Jonathan Demme, who directed modern classics like The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia as well as the Talking Heads' landmark concert film Stop Making Sense, died this week at the age of 73 after over 40 years of filmmaking. David D’Arcy remembers him as a director who moved from the independent scene to Hollywood, and made cinema out of many different elements.


The Santa Fe University of Art and Design is in the midst of its last theater production of the academic year. Bertolt Brecht's The Threepenny Opera began performances last weekend at the Greer Garson Theater, and will be staged again today, April 28th, and tomorrow the 29th, at 7 pm. 

The production stars Koppany Puszati as Mack the Knife, Mariah Oleson as Polly Peachum, and Jakob Matthews and Aubrey Hicks as Mr. and Mrs. Peachum.

KSFR's Dylan Syverson spoke to Laura Fine Hawkes, SFUAD's performing arts chair, to learn more.

The American Automobile Association has just released its 2017 Green Car ratings. So if you’re thinking about buying a new vehicle and want to be kind to the environment, this guide is for you. KSFR's Mary Lou Cooper spoke to AAA New Mexico spokesperson Doug Shupe to find out more.

You can search AAA's Green Car Guide here.

SFCC Declares State of Financial Emergency

Apr 28, 2017

When Governor Susana Martinez vetoed all higher education funding earlier this month, $745 million in planned state contributions to the state's colleges and universities was eliminated. Today the New Mexico Legislature and the Governor remain in a standoff. The Legislature has sued the Governor seeking to have the New Mexico Supreme Court overturn her vetoes. A Supreme Court date has been scheduled for May 15th. But the effects on higher education institutions are already being seen.

Global Focus Part One

Apr 27, 2017

Today’s story is part one of a multi-part story. We begin with the question of Israel-Palestinian relations and the way the conflict about U.S. military aid for Israel plays out in Santa Fe. In the interview that follows the feature story, Rob Morlino reaches Rabbi Malka Drucker for additional comment.

There was a mention in the story of the signs that appear on private property in Santa Fe. Here are two links that provide more information about this:

Identifying as transgender elicits a multitude of responses in western society. I wondered what the experiences for transgender people are in Northern New Mexico and reached out to the appropriate communities in Santa Fe and Albuquerque to ask if anyone wanted to share their experiences. At first, I received no response. Then, I received quite a few. Now, we listen to the first part of my series chronicling varied experiences of transgender identity in Northern New Mexico.


The social cost of carbon. The methane rule. How has the new executive of the United States changed the work of Western Environmental Law Center? We talk it over.


David D'Arcy Reports from Tribeca Film Festival

Apr 26, 2017

The Tribeca Film Festival began April 19th. Film critic David D'Arcy has the story on the documentaries, and a little bit about the celebrities.



Spread 6.0 came off last Friday at the Santa Fe Farmers' Market to a capacity crowd, and delivered a $7705 purse to artist Paula Castillo for a project to retain New Mexico arroyos with salvaged concrete. The other contestants were DRY MTN, Erin Mickelson, Cristina Gonzales, Linda Swanson, Jamie Hamilton, Erin Fussell, and Jon Moritsugu. Meow Wolf made a cameo appearance to announce it was granting $500 to each of the contestants who presented.


Project ECHO / UNM

Project ECHO, or Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes, began in 2003. It’s a program that uses collaborative education to build the expertise of medical providers in rural areas. Project ECHO got a national boost in December 2016 when President Obama signed the ECHO Act to expand and study the model.

Dr. Sanjeev Arora is a distinguished professor at the UNM School of Medicine and director of Project ECHO. KSFR's Hannah Colton spoke with him about his vision for the future of healthcare in America and beyond.

Growing season is just about here! Hannah and Dylan chatted with Bob Pennington of Agua Fria Nursery about the many vegetable choices and planting methods green-thumbed Santa Feans may consider this year.

Dispatch from Taos: Week of 4/17

Apr 25, 2017

Rita Daniels, News Director of KNCE True Taos Radio, checks in from Taos with some reporting highlights from her previous week in radio.


The Santa Fe Fuego held their local tryout camp this past Sunday, April 23. Local prospects, as well as players from Albuquerque, El Paso, and other regional centers, came out to demonstrate their skills. I stopped by to enjoy a sunny day at the ballpark and grab a few interviews.

For many people who’ve experienced the process of recognizing that a stay in assisted living is needed or even imminent,  there are probably few thing that seem quite as momentous — or as stressful as deciding where that’s going to be There’s making the decision and  then finding the right facility — and asking the right questions. For help with this, we rely on our consumer affairs reporter, Mary Lou Cooper, who brings us this story.

Katherine Mast

Bill Nye the Science Guy was there. And tens of thousands joined him in Washington DC on Saturday in pounding rain for the March for Science on the National Mall. In Santa Fe the numbers were closer to a couple of thousand — and collaborating organizers joined from the Women’s March as well. We bring you Science Monday today with Katherine Mast’s report on the March for Science Santa Fe.