Espejos de Aztlan

Monday 7:00PM - 7:30PM

Bilingual arts and public affairs program with interviews.  Click here to email questions and comments.

Photo Credit: Ferrán Jordá (Creative Commons License)

Mon. Oct. 26th, 7p: Dr. Lane Leckman is a life-long Albuquerque resident and UNM area neighbor, a graduate of and a former professor at the UNM School of Medicine, and now a happily retired psychiatrist. He´ll talk about his work with the American Immigration Lawyers Association and his involvement with the New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice in providing necessary legal, medical, and psychiatric services for some of the 600 women and children currently detained at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, NM.

Mon. Oct. 20th, 7p: Espejos de Aztlán will host Melanie Vizcaino from UNM English Department to talk about the UNM 5th Annual Literature Conference happening Thursday October 23rd, and for which renowned Chicana poet and writer Ana Castillo will be main speaker. Join us to hear about the latest writing works of Ana Castillo.


Oct 10, 2014
Photography: Adolphe Pierre-Louis

Mon. Oct. 13th, 7p: Enjoy a short avant-première of the play ¡Bocón! that will be performed by Working Classroom very soon. ¡Bocón! is a bilingual fable filled with humor, magical realism, and songs directed by Rebeca Mayorga and written by Lisa Loomer.

A 12-year-old boy, Miguel, flees a repressive Central American military regime for a new life in Los Angeles. Along the way he meets up with an unusual travelling companion who you might know...


Mon. Oct.6th. 7p: Host Henry Gonzales will be interviewing Ron Brenneman,  author of Perquin Musings, who currently resides in El Salvador.  During his time in New Mexico, he will talk at various events about "Poverty, development & education in rural El Salvador ", such as:

Thursday, October 9th, 7:00 pm, Center for Peace & Justice (202 Harvard Dr SE, Albuquerque)

Sunday, October 12th, 2:00 pm , Op.cit Books (500 Montezuma Ave, Santa Fe)



South Valley Male Involvement Project

Mon. Sept. 29th. 7p: Olodum in Brazil, Orquesta Cateura in Paraguay, and A.G.D. in Albuquerque´s South Valley are examples of music serving as a powerful transformative tool for youth development that creates solidarity with their community, and builds self-respect.

Javier Alvarado, Xavier Barreras, and Omar Torres, the rap group A.G.D. releasing their first CD later this week, describe their involvement and contributions to the successes of the South Valley Male Involvement Project, along with Carlos M. Flores, project coordinator.

Ian Sane

Mon. Sept. 22, 7p: "We don´t need no stinking water" … when clean water, fresh air and renewable energy is right here, waiting to be used wisely!

Host Adam Aguirre sits down with Vicente García, director of Juntos New Mexico, and Eduardo García (no relation), a community organizer at the same organization, to discuss the recent launching of the program, and its mission to organize and articulate the many and specific needs, values, and voices of Latino families and of Latino communities locally, and within the greater regional and national conservation movements.

Cover: "Resolana: Emerging Chicano Dialogues on Community and Globalization" by M. Montiel, T. Atencio & E. A. Mares

Mon. Sept. 1st, 7p: We´ll honor a pioneer and activist for Latino Human Rights, one of the founders of La Academia de la Nueva Raza, and UNM Professor of Sociology: Dr. Tomás Atencio.

His life was fullfilled by his love for La Nueva Raza (New People). We´ll converse with UNM Professor Felipe Gonzales about Dr. Atencio´s ideas and his contribution to Chicano history and thought.

Mon. August 25th, 7p: It took an act of Congress on September 17, 1968, just to get a “National Hispanic Heritage Week”, and another one in 1988 to get “National Hispanic Heritage Month.” Year cannot be far off...

La Campana De Justicia

Jul 30, 2014
Manifestación contra la violencia de la mujer
Sergio Cosmopolita

Mon.  August 4th,  7p: A Spanish-language documentary on the murders of women in México and New Mexico, updates the 2013 English-language documentary “The Bell of Justice” which was also aired on Espejos de Aztlán. This program compares and contrasts the experiences of family members of murdered and disappeared women with justice systems in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua City, and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Edward Gonzales in his studio / Credit: Cristina Baccin

Mon. 21 July, 7:00 p: One of the state´s largest elementary schools is named after him, a veteran of the Vietnam war returning home with the need to bring beauty and light against the darkness in the world through his art, the recipient of the 2013 Governor´s Award for Excellence in the Arts, Edward Gonzales talks with us from his studio in Bernalillo. 

Cover: Música Electroacústica De Compositores Latinoamericanos (Electroacoustic Music By Latin American Composers) / Compiled by: Ricardo Dal Farra - www.

Mon. 30 June, 7p: An interview with Dr. Ricardo Dal Farra, composer and multimedia artist, researcher, educator, performer and curator. We´ll talk about  how was Electroacustic music developed in Latin America. 

Dr. Dal Farra´s  Latin American Electroacoustic Music Collection is part of the Digital Latin America exhibition, organized by 516 Arts, in Albuquerque. You can visit this Collection here:

National Organization for Women (NOW) / www.facebook/National Organization for Women

Mon. 23 June, 7p: Nancy López and Irene Vásquez will be speakers at the NOW (National Organization for Women) Conference,  in Albuquerque from June 27 to 29. What does it mean for Latinas and Chicanas to participate in this National Feminist Organization? What did NOW achieve for Chicanas and Latinas? Join this discussion with host Guille Quiroz.

