PtP Episode 13: 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 »

PtP Episode 12: 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 »

PtP – 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 »

Ersi Arvizu

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

Behind the Scenes of Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia

Breaking Conventions and Taking Chances in 1999

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

The Kitchen Sink

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

The Coyote and the Badger

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

Katie Haverly In Studio 2A

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

Brickellia floribunda

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

Manage Your Watershed

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

Ixcanul

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

Lalopalooza SOLD OUT

Due to overwhelming support, this show has been sold out! Friday, December 9th from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm   El Casino Ballroom 437 East 26th Street Tucson Federal Credit Union and KXCI present Lalopalooza on Friday, December 9th at El Casino Ballroom as we celebrate the upcoming 100th Anniversary of legendary Tucson Born Musician Lalo… Read more »

Thesis Thursday with Hannah Schmitz

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

KXCI is Now Part of Fry’s Community Rewards Program

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

PtP Episode 11: BICAS Bike Art Auction

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

Abby Jensen on Transgender Awareness Month

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

1950s Sci-Fi

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

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

Sumac Fall color

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

Thesis Thursday with Laura Hacker

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

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week

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

Desert Dreamscapes

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

On Demand: Darlingside Live in Studio 2A

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

Thesis Thursday with Lex Salas

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

Hell or High Water

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

XIXA

Video On Demand: XIXA’s “Bloodline”

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

Monsters

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

Monika / Sawdust & Tinsel

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

Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon

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

Sacred Datura

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

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

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

Tucson Makers: Inspired by Women Week 2

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

Stella Tucker – The Camp

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

Acaciela angustissima

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

On Demand: Calexico

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

Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

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

Hubby Jenkins

On Demand: Hubby Jenkins

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

Some Bad News, Some Good News

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

PtP Episode 9: Cyclovia Tucson

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

Stephen King Adaptations

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

Tucson Makers: Inspired by Women Week 1

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

Stickleaf

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

Documentaries Change the World

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

Great Films That Lost Money

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

John Waters: Subverting Suburbia

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

Mia Madre

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

The Ironwood Tree Experience

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

PtP Episode 8: Love to Ride Tucson

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

Native Grasses in the Hills

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

Indignation

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

Fungi, Dung & Dips

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

The Exbats Live in Studio 2A

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

On Demand: The Head and the Heart

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

Fall Asteraceae Festivals

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

Alternatives to Incarceration Part 2

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

Little Men / Heart of a Dog

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

The Other Side of Pack Rats

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

The Lonesome Desert Tucson Country Blues Live in Studio 2A

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

Mute Swan Live in Studio 2A

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

The Home – Eric Dhruv

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

PtP Episode 7: TORCA & Home Grown

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

PtP Episode 6: Bike/Ped Count

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

Soaring Birds and Snake Cotton

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

Our Little Sister

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

Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes

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

PtP Episode 5: The Loop

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

Alternatives to Incarceration Part 1

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

The Innocents

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

Kallstroemia grandiflora

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

HabitArt

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

Jillian and the Giants Live in Studio 2A

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

Manduca sexta and Hyles lineata

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

Pedaling the Pueblo- Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists

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

Pedaling the Pueblo- Biking at the University of Arizona

Pedaling the Pueblo- Biking at the University of Arizona

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