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.


Apr 2, 2014

Sat. 15 Feb. 4:15p: CORAZÓN TANGUERO brings to you, "GALLEGUITA" (young Galician girl). In this 1923 tango, Gardel, León Gieco, Libertad Lamarque, The Chieftains and Galician Celtic musician Carlos Núñez honor the story of an immigrant -from Spain to Argentina- who was prostituted to be able to send money back home.

Agostino Brunias (Italian, circa 1730–1796), "Free Women of Color with Their Children and Servants in a Landscape", circa 1770–96. Oil on canvas / Brooklyn Museum

Mon. 31 March, 7p: Come stroll with us inside a typical house belonging to a wealthy "criollo" (Creole, a Spaniard -usually a mestizo- born in the Americas). We´ll share this walk guided by Andrew Connors, Art Curator of the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. Intrigue, opulence, loyalty, and at the same time, deep social and identity conflicts with the Spanish Crown and Catholic religion are on display in a powerful exhibition about race, lineage, and place of birth intertwined with the richness derived by work of subjugated and enslaved indigenous and African peoples. 

Colección Midnight Tango de Ayres – Foto: Ayres

Sat. 15  March, 4:15p: Is Tango, today, a woman´s affair transforming this  formerly masculine dominant music? 

We´ll continue celebrating International Women´s Day featuring contemporary women musicians, bands, and composers.

Picture: CD cover of Jorgito Kamankola-"Antes que lo prohiban"

Sat. 15 March 2:30pm, we´ll share the afternoon conversing with Jorgito KAMANKOLA from La Habana, CUBA about his new project: ANTES QUE LO PROHIBAN (Before it´s forbidden). Host: Cristina Baccin
Streaming on line:
Picture: Jorgito Kamankola

"Don Usner" by Cheye Pagel /

Mon. 3 March, 7pm: We converse with Don USNER, photographer and writer, in his Santa Fe studio. Throughout his life, Usner´s  main focus has been the depiction of beauty, and -at the same time- the social contrasts of the Rio Grande Valley.

His reflections about northern New Mexico history and culture can be deeply appreciated through his camera lens: from the enchantment of a typical colourful New Mexican landscape to the black and white drama of the gente del pueblo.

Credit: Carla Algeri /

Sat. 1  March, 4:15p: Is Tango, a masculine music talking about women?  Or, today... the sensuality and creativity of tango however, is a woman's affair…?  We´ll celebrate International Women´s Day featuring contemporary women musicians, bands, and composers. / New Mexico Community Foundation

Mon. 3 Feb. 7 pm: Join us for a conversation with Juan Estevan Arellano, sitting close to his centennial iron estufa, discussing acequias, importance of water in New Mexican settlement, and New Mexico's legacy.

Sat. 15 Feb. 2:30p: CARLOS NÚÑEZ, the magician of the gaita, Galician bagpipe, speaks with us about the magic of Galician celtic music, from the Northwestern region of Spain, and its relationship to the other celtic music traditions from around the world, including Latin America.  Our conversation is filled with sparks of light, mystery and revelation.

As part of Carlos Núñez 2014 North America Tour,  he will play in New Mexico:

Afro roots in tango

Jan 17, 2014
Poster: "Tango Negro", movie by Dom Pedro /

Sat. Jan. 18th, 4:15 pm:  Tango negro, tango-candombe, tango canyengue, tango-landó to celebrate Afro roots in tango for Martin Luther King´s anniversary.

Afro roots

Jan 16, 2014
“Osain” by Samuel Lind / Cover of the book: "CapáCapa Prieto" de Yvonne Denis Rosario

Sat. 18 Jan. 2p: We´ll commemorate Martin Luther King birthday featuring poesia negra by Luis Palés Matos (Puerto Rico),  Nicolás Guillén (Cuba), and music that celebrates Afro roots in Latin America.

