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.
Albuquerque, NM – Just weeks after five-term U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman announced his retirement plans, 1st District Representative Martin Heinrich ended speculation and formally launched his 2012 Senate campaign this weekend. He met Saturday with reporters at the 18th Annual C sar Ch vez birthday celebration.
Albuquerque, NM – April 4th is the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commentator Diane Schmidt says, the freedoms he fought for are threatened now more than ever. Schmidt is a writer and photojournalist. She lives in Albuquerque.
Audio: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking on February 4th, 1968 at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, just months before he was assassinated.
Fri. 4/8 at 10pm: Every year Afropop Worldwide treks to WOMEX to Europe to hear fantastic artists who have, for the most part, not broken out on the world stage.
We look back at ten years of WOMEX to
choose our favorite concerts--Hasna el Becharia from Algeria, Addis Acoustic from Ethiopia, Kenge Kenge from Kenya, Kasai All Stars from the Congo, and the once in a lifetime collaboration between Pakistani qawali star Faiz al Faix and flamenco star Duquende.
Along the way we visit with the artists and hear special acoustic performances off-stage.
Albuquerque, NM – Does the increase in gas prices have you eyeing that old bike in the shed thinking it might be a more attractive transportation option? Tis the season to replace tubes and lube gears.
But one Duke City couple have been using their bikes as their main mode of transportation since August of last year. KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel met up with them recently to see why it's going so well.
Albuquerque, NM – The deadline is approaching for Governor Susana Martinez to make decisions on the 314 bills the state legislature passed earlier this month. Many of those decisions are eagerly awaited by advocates, businesses, and other organizations around the state. One such organization is the New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce. KUNM's Jim Williams spoke with its CEO, Allan Oliver.
San Diego, CA – From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Ruxandra Guidi reports from San Diego US Customs and Border Patrol is pairing with public and private industry around the country in an effort to improve cargo security.
Albuquerque, NM – Representative Pearce currently supports legislature concerning logging in southwest forests, and de-funding of public broadcasting in the federal budget. After winning his 2nd Congressional District seat back last November, New Mexico Representative Steve Pearce has been busy working on a number of initiatives he's hoping to get approved by the House. He's also trying to shave the federal budget further than some of his colleagues.