Dylan Syverson

Dylan Syverson first encountered radio work in 2010, producing the documentary feature American Mosaic for the Iowa-based Free River Press. After moving from his home tundra of Minnesota to New Mexico a few years later, he worked as an editor and writer, including for the Santa Fean. He holds degrees in English literature and audio production, and is an avid hiker, electric guitarist, and Texas hold’em player.

This week, both New Mexico's U.S. Senators spoke on Capitol Hill against Medicaid cuts thought to be included in the yet-to-be-released Senate GOP healthcare bill. The American Health Care Act, known as Trumpcare, is expected to see a vote before the July 4 recess. 

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. 

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.

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.

Joel Aalberts, executive director for the Lensic Performing Arts Center, stopped by the studio to tell about their just-announced 2017-18 season, which kicks off August 26 with Ricky Skaggs.


2017 Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Gregory Porter will headline at the Lensic this Saturday, June 10, at 7:30 pm.

Possibly as soon as this week, the city is slated to hire a new economic development director. In that light, a week ago we heard reports of a study commissioned by the League of Women Voters to gauge the past performance of the city's economic development grants.

There were a lot of questions about those findings; here's what some of the people involved told KSFR's Dylan Syverson last week.

A short time ago in Gallup, not far away… Star Wars saw its 40th official translation.

In 2013, the Navajo Nation Museum worked with Lucasfilm to translate and dub the original film, now known as Episode IV: A New Hope, into the Navajo language. The cultural preservation project was completed in just a few months and debuted at Window Rock, Arizona, in July of that year. 

Gordon's Summer Concerts in Los Alamos is a free outdoor concert series that's been going on every summer for the past 27 years. The 28th year kicks off tonight with Cuban jazz pianist Chuchito Valdes at Overlook Park in White Rock.

Russ Gordon has organized and promoted the series from the beginning, and as he recently announced, 2017 will be his final year doing so. 

Gordon joined KSFR's Dylan Syverson on the air to talk about his wild 28-year ride as the premier music promoter up on the hill, and hint at what to expect from his final season and beyond.

This weekend, the band Hoops will make Meow Wolf a stop on their first full US tour, supporting their debut album Routines. Their music has been described as dream-pop and 80s retro, but as bassist Kevin Krauter tells KSFR's Dylan Syverson, they just call it fun.

Hoops' show at Meow Wolf on Sunday, May 21, will see support from PARTS and Santa Fe's own Treemotel. Doors open at 8 pm.

Dr. Lera Boroditsky is an Associate Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of California–San Diego and editor-in-chief of the journal Frontiers in Cultural Psychology. Her focus is the study of linguistic relativity, the concept that speakers of different languages experience reality in different ways.

Tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the New Mexico School for the Deaf's James A. Little Theater, Dr. Boroditsky will be speaking on "How the Languages We Speak Shape the Ways We Think," part of the School for Advanced Research’s public lecture series "Crossing Global Frontiers."

Craig Johnson's "Walt Longmire Mysteries" book series is the basis for the Netflix series Longmire​.  The show is currently filming its sixth and final season in and around Santa Fe.

Johnson joined KSFR's Dylan Syverson by phone to talk about his latest paperback, The Highwayman; his involvement with the TV series; the extent of his personal "Walt-ness"; and how the heck to pronounce "Absaroka."

Santa Fe Opera Unveils 2018 Season

May 12, 2017

Customarily, the Santa Fe Opera releases its seasonal schedules over a year in advance, and that's what they did in a press conference Tuesday.

Director Charles McKay named the five Operas that will see performance starting June 29, 2018: Puccini's Madame Butterfly, Rossini's The Italian Girl in Algiers, R. Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos, Bernstein's Candide, and Adams's Dr. Atomic

KSFR's Ellen Berkovitch and Dylan Syverson attended the press event.

Starting with kickoff parties tonight, May 12, and continuing through the weekend, fiber artists across Northern New Mexico will open their studios and shops to visitors and demonstrate their work. The Crawl features over 40 stops, with about half of them here in Santa Fe.

April Jouse, operations director for the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center, joined KSFR's Dylan Syverson by phone to tell us more.

More details about the crawl can be found here.


A long parade of slow-cruising, glittery, low-slung classic cars was once a common encounter on Friday nights in the Española valley. Today the action has slowed, and New Mexico low-lows are typically only seen at car shows and special events—but could the subculture be perched for a renaissance?

Students Sue SFUAD

May 4, 2017

A group of three students is suing the soon-to-close Santa Fe University of Art and Design for fraud and breach of contract. Ben Allison and Justin Miller of the law firm Bardacke Allison are representing the students; they joined Dylan Syverson by phone.