Cristina Baccin


Bilingual Journalist/Periodista (English/Español) - Latino Public Affairs, Music, History and Culture

  As a former Professor of Journalism and Social Communication in Argentina and Spain, she brings her professional experience to KUNM as much as her deep vital understanding of living in countries that suffered long oppressive times and underdevelopment, working mostly in educational, community and participatory communication.


A member of Raíces Collective since 2008, Cristina hosts and produces bilingual “Raíces” shows joyfully sharing the richness and diversity of music and culture from throughout the Americas. She also hosts and produces “Corazón Tanguero”, inviting you to dive into tango music, history and popular culture from Argentina and around the world. 


Since 2013, Cristina has served as Coordinator of “Espejos de Aztlán”, a Latino Public Affairs show that highlights the issues that concern the Chicano/Latino community bringing the voice of people who are rarely heard, with all its beauty, courage and strength.

She speaks English fluently and is a native Spanish and Italian speaker. Her interviews are humorous, sensitive and deeply in touch with the audience such that they get to know her guests professionally and personally.

Sat. 11/21, 2p: Best New Artist Grammy Award winner 2013, Los Angeles based singer and songwriter, Guatemalan Gaby Moreno seduces audiences with amazing vocal versatility: from blues and jazz to the most beloved Latin American songs, she can grab your heart  singing in Spanish or in English while strumming her guitar.

Mon. 11/2, 7p: We celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the valuable organization Somos Un Pueblo Unido for its advocacy for workers and civil rights in New Mexico: our guests, Marcela Díaz –Executive Director- and writer Dr. Lois Palken Rudnick. We´ll talk about the milestones of their organization, and the “American Dreams/Border Realities” Film Series that will be hosted in Center for Contemporary Arts Cinematèque to honor Somos Un Pueblo Unido .

Sat. 10/17 2:15p: Las Cafeteras  is both a new and old sound from the Latino soul, nurturing a sense of "Latin Americanity":  a vibrant upbeat rythm coming from the son jarocho roots yet empowered with poetic and  socially committed lyrics blended in the cultural roundabout of Los Angeles.

The Palladium Project Poster

Mon. 10/5, 7:30p: We´ll warm your heart and your ears! with live flamenco music and an interview with dancers and musicians of "The Palladium Project", and Casa Flamenca founder, Jesús Muñoz.

They´ll perform :

- Friday & Saturday, October 9 & 10th, 8pm, National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 4th Street SW
Albuquerque, NM

Mon. 10/5, 7p: The Colombian and Venezuelan plains region is home to one of most engaging musical traditions, the joropo, a musical genre created by ranching people of the Orinoco River plains to accompany their tasks with the cattle.

Mon. 8/31, 7p: Jimmy López  is among the younger generation of South American Composers. Born in Lima, Perú, his life trip looks like the Lord of the Air, one of his most important compositions about the flight of the Condor, the emblematic bird of the Andean Region.

Graciela Pesce CD Cover "Tango para chicos y sus hermanos"

Sat. 9/5 4:15p:  Tango for Children! We´ll feature tango music composed for children to play with, to dance, and to learn at school. Graciela Pesce, founder of the project "Tango para chicos", shares her music from Buenos Aires with Corazón Tanguero.
Pictures: Graciela Pesce CD Covers

Workers on front

Sep 4, 2015

Mon. 9/7, 7p: Espejos de Aztlán celebrates Labor Day with New Mexico Federation of Labor (AFL-CIO) President, Jon Hendry, and leaders of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME, New Mexico Council 18): Joel Villarreal (Staff Representative) and Miles Conway (Communications Coordinator). We talk about what are their main goals to achieve, the main topics that workers organizations need to face, and what´s the future of Unions.

Sat. 8/15, 3p: Samuel Formell, Director of the legendary Cuban musical group, LOS VAN VAN (2000 Latin Grammy award) converses with us about how Los Van Van managed to produce the most popular dance music in Cuba, and how it became one of the icons of Cuba. He also talks about his father´s legacy, bassist and Director Juan Formell, founder and leader from 1969 until his death in 2014, and about Los Van Van´s future.

Mon. 8/3, 7p: Do you know where does LA BAMBA come from? We explore it and share SON JAROCHO music with local group "LUZ DE LUNA".

