Espejos de Aztlan

Monday 7:00PM - 7:30PM

Latino bilingual arts and public affairs program with interviews. Coordinator: Adam Aguirre.  Click here to email questions and comments.

Sat. 1/16, 3p: In this show, we share an interview conducted by Cristina Baccin with Grammy nominee, Magos Herrera, and composer Paola Prestini about their just released album Con Alma” An operatic tableau on  isolation (National Sawdust Tracks) which explores isolation and connection during this global confinement. /

Lunes 10 de agosto, 19hs.: Con el nuevo siglo y con nuevos y viejos desafíos, una nueva generación de músicos y compositores del espectro panamericano refunda y recrea la Nueva Canción latinoamericana del siglo anterior. La revisita incluye una profunda recreación de la música de los años ´60, ´70 u ´80s  con nuevos arreglos musicales así como nuevas composiciones que reflejan los reclamos y las complejidades identitarias que salen a la luz en el arte y en los movimientos sociales contemporáneos. 


Mon. 8/3, 7p: On Espejos de Aztlán, in a conversation with Dr. Yolanda Chávez Leyva hosted by Cristina Baccin, we talk about the controversial figure of Juan de Oñate y Salazar and the veneration of Spanish conquerors by some in the Southwest: what´s their role in the history of inclusion/exclusion in the Southwest and in the USA as a nation. 

Dr. Vanessa Fonseca-Chávez, Inaugural Poet Laureate of New Mexico Levi Romero, and Dr. Spencer R. Herrera talk with host Cristina Baccin  about what´s a querencia: is it a place in your heart?

Las Vegas, New Mexico Fiesta Poster Collection of Martina Tapia – Photo Courtesy: Lillian Gorman

Mon. 7/6, 7p: On Espejos de Aztlán, New Mexican author Dr. Lillian Gorman shares insights from her research on the 4th of July Fiestas in Las Vegas, New Mexico. In a re-evaluation of the Fiestas cultural richness and its deeply rooted anchor as querencia for many northern Nuevomexicanos. We will chat about these Fiestas as a “love of place” and as a "contestatory space" at the same time, hosted by Cristina Baccin. / Human Rights Awareness Month

Mon. 6/8, 7p: Today, on Espejos de Aztlán we have a conversation with Prof. Nancy López hosted by Cristina Baccin regarding the brutality and cruelty of police officers in the murder of Mr. George Floyd.  We will discuss how this tragic incident is related with our nation’s history of slavery, intentional segregation and institutionalized racism.  Dr.

The Mari-Luci Jaramillo Collection / National Hispanic Cultural Center

Mon. 4/13, 8p:  On Espejos de Aztlán, we honor Dr. Mari-Luci Jaramillo´s life and contributions to New Mexico, our nation and the world.  A native of Las Vegas, New Mexico, who advocated for civil rights become the first Latina to hold a United States ambassadorship.  

Cuéntame… Count Me In!

Mar 2, 2020

Mon. 3/2, 7p: Today, on Espejos de Aztlán we´ll talk about why do we want to be counted and why New Mexico Counts in the 2020 Census in a conversation hosted by Cristina Baccin.

Today´s  participants:

On Espejos de Aztlán, author Dr. Mike Tapia guides us in the examination of gang history and its subcultures in this unique Southwest borderland region, and how promote changes that help youth-at-risk, hosted by Cristina Baccin.

Mon. 12/2, 7p: On  Espejos de Aztlán, we converse with Carolina Ugaz-Morán,  author of Aline and the Blue Bottle  (Aline y la botella azul), a book in which a magical world opens before the eyes of its reader. The book takes a reader on a trip of ancient Incan mythology through the richness of the quechua language and legends. Join hostess Cristina Baccin in this conversation with Ms.

Rafael Martinez

Mon. 11/18 7p: In this show we feature an exclusive interview with filmmaker Jennifer A. Cárcamo. Jennifer sat down with Espejos De Aztlán hosts, Froilan Orozco & Rafael Alejandro to talk about her documentary Eternos Indcocumentados, which captures the stories of recently arrived Central American refugees and explores the root causes of forced migration.

Ann Murdy Courtesy - "On the path of marigolds", 2019

Mon. 11/4, 7p: Between life and death there are blurred frontiers in Mexican traditions. The celebration of El día de los Muertos is time for a feast that honors the lives of ancestors with arcs of brightly colored marigolds, candlelight processions, reverance and offerings, deeply grounded in cultural heritage.

Mon. 10/14 7p:  Espejos de Aztlán  features an exclusive interview with Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) President, Dr. Thomas A. Saenz. Dr. Saenz sat down with Espejos De Aztlán hosts, Froilan Orozco, Moi Santos, & Rafael Alejandro to talk about important ongoing cases in immigration, education, and labor rights.


Mon. 10/7, 7p: On Espejos de Aztlán, we´ll speak about the EcoLiteracy Project at the University of New Mexico with Dr. Michelle Hall Kells and with Dr. Rachel C. Jackson about her research, “Resisting Relocation: Placing leadership on decolonized Indigenous landscapes”, hosted by Cristina Baccin.

