Cristina Baccin



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.



Lorena Guillén Tango Ensemble - https://www.lorenaguillen.com



Tue. 2/13, 3p: On Freeform, a live performance and interview with guitarist and song-writer Oscar Butler, hosted by Cristina Baccin.  Mr.

Photo by Ignacio Escuin (2017, Spain)

Mon. 2/5, 7:30p: Interview and live performance by flamenco guitarist Juani de la Isla.  From the Island of San Fernando (Cádiz, Spain) a place known as the cradle of late Flamenco vocalist Camarón de la Isla, Juani de la Isla has accompanied renowned flamenco singers such as José Mercé, Chato de la Isla, Juan Villar among others.

2017 Photo by Michael Blase / Facebook : Rodolfo Marcelo Zanetti Vía

Corazón Tanguero, Recorded Live Sat. 2/3, 4:15 p: Just like wine, tango can refresh as well as age, it dies and is reborn with each new generation adding its distinctive flavor.  Rodolfo Zanetti brings forth both the new and the old from every corner of his bandoneón: the ancestral from his Mendocino  homelands to the refreshing morning chill of the Andean highlands.

Afro-Latino Talks

Jan 29, 2018
Picture: Finnie Coleman / https://chicanos.unm.edu/people/faculty/doris-careaga-coleman.html

Mon. 1/29, 7p: Honoring Black History Month, today we´ll have a conversation with Dr. Careaga Coleman hosted by Cristina Baccin about the Afro-Latino Talks series at UNM. We´ll focus on one question: Are African descendants recognized in Mexico?  Dr. Coreaga´s research includes the study of Son Jarocho and Afro-Mexican foods as cultural retentions, and the legacy of Caribbean dance in Mexican culture.

Musical Ventures

Mon. 1/29, 7:30p: Carnival is one of the most ancient popular feasts that survives across the world, it is a time to celebrate freedom and let the hidden side of our humanity come to light. Today, on Raíces show hosted by Cristina Baccin, Frank Leto will bring a taste of “Carnaval Fever”, a performance Musical Ventures produces yearly at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (February 9-10, 7:30pm). Enjoy the kick off of Carnival in New Mexico.

Eli del Puertos y los encantos

Sat. 1/20, 3p: Eli del Puerto and Sabino Iturbe -local music maestros- play their own compositions and Latin American melodies LIVE on Raíces show hosted by Cristina Baccin. Eli del Puerto y los Encantos will perform at Hotel Andaluz, Saturday January 20th, 7pm (2nd St. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102).

Disegno di Stefano Borgia del Casale

Sat. 20/1, 4:15p: From Perugia (Italy), an interview with Prof. Alberto Bustos hosted by Cristina Baccin about his composition,  “Misa Tango” (Tango Mass), that presents the Catholic Mass through all the tango genres. It´s a courageous combination of prayer and the sensuality of tango's deeply rooted forbidden past –especially by the Argentinian Catholic Church-, with its origins in the brothels on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.

Montezuma Publishing

Mon. 10/9, 7p: An interview with Prof. Rita Sánchez, co-editor with Prof. Sonia López of a book paying tribute to  61 legendary and contemporary women activists.  Starting from the cauldron of the civil and ethnic women´s rights movement of the second half of the twentieth century to the present, “Chicana Tributes” illustrates the contributions of Mexican American women to the rights movement.


Monday, 7 Aug, 7 p: During an interview, host Cristina Baccin discusses with the young Cuban composer and singer, Daymé Arocena how a rich African legacy has given birth to the diversity and styles of music that are Cuban music as well as jazz.

She titled her album using a term she created, "Cubafonia" (the Sounds of Cuba) referring to great variety of genres in Cuban music (e.g., cha-cha-chá, mambo, changüí) and its refreshed sounds of the new generation of Cuban musicians.


Thursday, 8/3, 2p: An interview with SAUDADE musicians, Bob Gusch (founder and woodwinds) and Debo Orlofsky (vocals) with host Cristina Baccin. We talk about their history of 12 years as band and their deep connection to Brazilian music and some of its genres, such as choro, bossa nova, and samba.   


Mon. 7/31, 7p: Angel Wynn´s art pays homage to the women who worked and fought during Mexico´s revolution (1910-1920) through “Adelita” who was a symbol -not yet fully recognized-  of women who made history for their land and families. Ms. Wynn will talk with host Cristina Baccin about how soldadera´s lives became the inspiration of her art.


Sat. 7/15, 3pm: Host Cristina Baccin interviews the musicians of TradiSon sharing their joy and knowledge of Cuban traditional musical genres: son, guajira, guaracha, bolero y más!




Sat. 7/1, 2pm: Latin Grammy Nominee Mariachi Flor de Toloache, an all­-female Mariachi ensemble creates a unique yet familiar sound in a largely male dominant musical genre. Since 2008, they have created an intoxicating mariachi style that expands the borders of the genre. On Raíces enjoy an interview hosted by Cristina Baccin with Mireya Ramos, Shae Fiol, Eunice Aparicio and Julie Acosta.


