Springerville, AZ – The Wallow Fire is now the second largest wildfire in Arizona history. Nearly 3500 firefighters are battling the blaze in eastern Arizona. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Al Macias reports.
Fri 6/17 at 10pm: It's been over thirty years since house and techno music exploded out of South Side Chicago and inner-city Detroit, and most Americans still don't know their dance music history. So, tune in for a musical education that you can dance to, on Afropop Worldwide!
Thurs. 6/16 at noon: Mark Weber interviews jazz cornetist Bobby Bradford about his distinguished musical career and all things jazz-trumpet.
Today we talk with Bobby Bradford about jazz and trumpets and the artists who play jazz trumpet. Bobby Bradford plays the near-relative of the trumpet known as the cornet. We'll cover everybody from Dizzy to Buddy Bolden to Don Cherry, Shorty Rogers, Chet, Bix, Bubber Miley, Cootie Williams, Art Farmer, Fats Navarro, and King Oliver.
Thurs. 6/16: For 70 years, Chamber Music Albuquerque has been hosting the world's great string quartets at their June Music Festival. In 2010 it was the Shanghai Quartet. You'll hear a bit from that performance. Then we travel north to Santa Fe and Taos, to continue our series of music from the Land of Enchantment.
Flagstaff, Arizona – Water is a precious resource for the Navajo Nation. Many people have to haul their water from towns on the edge of the reservation. For decades the tribe was shut out of water negotiations in the southwest. That's why it balked when the city of Flagstaff tried to pump water from an aquifer they share.
From Flagstaff for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Laurel Morales reports.
Albuquerque, NM – George and Monna Patton. Their conversation took place in June of last year at a StoryCorps mobile booth in Albuquerque. Editing by Candace Murphy.
The StoryCorps Historias Albuquerque project was made possible with support from the New Mexico Humanities Council and the National Hispanic Cultural Center. You can go to kunm.org to listen to recordings from the project and subscribe to the podcast.
Washington, D.C. – New Mexico's Senior Senator, Jeff Bingaman, has proposed a nuclear energy bill that focuses on a new type of nuclear reactors. KUNM Capitol Reporter Jim Hilgen has details from Washington D.C.
Albuquerque, NM – The 24th Annual Flamenco Festival Internacional de Albuquerque kicks off Wednesday night in Albuquerque and reviewer Janet Eigner says a diverse group of Flamenco dancers and musicians will descend on the city to teach and perform.
Eigner is a poet, dance critic, and psychologist. She writes about outstanding dance happening in Northern New Mexico, the U.S., and internationally.
Fri. 6/10 at 10pm: Time to crank it up for what is shaping up to be a fantastic summer season of touring Afropop artists! You'll hear Baloji from Congo/Belgium, Freshly Ground from South Africa, Novalima from Peru, Choc Quib Town from Colombia, Yemen Blues from Israel, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Aurelio Martinez from Honduras, Sierra Maestra from Cuba, Seun Kuti from Nigeria, Hakim from Egypt and many others.
Albuquerque, NM – Many New Mexicans were alarmed last night by heavy smoke in the Rio Grande Valley. It seemed like a wildfire must be nearby, but it was actually from the Wallow fire in southern Arizona.
Fri. 6/10 at 230pm: MC, musician, actor and painter, Chali 2na, and the House of Vibe band will drop by the KUNM studios to chat with Afternoon Freeform guest host Neal Copperman.
Chali, a founding member of Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli, and the crew will be performing at the Hip Hop BBQ (along with Gift of Gab from Blackilicious) that evening on the Santa Fe Sol Patio (formerly the Santa Fe Brewing Company). The event is presented by Heath Concerts.
Phoenix, AZ – Arizona's chamber of commerce wants E-Verify to go national. After last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling upheld Arizona's Employer Sanctions Law, the business lobby says all companies should have to check the immigration status of their employees.
Some federal lawmakers agree. Devin Browne reports from the Fronteras Changing American Desk in Phoenix.
Thurs. 6/9 at noon: Tune in this Thursday afternoon for a live interview with jazz guitar legend Johnny Smith, and hear some of his tunes.
I am pleased to announce that on tomorrow's KUNM Thursday June 9, 2o11 jazz radio show I'll be playing the music of Johnny Smith as well as talking with him on the telephone -- This guy is one of the great legends of jazz music and jazz guitar. That's at Noon-O-Six at 89.9 FM and streaming on the web at KUNM.org.
Albuquerque, NM – This week on the KUNM Call In Show, join us for a conversation about deportations of undocumented immigrants under the Secure Communities program. Should local law enforcement assist Immigration and Customs Enforcement?
The KUNM Call In Show airs Thursday morning at 8am. Call in live 277-5866 or email your questions anytime firstname.lastname@example.org.
Albuquerque, NM – Father and son, Philip and David Reyes. Their conversation was recorded last June at a StoryCorps mobile booth in Albuquerque. Editing by 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. Go to kunm.org to listen to recordings from the project an subscribe to the podcast.
May 27, 2011 – Composer Gerald Fried may have retired from his heralded career in Hollywood, but he continues to write and produce thoughtful, ambitious musical productions, the latest being SPARK SHMARK?.
Fri. 6/3 at 3pm: In the studio this week are bouzouki masters Roger Landes, Luke Plumb of Shooglenifty, and Alec Finn of DeDannan. They will be joined by Irish fiddler Randal Bayes. All four artists are in town for ZoukFest, a week-long world music camp running from June 5-11 in the UNM Student Union Building.
South Texas & San Diego, CA – With every new report of an outbreak of drug war-related violence in Northern Mexico, comes the fear that the shootouts, the assassinations and kidnappings will spread into the U.S. But when does a crime along the border become an example of spillover violence? And when is it just... a crime?
El Paso, TX – Living the lavish life of a drug trafficker, or "narco," is not exclusively the fantasy of some poor barrio kids in Mexico. It's also a compelling lifestyle to certain youth in the United States.
While some Mexican states ban narco-related music, clubs in major U.S. cities are booking concerts with those same artists. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Monica Ortiz Uribe reports on narco culture as we continue our series, The Drug War at Home.
Thurs. 6/2 at 9am: Taos, is a land of ancient spirits, modern ski lifts, and stunning music. This is the first in a series of live performances recorded in our fair state. You'll hear music from Brahms, Bach, Handl, Mendelssohn and many others.
Music featured in this program:
Taos School of Music and Festival
Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue (Borromeo Quartet)
Brahms: Piano Quartet in A Major Op. 26 (students)
Wed. 6/1 at 830am: What would have happened if the American West were defined by its watersheds rather than the abstract geopolitical boundaries we know today? In this episode of Watersheds As Commons, we hear from Stewart Udall, Floyd Dominy, Norris Hundley, David Brower, Lilian Hill, Charles Wilkinson, Sarah Natani, Edward Abbey and William deBuys.
Today on "Watersheds As Commons," we'll visit the watershed of the Colorado River, a 244,000 square mile expanse of landscape that encompasses much of the arid Southwestern United States.