"Cosecha de tomates" by Rafael Santillana

Mon. 6 Jan. 7pm: Join us in a celebration of tastes and flavors coming from the kitchen of Mexican Chef Fernando Olea in today´s "Día de los Reyes Magos" (Three Magi).

Fernando Olea, originally from Mexico,  is fascinated by the cuisine of the pre-Columbian indigenous people of his native country, especially the moles. As part of the non-profit organization Cooking with Kids, Olea -in conjuction with other chefs- participates in the "Chefs move to schools" Mrs. Obama program, a part of the “Let’s Move!” campaign to end the epidemic of childhood obesity.

"Tango", by Carlos Saura

Sat. 4 Jan. 4:15p: Tango de película... Tango music as soundtrack or main star of a movie. "Watch" a tango or listen a movie through our compilation of songs.

De´Anza Paredes /

Sat. 4 Jan. 2p:   DE´ANZA PAREDES, a young Santafesina singer emerging as part of a new  generation of young Latino artists in the United States, will perform live with her vihuela during RAÍCES show. We´ll converse about how her bicultural home enriches her music. Ready to release her freshman album "Despertar", she launches her career as a Chicana artist.

Afterwards, at 3pm, we´ll begin to celebrate the Feast of Epiphany, the "Three  Kings Day", "Día de los Reyes Magos" or "La Befana" with songs, letters, and poems written and read by children. Be ready for surprises!

"Ballerini di tango" by Paola Fiori

Sat. Dec. 21st, 4:15p: We´ll listen best tangos 2013 awarded by Latin Grammy Awards: Diego El Cigala, Hernán Lucero y Tute, Julio Botti, Bajofondo, Dúo Ramirez-Satorre...
Y... Feliz NAVIDAD a tod@s!!!

Photo of Nacha Mendez by Bibi Borrego /

Mon. 23 Dec. 7p: Her first guitar was a shoe box handmade by her father, and her abuelita in La Unión was her first music teacher. New Mexican painter, sculptor, composer, guitarrista, and singer, Nacha Mendez joins us to share her achievements, learnings, and projects. A conversation about music... and life!

She will perform on Saturday, Dec. 28th (6-9pm), Hotel Andaluz (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

Photo of Nacha Mendez by Bibi Borrego /

Sat. 14 Dec. 2 pm: Conversación y música con la artista Nacha Méndez, Premio  a la música Latina  New Mexico Music Awards 2013. Además, compartiremos las mejores  nuevas  canciones de artistas latinos tales como: Gaby Moreno (Guatemala), Leslie Cartaya (Cuba), Concha Buika, Caetano Veloso y más!

Conversation and music with artist Nacha Mendez, Latin Music winner New Mexico Music Awards 2013. Plus, we´ll listen the best  NEW ¡ÑÚ! songs of Latin musicians such as Gaby Moreno (Guatemala), Leslie Cartaya (Cuba), Concha Buika, Caetano Veloso y más!

Mon. 12/2, 7p: Aftermath of the deportation from Albuquerque of  the young student Ramon Dorado Mendoza in his family.

Illustration: Wendy MacNaughton

Mon. 25 Nov. 7p: A través de la historia de Ivette, vecina de Albuquerque, reflexionamos sobre las deportaciones y las consecuencias para las familias latinas. / We´ll reflect on the aftermath of deportation in Latino families, through Ivette´s story.

Love for horses

Nov 3, 2013

Sat. 16 Nov. 4:15 p:  The love for horses is deeply engaged  in the heart of tango lyrics. We´ll navigate this love through urban race horses, and the best friend of a gaucho in the countryside.

Photo Courtesy: Micaela Cadena YWU

Mon 4 Nov. 7p: YOUNG WOMEN UNITED leaders, Tannia Esparza and Denicia Cadena will converse with us about the "Respect ABQ Women" campaign. This campaign works through the issues raised by a City of Albuquerque ballot initiative that could abridge reproductive rights and health care for women.