Sat. 6/17, 4:15pm:Papá, viejo, papi, pai, babbo, taita, tatay, padre... We celebrate Father´s Day in CORAZÓN TANGUERO with compositions that honor their memories and love beginning by iconic Piazzolla´s composition "Adiós nonino". // Celebramos a los padres en su día, con composiciones que recuerdan al papá o "mi viejo", comenzando con el icónico tango compuesto por Piazzolla a su padre: "Adiós nonino".

Art: "Vos sos mi sangre, mi viejo" by Patricia Berman ("Fileteado porteño" artist, Buenos Aires)

Fandango Burqueño

Jun 2, 2017

Sat. 6/3, 3:30p: FANDANGO Burqueño! Organizers & musicians will join us to share this community-based celebration of son jarocho, poetry, dance, especially: zapateado!! with host Cristina Baccin.

Sat. 6/3, 4:15p: We honor the Centennial of “La Cumparsita”, the iconic tango composed in 1917 by Uruguayan pianist, composer and journalist Gerardo Matos Rodríguez. Declared by UNESCO as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, “La Cumparsita” is considered the “anthem” of the tango history. We´ll play the song in different versions, from vintage to Golden Age and contemporary orchestras, hosted by Cristina Baccin


Sat. 6/3, 2:30p: Luna Llena (Full Moon) is a new Latin band based in Albuquerque (New Mexico)  playing Cuban music. The band is led by Romeo and Ricky Carrido who will be interviewed by Cristina Baccin. Ricky Carrido became a sworn batá drummer (Omo Añá, the deity that lives in the batá drum) from the batá set by the name Obbá koso from Matanzas, Cuba. He has worked with Baracutanga, Pandemonium, Wagogo, Calle 66, and Radio La Chusma.

Two sisters, despite being an ocean apart, "meet in New Mexico" dressed in blue. In an excellent bilingual telling, co-authors Dr. Anna Nogar and Professor Emeritus Enrique Lamadrid, share the legend of an intercultural and  mysterious encounter between two young women: Paf Sheuri (Blue Flower), from a Pueblo community and Sister Maria, while living in a convent in a small community of Northern Castilla (Spain) claims to magically transport herself to the Land of Enchantment.


Sat. 5/20, 2p: Local band Hot Glue plays live on Raíces hosted by Cristina Baccin. They share their songs based on feminist stories highlighting historical heroines.


Sat. 5/6, 4:15p: With a classical tango formation, Bataraz Quintet led by Lisandro Baum, goes back and forth through folk music and tango. With their own compositions, this young band brings more layers to tango´s rural origins and  changes the intensity of its urban rythm.


Mon. 5/1, 7p: Espejos de Aztlán celebrates International Workers´ Day with a show hosted by Cristina Baccin about the D. Trump administration threats to immigrants and workers´ rights. 


Sat. 4/29, 1:30p: “Ethnic Madonnas”, as Lebanese born artist Simone Debbas calls her recent series of Madonnas composed of women from many different countries, are joined by portraits of women from around the world that also reflect her own diverse journey in art and life.

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Sat 4/29, 12p: Do you fear being sexually assaulted? Have you –or somebody you know- been raped? As April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, on Women´s Focus -hosted by Cristina Baccin-, we´ll talk about how the life of a sexual assault victim is affected. Do you wonder if it is possible to overcome a sexual assault? Who are the most vulnerable? What are the best actions to reduce and ultimately, eliminate sexual assaults? What can we do as a community? 


Sat. 4/15, 4:15p: Angels and devils were Astor Piazzolla´s favorite muses for his compositions. Inspired by the Argentinian composer and musician, Austin Piazzolla Quintet´s founder, James Anderson discusses in this interview with host Cristina Baccin their just released 4th album that intertwines their own compositions along their performances of angels and devils songs by Piazzolla. James Anderson talks about the challenges and freedom that tango brings to their performances. 

Cadena Ser

Mon. 3/6, 7p: Espejos de Aztlán commemorates International Women´s Day  with guests Amy Whitfield, YWCA New Mexico President; Dr. Ruth Trinidad Galván, UNM Associate Professor; and Pamelya Herndon, Southwest Women’s Law Center Executive Director, hosted by Cristina Baccin.


Sat. 3/4 and 3/18, 4:15p: Uruguay is tango's roots. Uruguayan female tango musicians bring to the Río de La Plata regional music a unique and essential lyric and rhythms grounded in Montevideo's barrios. Commemorating International Women´s day, we´ll listen to the voices and compositions of Uruguay's new talents such as: Malena Muyala, Maia Castro, Valeria Lima and Francis Andreu.

ZZK Records

Sat. 3/4, 3p: Interview with Buenos Aires based musician Dat Garcia, one of a new generation of women in the electro-folk music scene. She shares her story of survival from trauma that inspires her thriving compositions of her new album “Maleducada” with host Cristina Baccin.