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Ruby’s Roadhouse Celebrates Mardi Gras

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

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Thesis Thursday with Jordan Barrows

I am a junior at the University of Arizona, studying Molecular and Cellular Biology and Biochemistry. I was born and raised in Helena, Montana, living just out of town. Among many other experiences, growing up in this environment and being able to explore the pine forests by day and the starry skies by night, helped… Read more »

MORE ABOUT ZIKA

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

The Martian

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

Community Food Bank: Fighting Hunger

Almost one in 3 children in Arizona is at risk for hunger; our state ranks third worst in the nation in that respect. The Community Food Bank fights hunger by distributing meals, some 30 million pounds annually, but also by educating people how to grow their own and how to prepare it. These latter programs are… Read more »

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Pretty In Pink Soundtrack – KXCI Classic Pick

VARIOUS ARTISTS – PRETTY IN PINK ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK Released February 28, 1986 – 30 years ago While most 80s teen flicks were full of vapid, corporate-rock filler, the soundtrack accompanying John Hughes’ teen-romance opus, Pretty In Pink, features one of the finest new wave anthologies to ever accompany a movie. The Classic Pick… Read more »

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Barbara Kingsolver and Flight Behavior Part 2

In November 2012, Antigone Books presented Barbara Kingsolver reading from her latest novel Flight Behavior at the Temple of Music and Art. Flight Behavior follows in the Kingsolver tradition of fiction that addresses issues of social justice and demonstrates the impact of culture and politics on human relationships. Set in a small town in Tennessee, the novel… Read more »

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Anemone tuberosa

Anxious for some early morning light and something green in the grassland, Petey remembers an early blooming wildflower to look for in the nearby hills.

Spotlight

The scandal of the sexual abuse of children by priests in the Catholic Church, and the systematic cover-up of that abuse, reached public awareness sporadically in the 1980s and 90s, through some high-profile cases and a few book-length exposes. But the tipping point, when the story finally became too big to be buried, was through… Read more »

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Gerry Rafferty – City To City – KXCI Classic Pick

GERRY RAFFERTY – CITY TO CITY Released January 20 1978- 38 years ago Rafferty’s sophomore solo release was his most successful commercially and critically, and is generally considered his best. Recalling singer-songwriters like Harry Nilsson, Jackson Browne, and soft-rock acts like Steely Dan, Rafferty’s lyrics and arrangements are slow burns that grow from 70s nostalgia… Read more »

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June West live in Studio 2A

June West performs live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. Returning to Tucson from New York, June West is performing at R Bar on Wed., Jan. 27th.

Who Do You Think You Are?

If at times you wonder who you really are, that question has recently become even harder to answer. Several studies, including one lead by professor Carolyn Bohach of the University of Indiana have come to the conclusion that only 10% of the cells in our body actually contain our own DNA. The other 90% is… Read more »

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Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On – KXCI Classic Pick

MARVIN GAYE – WHAT’S GOING ON Released May 21, 1971- 44 years ago (“What’s Going On” single released January, 1971 – 45 yrs ago) The eleventh studio release and first album produced by Gaye himself, What’s Going On is a concept album from the point of view of a returning Vietnam vet facing a bad… Read more »

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Gram Parsons – Grevious Angel – KXCI Classic Pick

GRAM PARSONS – GRIEVOUS ANGEL Released January 1974- 42 years ago Recorded just weeks before his overdose death, Parsons 2nd solo album is essentially a duet release with Emmylou Harris who sings on all but one song. Considered one of the best releases in an absolutely stellar catalogue, Grievous Angel helped lay the groundwork for… Read more »

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Collared Peccary

Petey finds a young abandoned peccary under a mesquite tree and looks up just in time to see a large group of peccaries disappearing into the grassland. “Those critters aren’t coming back,” he quietly muttered and stared at the beautiful creature at his feet.

