »