Monday, April 30, 2007

Happy Birthday Willie Nelson / One Cup Of Java Challenge

Today's One Cup of Java Challenge question asks you to name the famous musician celebrating his 74th birthday today. He got his start as a child playing in polka bands and singing with his gospel-inclined grandparents. A former deejay, after a stint in the Air Force he worked as a janitor by day and songwriter by night while supplementing his income as a door-to-door Bible salesman. Despite success in selling tunes to artists like Ray Price, he struggled, eventually deciding to begin recording his own material. That's worked out OK for him; he's sold 35 million albums to date, including what was once the best-selling country album of all time. These days he's also an ice cream flavor. Your One Cup question on this Monday morning - based on the clues provided, name this famous musician and sometimes actor, turning 74 today.

Your One Cup answer: Willie Nelson

Bonus Blog Trivia: Among Willie's nicknames are "The Red Headed Stranger," after one of his earliest albums and "The Ambassador to Weedville," for obvious reasons.

Bonus Blog Trivia #2: Willie's new ice cream flavor, Country Peach Cobbler, is from Ben & Jerry's, which has previously honored musicians like Jerry Garcia, Dave Matthews, and Phish.

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Sunday, April 29, 2007

KXCI Folk Festival Coverage

KXCI will be offering tape-delayed coverage of the Plaza Stage at the Tucson Kitchen Musician Association's Tucson Folk Festival, Saturday and Sunday May 5 & 6.

The multi-stage free festival features headlining performances by Trout Fishing in America and Sisters Morales.

KXCI encourages you to come on down to the folk festival in and around El Presidio Park, downtown Tucson. When you do, be sure to stop by the KXCI booth, just south of the Plaza Stage. You can learn more about the festival, see a schedule of performers and download an event map at TKMA's website:

If you can't make the festival, or can't make all of it, tune in to 91.3FM (and webstreaming free at for our tape-delayed broadcast. Coverage will begin approximately 1pm Saturday and noon on Sunday.

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Friday, April 27, 2007

Apostle Of Hustle - Live@5 - Friday 4/27

Hailing from the indie scene of Montreal, Apostle Of Hustle stop by KXCI's Studio 2A for a performance on The Homestretch. Touring behind their new release National Anthem Of Nowhere on Arts & Crafts, the band will be opening for Andrew Bird in a KXCI sponsored show at The Rialto Theatre, Friday April 27th. Guitarist Andrew Whiteman from Brocken Social Scene heads up Apostle of Hustle, a band that grew out of his visits to Cuba and has taken on a life of it's own- creative and eclectic indie rock.

"Andrew Whiteman created the atmospheric post-rock/experimental sound of Apostle of Hustle in 2001. Whiteman returned to his native Toronto to resume writing and recording with Broken Social Scene after a two-month stay with his godmother's family in Cuba. He learned to play the tres, a Cuban guitar, during that time. But in the midst of making the Juno Award-winning You Forgot It in People album, Whiteman couldn't escape the Spanish musical flavors of his time spent in El Barrio Santo Suarez. In order to make his fascination come to life, two of his fellow bandmates, Julian Brown and Dean Stone, joined Whiteman for what would become the cinematic, Latin-tinged portrait of Apostle of Hustle. Folkloric Feel was released on Arts & Crafts in late summer 2004. Unlike for their debut, which was put together during breaks from BSS touring, the band was able to spend more time on their follow-up, enlisting the help of percussionist Daniel Stone as well as Stars members Evan Cranley and Chris Seligman, among others. The album, National Anthem of Nowhere, came out in the first part of 2007." (All Music)

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Kate Pierson, Audrey Hepburn, Marge Simpson / One Cup of Java Challenge

Today's One Cup question, heard at 8:20am on Your Morning Brew:

Kate Pierson of the B-52s is celebrating her 59th birthday today. Along with Cindy Wilson, Kate Pierson directly contributed to the look – and the name – of the B-52s. They were not named directly after the Boeing bomber aircraft of the same name. Your One Cup question this morning – in Southern slang, what else is a B-52?
Your One Cup answer: The hairstyle that Cindy and Kate wore, which was named after the aircraft, as it was thought to have a resemblance to the nose of the bomber.
Bonus Blog Trivia: As seen here, other famous beehives belong to Marge Simpson and Audrey Hepburn's character in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Perhaps the newest celebrity beehive belongs to singer Amy Winehouse, whose new album Back To Black is garnering airplay at KXCI.

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Willard Grant Conspiracy - Live@5 - 4/26

This Thursday evening KXCI presents Willard Grant Conspiracy. Touring behind their sixth studio release, “Let It Roll”, Willard Grant Conspiracy is a large musical collective that fuses alt-country with Nick Cave style rock n’ roll. Loveland opens the show at 9:30. Tune in to The Homestretch today for a Live@5 performance from Willard Grant Conspiracy.

