Phoenix, AZ – The operator of the country's largest nuclear plant gave assurances Tuesday that problems facing a plant in Japan would not be problems in Arizona. Meanwhile, state utility regulators differ on the role of nuclear power in Arizona's future.
From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Mark Brodie reports from Phoenix.
Wed. 4/6 at 8:30am: The idea of Manifest Destiny seeded America's cultural paradigm to such an extent that it contributes to the shaping of policy even today.
By 1845, the concept of westward expansion had come to dominate the minds of many. Journalist John O'Sullivan urged that the United States annex Texas because it was "our manifest destiny to overspread the continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our multiplying millions." In other words, it was the divine right of white Anglo-Saxon Protestants to claim the west in the name of democracy.
Albuquerque, NM – Former Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish sat down with KUNM's Jim Williams on Tuesday to weigh in on the recent state legislative session, Governor Susana Martinez's priorities, and the state of media in New Mexico, among many other things. This interview runs 34 minutes.
Albuquerque, NM – The President of the University of New Mexico made his case Monday to UNM Regents arguing an 8% tuition hike is necessary to help fill a $12 million budget shortfall.
At the end of the UNM budget summit meeting, which went on for about 8 hours, The Albuquerque Journal reports Regents told UNM administrators to keep the tuition increase to 5%. That would require an additional $3.5 million in cuts.
Mesa, AZ – Mesa Arizona is home to Russell Pearce, the sponsor of the state's controversial SB 1070, which requires police to check the immigration status of anyone they stop. But it's also home to a substantial Mormon population, and the main Mormon temple in Arizona.
Like many other cities in Arizona, Mesa opposed SB 1070. As the bill is held up in the courts, the city is now looking at alternatives, including a possible endorsement of a more lenient approach to immigration, The Utah Compact.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Faced with still growing populations of illegal immigrants, and an absence of federal action on immigration, many states are trying to adopt Arizona-style enforcement laws. But one conservative Western state right next to Arizona is taking a different approach.
For the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Jenny Brundin reports from KUER in Salt Lake City.
Fri. 4/1 at 10pm: On April 12, 2011, a virtual community around the world, spearheaded by the Archive of Contemporary Music in New York, will attempt to catalogue all known recordings of music inspired by or connected with Islam.
Columbus, NM – Federal law enforcement officials regularly bust people for smuggling weapons across the border into Mexico.
But it's not everyday they arrest a mayor, a town trustee and a police chief as suspected gun traffickers. But that's what happened in Columbus, New Mexico, where residents in this border town are reeling with the news.
From the Changing America Desk, Monica Ortiz Uribe reports.
Albuquerque, NM – Only one of Governor Martinez's education initiatives was approved by lawmakers in Santa Fe last week. And commentator Moises Venegas says the state needs to do more to ensure the success of Hispanic and minority students.
Moises Venegas is an educator and researcher and the director of the community development organization Quinto Sol. He lives in Albuquerque.
Albuquerque, NM – Mary Lou Griego and her husband Cristino Griego, both retired educators, talk about their activism with the Chicano movement at Highlands University in the late 1960's, and remember how they met.
SASO/CASO was instrumental in giving Chicano students a voice in student government. The griegos remain committed to activism, and have been together for forty years. Editing by Lee Merrill and Candace Miller-Murphy.
Santa Fe, NM – After a flurry of last-minute hearings, a few long-winded filibusters, and backroom negotiations, lawmakers have wrapped up their 60-day legislative session in Santa Fe. While they didn't re-define marriage, or re-instate the death penalty, they did agree to trim spending and balance the state budget.
Sun. 3/27 at 11am: Featuring two back-to-back programs that examine sexism and violence against women in Latin America - and what women are doing about it.
Protagonists for Change: Women Against Violence in Latin America
Violence against women pervades every culture. Sources say one of every three women is abused at some point in their lives. In Latin America, sexism and impunity contribute to violence against women. But the region is also home to powerful female voices, and effective movements for the advancement of women.
Sun. 3/27 at 7pm: Featuring interviews with Danny Solis and Dolores Huerta about United Farm Workers of America and the upcoming 18th Annual Cesar Chavez March & Festival. Plus, a recap of the 49th Legislative Session.
This Sunday, we have a pretty awesome show!
Youth Radio Programmer Lucia Martinez will be interviewing Danny Solis, a Committee Member for Recuerda a Cesar Chavez. They will be talking about Cesar Chavez's legacy and the upcoming 18th Annual Cesar Chavez March & Festival which will feature Dolores Huerta as a special guest.
Sat. 3/26 at 6am: In this far ranging conversation, Barks takes us on a journey with stories of Rumi: Rumi talking to the ducks, his meeting with Shams, his fleeing Afghanistan with his father and 90 camels loaded with books, and more. Barks also talks of his own teacher, Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, and his first encounter with him in a dream as well as Bawa's death and burial. All this delightfully interspersed with the reading of some poems from the Rumi: The Big Red Book.
To learn more about the work of Coleman Barks go to www.colemanbarks.com.
Fri. 3/25 at 11am: On Saturday, March 26th, a benefit concert will use the strength of music to raise awareness of uranium mining in the Grand Canyon. Host Harlan McKosato is joined by Klee Benally of the Din? punk band Blackfire, who will be performing at the concert.
Wed. 3/23 at 3:15: Casey Neill & the Norway Rats fuse modern rock with punk, Americana, and Celtic styles. The Norway Rats are an assemblage of Portland's finest musos whose shows alternate between desolate ballads and raucous rave-ups.
With a raspy voice, well crafted songs and a crack band, Casey Neill has carved out a widespread fan base throughout the U.S., Canada, Japan, and Britain. His latest album, 2010's Goodbye to the Rank and File, was called "an album of rare sophistication, emotional depth and precious performance" by the Oregonian.
Thurs. 3/24 at Noon: This week on the Thursday jazz show we'll honor the contributions that Japan has brought to the music of jazz, and let them know that we are thinking about them in their time of sorrow and struggle in the aftermath of the recent earthquake and tsunami and near-nuclear nightmare.
Santa Fe, NM – The state House of Representatives has voted to concur with Senate changes to two key elements of the 2012 state budget, but has defeated a third. The House, just before midnight Wednesday night, voted narrowly (36 to 32) to approve the Senate version of the overall budget that cuts spending by 2.7 percent. The budget cuts education by $61 million, about 2.5% percent, and government agency programs by another $90 million.
Albuquerque, NM – As the nuclear crisis unfolds in Japan, many people are asking, "Should the U.S. keep building nuclear power plants?" Commentator Diane Schmidt says it's not just environmental catastrophes like earthquakes and tsunamis that cause her to be concerned about nuclear power.
Diane Schmidt is a writer and photojournalist. She lives in Albuquerque.
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.