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.

Fri. 23/9, Sat. 24/9: Interviews with artists performing in New Mexico -12th Annual Celebration of World Music and Culture-, by Cristina Baccin: Fémina (Argentina), Vân-Ánh Vô (Vietnam), Germán López (Canary Islands, Spain), Andrés Pinzón, one of the 11 members of Herencia de Timbiquí (Colombia), Baladino singer Yael Badash (Israel, Germany), and Maya Kamaty (Réunion Island).

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), is a national organization  founded in the 1960's to defend Latino legal and civil rights. MALDEF President, Thomas Saenz visited Espejos de Aztlán to speak with host Cristina Baccin about some priorities in the defense of Latino civil rights, especially regarding the right to vote.

Sat. 7/16 4:15p: We feature songs of nominees as best Conceptual Tango Albums & Alternative Tango in Argentinian Premios Gardel 2016 : be ready to listen González Tuñon´s poetry, and Gothic tango with La Chicana hosted by Cristina Baccin.

Tango To Dance

Sep 16, 2016

Sat. 9/3, 4:15p: Tango pa´ bailar! Tango songs to dance... "tested" in my garage.

Sat. 9/17, 4:15p: Rock and tango, from enemies to lovers...

Art: Arturo Martínez (Veracruz, México)

Sat. 9/17, 3p: Did you know that “Cielito lindo”, one of the most popular songs in Mexico and Latin America, was an inspiration for Mexican painter Frida Kahlo´s works? In fact, Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo Calderon is one of the most well known female artists in the world, yet we still don´t know all the secrets hidden in her paintings.

Bullying In Schools

Aug 29, 2016

Mon. 8/29, 7p: How does bullying happen in schools? Who is at risk? How does it affect the Latino/Hispanic community? What are the resources that parents and children have in New Mexico to respond to bullying? What are the ways to prevent it?

Felix, El Gato Malo

Aug 22, 2016
Photography: J. Morgan Edwards, 2015

Sat. 8/20, 3p:  From global to local music! First hour of the show, we´ll dedicate to Brazilian Musicians who played during the Opening Ceremony at the Olympic Games. And after... be ready for "Raw" New Mexican music with live performance by Felix Peralta (a.k.a.) El Gato Malo with Afro-Native American flutist Johnny Alston. You´ll listen Felix´s own compositions and a fresh one, just performed first time: "La canción para el tío Diego".

Mon. 8/1, 7p: Oral history through "testimonio" is at the heart of the community collective project Humans of New Mexico/Humanos de New Mexico. With the goal of gathering the diversity of New Mexican cultural traditions, this project focuses on oral history -recorded and archived for future generations- prioritizing oral and language traditions.

"Washed Up"

Jul 10, 2016
Photography: Alejandro Duran (2011)

Mon. 7/10 7p: On Sian Ka´an, a glorious beach on the Yucatan peninsula (Mexico) close to the tourist destinations of Cancún, and Tulum, you can see the gorgeous tropical forest, mangroves and marshes.   Its shores home to precious sea life, and over 300 species of birds fly in its sky. In the Mayan language, SIAN KA´AN means ´Origins of the sky´. In this place, you can expect the mesmerizing sea and landscape but, also piles of garbage originating from all over the world.

Danielle Gilliam

Mon. 7/4, 7p: Listen to uplifting stories of Latinas who participated in the Innovation Academy for Women of the Americas launched at the University of New Mexico, hosted by Cristina Baccin.

Sat. 1/15, 4:15p: We´ll listen 16th LATIN GRAMMY awards and nominees in the category TANGO Albums: Berta Rojas & Camerata Bariloche, Orquesta del Tango de la ciudad de Buenos Aires, Ariel Ardit y Quinteto Leopoldo Federico.

Sat. 2/6, 4:15p: We´ll feature 2016 Latin Grammy Nominees: Ariel Ardit, Berta Rojas & Camerata Bariloche, Selección de Tango, Octavio Brunetti & Elmira Darvarova and more.

Tango And Carnival

Jul 3, 2016

Sat. 2/20, 4:15p: Carnival is the main topic in "La cumparsita", the most performed tango in the world. Along with this classic, we´ll feature songs that brings the twist of the origins of tango: "Tango Negro".

Sat. 3/5, 4:15p: We celebrate International Women´s Day with Argentinian tango pioneers who began to sing, play and compose in the early years of 20th century, such as Olinda Bozán, Andrée Vivianne, Ada Falcón and Juana Larrauri.
Art: "Orquesta de señoritas" by Jorge Paez Vilaró


Sat. 4/2, 4:15p: We honor Argentinian women tango  pioneers of the beginning of the last century such as Azucena Maizani, Sofía Bozan, Mercedes Simone and Rosita Quiroga. // Seguimos homenajeando a pioneras del tango, especialmente a Azucena Maizani, Sofía Bozan, Mercedes Simone and Rosita Quiroga.