"The Willard Grant Conspiracy really do 'let it roll' on their sixth full-length studio effort, loosening up their well-established, stately, gothic Americana sound... Fisher and his cohorts succeed impressively in balancing the darkness and light, melancholy and hope, noise and quiet, and create something quite grand." 4 stars - All Music Guide

"Let It Roll provides another magnificent showcase for the (Willard Grant Conspiracy's) expansive gothic sweep, a beautiful but fearful melange capable of sending shivers down the spine." - Amplifier

The Willard Grant Conspiracy have "tapped into the finest folk gothic traditions of death, suffering, misery and hardship and fashioned a paradoxically uplifting, transformative record of extraordinary power." 5 stars - Uncut

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Catch The White Stripes New Single "Icky Thump" Thursday on The Home Stretch

KXCI will spin the debut single "Icky Thump" from The White Stripes new album of the same name this afternoon (Thursday afternoon) on The Home Stretch from 4 to 6pm MST.

The full album on Warner Bros. Records will hit stores on June 19th.

The White Stripes (and Jack White's side projects with Loretta Lynn and The Raconteurs) have made them one of KXCI's favorite acts of the last ten years. Their most recent album, Get Behind Me Satan, was included on KXCI's Top Albums of the Year countdown.

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KXCI Kid's Summer Deejay Classes

Summer is fast approaching, which means it’s time for KXCI’s Summer Kid’s deejay classes, where students learn the technical skills needed to produce a radio show.

Classes run Monday through Thursday with each student presenting a live radio show on the Sunday following the classes. Kids ages 9-12 are invited to class the second week in July. This class runs July 9-12 with the live broadcast on Sunday, July 15th.

The class for teens age 13-18 is July 23-26 with the live broadcast on Sunday, July 29th.

The cost of the class is $125 for KXCI member families and $150 for the general public. Space is limited, so don’t delay - call 623-1000, ext. 12 today to register your child.

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The Dream Weaver Is 64 / One Cup Question

Today’s One Cup question: Name the musician celebrating his 64th birthday today. A New Jersey native and child actor who starred on Broadway, he was an original member of the band Spooky Tooth. He played on George Harrison’s album All Things Must Pass, and joined George on travels to India. This birthday boy is credited with the first commercially successful album featuring primarily synthesizer music; that album and its title track, Dream Weaver, remain his most successful music to date. Your One Cup challenge this morning – to name this dream weaving birthday boy, whose most recent albums have featured world music.

Today's One Cup answer: Gary Wright

Bonus Blog Trivia: Dream Weaver and another hit single from the album, Love Is Alive, both hit #2 on the pop singles chart in 1976; in 1991 he remade the song for the Wayne's World soundtrack.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Jeremy Scahill Booksigning - April 25th

To benefit KXCI 91.3 and Access Tucson: Jeremy Scahill, author of "Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army" will be at St. Mark's Presbyterian Church for a speaking engagement and booksigning on Wednesday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m.

KXCI and Access Tucson independent producer Quynn Elizabeth, author of "Accepting the Ashes: A Daughter's Look at PTSD" will open the show.

A booksigning for both authors will be immediately after the speaking event.

$5.00 at the door; proceeds support Access Tucson and KXCI 91.3FM.

St. Mark's is located at 3809 E. 3rd Street.

For more information please call 520-409-9900 or visit:

For more information about Jeremy Scahill and "Blackwater" please visit:
For more information about Quynn Elizabeth and "Accepting the Ashes" please visit:

About Jeremy Scahill:
Jeremy Scahill is a Polk Award-winning investigative journalist. He is a frequent contributor to The Nation magazine, and a correspondent for the national radio and television show Democracy Now! Scahill has reported extensively from Iraq, the former Yugoslavia and Nigeria. He is currently a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute.
"Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army" is his first book.

About "Blackwater":
It was the moment the war turned: On March 31, 2004, four Americans were ambushed and burned near their jeeps by an angry mob in the Sunni stronghold of Fallujah. Their charred corpses were hung from a bridge over the Euphrates River. The ensuing slaughter by U.S. troops would fuel the fierce Iraqi resistance that haunts occupation forces to this day. But these men were neither American military nor civilians. They were highly trained private soldiers sent to Iraq by a secretive mercenary company based in the wilderness of North Carolina.

