City On The Edge Podcast



We delve into the stories of one Southwestern city.


  • The Aggressive Christianity Missionary Training Corps

    The Aggressive Christianity Missionary Training Corps

    23/03/2021 Duración: 21min

    New Mexico Cult Season continues with Mike Smith's report on the Aggressive Christianity Missionary Training Corps, a group with a military take on the always-impending End of the World.

  • 80. The Druids of New Mexico

    80. The Druids of New Mexico

    08/03/2021 Duración: 29min

    On our first episode of Cult Season 2021, Nora tells us the strange story of New Mexico's druids. .

  • 79. The Instructors Story

    79. The Instructor's Story

    16/12/2020 Duración: 37min

    A bit of a departure from our normal, historical fare, this episode focuses on cohost Mike Smith's tenure at the scandal plagued (and ultimately shuttered) Brown Mackie for-profit college.

  • Talknpopntaco


    22/09/2020 Duración: 35min

    Once upon a time, there was a fast food restaurant with a really weird name.

  • 78. The Secret of Elephant Rock

    78. The Secret of Elephant Rock

    08/09/2020 Duración: 27min

    In 1947, the villainous New Mexico Highway Department knocked a 3 million year old landmark and Route 66 icon off of its pedestal. 73 years later, we're upset about it!

  • 77. The Day Albuquerque (Almost) Got Nuked

    77. The Day Albuquerque (Almost) Got Nuked

    17/08/2020 Duración: 01h59min

    We all have bad days, but most of the time they don't involve nuclear weapons. Our guest Roland Pentilla tells about the day Albuquerque came awfully close to nuclear Armageddon, as well as other military aircraft accidents that have been mostly forgotten. This is a long one, but jam packed with fascinating information!

  • Secrets of the Estufa

    Secrets of the Estufa

    28/07/2020 Duración: 01h01min

    Okay, so we won't be able to show you the interior of this infamous UNM landmark, but we'll delve into its origins, the time it was set on fire 4 times in a single year, and how it served as the home base for a racist reign of terror in the 1960s.

  • Albuquerque Protests part 1: the 1930s

    Albuquerque Protests part 1: the 1930s

    06/07/2020 Duración: 01h12min

    In this first part of our new series, we look back to different protests and periods of activism in Albuquerque's past. This episode features the anti-fascism demonstrations of the 30s and the, uh... anti-gray hat movement at UNM?

  • Secret Albuquerque: Interview with Ashley M. Biggers

    Secret Albuquerque: Interview with Ashley M. Biggers

    12/06/2020 Duración: 25min

    I was lucky enough to have a chance to chat with local journalist and author Ashley M. Biggers about her new book, Secret Albuquerque, which details 90 "weird, wonderful and obscure" Albuquerque sites and stories.

  • 73. The Mesa

    73. The Mesa

    04/05/2020 Duración: 28min

    We’ve never covered the Westside mass grave in detail at City on the Edge, mainly out of a desire to give it the time and attention it deserves and to do so in a way that doesn’t minimize the victims. In February of this year, however, local journalist Tierna Unruh-Enos launched The Mesa podcast, a series that focuses on the West Side crime site in a way that we never could, with interviews and investigations featuring family members of the victims, police officers who worked on (and are still working on) the case, as well as Tierna’s own experiences as a member of the media during in the time period covering the mass grave’s discovery. I recently spoke to Tierna about the podcast, as well as what drew her to covering the case in the first place, and how her investigations have changed her view of Albuquerque’s most notorious crime scene.

  • 72. Albuquerque in the Time of COVID-19

    72. Albuquerque in the Time of COVID-19

    14/04/2020 Duración: 41min

    Hey! It's a global pandemic! City on the Edge checks in.

  • Episode 71: The 1918 Quarantine

    Episode 71: The 1918 Quarantine

    30/03/2020 Duración: 42min

    Well, we're all stuck inside due to coronavirus, so why not take a look back at the 1918 flu and how it affected Albuquerque and New Mexico?

  • Episode 70: La Madera Road

    Episode 70: La Madera Road

    19/03/2020 Duración: 34min

    We take a trip down one of the most beautiful and historic roads near Albuquerque.

  • Episode 69: Hagan

    Episode 69: Hagan

    02/03/2020 Duración: 33min

    One of the most well-preserved ghost towns near Albuquerque is the coal-mining village of Hagan.

  • Episode 68: City of Dust

    Episode 68: City of Dust

    19/02/2020 Duración: 25min

    One of the most iconic images of the American west is the ghost town, and New Mexico has more than it's fair share of these collections of abandoned buildings and dusty reminders of lives long gone. If you do any research on New Mexico ghost towns, you're bound to find yourself checking out the City of Dust blog (at facebook page, where explorer and author John Mulhouse chronicles his many expeditions to these mostly forgotten sites. I spoke with John by phone recently, and delved into where his love for ghost towns comes from, strange encounters he's had while exploring them, and his upcoming book, Abandoned New Mexico: Ghost Towns, Endangered Architecture and Hidden History, due to be released in June of this year.

  • Goodbye Nora

    Goodbye Nora

    09/02/2020 Duración: 40min

    Nora is leaving! Why? Because of football, dammit. So we hang out with her for a while and reminiscence about her favorite episodes and how much we're going to miss her. :( :( :(

  • You cant go there

    You can't go there

    27/01/2020 Duración: 50min

    New Mexico is filled with places you can't go. Our pal, Regis Lacher, talks about a few of them.

  • Luminarias or... uh... Farolitos?

    Luminarias or... uh... Farolitos?

    23/12/2019 Duración: 43min

    It's a very merry City on the Edgemas as we talk about luminarias and whether or not they are actually farolitos. Also, the Bugg Lights and biscochitos (which ARE interesting, MIKE.)

  • Cedar Crest

    Cedar Crest

    16/12/2019 Duración: 46min

    In an Anytown, USA/City on the Edge mashup, we check out Cedar Crest New Mexico with Ty Bannerman, Courtney FitzGerald and Mike Smith.

  • Joe Hayes

    Joe Hayes

    02/12/2019 Duración: 54min

    CoE talks to storyteller Joe Hayes, whose retelling of New Mexico legends and folktales has delighted audiences for nearly four decades.

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