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Jun 24, 2022

Santa Fe listeners monsoon season is upon us and as excited as we are to finally have blessed rain on our parched land what’s the chance of being Struck by Lightning? Statistician Jeff Rosenthal joins us from the University of Toronto to reassure us. The respected author of numerous professional research papers and two books for the lay person (us), we chat about the weather, election polls, algorithms, gambling and how statistics help to make order out of our lives. His fascinating books are Struck by Lightning: The Curious World of Probabilities and Knock on Wood: Luck, Chance and The Meaning of Everything.  Find Jeff and his work at www.probability.ca

Jun 17, 2022

A show filled with heart for the week of Juneteenth with Laurie Gunst discussing and reading from her memoir Off-White.  Born into a prominent Jewish family in Richmond, Virginia, Laurie tells the intimate story of being raised by the family’s beloved Rhoda Lloyd.  Beautifully written with the deft hand of mystery, Off-White reveals a life of many twists and turns uncovering shocking and often shameful actions of the family’s hidden past that shaped this country’s history as well as the author’s own. How do you find a way to belong ?  And what if you never do ?  Laurie Gunst can be reached at lgunst49@gmail.com

Jun 3, 2022
A truly delicious interview today with internationally-recognized Ayurvedic educator, yoga teacher, cook and author, Amadea Morningstar.  Take out your blenders and smoothie shakers to make Easy Healing Drinks from The Wisdom of Ayurveda, Amadea’s newest and beautifully illustrated book with mouth-watering photography by Renee Lynn.  We discuss nourishing “mocktails” and Agua Fresca for summer sipping plus the use of spices for our digestive wellbeing year round.  Amadea gives us a glimpse into the 5,000-year-old healing tradition of Ayurveda trusted by millions in India and around the globe.  Join her on  instagram.com/ayurvedaamadea/  for a free Easy Healing Drinks class on June 23 at 3:30.  www.amadeamorningstar.net
May 20, 2022
History is written by the victors, so it is said.  If that is so, how do we know it is accurate? Even oral history handed down through millennia may have changed as each generation adds their unique flourish.  With this in mind, how can we rely and trust how history is taught in schools ? Today’s guest, Wendy Leighton, has been teaching Social Studies for 31 years and in 2021 she was invited to join the team of educators writing and revising the New Mexico K-12 Social Studies Standards.  Ms. Leighton’s focus on the US high school history team was specifically on including the history of marginalized peoples including LGBTQ+ history [for the first time in the history of the state], tribal sovereignty, social justice and sustainability. Adopted earlier this year by the New Mexico Public Education Department, this ground-breaking document could prove to significantly improve education in the state and set an example for the teaching of history nationwide.  
 
Wendy also brought into the studio four essential books that NMPED have made available for all students.  An Indigenous Peoples’ History of The United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, A Queer History of The United States by Michael Bronski and his companion volume for young people.  And Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. Wendy Leighton can be contacted at wwhite66@gmail.com
May 13, 2022
As a Quaker interfaith chaplain and practicing Buddhist, gifted writer, poet, artist and quilter Julie Hliboki guides us compassionately through life’s fluid stages.
Her sixth book Going to Essence: Aging into Wisdom with Intention and Grace serves a need we may not be aware we have, including the need to practice intention and grace now, at whatever age life finds us. That practice may help us when emerging from loss or facing impossible decisions.  In this gentle, open-hearted interview Julie reads from Going to Essence and we explore friendship, support possibilities and beauty. www.juliehliboki.com
May 6, 2022
A feast of poetry from Joanie Puma reading from Longing Distance: Poems of Love, Lust and Geography.  Once described as “fortunate enough to inhabit a sheltered corner of the New York publishing world” as a staff writer on The New Yorker, Joanie sits down in the KSFR studio with me to read poems that disturb, uplift and revel in life’s idiosyncrasies.  How do we live in all our skins at the same time?   Poetry as an art form and an incisive commentary on humanity’s multiverse of emotions, actions and inactions.  Come and meet Joanie this Saturday, May 7 at 1:00 o’clock at Southside Library on Jaguar Drive.  
Apr 22, 2022
How do you chronicle the journey into Alzheimer’s from the inside out?Internationally renowned flutist and writer Eugenia Zukerman takes up her pen to describe her days and delightful life in prose and poetry that sweeps away many preconceived ideas held by those of us who fear a diagnosis of dementia for ourselves or close family. Like Falling Through a Cloud: A Lyrical Memoir of Coping with Forgetfulness, Confusion and a Dreaded Diagnosis is filled with beauty and perception and joy.  Hold this exquisitely designed book in your hands and hear Eugenia’s voice and passion inspire you. www.eugeniazukerman.com  
Apr 15, 2022
How does a mystery thriller writer get inside the criminal mind? Why are we, the avid readers, fascinated by murder mysteries whilst surrounded by real-world horrors and crime? These are some of the questions I ask award-winning author Carole Lawrence after reading her newest book, Cleopatra’s Dagger, late into the night. Set in Manhattan in the last decade of the 19th century, Carole’s protagonist takes us into “old money” society teas, notorious seedy dives, and the icy morgue, mixing and mingling with characters we grow to love and hate.
 www.celawrence.com
Apr 8, 2022

