The Salt of the Earth

German director Wim Wenders is best known for his fiction films from the 70s and 80s, especially 1987’s worldwide sensation Wings of Desire. In recent decades, however, he’s devoted much of attention to non-fiction movies that focus on outstanding artists, for example the great Cuban musicians of The Buena Vista Social Club, and more recently… Read more »

Shuggie Otis at the 1986 Blues Festival KXCI Broadcast with Ruby and Paul

Shuggie Otis interview on KXCI

KXCI’s own Cecily sat down with Shuggie Otis for this interview in anticipation of his KXCI Presents! concert Saturday, June 6th, at The Rialto Theatre.   SHUGGIE OTIS “Οne of the mythical musicians of Blues, Soul, & Rock history” Born in Los Angeles, Shuggie Otis is the son of rhythm and blues pioneer, musician, bandleader, and impresario Johnny… Read more »


Sky Island Excitement

A hike in the nearby sky islands has Petey excitedly stumbling over plant names while giggling and jabbering away. Better listen.

Cobra Family Picnic live in Studio 2A!

Cobra Family Picnic joins Matt Milner in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only! Between sets of awesome psychedelic rock they discuss band creation, song writing, and much more!    


The Slumber Party From Hell Part 1

Today on 30 Minutes, we’ll hear excerpts from an April 2015 presentation convened by the YWCA Tucson as part of their ongoing Community Discussion on Mass Incarceration and how it affects our community. This session features formerly incarcerated Sue Ellen Allen, author of The Slumber Party from Hell. This is part one of a multi… Read more »


The Cost of Globalization

We spoke with Dr. Julian E. Kunnie about his latest book The Cost of Globalization: Dangers to the Earth and Its People. Julian E. Kunnie is a professor of religious, Latin American, Middle Eastern and North African studies at the University of Arizona. His articles have appeared in the African Studies Review, the Black Scholar,… Read more »

Native Seeds

The mission of Native Seeds, a seed bank based in Southern Arizona, is to preserve crops that have been grown in the region for centuries, so that they are well adapted to the heat and use significantly less water than commercially grown crops. The produce from these seeds also contains much higher levels of nutrients and is… Read more »

While We’re Young

Noah Baumbach makes comedies about real stuff—in other words, he looks humorously at various aspects of life that he’s familiar with. His previous two films, Greenberg and Frances Ha, dealt with people who are having trouble growing up despite having graduated from college. His latest picture is called While We’re Young, and this time he’s… Read more »

Logan and Lucille live in Studio 2A!

Logan and Lucille join Matt Milner in Studio 2A for a live performance during the second hour of Locals Only! They also discuss their upcoming European tour and many more great things you don’t want to miss! Facebook Page

Forest Fallows Live in Studio 2A!

Forest Fallows joins Matt Milner in Studio 2A for a live performance during the second hour of Locals Only! In between sets Matt talks to the guys about upcoming shows, recording, and what’s on the horizon!

A Bit About Plastic

In 2014, the first oceanographic study to examine plastic debris floating near the surface of our oceans estimated that about 6.5 million tons of debris reach the oceans every year and that 60 – 80% of that is improperly discarded plastic. Sea animals readily ingest plastic objects, such as lighters, plastic bags and toys, which… Read more »


Nama hispidum

Petey talks about seeds and the native annual Nama hispidum that had a spectacular spring show. Let’s listen.

