Summer Language

Oscar López talks about University of New Mexico’s Center for English Language and American Culture (CELAC). From San Salvador, El Salvador, Oscar attended the program at UNM in the Spring of 2015, in addition to further dedicated study at the ESL Conversation tables of Central New Mexico Community College. With a love for Linux and Electrical Engineering, deeply fascinated by electromagnetism, Oscar returned to El Salvador to continue research in the field of Telecommunications and the recovery and restoration of transformers.

Photo: San Salvador by Jamie Han

Recorded at Albuquerque 7 August 2015 ABC Special Collections Library.

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Rain Cars

Near Los Griegos Library, the normally welcome sound of rain is questioned by the street traffic noise of Griegos Road along North West Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Recording environments in open (outside) spaces can be intimidating without the right equipment. It’s true that a great microphone helps improve listening quality; likewise, proper set-up goes a long way during the editing process.

For this sound record: it was raining. So, I switched on the digital recorder’s on-board mic and adjusted for a dry location rather than a lengthy set-up time. This became an effort to help improve my editing for sound techniques in post-production.

To continue forward with research of sound and aural environment study, it’s clear to me that future generations will depend on quieter, more responsible consideration of sound ecology. An open space isn’t always natural in the wake of a multitude of industrial and automotive sound present throughout our international cityscapes.

In editing this highlight clip, I found the automotive noise fascinating when listened to from the perspective of ocean waves.


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Joy of Correspondence

Doña Ana County New Mexico

Educator Marcia Bockemeier talks about the dangers, and joys, of travel and work to teach English in Afghanistan with JDA International and non-profit Christian organization Lifewater International.

Marcia’s recent retirement from Central New Mexico Community College allows for more free time to pursue more acting roles, spend time with grandchildren, and to maintain faith on the safest corner in Albuquerque.


Recorded at Albuquerque 17 July 2015 at ABC Special Collections Library.

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Microscope Light

Neuroscience researcher Ernesto Caballero Garrido speaks about creating bridges between basic information and complicated scientific knowledge and his stellar appreciation for viewing cells under the light of a microscope.

Staying current in the field of isolating strokes, Ernesto studies the brain using special kinds of microscopic light, often observing braincell processes over and over (sometimes many hundreds of thousands of times over months of study) in order to discover potential new medicines and preventative care techniques.

A University of New Mexico Department of Neurosurgery Postdoctoral from Madrid, Spain, Ernesto’s work seeks to popularize science through projects such as La Ciencia Toma La Calle (Science Takes to the Streets) and as President of the Asociación Nacional de Estudiantes e Investigadores SIGLO XXI (National Association of 21st Century Students and Researchers).

For more information follow Ernesto on Twitter @aneisigloxxi


Recorded at Albuquerque 29 May 2015 at ABC Special Collections Library.

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Decolonized Mind

A student at the University of New Mexico at time of the interview, Language, Literacy & Sociocultural Studies PhD Yasir Hussain shares insight on rote memorization teaching, Common Core, “education equity,” and the critical thinking skills, differences, and potentials of Pakistan and American education systems.

Recorded at Albuquerque, New Mexico 26 May 2015 in the narrator’s home.



Dr. Hussain’s 2018 dissertation:



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Narrator John Saucedo talks about the people of Albuquerque, appreciation for video game culture, and driving to the westside through Rio Grande Boulevard.

Recorded 28 April 2015 at ABC Special Collections Library.

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Mp3 Generation

CSU-Pueblo political science student Logan Dunnagan considers the Mp3 generation, net neutrality, and 2011s Stop Online Piracy Act.

In a recent blog post, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler introduced Access to the Underserved and the WI-FI E-Rate Modernization proposal to serve schools and libraries. For more information, and to speak with Chairman Wheeler in person, attend Albuquerque’s 30 June 2014 Media Literacy Project event Nuestras Voces/Our Voices: A Youth Dialogue.

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Hanna & Pierre

Musician Steve Haupt speaks about best friends, his work with Virgin Forest, and the difference between playing keyboard and guitar.

Steve’s music, Florida’s Dark A.D. and Pueblo, Colorado’s Tangible Audio, includes music video Star Lit Sky.

South side Arkansas River and Corona in Pueblo, Colorado
Arkansas river and Corona street at Pueblo, Colorado
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Dewey Decimal

English Second Language exercise with Israel & Antonio incorporating the Dewey decimal system at Pueblo City County Library. Although library book subject headings may appear harmless, it’s true that today’s public libraries must consider 21st century conversations about new methods of Dewey Decimal system subject language. 

Be sure to learn more about the Melvin Dewey decimal system before searching for books, or anything else, at your local public library. To get-in on the conversation happening today visit “Everything you always wanted to know about the Dewey Decimal Classification® system but were afraid to ask …”


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New York City Family

Ann Kosovich speaks about family, her fathers’ visits to the American Legion, voting for half-pay at Western Union, and competing for jobs and housing in depression era New York City.

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Cross Country Trip

Jacob Barger talks about a favorite memory with his grandmother, Margarit, whom he hopes to interview and record with this summertime in California. 

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Woodpecker versus Jet Noise

Front porch recording of first and only opportunity to record yearly Corona Park woodpecker visits. Contains partial wind & jet noise.

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Light Tunnel Testing Laboratory

With the help of his wife Ann, Jack Kosovich speaks about working in a light and sound testing laboratory to help develop night vision.

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ESL Word Finder

Speaking with Byung in a 2013 English Second Language session at Pueblo City County Library about directions, thesauruses, and the meaning of good living.

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A realistic effort to record story, place, and memory remains crucial to narrator sense of past, present, and future story telling. The ability to perform memory during sound recording continues with keystone interview questions to help promote memory recall: the speaker speaks, the listener listens and makes humble further inquiry, a story unfolds.

Oral History has not been antiquated; more so its social psychology dyad interview approach of discovery, attention, and content management has been recently intensified through technology and widespread use of recording devices and memory storage upgrades. A new home within digital memory archives, and community access over the internet, continues to develop and improve our ability to record stories, narratives, and memory. For instance, recordings marked digitally and later reproduced to listener, researcher, and audience makes viable the potential for learning across the connected globe and spoken with the insight of a shared community narrative.

Examples of oral history’s new direction: link to the Oral History In the Digital Age website which includes an excellent Online Oral History Collection wiki list.

Content provided within and during narrator stories demand interpretation by wider audiences than academic or life historian interviewers, sound technicians, and transcribers. Today’s sound and memory recordings are more easily constructed thanks to technology and our shared human ability to interact and record experience.

Representation, for a short time, becomes recorded presentation of memory. In my view, interpretation and content are unlimited resources when shared community interest tells a story and becomes recorded witness to collective retelling(s) of personal and public memory.

Narrators and Storytellers: Thank you for contributing your time to interviewers whose questions, thoughts and comments help to inspire your story.


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David Lee

David Lee

creates dynamic open-access community archive projects for public history sound recording, reasonable workflow, and longterm digital preservation.

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