Sat. 8/1st, 2:30p: Luis Maurette, from Argentina, and Alejandra Ortiz from Colombia met in Berklee College of Music in Boston. A love story was born in a nest of the Americas´music. Their compositions are woven with sophisticated electronic sounds, and yet grounded in folk music from the heart of their homelands. During this US Tour, the duet LULACRUZA celebrates their 10th Anniversary, with a 5th Album “Orcas”, a tribute to life through a soulful exploration of Latin American music.

Sat. 8/1, 4:15p: TANGHETTO has been nominated three times for the Latin Grammy awards, and it won twice Argentina´s Premios Gardel (Gardel  Award), the top prize honoring Argentinian music. Its bandleader and founder, Max Masri converse with us from Buenos Aires, about how Tanghetto has been flourishing globally  since the late 90´s.  

Poster: Detail of Poster "Nacha Mendez sings Chavela Vargas" /

Sat. 7/18, 3p: “Amor puro y duro” (Pure and hard love) is a documentary about Mexican music icon and legend, Chavela Vargas. In the documentary, her world is explored through the eyes and voice of Nacha Mendez, a beloved New Mexican singer.

Mon. 7/13, 3p: The powerful sweetness in her voice melts your heart in a warm, charming embrace: Tracey Whitney, a former voice of Ray Charles´Raelettes, joins us  to share her achievements, projects, and dreams. We tried to find out how the enchantment of this land is inside her dreams since she relocated from Los Angeles. Besides, Ms. Whitney was inspired to sing something a cappella in her unique, velvety voice: "Georgia in my mind":

Tracey Whitney next concerts (more information here):

Cover Picture: "Hispanic Folk Music of New Mexico and the Southwest. A Self-Portrait of a people" by John Donald Robb / UNM Press

Mon. 7/6, 7p: “Hispanic Folk Music of New Mexico and the Southwest” is a fine folk music portrait written by  John Donald Robb based on his 1941-1979 collection (published by UNM Press)

Dr. Enrique Lamadrid and Jack Loeffler guide us through this music treasure of around 3.000 songs available to the public through John Donald Robb Trust.

Cover: "Tango Greco", Universal 2007

Sat. 7/4, 4:15p: This week´s  Greece debt crisis has been compared often with Argentina´s financial collapse in 2001: the money disappears from the banks,  long lines of desperate people at closed banks looking to rescue their wages and savings from the ATMs, and a common anxiety and fear about their future.

In solidarity with the Greek people who are suffering the same incertitude and anguish that Argentinians continue suffering, CORAZÓN TANGUERO offers a tango embrace, featuring Greek tango singers and composers.

Hotel Mariachi

Jun 29, 2015

Mon. 6/29, 7p: A unique visual and narrative approach to the strengthen, and survival of mariachi musicians through a place: HOTEL MARIACHI.

Yesterday, “Hotel Mariachi. Urban space and cultural heritage in Los Angeles” published by UNM Press won the Award as Best Non-Fiction Multi Author book at the 2015 Latino Book Awards during the Annual ALA Conference (American Library Association), held in  San Francisco.


Jun 19, 2015

Sat. 6/20, 3pm: He holds a  deep “Latin Americanity” sentimiento at his heart. Son of Paraguayan and Mexican parents raised in Canada, Boogat embraces his heritage creating  fearless rap poems, MC and electronic cumbia among his musical choices, sung in Spanish and French.

Catholic Charities Center for Refugee and Settlement /

Mon. 6/1 7p: An interview with refugees Gised Aboy-Reina (Cuba) and Sanaa Yagoob (Irak) along with Beatrice Villegas, Program Director of the Center for Refugee Settlement and Support (Catholic Charities, New Mexico). We´ll talk about how their life is since they arrived as refugees in New Mexico. 


¡BraZil com S!

May 16, 2015

Sat. 5/16, 2:00p: What´s your favorite Portuguese word? BRAzIL com S! BRAzIL with S! Celebrate Portuguese Language Day & Dia do Português como Língua de Herança with us and Rodrigues-Walsh family on RAÍCES Show.

UNM - El Centro de La Raza /

Mon. 5/4, 7p: Today, we´ll  celebrate achievements of Latino students who participated in the 23rd Annual Raza Graduation Ceremony.  And commemorate 45 years of El Centro's contributions.  Rosa Isela Cervantes, Director of El Centro de La Raza and 2015 graduates José Mondragón, Trinidad Rodríguez and Laura Ordóñez, will share  their  personal  stories, tell us  about  their role models  and  what it is like to be a  Latino student at UNM .  We will also learn about their aspirations for the future.  

