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.
Albuquerque, NM – As the situation with Japan's troubled nuclear power plants continues to evolve today after the devastating earthquake there and the violent tsunami that followed, New Mexico US Senator Jeff Bingaman says he's not yet ready to pause plans for new nuclear power plants in the US. The Democrat says it's still unclear what mistakes or failures caused the explosions and release of radioactive materials into the air above Northern Japan.
Santa Fe, NM – A proposal making its way through the State Capitol this week could shed more light on the way regulators in Santa Fe approve health insurance rates. Supporters want companies like Blue Cross Blue Shield to publicly reveal financial information like profit reports and to schedule public hearings before premiums are increased.
Albuquerque, NM – State lawmakers this session have spent many hours locked in debate over banning driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants and cutting film industry incentives. But some legislators are increasingly asking why tax increases on wealthy New Mexicans and out-of-state corporations aren't even allowed at the budget table. From our capitol newsroom, KUNM's Jim Williams reports.
Sat. 3/19 at 6am: There are specific actions that we can take when difficulty arises in our life. The call is to deal with our challenges in ways that are fresh, authentic, and deep, that touch at the core of ourselves.
Santa Fe, NM – The real payoff for many in acting classes - apart from landing that big part at an audition - is the public performance where the actors get to show off their skills. Reviewer Jim Terr says one such performance comes up this weekend in Santa Fe.
Jim Terr is an actor, satirist, and videographer. He lives in Santa Fe.
Fri. 3/18 at 8:30am: Do we miss what's right in front us because it's not what we think we're looking for? Would we stop pushing around the metaphorical shopping cart if we weren't searching for what enlivens us? What are you pining for?
Find out how Youth Media Project participant Ellie Evans, and writers Lucy Moore, Martha Franks and William deBuys toss around the theme of hopes and dreams on the next Back Roads Radio show.
Santa Fe, NM – The state House of Representatives has passed a measure that makes it a separate crime to kill or injure an unborn child. Supporters of the measure say it will protect pregnant mothers. But some opponents of the measure say it's a political maneuver designed to erode women's reproductive rights.