The Seasons of Autumn

Petey seems to think that fall is made up of many smaller seasons that  make for one long glorious autumn. That’s what he says.

Green Events in November!

This week’s segment of The Weekly Green features a few of the “Green” Events going on around Tucson in November.       Successful desert gardening November 5 A representative from the Pima County Cooperative Extension service will offer gardening demonstrations on Successful desert gardening. When: Wednesday November 5th 1-2 p.m. Where: Murphy-Wilmot Public Library For… Read more »


Our Sacred Maiz Is Our Mother

30 Minutes features an interview with Dr. Roberto Cintli Rodriguez author of Our Sacred Maiz is Our Mother: Indigeneity and Belonging in the Americas from UA Press. Dr. Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mexican American Studies in the University of Arizona. He will speak at a book signing at the Arizona… Read more »


Thesis Thursday- Biology Brilliance

More UBRP  this week on Thesis Thursday! University of Arizona Biological Research Program Sophomore Poorva Rajguru talks to Cathy about biology and the wonders of tilomeres. While she’s still figuring out what she wants to do with her career, she did however promise to hopefully come back to KXCI as a senior. Later, we get… Read more »

Thesis Thursday-Kids, Tigger, and Cognition

This Thursday Cathy interviews Wonn Pyon. Wonn is a Senior at University of Arizona Biological Research Program UBRP  and is working with kids to study how they see the world. He hopes understanding a child’s mind will lead to new breakthroughs with the adult brain. What a thinker! Later, Pyon requests Jason Mraz as well… Read more »


Mentzelia pumila

Petey waxes poetic about the plants and animals found around his little homestead and finally focuses on a plant called Mentzelia pumila. Let’s listen.

The One I Love

Last week I did a show about two films featuring doubles, look-alikes. This week I went to see a new film and—wouldn’t you know—it was about doubles. I have no explanation for that, but I will say that The One I Love, an independent film written by Justin Lader and directed by Charlie McDowell, gives… Read more »

Cyclovia Fall 2014

This week’s segment: The Weekly Green’s Gretchen in an interview with Kylie Walzak, Coordinator of Cyclovia and Program Manager @ Living Streets Alliance. Kylie tells us all about Cyclovia this fall. The event will be held: Sunday, Nov. 2nd, 2014 10am – 3pm New route featuring the 4th Avenue/Fontana Bike Boulevard For a map of… Read more »


Dusty Calligraphy

Petey thinks that Banner-tailed Kangaroo Rats are leaving us messages in the dust and dancing through the night as well! Oh dear.

Greywater Harvesting With Liz

Liz Weibler is a local Artist,  Singer, and Costume Maker, who has set up her Washing Machine to output used water into her back yard, to water her plants. In Tucson, and all over, water is a precious resource. Liz explains here how she set up her washing machine to expel it’s used water (Greywater… Read more »


Chris Smither live in Studio 2A Thursday Oct. 16th at 4pm

Tune in at 4pm to hear Chris Smither live in Studio 2A on The Home Stretch. Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for 50 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original. KXCI Presents! Chris Smither at Hotel Congress Thursday Oct. 16th at 7pm for an intimate concert in The Copper Hall, brought to… Read more »

The Double & Enemy

Two recent movies, both very interesting but in different ways, explore the theme of the doppelganger, a literary term for a stranger who looks exactly like you. The doppelganger is supposed to be bad luck, and often symbolizes the shadowy, unacknowledged parts of ourselves. The Double, directed by the young English filmmaker Richard Ayoade is… Read more »


Thesis Thursday Double Major 10/2/2014

In today’s “Thesis Thursday” Cathy interviews Judith Menzel. This senior at the University of Arizona has high hopes as she not only tackles molecular biology, but also linguistics. Hear her voice her and love for both subjects, which major she’s focusing on now, and what she plans to do with these skills after college.  Later,… Read more »


Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival

30 Minutes spoke with Greg Wetzel and Paula Schlusberg, co-chairs of the Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival, which is dedicated to promoting all facets of sustainability in Tucson and Southern Arizona. The Festival highlights community organizations, companies, and individuals that raise awareness and support actions that help our community work to create a sustainable future in… Read more »

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

It would seem that the American musical, especially its incarnation in the color spectacles of the 1950s, represents a moment in time that will never return. Entranced by this beautiful genre, the young French director Jacques Demy crafted an ornate tribute in 1964 called The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. In addition to directing the film, Demy… Read more »

Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival-Oct 26

This week’s segment is an interview with Greg Wetzel and Paula Schlusberg who tell us all about the 4th annual Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival.   This year’s Festival will be held Sunday, October 26th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. @ the YWCA which is at 525 N. Bonita. just west of I-10 between St…. Read more »


Borderlands Productions, Queer Migrations, and Counter Movements

Today on 30 Mintues, Excerpts from the 2014 Tucson Festival of Books Nuestras Raices, a program of the Pima County Library sponsored the panel entitled Borderlands Productions, Queer Migrations, and Counter Movements. Speakers include UA Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies Eithne Luibheid and Adela C. Licona, Associate Professor and Director of the Rhetoric, Composition,… Read more »

Green Events in October!

The Weekly Green has been on KXCI Radio for one year now!!!   Here are a few of the Green Events going on around in Tucson And SouthernArizona in October LET’S TALK TRASH  MondayOct 13th FromGarbage to Gold:  TurningOrganic “Waste” Into a Valuable Resource Learn all about composting, how to do it and why it’s… Read more »

Mood Indigo

Michel Gondry has an intensely visual imagination, and you get the feeling watching his films that he doesn’t see any real limits to what is possible on screen. He’s been able to play around in Hollywood a bit over the years, with some success, most memorably with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind ten years… Read more »

Beekeeping with Andrew E.

Andrew Eshelman is a Bee Hobbyist here in Tucson. He talks to Gretchen of The Weekly Green about keeping Bees and how easy it is. You can also find out more at this workshop Nov 1 and 2nd: CLICK HERE               Air dates for this program Sept, 27, 28… Read more »



Today on 30 Minutes:  excerpts from the 2014 Tucson Festival of Books. La Estrella de Tucson Editor Ernesto Portillo, Jr. (and KXCI programmer) moderates  a panel entitled Lowriding/Lowriting- Stories, Art, Life and Perspectives of the Lowriting Culture. The panel was hosted by Nuestras Raices, a program of the Pima County Library. Panelists include Santino J…. Read more »


Aquilegia chrysantha fun

Well, there is nothing more fun, well okay, for me, than starting in the desert grassland and slowly driving and stopping your way up into a sky island. The journey into the hills talked about here was inspired by my friend Bill Radke, who told me about these hybrid populations of Aqulegia chrysantha X desertorum…. Read more »


Pericome caudata

August and September in southeastern Arizona is the most wonderful time to get up into the sky islands, especially is you like cool native plants. I suspect you do, so what are you waiting for? Go.

Mother and Son

   The term “art film” gets thrown about so much that it’s ceased to have much meaning. Some people even consider it an insult. So when I say, that Mother and Son, a 1997 work by Russian director Alexander Sokurov, is an art film in the strictest sense, I know I might scare people away…. Read more »


Wild Zinnias Rule

Cenchrus pauciflorus or Sandbur is a grass! It is a maddening weed.  But how about the wild Zinnias of the borderlands? There are 3 species found in Arizona and all three can be found in southeastern Arizona. How cool is that? It’s very cool.


Social Venture Partners Tucson Announces New Fellowship

Social Venture Partners Executive Director Julia Waterfall-Kanter stopped by 30 Minutes to discuss SVP Tucson. SVP is currently accepting applications for their newly created Helaine Levy Fellowship. Interested people can learn more about becoming a partner or applying for a grant. SVP Tucson uses a high-engagement model that pools the financial, professional and human resources… Read more »


UA Family and Community Medicine Mobile Health Clinic Benefit

The UA Department of Family and Community Medicine’s Development Director Thom Melendez stopped by  30 Minutes to talk about The Mobile Health Clinic. A specially outfitted truck provides examination rooms, laboratory services, and special medical tests to those in remote areas who have access to little or no medical facilities, and to patients who do… Read more »


Boyhood, the latest film from writer-director Richard Linklater, has been getting quite a lot of attention lately, which—despite the fact that Linklater has had quite a few successes over the years—is unusual for this quirky, independent filmmaker. The primary reason for all the buzz is the completely unique method used to make the film. In… Read more »

Sustainable Tucson

This week’s segment is an interview with Greg Wetzel and Paula Schlusberg of Sustainable Tucson. Learn about some of their upcoming events, and lectures that are free and open to the public. Sustainable Tucson is a” non-profit, grass-roots organization that builds regional resilience and sustainability through awareness raising, community engagement and public/private partnerships. Our members focus their… Read more »


