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.

Photography: "Trabajo Ladrillero" by RASHIDE FRIAS /CUARTOSCURO.COM


Mon. 2 Sept. 7pm: Based on the testimony of victims of wage theft, we´ll converse about Hispanic/Latino workers situation in our state with Professor Andrew Schrank (Political Science and Sociology, UNM), Gerry Bradley (Senior Researcher and Policy Analysis, New Mexico Voices of Children), and Marcela Díaz (Executive Director, Somos Un Pueblo Unido).


Aug 2, 2013
"Gypsy moth", Painting by Josephine Wall

Sat. 3 August, 4:15 p:  Vibrant, colourful, and intriguingly melancholic, the blend of Argentinian tango with gypsy music makes you travel through any boundaries.

Young Frida (Pink) by Raul Caracoza, 2006. Screenprint, 2009 Lent by the McNay Art Museum /

Mon. August 5, 7p: Billed as “the most comprehensive survey of the contributions of Latino artists of post-1960 American printmaking to date”, Estampas de la Raza chronicles the Latino experience in the U.S.  We´ll talk about it with the Curator of Art, Andrew Connors (exhibition in Albuquerque Museum of Art and History through Sept. 29).

Finnish Tango

Jul 19, 2013
Finish Tango in NY
: Mikki Nilund /

Sat. 7/19 4:15 p: Explore with us the beauty and nostalgia of Finnish tango. The Finnish adopted tango to bring sunshine to the Artic.

Pimentel Concert Series

Sat. 20 July 2pm: Eminent Cuban guitarist and composer Héctor García will share with RAÍCES  the noble sound of his guitar while introducing us to his repertoire for a PIMENTEL Concert (National Hispanic Cultural Center, August 3rd, 7:30pm).

The soul of tango

Jul 6, 2013
La musa en el columpio - Painting by Roberto Volta (Argentina) /

Sat. 6 July, 4:15p: We´ll explore the SOUL OF TANGO... EL ALMA DEL TANGO… Where do musicians and composers look for it?

Mon. 1 July, 7p: We´ll converse about the situation of children in New Mexico. KIDS COUNT, a new report released this week, says children in New Mexico face many issues for their wellbeing. Our guests will be: Christine Hollis, New Mexico KIDS COUNT Director, and Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino.

VOLVER / To return

Jun 15, 2013
Tango Kiss - Painting by Andrei Protsouk

Sat. 15 June, 4:15p: VOLVER... Did you ever had the memory of your first love? VOLVER, a 1935 tango, is an homage to the first love. We commemorate the anniversary of its author, Alfredo Le Pera, one of the main poets of tango, by playing different versions of this iconic song.

Afro Perú

Jun 5, 2013 / Ministerio de Cultura, Perú

Mon. 3 June 7:30 p: Celebrate with RAÍCES, "AFROPERUVIAN CULTURE DAY"! June 4th, Nicomedes Santa Cruz birthday is the party to commemorate Afroperuvian culture in Perú.

Mon. 3 June, 7p: A show based on the testimony of an immigrant seeking care in Albuquerque. We´ll converse with Kati O'Donnell (VIDA/Casa de Salud), Kelsey McCowan Heilman (New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty), Javier Martinez (Partnership for Community Action).

Sat. 1 June, 4:15 p: Tango and fado intertwine in soulful songs mixing Portuguese guitars, cavaquinhos playing  milongas, and tangos. Explore with us this amazing music following the first Tango-fado Festival in Buenos Aires!

Sat. 1 June, 2p: Refresh the taste of live music under the stars! Today: Bert Dalton Brazil Project concert of Jazz & Blues under the Stars 2012 (New Mexico Jazz Workshop, Albuquerque Museum Amphitheatre 6/30/2012). A KUNM Production; recording and mixing engineer,  Eli Willard. And more Latin music on RAÍCES!

Tango Plugged

May 18, 2013
"Che, tango electrónico" (Cover - Epsa Music)

Sat. 18 May, 4:15pm: We´ll have a "plugged" embrace dancing tango... Electronic tango for you!  

Photography: Cristina Baccin

Sat. 11 May, 4 pm: Small and powerful, pequeña y poderosa, Lily Yeh uses colors to light the paths of the darkness that hidden pains, of trauma and lost freedoms. She visited our state as guest of  the New Mexico Community Foundation for the project LA CULTURA CURA/The Culture cures.  And she worked with young people at the La Plazita Institute, in the heart of the South Valley of Albuquerque.  Two days  happily ended in a big cloth with an enormous  flowery tree that grows in the middle of the Rio Grande. The tree of life? The River of life? Better!

Sat. 11 May 2p: Flamenco’s dance and music in an interview with the Internationally renowned Jesús Muñoz . He is recognized for having an unique and original rhythm that represents his American roots with traditional Spanish influence.  Muñoz will introduce his new Flamenco show "RED NOTE" that will be performed at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on May 17-18.  Be prepared to take a journey to southern Spain where soul meets dance.

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Tango & rock

May 4, 2013
Picture: Alfredo Sabat /

Sat. 4 May, 4:15p: Tango and rock  walked in parallel paths during a long time, but they joined their steps in different ways since the ´80s in Argentina. Listen to this "tango-rock embrace"!

