Sat. 7/2 at 7pm: Known for his extraordinary exploration and personalization of the blues, Bibb talks with Art of the Song's Vivian Nesbitt in depth about his creative process, his early influences and his life growing up as a musician in New York and Europe.

Eric Bibb graciously performed for Concerts and Conversations a collaboration with AMP Concerts recorded at the Outpost Jan 18.

The program features tunes recorded at the concert as well as from his CDs.

More about Eric Bibb

Albuquerque, NM – The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service today unveiled its recovery plan for the threatened Mexican Spotted Owl. This comes at a time when the Wallow Fire burning in eastern Arizona has likely destroyed much of the bird's habitat.

Laurel Morales reports from the Fronteras Desk.

Albuquerque, NM – Every Friday we talk about business news around the state. Megan Kamerick has a story in today's Business Weekly about a state law that was created to protect people who've had their identities stolen.

KUNM's Sarah Gustavus checked in with Megan about why the law has taken years to be implemented.

Bill Would Prevent Discrimination Against Unemployed

Jun 23, 2011

Washington, D.C. – It's been said it takes money to make money. But increasingly, it seems you have to have a job to get a job.

KUNM Capitol reporter Elizabeth Wynne Johnson has this story on an emerging form of employment discrimination, and what lawmakers in Washington are trying to do about it.


Cameron, AZ – About 40% of the people who live on the Navajo Nation don't have running water. That's nearly 70,000 people. The tribe has been struggling for decades to get more drinking water.

As Laurel Morales reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, the Navajo Nation is now on the verge of an historic agreement that will help them get a share of the Colorado River.

Tuscon, AZ – The repercussions of a busted Mexico gun-running sting run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are being felt from the southern border to Washington, D.C. The operation collapsed earlier this year after a federal agent was killed on the Arizona border.

As Michel Marizco from the Fronteras Changing America Desk reports, the blame for the operation may scatter to several federal agencies.


Thurs. 6/30 at 9am: During the summer, oboes, violins and flutes can be heard floating on the mountain air of Northern New Mexico. Tune in for a diverse collection of classical pieces recorded live at the Angel Fire Chamber Music Festival.


Wed. 6/29 at 7pm: Everybody knows Patti Littlefield as a jazz singer, but tonight she makes her KUNM debut as a blues singer. Plus, songs about gambling and luck, and a late appearance by local acoustic blues man, Les Cano.

More about Patti Littlefield

Albuquerque, NM – One conversation at a time, StoryCorps Historias is collecting the Latino stories and voices of our time.

Arturo Estrada was raised the 8th of eleven children on a farm in Las Animas, Colorado. With only a high school education, he became director of the Council de la Raza, both in New Mexico and Washington, D.C. He offers his advice for a new generation of job seekers and talks about the breakthroughs he witnessed while working with the Farmworkers Movement.

Flagstaff, AZ – Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Monday that he'll extend a temporary ban on any new uranium mining claims surrounding the Grand Canyon National Park. As Laurel Morales reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, during the next six months his agency will complete an environmental review and recommend a 20-year moratorium.

Review: Inventing Van Gogh

Jun 21, 2011

Santa Fe, NM – Two productions in Santa Fe this week - one theater, one documentary. The theater production conveys the tortured life and brilliant work of artist Vincent Van Gogh, and the other is as straightforward a documentary as possible about the Nuremberg trials of the Nazis.

Our reviewer Jim Terr says both productions have interesting twists. Terr is a song satirist, actor and video producer in Santa Fe.

Changes in How Undocumented Criminals Treated by ICE

Jun 20, 2011

San Diego, CA – In response to criticism, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has announced a series of reforms to its Secure Communities program, intended to get rid of immigrants who are dangerous criminals.

From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Ruxandra Guidi has our story.

Sun. 6/26 at 11am: Crypto-Judaism is the secret adherence to Judaism while publicly professing to be of another faith; practitioners are referred to as "crypto-Jews." The term crypto-Jew is also used to describe descendents who maintain some Jewish traditions of their ancestors, often secretly, while publicly adhering to other faiths, most commonly, Catholicism.


Sat. 6/25 at 7pm: Hear Gamelan Encantada - an Albuquerque-based percussion ensemble performing traditional Javanese, contemporary and experimental music.

Slideshow photo: Gamelan Encantada and Friends at the Festival of Asian Cultures, May 2006, at GamelanEncantada.net

Carlsbad, NM – Arizona is not the only state overwhelmed by wildfire. New Mexicans began this week with a total of three fires, including the big Wallow fire IN ARIZONA which crossed the state line. Aggravating the fire season this year is a severe drought especially in southern New Mexico.