YWCA Tucson’s Kelly Fryer Discusses Upcoming Events

YWCA Tucson Executive Director Kelly Fryer provides an overview of the YWCA mission and programs and discusses upcoming events. The YWCA will be cosponsoring a gubernatorial debate at the Jewish Community Center on Thursday, September 18th. The 26th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference takes place on Tuesday, September 23rd from 7:30- 2:00 at Loew’s Ventana Canyon…. Read more »

KXCI Broadcasters Career Fair information

KXCI’s broadcasters career fair is Thursday, September 18th from 10am to 1pm at Pima Community College’s Downtown Campus, 1255 North Stone. We’ll be in Building CC, Room 180, aka the “Amethyst Room.” This event is open to the public. Information will be provided to those interested in learning about careers and job openings in radio and… Read more »

All is Lost

All is Lost is a film that played here in town last year, for quite a while, but for various reasons I didn’t get around to seeing it. The premise, a man alone on a yacht, seemed forbidding, but luckily in this age of the DVD I can correct my mistakes fairly quickly, and I… Read more »

Lisa Krikawa for KXCI!

Lisa Krikawa, owner of Krikiwa Jewelry, shares her support and enthusiasm for KXCI. Thank you, Lisa, for taking the time to help KXCI with your kind words about our great community and 91.3 FM KXCI Community Radio.

Richard Oseran for KXCI!

Richard Oseran, owner of Club Congress, shares his passion and support for 91.3 FM KXCI Community Radio! Thanks so much for your kinds words, Richard!

Renee Kreager for KXCI Radio

Here is the first in a series of KXCI testimonials produced produced by Rusty Boulet-Stephenson and Charles Alfred Brown. Special thanks to Renee Kreager of Renee’s Organic Oven for her kind words about KXCI. Naim Amor’s brilliant song Creole is used by permission.


The Wilderness Act: Keeping It Wild for 50 Years

30 Minutes commemorates 50 Years of the Wilderness Act, which was signed into law in September 1964. A new exhibit at the University of Arizona showcases how the Wilderness Act continues to benefit the American people by ensuring millions of acres of public land are available for recreation, exploration and inspiration. “The Wilderness Act: Arizonans… Read more »


Living Streets Alliance

This week’s interview is with Kylie Walzak, Program Manager of Living Streets Alliance & Cyclovia Tucson Coordinator. Kylie clues us in in some of the amazing things Living Streets Alliance has been up to. Believe you-me, they are busy! “The mission of the Living Streets Alliance is to promote healthy communities by empowering people to transform… Read more »

Green Events September 2014

Here are a few of the Green Events going on around in Tucson And Southern Arizona in September Nature Night: Desert Night Shift Friday September 5th. Join Pima County naturalists for an easy hike. Discover “who” is out and about in the desert at night. Learn why some animals and plants are nocturnal and how… Read more »


Finding Wild Things

Petey jabbers about cool plants and critters found in the grassland near his home, but finally hones in on a climbing milkweed vine called Sarcostemma heterophyllum. Let’s listen.  


Growing Plants, Feeling Good

After 34 years of growing native plants Petey still gets excited about finding cool plants in the wild and growing them. Stachys coccinea gets the rascal pretty excited in this show. Let’s listen.


Proboscidea Perfume

Petey smells a wonderful odor while driving down the highway to work.  “Devil’s Claw!” he shouts and decides he will be late for work. Let’s listen. The Proboscidea flower photo is by Liz Makings. Th others are Petey’s.

Mavis Staples Interview with Duncan Hudson

Mavis Staples spoke with Duncan Hudson ahead of her Friday, September 5th Fundraising show. Tickets are still available at 75 year young living legend Mavis Staples told us about her latest projects. Originally broadcast on the Home Stretch Wednesday, September 3rd.

A Most Wanted Man

This week I watched Philip Seymour Hoffman in his final completed film. Now there’s a sentence I hated saying. You probably know that Hoffman died about six months ago from a heroin overdose. A recovering addict who was clean for 23 years before his fatal relapse, his death robbed us of one of our finest… Read more »

Mavis Staples Track w/ North Mississippi All-Stars

Enjoy a NEW Mavis Staples track (joined with another of our favorites, the North Mississippi All-Stars!) as an appetizer to Friday night’s KXCI fundraising concert at the Fox. Tickets at and 520-547-3040 for a chance to see this legendary voice of soul, R&B, blues and gospel – all in support of Your Community Radio.

