Santa Fe, NM – When state lawmakers convene in January for a sixty-day legislative session, they'll have a lot on their minds. At the top of their worry list will be an estimated 400-million-dollar budget shortfall for the coming fiscal year. As KUNM's Jim Williams reports, legislators will once again have a tough battle over whether the state's two biggest programs, education and Medicaid, will be cut, and whether tax increases will be on the table.
Albuquerque, NM – The upcoming legislative session in January promises to be contentious as lawmakers deal with a $400 million budget shortfall. We take a look at tax expenditures and the prospect of using tax policy to increase state revenues.
Albuquerque, NM – The DREAM Act is once again delayed in Congress.
The legislation would give young people who are undocumented, and were brought into the US as children, a chance to apply for legal residency.
Supporters say it's a way to give students who worked hard a chance to go to college, get a job or serve in the armed forces. Critics argue that it rewards families who knew they were breaking US immigration laws.
Santa Fe, NM – It's been eighty years since New Mexico had a Republican secretary of state. That changes next month as State Senator Dianna Duran will be sworn in to the office after handily winning the November election over incumbent Secretary Mary Herrera. Duran is looking ahead to January for other reasons, as well. As KUNM's Jim Williams reports, she's likely to pursue some policy changes on elections and voting that Republicans have been after for years in New Mexico.
Wed. 12/1: We're dedicating an entire show to a special performance by the amazing Tracy Nelson this week, live at the Levitt Shell in Memphis, TN. Sitting in all night with Tracy is Memphis' own blues diva, Reba Russell.
A very versatile and talented vocalist, Tracy Nelson is better known for her role as lead singer of the 1970's Nashville sextet Mother Earth. But her solo career spans decades, and she has released albums for labels like Columbia, Atlantic, Flying Fish, and Memphis International. Plus, Guest Host, Scott Dirks, tells us more about Chicago Blues.
Sat. 12/4: How can intention guide us to hear the God spark within?
Although some people think our era is ripe for divine revelation, Sheila Keene-Lund believes we've had that information for decades in the form of The Urantia Book, a spiritual text of unknown authorship from the early 20th century. The work covers an array of topics, from God and Jesus to history and cosmology.
Albuquerque, NM – A proposal to create a state ethics commission passed in the New Mexico House of Representatives last year but failed in the Senate. State Senator Linda Lopez plans to re-introduce the legislation in January, along with other ethics reforms.
Sun. 12/5: Winona LaDuke sums up the dichotomy: "Native peoples are the poorest population in North America, yet our lands are home to a wealth of resources."
For decades, this Ojibwe activist, National Women's Hall of Fame inductee, and two-time Green Party vice presidential candidate has devoted her time to working on issues of renewable energy, health, and environmental justice on northern Minnesota's White Earth Reservation and beyond.
Wed. 12/8: On December 8, 1980, musician John Lennon was shot and killed outside of his apartment building in New York City by a deluded fan. On this 30th anniversary special, producer Paul Ingles talks with fans who recall how they heard the news of John Lennon's death in 1980, and what Lennon's music has meant to them.
Fri. 12/10: Continuing our coverage of WOMEX 2010 in Copenhagen, we enjoy concert recordings, live studio sessions and interviews.
Hear from fantastic artists we already know and love such as Papa Wemba and Dobet Gnahor? as well as artists we've never met including Nathalie Natiemb?, Fatoumate Diawara and the winner of the prestigious annual WOMEX award, Dany?l Waro from La R?union. Plus we'll pick tracks from some of the choice choice 100+ CDs we bring home.
Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico's First and Third District representatives voted Thursday, December 9, to reject President Obama's tax cut compromise he struck earlier this week with Senate Republicans. In a voice vote in a private caucus meeting, a majority of House Democrats expressed their desire to keep the compromise from coming to the floor for consideration. KUNM's Jim Williams reports.
Fr. 12/17: A holiday feast of stories, connecting us to the seasonal spirit of giving.
What better way to appreciate our humanity than to curl up to the voices of Joe Hayes, Jay O'Callahan and a few surprises, for young and old alike. Back Roads Radio is hosted and produced by Judy Goldberg and a production of Viewpoint Productions.
Wed. 12/15: With guest artist G. Love & Special Sauce
Prolific and highly acclaimed blues vocalist Janiva Magness is one of the hottest acts in the business. Among the awards she has received are the B.B. King Award for Musical Excellence and the Jim Croce Award for Outstanding Achievement in Rhythm and Blues. Catch her this week live from the 2010 Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee.
Sun. 12/19: Award-winning host and humorist Gwen Macsai (author of Lipshtick) hosts the show with appearances from some surprise guests.
From unforgettable stories to scintillating sounds, Best of the Best showcases the winning entries of the 10th annual Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. This is THE place to hear the most accomplished producers and best emerging talent from around the world, artists who are shaping the future of public radio.
Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico US Senator Jeff Bingaman confirmed today that he is undecided about a re-election bid in 2012. He told KUNM's Jim Williams that partisanship in the Senate is playing a role in his decision.