Adam Aguirre


Adam is the Host of Route 66 and a member of the KUNM Raices Collective.

Adam joined the Raices Collective in Aug. 2005 because he wanted to meet the people behind the great shows that had been the soundtrack to life with his kids. He quickly learned that each member and the Collective as a whole does more than just play music: each show is an opportunity to enrich, educate, enlighten the community by presenting the variety of people, traditions, and values that are part of a larger Latino culture, and each Raices member does so in his/her own unique way. The challenge is to seek out those ideas, agenda, and leaders, and present them in a fresh, relevant, fair and accurate light, every week. Adam know's that the Raices Collective strives for and accomplishes this overall goal, and hopes that he has contributed, even in a small way, to helping the Collective do this at KUNM. It is his privilege to be part of the Raices Collective.

Ways to Connect

Sat. 4/25, 2:30p: Join Raíces Saturday afternoon on KUNM for a live in-studio performance by the New York-based ensemble Raquel Z. Rivera & Ojos de Sofia, in anticipation of their upcoming weekend performances in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Raquel relocated from New York to Albuquerque several years ago, and performances by Ojos are a rare treat.

Photo Credit: Ferrán Jordá (Creative Commons License)

Mon. Oct. 26th, 7p: Dr. Lane Leckman is a life-long Albuquerque resident and UNM area neighbor, a graduate of and a former professor at the UNM School of Medicine, and now a happily retired psychiatrist. He´ll talk about his work with the American Immigration Lawyers Association and his involvement with the New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice in providing necessary legal, medical, and psychiatric services for some of the 600 women and children currently detained at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, NM.

Ian Sane

Mon. Sept. 22, 7p: "We don´t need no stinking water" … when clean water, fresh air and renewable energy is right here, waiting to be used wisely!

Host Adam Aguirre sits down with Vicente García, director of Juntos New Mexico, and Eduardo García (no relation), a community organizer at the same organization, to discuss the recent launching of the program, and its mission to organize and articulate the many and specific needs, values, and voices of Latino families and of Latino communities locally, and within the greater regional and national conservation movements.

Mon. August 25th, 7p: It took an act of Congress on September 17, 1968, just to get a “National Hispanic Heritage Week”, and another one in 1988 to get “National Hispanic Heritage Month.” Year cannot be far off...

There is Art, hear…

May 19, 2014
Cover: "Guernica Revisited" by Richard Vargas

Mon. 26 May, 7p: Host Adam Aguirre spent Mothers’ Day with California native, now Albuquerque resident, author, editor, poet Richard Vargas discussing the life of the poet, the state of Chicano poetry and the realities of Chicano literature. Richard Vargas, editor/publisher of The Tequila Review and of The Más Tequila Review, reflects on what it means and what it should mean to be a Chicano poet, and describes the work behind his new book, part of the Press 53 Silver Concho Poetry Series, Guernica, revisited.

Tribuno del Pueblo Logo /

Mon. 14 April, 7p: Join host Adam Aguirre as he meets the border-crossing, field-working, fruit-picking, college-graduating, newspaper-publishing, typical suburban wife and mother of two, and Chicagoan by choice, Laura Cortez Garcia.

Back Cover: "Lowriting – Shots, Rides and Stories from the Chicano Soul"

Mon. 10 March, 7p: Santino J. Rivera, editor with Broken Sword Publications, sits down with host Adam Aguirre to take a look at the iconic yet misunderstood Chicano mystery man, the “Lowrider,” through the works collected in the newly released anthology, Lowriting – Shots, Rides and Stories from the Chicano Soul. The Lowrider comes into focus through the eyes of Los Angeles-based photographer Art Meza, and we come to understand the Lowrider’s message, his meaning, his soul, through the words of Lowriters everywhere, including several from here in New Mexico.

Mon. 9 Feb. 7:00p:: Join host Adam Aguirre and guests Justin Remer-Thamert, Program Director of the New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice, and Gabriela Vera, a volunteer at the Coalition and Coordinator at Familia Corazón, to discuss the Coalition’s presentation of the New Mexico debut of “The Second Cooler” (La segunda nevera), a documentary film by Ellin Jimmerson.

