/ Modified feb 13, 2019 8:02 p.m.

La Cerca goes Acoustic for a Spotlight Session

Also on Arizona Spotlight: "Arizona 360" goes on the road to El Paso to talk border politics; the immigration story of a UA graduate from Mali and the bright future she has built.

la cerca hero 1 The hands and guitar of Andrew Gardner, singer & songwriter of La Cerca, performing in the Arizona Public Media radio studio.
Carolyn Yaussy

Arizona Spotlight

Arizona Spotlight featuring La Cerca

(Download MP3)

Featured on the February 14th, 2019 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:

  • This week, Lorraine Rivera, the host of Arizona 360 on PBS 6, traveled to El Paso, where President Donald Trump and former U.S. Representative Beto O'Rourke held political rallies less than two blocks apart. Along the way, she visited communities in Southeastern Arizona, New Mexico and Texas to see if rhetoric from Washington D.C. reflects a crisis at the southern border. Mark talks with Lorraine Rivera for a first-hand account of what she found.

arizona 360 el paso trip A Border Patrol vehicle drives along border fencing in Sunland Park, New Mexico. Lorraine Rivera and a crew from "Arizona 360" took a road trip to talk to people between Tucson and El Paso about border politics.

  • Meet Oumou Keita, a University of Arizona graduate from Mali who is now studying criminal justice at ASU. She and Abby Hungwe, managing director of refugee aid group Owl & Panther, talk with Mark about her family's immigration story, and how the shifting citizenship and travel policies of the Trump Administration have been felt among immigrant communities in Tucson.

Extended conversation with Abby Hungwe and Oumou Keita:

Links for refugee resources:

Owl & Panther
TASSC International
Mariposa Sin Frontersas
Arizona Department of Economic Security
Arizona Refugee Resettlement Program

refugee community interview spotlight Abby Hungwe and Oumou Keita in the AZPM radio studio.
Carolyn Yaussy
  • And, in a new Spotlight Session, Andrew Gardner and Bill Oberdick of La Cerca perform an exclusive acoustic set of songs from the band's latest album, Night Bloom.

Listen to the interview with music:

Andrew Gardner - vocals & guitar / Bill Oberdick - guitar

Songs: Easy Target / Ruins / Tumbling Boulder / Sway

Listen to the songs:

Recorded and mixed by Jim Blackwood in the AZPM radio studio.

la cerca hero 3 Andrew Gardner and Bill Oberdick of La Cerca, performing in the Arizona Public Media radio studio.
Carolyn Yaussy

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