Green News

OZONE HOLE It is thirty years ago that scientists from the University of Cambridge, England, discovered the hole in the ozone layer, the earth’s shield against lethal solar radiation. The discovery changed our lives in many ways, from international relations to the production of cosmetics. Ozone is a form of oxygen which absorbs ultraviolet radiation,… Read more »

The Panza Monologues Part 2

30 Minutes features a panel from the Pima County Public Library’s Nuestras Raices Pavillion at the 2015 Tucson Festival Books called The Panza Monologues: Book Reading and Platica. The Panza Monologues feature the words of Chicanas speaking with humor and candor about their panzas. The Panelists are Virginia Grise and Irma Mayorga. This is the… Read more »

Oscar and Lucinda

Once in a great while a film will defy expectations by delivering the richness and unique characters that we usually only find in novels. Such is the case with Oscar and Lucinda, a 1997 film by Australian director Gillian Armstrong It’s a drama with the look and feel of a period epic that at the… Read more »


Audrey Avesi

Meet Audrey Avesi, UBRP Junior. Between trying to cure cancer and fund a book drive Audry has a pretty packed schedule. Her main goal would be to target a type of breast cancer that has no known treatment. Audrey met up with sixty five other UBRP students from varying backgrounds. From gila monsters to bio-mechanical… Read more »

Compost Cats Doo Good

May 3- 9 was National Compost Awareness Week. In order to extend compost awareness beyond that, the Weekly Green spoke with Chester Phillips, Director of the Compost Cats Project at the University of Arizona. The Compost Cats team collaborates with the City of Tucson to collect compostable materials, and with the Tohono O’odham Nation to turn these in compost at the San… Read more »


The Panza Monologues Part 1

30 Minutes features a panel from the Pima County Public Library’s Nuestras Raices Pavillion at the 2015 Tucson Festival Books called The Panza Monologues: Book Reading and Platica. The Panza Monologues feature the words of Chicanas speaking with humor and candor about their panzas. The Panelists are Virginia Grise and Irma Mayorga. This is the… Read more »

Board of Supervisors Approves Solar Contract

(From the May 6 press release:) The Pima County Board of Supervisors at its May 5 meeting unanimously approved a 20-year contract to have solar-covered parking structures installed at 11 locations in the county. The new solar installations are part of an ongoing effort to integrate renewable energy in County operations, said Linda Mayro, director… Read more »

Wild Tales

Six stories involving extreme reactions to stress are given the apt title of Wild Tales, a film from Argentina, written and directed by Damian Szifron. At least that seems to be the common theme of the movie—anger, revenge, and dishonesty also thread their way through these stories. Szifron seems to enjoy putting his characters through… Read more »


Blown Away

Petey complains about spring winds, but a butterfly seems to bring him around. Let’s listen.

National Park Service Urban Agenda

At the occasion of its centennial next year, the National Park Service has chosen 10 cities around the country for the launch of its Urban Agenda Program. One of these is Tucson. The Weekly Green spoke with Diana Rhoades, NPS Urban Fellow for Tucson.

A triple silver lining

Meet Aanika Balaji, UBRP ambassador. Not only does she go around and educate people about the UBRP program to get them interested, she works as a microbiologist, helping to combat triple negative cancer with a new drug. She would love to work in women’s health and can’t wait to hear her song,  For The Foxes…. Read more »

Still Alice

Still Alice, a film by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, tells of a professor at Columbia University named Alice Howland, who at the age of 50 is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s, and fights to preserve her memory and awareness for as long as she can, while her family—her husband and three adult children, deal… Read more »


The Restore

TMM Family Services’ Restore recycles building materials, appliances, furniture and more donated by individuals and companies and resells them to the public at low cost. The proceeds are used to support TMMFS’ programs. The Weekly Green spoke with TMMFS Director of Community Relations and Volunteer Coordinator Brooke Nowak.


AZ Queer Archives Pop Up on 4th Avenue

30 Minutes speaks with Archivist and Project Director of the Arizona Queer Archives (AQA) Jamie Lee. On Sunday, April 26th, Arizona Queer Archives and Feminist Action Research in Rhetoric (FARR) presented Pop-Up archives featuring the Southwest Feminists Reunite Group. The Pop-Up archives seek to take the archival records of the 1970s feminists and lesbian feminists… Read more »

Va Savoir

Jacques Rivette is one of the veterans of the French New Wave that rocked the world of cinema in the 1960s. He hasn’t made as many films as the others, and is therefore not as well known as he deserves to be. A good example of what he can do, released in 2001, is a… Read more »


Ribes species

Petey needs to talk about currants and gooseberries and he does. You better listen.