Restoration and remediation expert Michael Rubino joins me today to discuss his critical work and book The Mold Medic.  We uncover the often unnoticed way that mold can form and proliferate in our homes, even in dry climates like New Mexico.  How our health can be seriously compromised by the biotoxins mold produces and how to prevent mold in the first place.  Michael is not a medical professional himself but consults with doctors and specialists who are putting together the puzzle pieces of medical mysteries that appear to mimic other illnesses but are, in fact, caused by dangerous mold and bacteria on our homes. www.themoldmedic.com  An interview not to be missed.

Apr 1, 2022
One of Santa Fe’s most beloved authors, Elaine Pinkerton, joins me today to celebrate KSFR during our Spring Fundraiser.  She’s also celebrating this week’s release of her newest book Hand of Ganesh, inspired by her travels in Mother India set amidst the Kumbha Mela gathering.  She also reminds us that her beautiful book From Calcutta with Love, her own parents' wartime love letters, is being re-released soon.  Elaine tells delightful stories of how KSFR’s open, thoughtful contributors and opera have informed and blessed her daily life for years.  Join her in donating any time by clicking the “donate” button on ksfr.org and discover all her books and blog at elainepinkerton.wordpress.com and at our superb local bookstores.  Plus, beginning in May, meet Elaine in person at the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market on most Tuesdays.
Mar 18, 2022
Generating beauty out of pain is an incisive perception of Santa Fe’s gifted and well-loved, award-winning poet Donald Levering
Reading from his sixteenth collection Breaking Down Familiar, Donald offers KSFR listeners a first, intimate glimpse into his own family with insights that will inspire both new and seasoned writers to glance deeper into their most formative relationships.  To understand what and who made them who they are.  And who they are not.  Published by Main Street Rag Publishing.  
Mar 11, 2022

Earlier in her career Adrienne Youdim, M.D. was the medical director of the Center for Weight Loss at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.  She observed that clients’ desire to lose weight very often masked a deeper desire for something more meaningful in their lives.  For the past 15 years her private practice has revealed that many of us are hungry for more, inspiring her book Hungry for More: Stories and Science to Inspire Weight Loss from The Inside Out.   In this interview Dr. Adrienne asks you what you’re really hungry for.  Your own answer may surprise you, mine did. www.dradrienneyoudim.com 

Mar 4, 2022

When pioneering labor leader Cesar Chavez put his trust in then 15-year old Antonio Salazar-Hobson by affirming, “Antonio, We Know You,” he helped to turn around Antonio’s life. The two went on to work together for 20 years.

Kidnapped at age four, heinously abused by his abductors and trafficked for sex, Antonio’s memoir, “Antonio, We Know You” is the story of the young Chicano man’s courage, the few who advocated for him, and his journey to become a fierce legal advocate for international unions, women, and Native American tribes.

Holding on to the memory of his beloved mother, 13 siblings, and his Chicano roots and culture, how does Antonio find his family of origin and the love of his life?   An interview like no other, a book filled with love and hope against all odds.  “Antonio, We Know You” by Antonio Salazar-Hobson.  

Feb 25, 2022

A sensitive, heart-warming yet heartbreaking interview with Lesley Lowe author of Autumn Gold: A Rendezvous with Cancer, Knowing Death is Not Final.  When her beautiful and brilliant daughter Vashti was diagnosed with the rare blood cancer Multiple Myeloma at age 31 Lesley was by her side every moment, including through two bone marrow transplants.  Revealing with pain-filled accuracy Vashti’s grueling journey this interview and book is also a journey of love between mother and daughter who share a grounded spiritual awareness of life after death and also a delicious and poignant love story between Vashti and her once lost first love who comes back into her life at the perfect moment.  www.33greyhound.com

Feb 11, 2022

Listen and be transported to the excitement, cafes, and art of the bohemian Left Bank of 1920’s Paris with author Kerri Maher who literally embodies the spirit and mind of courageous bookseller Sylvia Beach.  In her new novel, The Paris Bookseller, Maher weaves the true story of the creation of the famous bookstore, Shakespeare and Company, and Sylvia’s intrepid saga to overcome censorship to publish the first edition of James Joyce’s groundbreaking Ulysses and “smuggle” it into prohibition-era New York City.  

