Science fiction and fantasy author and astronomer David Lee Summers returned to the show to discuss with Lynn Moorer the second book in his Space Pirates’ Legacy series, The Pirates of Sufiro, which begins in the year 2925 and features the space privateer Captain Ellison Firebrandt and his crew members and close friends, Suki Mori and Carter Roberts. After Firebrandt’s spaceship Legacy is raided by another ship helmed by his mother Admiral Barbara Firebrandt and left with little fuel and few supplies, Firebrandt, Suki, and Roberts decide to take their chances with crashing onto an uninhabited planet on the far side of the galaxy which is similar to Earth before it became overpopulated and virtually ruined. Besides an exploration of space and the settlement of a new planet, the story explores the birthing of new government and the potential exploitation of newly-found resources.
Peter and Ceil Herman, who founded, own, and operate the No Strings Theatre Company at the Black Box Theater, are back with us to discuss what I call “theater in a time of cholera.” They just finished an on-line production and will start another in March, so we got all the details on those.
Artists Wayne Huber and Beverly Pirtle joined Peter and Walt on the occasion of a joint show at the Doña Ana Arts Council with present and former students of Huber’s. They talked about the show, art, teaching art, and how the pandemic affects all of the above.
Former Chief Judge of the NM Court of Appeals and NMSU Regent Rudy Apodaca grew up in Las Cruces in a family that wasn’t very well off, attended NMSU and Georgetown Law, and is both a successful lawyer, a novelist, and a newspaper columnist. His older brother, Jerry, was elected Governor of New Mexico in 1974. Hosts Peter Goodman and Walt Rubel talk with him about his life in this extensive interview.
Host Allyson Siwak interviews author Laura Paskus an environmental journalist and correspondent whose work has been widely published. She is the producer of the New Mexico In Focus’s series “Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present, and Future," and author of At The Precipice: New Mexico's Changing Climate. They discuss water quality issues facing New Mexico including the adverse effects of Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
Everybody loves deregulation, until their kid gets sick from drinking the water. And for good reason. Deregulation is always good for business, at least in the short term. Dumping toxic chemicals into the river, or onto the ground, is always going to be better for the bottom line than safe treatment and disposal. And it’s not just business. Government has found that deregulation is a surefire way to increase its own “efficiency.” The superfund site at Griggs and Walnut was the result of cleaning solvent used by the National Guard being dumped on the ground.
Host Randy Harris welcomes a conversation with Shahid Mustafa, farmer and owner/operator of Taylor Hood Farms - a local Community Supported Agriculture project. Shahid shares meaningful considerations about our thinking and behavior, related to climate change, and local food production - present and future.
Stuart Kelter interviews Las Cruces’s very own renaissance man, Bob Diven -- an accomplished painter, sculptor, set designer, actor, playwright, composer, actor, satirist, cartoonist, singer-songwriter, folk guitarist; columnist, and more -- about his reflections on the creative process and the development of artistic skills.
James Goi, Jr. joined host Xolani Kacela for a conversation on Take On Faith from his home in San Diego, California. During the talk, Goi discussed his interesting faith journey. He grew up in a Catholic family in New Jersey and made his way to California as a young adult. Much of the conversation focused on his book, The New Normal. During this episode of Take on Faith, Goi was reflective and engaging. He provided deep insights into how human beings live in the world using spirituality as a guide. He lives by his own principles developed over many years of study.
At the end of the February 17, 2021 edition of Speak Up, Las Cruces, Peter and Walt talked about a couple of current issues, but took some extra time to remember Miguel Silva on the occasion of his birthday. Kari Bachman joined them later in the half hour.
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