Today we're treated to thought provoking readings of some works by two local poets. Our guests are Joseph Somoza, retired NMSU English Professor and current Organ Mountain High School English teacher, Tim Staley, reading selections of their own poetry. These writers reflect on their personal writing processes, and concepts of poetry in general, and more. The conversation touches on how language and poetry both shape and express the seen and the unseen aspects of who we are as individuals and as cultures. It's a fun and thoughtful peek into the personal and professional realms of poetry. Their poetry books are available at some local bookstores and at online booksellers.
Without public warning, one clear morning, 5:29:45 am, July 16, 1945, "The Trinity Test" was conducted. The above ground detonation of the first atomic bomb blanketed unsuspecting families, farms, and communities from New Mexico to New York in deadly, cancer-causing radioactive fallout. Roughly 500,000 people were impacted within a 150-mile radius of the blast.
Today's program adds another episode of conversations with Fathers and Sons.
Local musician and singer Jason Chaffey, joins us in the studio for a conversation with his son, Zane Chaffey, who is also a musician and singer, as well as holding down the position of part-time General Manager at KTAL. The Chaffey's share how they relate to one another, the diversity of their individual lives growing up, how some of their family adventures unfolded along the way, and what their lives are about today. A fun and delightful, insightful conversation.
Jason Chaffey Music
Today's program brings host, Randy Harris and son, Mick Harris together, live in the KTAL studio.
The conversation spans considerations of literature, including magical realism, contemporary and classic authors, and personal creative processes. They share stories and thoughts about books they've read together as well. The exploration touches on some of the transitions involved in moving from strictly print books, to more contemporary mediums such as audiobooks and podcasts.
Father and son, light and fun.
Dr. James C. Rice has just published a book entitled:
Downwind of the Atomic State - Atmospheric Testing and the Rise of the Risk Society
Today we explore how the scientific community and U.S. government agencies overlooked, ignored, and denied the catastrophic fallout of decades of nuclear testing in the American West. In this peer-reviewed book Dr. Rice reveals his broad and in-depth findings on the history of these programs and their adverse impacts on life for those "downwind". The book and the conversation touch on thought-provoking evaluations of both the science and the sociological processes in play for the agencies, the people, and the communities affected, past and present.
Daphne Wirthlin is a delightful and active artist in Las Cruces, who's recently turned 80 years old.
Raised and educated on multiple continents, Daphne grew up immersed in many cultures, languages, and social dynamics. While she has extensive experience as a performer in radio, television and theatre, she spends much of her time these days walking, hiking, painting, birding, and taking photographs. This all too brief conversation touches on some of her interesting life experiences, and some considerations of her life in Las Cruces today as a single, senior, woman.
Feminism: What is it? What does the word mean?
We ask those questions with today's guest, New Mexico State University Professor, Dr. Julia Smith, whose fields include Gender and Sexuality Studies and Feminist Methodologies. Her thoughtful observations touch on a few of the many nuanced aspects of what is considered "Feminism" and "Feminist". She helps us begin to explore the meaning and influence of feminism in our culture, what it means to be a feminist, and offers some reading suggestions for further study.
If the unexamined life is not worth living, is the unexamined relationship not worth having?
Today’s program explores the tricky nature and profound significance of our relationships with others. We touch on the fundamental “give and receive“ elements of our friendships and other relationships. Attention is given to the distinction between friends and acquaintances, and the meaning and value of our relationships.
What do we keep as is? What might we modify? What might we let go of entirely? Why does it matter?
This day before Valentines Day brings forth the question: "What is Love?"
An interesting exploration unfolds about the many ideas of what love is, and the many ways in which we use the word. This fun conversation is a brief examination of a timeless consideration. Shahid Mustafa and host Randy Harris touch also on different kinds of love, how love manifests in our lives, how it begins, grows, and changes.
In a conversation about recent and distant human history, Shahid Mustafa questions why aspects of the human experience (like racism) continue to plague us. He suggests that our limited perception and understanding of human consciousness itself may hold some answers.
Shahid references "Genesis Consciousness" a notion of original consciousness embodying our individual and collective human relationship to the universe. He also references "Akashic Records" which in theosophy and anthroposophy are considered a compendium of all human events, thoughts, words, emotions, and intent ever to have occurred in the past, present, or future.
Shahid Mustafa - Taylor Hood Farms
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