San Diego, CA – Forty years ago today, President Richard Nixon declared a "war on drugs." Today, drug policy represents one of the most contested issues in the U.S. and in Mexico. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Ruxandra Guidi has our story.
Thurs. 6/23 at Noon: Tune in this week for an interview between Host Mark Weber and accomplished and versatile flutist, James Newton.
James Newton is back in town -- on summer break from his professorial duties at UCLA music department -- he and his wife Jo Ann and daughter Sydney keep a summer home in Corrales, and wish they could stay year round, like the rest of us........
Albuquerque, NM – As unrest continues in many Middle Eastern countries, some are wondering what the impact will be on the Israel/Palestine conflict. Commentator Diane Schmidt says she's finally ready to participate in the debate. Schmidt is a writer and photojournalist. She lives in Albuquerque.
San Diego, CA – On any given day, there are about 37,000 immigrants in detention throughout the U.S. Before they get deported, many are often transferred to remote jails. From our the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Ruxandra Guidi has our story.
El Paso, TX – The U.S. government has granted asylum to a Mexican human rights activist who claimed she was threatened by the Mexican military. From the Changing America Desk, Monica Ortiz Uribe reports the announcement was made during a bi-national peace march in El Paso.
Correction: Cirpriana Juarado lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico not El Paso, Texas as originally reported in this story.
Albuquerque, NM – The struggling Mexican grey wolf population may have to struggle a little harder. Last week the New Mexico Game and Fish Commission voted to pull state support from the wolf reintroduction program. The decision comes at a time when the wolves are also threatened by the smoke and flames of the Wallow wildfire.
El Paso. TX – In Mexico, the sight of a police officer doesn't always inspire a sense of security. On the contrary many Mexicans distrust their local police force. This is the case in Ciudad Juarez where authorities have failed to control an eruption of drug-related violence that's left more than 8,000 dead.
Albuquerque, NM – Smoke from the Arizona wildfires still lingers over much of New Mexico but commentator Howard Passell says it could be worse. He is an ecologist who works on regional and global resource sustainability issues at Sandia National Laboratories. He lives north of Bernalillo.
Flagstaff, AZ – Over the last decade forests in the Southwest have seen more catastrophic fires, like the one burning right now in Eastern Arizona. Scientists say it's a result of unhealthy forests. A new effort aims to restore the landscape and if it works in Arizona, it could be used on the 180 million acres of ponderosa pine forests across the west.
From the Fronteras Changing America Desk in Flagstaff, Laurel Morales reports.
Fri. 6/17 at 8am: Drawing from historic events and settings in New Mexico, we hear stories that blend long held traditions and culture with newcomer perspectives and sensibilities. Contemporary New Mexico emerges from mixed origins and fertile ground.
Featured guests are Jason Silverman, Lucy Moore and Judy Goldberg. Back Roads Radio is hosted by Judy Goldberg and produced by Viewpoint Productions.
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.