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Journal of the Southwest Radio
8 minutes | 12 days ago
Travels in the Interior of Mexico
This second installment of JSW Radio Archive contains a brief excerpt from British lieutenant W. H. Hardy's epic travelog "Travels in the Interior of Mexico, 1825, 1926, 1827 & 1828." Harvey was both a keen observer and awfully misinformed, producing important descriptions and maps, but making many errors due to his poor grasp of the Spanish language and the cultural superiority believes and racism of the times. The narration takes us to the port of Guaymas in July 1826, after Hardy's long, tortuous trip across Sonora and the Yaqui territories.
9 minutes | 2 months ago
JSW Radio Archive - Dancing for Water
Dancing for Water is written by Stanley Crawford, and originally appeared in the autumn 1990 special issue of JSW, partly focused on water rights in northern New Mexico. With this audio essay we are launching a new experiment that we're calling the JSW GSW Radio Archive. For each episode of the archive we will read short essays or excerpts of essays that have appeared in the JSW. We'll also be reading occasionally from other materials that while not originally from Journal we nonetheless think are important for understanding the historical geography of the Southwest and border lands region including northern Mexico
39 minutes | 3 months ago
Unlawful Entry: Toxic Trespass in American Soils
The third installment of our ongoing series about water in the American West, written and produced by Patricia Schwartz, looks at a largely obscured but incredibly pervasive threat to both our natural resources and our general wellbeing. One that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought even further into focus. Toxic trespass is the non-consensual infiltration of our homes, bodies and bloodstreams by harmful substances and chemicals. Its consequences are experienced disproportionately across the socio-economic and geographic spectrums, but its legacy affects us all to an increasing degree. Schwartz talks with Dr. Monica Ramirez Andreotta of the University of Arizona about her work in communities near the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund clean-up sites, exploring the history, and failures, of the systems we rely on to protect us from exposure. Music by Algar the Bard: System of Down's Toxicity, Medieval Style.
64 minutes | 5 months ago
Jeff Banister talks with Dr. Natalia Mendoza-Rockwell about her work documenting the effects of drugs and human smuggling in the communities across the US-Mexico borderlands. A Sonoran native from the town of Altar, Dr. Mendoza-Rockwell is a professor of anthropology at Fordham University, and one of the few scholars analyzing the politics and social geography of smuggling from an ethnographic perspective. Natalia is also a gifted writer with a powerful prose, recently recognized by the prestigious Jose Revueltas literary prize.
28 minutes | 7 months ago
Reimagining Rivers, with Patricia Schwartz
Rivers have long been the lifeblood of human civilizations. But taken for granted, many of them are bleeding out. Restoration is still possible… but is it a priority? With unexpected optimism, our guests make the compelling case that it should be. Written, produced, and narrated by Patricia Schwartz, a graduate student in the School of Geography, Development and Environment, University of Arizona. This episode features interviews with stream ecologist Mark Briggs and cultural anthropologist Joaquin Murrieta-Saldivar. Between the two of them, they’ve worked on restoring every river in the western borderlands… including the up-and-coming Santa Cruz. We hope they might inspire you to learn more about restoration at home and on a city-wide scale, as they have inspired host Patricia Schwartz (a cynical grad student who spends much of her time wallowing in water policy woes).
39 minutes | 7 months ago
Better Monsooner Than Later, with Patricia Schwartz
Depending on where you're standing, summer rains in the desert can mean rejuvenation or destruction (or both). Rapid urbanization has put borderlands cities out of touch with the storm waters that sustain them, an oversight for which they pay dearly in flood damages and eroded soils. What predictions can we make about the future of the monsoon in the Sonoran Desert? What are we doing to make use of the rain and prevent it from sweeping us away? How can storm water management be used to promote environmental justice and urban equity? Written, produced, and narrated by Patricia Schwartz, a graduate student in the School of Geography, Development and Environment, University of Arizona. Featuring interviews with Dr. Gregg Garfin, University Director of the Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center and Associate Professor/Extension Specialist at the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona; and Dr. Adriana Zuniga-Teran, Assistant Research Scientist and Professor at the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning and the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona. Our apologies for any blemishes in audio quality –interviews were recorded online during the Covid-19 era (i.e. from Patricia’s basement).
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