Bestselling author Don Winslow has spent a decade of his life writing about the War on Drugs. His latest book is “The Cartel,” a true-to-life epic about the past decade of the Mexican-American drug wars. Winslow will discuss his book.
New York Times bestselling author Paolo Bacigalupi has a new book out that is set in Phoenix. “The Water Knife” tells the story about the near future, when the American Southwest has been decimated by drought, but with a game-changing water source in Phoenix, Angel Velaquez, a "water knife" spy and assassin from Las Vegas, is sent to investigate. Bacigalupi will discuss his latest work.
Arizona is home to the nation’s first social service agency designed for urban American Indians. Nearly 70 years ago, the Phoenix Indian Center opened its doors in downtown. Today, the center serves about 7,000 people a year, offering a variety of services from workforce development and educational classes to cultural programs.
Former kids show host Bill “Wallace” Thompson has died. Thompson created the “Wallace and Ladmo Show,” which reigned for 35 years on local television. One of the show’s co-stars, Pat McMahon, will talk about the man he calls his brother.
Arizona PBS will air a show called “Hungry Minds,” a documentary about the transformation of several Native American high school students. The film makes a compelling argument for revitalizing Native American education through of creativity and leadership. The project was produced by the Nick Lowery Foundation, which is headed by former NFL kicker Nick Lowery. He will appear on Arizona Horizon to talk about his film.
The Greater Phoenix area has been named one of the best intergenerational regions in the country. MetLife Foundation and Generations United have announced the Maricopa region will receive one of four Best Intergenerational Communities Awards on March 25 in Washington, D.C. Maricopa Association of Governments Human Services Director Amy St. Peter and Jacky Alling, Senior Program Officer at the Arizona Community Foundation, will discuss the award and why the Phoenix area is receiving it.
Yvette Johnson is a Phoenix resident whose grandfather, Booker Wright, appeared in a 1966 NBC documentary about racism in the southern United States. What he said while the cameras were rolling changed his life forever. Yvette talks about her grandfather’s heroic story that’s featured in a new film she co-produced.
Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, a Phoenix physician who founded the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, discusses his new book about Muslim radicalism,“A Battle for the Soul of Islam: An American Muslim Patriot’s Fight to Save His Faith”
The Phoenix-based nonprofit Citizenship Counts is spreading its message of the value of American citizenship, and the rights and responsibilities that go along with it, to the Nation’s youth with a cross-country bike ride and walk. Learn more about it from Alysa Ullman, executive director and founder of Citizenship Counts.
They played a critical role in integrating the U.S. military and advancing the American civil rights movement. Meet original Tuskegee Airmen Bob Ashby and Asa Herring, and “second generation” Tuskegee Airman Dick Toliver.
The bolo tie, Arizona’s official state neckwear since 1971, is featured in a new exhibit at the Heard Museum in Phoenix. Collector Norman Sandfried, who co-authored a book that accompanies the exhibit of American Indian-crafted ties, discusses the history and artistry of the bolo tie.
Kenny Barrett, artist and Project Manager for Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation and Braden Kay of ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability, talk about the benefits of a collaborative effort between the Roosevelt Row CDC and Phoenix Union Bioscience High School to grow sunflowers on a vacant lot in downtown Phoenix.
A discussion about the lasting effects of 9-11 with Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, President and Founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy; Deborah Hall a social psychologist at Arizona State University; and Arizona Republic columnists Robert Robb and E.J. Montini.
Dana Naimark, President and CEO of Children’s Action Alliance, discusses the 2011 Kids Count Data Book just released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and what it says about the well-being of children in Arizona.
The Prescott Regulators and Their Shady Ladies is hosting the 6th annual Whiskey Row Shootout July 22 & 23 in Prescott. The group’s president, Neil Thomas talks about the event and the group’s mission to share and preserve the history and culture of the Old West.
Discovered in 1863 by Henry Wickenburg, the Vulture Mine was Arizona’s most productive gold mine. Now, a group is trying to raise money to renovate the mine’s historic buildings. Bernadine McCollum and Penny Pietre, of the Vulture Mine Preservation and Restoration Association, discuss the mine and efforts to save its crumbling infrastructure.
