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.
El Paso, TX – When it comes to transporting their drugs within the United States, Mexican cartels want a black market distributor with American street smarts. So, naturally they turn to gangs.
It's a convenient alliance. In exchange for drug money the gangs also do the cartels' dirty work. They intimidate, kidnap, steal and murder. The cartel pockets the bulk profit of the drug trade while gang members take most of the heat from law enforcement.
Sullivan City, TX – The southernmost tip of Texas is the 120-mile-wide Rio Grande Valley. This region is home to a string of small towns perched on the edge of Mexican states like Tamaulipas, where drug cartels have taken over entire cities. These cartels are expanding their reach north of the border, trapping many U.S. public officials in a web of corruption.
Mon. 5/30 at 730pm: This week, Raices honors Latino military service with a set of two interviews with veterans from the Vietnam and Iraq wars.
To commemorate Latino military service in times of conflict and war, we interview John M. Garcia, former NM Secretary of Veterans Services and formerly Commissioner of the NM Veterans Service Commission. He served in Vietnam as a member of the Army's 4th Infantry Division. We also talk with Arturo Lemos, a UNM student who formerly served in Iraq and in the Mediterranean as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Culiacan, MX – The cartels make billions of dollars on the drug trade. But they have to work out complicated schemes to get those dollars back into Mexico and convert them into usable pesos. It's a lot of money and money can overcome lots of challenges.
A recent investigation by U.S. authorities found that between 2004 and 2007, one large U.S. bank allowed nearly a half trillion dollars of drug money to be wired through its systems, no questions asked.
Sun. 5/29 at 8pm: The Moth's founder George Dawes Green details the fireworks when his mother learns the grounds of her family plantation are slated to be turned into a golf course; the genesis story of a true bohemian, including two children, one spectacularly eccentric mother and Savannah, GA; and a guard at Sing Sing is intrigued by a prisoner's unusual and mysterious tattoo.
Hosted by Catherine Burns, Artistic Director of The Moth.
Sat. 5/28 at 2pm: Join us for a celebration of Latino food and culture! Featuring an interview with Internationally acclaimed Mexican Chef Fernando Olea - who shares our love of moles and tortillas - and music related to the food we enjoy.
Listen, and taste it!
Host: Cristina Baccin
Fernando Olea with chefs Marianne Deery, Kim M?ller, and CWK Community Liaison Anna Farrier at the White House on June 4, 2010.
Sat. 5/28 at 4pm: In this edition we interview Eva Encinas Sandoval, founder of the National Institute of Flamenco and director of Festival Flamenco Internacional of Albuquerque; Vicente Griego singer of Yjastros and Ricardo Anglada, guitarrist of Yjastros.
We talk about the beginning of flamenco in Albuquerque, the NIF and what this year's festival brings.
Fri. 5/27 at 8am: We present an exclusive interview with the 2008 Nobel Peace Laureate who was known for his international negotiation work in Kosovo, Indonesia and Namibia. He discusses mediation techniques that he employed throughout his diplomatic career.
Paul Ingles hosts. An hour-long version of this program as well as all the others in the Peace Talks Radio series can be heard online at www.peacetalksradio.com.
Phoenix, AZ – Enforcement pressure on the ground from the US Border Patrol and Customs has forced Mexican drug traffickers to get creative. The most recent innovation that we know about is the use of ultra-light airplanes to drop a few hundred pounds of weed into the United States at a time.
Albuquerque, NM – A major project geared in part toward nuclear weapons development continues to progress in Los Alamos. Commentator Greg Mello says it's another in a series of wake-up calls for New Mexicans.
Greg Mello is director of the Los Alamos Study Group, a nuclear and lab watchdog.
Thurs. 5/26 at 10pm: From music "of a more composed nature", to theater, dance, film, and ambient, jazz, Latin and pop - Jab is a true creative mastermind. Tune in for a taste of genius on this Thursday's Fresh!
Jab is amazing. And the music is as wonderful as the story.
Thurs. 5/26 at noon: Avante-garde musician J.A. Deane joins Mark Weber in the studio to share music from some of the albums that influenced his art.
You ever wonder what's going on in the noggins of the avant-garde? John Cage scratches a turntable cartridge that is amplified and then noodles around with contact mikes stuck onto the spines of a saguaro and we're all politely sitting in our seats in a major concert hall listening to this? It's interesting the first time around, and I recommend it. The second time around you're on your own.
Albuquerque, NM – Bicyclists of all types came out Wednesday evening in Albuquerque to honor their fellow riders who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roads. The annual event is called "Ride of Silence" and rides were held in all 50 states and in two dozen countries around the world.
KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel took part in the Albuquerque event and has this reflection.
Update: Matt Trujillo died May 26th from injuries sustained in the crash.
Las Vegas, NV – Once drug traffickers smuggle their product across the southwest border, their next stop is usually a stash house in a U.S. city like Phoenix or San Diego. There, couriers pick up smaller loads to deliver to cities all over the country.
In the next segment of our series, The Drug War At Home, Fronteras Changing America Desk reporter Jude Joffe Block checks in with the folks who hunt for illegal drugs on American highways.
Wed. 5/25 at 10pm: Plus, Guest Host, Dick Raichelson, takes us on a tour of Beale Street in his series, The Real Beale.
Throughout the years John Mooney has developed one of the most distinctive and easily identifiable guitar and vocal signatures of anyone alive today. We were lucky to catch John in an intimate, acoustic set on the 2011 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise. Next up, it's chitlin' circuit diva, Denise LaSalle. Her shows are high energy, intricately arranged, and a must-hear for any blues or southern soul fan.
Albuquerque, NM – Thousands of New Mexicans lack access to affordable dental care. Earlier this year, Representative Dennis Roch sponsored a proposal to address the shortages by creating a new category of dental providers. It didn't pass, but commentator Pamela Blackwell says it's a good sign that lawmakers are finally starting to talk about how to help people get good care for their teeth.
Join us during Morning Edition on KUNM for a new series, The Drug War At Home, from the Fronteras Changing America Desk.
We'll explore how Americans' appetite for drugs and Mexico's war against drug cartels impacts our communities. Reporters across the southwest will focus on the prevalence of stash houses, how mainstream banks launder the cartels'money, and the growing "narco" culture in the U.S.
Phoenix, AZ – Most illicit drugs arrive in the United States via the southwest border. The drugs are destined for many places like Las Vegas, Omaha, Denver, and Detroit. It's the drug traffickers' job in places like Arizona to get them started on their journey there.
In the second story in our new series The Drug War at Home, Fronteras Changing America Desk reporter Devin Browne profiles one particular drug route north.
Albuquerque, NM – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan gave the commencement speech at the UNM Law School in Albuquerque on Saturday. She told the 2011 graduating class that they should follow three rules during their legal careers.
As KUNM's Colleen Keane reports, some UNM Law School graduates are already working by these rules.