Painting: "Teocalli mexicana" by David Gremard Romero /

Mon. 4/6, 7p: Did you ever hear that once upon a time there was an American continent where natives could seduce the Spanish intruders with their own stories and memories? Join us in the exploration of the power of the Mesoamericans´ ideas and why a portion of this continent was named: Nuevo México .

Cover: "Hoe, heaven and hell" by Nasario García

Mon. 03/02 7p: Folklorist Dr. Nasario García brings his stories about resilience, courage and love  in his native northern New Mexico. "Hoe, Heaven & Hell: My boyhood in Rural New Mexico"(UNM Press) is a unique book written from down to top; it´s real life through the eyes of a child in Río Puerco Valley during the 1940s.

More information:

Author next events:  Reading & book signing

Tango y carnaval!

Feb 24, 2015
Cover: Orquesta de Carnaval by Amores Tangos

Sat. Feb. 21, 7p: Corazón Tanguero show with CARNIVAL! CARNAVAL y TANGO! Featuring new and old songs to celebrate Carnival with tango music


Feb 23, 2015
UNM Department of Theatre and Dance: Flamenco

Mon. Feb. 23rd, 7pm: Vibrant  flamenco and contemporary dance are featured in new works by UNM Department of  Theatre & Dance in the concert "SPIN". Today with us:  Donna Jewell, Head of Dance and Artistic Director, along with dancers Lisa Nevada, Dolores García, and Sarah Hogland.

Next shows: February  26, 27, 28 at 7:30pm and and March 1 at 2:00pm.

WHERE: Rodey Theatre, Center for the Arts, UNM Main Campus

MORE INFO:, or call 277-4332

Lee Nichols

Mon. 2 Feb. 7p: Carnaval is one of the most popular festivities en Latin America. We´ll share the Carnaval  experience to open this season with guests:

-Duke Germain, musician of Racine Kreyol band -Haitian roots- opening at the "Nation Beat´s Carnival Caravan" show

- Frank Leto, Director of "Carnaval: Port to Port" show from New Orleans Carnival to Rio de Janeiro

- Jeremy Lehnen, UNM Professor of Portuguese

Don Usner

Mon. Dec. 1st, 7p: We´ll share the joy of a popular wisdom that comes in very small pills, wrapped by few words: "dichos" (or sayings). New Mexican photograper, educator, and writer Don Usner began to “chase” this little popular pearls with his mother, following the traces of their community and family legacy in Chimayó, New Mexico.

We´ll navigate this popular wisdom with Don Usner through his new book "Chasing Dichos through Chimayó (UNM Press, Querencias Series, 2014)

More information:

"Making Aztlán"

Nov 3, 2014
Photography by Devra Weber (A detail of the book Cover)

Mon. Nov. 3, 7p: Is the Chicana and Chicano Movement still alive? We explore it in a conversation with Prof. Irene Vásquez, co-author with UCLA Prof. Juan Gómez-Quiñones of the book "MAKING AZTLÁN", just published by the University of New Mexico Press. Passion and struggles from the sixties and seventies to today.


Oct 10, 2014
Photography: Adolphe Pierre-Louis

Mon. Oct. 13th, 7p: Enjoy a short avant-première of the play ¡Bocón! that will be performed by Working Classroom very soon. ¡Bocón! is a bilingual fable filled with humor, magical realism, and songs directed by Rebeca Mayorga and written by Lisa Loomer.

A 12-year-old boy, Miguel, flees a repressive Central American military regime for a new life in Los Angeles. Along the way he meets up with an unusual travelling companion who you might know...

Slumkat -

Sat. Oct 4th, 2p: OCTOBER 4th is WORLD ANIMAL DAY established in 1931 by a group of ecologists in Florence, Italy to celebrate endangered species and all kinds of animal life (in coincidence with  the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron of animals).

Celebrate our best friends with Latin American songs that honor animal life: el tecolote, el caballo, la vicuña, el perro, el gato, el tucá guazú, el yurumí, and more! ¡FELIZ DÍA DE LOS ANIMALES!