So far the number of acres burned statewide has already more than doubled the yearly average. From the Fronteras Changing America desk Monica Ortiz Uribe reports that so far New Mexico has done a fair job of managing the blazes.

40th Anniversary of the U.S. War on Drugs

Jun 17, 2011

San Diego, CA – Forty years ago today, President Richard Nixon declared a "war on drugs." Today, drug policy represents one of the most contested issues in the U.S. and in Mexico. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Ruxandra Guidi has our story.


Thurs. 6/23 at Noon: Tune in this week for an interview between Host Mark Weber and accomplished and versatile flutist, James Newton.

James Newton is back in town -- on summer break from his professorial duties at UCLA music department -- he and his wife Jo Ann and daughter Sydney keep a summer home in Corrales, and wish they could stay year round, like the rest of us........

Albuquerque, NM – As unrest continues in many Middle Eastern countries, some are wondering what the impact will be on the Israel/Palestine conflict. Commentator Diane Schmidt says she's finally ready to participate in the debate. Schmidt is a writer and photojournalist. She lives in Albuquerque.

Photo: Mindy Grossberg

Art Therapy Program Serves Albuquerque Homeless

Jun 15, 2011

Albuquerque, NM – Around 17,000 people struggle with homelessness each year in New Mexico. That's according to the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness.

In Albuquerque, an art therapy program is working to challenge stereotypes and transform the lives of homeless individuals and families through emotional healing and community connections. KUNM's Sara Van Note went to the Artstreet studio to check it out.

San Diego, CA – On any given day, there are about 37,000 immigrants in detention throughout the U.S. Before they get deported, many are often transferred to remote jails. From our the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Ruxandra Guidi has our story.


StoryCorps Historias: CJ Maestas and Grandfathers

Jun 14, 2011

Albuquerque, NM – One conversation at a time, StoryCorps Historias is collecting the Latino stories and voices of our time.

El Paso, TX – The U.S. government has granted asylum to a Mexican human rights activist who claimed she was threatened by the Mexican military. From the Changing America Desk, Monica Ortiz Uribe reports the announcement was made during a bi-national peace march in El Paso.

Correction: Cirpriana Juarado lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico not El Paso, Texas as originally reported in this story.

Albuquerque, NM – The struggling Mexican grey wolf population may have to struggle a little harder. Last week the New Mexico Game and Fish Commission voted to pull state support from the wolf reintroduction program. The decision comes at a time when the wolves are also threatened by the smoke and flames of the Wallow wildfire.

El Paso. TX – In Mexico, the sight of a police officer doesn't always inspire a sense of security. On the contrary many Mexicans distrust their local police force. This is the case in Ciudad Juarez where authorities have failed to control an eruption of drug-related violence that's left more than 8,000 dead.

Albuquerque, NM – Smoke from the Arizona wildfires still lingers over much of New Mexico but commentator Howard Passell says it could be worse. He is an ecologist who works on regional and global resource sustainability issues at Sandia National Laboratories. He lives north of Bernalillo.


Sat. 6/18 at 7pm: Dr. Wayne Shrubsall (Adobe Brothers, Jazz a la Carte) drops by for an in-studio Lesson in the Banjo - a preview of his Really Bigger Banjo Show at SBCC on 6/24.

Really Bigger Banjo Show - ticket and show info

Slideshow photo: Dr Wayne Shrubsall (source: banjohangout.org)

Albuquerque, NM – Each week we check in with reporters from the New Mexico Business Weekly on business news around the state. KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel has this week's report.

Flagstaff, AZ – Over the last decade forests in the Southwest have seen more catastrophic fires, like the one burning right now in Eastern Arizona. Scientists say it's a result of unhealthy forests. A new effort aims to restore the landscape and if it works in Arizona, it could be used on the 180 million acres of ponderosa pine forests across the west.

From the Fronteras Changing America Desk in Flagstaff, Laurel Morales reports.

Fri. 6/17 at 8am: Drawing from historic events and settings in New Mexico, we hear stories that blend long held traditions and culture with newcomer perspectives and sensibilities. Contemporary New Mexico emerges from mixed origins and fertile ground.

Featured guests are Jason Silverman, Lucy Moore and Judy Goldberg. Back Roads Radio is hosted by Judy Goldberg and produced by Viewpoint Productions.