Albuquerque, NM – KUNM's Jim Williams sat down to talk with R.J. Mitte, who plays Walter White Jr. on "Breaking Bad". The 18-year-old Mitte (and his character) have cerebral palsy, and many of the show's fans are expressing their gratitude for his work.
This interview is the unedited 30-minute conversation with Mitte that took place on Wednesday, March 9th at the KUNM studios.
Albuquerque, NM – Conversation by conversation, StoryCorps Historias is collecting the Latino stories and voices of our time.
Justin Rinaldi talks with great-grandniece Maria about how his father, an Italian immigrant, finally came to settle in New Mexico. Here, Justin recalls the nickname given to his father by the young ladies.
Santa Fe, NM – Pulitzer Prize winning writer and artist N. Scott Momaday gave a reading recently at St. John's college in Santa Fe. KUNM's Deborah Begel was there and found that, at 76 years old, Momaday continues to explore new avenues of expression.
Sun. 3/13 at 11am: Votes For Women was the slogan on the banners that many American suffragists wore in their 72-year struggle to get the vote. Although American men had been voting since the 1700s, it wasn't until 1920 that American women were allowed to vote for president.
Award winning Producer Sandra Sleight-Brennan's documentary uses song, interviews, re-creations of events, and comments from historians to bring this dramatic history to life.
Sat. 3/12 at Noon: Susan Loubet interviews representatives of the New Mexico History Museum about their upcoming presentation on American Architect Mary Colter. She also talks with Lupe Martinez, the first woman Secretary of Corrections in New Mexico.
Sat. 3/12 at 7pm: The featured guest for Saturday's ETG is the Albuquerque band Jenny Invert, whose self-titled debut is in soft release.
For this in-studio performance the band is Sam Miller (piano, guitar, vocals), Poncho (keyboards, trumpet, vocals), Aliza Gerstein (violin, vocals), August Johnson (percussion). Many members are formerly of the "Un-Americana" band Grand Canyon.
Albuquerque, NM – Lonna Atkeson is a Political Science professor and the Director of the Center for Democracy at UNM. She's one of the principle authors of a new report that sheds light on the state's elections system.
Las Vegas, NV – In the last two decades, the Bureau of Land Management has given out more than 74,000 permits to drill for oil and gas on public land. Solar companies have gotten nine permits. Now the Obama Administration is trying to even the field. It's proposing solar zones across the southwest. From the Changing America Desk in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jude Joffe-Block reports.
Fri. 3/11 at 10am: Composer John Kennedy, Artistic Director of Santa Fe New Music and Resident Conductor at the Spoleto Music Festival in South Carolina, speaks with host Spencer Beckwith about Philip Glass' music and upcoming performance.
The Philip Glass recital is sold out, but there are still tickets to the Chatter/AYS program on Monday, March 14 which is full of Glass chamber pieces.
Santa Fe, NM – The Lensic Performing Arts Center celebrates its tenth anniversary this year with the newly announced purchase of the Lensic Theater from its original owners, Greer Enterprises.
With its new ownership and non-profit status, KUNM's Colleen Keane reports the Center appears to be opening its doors even wider to make sure all New Mexicans participate in this evolving Santa Fe performance center.
March 3, 2011 – If all the attention on the Middle East recently has you noticing more Arab influences and people in New Mexico, you're not mistaken. There has been an increase in recent years in refugees that are being resettled from Iraq in Albuquerque.
Differences in language and culture are obvious, but Iraqi refugees are distinct in other ways. Most didn't live in camps when they fled Iraq to neighboring countries. And many are finding poverty in America a real shock.
Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe's Lensic Performing Arts Center announced Tuesday that it has finalized the purchased of its downtown home. The non-profit spent $2 million to buy the historic 821-seat building on West San Francisco Street. This came after a relatively quiet fund-raising effort that began in 2009.
The Lensic building had been owned by Greer Enterprises, and was being leased to the Performing Arts Center. Now that the non-profit owns the property, it will be exempt from property taxes.
Albuquerque, NM – Six Democratic US Senators from places like Ohio and West Virginia have co-sponsored a bill that would delay the Environmental Protection Agency's greenhouse gas regulations by two years.
February 25, 2011 – Journalist and blogger Heath Haussamen talks about a new Senate rule that puts new restrictions on people who want to take pictures and videos during committee hearings in the New Mexico legislature.
Santa Fe, NM – Deregulation can be a dirty word, depending on who you're talking to. On Thursday, Albuquerque Republican Senator John Ryan got a bill passed that will allow large telecommunications corporations like Qwest to set their own rates for businesses in rural areas. Las Cruces Democratic Senator Steve Fischmann opposed it.
February 25, 2011 – In this week's Business Report, Megan Kamerick of the New Mexico Business Weekly explains why the proposal to sell the state's supercomputer is controversial. Also, a trendy new block in Albuquerque's Nob Hill neighborhood.
Santa Fe, NM – Governor Susana Martinez says she isn't concerned about a call for an investigation of her expenditure of campaign dollars. Martinez spent left-over campaign money on political ads that aired on radio earlier this week.
Santa Fe, NM – Author and poet N. Scott Momaday will read stories and poems and answer questions Friday evening at Saint John's College in Santa Fe. The Pulitzer-Prize-winning Native American author, who turns 67 on Sunday, continues to write, and inspire others to do the same. KUNM's Jim Williams spoke with him from his home in Santa Fe.
Albuquerque, NM – Two thirds of voters surveyed in New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and Utah said current environmental laws are either not strong enough or should be better enforced.
David Metz is one of the pollsters. "It's a real ratification that the level of environmental protection that is present in the region is one that voters are comfortable with and want to see continue," he says. Eleven percent of voters surveyed said they want to see environmental regulations rolled back or eliminated.
Tues. 3/1: DJ Caterwaul features a live set by All for Now, an experimental project of avant-pianist Thollem McDonas (of Tsigoti) & improv/rock guitarist John Dieterich (of Deerhoof).
Listeners can also expect more of Caterwaul's trademark Savage Beast format- freeform underground, independent and outsider freak rock from the last 45 years into the future, as well as tons of local & upcoming music.