Like Father, Like Son

   When it comes to the authentic portrayal of the lives and concerns of children, no filmmaker today is more skillful than the Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda. His 2004 film Nobody Knows, and then I Wish, from a couple years ago, demonstrated marvelous insight, respect, and lack of condescension (always a danger in films about… Read more »


Ernesto Portillo, Jr. Interviews Lila Downs

Today, we feature KXCI DJ Ernesto Portillo, Jr. interviewing Lila Downs, ahead of her Monday, August 25th Rialto Theatre Performance. Portillo spoke with Lila Downs by phone in July. Lila Downs is touring on her most recent album Raiz, which is a collaboration with Argentine folk/pop singer Soledad and Spanish flamenco singer Niña Pastori. The… Read more »

Our Land, Community and Culture Part 7

On May 24, 2014 more than a dozen Indigenous poets, storytellers, musicians and spoken word artists performed at an event entitled Our Land, Culture, Community: Story, Poetry, Song, Music, Rap for Liberation. The event was a benefit for the Indigenous Alliance Without Borders whose mission is to affirm the rights of indigenous peoples, their right… Read more »

Current Public Service Announcements (8/28/14)

  KXCI Community Radio airs more than 10,000 public service announcements annually for our fellow community-based, non-profit organizations, returning a value of more than $200,000 a year to our hometown. Here are the current announcements, with live weblinks: The Tucson Musicians Museum exists to honor and acknowledge the significant contributions of area musicians to our… Read more »


Muggy Land of Wild Portulaca

Petey is enticed into the hills to look at plants and there is much excitement. Petey is easy. Summer rains bring our cool native plants into flower. And the floral show goes on and on as you work your way up into the hills and mountains where some of the most spectacular flowers can be… Read more »


Violette, a new film by Martin Prevost, stars Emmanuel Devos as the French writer Violette Leduc, a very difficult role because Leduc was one of those authors whose genius seems to spring full grown from her misery. Devos captures Violette’s mixture of desperate neediness and fierce intelligence, turning the portrayal into a full realization of… Read more »


Tucson Wildlife Center

This week on The Weekly Green, an interview with Dee Kidd, Director of the Tucson Wildlife Center The Center’s mission is to rescue, rehab and release injured or orphaned wildlife in the Tucson and Southern Arizona Region. They accept calls 24/7 @ 290-Wild (9453). They are able to direct the caller to assist the wildlife… Read more »


A Dramatic Garden

        Petey is having insect issues in the garden and gets pretty worked up. Let’s listen. Vegetable gardens are very rewarding, but always challenging.  At our little homestead near the banks of the ol’ Guajolote  we  try to keep our sense of humor as we battle the various critters that want to eat our garden… Read more »

The Story of G.I. Joe

During most of the U.S. involvement in World War II, Hollywood’s war movies tended to be unrealistic action pictures: derring-do with a hefty mix of gung-ho rhetoric. Then, just as things were winding down, as the war was ending in 1945, a remarkable picture was released with a title that seems a bit anachronistic today,… Read more »


A No Waste Wedding!

This week’s segment is an interview with Molly McCloy and Rebecca Curtiss. They were married in California a year ago. They recently had another wedding ceremony and then reception here in Tucson. They didn’t want to have an extravagant wedding. And, they were wanting to be considerate of our planet. So, they planned a “No… Read more »

Join us for $5 Friday, This Friday, August 15th- 7am-7pm

Our first ever $5 Friday is a one day on air fundraising extravaganza guaranteed to increase support for KXCI! KXCI 91.3FM is pleased to announce our first “$5 Friday” for August 15th, when listeners who are not yet members will be encouraged to join the station with a $5 per month sustaining membership gift, and… Read more »


Toads galore and a hognose too

Petey just loves reptiles and amphibians! Let’s listen. The summer rainy season brings out all sorts of critters and life is good at our little homestead as cool toads and snakes wander about.

The Immigrant

The Immigrant, a new film directed by James Gray, opens with the Statue of Liberty glimpsed through the haze of a cloudy afternoon. It is 1921. On Ellis Island, Ewa Cybulska, a Polish woman escaping war and poverty in her homeland, tries to get her sister Magda to stop coughing. But it’s no use; an… Read more »


Celebrate National Honey Bee Day on August 16th!

