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The Santa Fe New Mexican is the home of Mary Charlotte's Radio Café, a twice-weekly show exploring life, politics, and news.

The Santa Fe New Mexican is the home of Mary Charlotte's Radio Café, a twice-weekly show exploring life, politics, and news.
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The Santa Fe New Mexican is the home of Mary Charlotte's Radio Café, a twice-weekly show exploring life, politics, and news.




S1E87 Fascism in America?

In this highly readable slim volume, How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them, Jason Stanley shows us the ten basic elements of fascism and illustrates how they operate, including in the US, where us-vs.-them politics has always been at odds with our democracy.


S1E86 Working at the "Radical Center”

How do adversaries find common ground? How do they work together to find common goals an interests? Food from the Radical Center: Healing our Land and Communities by Gary Paul Nabhan is about food and land conservation, but its lessons have the potential to bring together many people in our polarized nation. Nabhan is a writer, seed conservationist, and MacArthur genius grant recipient; he’s endowed chair in sustainable agriculture at University of Arizona, and he’s a long time activist...


S1E85 A real-life horror story of politics, ticks and pathogens

Mary Beth Pfeiffer is an investigative journalist, whose latest book is, Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change. We discuss the horrors of Lyme disease and other tick-borne pathogens, and the politics that have stood in the way of resources, research, and treatment.


S1E84 Microbiome: the ecosystem inside your body

Pedram Shojai is a doctor of oriental medicine, author, and filmmaker, whose forthcoming film series, Interconnected, looks at the advances in understanding of the many roles of the bacteria and other microorganisms who make our bodies their home.


S1E83 Food, faith, and community agriculture

Dr. Hisham Moharram founded The Good Tree Farm as an expression of his Muslim faith. He explains how to keep a farm profitable, regenerate the land and feed communities that don’t have good access to healthy food.


S1E82 Santa Fe Fire Department gets a dog … and much more

The Mobile Integrated Health program of the City of Santa Fe Fire Department proposes we should reform our municipal first-responder and health care systems from the ground up. Andres Mercado and Erik Hickey, from the program, take a look at the complex questions of what is appropriate care in this time, and how can we be more adaptive to our current realities. The newest member of their team is a dog named Montauk, whose job is to aid the most challenged people in the system.


S1E81 Author discusses new book and ideals of living simply

William Powers, author of the new book Dispatches from the Sweet Life: One Family, Five Acres, discusses what it's like to live according to ideals, rather than traditional Western lifestyles. Powers and his family — who have lived in a New York City micro-apartment, as well as an off-grid tiny home in North Carolina — just returned from living in a small Bolivian town.


S1E80 Fiesta de Santa Fe: An evolution of tradition

City historian Andrew Lovato, author of Santa Fe Hispanic Culture: Preserving Identity in a Tourist Town, talks about the roots of the annual Fiesta celebration in Santa Fe, from its early days as a religious celebration to its expansion into a multicultural and many-faceted event.


S1E79 The film industry in New Mexico

Mary-Charlotte speaks with Eric Witt, who was a pivotal figure in the development of New Mexico's film incentive program.


S1E78 Come to your Census: What’s at stake in 2020

Sara Solovich, executive editor of Searchlight New Mexico, talks about the 2020 census and what it means for New Mexico—the most difficult of the 50 states to get an accurate headcount of residents.


S1E77 Running as spiritual practice and ancestral connection

We speak to Sanjay Rawal, director and producer of the documentary 3100: Run and Become, which follows a 3100-mile race, in which participants run 60 or more miles a day for 52 days. And we talk to Dustin Quinn Martin, executive director of Wings of America, a non-profit organization that encourages Native Americans to run, as a way of both connecting to ancestors and the land, and to greater achievement in the world.


S1E76 Helping children thrive through brain science

Dr. Amelia Bachleda is a doctor of neuroscience at The Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) at the University of Washington. But rather than doing direct academic research, she takes the latest research out into the world, where educators, parents, and policy-makers can encounter the work in an easily understandable form, and then make use of it for the betterment of children.


S1E75 A seismic shift: the Mexican election 2018

Andrés Manuel López Obrador won the recent Mexican presidential election by a landslide. What gave rise to his victory, and what does it mean for Mexico’s future? We speak to a pair of brilliant law professors and activists, Alejandro Madrazo Lajous and Catalina Perez, who recently spoke in Santa Fe about the history of Mexico and the current problems of organized crime, corruption, and violence — and some possible solutions.


S1E74 Ana Pacheco, New Mexico history and the writers in the Living Room

Ana Pacheco speaks on a new book on pueblos of New Mexico. And in a second segment, Mary-Charlotte speaks about some young writers who are starting a literary space called The Living Room.


S1E72 Before #MeToo: A Rape Victim Speaks Up in 1937

In 1937, Patricia Douglas was brutally raped at an MGM party. The film studio was all-powerful, and though she brought a federal lawsuit against them, her case was strong-armed out of existence and was forgotten until six decades later, when filmmaker David Stenn happened upon a newspaper article about Douglas and began to pursue the story. He found her and made a film about courage in the face of male power.


S1E71 Mexican female journalists: Prodigious courage and creativity:

Lydia Cacho is a Mexican journalist, feminist, human rights activist, and author of several books. She uncovered a pedophilia and child pornography ring, resulting in a 113-year prison sentence for its powerful leader. She was brutally beaten, raped, and left for dead in retaliation. But her spirit was not broken.


S1E70 The Modern Maasai: a talk with chief Nickson Parmisa

The Maasai people of Kenya are living in two worlds. Their traditional practices, governance, and language are all very much alive. At the same time, they are using technology to do things like conserving wildlife, and they are banning obsolete customs like underage marriage and female genital mutilation.


S1E69 Building an economic model based on reality

Sam Bowles is an economist and a Research Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. Wendy Carlin is a Professor of Economics at University College London. They're giving a community lecture called After Trump and Brexit: A New Economics (Forget Red and Blue), on Tuesday, July 17, at 7:30 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe, sponsored by the Santa Fe Institute. They discuss the deep flaws in the neoliberal economic model and suggest alternative ways of teaching and understanding...


S1E68 Opera director Peter Sellars on Dr. Atomic

World-renowned director Peter Sellars wrote the libretto of the opera Dr. Atomic by composer John Adams. It was first produced in 2005 but is having its New Mexico premiere at the Santa Fe opera this Saturday. The opera enacts the drama of the hours before the Trinity test, the first atomic bomb test New Mexico. We discuss the significance of staging the opera so close to Los Alamos, and the imperative of dealing with the destructive power of the bomb and other weapons of mass death.


S1E67 Dr. Atomic, and the politics of nuclear weapons

The Santa Fe Opera is staging the New Mexico premiere of Dr. Atomic, the opera by composer John Adams and librettist-director Peter Sellars, which explores the emotional and moral dimensions of weapons of mass death. Cultural historian Lois Rudnick is collaborating with the Santa Fe Opera to present this year’s Tech And The West Symposium on Dr. Atomic. It’s July 13-14, 2018, New Mexico History Museum And Lensic, and features scientists, artists, historians, and people directly affected...