Vanessa Lundon live in Studio 2A for Locals Only!

Listen in for another great live and local performance from Studio 2A on Locals Only. This time, Vannessa Lundon joins host Matt Milner for the second hour live performance. In between sets of music they discuss the song writing process, recording an album, her upcoming show at Club Congress on Saturday, April 25th and much… Read more »

Desert Sky Music, Art & Sustainability Festival

The Desert Sky Music, Art & Sustainability Festival will be held October 2-4 at the Harmony & Health Ranch, about 20 miles west of downtown Tucson. October seems a long way off, but preparation of the site, using all renewable or recycled materials, is going to start within a few weeks. If you want to lend… Read more »


An Energy Partnership Climate Solution for Tucson?

30 Minutes features John Farrell, director of the Energy Self-Reliant States and Communities program at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in Minneapolis, and Ron Proctor Co-Chair of Sustainable Tucson and Co-Chair of the City of Tucson Climate Change Advisory Committee. The Institute for local Self-Reliance in Minneapolis has been party to a first-in-the-nation partnership between… Read more »

Maps to the Stars

Maps to the Stars opens with a simple credit sequence against a painted backdrop of stars in the sky. There’s a kind of pun intended. The maps referred to in the title are more prosaic—the tourist maps that you can buy in Hollywood that can guide you to the neighborhoods and homes of various movie… Read more »

Calexico guitar

Calexico Live in Studio 2A for Locals Only!

Tucson and KXCI favorite, Calexico, join Matt Milner in Studio 2A for an amazing live performance on Locals Only! The seven piece band jammed into Studio 2A to play eight new songs and talk about creating the new album, Edge of the Sun, out now on Anti Records and Drag City Records. This is a Studio 2A performance… Read more »

Metropia Predictive Traffic Management App

Metropia, in partnership with the Pima Association of Governments (PAG) and in collabaration with the University of Arizona, has developed a mobile app with the capability to predict traffic patterns. This enables users to adjust their departure time and routes to avoid congested areas.  The app feeds back traffic and road condition data to public works agencies, so these… Read more »


The best works of art, in film and in literature in general, often have a multilayered quality. They can be enjoyed and appreciated on one level, while additional levels of meaning and significance reveal themselves for those who are open to them. This is the effect that Leviathan, the latest film from Russian director Andrey… Read more »

The Low Wines live in Studio 2A!

  The Low Wines join Matt Milner in Studio 2A for a live performance during the second half of Locals Only! Listen to an incredible hour of live local music, while in between sets they discuss the creation of the band, upcoming shows and general debauchery! Tucson Garage Country at its finest!   Facebook Reverbnation… Read more »


Green News

EARTH DAY The 21st Earth Day Festival will be held on Saturday, April 18th, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Reid Park on South Country Club Road. There will be an environmentally-themed parade at 10 a.m. Eco-minded scouts, schools, non-profits, families, businesses, agencies, clubs and organizations are all invited to join for free. There are… Read more »


Salvia microphylla

While weeding and cleaning his greenhouse Petey finds a nifty native Salvia sp. and tells us all about it.

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KXCI & Arizona Gives Day 2015 & You

Pledge your support to KXCI on Arizona Gives Day 2015– a powerful 24 hour online giving experience that unites Arizonans around causes they believe in. Hosted by the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and the Arizona Grantmakers Forum, Arizona Gives Day is a great way for nonprofits to connect to the larger community. Last year KXCI… Read more »

Night and the City

   Night and the City, a 1950 crime drama directed by Jules Dassin, tells the story of petty gambler and hustler Harry Fabian (played by Richard Widmark) who finds what he thinks is a perfect stroke of luck: a chance encounter that puts him in a position to be a big player in the London… Read more »


