Wed. 3/23 at 7pm: Tune in for a rare interview with Barbara Dane, a woman ahead of her time. Hear her stories of Mama Yancey, Louie Armstrong and other legends. Listen to rare recordings. A KUNM Women's History Month exclusive!
Eighty-three-year-old Barbara Dane is probably the greatest living vocal interpreter of classic blues. She helped keep the blues alive by opening Sugar Hill: Home of the Blues, where she performed and introduced early blues greats to white audiences.
Santa Fe, NM – The state Senate has passed a measure that will require school districts to develop policies around when they call police over the actions of their students. Advocates for the developmentally disabled say some districts are bringing in law enforcement at inappropriate times. There've been lawsuits filed by parents as a result.
Albuquerque, NM – As the situation with Japan's troubled nuclear power plants continues to evolve today after the devastating earthquake there and the violent tsunami that followed, New Mexico US Senator Jeff Bingaman says he's not yet ready to pause plans for new nuclear power plants in the US. The Democrat says it's still unclear what mistakes or failures caused the explosions and release of radioactive materials into the air above Northern Japan.
Santa Fe, NM – A proposal making its way through the State Capitol this week could shed more light on the way regulators in Santa Fe approve health insurance rates. Supporters want companies like Blue Cross Blue Shield to publicly reveal financial information like profit reports and to schedule public hearings before premiums are increased.
Albuquerque, NM – State lawmakers this session have spent many hours locked in debate over banning driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants and cutting film industry incentives. But some legislators are increasingly asking why tax increases on wealthy New Mexicans and out-of-state corporations aren't even allowed at the budget table. From our capitol newsroom, KUNM's Jim Williams reports.
Sat. 3/19 at 6am: There are specific actions that we can take when difficulty arises in our life. The call is to deal with our challenges in ways that are fresh, authentic, and deep, that touch at the core of ourselves.
Santa Fe, NM – The real payoff for many in acting classes - apart from landing that big part at an audition - is the public performance where the actors get to show off their skills. Reviewer Jim Terr says one such performance comes up this weekend in Santa Fe.
Jim Terr is an actor, satirist, and videographer. He lives in Santa Fe.
Fri. 3/18 at 8:30am: Do we miss what's right in front us because it's not what we think we're looking for? Would we stop pushing around the metaphorical shopping cart if we weren't searching for what enlivens us? What are you pining for?
Find out how Youth Media Project participant Ellie Evans, and writers Lucy Moore, Martha Franks and William deBuys toss around the theme of hopes and dreams on the next Back Roads Radio show.
Santa Fe, NM – The state House of Representatives has passed a measure that makes it a separate crime to kill or injure an unborn child. Supporters of the measure say it will protect pregnant mothers. But some opponents of the measure say it's a political maneuver designed to erode women's reproductive rights.
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.