A sumptuous novel, taste “forbidden” love and delicious food, and sit in Beach’s wonderful bookstore with the “cultural creatives” of their time, Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, and of course Joyce himself.  How does an historical novelist bring her legendary characters to life?   www.kerrimaher.com

Feb 4, 2022

A poignant interview to commemorate World Holocaust Remembrance Day with Canadian composer and author Stella ter Hart.  As a child, Stella knew nothing about her family’s horrific recent past, nor of her Jewish heritage.  However, no secret is safe forever as the sub-title to her book, Discovering Twins, warns us.  Part memoir, part biography, and part vividly re-imagined true stories, Stella discovers first through whispers and then through ancestral web site myheritage.com, not only the extraordinary prevalence of twins in her family, but that more than 1,200 members of her family perished in Auschwitz-Berkenau and labor camps including most of the sweet twins.

Her mother, born in Holland, had been trained in childhood never to reveal that she was half-Jewish and her deception was the only thing that saved her life as her cousins, aunts and uncles were rounded up and transported to hell.  Weaving skillfully back and forth between present day and 1940’s Amsterdam and filled with photographs of happy, loving families lost to the Nazi gas chambers, Discovering Twins is honest, graphic, and beautifully written. Stellaterhart.com

Jan 28, 2022

A true delight to welcome Santa Fe’s Miriam Sagan, creative writing teacher and gifted, award-winning author of over 30 books of poetry, memoir and fiction.  Miriam joins me today to read from her new collection Start Again.  A fascinating and intimate conversation revealing that poetry doesn’t necessarily have to stem from anger or disillusionment, but that careful observation and perception offer both the writer and the reader a doorway to profound understanding, hope and joy.  

Miriam has a zoom presentation and reading on Tuesday February 1st sponsored by Santa Fe Community College.  Register at http://www.sfcc.edu/events/
Start Again is published by Red Mountain Press and available locally and from online vendors. 

Jan 21, 2022

A privilege and a wonderful treat to interview one of Santa Fe’s most gifted poets, Donald Levering with fine artist Jane Shoenfeld who has recently published her first book of poetry and paintings, Petals in The Tunnel. Jane and Donald read today ahead of their February events and listeners will learn what and who has inspired their new work and perhaps feel inspired themselves.

On Thursday, February 3rd Jane brings her exquisite art and poetry to life with fellow painter Bill Sortino at the opening of "Paintings and Poetry: The Center Cannot Hold" from 5:00–7:00 at Santa Fe Community College’s Visual Arts Gallery. The exhibit will be up through February 24th. The following evening, Feb 4th they read new works together at 6:00 pm at The Strata Gallery in The Design Center, 418 Cerrillos Rd.

And on Friday, February 11th, Donald offers a free poetry workshop, “Poems on Paintings,” where participants will write poems on the Shoenfeld/Sortino exhibit. The workshop is from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Visual Arts Gallery, SFCC. Email dlevering@cybermesa.com or jane@skyfields.net to attend the workshop.
www.donaldlevering.com
www.janeshoenfeld.com

Jan 14, 2022


Subject: Podcast description, Ingrid Newkirk, January 13


Attention animal advocates:  Today’s interview is with the president of PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) Ingrid Newkirk. Ingrid’s new book is especially for cat guardians and written from a cat’s point of view:  250 Vital Things Your Cat Wants You To Know is filled with excellent and sometimes surprising tidbits, plus essential life-saving tips and information. In 23 minutes we touch on health and sickness, communication between cats and humans, and how to recognize a feline emergency. Ingrid writes and speaks with humor, compassion, and lots of experience. There’s a quiz and lots of resources at the end of the book. PETA.org

Jan 7, 2022

Start off the New Year with a quick health check-up of our finances with Stacking Benjamins podcaster Joe Saul-Sehy and colleague Emily Guy Birken. Their new book, Stacked: Your Super-Serious Guide to Modern Money Management, is fun and easy to read for everyone, millionaires or college students alike. We discuss insurance, smart investing, and against all past financial advice: why emotions can actually be helpful when dealing with our money! Published by Avery (Penguin) www.stackingbenjamins.com

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