George Luna-Peña

Is from East Los Angeles; he has been in New Mexico and part of the Raices Collective since 2010. Asa regular host of “Espejos de Aztlan” George enjoys the opportunity to meet new people and bringrelevant and/or entertaining information to the Latino community.

Ways To Connect

Cover book: "Hidden Chicano Cinema: Film Dramas in the Borderlands" (Rutgers University Press, 2013)

Mon. 10/28 7p: Scholar and Professor A. Gabriel Melendez joins us in studio for a conversation about his newest book entitled Hidden Chicano Cinema: Film Dramas in the Borderlands (Rutgers University Press, 2013). The book examines how New Mexico, situated within the boundaries of the United States, became a stand-in for the exotic non-western world that tourists, artists, scientists, and others sought to possess at the dawn of early filmmaking.

Picture: Kai Margarida-Ramírez

Mon. 10/21 7p: Kai Margarida-Ramírez, who was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Albuquerque, joins us for a conversation on her work. Specializing in papel picado and embroidery, Kai's artwork often fuses pop-culture, strange imagery, family mythology, snarky text, and intricate handiwork.

Mon. 9/23 7p: Chicano author, cartoonist, and satirist Lalo Alcaraz joins us for a phone conversation about his work and his upcoming trip to Albuquerque to participate in the Southwest Organizing Project's Tierra del Soul: Fiestas de Chile y Arte on September 28, 2013. SWOP's own Marisol Archuleta also joins us live in studio to talk about the events leading up to, and including, Tierra del Soul.

Mon. 8/26 7p: Transnational interdisciplinary artist, educator, and organizer Favianna Rodriguez joins us for a phone conversation about her work and life. Rodriguez has collaborated with artists all around the country to create awareness and change. Through her work, Rodriguez touches on topics like migration, economic injustice, patriarchy, and food justice. Contributor Luna Olavarria Gallegos joins host George Luna-Peña for this interview.

Alberto Ledesma -

Mon. 7/29 7p: Alberto Ledesma is an educator, activist, former undocumented student, and creator of the cartoon "Diary of a Dreamer." His cartoon vignettes have been featured on various online outlets, including and Hejoins us for a phone conversation about his life experiences, his work, and why he has specifically chosen to focus on cartooning as his method of activism.

Voces: Writing Institute for Youth

Mon. 6/24 7p: Each June, the National Hispanic Cultural Center offers Voces: Writing Institute for Youth, a four week, intensive writing workshop for high school students. Students are guided by a writing mentor, published authors, and local poets through a curriculum of writing, editing, and performing. This year’s program is facilitated entirely by Urban Verbs, a multimedia hip hop theater production and collaborative.

Properties of Violence (Cover, University of Georgia Press

Mon. 5/27 7p: Scholar David Correa joins us live in-studio to discuss his recently published book entitled Properties of Violence: Law and Land Grant Struggle in Northern New Mexico. Through a compelling story about the conflict over the Tierra Amarilla land grant in northern New Mexico, Correia examines how law and property are constituted through violence and social struggle.

Just Write

Mar 23, 2013
Diahndra Grill

Mon. 3/25 7p: Through journaling, poetry, and performance, JustWrite empowers, heals, informs, enlightens, and engages the minds and hearts of multiple populations simultaneously. JustWrite is an attempt to encourage folks from all walks of life, socioeconomic situations, ethnicities and backgrounds to do simply that: “just write”. Lead facilitators and co-founders of JustWrite, Diahndra Grill and Carlos Contreras, join us live to talk about the program and share some pieces from past and current JustWrite participants.

The Pasó por Aquí Series

Mon. 1/28 7p: Eusebio Chacón, born in Peñasco, New Mexico, is arguably one of the most significant and most overlooked figures in New Mexico's cultural heritage. Dr. A. Gabriel Meléndez joins us in-studio to discuss a new collection of Chacón's writings. This collection, re-introduced, translated, and edited by Dr. Meléndez (UNM) and Dr. Francisco Lomelí (UCSB), brings together all published and written materials found and displays Chacón's versatility as an orator, translator, essayist, historian, novelist, and poet.

Mon. 11/5 7p: In recent years, a new generation of immigrant artists and, in particular, youth activists have used a variety of art and media forms to organize and inspire young people most affected by harsh immigration legislation.  They create collective spaces for youth empowerment thereby strengthening local and national networks. We will be joined by two organizers of an upcoming symposium on art, media, and immigration: Irene Vasquez and Rafael Martinez.