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Barbara Kingsolver and Flight Behavior

In November 2012, Antigone Books presented Barbara Kingsolver reading from her latest novel Flight Behavior at the Temple of Music and Art. Flight Behavior follows in the Kingsolver tradition of fiction that addresses issues of social justice and demonstrates the impact of culture and politics on human relationships.  Set in a small town in Tennessee, the… Read more »

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Thesis Thursday with Dylan Hutchinson

My name is Dylan Hutchison. I am a fourth-year undergraduate at the University of Arizona, majoring in Neuroscience & Cognitive Science (Neurobiology emphasis), and minor in both Chemistry & Biochemistry. I had entered UBRP via the Neuroscience & Cognitive Science Summer Research Program (NSCS-SRP), a sister-group of UBRP for NSCS projects, last summer. I had… Read more »

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Fathoming Water Episode 10: Juliet McKenna

Juliet McKenna works for a private consulting firm Montgomery and Associates based in Tucson Arizona. Juliet is a Hydrogeologist and Water Policy Consultant and her work is focused on developing groundwater supplies and providing water rights support for municipal agencies, public water companies, tribes, and private entities. The former director of an interstate aquifer management… Read more »

Victoria

Alfred Hitchcock was the first movie director to try to do a full-length feature in a single take, with his 1948 film Rope, which appeared to use only camera movement without cuts. Because of film’s technical limitations, he had to disguise the cuts, in a similar strategy to that used just last year by Alejandro… Read more »

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Electric Feel’s Top 10 For 2015

As bandmates and co-hosts of Electric Feel (Fridays from 8-10 p.m.), Corbin Dooley and E.android are constantly immersing themselves in the best new electronica and beat-driven music they can find. Here are their favorites from 2015: E.android: Bob Moses “Like It Or Not” (2015) on Domino Percussions “Digital Arpeggios” (2015) on Text Bicep “Just” (2015)… Read more »

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Kris Kerry’s Favorite 25 Albums of 2015

As the booker of the Rialto, Kris Kerry listens to and sees more bands than your average Tucsonan. He also volunteers for the station in a unique capacity. In addition to reviewing CDs, he also researches and delivers the classic pick of the week. It’s no surprise then, that’s he delivered more than a top… Read more »

Beat Back Buffelgrass Day

Buffelgrass, an African species brought in by the U.S. Government in the 1930’s to control erosion, has spread out of control all over Southern Arizona. It poses a double threat to our environment: it crowds out native species, in particular the saguaro, and when it is dormant and dry, which is most of the year, it is a major… Read more »

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Lonely Hearts Club Episode 7

There are podcasts and then there are comedy podcasts. This one is a comedy podcast. We basically read letters from you the listeners. Then we answer them is the most dignified way we can, which is to make fun of them. Do you want to play along? Well then, simply write Bridgitte a letter: Bridgitte… Read more »

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Thesis Thursday with Patrick O’Connor

Patrick O’Connor is a senior in the Undergraduate Biology Research Program who is majoring in molecular and cellular biology and physiology. He works with Dr. John Konhilas studying probiotic bacteria that affect cardiac health. Patrick is also an intern at the Arizona Daily Star where he covers science and technology and an editor at the… Read more »

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Fathoming Water Episode 9: Marie Pearthree

Fathoming Water Episode 9: Marie Pearthree This week we take a trip up to Phoenix to talk to Central Arizona Project Deputy General Manager of Strategic Initiatives & Public Policy Marie Peathree. Ms. Pearthree oversees Resource Planning and Analysis, the Colorado River Program, Stakeholder Relations and Strategic Initiatives, Legislative Affairs and Board Management, and the… Read more »

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Thesis Thursday with Ben Zaepfel

I am a junior here at the University of Arizona, and I’m studying Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Physiology, with a minor in Mathematics. I have lived in Tucson my whole life, and graduated from Catalina Foothills High School. I’ve loved science since first grade, when a guest speaker talked to my class about… Read more »

Desert Dwellers Know

In the context of the Desert Dwellers Education Project of the Tucson Audubon Society, a marvellous poster has been created under the creative direction of the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality. It is titled “Desert Dweller Know – a Celebration of Byrd’s Words”. The tribute poster honors well-loved, award-winning children’s book author, Byrd Baylor…. Read more »

The Assassin

For the last thirty years, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, a director from Taiwan, has been creating some of the most critically acclaimed works of cinematic art in the world. Most of his films have had a contemporary setting; a few have taken place in earlier historical periods; all explore themes of unfulfilled yearning and the mysteries of… Read more »

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Prison Reform Panel at Etherton Gallery Part 2

On December 18th, 2015 Etherton Gallery hosted a panel discussion on Prison Reform in conjunction with an exhibition by famed photographer Danny Lyon. In part two of this broadcast, we begin with Etherton Gallery Director Hannah Glassman introduces the exhibit and panelists who include Arizona State Senator Steve Farley, journalist Margaret Regan, attorney Lisette Flores,… Read more »