 This week I chat with Andrew Eshelman a Hobbyist Beekeeper here in Tucson. Andrew talks about the importance of our Bees and about the day that honors them, coming up on August 16, 2014. Look for an event around Tucson, or host your own! “Did You Know…… * 1/3 of all vegetables and fruits produced are… Read more »

The Missing Picture

   In 1975, the Cambodian government fell to the army of the Khmer Rouge, the Communist movement led by Pol Pot. The Khmer Rouge believed that all remnants of urban life must be destroyed, and to that end they forced the people of Phnom Penh and other cities to evacuate, give up all their possessions,… Read more »

Our Land, Community and Culture Part 6

On May 24, 2014 more than a dozen Indigenous poets, storytellers, musicians and spoken word artists performed at an event entitled Our Land, Culture, Community: Story, Poetry, Song, Music, Rap for Liberation. The event was a benefit for the Indigenous Alliance Without Borders whose mission is to affirm the rights of indigenous peoples, their right… Read more »

Testing Testing Testing- Amplify KXCI Update

For the past 2 weeks, our engineers, electricians, and tower climbers have been hard at work installing our new transmitter and antenna and making all of the necessary corrections and modifications. Preliminary testing indicates success. We still have more testing to do, and filing with the FCC. Thanks to the hundreds of people who have… Read more »

Tucson Bird Festival v2

All About The Tucson Bird and Wildlife Festival August 13-17

This week’s episode is a chat with Kendall Kroesen-Urban Program Manager & Kara Kaczmarzyk-Membership and Development Manager for Tucson Audubon Society. They are here to tell us all about the fabulous fourth annual Tucson Bird & Wildlife Festival. Enjoy workshops, field trips, a nature expo, and other fun events. Some are free and open to the public,… Read more »

KXCI House Rockin’ Blues Review with Lazy Lester

August 8 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm El Casino Ballroom KXCI’s annual House Rockin’ Blues Review is August 8th at El Casino Ballroom. 7pm doors, 8pm show time! Blues hall of famer Lazy Lester headlines the show, along with Dave Riley and Bob Corritore, The Rhythm Room All Stars, Tom Walbank, and Michael P…. Read more »

Night Moves

    Night Moves, the outstanding new film by independent filmmaker Kelly Reichardt, opens with shots of a young man named Josh, played by Jesse Eisenberg, looking at a dam as it releases water from a sluice, then follows him wandering in the Oregon woods nearby. He meets up with Dena, played by Dakota Fanning, at… Read more »


Tucsonans Celebrate Recent EPA Haze Rule

Today on 30 Minutes, we speak to representatives from neighborhood residents, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Sierra Club who all support a recent EPA Haze Ruling. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rule indicates that Arizona must do more to be in compliance with The Clean Air Act, including addressing the Sundt Generating Station, a… Read more »

Green Events in August in Tucson and Southern Arizona

Here are some of the events going on around Southern Arizona this August! Wake Up With the Birds Every thursday in August When: Every Thursday in August from 7:30-9 a.m. Where: Agua Caliente Park Join this guided birding walk in the desert oasis of Agua Caliente Park to spot wetland birds, hummingbirds, songbirds, and raptors…. Read more »


A Visiting Fella

Petey will never be a learned fellow, but he’s a pretty nice fella. Tufted evening primrose (Oenothera caespitosa) is beautiful wildflower of the uplands.  And though seeing it on a summer hike sounds hot and grueling, it does bloom into the fall. If you want one for your own habitat, it is grown commercially, so… Read more »


Polish-born director Pawel Pawlikowski has spent most of his life in England, and his films often explore the intersection of East and West in modern life. His new film Ida takes place in Poland in the early 1960s—and with the eye of both a native and an exile the director examines that country’s tragic legacy… Read more »

Our Land, Community and Culture Part 5

On May 24, 2014 more than a dozen Indigenous poets, storytellers, musicians and spoken word artists performed at an event entitled Our Land, Culture, Community: Story, Poetry, Song, Music, Rap for Liberation. The event was a benefit for the Indigenous Alliance Without Borders whose mission is to affirm the rights of indigenous peoples, their right… Read more »


Natural Cleaning Products = Less Pollution and Packaging

Natural cleaning products are better for the planet. Less packaging and less air & water pollution! This week’s segment is a chat with Hilary Eshelman about using Natural Products to clean your house. Making these natural cleaning products is easy.Hilary has some great tips!   Recipe for Laundry Soap: 1 Cup of Borax 1 Cup of… Read more »


Covered in unknown insects

On cloudy mornings Petey likes to trot across the grassland. Or is that the lala land? Cloudy monsoon mornings are wonderful and there is a lot of activity out in the grassland near the ol’ guajolote. And then the sun comes out! Smart critters scurry to shade and I am no exception.


