Mary-Charlotte Domandi

Mary-Charlotte Domandi  is the award-winning producer and host of the Santa Fe Radio Café on KSFR 101.FM.  A graduate of Yale University and St. John’s College, she interviews people on topics ranging from literature and the arts to politics, science, and environmental issues—all from a corner table at the Santa Fe Baking Company.  A student of Cuban social and folkloric music and dance, Domandi is also a Latin music D.J.

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KSFR has joined several other media outlets across the state in a pilot project to create solutions journalism stories. These are stories focused on problems in our region, and seeking solutions from inside and outside our state. Other partners in this venture include KNME, the Santa Fe New Mexican, The Taos News, High Country news and the Pueblo Chieftan. KSFR’s Mary Charlotte spoke recently with reporter Leah Todd of the Solutions Journalism Network to explain what Solutions Journalism is, and what it’s meant to do.

On this morning's edition of the Santa Fe Radio Cafe, Mary-Charlotte interviewed Amy Goodman, host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national independent news program that airs twice daily on KSFR. During the 2016 election season, Goodman and her colleague Dennis Moynihan have taken the show on the road for a 100-city speaking tour benefitting the community radio stations that bring Democracy Now! to their listeners. Democracy Now comes to the Lensic in Santa Fe Tuesday evening. Mary-Charlotte asked Goodman why Democracy Now!

Women from diverse New Mexico communities and their allies gathered Thursday night at Rio Chama Steakhouse for an event entitled "Power & Possibility: Investing In New Mexican Women And Girls." The event showcased a number of organizations and activists, including keynote speaker Theresa Younger, president and CEO of the Ms. Foundation, the world's oldest women's fund. Younger joined Sarah Ghiorse, program director of NewMexicoWomen.org, in conversation with Mary-Charlotte on a recent edition of the Santa Fe Radio Cafe. 

On a recent edition of the Santa Fe Radio Café, New Mexico Health Department Cabinet Secretary Retta Ward told Mary-Charlotte that during the 20th century, the most major improvements in healthcare involved treatment and prevention for infectious diseases like Polio and HIV. But Ward says that in the 21st century, we’re fighting a different battle.

The 2016 Legislative session begins next Tuesday with a growing number of bills being added to the 30 day Budget session. On the Santa Fe Radio Café with Mary Charlotte, Linda Siegle described a number of the bills already on the Governor’s Call, and some that have been prefiled but may or may not end up on the call, or being germain to discussions in this session.

Santa Fe based photographer Jamey Stillings just released a photographic aerial exploration called The Solution of IvanPah Solar, documenting the development of the world’s largest concentrated solar thermal plant in the Mojave Desert of California. He spoke to Mary-Charlotte on KSFR's Radio Café this week about some of the criticisms of alternative energy, the intersections of nature and human activity, and the ongoing critiques of energy development of all stripes.

If you’ve never witnessed Zuleikha the Story Dancer and her annual Rumi concert, then mark your calendar for this coming Saturday at the Lensic theatre. Recently Mary Charlotte spoke with Zuleikha on the Radio Café about the concert and the experience of dancing to some of the world's best- and longest-loved poetry. This year, Zuleikha also discussed her international work addressing the trauma of criminals, survivors of domestic abuse and human trafficking, and sex workers.


Renowned feminist author Katha Pollitt comes to Santa Fe this Saturday for a presentation on her new book, PRO: Reclaiming Abortion Rights. PRO tackles the way that our society talks about and thinks about abortion, birth control, and sexuality. As Pollitt told Mary-Charlotte Domandi on a recent edition of the Santa Fe Radio Cafe, even 40 years after Roe vs. Wade, our feelings about abortion speak to the unattainable standards to which we hold each other when it comes to sex. 

There will be a "Stand for Wolves Rally" at Santa Fe Community College tomorrow morning starting at 8am in the Jemez Room. The rally immediately precedes a State Game Commission hearing, which starts at 8:30 a.m.  For more information about Thursday's rally and hearing, visit mexicanwolves.org. That's mexicanwolves.o-r-g. KSFR will be there as Commissioners enter the hearing and we’ll bring you reports At Noon. You can hear Mary Charlotte’s full interview at www.santaferadiocafe.org.

In recent months, a national conversation has been brewing over the unequal treatment people of color receive in America's criminal justice system. According to the national organization Prison Policy Initiative, about nine-percent of all black men in their late 20s are in prison in the United States, and four percent of Latino men of the same age are incarcerated. The rate is just seven-tenths of one-percent for white men. Many of the crimes for which men of color are arrested involve drug abuse or addiction.