San Diego, CA – Southern California is a leader in urban and residential rooftop solar technologies. But as Ruxandra Guidi reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, this green energy boom has left many working-class Latinos behind.
Grand Canyon, Arizona – Back in 2007, the Hualapai Native American tribe of Northern Arizona came up with a way for tourists to walk ABOVE the Grand Canyon's Western rim. The Skywalk is a glass horseshoe-shaped walkway that juts out above the canyon.
Albuquerque, NM – But while the drop is certainly good news for New Mexico, other data may tell a different story. The Labor Department report indicates the number of employed in the state rose by 2-thousand, it also indicates the number of unemployed fell by 5-thousand.
Albuquerque, NM – Valencia county investigators initially ruled her death a suicide, but Marisa Demarco from the Weekly Alibi spoke with Tera's family about their daughter and why they have never believed that she killed herself.
Marisa Demarco is the news director at the Weekly Alibi. You can find her full story about Tera Chavez - "She Lived Strong" at ALIBI.com.
Thurs. 4/28 at 10pm: Tune in for an interview with producer, mixer and engineer Roy Hendrickson, and music from Storm Engine.
4th Thursday Fresh contributor Roy Hendrickson is back with songs from a record he is co-producing with David Hentschel. The band is rock music alternative Storm Engine. Roy will call in from New York City to talk about the sessions and unspool the music. Roy Hendrickson has called NYC home for 25 years but he's from Albuquerque and is NM's most illustrious recording studio talent.
Albuquerque, NM – Sometimes, when life's challenges weigh heavy on our shoulders, it's hard to keep from getting caught up with worry and anxiety. Commentator Carmela Starace shares how she found much needed guidance in an unlikely place.
Starace is a fiction writer and advocate for low income New Mexicans. She lives in Albuquerque.
Santa Fe, NM – Forty-three years ago this month, James Earl Ray gunned down civil rights leader Martin Luther King Junior in Memphis, Tennessee.
Santa Fe writer Hampton Sides, who grew up in Memphis, followed Ray's trail both before and after the assassination to write about this murky character. Deborah Begel sat down with Sides to talk about "Hellhound on His Trail," which has just been published in paperback.
Wed. 4/27 at 230pm: The amazing Tony Furtado joins host Carol Boss in the KUNM studios for a live performance that you will not want to miss.
A winner of the Grand National Banjo Championship at 19, Tony Furtado has gone on to become an acclaimed slide guitarist, songwriter and collaborator in many genres. His eclectic approach in playing swing, jazz style, Celtic-folk, and old-timey music has shaped Furtado's musical maturations. His latest (and 15th) album, Golden, marks the first time he has self-produced and penned every track.
Albuquerque, NM – Conversation by conversation, StoryCorps Historias is collecting the Latino stories and voices of our time. College professor Betty Duran, born and raised on Pojoaque Pueblo, talks with her son Matthew about the joy of becoming a mother... But the first time Betty discovered that she was pregnant, she was surprised, and not exactly elated...
Albuquerque, NM – Jimmy Santiago Baca is back home in New Mexico briefly this month. In addition to catching up on his green chile consumption, the award winning poet stopped by the KUNM studios to chat with Elaine Baumgartel.
Albuquerque, NM – The New Mexico Supreme Court ordered Governor Susana Martinez to restore the state Labor Board in Santa Fe last week. But KUNM has learned the City of Albuquerque has not had a functioning Labor Board since Republican Mayor Richard Berry was elected. That long delay may be over. The Labor Board is scheduled to hold its first public meeting in 18 months. On Tuesday, the Board will finalize the nomination of a neutral Board Chairman.
Flagstaff, AZ – A new study released by researchers in Flagstaff, Arizona last Friday shows high levels of drug resistant bacteria in some of the meat we buy from grocery stores. It's the first nationwide study to show that antibiotic resistant Staph contaminates our food supply.
And as Daniel Kraker reports, it uses high tech genetic analysis to trace that staph back to the farm.
Fri. 4/22 at 10pm: The long awaited follow-up to Afropop's popular 2002 program Berber Rising brings listeners up to date on music being made by the original inhabitants of North Africa, the Imazighen or Berber.
The program will include interviews and music from Takfarinas, Akli D, Etran Finatawa, Idir, Najat Aatabou and others.
We'll take the pulse of the Berber village, the push for rights and
recognition in Morocco and Algeria, and the global Amazigh community at a moment of tectonic social and political change in North Africa.
Wed. 4/20 at 7pm: The Blues Show celebrates National Poetry Month with a spotlight on Willie Dixon, the "Poet Laureate of the Blues," who wrote more than 500 blues songs in his lifetime, recorded by many blues luminaries including Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Koko Taylor, and many more.
Tune in to get a grasp on Dixon's songwriting repertoire. Hear him as both bass player and solo performer, as well as many other blues artists interpreting his lyrics, performing his songs.
Plus, music in honor of Earth Day and Mother Earth.
Wed. 4/20 at 830am: On Watersheds As Commons, we'll listen to voices of people who were born into Hispano culture of northern New Mexico, people whose points of view were shaped in large measure by the arid habitat of a homeland still held sacred by those whose ancestors tapped roots into the northern R?o Grande bioregion some twenty generations ago.
Albuquerque, NM – Tune in Thursday morning at 8 for the KUNM Call In Show. KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel will host a conversation with New Mexico teachers. How are students doing? What challenges are they facing? How are teachers addressing students' needs? We'll be taking your calls and hearing stories from New Mexico classrooms- Thursday morning at 8 on the KUNM Call In Show.
Join the conversation- 505-277-5866, toll free 877-899-5866, or online by emailing email@example.com.
Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico US Senator Tom Udall says cuts in the federal budget compromise reached late last week are, in his words, "pretty drastic". But the Democrat says the need to balance the budget is clear, with annual deficits now running at nearly 1 point 3 trillion dollars.
He notes that the compromise cuts 78 billion dollars from the president's current-year budget, the largest domestic spending cut in nearly 30 years. But Udall says he'll be taking a closer look at the cuts to determine their impact on New Mexico.
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.