Meet Blackwater USA, the powerful private army that the U.S. government has quietly hired to operate in international war zones and on American soil. Its contacts run from deep inside the military and intelligence agencies to the upper echelons of the White House. Blackwater is the elite Praetorian Guard for the “global war on terror,” with its own military base, a fleet of twenty aircraft, and 20,000 private contractors at the ready. Run by a multimillionaire Christian conservative who bankrolls President Bush and his allies, its forces are capable of overthrowing governments, and yet most people have never heard of Blackwater.

This book is the unauthorized story of the epic rise of one of the most powerful and secretive forces to emerge from the U.S. military-industrial complex. It traces Blackwater’s beginnings in 1996, with visionary executives opening a private military training camp “to fulfill the anticipated demand for government outsourcing”; to its secret deployment in Afghanistan following 9/11; to the blood-soaked streets of Fallujah and a fierce gun battle in Muqtada al-Sadr’s stronghold of Najaf. The story races from Blackwater’s expedition to the oil-rich Caspian Sea to set up a military base miles from Iran; to New Orleans, where its forces patrolled the hurricane-ravaged streets; to the chambers of power in Washington, D.C., where Blackwater executives are welcomed as new heroes in the war on terror. The administration hails Blackwater as a revolution in military affairs; others see its rise as nothing less than a dire threat to American democracy.

Advance praise for "Blackwater:
“Jeremy Scahill’s exposé of the Blackwater mercenary firm forcefully demonstrates the grave dangers of outsourcing the government’s monopoly on the use of force.”
--Joseph Wilson, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq

“Jeremy Scahill skillfully chronicles the birth of America's frightening Praetorian Guard, one that has been unleashed--25,000-strong--in Iraq. These hired guns, with their black uniforms and automatic weapons, appeared on the streets of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. They operate, at home and abroad, beyond the bounds of legal constraints and are controlled by secretive puppet masters, such as Erik Prince, who have close ties to the radical Christian Right. Should our nation enter a period of instability following another terrorist attack on American soil, an economic collapse or a series of environmental disasters the tyranny that groups such as Blackwater impose on others could become the tyranny they impose on us. The rise of this unchecked mercenary force, as Scahill understands, could presage the final stage in the collapse of American democracy.”
--Chris Hedges, former New York Times Middle East Bureau Chief

“If the Republicans lose in 2008, they will leave office armed and dangerous. Blackwater is the utterly gripping and explosive story of how the Bush Administration has spent hundreds of millions of public dollars building a parallel corporate army, an army so loyal to far right causes it constitutes nothing less than a Republican Guard. The most important and chilling book about the death throes of U.S. democracy you will read in years and a triumph of investigative reporting.”
--Naomi Klein, author No Logo

"Of all the insane Bush privatization efforts, none is more frightening than the corporatizing of military combat forces. Jeremy Scahill admirably exposes a devastating example of this sinister scheme."
--Michael Moore, Academy Award Winning Director

This engrossing investigative piece exposing, in shocking detail, a U.S. government-outsourced Frankenstein replete with helicopter gun ships may leave you incredulous. But you better believe it, for it poses a grave and gathering danger to the future of our Republic."
--Ray McGovern, CIA veteran and former intelligence briefer for George H. W. Bush

“In this terrifying and thrillingly written book, Jeremy Scahill introduces us to the shape of things to come, and to the kind of people and corporations who are likely to govern our lives if we don't do something about it pretty quickly.”
--Arundhati Roy, author The God of Small Things

“Jeremy Scahill's comprehensive research and reporting lifts the veil off the ever-tightening relationship between the federal government and unaccountable private military corporations such as Blackwater USA. . . .”
--U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)

"From Belgrade to Baghdad, from Nigeria to New Orleans, Jeremy Scahill leads a new generation of muckraking journalists. With trademark courage and conviction, Scahill is exposing the dark, violent and secretive world of the neo-mercenaries Washington is increasingly deploying in its wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and at home in the US. This is an explosive book!"
--Amy Goodman, Host, Democracy Now!

About Quynn Elizabeth and "Accepting the Ashes":
Quynn Elizabeth is the daughter of a two-time Viet Nam war combat veteran.
Due to her father's experiences in war he struggled with Post Traumatic Stress, heart sadness and alcoholism all his adult life, even though he was not formally diagnosed with PTSD until 1992.

After his death Quynn realized that veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will go through some version of what her father experienced, and so many families will again be affected by symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress.

Quynn's book and audio book are now being used by over a dozen Veteran's Administration chaplain offices around the country, as well as a growing number of National Guard Family Readiness offices to help veterans and their families reintegrate into civilian life.

In "Accepting the Ashes" Quynn shares her family's personal story so that another generation of loved ones and veterans who are fighting right now might not have to wait 30 years to heal their painful feelings from participating in war.

