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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
Mon. 11/11 7p: Tim Z. Hernandez, poet, performance artist, author, joins host Adam Aguirre to talk about his many projects including the research, fund drive, and dedication of an ultimate memorial to the "deportees" killed in the infamous Los Gatos Canyon plane crash in 1948. He´ll also discuss the release of his new novel, "Mañana Means Heaven", which tells the story of "the Mexican girl" at the center of Kerouac's Beat classic, "On the Road". Hernandez will be reading at Collected Works in Santa Fe on Nov. 19, and at BookWorks in Albuquerque on Wednesday Nov. 20.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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).
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. (http://raquelzrivera.com)
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. 9/9, 7p: Santa Fe’s Jerry Lopez, of the Lopez Brothers, returns to Santa Fe’s Lensic Theater for a one-night show benefitting the National Latino Behavioral Health Association on September 14. Host Adam Aguirre sits down with Jerry Lopez to reflect on Jerry’s own rich and musical New Mexican heritage, and on all things Santa Fe (60´s - 70´s Santa Fe, that is), as he catches us up on a truly remarkable career.
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).
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.
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).
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 Pocho.com and CultureStrike.net. 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.
Mon. 7/15 7p: Organizers from the Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP) will discuss their community food justice initiative, “Project Feed the Hood”. Project Feed the Hood is a food literacy and community gardening initiative that aims to improve community health through education and revival of traditional growing methods that are both sustainable and culturally relevant.
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.
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.
Mon. 17 June, 7p: Join us with Center for Law and Poverty, and Health Action of New Mexico. Guille Quiroz will host a discussion with both organizations who are taking the initiative to educate our people on Medicaid expansion in New Mexico. What seems complicated may not really be. Tune in and get an idea of who is eligible and how.
Mon. 10 June 7p:Albuquerque’s Annual Celebration of the History, Language, and Culture of the “Hidden Jews” of New Mexico, celebrates its third year. Host Henry Gonzales will interview Hershel Weiss, Festival Coordinator, and Maria Apodaca about the upcoming Sephardic/Crypto-Jewish Festival that will take place during Fathers Day weekend, June 14-16th, at Nahalat Shalom (3606 Rio Grande NW, Albuquerque).
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).
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.
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.