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Science Monday: Descartes Labs Opens Shop in Santa Fe

This week on Science Monday we have both a science feature and some news about a startup company bringing a force field of economic development to Santa Fe. The company is Descartes Labs. The CEO and co-founder is Mark Johnson. I reached him by phone last week. After being founded in Los Alamos, Descartes Labs opened new headquarters in Santa Fe two weeks ago today. http://traffic.libsyn.com/ksfrnews/descarteslabs.mp3

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Timeless Tradition: The Herreras of Cochiti Pueblo Craft Drums

From the cloud to the earth. Finally today we have an analog story about a tradition still flourishing in Cochiti Pueblo. Drum-maker Arnold Herrera and his family are helping to preserve an ancient culture by keeping the heart of the drum beating. KSFR's Ellen Lockyer reports. http://traffic.libsyn.com/ksfrnews/Drummer.mp3

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Senator Tom Udall filled us in on two bills he's sponsoring on Capitol Hill this session.

The first, S. 772, would implement AMBER Alert procedures on tribal lands. The measure was introduced by Arizona Senator John McCain in response to the death of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike, who was abducted in the Navajo Nation near Shiprock in May 2016; the AMBER Alert for Ashlynne was not issued until she had been missing nearly a day. 

Mya Green brings us an essay on Juneteenth, its history and celebration in the U.S. on this the 152d year.

 

Yvonne Boudreaux of Prairie Dog Pals joins me to talk over the keystone species that is the prairie dog.

 

Dr. Wheeler is a professor of pathology, obsetrics and gynecology at UNM School of Medicine. Her research has been involved with HPV and the development of HPV vaccine for the past 30 years. She updates us.

 

As our more literarily inclined listeners know, June 16 is Bloomsday, a celebration of the Irish writer James Joyce, whose seminal novel Ulysses chronicles the experience on this very summer date in 1904 of fictitious Dubliner Leopold Bloom.

KSFR's news intern Julian Paras visited with Forest Stewards Guild coordinators to learn about their Youth Corps program, which offers 16-to-19-year-olds opportunities to learn forestry and conservation skills through hands-on projects.

Texas State University

The School for Advanced Research will conclude its "Crossing Global Frontiers" lecture series this evening with a talk by Dr. F. Kent Reilly, an archaeologist and professor of anthropology at Texas State.

That lecture, called "The Spiro Archaeological Site: Travels on the Path of Souls," will focus on his findings concerning a site near Spiro, Oklahoma, where a trove of artifacts from the ancient Caddoan culture was unearthed in the 1930s.

I had the pleasure last week of welcoming photographer Steve Reisch to our studio. He shot more than 3000 black and white photographs during a theater production of three short plays in Los Angeles in 1981. That production found film director John Cassavetes  turning his film auteur’s hand to the  stage. Reisch’s images include Cassavetes and actors Angelina Jolie, John Voight, Gena Rowlands, Nick Cassavetes and Peter Falk.

 

Back in April, I attended the Christian Association for Parent Educators (CAPE) Convention, hosted in Albuquerque. I was fascinated with the conference topics, like "Raising An Army"; The Sexual Agenda Against Your Child"; and "What is the Role of Dad in Homeschool"?

For years, New Mexico’s child welfare department has not had enough social workers in its protective services offices.  The vacancy rate remained at around 25-percent.  But department officials say that number has recently dropped significantly, thereby reducing the caseloads on overburdened workers unable to keep up with increasing reports of child abuse and neglect.

 

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MONDAY June 26 - A recent series of terrorist attacks in London and Manchester in the United Kingdom, like attacks in the United States in the past several years, appear to be the work of “lone wolves,” operating independently of any Islamic State or Al Qaeda management or networking. They are what RAND Corporation Terrorism analyst Brian Michael Jenkins calls “pure terrorism.” TUESDAY June 27 - In the Middle East, the United States says it has only one mission – to defeat Islamic State...

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