Weds. 7/21: A live performance of Gov't Mule, a southern rock band with a rich history and dynamic sound.

Fri. 7/23: Ethnomusicologist Ryan Skinner explores the rich culture of Mande in New York City.

Sat. 7/24: Catriona MacGregor discusses the joyful and renewing qualities of the natural world.

Sat, 7/31: Alexander Shaia, PhD discusses the importance of the number four to life and spirituality.

From the four seasons of nature to the four noble truths, in major religions, the various schools of psychology, and the world around us, we see the number four as integral to life and its cycles. Alexander Shaia sees the same cyclical pattern in the four gospels, as four distinct tenets of spiritual practice, and ultimately through a deep transformative process of faith.


source: BasementRug.com

Wed. 6/9: DJ Putnay plays some rare tracks from 1950's Rock and Blues legend Harold "Chuck" Willis.

for more about Chuck Willis visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Willis

Wed. 6/23: Tonight on the Blues Show, join DJ Putnay for an interview with this long-time rockin' Texas blues duo on the heels of their new album "Have Blues, Will Travel."

For more about the band, visit http://www.smokinjoekubek.com/

University of New Mexico

Fri. 6/4: Can learning physics actually be fun? Dr. Saul talks about teaching introductory college physics using an innovative and collaborative approach called the SCALE-UP method.

Dr. Jeff Saul has worked with and is teaching introductory college physics using the SCALE-UP method or Student-Centered Active Learning Environment for Undergraduate Programs. The SCALE-UP Project establishes a highly collaborative, hands-on, computer-rich, interactive learning environment for large, introductory college courses.

Fri. 6/18: A listener's potpouri of stories to celebrate Back Roads Radio's ten years on the air. We're selecting new stories, submitted by listeners, and choosing top favorites from the archives. If you've always wanted to have your voice heard on the radio, this may be the time to submit to: judy@backroadsradio.com.

Back Roads Radio is a Viewpoint Production, hosted and produced by Judy Goldberg.


Wed. 5/26: Two-time Blues Music Award nominee Guitar Shorty, aka David Kearney, joins Putnay in studio on the Blues Show.

About the artist, from GuitarShorty.org:
"Since (moving to Los Angeles in 1971) Shorty has recorded several albums for the Black Top label and is currently signed to Evidence Records. He often jams at local clubs with former members of the Eagles, Steely Dan, and calls local blues artist Keb Mo a personal friend and fan. He continues to capture audiences with his sincerity, energy, and Rocking/Blues style."

Thurs. 5/20: Host Mark Weber is joined by John Trentacosta of Straight Up, and KSFR jazz host Arlen Asher.

Host Mark Weber will have old friends John Trentacosta and Arlen Asher on board, live in the studio for conversation on this notion of jazz and the philosophical implications implied by playing a music that for the most part lets you do what you want and be who you are. A music that insists you be authentic and honest and friendly.

Fri. 5/21: Making decisions can be agonizing and challenging, yet ultimately freeing and energy-releasing. We will ride the bumpy road of decision-making to hear stories that reflect unique junctures and, at the same time, examine and affirm intention and commitment.

Back Roads Radio is a Viewpoint Production, hosted and produced by Judy Goldberg.

Sat. 5/1: Tash and Elena of the Santa Fe-based duo Indigifemme serenade us with beautiful music this week on Women's Focus.

For more about the band, visit http://www.Indigiefemme.com

Albuquerque, NM – This week, KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel talked with Senior Reporter Megan Kamerick about business news from around the state.

Santa Fe, NM – According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, Alvord, Kaune and Larragoite schools would be consolidated into the old Alameda middle school. The plan is expected to save $1 million for the district. However, the controversial closing of Acequia Madre Elementary school would be postponed to allow time for planning.

In addition, the Board plans to increase class sizes, reduce staff, cut some sports, fine arts, special education programs and eliminate some double dippers who earn salaries in addition to their pensions.

Albuquerque, NM – The Albuquerque Journal reports workers filled meeting chambers and overflow rooms on Thursday night. Workers expressed concern that pay cuts combined with increases in health care costs would be greater than Berry administration officials suggested.

