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Documentary Preserves Latina LGBTQ History In New Mexico

Before there was an internet, young lesbians in Albuquerque connected and found each other in public using a covert sonic signal. A documentary film celebrating that part of New Mexico’s Latina LGBTQ culture premieres in Albuquerque on Friday, Sept. 20. The film acknowledges and preserves a mostly unknown piece of local history.

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Hepatitis Outbreak Spreads To Northern NM, State Brings Big Data To Bear On Methane Pollution

Agency Says Hepatitis A Outbreak Spreads Into Rio Arriba County – Associated Press Health officials say an outbreak of hepatitis A cases has spread into northern New Mexico's Rio Arriba County.

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Katie Stone

World Music

The Children's Hour 9/21 Sat 9a: Travel to distant lands through song as we explore world music. Featuring performances recorded at Globalquerque 2019's school time show before an audience of a thousand kids by the Yup'ik band, Pamyua and the Garifuna Collective from Belize. The kids also interview the best selling author of more than 20 novels for young readers, Rick Riordan . It's all in an hour! Saturdays 9-10am on KUNM.

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Let's Talk Decriminalizing Addiction

Let's Talk NM 9/5, 8a: Communities across New Mexico are trying a new approach to substance use disorder: having law enforcement work with service providers to get people into treatment instead of sending them to jail. We wrap up our summer series on recovery with a discussion of Law Enforcement-Assisted Diversion and similar programs. We want to hear from you! If you've quit using drugs or alcohol, how did interactions with the criminal justice system help or hurt your recovery process? How do these diversion programs make a difference for people who want to quit using? Do they go far enough in treating addiction as a public health issue rather than a criminal issue? Email questions or comments to LetsTalk@kunm.org, or call in live during the show at (505) 277-5866.

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In a unique display of artistic collaboration, three Santa Fe theater companies are sharing production duties this fall on a prize-winning three-part drama.  At the center is Iraq War veteran Elliot Ortiz, who shares with the trilogy's playwright, Quiara Alegría Hudes, family roots in Latin America and a hometown of West Philadelphia.  Staged in repertory by Teatro Paraguas, Santa Fe Playhouse, and Ironweed Productions, The Elliot Trilogy performs September 26 - October 13.

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Agency Says Hepatitis A Outbreak Spreads Into Rio Arriba CountyAssociated Press

Health officials say an outbreak of hepatitis A cases has spread into northern New Mexico's Rio Arriba County.

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Just half of New Mexico high school seniors last year filled out a form to get federal assistance in paying for college, according to state officals. Now, the state's Public Education Department is launching efforts to boost that number as part of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s plan to make college free for New Mexicans at public institutions. 

Courtesy of StormMiguel Florez

Before there was an internet, young lesbians in Albuquerque connected and found each other in public using a covert sonic signal. A documentary film celebrating that part of New Mexico’s Latina LGBTQ culture premieres in Albuquerque on Friday, Sept. 20. The film acknowledges and preserves a mostly unknown piece of local history.

The Rahim Alhaj trio

Sep 19, 2019

For this special feature Albuquerque's renowned composer/oud master Rahim Alhaj & his trio perform original tunes from the 2018 album "One Sky" and discuss the dynamics of presenting music from a group of Iraqi, Iranian & US nationals to audiences worldwide.

Recorded by Chip Borton with John Strader in Studio A on  August 28, 2019, the Trio are: Rahim Alhaj, oudSourena Sefati: santourNick Baker: percussion Most of the Rahim Alhaj catalog is available from Smithsonian Folkways.  Keep up with him at www.rahimalhaj.com


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Court Halts Timber Activity In Southwest Over Threatened Owl - By Felicia Fonseca Associated Press

A federal court has halted timber activity across tens of thousands of square miles of the American Southwest over a threatened owl.

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New Mexico Weighs Tuition-Free College For Local Students – Associated Press

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham wants to provide free tuition and waive fees for in-state students across the state's network of public universities, colleges and community colleges.

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Trump Seeks To Spring Upset In New Mexico Next YearAssociated Press

President Donald Trump arrived in New Mexico for a campaign rally that demonstrates his efforts to capture a few more Democratic-leaning states in next year's presidential election.

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A sea of red hats and red shirts surrounded the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho last night as Trump supporters gathered to chant and shout their patriotism. When he came three years ago, headlines highlighted the violent reaction to his visit to Albuquerque, though hundreds had protested peacefully for hours before that went down. This time, his campaign painted New Mexico as a winnable swing state, saying he had growing support among Hispanic voters. 

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What Chocolate In Chaco Canyon Reveals About Trade And Rituals

University Showcase 9/20, 8a: In 2009, Professor Patricia L. Crown uncovered the first evidence of chocolate consumption in North America in jars from Chaco Culture National Historic Park in Northwest NM. On this episode, we discuss what this discovery reveals about Chaco rituals and civilization, including the extent of trading networks across the Southwest and MesoAmerica.

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Public Health New Mexico

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Transplant Rules Leave NM Behind

When a liver is available for donation anywhere in the country, there are federal rules that dictate who gets it. The sicker you are, the sooner you get one. Those rules were updated this year and they’re supposed to help more folks get that life-saving transplant. But the new rules might not make things better for everyone.

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