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.