A Mesquitey Gardening History

Eating and sharing homegrown food seems to be a spiritual event for Petey. Amen! There is nothing better than homegrown food. And even if you don’t raise any of your own food, now a days farmers markets abound and someone is selling homegrown food at a market near you. I bet it comes with a… Read more »

BYOB Tucson

BYOB-Bring Your Own Bag Tucson

This week, Gretchen of The Weekly Green speaks with Katharine Kent of BYOB Tucson A.K.A. Bring Your Own Bag Tucson. Katharine says that there is an initiative with the City of Tucson to count the # of plastic bags that are used in Tucson. She said in the last quarter, 65,221,898 plastic bags were used… Read more »

La Dolce Vita

   Federico Fellini saw the world through the eyes of mythology. That is perhaps the secret of his appeal: as specific as his scenes and characters are, they deepen into archetypes as we watch. After gaining critical acclaim with six groundbreaking films in the 1950s, Fellini was ready to paint on a larger canvas, and… Read more »


Monarda menthaefolia

          Petey can’t get to the mountains, but the mountains come to him. Lucky dude. Monarda menthaefolia or bee balm is a spectacular wildflower. Well worth a trip into a pine forest to find it. And, by the way, an excellent nectar plant for butterflies, if  that is of interest to you.  Anyway, I feel… Read more »


Bumelia, my old friend.

          Petey fights the blues with a walk among plant friends. Weirdo. Bumelia is one of those plants that seems so out of place. A “what the heck?” sort of plant. The species ranges from Florida,  across the southern states and ending up in southeastern Arizona, its most western location. There are some beautiful thickets… Read more »

Mona Lisa

English actor Bob Hoskins died a few weeks ago at the age of 71. Short, balding, with a quirky tough-guy persona, he was one of the more unlikely candidates for stardom. To learn how he came to the fore as a film actor, just need look at a lot of his earlier work in British… Read more »

Anita: Speaking Truth to Power

   Anita: Speaking Truth to Power is a documentary by Academy Award winner Freida Lee Mock. The subject is Anita Hill, who became famous in 1991 during the confirmation process for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. For those who remember that time, the story may seem familiar, but here we have Ms. Hill herself describing… Read more »

Green Events in July 2014 + Water Harvesting Rebate Info

Here are a few of the Green Events going on in Tucson this July   Saguaro Harvest Celebration Saturday- July 5, 2014 from 5:30 a.m.-3 p.m. @ Colossal Cave  Celebrate the Saguaro at this annual festival. Learn its legends, lore, and natural history. Attend the workshop (5:30 a.m.) or just join in the celebration (10 a.m.)…. Read more »

KXCI Stonewall Day Programming 2014

Tune into 91.3fm or this Friday, June 27th as we commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising with special programming from 7am until 7pm. KXCI will celebrate the achievements and goals of the modern gay right’s movement with great music throughout the day from LGBTQ artists and their allies. Members of the community… Read more »


Mala Mujer

“A muggy monsoon mosey in the Mule Mountains.” Whoa Petey, you are the king of alliteration! Cnidosculous angustidens or Mala Mujer is a fascinating plant in the Spurge family, Euphorbiaceae. Here in the borderlands it’s an upland species and always a delight to find in the grassland or on a rocky slope. It would be… Read more »


Our Land, Community and Culture Part 4

On May 24, 2014 more than a dozen Indigenous poets, storytellers, musicians and spoken word artists performed at an event entitled Our Land, Culture, Community: Story, Poetry, Song, Music, Rap for Liberation. The event was a benefit for the Indigenous Alliance Without Borders whose mission is to affirm the rights of indigenous peoples, their right… Read more »


   Philomena is based on a true story, and as it happens a very sad, even tragic one, about a young Irish woman, Philomena Lee, who was sent to a nunnery by her father when she got pregnant out of wedlock, one of many girls whose babies were sold for adoption to wealthy American Catholics…. Read more »

Plastic Single Use Beverage Bottles. Just Say NO.