Praise for "Accepting the Ashes":
"I commend Quynn Elizabeth for taking the time and effort to prepare this very helpful little resource for the spouses and families of our veterans. I FIND THE AUTHOR'S DESCRIPTION OF THE STRUGGLES OF COMBAT VETERANS WITH THE SYMPTOMS OF PTSD TO BE VERY ACCURATE."
A. Keith Ethridge, M.Div, BCC, ACPE CPE Supervisor
Deputy Director
National Chaplain Center

“The author has written a CLEAR AND CONCISE BOOK grounded in her experience with her father and her research into this important subject. Veterans with PTSD tell me that it is an effective tool to help them explain their diagnosis to their loved ones. The book keeps increasing in popularity here as the word spreads among our veterans. I heartily recommend this book to VA chaplains and other VA staff who work with veterans who have PTSD. It can be a wonderful aid to your work.”
Chaplain Michael Gillespie
VA Roseburg, Oregon Healthcare System

“THIS STORY IS MAGNIFICENT! Ms. Elizabeth said so much in so short a time. As an Army priest chaplain retiree after almost 27 years of active duty and five months in Somalia I can relate to your story. Now, I serve as a VA Chaplain and have been using this book and cd to help the Vermont National Guard wives and parents prepare for the return of their loved ones from Iraq.”
Ch. (Col) Joseph O’Keeffe, U.S. Army, Ret.
White River Junction, Vermont

"I have read the book and I DEEPLY APPRECIATE THE APPROACH."
Rev. Herman Keizer, Jr.
Director Chaplaincy Ministries Christian Reformed Church

"AS MY HUSBAND SAYS, "the smell of death never leaves your mind". The guilt is horrific. He has to choose to forgive himself. "Accepting the Ashes" is beautiful, Thank you."
A Loving Wife of a Previous War

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Friday, April 20, 2007

Andrew Bird / April 27 / Rialto Theatre

Neo-folk rock violinist Andrew Bird returns to Tucson in concert at the Rialto Theatre on Friday, April 27th, in a show proudly presented by KXCI Community Radio.

Bird is touring in support of his new album Archair Apocrypha, one of KXCI's most played albums last month. Visit "Playlist Search" at to see which of your favorite deejays are spinning his new album.

Tickets are available now at the Rialto box office (740-1000) or at

Apostle of Hustle opens the show at 8pm. Doors at 7pm for this all ages show.

Chicago singer/songwriter/violinist Andrew Bird updates the traditions of small group swing, German Leider and New Orleans jazz, mixing gypsy, folk and rock elements into his distinctive style. Bird's projects include his group the Bowl of Fire (which also includes drummer Kevin O'Donnell, bassist Josh Hirsch and guitarist Colin Bunn) and performing as an auxiliary member of the Squirrel Nut Zippers; in turn, the Zippers' Katherine Whalen and James Mathus appeared on the Bowl of Fire albums Thrills and Oh! The Grandeur.

Bird has also recorded with artists like Pinetop Seven and Lil' Ed Williams, teaches music at the Old Town School of Folk Music, and performed on the score and soundtrack from the 1999 Tim Robbins film The Cradle Will Rock. His third album, 2001's The Swimming Hour, surprisingly found the Bowl of Fire turning to pop music, and with excellent results. As band members remained active in their various other projects, the band continued and work on a follow-up began in 2002. To tide fans over, Bird self-released a limited edition EP, Fingerlings, which documented live performances of some old and new songs by the band and solo.

Early 2003 brought the release of another LP, Weather Systems, on the independent Grimsey label. Bird debuted on Ani DiFranco's Righteous Babe imprint in 2005 with Andrew Bird & the Mysterious Production of Eggs.

Make plans to join your KXCI fans April 27th at the Rialto Theatre for Andrew Bird.

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Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart - Live@5 - 4/20

Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart blend folk, country, blues and old-timey jug band music. Their music mixes whimsy and wisdom, from the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, to the Philadelphia Folk Fest, Kerville, Merle Fest and many more.

Theirs is a musical marriage and they both come from musical families. Stacey's older brother is country rocker Steve Earle. She spent a year and a half on tour with her brother, and then returned to Nashville to start a career of her own. Mark Stuart grew up in Nashville, playing in his father’s honky tonk band while in high school. He also spent time in Steve Earle’s band in the late 90s.

Their songs are the diaries of their life - good times and bad, a commentary on the love they share.

