District 4 Councilor Ron Trujillo joined me in the KSFR studio to discuss his recently announced run for mayor of Santa Fe.

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Now to take you far far away from Santa Fe to the Earth-Sun L2 point—that's rocket science-ese for the location a million miles from Earth where NASA's latest space telescope will orbit. Let's hear more from Dr. Jane Rigby, one of the Webb project scientists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

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Singer and guitarist Dave Simonett is best known as one of the main forces behind Duluth, Minnesota–based bluegrass band Trampled by Turtles. Dead Man Winter, his electrified solo/side project, plays April 1 at Santa Fe Brewing Company. I chatted with him last week.

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The city's new recycling procedures using wheeled carts and automated trucks are seeing their debut. Earlier this week I spoke with a few officials and experts about what the changes mean for Santa Feans.

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Land of Mine is a war movie, a post-war movie, where young German soldiers are prisoners of war, and victims, once they’re ordered to remove land mines from the ground in Denmark. It’s at the CCA. David D’Arcy has this review.

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Producer Judy Goldberg attended the “Justice in an Urgent Era” conference this past winter at United World College in Montezuma, New Mexico. She produced this series, Countering Fear, to put a human face on those directly impacted by President Trump's travel orders.

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KSFR's Abigail Adler chats with Think New Mexico's Fred Nathan to analyze the state's recently ended legislative session.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:02am MDT

More than one-third of students at Santa Fe Community College who are over 50 are studying to earn degrees. Their reasons for putting off retirement vary from the simple desire to keep working, to life-changing experiences that propel older adults to re-tool and continue working to support their families. I recently spoke with several returning students about reinventing themselves in their later years and their enthusiasm for "staying off the couch." Here's the first of a two-part series, from the tutoring center on the SFCC campus.

This story was written and produced with the support of a journalism fellowship from New America Media, the Gerontological Society of America and the Commonwealth Fund.

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Hate crimes targeting Muslims, LGBTQ people, and other marginalized groups are on a historic rise in the 21st century. Today, we hear what the co-founders of the locally based organization Retake Our Democracy have to say about taking action. Mya Green reports.

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Rita Daniels, News Director of KNCE True Taos Radio, checks in from Taos with some reporting highlights from her past week in radio.

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Derrick Toledo has the story.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 12:02pm MDT

Could robots really write the news?

Automated journalism is already here and it's evolving into the marketplace. Here's my conversation with Joe Procopio, Chief Product Officer at Automated Insights, a leading developer of natural language generation software.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:55pm MDT

James Baldwin delivered the talk, The Creative Process, in 1962. Social justice fellow Mya Green construes it as every bit as important today.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 1:12pm MDT

Early this week, the Congressional Budget Office released their cost estimate of the GOP's plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare. Many New Mexico residents who enrolled in health plans under Obamacare Medicaid expansions face uncertainty as legislators debate the plan. One of this state's legislators, US Senator Martin Heinrich, spoke with me a couple days ago to review the GOP plan—and his review was not exactly glowing.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:10am MDT

A resolution on the State Senate floor to call a constitutional convention on the Citizens United decision, which allows for virtually unlimited political spending by corporations, passed 27 to 14 Wednesday on the Senate floor. Deborah Martinez reports.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:09am MDT

The Church of Scientology is an organization that does not want outsiders to view it too closely or too critically. 

That’s exactly what the BBC journalist Louis Theroux tries to do. The result is the meandering and comic and troubling My Scientology Movie. It’s playing at the CCA.  David D’Arcy has this review.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:47pm MDT

Food insecurity plagues youth in New Mexico. Today, Mya Green takes a look at how the organization New Mexico Appleseed and the regenerative farm Taylor Hood Farms are addressing hunger in legislation and in communities.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:46pm MDT

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 12:43pm MDT

There were 306,000 people over the age of 50 living on the streets of the United states in 2014. They make up 31 percent of our nation’s homeless population. One of those older adults in  Santa Fe is Alice. Alice comes to Interfaith Community Shelter – Pete’s Place – on Resource Days. Here is a part of Alice’s story.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 10:58am MDT

Rita Daniels reports from Taos where she is news director at KNCE, True Taos Radio.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 10:14am MDT

Derrick Toledo shares outtakes of his conversation with Joe Rosetta.


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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 10:12am MDT

Joe Rosetta is a traditional counselor at Santo Domingo Pueblo. He works on Fridays at Pete’s Place, the Interfaith Community Shelter on Cerrillos Road. There he sees homeless veterans and many people experiencing homelessness who are having struggles with alcohol and drug addiction who want to talk with him for a while. That’s exactly what KSFR’s Derrick Toledo did to produce this story.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 10:11am MDT

In the new film Get Out, a black man visits his white girlfriend’s parents — and almost ends up on a dissection table. It’s a horror film — and it’s one of the most popular movies out now. Get Out is at the Violet Crown. David D’Arcy has this review.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 1:11pm MDT

Bela Fleck will perform with Abigail Washburn on March 13th at the Lensic. Dylan Syverson spoke with him this week.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 1:10pm MDT

Lowriders, Hoppers and Hot Rods — Car Culture of Northern New Mexico —opened last May at the New Mexico History Museum. That blockbuster show ended last Sunday but its run inspired Northern New Mexico College Actors to develop 12 switches, a play based on their real life stories from Espanola. Deborah Begel has the story.


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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 1:09pm MDT

Finding permanent housing solutions for the homeless is a problem that doesn’t go away. We take an in depth look at it in this Part 2 of Vulnerable Adults, a documentary series on homelessness centered at Pete’s Place, the Interfaith Community Shelter on Cerrillos Road.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 10:34am MDT

Mya Green reports on the Heart of Gender Justice, a new report coming out of listening sessions conducted around New Mexico by New Mexico Women dot org.


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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 10:33am MDT

Though Pueblo Bonito at Chaco Canyon was first excavated over 100 years ago, a brand new study using DNA analysis has offered one research team some unexpected insights into how the Chacoans may have structured their ancient society. I spoke to one of the team leaders last week.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 10:31am MDT

President Trump’s directives on immigration policy have caused

fear and uncertainty among undocumented immigrants in New Mexico ...

and while Santa Fe has moved to strengthen its protections of immigrants,

other parts, more conservative parts of the state are not so friendly to

so-called sanctuary policies. I spoke with folks in San Juan County in the

northwest corner of the state for this story...


Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 10:30am MDT

March 6 th week marks the 19th anniversary of the release of The Big Lebowski. the Coen brothers’ masterwork. More recently a book-- The Dude and the Zen Master — took the form of a conversation between Jeff Bridges — the Dude — and Zen Master Bernie Glassman. Jeff Bridges once raided the Golden Globes leftover catering and delivered it to LA’s homeless. That was maybe the most performative gesture of his work as an anti hunger activist that he began back in 1983. Here he is with Bernie Glassman a founder of Zen Peacemakers. Zen Peacemakers teaches the three tenets that include “an ever enlarging circle of influence through social action…”

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 1:06pm MDT

This documentary story of Pete’s Place --- the Interfaith Community Shelter on Cerrillos Road – begins on a Resource Day. Three days a week the shelter opens at 9 a.m. for a clientele of mostly homeless adults. Many of the people who line up outside on Resource Days also spend nights here in the seasonal shelter that runs from Octo ber to May. Many, even most, are not clean and sober. Mental illness often makes up the leading part of a so called dual diagnosis that also includes substance abuse. Heroin addiction runs rampant in this population. 

Resource Days exist to serve people experiencing homelessness with the services that they most need.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 1:05pm MDT