How Water Helped Me Grow

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Melissa and I are standing in KOB’s studio, and there’s footage rolling of Nuestro Rio’s Youth Leadership Group in a raft, splashing and speeding down the Colorado River. There’s waves propelling them forward, and waves sloshing back onto their raft,

Our Water is Sacred

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There is a small farming town about 30 miles south of Albuquerque called Tomé. I was raised there. My house sits on dry land, just a few feet away from the easternmost ditch that carries water from the Rio Grande.

Creating Your Own Path

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John Garcia animatedly tells the story of summoning up the nerve to speak with the highly-influential and magical writer, Gabriel García Márquez. John approaches him, talks with him for awhile, and then asks Márquez for writing advice – the heavy,

America’s Need for the Underdog

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One of the most influential tweeters, @pushinghoops, known offline as Ayesha A. Siddiqi, recently graced the public with the release of her podcast, Pushing Hoops With Sticks. In the podcast, Ayesha discusses American pop culture by “exploring what stories this

The Unexpected Virtue of Emails

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In the midst of a prophesied presidential campaign, Hillary has to watch what she says… and what she types, and what she deletes. In our tech-savvy political realm, you’d expect that somewhere along the lines Hillary would find it more

In this Together

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I am completely overwhelmed by the incredible leadership and organizing that I have witnessed in the last month. Students from across New Mexico, and across the country, have taken a stand against the oppressive standardized tests. Here in Albuquerque, students


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The little camera on my laptop took me thousands of miles away to the offices of Futuro Media, to Maria Hinojosa. Her energy was so strong, and familiar, like family. Her laugh and her passion, visible and felt. Maria Hinojosa

Agua, Tierra, y Corazón

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Rumbling down Central, alongside the blossoming trees, come two red tractors. As they pass, you can read “El Agua es la Vida” on bright blue posters. Their machines sputter, leading the chants of 200 voices: “El Agua es la Vida.”


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I never imagined hearing the words “it’s okay to be emotional” coming from a professional journalist. I always imagined the professionals were a lot different than me; completely separated from their feelings and values within their work. Maria Hinojosa proved