Performing tonight, Friday, April 20th, 7:30pm
Old Town Artisans - 201 N. Court downtown

More info (520) 440-4455

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Killer rabbit, killer rabbit, killer rabbit / One Cup of Java Challenge

Today's One Cup of Java, heard at 8:20am on Your Morning Brew:

It’s been a long week, so we’ll take it easier on you today for the One Cup of Java Challenge. Jimmy Carter had a lot of bad days, perhaps none as bizarre as the day he had on this date in 1979, when a swamp rabbit attempted to board his boat in Georgia, leading to the AP headline “Carter Fights Killer Rabbit.” The killer rabbit reference, of course, comes from a famous 1975 film. Your One Cup question – an easy one on this Friday morning – what 1975 film featured a great killer rabbit scene?

One Cup answer: Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Shown here are photos of Carter's killer rabbit and a scene from the film.
Bonus Blog Trivia: There is some speculation that it was not a rabbit, but instead a nutria, a large web-footed rodent, known to be aggressive and now a well-established pest species in the South.

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Who Is Eddie Hinton? Find Out At The Arizona International Film Festival

Posted for Jason, host of The Connection, Saturday nights, 9-11pm on KXCI.

Heads up. There's a great new Eddie Hinton documentary, "Dangerous Highway," showing as part of the Arizona Internatioal Film Festival this year, at Club Congress this Sunday at 7pm.

In case you're wondering who the heck Eddie Hinton is - here's a short bio supplied by

"Guitarist, songwriter, and singer Eddie Hinton may be one of the great,unheralded white blues musicians of all time. Fortunately, fans can latch onto a few recordings on compact disc. Hinton died far too young at the age of 51 on July 28, 1995, yet his guitar playing can be heard all over famous recordings by famous people -- hit records by Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Joe Tex, Solomon Burke, Percy Sledge, the Staple Singers, the Dells, Johnny Taylor, Elvis Presley, Boz Scaggs, Hour Glass, Otis Redding, and even reggae star Toots Hibbert of Toots &the Maytals. Hinton was a session guitarist non-pareil. After working with Southern bands like the Spooks and the Five Minutes, he played lead guitar forMuscle Shoals Sound rhythm section from 1967 to 1971. What most people didn't know at the time was that Hinton was also a talented singer, songwriter, arranger and producer in his own right. In the late '60s, Muscle Shoals was something of a hit factory for Atlantic Records recording artists, under the careful, patient tutelage of legendary producer Jerry Wexler. Hinton was just 22 when he was invited to the Shoals area by fellow songwriter and producer Martin Greene. The Hinton/Greene songwriting and producing team produced several country/soul hits, including "Cover Me," and "It's All Wrong But It's Alright" for Percy Sledge."

By all accounts the film is really terrific and not to be missed. For more information about the film, visit

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

A Post On Postage / One Cup of Java Challenge

Today’s One Cup of Java Challenge: Name the person who was represented on the very first adhesive postage stamp issued, way back in 1840. A couple of clues – a woman who was alive to see herself on that stamp in 1840, she lived into the 20th century. She’s been referenced in many songs, most notably one by The Kinks and two by Leonard Cohen. Your One Cup question again this morning – to name the first person to appear on an adhesive postage stamp.

One Cup Answer: Queen Victoria, who was on "Penny Black," the first adhesive stamp, issued in Great Britian and pictured here.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Putamayo Artist Luca Mundaca Weds. 17th St. Mkt.

Just wanted to pass along, Putamayo Brazillian Artist Luca Mundaca
will perform today at 5 PM in a free concert at the 17th St. Market.
Luca will be at KXCI for a "live at 4:15" today-   a portion of the
proceeds from the sale of her album "Women of the World Acoustic" will
be donated to the Global Fund for Women in support of their efforts to
promote and defend the human rights of women and girls around the
world. Shop for dinner and hear some great music!   Jill 

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Jane Goodall To Speak At PCC

Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE, will be the featured speaker at Pima Community College, Thursday, April 19, as part of Earth Day celebrations. Dr. Goodall will speak at 1:00 p.m. at the Northwest Campus outdoor amphitheatre, 7600 N. Shannon Road. The event is free and open to the public.

Jane Goodall began her famous study of chimpanzees in Tanzania in 1960. Working under the mentorship of noted anthropologist Dr. Louis Leakey, her landmark work, including living among groups of chimpanzees in the wild, redefined the relationship between humans and animals. Her observations also radically altered our knowledge and understanding of primate behavior.

In 1965, Dr. Goodall established the Gombe Stream Research Center, at the site of her initial work. The Center continues her research today, making it one of the longest uninterrupted wildlife studies in existence. In 1965, she also received her Ph.D. in the study of animal behavior from England’s Cambridge University. In 1977, she established the Jane Goodall Institute ( to support her growing efforts in research, education, and conservation. A recipient of numerous awards and the subject of multiple books and documentaries, Dr Goodall spends more than 300 days a year speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, other environmental crises and her reasons for hope that humankind will solve the problems it has imposed on the earth.

Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute continues Dr. Goodall’s pioneering research of chimpanzee behavior -- research that transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals. Today, the Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and the Roots & Shoots education program, which has groups in more than 95 countries.

Pima Community College Northwest Campus will also hold an Earth Day festival on Wednesday, April 18. Earth Day festival events will begin at 9:00 am and continue to 2:00 pm. Events will include geology tours, demonstrations of conservation techniques and solar technology and display booths by conservation-oriented companies, governmental agencies and non-profit organizations. The event is sponsored by Northwest Campus Student Activities.

For more information about Earth Day at PCC’s Northwest Campus, call 206-2247.

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French Military Heroes / One Cup Of Java Challenge

Today's One Cup of Java Challenge question, heard at 8:20am on Your Morning Brew:
On this date in 1915, the French pilot that many people consider to be the world’s first fighter pilot was shot down and captured in Germany. He’d later escape from his prisoner of war camp, rejoin the French military, and fly more missions before being shot down and killed in 1918. Your One Cup of Java Challenge this morning – to name this French military hero, the world’s first fighter pilot. One very good clue: in his honor, the French named their most famous tennis facility after him.

Your One Cup Answer: Roland Garros (Roland Garros Stadium is home to the French Open).

Bonus Blog Trivia: Garros is NOT the world's first fighter ace. That distinction requires 5 downed enemy planes; Garros is credited with three. His fellow Frenchmen Adolphe Pegoud holds that distinction, having downed six aircraft in World War I.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Charlie Louvin - Live@5 - Tuesday

Charlie Louvin will join our own Al Perry today for Live@5 on The Homestretch.
Mr. Louvin is a Country Music Hall Of Fame legend and will be performing tonight at Nimbus Brewery, 7:30 PM.

As half of the Louvin Brothers, Charlie Louvin (born Charlie Elzer Loudermilk, July 7, 1927) was one of the most influential musicians of the '40s and '50s; the Louvins defined close harmony duet singing for several generations of country fans. After the Louvins disbanded in 1963, Charlie began a solo career, recording for Capitol Records until 1972. During that time, he had two Top Ten hits -- "I Don't Love You Anymore" (number four, 1964) and "See the Big Man Cry" (number seven, 1965) -- as well as a series of minor hits. Louvin continued to perform and record for a variety of labels well into the '90s. (All Music Guide)

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The Beatles Taxman Pictured

In honor of our tax day, here's a photo of The Beatles with British Prime Minister Harold Wilson, the "tax man" mentioned in their song of the same name.

If you haven't already, happy filing today!

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Today's One Cup Question "Delivers" (Pun Intended)

Today's One Cup of Java Challenge question:

It was on this date in 1973 that FedEx, then known as Federal Express, delivered its first package. In the world of trivia, FedEx has an important honor. "What is FedEx?" was the incorrect question that ended Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings 74 game winning streak. The answer that day on Jeopardy! was "Most of this firm's 70,000 seasonal white-collar employees work only 4 months a year." Your One Cup challenge this morning, on April 17th: provide the correct Jeopardy! question; that is - name the company where many of the seasonal employees only work 4 months a year.

Your One Cup answer: H&R Block

Bonus Blog Trivia: After Ken Jennings lost, FedEx ran newspaper ads, claiming it was the "only time FedEx was the wrong answer."

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Jazz Under The Stars: Chuchito Valdes

The Tucson Jazz Society announces Jazz Under the Stars with Afro-Cuban jazz by Chuchito Valdes, son of the great Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes

WHEN: Sun., April 22 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: St. Philip's Plaza, Campbell Ave. and River Rd.
COST: $20 general public; $15 TJS members; $10 students.
Warm-up performances by the JazzWerx student band.
Advance tickets are available through the Tucson Jazz Society (, by phone at 903-1265 and at all Bookman's locations.

Raised in Havana, Cuba, Jesus "Chuchito" Valdes follows his father's footsteps
as a master pianist, and he travels the world bringing audiences his own
flavor of energetic Caribbean rhythms and jazz. His music draws on many
styles, including Latin jazz, bebop, danzon, timba and even the harmony of
classical music he studied extensively in his youth. The concert is part of the spring Jazz Under the Stars series running through May 6. The series is sponsored by the Glassman Foundation and JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa.

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"What's Cookin'?" Tucson Solar Potluck

Join Citizens for Solar at Catalina State Park (11570 N. Oracle Road) on April 28th from 10am to 8pm for the Festival of the Sun: Tucson Solar Potluck and Renewable Energy Exhibition. Admission to the event, and to the park, is free.

This year marks the 25th annual community celebration of the sun. Experience the flavors of solar-cooked food and and enjoy solar-powered music, family activities, solar appliances and exhibitions.

