Wed. 4/27 at 230pm: The amazing Tony Furtado joins host Carol Boss in the KUNM studios for a live performance that you will not want to miss.
A winner of the Grand National Banjo Championship at 19, Tony Furtado has gone on to become an acclaimed slide guitarist, songwriter and collaborator in many genres. His eclectic approach in playing swing, jazz style, Celtic-folk, and old-timey music has shaped Furtado's musical maturations. His latest (and 15th) album, Golden, marks the first time he has self-produced and penned every track.
Albuquerque, NM – Conversation by conversation, StoryCorps Historias is collecting the Latino stories and voices of our time. College professor Betty Duran, born and raised on Pojoaque Pueblo, talks with her son Matthew about the joy of becoming a mother... But the first time Betty discovered that she was pregnant, she was surprised, and not exactly elated...
Albuquerque, NM – Jimmy Santiago Baca is back home in New Mexico briefly this month. In addition to catching up on his green chile consumption, the award winning poet stopped by the KUNM studios to chat with Elaine Baumgartel.
Albuquerque, NM – The New Mexico Supreme Court ordered Governor Susana Martinez to restore the state Labor Board in Santa Fe last week. But KUNM has learned the City of Albuquerque has not had a functioning Labor Board since Republican Mayor Richard Berry was elected. That long delay may be over. The Labor Board is scheduled to hold its first public meeting in 18 months. On Tuesday, the Board will finalize the nomination of a neutral Board Chairman.
Flagstaff, AZ – A new study released by researchers in Flagstaff, Arizona last Friday shows high levels of drug resistant bacteria in some of the meat we buy from grocery stores. It's the first nationwide study to show that antibiotic resistant Staph contaminates our food supply.
And as Daniel Kraker reports, it uses high tech genetic analysis to trace that staph back to the farm.
Fri. 4/22 at 10pm: The long awaited follow-up to Afropop's popular 2002 program Berber Rising brings listeners up to date on music being made by the original inhabitants of North Africa, the Imazighen or Berber.
The program will include interviews and music from Takfarinas, Akli D, Etran Finatawa, Idir, Najat Aatabou and others.
We'll take the pulse of the Berber village, the push for rights and
recognition in Morocco and Algeria, and the global Amazigh community at a moment of tectonic social and political change in North Africa.
Wed. 4/20 at 7pm: The Blues Show celebrates National Poetry Month with a spotlight on Willie Dixon, the "Poet Laureate of the Blues," who wrote more than 500 blues songs in his lifetime, recorded by many blues luminaries including Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Koko Taylor, and many more.
Tune in to get a grasp on Dixon's songwriting repertoire. Hear him as both bass player and solo performer, as well as many other blues artists interpreting his lyrics, performing his songs.
Plus, music in honor of Earth Day and Mother Earth.
Wed. 4/20 at 830am: On Watersheds As Commons, we'll listen to voices of people who were born into Hispano culture of northern New Mexico, people whose points of view were shaped in large measure by the arid habitat of a homeland still held sacred by those whose ancestors tapped roots into the northern R?o Grande bioregion some twenty generations ago.
Albuquerque, NM – Tune in Thursday morning at 8 for the KUNM Call In Show. KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel will host a conversation with New Mexico teachers. How are students doing? What challenges are they facing? How are teachers addressing students' needs? We'll be taking your calls and hearing stories from New Mexico classrooms- Thursday morning at 8 on the KUNM Call In Show.
Join the conversation- 505-277-5866, toll free 877-899-5866, or online by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico US Senator Tom Udall says cuts in the federal budget compromise reached late last week are, in his words, "pretty drastic". But the Democrat says the need to balance the budget is clear, with annual deficits now running at nearly 1 point 3 trillion dollars.
He notes that the compromise cuts 78 billion dollars from the president's current-year budget, the largest domestic spending cut in nearly 30 years. But Udall says he'll be taking a closer look at the cuts to determine their impact on New Mexico.
Fri. 4/29 & Sat. 4/30 at 7pm: We are very excited to bring you a live broadcast from the 2011 Gathering of Nations Powwow. Join Native America Calling's Harlan McKasoto and KUNM staff for four hours of music from the powwow drum group and dance competitions, as well as contemporary Native music from the festival's Stage 49.
This broadcast is a collaboration between KUNM, Southwest Stages and NV1.
Mon. 4/18 a 7pm: Roberta Rael interviews Dr. Estevan Rael Galvez, former Executive Director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center, who was instrumental in creating the Institute for Creativity, Consciousness and Community, an artist and scholars in residence program. Dr. Galvez is now Vice President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, where he oversees 29 historic sites around the Nation.
Sat. 4/16 at 7pm: On both the 16th & the 23rd, Ear to the Ground features the Albuquerque Rock Quartet Double Plow recorded live in Studio A, including songs from their new release "Where the Moon Always Shines."
Albuquerque, NM – The City of Albuquerque hosted its first annual Celebrate Seed New Mexico event in Old Town recently. KUNM producer Sara Van Note was there and brings us this audio postcard of people who came to share seeds at the community seed exchange.
4/13 at 10pm: For the vast majority of musicians, the music industry just does not work. For most artists, gigs pay barely enough to cover expenses - and record companies are only interested in young acts that could sell millions of CDs.
Tim and Denise Duffy created The Music Makers Relief Foundation to raise awareness of these issues and help struggling musicians in need. This week, we've dedicated an entire show to their traveling review show.
We caught them at the 2011 Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, Tennessee.
Santa Fe, NM – Remember back when FOX News had acquired the Fourth Estate and the previous administration was having its way with us? Even then, as we bent over and "assumed the position," we were still amused. No doubt Bush's presidency will be remembered as much funnier compared with Obama's. We had us an honest-to-God silver-spoon-in-mouth-member of the oligarchy in all his clueless, clumsy arrogance and "he killed," as they say in the comedy clubs.
Albuquerque, NM – Jimmy Lujan speaks with his friend Joey Goss. The conversation was recorded last June at a StoryCorps Historias mobile booth in Albuquerque. Editing by Lee Merrill and Candace Miller-Murphy.
The StoryCorps Historias Albuquerque project was made possible with support from the New Mexico Humanities Council and the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
Las Vegas, NV – Nevada grew by 700,000 people last decade and almost half of that new population is Latino. That growth means the state is now a quarter Latino. It also means Nevada qualifies for a fourth congressional seat.
As Jude Joffe-Block from the Fronteras Changing America Desk reports from Las Vegas, some political players are now wondering, could that new congressional district be a Latino majority district?
Albuquerque, NM – With U.S. Representative Martin Heinrich vacating his first congressional district seat to campaign for the U.S. Senate, politicians on both sides of the aisle are already lining up to replace him in the House.