Ice Cream Social

Author and independent journalist Brad Edmondson was in Tucson for the 2015 Tucson Festival of Books to discuss his book Ice Cream Social: The Struggle for Ben & Jerry’s Soul. Edmondson stopped by the KXCI studios while he was in town to tell us this story. From modest roots to iconic success,  has always been… Read more »

Mr. Turner

The artist as hero—it’s a persistent myth, and of course filmmakers have long been in the habit of putting heroes at the center of their stories. English director Mike Leigh, himself one of the foremost artists of cinema, knows very well that an artist is a human being, subject to the same flaws and even… Read more »

Watershed Management Group’s Consulting Services!

  This week’s interview on The Weekly Green, is with the ever so hilarious Kieran Sikdar, Program Manager, from Watershed Management Group. Listen to Kieran tell us all about WMG’s Consulting Services. From WMG’s site: “Get expert advice and all your questions answered about: water conservation and water harvesting, edible landscapes, landscape restoration, and green… Read more »


Gamma Like Very Ultra live in Studio 2A for Locals Only!

    Gamma Like Very Ultra joins Matt Milner in Studio 2A for a live performance during the second hour Locals Only, Monday, March 23rd. In between sets Gamma Like Very Ultra discusses the formation of the band and the writing process they use to create their unique sound, as well as their upcoming show. Gamma… Read more »

Whitehorse 2 songs and interview in KXCI’s Studio 2A

Canadian duo Whitehorse stopped by KXCI in November 2103. Here are two intimate songs and an interview from that live performance in Studio 2A. Whitehorse are playing Club Congress this Monday, March 23rd, 7pm. Whitehorse is the musical (and literal) marriage of singer/songwriter Melissa McClelland and guitar virtuoso Luke Doucet. As solo artists, both have… Read more »

A Film Snob’s Favorites of ’14

I’ve decided that a “best films of the year” list is an illusion. All I can really give you is a “favorite films that I saw this year” list. There are so many excellent films being made, but only a fraction of them played on a big screen here. The reason? Tucson’s one art house… Read more »


Web Week thru March 20

Support KXCI  with a new or renewing pledge today and you’ll be entered to win fabulous prizes, including an opportunity to attend a live recording of Calexico on March 24th in Studio 2a. Thanks in advance for helping us to make this our most successful Membership Drive ever. Membership is our largest single form of… Read more »


Black Swallowtail

When Petey gets done slinging binomials around he finally decides to talk about a very cool native butterfly.

Shade Trees with Trees for Tucson

    Learn about the Shade Tree program via Trees for Tucson. This week Gretchen, of The Weekly Green, talks with Rocky Yosek about how to get discounted shade trees delivered to your home! Did you know you can get shade trees for $8.00? And, you can get more trees every year!   Air dates:… Read more »


As timely as it is, Selma, the new film by Ava DuVernay, also represents a refreshing approach to historical drama. In depicting a crucial period in American history, it resists the softening that too often mars our view of the past, choosing instead to favor the pain and complexity that we tend to ignore. Selma… Read more »


HOPE, Inc. AMP Benefit at Armory Park Saturday March 14

This is your 91.3 KXCI weekend spotlight … This week we spotlight a benefit concert to support HOPE, Inc.’s newest endeavor: the Anchor Music Project (AMP) on Saturday, March 14 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Armory Park Center, 220 South 5th Ave. All ticket revenue will go toward funding AMP, which will serve… Read more »


Take my breath away

Meet Sheryl Chen, a senior at the University of Arizona. Sheryl was born and raised in Malaysia, but ten years ago moved here with her family.  She studies allergies and asthma, and the different chemicals involved in triggering asthma attacks. From cockroaches to shrimp shells, take on an experience as you discover the human respiratory system…. Read more »


U of A Jazz Combo Live in Studio 2A on Locals Only

Get ready for some amazing jazz performed live by the U of A Jazz Combo in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only on Monday, February 16th. The U of A Jazz Combo is led by Angelo Versace, the new Director Of Jazz at the University of Arizona, and the band is comprised… Read more »