Photography: Benny The Icepick

Mon. 30 Dec. 7p: Host Adam Aguirre takes us to downtown Albuquerque to look at the aftermath of a fire that destroyed a physical part of the National Institute of Flamenco on December 18, and to discuss the impact of the fire and the future of the Institute with its world-renowned founder, Eva Encinias Sandoval.

Poet Tim Z. Hernández

Nov 24, 2013

Mon. 11/11 7p: Tim Z. Hernandez, poet, performance artist, author, joins host Adam Aguirre to talk about his many projects including the research, fund drive, and dedication of an ultimate memorial to the "deportees" killed in the infamous Los Gatos Canyon plane crash in 1948. He´ll also discuss the release of his new novel, "Mañana Means Heaven", which tells the story of "the Mexican girl" at the center of Kerouac's Beat classic, "On the Road".
Hernandez will be reading at Collected Works in Santa Fe on Nov. 19, and at BookWorks in Albuquerque on Wednesday Nov. 20.

Bi-Cultural Road Show

Sep 8, 2013
Nemcatacoa Teatro /

Mon. 9/9, 7:30p: The Bi-Cultural Road Show comes to town, and host Adam Aguirre welcomes them to KUNM.

Mon. 9/9, 7p: Santa Fe’s Jerry Lopez, of the Lopez Brothers, returns to Santa Fe’s Lensic Theater for a one-night show benefitting the National Latino Behavioral Health Association on September 14. Host Adam Aguirre sits down with Jerry Lopez to reflect on Jerry’s own rich and musical New Mexican heritage, and on all things Santa Fe (60´s - 70´s Santa Fe, that is), as he catches us up on a truly remarkable career.

Mon. 9/2, 7:30p:  The "Los Primos style" is unique, but includes the traditional songs of the mariachi and Mexican trio romantico. "Los Primos" made their first appearance on RAÍCES show. Now, they  return and join host Adam Aguirre ahead of the release party for their new CD, Los Primos, on September 15, 2013.

Sat. 6 April, 2p: Celebrate with RAÍCES Collective, César Chavez legacy of inclusion, non violence, and action. On Saturday show we´ll have music, and joy, with interviews to people participating in the march and Festival from the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Collective members, Henry, Guille, Adam, Toby, Sarah, Anna, Iggy, Cristina, and others will be there to share it!

Sat. 3/ 23  2p: My first assignment with Raices took me to a B-Side Players show that was "gateway",  in Spanish. Karlos Paez and the Players live south of no north. They bring big border attitude, crazy Latin ritmos, their latest CD "Revolutionize", and a message of peace and community to RAICES. Minutes before a performance, Karlos talks with us in a conversation recorded out behind Low Spirits. We have all the high-lights... and all the details of the B-Side Players´return for a live performance April 6 at 20th annual Cesar Chavez celebration at the NHCC. RAICES will be there too!

Piñata Navideña

Mon. 12/24, 7p: Travieso o amable, diablito o angelita, te invitamos a Raíces, este lunes.  Adan Aguirre, Arianna y Adan Benito se juntan otra vez en el 2012 para regalarte un programa "mex-tacular"!

-"Santa Claus... ¿extraterrestre o hermano clandestino o qué?"

-"¡Sí, sí! ¿Por qué viene tan tarde en el año y qué quiere de nosotros?"

-"Y el reno:... ¿guisado o asado?"

Tamale Christmas

Dec 21, 2012
With Jonny Hernandez - KUNM Studio

Sat. 12/22 2p: Celebrate a Tamale Christmas, Tejano style! Join Adam Aguirre with his special guest, the legendary and definitive co-founder/documentarian/authority/guardian of "Tejano" music, Johnny Hernandez, as we look at and listen to the classic and varied, 50-year career of a timeless, ageless veterano of the Tejano music scene.

Mon. 7/23 7p: Jeanine Kitchel talks to us about her book "Maya 2012 Revealed" and the so called, "end of the world" on December 21, 2012.

Kitchel studied the world of the Maya for decades provides an enjoyable adventure deep into the heart of Mexico, into the mystery of the Maya.