Laurel Morales – Four and a half million people will visit national parks this weekend. The fourth of July is, in fact, the most popular weekend of the year. But conservation groups are worried about the current state of the country's protected parks, beaches and landmarks.
As Laurel Morales of the Fronteras Changing America Desk reports, they're asking the federal government to invest more to protect them.
Sun. 7/17 at 11am: It's impossible to predict the future, but humans can't help themselves. From the economy to the presidency to the Super Bowl, educated and intelligent people promise insight and repeatedly fail by wide margins. These mistakes and misses go unpunished, both publicly and in our brain, which has become trained to ignore the record of those who make them.
Sun. 7/16 at 7pm: Musician, songwriter, actor, and beloved father of a tribe of new talent, Loudon sat down with Art of the Song's John and Viv at the Moab Folk festival to talk about his life in the arts.
Loudon brings a rare perspective to the program having been a staff songwriter for the famed TV Show M*A*S*H, a series in which he also had a recurring role as The Singing Surgeon. Famous for his irreverence, Loudon leads the listener through his songs to many hilarious yet poignant conclusions.
Albuquerque, NM – Victims of wildfires around the New Mexico may need to be on the look out for unlicensed contractors who offer repair and building services. The state's Regulation and Licensing Department is warning home owners now because there was an increase in unlicensed work after wildfires in the past.
Fri. 7/15 at 8am: When push comes to shove and a decision must be made, what do we draw upon to guide our next moves? Might our lives be directed by an openness to possibility rather than a notion that we stake claims to an imagined future with a blueprint of actions to neatly follow?
Enter the conversation with novelist Lisa Gray Fisher, as she reads from her new book, "Full Body Wag." Featured New Mexico voices bring additional perspectives to the program. Back Roads Radio is hosted by Judy Goldberg and produced by Viewpoint Productions.
Albuquerque, NM – KUNM's Trip Jennings has been covering the Las Conchas fire burning near Los Alamos. The fire is 40 percent contained after burning over 130-thousand acres and causing the evacuation of Los Alamos and Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Albuquerque, NM – The Las Conchas wildfire is burning near Los Alamos. It has threatened both the town and nearby Los Alamos National Laboratory. The fire, along with other wildfires burning across the state, is also making potential tourists stay away from New Mexico. Megan Kamerick from the New Mexico Business Weekly joins us to talk about how business owners are coping.
Albuquerque, NM – The organization that helps many low-income Albuquerque residents find a home has a new name and a new administration. The Albuquerque Housing Services Division officially became the Albuquerque Housing Authority. It will assist low income families with Section 8 vouchers.
Albuquerque, NM – More immigrants are being deported from the United States than ever before and it's not all happening at the border with Mexico, it's from communities like Taos, Albuquerque and Farmington.
KUNM's Sarah Gustavus reports on how a federal program called Secure Communities is becoming an important tool for immigration officers.
Sarah Gustavus is a fellow with the Institute for Journalism's Immigration in the Heartland program.
Thurs. 7/14 at noon: Today we will be talking Live via telephone with possibly the pre-imminent scholar on jazz: Dan Morgenstern. Author of several books and thousands of jazz record liner notes and has been on the scene in the greatest jazz city in the world - New York City - throughout some of it's most compelling eras.
Santa Fe, NM – In a country once torn by ethnic strife and genocide, the Rwandan government is now holding up as a success story a collaboration of former rival tribal factions. The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market is helping fuel the partnership.
The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market returns this weekend to Museum Hill. The event has become a strong Santa Fe tradition in just eight years. As KUNM's Jim Williams has found over the years, one of the reasons for that is the incredible power of the artists' stories.
Albuquerque, NM – Many New Mexicans want to know when monsoon rains will arrive this year. It's been one of the driest years on record for the state. Rain will help to extinguish wildfires and relieve the drought, but the monsoon season also increases the risk of dangerous flooding.
Wed. 7/13 at 7pm: Just in time for Festival and outdoor concert season, host Mary Oishi plays LIVE cuts from many venues, decades, and a variety of performers. Also, special in-studio guests from Santa Fe: Marc Malin and Harmonica Mike Handler.
Albuquerque, NM – The Las Conchas wildfire continues to burn, but is no longer an immediate threat to Los Alamos National Laboratory. The lab re-opened today after being closed for more than a week. Smoke can still be seen from Los Alamos.
Albuquerque, NM – As our neighboring states of Arizona and Texas draw national attention over controversial policies to crack down on undocumented immigrants. New Mexico has remained relatively calm - even under the radar - in the national conversation.
In the first part of a series this week on immigration policy, we look at what makes our state different.
Santa Fe, NM – The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market last year drew over 22-thousand people, the largest crowd in the history of the annual event on Museum Hill. It did so based on the work of 132 artists from 50 countries.
This year, 180 artists will showcase their craft. Market organizers have literally been traveling the globe over the past year to find new work to present.
Albuquerque, New Mexico – One story at a time, StoryCorps Historias is recording the Latino stories and voices of our time. 24-year-old Natalie Romero has had her share of problems in life, including becoming a young single mother of two, and losing her father to drug addiction. In this interview with her grandmother, Nancy Gonzales, Natalie gets plenty of advice about life, love and the importance of hard work and perseverance. First, Nancy recalls how her childhood ended too soon.
Santa Fe, New Mexico – The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market last year drew over 22-thousand people, the largest crowd in the history of the annual event on Museum Hill. It did so based on the work of 132 artists from 50 countries. This year, 180 artists will showcase their craft. As KUNM's Jim Williams reports, the Market's organizers have literally been traveling the globe over the past year to find new work to present.
Sat. 7/9 at 7pm: Nine-time All Ireland Fiddle Champion (and once on the Banjo, too), this Bronx-born Irish American fiddler set the stage for a whole new sound in Irish music. Tune in for her fantastic performance recorded live at the Moab Folk Festival.