For more information about the Tucson Solar Potluck, visit

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Your "Easy On Monday" One Cup of Java Challenge

One Cup of Java Challenge question: It was 60 years ago today that a famous two-word term to describe the relationship between the US and the Soviet Union was coined by presidential advisor Bernard Baruch. Your “easy on Monday” One Cup question this morning – give us the two-word term Bernard Baruch was the first to use, 60 years ago today.

One Cup answer: Cold War.

Bonus Blog Trivia: Baruch is the namesake of New York's Baruch College, whose famous students include many leaders of Wall Street, Fortune 500 companies, and... Jennifer Lopez, who dropped out before earning a degree.

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Friday, April 13, 2007

Hot Tuna Happy Birthday / One Cup of Java Challenge

Today's One Cup of Java Challenge, heard at 8:20am on YOUR MORNING BREW (playlist link:

Identify the famous musician and '96 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee celebrating his 63rd birthday today. A bass player, he got his start in the D.C. area backing musicians like Ray Charles and Little Anthony. His big break came in October, 1965, when an old high-school friend recruited him to San Francisco to join a new 6-member group that took its name from blues legend Blind Lemon Jefferson. Along the way, he'd also record on Jimi Hendrix' Electric Ladyland and on the debut album for Crosby Stills & Nash. In 1970 he became half of a duo that would eventually release 21 albums; that duo still tours.

One Cup answer: Jack Cassady (of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna). Hot Tuna plays the Fox Tucson Theatre on June 23rd, click here for details:

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Live@5 - Woven Hand - Thursday 4/12

Woven Hand is the current band of David Eugene Edwards, who was the front man of 16 Horsepower. Woven Hand finds Edwards mining a similar vein of haunting indie folk and gothic americana. Woven Hand's latest release is Mosaic, on Sounds Familyre, and it is an enchanting other-worldly brew with intense, biblicaly referenced songs and a voice that reminds one of Nick Cave. Local artist Cathy Rivers opens the show under the name Little Black Cloud with Viki Brown and Noah Thomas at 9:30 PM.

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"Tommy" Film Trivia / One Cup of Java Challenge

Today's One Cup question: Today marks the 32nd anniversary of the release of a famous 1975 film that might have starred – but didn’t star – David Bowie, Christopher Lee, Peter Sellers and Rod Stewart, and might have been – but wasn’t – directed by George Lucas. Your One Cup question – to name this movie, whose tagline was “Your senses will never be the same.”

One Cup answer: Tommy, starring Oliver Reed, Ann-Margret, and Roger Daltrey (seen here).

Bonus Blog Trivia: David Bowie was considered for The Acid Queen (later played by Tina Turner). Christopher Lee was wanted for The Doctor, but was out of the country. In London at the time, Jack Nicholson filmed the part in 18 hours. Peter Sellers had also been considered for The Doctor. Rod Stewart, who had played The Pinball Wizard on stage in London, was talked out of taking the film role by Elton John - who took it instead. George Lucas was approached to direct but opted to proceed instead with filming "American Graffiti."

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Apollo 13 / One Cup Of Java Challenge

Today's One Cup of Java Challenge, as heard on Your Morning Brew at 8:20am:

On this date in 1970, the Apollo 13 mission was launched. Two days later, the spacecraft was crippled by an oxygen tank explosion. In what was later described as a “successful failure,” the three astronauts – James Lovell, John Swigert and Fred Haise – made it back to Earth. All of this was of course later dramatized in Ron Howard’s Apollo 13 movie. Your One Cup question this morning – name the three actors who played the astronauts in the film.

One Cup answer: Lovell was played by Tom Hanks; Swigert by Kevin Bacon; and Haise by Bill Paxton.

Bonus Blog Trivia: The film immortalized the line, "Houston, we have a problem." That's a misquote of Swigert's first statement ("Okay, Houston, we've had a problem here.") which was followed by Lovell's "Houston, we've had a problem."

Bonus Blog Trivia #2: While none of the three ever blasted off again, original pilot Ken Mattingly, who was grounded out of fear he had contracted the measles, would go on to fly the Apollo 16 mission as well as several Space Shuttle flights.

Bonus Blog Trivia #3: Lovell was once sued for libel after describing Moon landing hoax proponent Bill Kaysing as "wacky." The case was later thrown out of court.

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Friday, April 06, 2007

Blackwater Author Jeremy Scahill Speaks April 25 to Benefit KXCI

To benefit KXCI 91.3 and Access Tucson: Jeremy Scahill, author of "Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army" will be at St. Mark's Presbyterian Church for a speaking engagement and booksigning on Wednesday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m.

