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Following DeWitt, Hastings airs an interview from 2011 she conducted with the late poet and activist Francisco X. Alarcòn. Although he died in January 2016, Alarcòn's work remains extremely relevant today. This is a segment not to be missed. His collections of poetry, some for adults, some for children, include Sonnets to Madness and Other Misfortunes; Snake Poems: An Aztec Invocation (winner of the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation); From the Other Side of Night/Del otro lado de la noche: New and Selected Poems; Ce Uno One: Poems for the New Sun; Borderless Butterflies: Earth Haikus and Other Poems; Laughing Tomatoes: And Other Spring Poems; and Canto condo/Deep Song, among others. His work portrays Latino and gay identity, the Nahuatl language, Mesoamerican history, mythology and American culture. He received the 1984 Chicano Literary Prize, the 1993 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award, and a Fred Cody Lifetime Achievement Award from the Bay Area Book Reviewers Association in 2002. In addition, he served as director of the Spanish for Native Speakers Program at the University of California at Davis, and taught for the Art of the Wild workshop and the California Poets in the Schools program. Juan Felipe Herrera called Alarcòn the "dark hummingbird, alone still and yet in motion in the arc of time."
Hastings also includes two pieces of music from Herbie Hancock's The Imagine Project.
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