With tax revenue down around 8 percent this fiscal year, city officials told councilors the city should cut salaries in order to avoid raising taxes or cutting basic services. Berry's administration pointed out that city workers had received raises in recent years.

Albuquerque, NM – In celebration of Earth Day, the Rio Grande Nature Center is hosting events on Saturday intended to get people out into nature. Participants in the BioBlitz event will participate in a one-day concentrated effort to do a biological inventory of the plants, insects, and animals in the Rio Grande Bosque in Albuquerque.

Albuquerque, NM – This week, KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel spoke with reporter Matthew Reichbach about news from around the state.

Santa Fe, NM – The Santa Fe Public Schools Board will meet tomorrow to make decisions on how to cover an estimated $7 million budget deficit.

Some proposals have included consolidating some small schools, closing others and cutting arts and music programs.

Meanwhile, a prominent Santa Fe think-tank has come up with yet another idea.

Washington, D.C. – More than 71,000 of those 18 to 24 years of age are, according to a new study by a group of some of the country's highest ranking retired military officers.

Sara Sciammacco reports for KUNM from Washington.

Albuquerque, NM – The House has already approved legislation and New Mexico Senator Tom Udall says he is hoping for a speedy approval of it in his chamber as well.

KUNM's Jim Williams spoke with Senator Udall about financial reform legislation.

Albuquerque, NM – Reporters who dive into the story at the Gaza Strip often do so at a risk. Commentator Iris Kletz says when those reporters come forward with information, they should be embraced. Iris Keltz is a writer, teacher, and human rights activist. She divides her time between Albuquerque and Taos.

Albuquerque, NM – More and more parents are facing the challenges and joys of raising children with autism. What about the sisters and brothers of autistic kids?

Katie Stone has this book review.

Stone does advocacy work for people with disabilities and has a family member with autism. She lives in Albuquerque.

Eileen Garvin will be reading from and signing her new book "How To Be A Sister: A Love Story With a Twist of Autism" April 20th at 7pm at Bookworks in Albuquerque.

Albuquerque, NM – School boards in Albuquerque and Santa Fe are saying that teacher layoffs and school closures may be necessary.

New Mexico U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman has co-sponsored legislation that he says could relieve some financial pressure the economic downturn has placed on school officials.

He said, "I don't think education is something that you want to fund just when the economy is strong you want to fund it all the time."

State Medicaid money may be cut

Apr 19, 2010

Santa Fe, NM – The federal government has, for many years, spent $4 to every $1 the state spends on Medicaid programs. But that may be about to change dramatically.

From our capitol newsroom, KUNM's Jim Williams reports.

Santa Fe, NM – Next Thursday is the 40th Annual Earth Day. KNME Channel 5 on Monday will take a look back at the history of the day and the future of its mission. The feature includes the late Santa Fean Stewart Udall, former Interior Secretary under the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations.

Reviewer Jim Terr got an early look.

Jim Terr is a satirist, actor, and videographer. He lives in Santa Fe.

Santa Fe, NM – The Santa Fe New Mexican reports more than 150 people attended the meeting to voice their concerns. Several of the more contentious options on the table include proposals to consolidate smaller schools and to cut salaries for teachers.

Some of last night's speakers spoke out against closing smaller schools like Acequia Madre Elementary School. Others called for teachers' pay to be preserved and for the board to look for savings by cutting administrative staff salaries.

Albuquerque, NM – This week, KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel spoke with Senior Reporter Megan Kamerick about business news from around the state.

Albuquerque, NM – Over one hundred cards were sent to several counties in recent days, after they surfaced in the Secretary of State's office. One of the results of the cards not being delivered when they should have been, in 2008, was that some qualified voters' ballots didn't count in that year's election.

The Secretary of State's office has denied knowledge of who sent the cards out earlier this week, and has said they were mailed inadvertently.

Albuquerque, NM – This week, KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel spoke with editor Gwyneth Doland about news from around the state.

Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico author Nancy King has a new book out. It's called the Stones Speak and it's actually a set of three stories woven together.

King is also a storyteller and teacher. She sat down with KUNM's Sarah Gustavus recently to talk about the book and how real life compares to fiction.

King will present a workshop this Saturday the 17th with the New Mexico Book Association. More information is available at her website.