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Lonely Hearts Club Episode 6

Lonely Hearts Club The comedy podcast with heart and soul, brains and blunders. It’s Episode 6 in all it’s splendor! Join Bridgitte, Cathy, Carolyn, Michelle and Mo for fun times and fast talking! We talk about spiders and cats and grief, sadness and bee stings. We talk to a trauma queen, about childhood character building… Read more »

The Lovers

When French director Louis Malle made his second feature film, The Lovers, in 1958, he wasn’t courting controversy. His goal was to depict the romantic and sexual awakening of a character for whom an audience would normally not have much sympathy—a pampered, bored upper class wife, played by Jeanne Moreau. He got the idea when… Read more »

Beyond 2016

On Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, BEYOND is kicking off its 5th annual event to commemorate the January 8, 2011 shooting. This annual event was initiated by members of Gabe Zimmerman’s family and is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of our community by providing opportunities for people to come together, get outside and spend quality time with… Read more »

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Most everyone is familiar with the story of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice through Disney’s retelling of Goethe’s 1747 poem. The apprentice, weary of sweeping the floor and fetching pails of water, makes use of the absence of his master to put on the sorcerer’s hat and animate the broom so it can fetch the water for… Read more »

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Rose Lady’s Top 10

Rose Lady is the host of Rosie’s Rhythm Room (Tuesday evenings from 8 till 10 p.m.). Her show focuses on a great mix of swing-billy, honky tonk-twang, roots rock n’ blues and her Top 10 for 2015 reflects her seasoned tastes: Ashley Monroe, The Blade “She is the gal who launched the powerhouse girl group, The… Read more »

Bridge of Spies

One would think, judging by the title, that Bridge of Spies, the latest Steven Spielberg film, is a spy thriller, but it turns out to be something subtler, and I think, more interesting. It’s a portrait of a real-life individual, a lawyer named James P. Donovan, played here by Tom Hanks, who found himself unexpectedly… Read more »

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KXCI’s Top 100 Albums of 2015

On New Year’s Day KXCI did a countdown from 7am to 6pm of the top 100 most played albums of 2015. This list was compiled by looking at all the KXCI DJ’s playlists over a year’s worth of airplay, 24 hours a day. Number one was Edge of the Sun by Calexico. There were 18… Read more »

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Bridgitte Thum’s Endearing, Eclectic Top 10s

When I asked KXCI’s programmers to break the mold of typical top ten lists when reflecting on the music that moved them in 2015, it was no surprise to me that Bridgitte immediately responded with two unconventional and entertaining lists. As a stand-up comedian about town, a Morning Music Mix DJ (Wednesdays 10am till noon),… Read more »

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Membership Director Michelle Boulet-Stephenson’s Top 10 Rollerskating Backwards Songs of 2015

When she’s not wrangling all the critical elements that keep KXCI’s membership support base thriving or holding down the Afternoon Music Mix on Fridays from 1-3 p.m., Michelle is on a never-ending quest to find the perfect “Rollerskating Backwards Song.” What precisely does this mean? I’ll let the lady herself articulate her personal definition:  … Read more »

2015: The Heat Is On

Globally, 2015 has been the warmest year on record. Places that used to get a lot of rain are far below average. In Sao Paulo, Brazil, for instance, the monsoon has filled the reservoirs for only 20%. The drought in California is also still going strong, but Britain is experiencing record floods; same in India… Read more »

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DJ and Traffic Director Melissa Mauzy’s Top 10 Musical Moments of 2015

Melissa Mauzy’s Top 10 Musical Moments of 2015 In addition to directing underwriting traffic for KXCI, holding down The Music Mix from 10 a.m. till noon on Tuesdays and running independent label Baby Gas Mask Records with her husband Seth, Melissa recently launched Fathoming Water, a podcast focused on the intricacies of water and diversely related topics including… Read more »

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Lalo Alcaraz on Bordertown

On September 24th, 2015 REA Media Group President/CEO Raul E. Aguirre and the YWCA of Tucson presented Chicano cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz in an event entitled “An Evening of Deconstructing Chicano Satire,” cosponsored by UA Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry and UA’s Spanish and Portuguese Department. Lalo Alcaraz is a consulting producer and writer for the upcoming… Read more »

