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Exhibit Explores Roots Of Gun Violence

In one year on average more than 116,000 people in America are shot by guns. These include murders, assaults, suicides and suicide attempts, unintentional shootings and police interventions. That grim statistic provides the backdrop for a new exhibit at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico, "Gun Violence: A Brief Cultural History." It’s at the Maxwell Museum through November 10th.

On this episode we talk with co-curators Devorah Romanek and David Phillips about the culture around guns in the U.S. and other parts of the world, as well as the role museums have played fostering a fascination with guns.

Also, Marty Adamsmith talks with Nora Wendl about her unusual path to tell the true story behind Mies van der Rohe, the glass house he built and why the owner sued him.


David Phillips, Interim Museum Director, Maxwell Museum of Anthropology

Devorah Romanek, Curator of Exhibits, Maxwell Museum of Anthropology

Nora Wendl, Associate Professor in the School of Architectur + Planning


Megan has been a journalist for 25 years and worked at business weeklies in San Antonio, New Orleans and Albuquerque. She first came to KUNM as a phone volunteer on the pledge drive in 2005. That led to volunteering on Women’s Focus, Weekend Edition and the Global Music Show. She was then hired as Morning Edition host in 2015, then the All Things Considered host in 2018. Megan was hired as News Director in 2021.