Sat. 4/16, 4:15p: Argentinian Tango singer Patricia Malanca sings Cuban Silvio Rodríguez compositions with a tango tone. Enjoy Nueva Trova with a tango twist.
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Horses & Tango

Jul 3, 2016

Sat. 5/21, 4:15p: Inspired by 2016 Kentucky Derby, we feature Tango and Horses songs. // Los compositores de tango homenajearon, lloraron y festejaron los caballos y, en especial, los caballos de carrera. Inspirados por el Campeonato de Kentucky, escucharemos esas composiciones que homenajean los caballos de la ciudad y del campo!
Art: Maestro Gustavo Parra (Colombia)

Harmonic And Tango

Jul 3, 2016

Sat. 6/4, 4:15p: Armónica en clave de tango.  We´ll feature tango songs on which harmonic is a central instrument in the performance. We´ll include tracks by Hugo Díaz, Franco Luciani, Daniel Melingo and María Volonté

Caricatura de Carlos Gardel
Artist: El Tomi /

Sat. July 2, 4:15p: We´ll feature best tango Artists on Alternative Tango & New musicians nominated by Argentinian Premios Gardel 2016 : be ready to listen new, creative and rebellious tango such as Tanghetto, Hernán Lucero et al.

Sat. 7/2, 3 pm: Stories about NM songs of laughter and faith narrated by guitarist Frank McCulloch. He also performs "raw" folk music so familiar to us all given his many contributions to our community for more than 6o years.  We celebrate the publication of "Cancionero presents 13 Hispanic Folk Songs" (UNM Press) with all its mestizo richness.

Mon. 6/6, 8:30p:A nomadic duo of musicians from Grand Rapids (Michigan), FOLIAS stops in our station as part of their US Tour. FOLIAS Duo, flutist Carmen Maret and guitarist Andrew Bergeron perform live tango & South American folk music, and their own compositions in RAICES hosted by Cristina Baccin. (Fundación Guayasamín)

Mon. 4/4, 7p: This month we celebrate Children´s Day in several countries, so host Cristina Baccin converses with our guests, Dr. Verónica García, Executive Director of New Mexico Voices for Children and  Ms. Amber Wallin, Director of Kids Count about childhood in New Mexico. More information:

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Photo: Javi Rojo

Sat. 3/19, 3:30p: Born to Equatorial Guinean refugees in Spain, she captured the culture and flamenco music from her gypsy barrio. She sings with an unique timber of voice; in her performances she captures your soul by diving deep in the wounds, love, and courage of her songs.

Sat. 3/19, 2pm: A Galician gem, vocalist Uxía and guitarist Narf coming from the roots of folk music, they open it to poetry in Galician language, and build bridges from their diversity to the contemporary sounds and diasporas. In their last CD "Baladas da Galiza imaxinaria" (Ballads of Imaginary Galicia), gallegos are a symbol of the spirit of human journeys. Enjoy this interview and live performance hosted by Cristina Baccin.

Uxía & Narf performances in New Mexico:

Art by Luis Carreño

Mon. 3/7, 7p: We celebrate International Women´s Day and the strengthen of Latina writers in an interview hosted by Cristina Baccin with UNM Faculty (Chicana and Chicano Studies Department), Dra. Patricia Rosas Lopátegui about one of the most important Mexican literature figures: Elena Garro and her political assassination.

Sat. 2/27, 3p: New Mexican ensemble Lone Piñón plays live and shares their new CD “Trio Nuevo Mexicano” with host Cristina Baccin.  We enjoy their mischievous Mexican music of Tierra Caliente and traditional from El Rio Grande del Norte (Northen New Mexico and Southern Colorado) with Gregorio Glassman (guitar, vocals), Jordan Wax (fiddle, vocals) and Noah Martinez (guitarrón).

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Mon. 2/15, 1:30p: I  accompany you during the afternoon with music from the milky way to around the corner...: from fresh music pearls such as the Celtic electric harp of Alan Stivell to today´s Grammy nominee Malawi´s Zomba Project. Host: Cristina Baccin

Sat. 1/16, 3p: Guitarist Sabino Iturbe will play live Argentinian rhythms and his own compositions. A faculty at the New Mexico School of Music, Mr. Iturbe brings his passion about jazz improvisation and his own Patagonian folk roots, playing a classic guitar along with guitarist Melissa Rios and Fidel Gonzalez on bombo legüero.

Photo credit: Carlos Puma, for UC Riverside

Last week, US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera visited New Mexico to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Somos Un Pueblo Unidos and participate in activities organized by the UNM Chicana and Chicano Studies Department.

Espejos de Aztlán was founded by another Latino poet, Cecilio García Camarillo (1943-2002), so we couldn´t miss the opportunity to interview Mr. Herrera.  This year, he was honored with the nation’s highest award in poetry; he was named Poet Laureate of the United States, the first Latino awarded this honor.