Alma mía

Nov 1, 2013
"Compañía en el andar" , Painting by Dolores Mendieta

Sat. 2 Nov. 4:15pm: A fete and celebration of life: "El día de los muertos". The belief that the almas (souls)  are visiting us is celebrated in Corazón Tanguero with vintage and contemporary tangoes.

Artist: Artemio Rodriguez (Michoacán, México) /

Sat. 2 Nov. 2pm: Let´s fete together the visit of the almas en El Día de los Muertos.  Join us in a conversation with the directors  of the movie "La Festividad de los Muertos" o "Lanii Xtee Tugul",  Armando Espinosa Prieto and Craig Johnson. They documented the way that dead or almas are feted in Teotitlán del Valle (Oaxaca, México). We´ll share with you the stories and the soundtrack.

Mon. 7 Oct. 7:00 p: WHO are elegible? WHERE do you have to go? WHEN?... questions about Health Care Reform in New Mexico that we´ll try to answer with Barbara K. Webber (Executive Director -The Health Action New Mexico Team), and Sovereign Hager (New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty).

Sat. Oct. 5, 3p: Come to walk with us around music of Puerto Rico, Haiti and Dominican Republic guided by Dr. Raquel Z. Rivera. We´ll stroll stopping in different "stations" of  music wondering about change and tradition.

Photo Credit: Paul Flanagan /

Sat. 5 Oct. 4:15pm: Join us in a conversation with TE AMO, ARGENTINA show director and cellist Antonio LYSY. 

TE AMO, ARGENTINA, a journey through the heart and soul of Argentina, is a multimedia concert featuring music from Amerindian rhythms of the Andes Mountains to the sounds of the city-street cafés of Buenos Aires. The performance will take place on Wed. Oct. 9 (National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque), and Frid. Oct 11 (Lensic Theater, Santa Fe).

Mon. 30 Sept. 7:30p: The world of flamenco’s "Golden Age” comes to life on RAÍCES  with artists from Spain, France, Cuba, Mexico, and the US directed by Jesús Muñoz presenting the show "1929". They´ll revive an era through a fresh combination of youth, creativity and modern-day groove. 

Their performance "1929" will take place on October 4th and 5th, at 8pm, National Hispanic Cultural Center. Website:


Sep 26, 2013
Image: Reggaeton Baptism

Mon. 30 Sept. 7:00p: With often socially charged lyrics, REGGAETON is a music enriched by the constant tensions of racial and class struggles that makes Caribbean musical traditions and innovations so vibrant.

We´ll talk about this with Co-editor of the anthology "Reggaeton", scholar,  singer and songwriter Dr. Raquel Z. Rivera, focusing on the origins of Reggaeton in Puerto Rico. (

Monday, 16 Sept. 8:00 pm: Born in the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sofia Rei is immersed in a profound musical journey. With the breath that music allows when the soul can live across all borders, sin fronteras, she creates deep lyrics, and unique sounds. Her music travels across the jazz and South American landscapes opening the genre of Latino music in the US and throughout the world.
Sofia Rei will be performing at Globalquerque, on Saturday September 21st, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

Sat. 7 Sept. 4:15 pm:  Local tango orchestra QTANGO will be our guest on CORAZÓN TANGUERO. Be ready to enjoy their live presentation!  QTANGO will perform following Grammy Award Winner Antonio Lysy´s "Te amo, Argentina" during the post-show milonga (National Hispanic Cultural Center, October 5th, Albuquerque, New Mexico).

Photography by Skip Bolen /

Sat. 7 Sept. 2pm: On RAÍCES, host Cristina Baccin interviews 2012 LATIN GRAMMY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Winner, band leader and conguero PONCHO SÁNCHEZ. Enjoy his music, and the conversation. "To me, Latin jazz is the world's greatest music," says Sánchez. "It has the melodic and harmonic sophistication of jazz and American standards, and the flavor and energy of Latin American music.". Sanchez will play at ¡GLOBALQUERQUE! New Mexico´s 9th Annual Celebration of World Music and Culture, Saturday, September, 21st.