Inherent Vice

You’ve heard of a shaggy dog story. Inherent Vice, the marvelous new film by Paul Thomas Anderson, is a shaggy hippie story. Joaquin Phoenix plays a stoner private detective named Doc Sportello, with wild unkempt hair and muttonchop whiskers, living in a southern California beach town in 1970. He is visited by an ex-girlfriend named… Read more »


50 Years: Tucson’s African American Community

Former Tucson vice mayor and retired Tucson Unified School District principal Charles Ford, Ph.D.; and Native Tucsonan and former president of the Dunbar Coalition and Cressworth Lander weighed in on the civil rights movement in Tucson. On January 15, 2013 The University of Arizona Library Special collections unveiled a new exhibition which reflects on 50… Read more »


Jake Gyllenhaal has done a lot of good interesting work over the years. Now he’s turned in what I would call a virtuoso performance, playing a very disturbing and unappealing character, Louis Bloom, in Nightcrawler, written and directed by David Gilroy. We first meet Lou Bloom stealing copper wire from a warehouse and slugging the… Read more »

Effective Tree Planting (Part One) With Brad Lancaster

  Gretchen of The Weekly Green talks with Brad Lancaster about tree planting in Tucson. This segment, part 1 of 2, delves into tree placement for maximum effectiveness. Brad explains tree planting should be prioritized first on the west side of your home, then east, north then finally south. He also explains why and gives some great tips…. Read more »

Human Behavior Live in Studio 2A!

Human Behavior joins Matt Milner for the second hour of Locals Only to perform live in Studio 2A on Monday, February 23rd. Listen in as Human Behavior plays music from their new album, “Bethphage” in a stripped down live setting for the first half hour, then moving in to the on-air studio to play some… Read more »


African Latinas in Colonial Arizona

Today on 30 Minutes, scholar and story teller Dr. Michael Engs tells little known stories about African Latinas in colonial Arizona. He is co-owner of Arizona Heritage Tours. He is also a volunteer with the Tucson Presidio Trust. He strives to bring the history of Black people and their extensive contributions to the settlement of… Read more »

The Great Beauty

Self-confidence doesn’t seem to be a problem for Italian director Paolo Sorrentino. His latest picture, The Great Beauty, winner of the foreign language film Oscar this year, opens with amazing audacity. After a prologue featuring a choir singing weird ethereal music near the great fountain of Acqua Paola in Rome while Japanese tourists snap photos,… Read more »

Advocates For Snake Preservation

  Gretchen of The Weekly Green interviews Melissa Amarello, Co Founder & Director of Education for Advocates for Snake Preservation. ASP’s Mission is “to use science, education, and advocacy to promote compassionate conservation and coexistence with snakes.” More from their website: “Snakes are threatened by many of the same issues that affect all wildlife, including… Read more »

4th Annual Peace Conference Flier

4th Annual Youth and Peace Conference

30 Minutes speaks with Ann Yellott, Culture of Peace Alliance Grants Coordinator, and Andrea Martinez, senior at Pueblo High School and youth chair of the Youth and Peace Conference Planning Committee. The 4th Annual Youth and Peace Conference takes place Saturday, February 21st at Higher Ground at Wakefield, 101 W. 44th St from 9am to… Read more »


Mute Swan Live in Studio 2A on Locals Only

Mute Swan joins Matt Milner live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only on Monday, February 9th 2015. Mute Swan discusses in depth the formation of the band and the creative process of writing material for their new album as well as the recording process involved, all in between sets of great… Read more »


Black Medicine Live in Studio 2A on Locals Only

Black Medicine joins Matt Milner live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only Monday, January 12th 2015. Just back in Tucson from a multi-state tour, Black Medicine discusses their history and future releases in between sets of great music! Black Medicine Facebook Black Medicine Soundcloud