Santa Fe, NM – Author and poet N. Scott Momaday will read stories and poems and answer questions Friday evening at Saint John's College in Santa Fe. The Pulitzer-Prize-winning Native American author, who turns 67 on Sunday, continues to write, and inspire others to do the same. KUNM's Jim Williams spoke with him from his home in Santa Fe.
Albuquerque, NM – Two thirds of voters surveyed in New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and Utah said current environmental laws are either not strong enough or should be better enforced.
David Metz is one of the pollsters. "It's a real ratification that the level of environmental protection that is present in the region is one that voters are comfortable with and want to see continue," he says. Eleven percent of voters surveyed said they want to see environmental regulations rolled back or eliminated.
Tues. 3/1: DJ Caterwaul features a live set by All for Now, an experimental project of avant-pianist Thollem McDonas (of Tsigoti) & improv/rock guitarist John Dieterich (of Deerhoof).
Listeners can also expect more of Caterwaul's trademark Savage Beast format- freeform underground, independent and outsider freak rock from the last 45 years into the future, as well as tons of local & upcoming music.
Santa Fe, NM – Democrats in the state Senate were united Monday in opposition to attempts to end the process of giving drivers' licenses to undocumented people in the state. Senate Republicans tried three times, through amendments, to reverse the drivers' license law that was put in place in 2003. Farmington Republican Bill Sharer argued it's a public safety issue.
Santa Fe, NM – It's official. New Mexico will lose one of the longest-serving U-S Senators in the state's history at the end of next year. Democrat Jeff Bingaman put an end to weeks of speculation today, announcing that he will not seek a sixth term in the Senate.
Thurs. 2/24 at Noon: Today we're going to feature the music of and talk to Bill Smith, one of the greatest jazz clarinetists to ever wet a reed. As well, one of the least acknowledged for his mastery.
In my choosy pantheon of clarinet greats he easily sits along side Artie Shaw, Johnny Dodds, Pee Wee Russell, Kenny Davern, Bill Payne, John Carter, Gary Foster, Lester Young, Hal McKusick, Jimmy Noone, Frankie Teschmacher, Buddy Collette and Beth Custer. These artists can spell chalumeau backwards, forwards and inside out. I spell it: Liquid.
February 16, 2011 – Reporter Gwyneth Doland with the KUNM Government Project and KNME-TV joins us to talk about the mood at the state capitol as lawmakers move into the second half of this year's legislative session.
Support for the KUNM Government Project comes from the McCune Foundation Santa Fe.
Sun. 2/20 at 9pm: DJ Caterwaul is joined live in studio by Mark Trecka of the Chicago-based avant folk group Pillars & Tongues. He has a distinct style of singing & vocalizing which will be accompanied by harmonium as well as drum machine, mbira & loops.
Sun. 2/20 at 11am: This program visits communities across America to find out why people of color still struggle for equal treatment in public transportation.
American RadioWorks presents a new documentary, hosted by Stephen Smith, about the fight for equal rights on America's roads and transit lines. Many African American communities were weakened or nearly destroyed by highways built in the 1960s. Today, bus service to poor neighborhoods is cut in favor of more expensive rail.
Sat. 2/19 @ 5am: Yes, at 5 o'clock a.m., Nathan Girdner interviews Andy Othling (of Lowercase Noises) about his music and influences, and how he creates those cool sounds and loops that his music is based on. Best of all, he'll play several songs live in the studio!
Sat. 2/19 at 6am: Join us for this exploration of the mystery of UFOs with astrophysicist Jacques Valle, whose life experience was the model portrayed by Fran?ois Truffaut in the Steven Spielberg award winning film, Close Encounters of a Third Kind.
February 11, 2011 – This week's Business Report on KUNM covers a local business that's getting a lot of calls after record-breaking cold temperatures in New Mexico. Also, Central New Mexico Community College is facing a big reduction in state funding. We hear how the business community is reacting to proposed cuts for CNM.
Fri. 2/18 at 8am: Everyone has something to say, a memory to recount or a perspective to reveal when it comes to relationships.
Listen to Lorain Varela, Denton, Sarah Karni, Anne Valley-Fox and Bonnie Koloc, through tales, poems and music, as they speak to the theme of Romantic Love. Back Roads Radio is hosted and produced by Judy Goldberg and a production of Viewpoint Productions.
Thurs. 2/17 at 10pm: Lobsterbreath stops by for a set of mind-expanding sound collage, culture jamming and electronic with DJ Caterwaul.
His new self-released Breath: The Black Album is yet another glimpse into the mind of this intensely private local musician. And, as is usual for this program, expect to hear a wide variety of new, local, electronic & other forward-looking music.
Santa Fe, NM – Some state lawmakers are still trying to find a way to overturn greenhouse gas cap regulations put in place by the Environmental Improvement Board, or EIB, last year. The debate came to the Senate floor Wednesday after a bill to repeal most of those regulations was introduced in that chamber.
The measure is nearly identical to one that just died in the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Democratic Senator David Ulibarri of Grants objected after his bill was assigned to the same committee. ]
Sun. 2/13 at 11am: Mississippi occupies a distinct and dramatic place in the history of America's civil rights movement. No state in the South was more resistant to the struggle for black equality. No place was more violent.
Wed. 2/9: Blackstone is a new Canadian TV drama that tells the story of the fictional Blackstone First Nation, suffering disintegration by its own hand - the result of the corruption of its Chief and Council. Guests include Ron E. Scott/Executive Producer of Blackstone.
February 4, 2011 – In this week's KUNM Business Report, Megan Kamerick joins us to talk about the newest bank in New Mexico and how rising commodity prices are putting pressure on Albuquerque restaurant owners.
Sat. 2/5: Sometimes it is from the mouths of babes that we receive a clue to our life's work. This was certainly true for Stedall when his seven year old son asked him, "Where on earth is heaven?"
Stedall says, "I can't remember how I answered it, but I certainly remembered his formulation and what lies behind that question interested me for very much longer." As a filmmaker, Stedall has worked with people from all walks of life including scientists, artists and poets. He has found it quite exciting to come at that question from many different angles and perspectives.