Mon. 6 May 7p: A Salvadorian association for the promotion of children´s human rights (APRODEHNI) visited Albuquerque to meet their New Mexico friends and donors (Aquinas Newman Center, UNM, and Friends of the Children of El Salvador-FOCES). We interviewed Gil G. Pintín (APRODEHNI Director) and two Salvadorian students, Claudia L. Mendoza Morales, and Yanina G. Coto Cruz about the situation of impoverished children in the aftermath of the civil war in their country, and how are they working through education.

El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos

Mon. 29 April 7p: El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos, El Centro de La Raza/UNM, New Mexico Dreamers In Action, UNM Dream Team, and Casa de Salud will talk about Immigration Reform, and next step for action: Peaceful March & Rally on May 1st/International Workers´ Day in Albuquerque.

Tango y candombe

Apr 17, 2013
Casa de la Cultura Afrouruguaya

Sat. 20 April 4:15p: Enjoy the bond between the nostalgia of tango and the excitment of candombe, a historical friendship between Uruguay and Argentina.


Llamada / Ruben Rada - Eduardo Mateo  /  Candombe  
Notas / Gotan Project / Lunatico
Pena Mulata / Malena Muyala / En el Solís  
Garúa / Malena Muyala  /
Tocá Tangó/ Juan Carlos Cacéres  / Tocá Tangó  
Tango Negro / Juan Carlos Cacéres  / Tocá Tangó
Candombe Para El Que Hasta Ayer Reía (Luis Alposta) / Cuarteto Cedrón  / En Versos Y En Canción  

Nacha Mendez/Kerry Gallagher Photographer

Sat. 20 April 2p: Singer Nacha Mendez will perform live in RAÍCES show.  Nacha is finalist in the 26th Annual New Mexico Music Awards LATIN music category, with "Bella Isabel". Guitarist Mustafa Stefan Dill will accompany her. Join us to meet them!

Sat. 6 April 4:15p:  CORAZON TANGUERO on Saturdays. ¡SÁBADO! Tangos with different moods... sad and joyful, passionate and calm, new and old. 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month!


1- Felino/Electrocutango/Putumayo Presents Tango around the world

2- Cumtango/Juan Carlos Cáceres/Think Global: tango

3- Volver / Cantante / Andrés Calamaro

4- Código de barra / Presente / Bajofondo Tango Club

5- Mano a mano / Adriana Varela en vivo / Adriana Varela

6- Yuyo Verde / Ligia Piro / En vivo. Según pasan los años

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!

Mon. 1 April 7 p: DOLORES HUERTA speaks with host Cristina Baccin about the importance of "standing up" for Latino people, and women.  Danny Solis (Coordinator) and Chuy Martinez of the "Recuerda A Cesar Chavez Committee" will join us to begin to celebrate the 2oth Annual César Chavez Day.


Copyright © 2013 Cristina Baccin. For personal, noncommercial use only. For other uses, prior permission required.


La Juerga - Party!

Mar 25, 2013

Mon. 3/25 8:30p: Alejandro Pais Iriart, La Juerga´s guitarist will join us to introduce their contemporary Albuquerque based flamenco ensemble that will perform at the Outpost Performance Space, this Saturday, March 30 at 7:30pm.

Mon. 3/25th, 8p: Premio Aztlán Literary Award winner, Reyna Grande, will tell us about her new book "THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US".

In her extraordinary memoir,  she vividly brings to life her childhood,  spent torn between two parents and two countries. Reyna Grande is an important public voice for Mexican-Americans and immigrants of every origin. On Saturday March 30th at 2pm, she will read at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

Recuerda a César Chávez Committee

Mon. 3/11 7p: The organizers of the 20th Annual CESAR CHAVEZ DAY will join us to talk about the legacy, life and work of the great American civil rights leader, César Chávez. The RECUERDA A CÉSAR CHÁVEZ Committee is organizing a march and a festival to celebrate his legacy on Saturday April 6th in Albuquerque.

La Catrina Quartet /

Sat. 3/9th  2:00 p: "La Catrina Quartet”will perform live to celebrate with RAÍCES their 2012 Latin Grammy  for their work on the album “Brasileiro, works of Mignone” by Cuarto Latinoamericano. The award-winning CD, on the Sono Lumnius label, won for Best Classical Recording, with the ensemble collaborating on Francisco Mignone’s “Seresta for double quartet.” They were hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as wonderful ambassadors of music.

Justicia Social

Feb 18, 2013
"Pareja de tango" by Ricardo Carpani

Mon. 2/18, 9:30p:  Tangos with lyrics about social justice and inequality to commemorate the "World Day of Social Justice" (United Nations, February 20th).

The Figueroa Project - Fiesta Latina! A Feast of Hispanic Chamber Music

Sat. 2/16 2p: A feast of Hispanic Chamber music will be introduced by Guillermo Figueroa (Artistic Director of The Figueroa Music and Arts Project Chamber Ensemble). In a live interview, we´ll talk about his new concert "FIESTA LATINA!" with... music to capture the imagination and memory!


Sat. Feb.9  2p: Carnaval con música en vivo de Baracutanga: bringing you the drums and flavor of Latin America!