Stuart Kelter interviews Camilla Townsend, a distinguished professor of history at Rutgers University, whose scholarship focuses on indigenous peoples throughout the Americas and in the relations between natives and newcomers. She is deeply immersed in the study of Nahuatl, the Aztec language, particularly the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century writings left to us by Native American historians. Through the historical annals they produced, we catch a glimpse of indigenous conceptualizations of history as they existed at first contact. In 2010, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to in recognition of her work in analyzing the Nahuatl historical annals from the 16th and 17th centuries, written by the Nahuas (or Aztecs) in their own language, using the Latin alphabet taught to them by Spanish friars for the purpose of reading the Bible to more easily convert them to Christianity. Her 2019 book, Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs, won the 2020 Cundill History Prize.
Las Cruces Bulletin publisher Richard Coltharp and writer Mike Cook gave a recap of the week's news and previewed upcoming events as they highlighted some of the articles in the latest edition of the newspaper. They also talked with Grace Telles and David Sarabia who talked about their roles in the LCPD Cares program and what it does.
On this week's Speak Up Las Cruces, hosts Peter Goodman and Shirley Baca talked to their guests -
“Will you still need me; will you still feed me; when I’m 64?”
I was 8 years old when the Beatles released that song in 1967, and it seemed quite probable to me then that I would need help feeding myself by the time I hit 64. If I hit 64.
Nan Rubin's guest in the studio was Patrick Nolan, the Executive Director of Friends of Organ Mountain - Desert Peaks. Patrick is firmly committed to celebrating the public lands legacy of New Mexico, and he filled us in on some of the new programs they have there to support equal access to the outdoors.
"Mortality Mondays" continue, with Keith Whelpley sharing some of his perspectives and his own very personal experiences. He opens an exploration of what, as living beings, we prioritize right here-right now, the values we live by today, what we intend to leave as legacy - how we might hope to be remembered - and more.
Lisa Lucca talks with screenwriter and entrepreneur Pamela Weiss about all the ways she is creating in the world and supporting other women's voices.
Stuart Kelter interviews Loren Williams, a biophysicist, biochemist, astrobiologist, and professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. His research passions include the structural basis for macromolecular reactions, from the role of nucleic acids as targets of chemotherapeutics to the ancestral biochemistry of the ribosome during the origin of life. He is currently director of the NASA-funded Center for the Origin of Life (COOL) at Georgia Tech and a Co-Lead of the Prebiotic Chemistry and Early Earth Environment Consortium. In 2021, he was elected Fellow of the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life. Since 2008, Williams' research group has been focusing on the ribosome across the tree of life, constructing models of ancestral ribosomes by combining biophysical chemistry, molecular biology, and bioinformatics.
Las Cruces Bulletin publisher Richard Coltharp and writer Mike Cook gave a recap the week's news and previewed upcoming events as they highlighted some of the articles in the latest edition of the newspaper. They also talked with representatives with El Paso Electric about electric vehicles.
Shirley and Walt talk with local author Alessandra Narvaez Varela about her new book Thirty Talks Weird Love. She is originally from Ciudad Juarez and now teaches at both UTEP and Dona Ana Community College.
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