Author Archives: Lucien Sims

Justice for Survivors of the First Atomic Bomb

On July 16, 1945, the world’s first nuclear bomb was detonated at the Trinity Site near Socorro, New Mexico.  Although the US government claimed the area was uninhabited, census records show that more than 40,000 people lived near-by. No warning was provided to these residents despite high levels of radiation.

Sixty years later, Tina Cordova co-founded the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium to seek justice for the survivors and their decedents. To date, however, none of the New Mexico Downwinders have received medical support or compensation. To find out why, New Mexico People Places and Ideas host Stephen Spitz sits down with Tina Cordova and two of the few living eyewitnesses to the 1945 Blast.

Produced with assistance of Roman Garcia and Lynn Schibeci.

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Masterpieces from the Prado Museum on the Plaza

In a major cultural event for Albuquerque, 92 full-scale mounted reproductions of artwork from the Museum del Prado in Madrid, Spain, are on display at Civic Plaza, free and under shade.

The Prado Exhibition boasts some of the world’s finest collections of European art of the 15th – 19th centuries including Diego Velázquez, Hieronymus Bosch, Francisco de Zurbarán, Titian, José de Ribera, Peter Paul Rubens, El Greco and Francisco de Goya. Because of New Mexico’s colonial history, these works will have special significance for many; for all, it is a once in a lifetime opportunity. To find out more about the exhibition and its significance, New Mexico People Places and Ideas host Stephen Spitz sits down with UNM historian Dr. Charlie Steen who specializes in Early Modern European History.

Produced with assistance of Marshall Broyles and Lynn Schibeci.

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Timothy Egan: Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher; The Epic Life of Edward Curtis

This month’s guest is New York Times writer and Pulitzer Prize winner author Timothy Egan whose latest work is a biography, Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher. Shadow catcher was the name given to acclaimed photographer Edward Curtis by American Indians as he traveled the country taking their photos and documenting their tradions, language and culture in the early 20th Century. Curtis, a famed photographer of the high and mighty,  such as President Teddy Roosevelt and JP Morgan, forswore all riches to instead shoot individual portraits and document the everyday life of nearly 80 Indian tribes. He photographed Chief Joseph, Geronimo and 40,000 other Indians engaged in fishing, net-making, cooking and never-before-photographed tribal ceremonies. He traveled to our pueblos in New Mexico and to remote areas of Arizona, Montana, Oklahoma and California. The story of how and why he accomplished this is perfectly encapsulated in the sub-title of this biography: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward S Curtis. So please join host Stephen Spitz, and author Timothy Egan as we explore one of the most amazing accomplishments of the 20th Century. Produced with the assistance of Joe Green.

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The Architecture of Bart Prince, Part 2

If you have ever wondered about the design of that spaceship on Monte Vista Blvd, or that snake-like home in Rio Rancho, this is your chance to find out. Architect Bart Prince joins host Stephen Spitz to explain how his imaginative and innovative ideas along with his clients’ requirements lead him to create such ambitious works. Please tune in for this fascinating discussion with a native New Mexican, who still lives and works in Albuquerque, and who is internationally recognized as one of the America’s most brilliant architects. Produced with the assistance of John Burgund.

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The Architecture of Bart Prince, Part 1

If you have ever wondered about the design of that spaceship on Monte Vista Blvd, or that snake-like home in Rio Rancho, this is your chance to find out. Architect Bart Prince joins host Stephen Spitz to explain how his imaginative and innovative ideas along with his clients’ requirements lead him to create such ambitious works. Please tune in for this fascinating discussion with a native New Mexican, who still lives and works in Albuquerque, and who is internationally recognized as one of the America’s most brilliant architects. Produced with the assistance of John Burgund.

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