Espejos de Aztlan

Monday 7:00PM - 7:30PM

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

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

Poet Tim Z. Hernández

Nov 24, 2013

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.

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.

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.

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. 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). 


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. (

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.

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).

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.

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).

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.

Project Feed the Hood

Jul 12, 2013
: Southwest Organizing Project

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.

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.

South Valley Multipurpose Center

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.

Fresco by Frederico Vigil - Photo: Jeff Keck /

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).


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.

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.

Theater Production: The Motherf**ker with the Hat

Apr 6, 2013
The Vortex Theatre

Mon. 4/8  7p:  Alicia Lueras Maldonado and Ed Chavez, cast members of  the Vortex Theater Production of The Motherfu**ker with the Hat will be interviewed about this new work.  It is a 2011 Tony-nominated play, written by Stephen Adly Guirigs, directed by Leslee Richards, set in a blue-collar Puerto Rican community in New York City.  March 22-April 14 at the Vortex Theatre.

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.


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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.

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.

International Women’s Day

Mar 3, 2013
International Women’s Day - Cuban Poster 1975

Mon. 3/4 7.00 p: Eleanor Chavez and Maria Gallegos, members of the organizing committee for International Women's Day, will discuss how they have been coming together for a few months every year since 1987 to put on the International Women's Day Celebration. The primary focus of the International Women's day event is to educate about union women and their contributions to history.  This year they will be honoring Emma Teneyuca, Fannie Sellins, and the washerwomen of Atlanta.

Mundos de mestizaje. A Vision of History through Fresco by Frederico Vigil / Torreon Fresco - National Hispanic Cultural Center (detail)

Mon. 2/4 7p: New Executive Director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation, Julie Morgas Baca will share with us her projects  for the future  of the most beloved Latin Center of New Mexico.

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.