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The JSW Radio Hour brings the voices of researchers, educators, activists and community members working to better understand the region’s past and envision possible new futures.  It continues to highlight the special consciousness of place that has been the focus of the Journal of the Southwest for the last three decades.

Episode 10 – Better Monsooner than Later, with Patricia Schwartz

Depending on where you’re standing, summer rains in the desert can mean rejuvenation or destruction (or both). Rapid urbanization has put borderlands cities out of touch with the storm waters that sustain them, an oversight for which they pay dearly in flood damages and eroded soils. What predictions can we make about the future of the monsoon in the Sonoran Desert? What are we doing to make use of the rain and prevent it from sweeping us away? How can storm water management be used to promote environmental justice and urban equity?

Written, produced, and narrated by Patricia Schwartz, a graduate student in the School of Geography, Development and Environment, University of Arizona. Featuring interviews with Dr. Gregg Garfin, University Director of the Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center and Associate Professor/Extension Specialist at the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona; and Dr. Adriana Zuniga-Teran, Assistant Research Scientist and Professor at the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning and the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona.

Our apologies for any blemishes in audio quality –interviews were recorded online during the Covid-19 era (i.e. from Patricia’s basement).

Episode 9 – Luis Coronado-Guel, bridging US-Mexico academic gaps, Part 2

In the second part of the conversation, Dr. Coronado reflects on and contextualizes the current crisis triggered by the COVID pandemic, commenting on the lack of referents in the last generations and the ascent of populism in America, from South to North.

Episode 8 – Luis Coronado-Guel, bridging US-Mexico academic gaps, Part 1

Dr. Coronado is the Director of SBS Mexico Initiatives in the University of Arizona. A law and history scholar, he has studied the cultural and intellectual history of XIX and XX century Mexico, largely through the lens of celebrations and public rituals. Luis has published articles, books and book chapters on Mexican law, history, historiography, and legal philosophy. In his most recent work, he explores popular culture and cultural heritage shared between Mexico and the United States.
Recorded through VoIP in Tucson, May 12th, 2020
Hosted by Jeff Banister, produced by Carlos Quintero


Episode 7 – Laiken Jordahl’s fight for the borderlands, Part 2

Laiken Jordahl details in this second part of the interview how the pandemic is being used to accelerate work in the construction of the wall and the most immediate damage it is causing to specific areas and fauna of the borderlands, apart from the health threats posed by COVID-19., @LaikenJordahl,


Episode 6 – Laiken Jordahl’s fight for the borderlands, Part 1

Laiken Jordahl, borderlands campaigner for the Center for Biological Diversity, discusses his work protecting wildlife, ecosystems and communities along the US-Mexico borderlands. Laiken shares his experiences at the National Parks Service and his struggle to alert about the damage caused by the wall and the militarization of the border.
Recorded through VoIP in Tucson, April 19th, 2020
Hosted by Jeff Banister, produced by Carlos Quintero


Episode 5 – Morning coffee with Raquel Rubio-Goldsmith, Part 2

Second part of our morning coffee with Dr. Rubio, reviewing six decades of research, community activism, and the very history of Mexico and the US. Raquel shares her rich anecdotes from her academic and militant experiences, and her invaluable insights on the present of migrations flows across the Southwest.

Episode 4 – Morning coffee with Raquel Rubio-Goldsmith, Part 1

Dr. Rubio-Goldsmith is the co-director of the Binational Migration Institute in the University of Arizona’s Department of Mexican-American Studies. A professor of History at Pima College for three decades, she has participated since the late sixties on a diversity of human rights initiatives in Tucson and the greater Southwest, and has led numerous community-based research projects focused on the effects of US immigration and border enforcement policies.
Recorded at the Southwest Center studio, January 27th, 2020
Hosted by Jeff Banister, produced by Carlos Quintero


Episode 3 – In Patagonia, AZ, with David Seibert

A chat with Dr. David Seibert, watersheds restoration manager and co-founder of the Borderlands Restoration Network in Patagonia, Arizona. A cultural anthropologist, David has worked on ecological conservation and education for more than 20 years. He has collaborated with Hopi, Zuni, Navajo, and Southern Paiute partners to restore sacred springs and wetlands, and with ranchers across Southern Arizona on wildfire mitigation, and continues to train the next generation of practitioners for work in complex adapted systems.
Recorded at different locations in Patagonia, Arizona, August 29th, 2019
Hosted by Jeff Banister, produced by Carlos Quintero


Episode 2 – A conversation with Emma Perez, Part 2

After sharing the experience of growing in small-town Texas and the realization of the Chicanx and queer realities of her time and place, Dr. Pérez discusses objectivity, race, gender and the challenges of Academia in the current social and political climate.


Episode 1 – A conversation with Emma Perez, Part 1

Professor Emma Perez is a research social scientist in the Southwest Center and professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona. Perez’s first novel, “Gulf Dreams,” was published in 1996 and is considered one of the first Chicana lesbian novels in print. Her second novel, “Forgetting the Alamo, or Blood Memory” (2009) won the Christopher Isherwood Writing Grant (2009) as well as the National Association for Chicana/Chicano Studies Regional Book Award for fiction (2011). She continues to research and write about LGBT Chicanx/Mexicanx in the borderlands through her two latest projects, “The Will to Feel: Decolonial Methods, Queer and Otherwise,” which promises to be a brief study that interrogates the coloniality of feelings. The second project is a dystopic novel, “I, Ben Espinoza,” which probes a colonial global order run by the wealthy one percent.
Recorded at the Southwest Center studio, May 19th, 2019
Hosted by Jeff Banister, produced by Carlos Quintero

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