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Sonic Solstice 2015 Photo Gallery

This year’s Sonic Solstice took place Monday, December 14th. Young blues phenom Roman Barton Sherman kicked off the festivities,    Followed by the unique stylings of Karima Walker.     Louise Le Hir joined by Annie Dolan graced our studio. She was interviewed by Hannah Levin.      Laura Reese stepped in to talk with the… Read more »

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The Christmas Cuckoo

The Christmas Cuckoo is a new radio play of an old Christmas tale. Tune in to KXCI to hear it Christmas Eve at 8pm (after the Weekly Green) and on Christmas Day at 3pm, at the start of The Home Stretch. Amy Crown: narrator, piano and soprano recorder Jessie Crown: violin and guitar Molly Crown:… Read more »

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Hex Enduction Hours Best of 2015

2015 was yet another awesome year for punk, post-punk, and especially noise-rock. This year saw the return of old favorites, current bands continuing their musical evolution, and yet others debuting and making their presence known. As your host of this sonic gauntlet Thursday nights from 10pm to midnight, I present the Hex Enduction Hours best of… Read more »

Not Munchkins, But A Murf!

Ever wonder how the mishmash in that huge recycling bin you put by the curb very week gets sorted out? The Weekly Green did and paid a visit to Waste Management’s Tucson ‘Recycle America’ facility. Turns out it is not done by magic, but by the deft hands of real people, assisted by a MRF,… Read more »

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Rusty Boulet-Stephenson’s 11 Favorite New Albums of 2015

As host of The Current each Friday, Rusty makes his mark at the station by incorporating visiting guests every week, everyone from local treasure Bob Log to progressive, art-loving Senator Steve Farley. He seeks to engage guests on whatever is truly current and meaningful in their lives, weaving in a diverse playlist comprised of his… Read more »

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Prison Reform Panel at Etherton Gallery

On December 18th, 2015 Etherton Gallery hosted a panel discussion on Prison Reform in conjunction with an exhibition by famed photographer Danny Lyon. Up first, Etherton Gallery Director Hannah Glassman introduces the exhibit and panelists who include Arizona State Senator Steve Farley, journalist Margaret Regan, attorney Lisette Flores, and American Friends Service Committee program associate… Read more »

Hard To Be a God

Of all the rebels in Russian cinemas, none were more radical than Aleksey German. During the Soviet era and afterwards, his films consistently defied authority and in return were denounced and censored. His final film, which took six years to make, and was completed right before his death two years ago at the age of… Read more »

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Fathoming Water Episode 8: Karilyn Roach

Fathoming Water Episode 8: Karilyn Roach In this episode Karilyn Roach and I discuss how the Community Water Coalition works by bringing together a diverse group of members. The Coalition was formed in 2011 and Watershed Management Group who is one of the original members houses the offices of the Coalition. We discuss the impacts the… Read more »

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Underwriting Director Leah Rhey’s Top 10 Live Covers of 2015

 Leah heads up KXCI’s underwriting with grace and finesse, working with wonderful business and organizations to help nurture the impact of independent radio in our community through underwriting support. She’s also a passionate music fan with a specific fondness for well-executed covers. “I spend a lot of music time with BBC Radio One’s Live Lounge,” says Leah…. Read more »

Local Girl Goes Local

Kate Selby, Digital Content Manager at Edible Baja Arizona magazine, describes in an article in the November-December issue (#15) the ups and downs of eating 100% locally produced food for 30 days. The Weekly Green interviewed her about the experience. Below the broadcast as well as the unabbreviated interview for those who want more detail…. Read more »

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Mearns Quail and Mexican Blue Oak

Petey talks about the Mearns quail found in the uplands of southeastern Arizona, as well as an abundance of acorns found on the Mexican blue oaks. There is much excitement.