Today I’m just going to tell you about about my biggest pet peeves-beverages in single use plastic bottles….. Especially water.  Argh.  Why would you buy a drink, water, that is supposed to be refreshening, encased in plastic? You may think it’s cheaper. It’s NOT. I’ve heard bottled water can cost up to 2,000x more than… Read more »


Our Land, Community and Culture Part 3

On May 24, 2014 more than a dozen Indigenous poets, storytellers, musicians and spoken word artists performed at an event entitled Our Land, Culture, Community: Story, Poetry, Song, Music, Rap for Liberation. The event was a benefit for the Indigenous Alliance Without Borders whose mission is to affirm the rights of indigenous peoples, their right… Read more »


Our Land, Culture and Community Part 2

On May 24, 2014 more than a dozen Indigenous poets, storytellers, musicians and spoken word artists performed at an event entitled Our Land, Culture, Community: Story, Poetry, Song, Music, Rap for Liberation.  The event was a benefit for the Indigenous Alliance Without Borders whose mission is to affirm the rights of indigenous peoples, their right… Read more »


Our Land, Culture and Community Part 1

On May 24, 2014 more than a dozen Indigenous poets, storytellers, musicians and spoken word artists performed at an event entitled Our Land, Culture, Community: Story, Poetry, Song, Music, Rap for Liberation. The event was a benefit for the Indigenous Alliance Without Borders whose mission is to affirm the rights of indigenous peoples, their right… Read more »


Thanks to ol’ Jack Kerouac

         Petey blames Jack Kerouac for his life in the borderlands of southeastern Arizona. Let’s listen. Well, sometimes a book sends you on a journey beyond its pages. My journey had me leaving Kentucky and ending up in Arizona and staying. But all along, it has always been about music, plants and animals. I’m a… Read more »

Late Chrysanthemums

A portrait of three former geishas struggling with the challenges of middle age in postwar Tokyo, Late Chrysanthemums, a 1954 film directed by Mikio Naruse, weaves several short stories by Fumiko Hayashi into a flawless tapestry of social observation. We first meet Kin (played by Haruko Sugimura) as she discusses her rental properties with a… Read more »


Scraps on Scraps! Tucson’s New Food Waste Pick Up Service

This week’s show is an interview with Shannon Sartin, Co-Founder of Scraps on Scraps. Scraps on Scraps just got their start in January of 2014 and have recently won the Get Started Tucson competition. The EPA estimates that 20-30% of all landfill waste is compostable materials. Composting makes sense. But, if you don’t want to… Read more »


Floriferous Madness

Petey waxes poetic about life and finally describes a native Lotus. Let’s listen. Lotus greenei is truly a beautiful wildflower and yes, it does need to be grown  and made available in nurseries. But seeing it in the wild is pretty cool too, so call in well to work and go look for it. Just… Read more »

Le Weekend

When director Roger Michell and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi team up for a film, which they’ve now done four times, they tend to explore the theme of relationships in late middle age, an area not covered very well in movies as a general rule. Their new film is called Le Week-End, and the subject is long-term… Read more »

Hot Tucson

Keeping Cool in Tucson-Part 2.

This episode focuses on keeping cool at night with NO A/C! Why would you even attempt this?!!! This month the Smithsonian put out an article stating “the excess heat churned out by Air Conditioners raised the (outside) temperature by nearly 2 degrees, making the Air Conditioners themselves need to work that much harder.” And further,… Read more »


A Most Useful Flax

Petey reveals the results of eating a little too much ground flax seed. Maybe a little too much information, Petey. I just love the specific epithet usitatissimum. It’s worth learning just so you can slip in into a conversation. “Well it was a good day and usitatissimum too.” Okay, maybe not. But do try to… Read more »

Green events in Tucson and Southern Arizona in June of 2014

Green Events around Tucson and Southern Arizona: June 2014   Friday, June 13, 2014 from 2:00pm – 3:30pm at the Green Valley Branch Library there will be a free showing of the movie: “Growing Cities: A Film About Urban Farming in America” Growing Cities is a documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America… Read more »

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson is the only director I can think of that expresses himself primarily through the production design of his films. If you’ve seen a few of his movies, you can recognize the style right away—sets that look like marvelous intricate toys, everything in bold colors, block-like patterns, with the camera either facing the actors… Read more »