Homeless senior citizens find help daily at the Justa Center in downtown Phoenix. Executive Director of the Nonprofit Day Resource Center, Rev. Scott Ritchey, describes the Center’s unique mission and the challenges it faces.
Designated as an official Arizona Centennial Legacy Project, the Arizona Military Museum chronicles the military history of Arizona. Museum Director Joe Abodeely shares some of that history as he describes what the museum has to offer.
As the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum begins its transformation into a Centennial Museum, those affiliated with the mining museum share their concerns about the future of its extensive and valuable mineral collection.
You may not know what an “Ethnoburb” is, but you can find out from the professor who coined the term. An Ethnoburb is a residential and business area in the suburbs with a cluster of a particular minority population. Professor Wei Li of the Arizona State University School of Social Transformation will talk about Ethnoburbs.
Imprisoned in a death camp with her family, Rose Mapendo survived genocide in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She resettled in Phoenix where she founded Mapendo New Horizons to help other refugees. Mapendo shares her harrowing and uplifting story of courage and forgiveness. Program note: “Pushing the Elephant”, an “Independent Lens” documentary about Mapendo’s experience airs Tuesday, March 29th at 10pm on Eight HD.
On Arizona’s 99th birthday, we’ll take a look at plans to celebrate its 100th as the Countdown to Arizona’s Centennial begins. Guests include Karen Churchard, Director of the Arizona Centennial Commission, and Catherine May, Vice President of the Arizona Historic Advisory Council.
A special program honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others who have fought, and continue to fight, for human rights. Guests include ASU Professor of History Dr. Matthew Whitaker and Alfredo Gutierrez, a political activist and former legislative leader.
What happened to legendary aviator Amelia Earhart? It's a question that has captured the nation's attention for decades. The answer may have been found with the help of a Valley man. Karl Kern talks about the discoveries.
Robert Melikian, whose family owns and operates the historic Hotel San Carlos in downtown Phoenix, is the author of “Vanishing Phoenix”. Melikian talks about historic preservation and shares photos and stories from his book of buildings and landmarks that have disappeared.
Robert Melikian, whose family owns and operates the historic Hotel San Carlos in downtown Phoenix, is the author of “Vanishing Phoenix.” Melikian talks about historic preservation and shares photos and stories from his book of buildings and landmarks that have disappeared.
Meet Daniel Rothenberg, the new Executive Director of the Center for Law and Global Affairs at ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. He comes to ASU from the International Human Rights Law Institute at the De Paul University College of Law in Chicago. Learn about his plans for creating a set of human rights indicators, and hear his take on Arizona’s immigration debate.
Women Air Force Service Pilots, or WASP, were the first women trained to fly American military aircraft. Meet Betty Blake, an Arizona resident who was in one of the first classes of WASP, known as the “guinea pigs”.
Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs, were the first women trained to fly American military aircraft. Meet Betty Blake, an Arizona resident who was in one of the first classes, known as the “guinea pigs”.
Hate crimes have gone up locally and the number of hate groups has gone up considerably nationwide. Bill Straus of the local Anti-Defamation League will talk about hate crimes and the expansion of hate groups.
This new film documents efforts to create great wines in Arizona. Hear from Ryan Page, a co-director of the film, and one of its featured winemakers, Eric Glomski of Page Springs/Arizona Stronghold Vineyards.
State parks are in a life or death battle for their existence as state lawmakers look for ways to cut the budget. Renee Bahl, Executive Director of Arizona State Parks, will talk about the dire situation.
Chris Callahan, Dean of ASU’s Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, shares his memories of the School’s namesake, Walter Cronkite. Learn more about Cronkite’s connection to journalism at ASU.
The Chicago Cubs are a Cactus League favorite, and Mesa, Arizona has been the team’s spring training home for decades. Now, there are rumors the Cubs could go to another State in return for better training facilities. Mesa Mayor Scott Smith talks about efforts to keep the Chicago Cubs spring training home in Mesa.
It won’t be long before the majority of American families are stepfamilies according to the author of a new book for children, “My Mommy’s Getting Married”. Family counselor Pamela Anderson talks about her book and some of the challenges of being in a stepfamily.
On the day of the grand opening of the Polly Rosenbaum State Archives and History building, State Archives Director GladysAnn Wells and historian Doug Kupel talk about the new facility, what visitors can expect and the long process of constructing it.