KXCI and Access Tucson independent producer Quynn Elizabeth, author of "Accepting the Ashes: A Daughter's Look at PTSD" will open the show.

A booksigning for both authors will be immediately after the speaking event.

$5.00 at the door; proceeds support KXCI 91.3FM and Access Tucson.
St. Mark's is located at 3809 E. 3rd Street.

For more information please call 520-409-9900 or visit:

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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Happy Birthday Merle Haggard / One Cup of Java

It's Finally Friday's One Cup question: Merle Haggard is 70 today. He first hit the top of the country charts in 1967 with "The Fugitive," the first of forty #1 country songs for Merle. Despite this incredible success and his near legendary status, he's had far less crossover success on the pop charts than his contemporaries like Willie Nelson. Your One Cup question this morning - what Merle Haggard sad song is his ONLY tune to break the pop top 40, hitting #28 in 1974?

One Cup answer: If We Make It Through December

Bonus Blog Trivia: When Merle's "Okie From Muskogee" became a hit, CBS News went to the Oklahoma town to interview folks about the tune's accuracy. The news crew found it fairly accurate, although Muskogee teenagers proved otherwise on at least one count: according to the CBS report, there WAS marijuana smoking in Muskogee.

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Veto This! / One Cup of Java Challenge

Thursday's One Cup of Java Challenge: On this date in 1792, George Washington became the first president to veto a bill he didn't like. It would be one of only two vetoes cast by Washington. FDR, on the other hand, cast 635 vetoes. Your One Cup question this morning: within 20 either way, how many bills has our current president vetoed in his six plus years in office?

One Cup answer: Only one - the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005, which would have eased restrictions on federal funding of stem cell research.

Bonus Blog Trivia: By comparison, his father, George H.W. Bush, vetoed 44 bills; Bill Clinton, 37. Thomas Jefferson never vetoed a single bill in his time as president.

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Proud Moment In Arizona History / One Cup of Java Challenge

Wednesday's One Cup of Java Challenge (heard weekdays at 8:20am on Your Morning Brew): It was on this date in 1988, 19 years ago, that the Arizona State Senate convicted Governor Evan Mecham of obstruction of justice and of misusing government funds, leading to his impeachment and removal from office. Your One Cup question this morning - within a year either way, how long did Evan Mecham serve in prison for his crimes?

One Cup answer: Not a day - he was acquitted on all criminal charges in June, 1988.

Bonus Blog Trivia: Mecham later ran against John McCain in 1992 as an independent, getting about 10% of the vote in the Senate race.

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Bobby Kennedy and Jerry Springer / One Cup of Java

Tuesday's One Cup question: TV Guide is celebrating its 54th birthday today. In 2002 they published two famous lists, their selections for the 50 Greatest TV Shows Of All Time and, two months later, their selections for the 50 Worst TV Shows Of All Time. Seinfeld took the top spot on the "greatest" list. Your One Cup question this morning: what TV show, still on the air today and featuring a former and possibly future politician, was selected as TV Guide's worst TV show of all time?

Your One Cup Answer: The Jerry Springer Show.

Bonus Blog Trivia: One of Springer's first jobs out of college was as an aide to Senator Robert Kennedy!

Bonus Blog Trivia #2: The first issue of TV Guide, pictured here, features newborn Desi Arnaz Jr. on the cover.

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Monday, April 02, 2007

The Police Tickets Winner Announced

Congratulations to renewing member Sean B., a long-time KXCI supporter, who is the winner of a pair of premium tickets to see The Police June 18th in Phoenix.

Sean's name was randomly drawn this morning from a pool of 136 people who renewed their KXCI memberships, or became a first-time member, during the contest period March 1st-April 1st.

These renewals have already raised more than $9000 toward our $91,300 May membership drive goal, cutting more than a day and a half off the campaign. You can join the list of early renewers/new members today with a call to our membership office, (520) 623-1000, ext. 13, or by clicking here to pledge online:

Congratulations, Sean, and enjoy the show!

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I Heard It Through The One Cup

Monday's One Cup of Java Challenge, as heard on Your Morning Brew, 6-9am weekdays:

R&B singer Marvin Gaye was born on this date in 1939. Shot to death by his father a day before his 45th birthday in 1984, Gaye squeezed a lot of music into his shortened career, charting 17 Top Ten pop singles between ’63 and ’83, including three #1 singles. Your One Cup question this morning – with three possible winners: name a #1 pop song for Marvin Gaye, who would have been 68 today.

One Cup answers: I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Let's Get It On, Got To Give It Up

Bonus Blog Trivia: Marvin Gaye's original surname was simply "Gay." Like his hero Sam Cooke, he added an "e" to the end as an adult.

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