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Peter Murphy – Deep – KXCI Classic Pick

PETER MURPHY – DEEP Released: December 19 1989 – 26 years ago The third solo release by the former Bauhaus front man represents Murphy’s most commercially successful and is generally considered his best. Showcasing the dramatic power of his commanding voice and literate lyrics, Deep balances mass indie rock appeal with a brooding gothic sensibility… Read more »

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Thesis Thursday with Belen Molina

I am currently a senior at the university and had the opportunity to go on the greatest adventure of my life. I was fortunate enough to be part of PROZKOUMAT!; a program through the university that allows ten participants the chance to travel across the world and engage in research at the Institute of Parasitology… Read more »

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John Trudell: Celebrate Love

On December 8th, 2015, 69 year old acclaimed poet, national recording artist, actor, and activist John Trudell left his final Facebook post: “My ride showed up. Celebrate Love. Celebrate Life.” In his honor 30 Minutes features remarks made by John Trudell at a question and answer session recorded at The Loft Cinema in March 2006… Read more »

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The Lonely Hearts Club Episode 5

It’s The Lonely Hearts Club. Back for more  comedy podcasts? Here is episode 5. Join us for conversations of comedic compassion. We talk about making out and Atila the Hun going to Burning Man. We talk to a squirrel. We share words. Who are we? In episode 5 we are : Henry Barajas, Kathryn Pichel,… Read more »

Jacob Acosta – Locals Only – Studio 2A

Jacob Acosta, with full band, performs live in Studio 2A for the second half of Locals Only. Jacob plays some familiar songs from his latest release, Silver Lining, but also plays some new music that will appear on an upcoming release.

Los Guapos – Locals Only – Studio 2A

Los Guapos performs live in Studio 2A for the second half of Locals Only. Los Guapos talks about the release of their new self titled EP and how the current incarnation of the group came to fruition in between sets of great live music.

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Fathoming Water Episode 7: Kip Volpe

Fathoming Water Episode 7: Christopher T. (Kip) Volpe Kip Volpe is the Vice President and Treasurer for The Estes Co, a multi-generational, full spectrum Tucson and Arizona real estate development company. Kip oversees the operations of its various related entities including Vail Water Company in his capacity of Vice President. Kip has worked on water related… Read more »

Coming Home

Zhang Yimou was one of the key figures in the renaissance of Chinese film of the 1980s and 90s, part of the so-called “Fifth Generation” of Chinese directors that produced a series of beautiful and intense dramas that often scrutinized the oppressive politics of the Maoist regime. Zhang’s films included Red Sorghum, Raise the Red… Read more »

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Hannah Levin’s Top 11 Musical Moments of 2015

Because I was a music journalist for ten-plus years before I became a radio DJ, it’s been part of my job for a long time to make year-end top ten lists. Editors and publishers love them, and at the end of the day, so do a lot of music fans. However, these are always difficult… Read more »

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Neotoma albigula

Petey is excited about old pack rat middens and talks about our local pack rat species, Neotoma albigula.

Plastic Matters

The word ‘plastic’ comes from a Greek word meaning ‘malleable’. In that sense, the use of natural plastics goes back more than 3500 years, when the Meso-Americans shaped rubber into game balls and other objects. The first man-made plastic was invented in 1856 by the Englishman Alexander Parks. It was chiefly used to make artificial… Read more »

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Cowboy Junkies – The Trinity Sessions – KXCI Classic Pick

  COWBOY JUNKIES – THE TRINITY SESSIONS Released: Early 1988 – 27 years ago Recorded in one day with a single microphone inside a 150 year old Toronto church, The Trinity Session is not only considered one of the band’s best but was also groundbreaking. There weren’t too many late 80s indie bands playing slow,… Read more »

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George Harrison – All Things Must Pass – KXCI Classic Pick

GEORGE HARRISON – ALL THINGS MUST PASS Released November 27, 1970 – 45 years ago Harrison’s third solo release, drawing on his backlog of unused late Beatles-era compositions, is widely considered his best studio album. Lush, sweeping arrangements support haunting melodies and introspective lyrics in this spiritual exploration. A masterful work that reveals more and… Read more »

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Thesis Thursday with Nathan Borrero

I am a junior Physiology undergraduate at the University of Arizona. I’ve always been fascinated with the science powering human beings, so getting an opportunity to actually make new discoveries about humans was immediately interesting to me. I have plans to go to medical school, as I like to solve problems, and enjoy working with people. Usually, my free time… Read more »

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Fathoming Water Episode 6: Warren Tenney

In this episode Warren Tenney and I talk about how collaboration works with water in Southern Arizona. We get to learn a little more about the organizations that manage water delivery as well as the groups that overcome conflict and transaction costs by negotiating with each other. Warren Tenney is the Assistant General Manager for… Read more »

