Peter and Walt talked with Angel Peña of Nuestra Tierra about the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act, the Outdoor Equity Fund and creation of opportunities for outdoor recreation for underserved communities; and developments more generally involving public lands, including areas taken for the border wall.
Peter Goodman and Walt Rubel reports the latest information on the COVID-19 pandemic as a part of Speak Up, Las Cruces. They also talked with MaryAnn Digman, who will host a Cruces Coronavirus Update every Monday at 9 am, starting on August 3.
Guardianship issues was the topic of the first hour of the July 29, 2020 edition of Speak Up, Las Cruces. Rio Hamilton, a Cruces native who returned from New York City to help his mother, will discuss his experiences so far in trying to do that, and Frances Williams will also discuss what she's seen of the case. We'll later talk with Rick Black who have been fighting guardianship abuses around the country full-time for several years. Rick will likely comment on the Hamilton case but also discuss ideas for policy and statutes to curb abuses. NONE OF THE ABOVE SAYS OR IS MEANT TO SAY THAT ANY PARTICULAR PERSON OR COMPANY IS GUILTY OF ABUSES IN THE HAMILTON CASE. We have invited the guardianship company involved in that case, and a lawyer involved in it, but neither chose to participate in this show. Also present throughout the hour -- on this case, the general problem of guardianship processes and the abuses of those, and legislative attempts to improve the situation -- will be Mary Kay Papen, State Senator and long-time Las Cruces resident.
As one window into the examination of historic and contemporary racism in our country, guest Shahid Mustafa and host Randy Harris explore use of the phrases "Black Lives Matter" and "All Lives Matter". This conversation touches on both the specific messages and the broader implications, the assumptions, the emotions, the thinking, and the language that come into play when speaking and/or hearing those words.
Where do you draw the line, my friend asked as we watched a news clip of Confederate monuments being removed.
It’s a fair question, given the recent toppling of a monument dedicated to Ulysses S. Grant in San Francisco. The family of Grant’s wife owned slaves, and that apparently outweighed his service in leading the Union Army to victory in the Civil War, freeing all slaves, in the minds of some.
Stuart Kelter interviews retired NMSU math professor, David Pengelley, about math education, math history, and learning math from primary source material. Dr. Pengelley, who also does original theoretical as well as historical mathematical research, rediscovered the work of the first known female research mathematician, Sophie Germain.
Prolific poet and retired NMSU English Professor Joseph Somoza visited with Lynn Moorer about his book of collected poems, As Far As I Know, describing his process in which he composes words quickly to capture the energy of his inspiration. Explaining that poetry writing for him is a contemplative endeavor in which he writes poetry to know himself, he said that he writes almost daily and, when he doesn’t, feels something is missing in him. Somoza read and discussed several poems from his book, then shared a poem he recently wrote that reflects on our shared experiences during this time of the coronavirus pandemic.
The topic of COVID-19 was the major topic on the July 22 edition of Speak Up, Las Cruces. Peter and Walt talked with these guests by phone:
Local artist Paul Maxwell talked about a special auction of indoor-outdoor art to benefit the Roadrunner Food Bank of Las Cruces.
Peter Goodman and Walt Rubel reports the latest information on the COVID-19 pandemic as a part of Speak Up, Las Cruces.
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