With funding from the New Mexico Local News Fund, KTAL Radio has joined a growing cohort of local news initiatives around the state. Many of them are trying to serve small communities with no local news outlets by publishing regular stories on line reflecting community concerns and covered by local writers. Tamara Rosenberg launched Columbus New Mexico News, “where the village gets its news,” when she moved to this tiny border town. She joined Nan Rubin on the phone to talk about this new venture, covering stories from the border, and her perspective on how statewide issues and media affect a village like Columbus.
Bernie Digman joins host Randy Harris for an exploratory conversation about "Critical Thinking".
What is critical thinking? How do we do it? Why is it important?
Las Cruces Bulletin writer Mike Cook (with The Buzzman) gives a recap of the week's news and highlights some of the articles in the new issue of the newspaper.
Astronomer and prolific science fiction and fantasy writer David Lee Summers revisited the show to chat with Lynn Moorer about Children of the Old Stars, the third book in his Space Pirates’ Legacy series. John Mark Ellis, grandson of Captain Ellison Firebrandt, has resigned his commission as an officer of the Confederation Space Fleet and returns to his home on Nantucket on Earth to try to puzzle out the meaning of the Cluster, a mysterious group of spheres that has destroyed more than one hundred star vessels. Ellis believes the Cluster is communicating by sending and receiving emotional signals—a notion that causes several humans to think he’s gone round the bend. Meanwhile, former National Guard Colonel Clyde McClintlock believes the Cluster is God incarnate and forms the Church of the Cluster. Ellis seeks the advice of Richard, a wise old spermaceti whale, and G’Liat, a warrior from the planet Rd’dyggia, then returns to space as captain of a mapping vessel which allows him and his crew to seek out the Cluster. His historian mother, Suki Firebrandt Ellis, ferrets out secrets about the Titans’ true origins.
I don’t like plastic bags any more than members of the Las Cruces City Council, who recently passed a ban on them starting Jan. 1.
It’s not just their uncanny ability to escape confinement and sail into the nearest tree or bush, where they will flap in the breeze until somebody comes along and dislodges them. The health and ecological damages caused by plastic bags goes beyond just being an eyesore.
On this edition of Speak Up Las Cruces, co-hosts Peter Goodman and Walt Rubel talked to guests:
In the first half hour of the show, Peter and Walt discuss Afghanistan, the "eyesore" downtown and, briefly, the NMSU professor flouting campus COVID rules.
Stuart Kelter interviews Dr. Chris Churchill, a professor of astronomy at NMSU, whose work focuses on the evolution of galaxies using chemical line spectra from the Hubble Space Telescope, along with state-of-the-art cosmological simulation software. He has also taught futuristic classes – entitled, “Life in the Universe,” “Into the Final Frontier,” and “Space Colonization.”
Lisa Lucca speaks with author Sharon Dukett about her memoir, No Rules, that centers on her adventure through the early 1970s after leaving her sheltered home life at sixteen years old to join the hippies.
Las Cruces Bulletin publisher Richard Coltharp (with The Buzzman) gives a recap of the week's news and highlights some of the articles in the new issue of the newspaper.
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