Grandma

Grandma, a film by Paul Weitz, stars Lily Tomlin as Elle Reed, a lesbian poet in her mid-70s whom we first meet as she unceremoniously dumps her much-younger girlfriend, cruelly telling her that the relationship didn’t mean anything. Elle is still grieving the death of her longtime partner Vivian, and the loss expresses itself in… Read more »

Cow Power

This week the City of Paris, france, hosts the 21st UN Conference on Climate Change, where about 190 countries will undertake to come to an arrangement to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius. There are some hopeful signs: China, for instance, whose rapid industrial development in past decades has made it spew CO2 like… Read more »

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Thesis Thursday with Aline Catherine Kraus

My name is Aline and I am a senior at the University of Arizona in the Physiology Department.  I’ve been involved in Dr. Tomat’s research lab for one year and I am currently developing a chemical toolbox to investigate the iron communication between tumor-associated macrophages and cancer cells.  In pursuit of my goal of becoming… Read more »

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Fathoming Water Episode 5: Brian Wong

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYBODY! It’s a Thanksgiving Day Special! We talk to Brian Wong President of BKW Farms. When most series take Thanksgiving week off we decided to release this episode on Thanksgiving Day because of the relevance of food production in our celebration of Thanksgiving. In this episode we start to understand the incredible risk that… Read more »

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Etta James – At Last! – KXCI Classic Pick

ETTA JAMES – AT LAST! Released: November 15, 1960 – 55 years ago The studio debut by soul-blues legend, Etta James, stands as one of the artist’s best, most commercially successful, and varied releases, showcasing blues, r&b, and jazz standards. Vocally astounding, James can move from powerful growls to delicate, airy phrasing. A true classic… Read more »

Equinox Flower

Yasujiro Ozu was one of the three or four most important Japanese directors of the 20th century. He’s more austere, more spiritually oriented, than Kurosawa, and consequently isn’t as well known in the West. Critics rightly point to Tokyo Story, from 1953, as his masterpiece, but today I’m going off the beaten track to recommend… Read more »

Pumpkin Trash

It is the week of Thanksgiving and that brings the matter of food to the table – in particular the matter of food waste. Because a lot of those pumpkins won’t make it to front porches or dinner tables. Come Black Friday, a significant number of all pumpkins produced this year will be on the… Read more »

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Thesis Thursday with Kevin Granger

I am a senior in biochemistry at UA and I am graduating December 2015. I work in the lab of Prof. John Enemark studying the human enzyme sulfite oxidase. I have been in our lab for about a year and a half. We’ve recently made some interesting advances in our study of pathological mutants of this enzyme… Read more »

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Fathoming Water Episode 4: Dr. Diana Liverman

Dr. Diana Liverman brings a very global perspective to the Fathoming Water series. This episode introduces many of the concepts we will be hearing about in future episodes. Diana’s main concern is with the fate of the disadvantaged and disempowered in a changing climate – the poor, women, children, and other species- so this interview is… Read more »

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Casa de Desert Broom

Petey thinks that the plant desert broom (Baccharis sarothroides) would be an amazing addition to a pollinator garden. Oh dear.

The Gift

It’s good when a genre film does its job well without insulting your intelligence—no matter if the genre is crime, suspense, science fiction, romantic comedy, or whatever. But it’s even better when a genre film not only does that, but transcends itself, becomes more than entertainment, and actually says something meaningful about the human condition…. Read more »

AROUND THE WORLD

MORE POOR Just weeks before the UN international climate conference in Paris – which may, however, be postponed on account of the horrific events there – the World Bank has issued a report predicting that, all other things being equal, in 15 years there will be 100 million more poor people in the world as… Read more »

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The Sound – Jeopardy – KXCI Classic Pick

THE SOUND – JEOPARDY Released: November 1980 – 35 years ago At the vanguard of the UK post-punk scene with Joy Division and Echo & The Bunnymen, the Sound’s studio debut is one of the most criminally overlooked albums of the early 80s. This despite receiving glowing reviews by many critics of the time and… Read more »

Homeless Backpack Challenge

30 Minutes spoke with Diana Figueroa and Ron Austin from The Carlos G. Figueroa Foundation whose mission is promoting the understanding of poverty and homelessness through media. Ron is a formerly homeless person and Diana’s father was homeless when he was tragically beaten and left to die behind an auto parts store. This year, The… Read more »