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Sisa Toaquiza - /

  Mon. 2 June, 7p: From the deepest corners of Latin America we enter the digital world.   Access into the digital age modifies, creates feedback and opens new perspectives on art and folklore in Latin America.

To sample we need a window.  Sisa Toaquiza, Flor de los Andes (Flower of the Andes), an indigenous singer, a Tiqua from the Ecuadorean Highlands, shows how access to the internet and digital media permits an artist to reach a global audience from the farthest reaches of our American continents.

There is Art, hear…

May 19, 2014
Cover: "Guernica Revisited" by Richard Vargas

Mon. 26 May, 7p: Host Adam Aguirre spent Mothers’ Day with California native, now Albuquerque resident, author, editor, poet Richard Vargas discussing the life of the poet, the state of Chicano poetry and the realities of Chicano literature. Richard Vargas, editor/publisher of The Tequila Review and of The Más Tequila Review, reflects on what it means and what it should mean to be a Chicano poet, and describes the work behind his new book, part of the Press 53 Silver Concho Poetry Series, Guernica, revisited.


May 19, 2014
Poster: "Guera" /

Mon. 19 May, 7p:  Theater actress Lisandra Tena will talk with ESPEJOS DE AZTLÁN. Ms. Tena is the  main character of theater play “Guera”. The performance will take place at the Working Classroom. She will talk about how this monologue performance came to be, and in her way she gives a a sense of what the concept guera is about.

Mon. 12 May 7p:  Henry Gonzales will interview members of the Sephardic community about the upcoming  Festival Djudeo Espanyol 2014. Héctor Contreras, one of the presenters,  will talk about two Mexican film presentations at the Festival.  Héctor is a native of Chihuahua, México who has done extensive research on Jewish literature, history and culture. 

Marcha Día del Trabajo/UNM Dream Team / 1 de mayo 2014 (Abq, NM,USA) Photo: Cristina Baccin

Mon. 5 May, 7p: Four years ago, Ramón Dorado Mendoza was rapidly deported after being stopped by Airport police on the I-25 as he was driving to his college classes. He came with his family to Albuquerque as a child of 6 years old from Chihuahua, México.

Tribuno del Pueblo Logo /

Mon. 14 April, 7p: Join host Adam Aguirre as he meets the border-crossing, field-working, fruit-picking, college-graduating, newspaper-publishing, typical suburban wife and mother of two, and Chicagoan by choice, Laura Cortez Garcia.

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. 

Cesar Chavez Mural, by Carlos “Cookie” Gonzalez (Malcolm X Plaza) / San Francisco State University Student Union (

Mon. March 24th, 7p: Tune in to Espejos de Aztlán Monday evening when we will have a conversation with representatives of Recuerda a César Chávez, in anticipation of the upcoming César Chávez Day March and Celebration on March 29 in Albuquerque!

Mon. March 17, 7p: Join us this evening in Espejos with Monica Irlando-Wildman, and Members of Health Care Justice Coalition to discuss benefits and challenges of enrolling on healthcare.  Deadline is March 31st!

Centennial and Market Exchange are the two options in New Mexico but there are still people falling in the cracks. This evening we’ll follow up on needed discussions for our health care coverage opportunities and rights.

Back Cover: "Lowriting – Shots, Rides and Stories from the Chicano Soul"

Mon. 10 March, 7p: Santino J. Rivera, editor with Broken Sword Publications, sits down with host Adam Aguirre to take a look at the iconic yet misunderstood Chicano mystery man, the “Lowrider,” through the works collected in the newly released anthology, Lowriting – Shots, Rides and Stories from the Chicano Soul. The Lowrider comes into focus through the eyes of Los Angeles-based photographer Art Meza, and we come to understand the Lowrider’s message, his meaning, his soul, through the words of Lowriters everywhere, including several from here in New Mexico.

"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.

"Don Usner" by Cheye Pagel /

Mon. Feb. 24th, 7pm:  Espejos de Aztlán will bring you Theater and TV producer Dan Guerrero talking about his father’s movie documentary: “Lalo Guerrero: The Original Chicano”. Lalo is considered “Father of the Chicano Music”, a fun and entertaining musician who reflects the richness of Chicano roots in the U. S. You can tune in KUNM and get the feeling as of why he is much beloved.

Mon. 9 Feb. 7:00p:: Join host Adam Aguirre and guests Justin Remer-Thamert, Program Director of the New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice, and Gabriela Vera, a volunteer at the Coalition and Coordinator at Familia Corazón, to discuss the Coalition’s presentation of the New Mexico debut of “The Second Cooler” (La segunda nevera), a documentary film by Ellin Jimmerson. / 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.

"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.

Photography: Benny The Icepick

Mon. 30 Dec. 7p: Host Adam Aguirre takes us to downtown Albuquerque to look at the aftermath of a fire that destroyed a physical part of the National Institute of Flamenco on December 18, and to discuss the impact of the fire and the future of the Institute with its world-renowned founder, Eva Encinias Sandoval.

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)

Altar for Murdered and Missing Albuquerque Women - Day of the Dead, November 2013

International Human Rights Day ESPEJOS DE AZTLÁN Special 

Mon. 9 Dec. 7-8p: In commemoration of December 10, International Human Rights Day, Espejos de Aztlán will host a special program on cross-border violence against women. The one-hour documentary examines the murders of women in New Mexico, El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.  Listeners will hear from victims’ relatives, women’s advocates and scholars who will discuss systemic gender violence, political corruption and denials of justice.