Art by Shaun Beyale

Mon. 9/30, 7p: In Espejos de Aztlán, we speak about the Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya Symposia on the Indigenous Southwest with Dr.

Rafael Martinez

Mon. 8/19 7p: This episode will introduce us to the music & educational collective called Las Brujas Jaraneras. This group practices and performs "Son Jarocho" music that is traditional to Veracruz, Mexico. The music collective talks about their educational philosophy and community outreach efforts.

Mon. 07/15/19 7p: This episode will take you through an audio journey into sanctuary. The story of Kadhim Albumohammed's asnctuary is told through his 19-year-old daughter, Courtney Albumohammed.

Mon. 6/18 7p: This episode features the stories of 10 year old BMX phenom, Taio Taylor, and 17 year old singer/songwriter, Santiago Roybal. Taio Taylor just made it to a world competition in Belgium where she will be representing the U.S. and New Mexico. Her family, Chacho Taylor, Robel Taylor, and Tatiana Taylor join us to talk about their experience in BMX bike riding and other projects.

Jim Holbrook

Mon. 5/27 7p: This episode of Espejos de Aztlan features a lecture and reading by Demetria Martinez, who reads from her novel, Mother Tongue, and talks about the 1988 conspiracy in connection with allegedly transporting two Salvadoran refugees into the United States. This show also includes a brief history and and recount of today's Sanctuary Movement with Sanctuary Coordinator, Marian Bock. Recordings were conducted by the Humans of New Mexico collective.

This episode includes an interview with Albuquerque's very own, The Riddims, who will be talking to us about their "High Desert Reggae" musical fusion. The Riddims also preview songs from their upcoming album "Grounded."

Froilan Orozco and Rafael Martinez are members of the Humans of New Mexico collective who produce stories of everyday people in Nuevo Mexico and contributors to the Espejos de Aztlan show.

Migrant Songs /

Lunes, 4 de marzo, 19hs: Cada vez que caminamos cerca del Río Grande se pueden escuchar los profundos sonidos de la naturaleza. Y en especial , los trinos de los pájaros. El Valle del  Río Grande, sus sonidos y sus pájaros son la inspiración de la puesta musical y teatral MIGRANT SONGS  (Canciones migratorias): ¿nos parecemos los seres humanos a los pájaros? ¿Migramos como ellos?

This show features, Dr. Laura Belmonte, who shares with us her ongoing research on "white flight" and Latinx immigration demographic shifts in Albuquerque's South Valley through the historical case study of two churches: Riverside Baptist Church and Iglesia Sinai.

Courtesy of the artist - Eric J. García, Drawing on Anger, Ohio State University Press, 2018

With his sharp pen and observational prowess, the Chicano artist Eric J. García brings into focus social criticism regarding discrimination and the double standards in American society with courage and empathy. In this interview hosted by Cristina Baccin, Mr.

Puerto Rican artist Mariano Morales spoke with Raíces hostess Cristina Baccin about a special concert dedicated to the people of Puerto Rico. Latin Grammy Award-winning flutist Néstor Torres joined in the conversation from Barbados. Music as an empowering tool and the embrace that Puerto Rican music and culture offers are some of the topics of this joyful conversation. /

Mon. 9/3, 7p: Puerto Rican artists of "Defying darkness" -exhibition in 516 Arts- talk with hostess Cristina Baccin about art, social activism and how artists can contribute to empower people when a crisis is ignited.


Mon. 8/6, 7p: We adopted an African saying in the United States, “It takes a village to raise a child”, so on today´s Espejos de Aztlán we will have a conversation hosted by Cristina Baccin about early childhood development in the City of Albuquerque, especially how the needs of Latino babies and their families are being met. 

Our guests from the City of Albuquerque are: 

Claire Dudley-Chavez, Senior Education Advisor focusing on early childhood, after-school and summer programs.

Picture: Irving Mondragon (Diversidad sin fronteras)

Sat. 8/4, 3p: An interview with Charlotte -who fled from Honduras-, and Nakai -an activist and doctoral candidate at Harvard University-  about the 2018 Transgender Caravan of asylum seekers coming from Central America to the US.

Photography: Vicki Everhart

Mon. 7/23, 7p: En las manos del maestro José A. Lucero, el cuchillo se transforma en pincel y el pincel juega a retratar ángeles y santos en clave de cubismo nuevomexicano. El artista entabla un diálogo con la arraigada tradición del Spanish Colonial Art Market desde los desparejos ojos de sus personajes que veneran la tradición pero también hacen de la creatividad, su otra espiritualidad.


Mon. 7/2, 7p: Children are rarely the protagonists of news but their presence in the news is often cause for alarm.  On today's show, the alarm sounds because New Mexican children are the major victims of policies that put their health and well-being at risk, not to mention their opportunities for the future due in part to being among the poorest in the USA.